Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 8, 23rd June 2022

Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.

  • Friday 24th June - Matariki - School Closed
  • Friday 1st July - Pyjama Day
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: choose what activity I will be doing before I go out to break

Te reo phrase of the week: kua reri? (Are you ready)

Kia ora,

What an amazing week we have had: four performances of our school production, a year 7/8 rippa tournament, and the year 5/6 Crowley Cup has made for an epic four days. The school production was a massive success. To see our students up in front of 130+ people was very special and made even more so due to the Covid affected events we have had over the past two years. A huge amount of time and effort was put into the production and to see it all come to fruition was fantastic. A big thanks to all of our wonderful parents and community members who helped out in one way or another. Also a huge thank you to Anna Hauparoa who wrote the script and organised all of the production behind the scenes.

Staff Update

Dale West (Room 3 teacher) is moving to Christchurch and will finish up with us on Friday 12th August. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Dale as part of our Matapu School whanau over the past two years and we wish her all the very best for the future. Georgia Hancock (Miss Rose) has also decided not to come back and teach full time after taking maternity leave last year. We wish her and her husband the very best as well.

Mask Update

Due to low numbers of Covid-19 within our student and staff population, we will no longer be requiring our senior students (students in Rooms 1-3) to wear masks while inside during the school day. However if students would like to continue to wear masks while inside, they will be fully supported. In regards to the school bus, we only require year 7/8 students to wear masks while using school transport.


Enjoy the first public holiday for Matariki tomorrow. In Taranaki we celebrate Puanga as we don’t see the cluster of Matariki from Taranaki.

Matapu History Fact

An important business in Matapu’s early days was the blacksmith, which stood where the old store building is today on the corner of Hastings and Skeet Roads (diagonally opposite the school). The smithy was essential for making horse shoes, manufacturing and mending farm machinery. There is a record of a blacksmith in Matapu right up until the 1920s.

As of today we currently have 1 Covid case within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Izabella-Rose for being the best understudy Matapu School has ever seen.

Room 2 - Hunni (absent) for respect; leading by example in maturity and empathy.

Room 3 - Awheo for always being kind-hearted, cheerful and making the class smile.

Room 4 - Dex for doing a great job of your giraffe report by trying new things on the Pages app and listening to feedback!

Room 5 - Brooklyn for his kind and caring nature. You are always looking out for others!!

Room 6 - Liam for caring for our school environment by tidying up around the sandpit.


Ka mahi te tawa uho ki te riri.

Well done, you whose courage is like the heart of the tawa tree.

Pyjama Day

Next Friday, 1st July we are holding a Pyjama Day to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

This is a great cause to get behind so please show your support by coming to school in your pyjamas and bringing a gold coin donation.

Matapu School Parent's Association - Production Raffles

Thank you to everyone who supported the raffles run by the SPA, the winners are listed below.

The prizes we received were outstanding. Please support the businesses that support us!

Kaiwaka children's wet weather gear

Luke Jordan

Shower-proof fleece jersey from Farmsource Kaponga/Stratford

Gena Potroz

Carmen Sandiego Cake from Cakes by Peanut

Pretty Family

Car Grooming voucher from MG Taranaki (2 draws)

Vanessa Clement

Jo Dettling

Room 1

I couldn't be more proud of the kids in Room One this term and particularly this week. They have stepped up, embraced being out of their comfort zone, and showed everyone why they deserved the leadership roles they received at the beginning of the year. On top of that, a group of year 7 and 8 students represented our school at the Rippa Tournament in Hawera on Wednesday. They played well, showed excellent sportsmanship and had a lot of fun. One of the teams made it into the finals next week. Good luck Matapu Gold team, you played an awesome 7 games this week, all the best for next week!
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Room 2

We have had a blast celebrating the amazing talent of our young people, who bravely overcame their shyness and contributed to an amazing school production! We also had the arrivals of a few 'mummies'; we made them feel welcome and helped them settle in. Angles are still being learnt about in maths, and we are now extending our understanding of the properties of regular polygons. Discovering internal angles of triangles and squares, as well as working out how much change we should get when we shop, has provided us with a lot of 'real-life' learning opportunities. All of Room 2 have now been given a chapter book to read; this will become a norm in our class for the remainder of the year. Enjoy the first ever Matariki holiday!
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Room 3

Wow! Wasn't the school production amazing! I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents that came and helped out with costumes and facepaint and to Sharyn, Jacque and Megan who have come to help in the class with the production practises throughout the week.

Our class did a fantastic job, and I am so proud of their efforts and commitment over the past 2 weeks. Well done Room 3!

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Room 4

This week we worked on our Fijian meke (dance) for the production. The children did a wonderful job of remembering the movements and counting the steps. Thank you for bringing them out on the freezing nights to perform. We hope you enjoyed the show! The Matariki star cluster is visible in the sky along with Puanga, so we spent time this week sharing our knowledge about the Maori new year and creating a diorama about it. Have a great day together on Friday.
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Room 5

This week in Room 5 we learnt a bit about Matariki and what it means to us as New Zealanders. We looked at some of the different stars in the matariki cluster and learnt about the star ‘Hiwi-i-te-rangi’. This star is known as the wishing star. It has a connection to our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the year ahead.

Thank you so much to all the parents who helped with our school production. I am so proud of Room 5 and they put into learning our dance routine and what they needed to do on stage. Their timing was spot on and they all did it with beautiful smiles. We hope you loved watching it as much as we enjoyed performing. We took this photo before heading to the hall for our Wednesday night performance. Enjoy your long weekend!

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Room 6

We are really proud of our performances for Carmen Sandiego! When you think that almost 1/3 of the class has started at Matapu this term, that makes it even more amazing. It is a big thing to be five and up on stage for the first time - and then remembering to perform at the same time, when all you really want to do is wave to family and friends!

The pride continues when we think of the individual costumes we created, using the sun as our design element but interpreting it in our own way so each one was different. We hope these treasures will get some more use at home - maybe even some impromptu performances for family and friends!

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Community Notices

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