Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 6, 28th August 2020

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

  • Thursday 10th September - Zone Inter-School Cross Country (Manaia).
  • Monday 14th September - BOT Meeting 6pm.
  • Wednesday 16th September - Rippa Rugby Tournament.
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Taranaki Cross Country Champs.
  • Friday 25th September - End of Term 3.
  • Monday 12th October - Start of Term 4.
  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day (Please note the date change).
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day.

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to do my best in the cross country

Te reo phrase of the week: ka pai tō korero (please speak nicely)

Kia ora,

After a bit of an epic battle with the weather, we were finally able to run our cross country this morning. The event went off without a hitch. All of the students had a wonderful time and tried their hardest. It was neat to see the smiles on their faces and the support they gave one another. A huge thanks to Sarah Brittain and Nikaela Boshier for organising the event, as well as Melissa and Mark Cleaver for allowing it to take place on their farm. Next year we are really looking forward to having our parents/caregivers and wider community back on site to support our students.

Pet Day

Due to the election being postponed until the 17th October, we have had to move our Pet Day date to the 31st October. Please put the date in your calendar. Last year’s event was amazing and we can’t wait to see the community in attendance this year as well. If your child won a cup last year, can you please return it to the school office by Friday 11th September.

School Bus

There has been a lot of talk about students having to wear masks on school transport lately. Please note that our students that travel on our school bus DO NOT have to wear a face mask.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

The kids in Room One are loving the Rocket Challenge. We have learned all about Isaac Newtons Law of motion, force and aerodynamics. This week we have drawn plans and started work on our prototypes. Next week we begin to build our rockets. If you have spare ice cream containers at home can Rooms One and Two please have them? We will be using them to build our rockets. Hopefully we will have some videos to show you next week.

Room 2

We have had a busy week preparing for Cross Country. We continue to work with Ghislaine from Kelly Sports who has been helping us improve our large ball skills. Team work is a must when playing games and Room 2 are getting better at working together to help their team win.

Room 3

Room 3 were lucky to have three different teachers this week and some exciting and different activities. Miss Cleland was in on Monday. She read a description of a person and scene and the students had to draw a picture from listening. Mrs Hauparoa was in on Tuesday and challenged them to solve the problem of how the billy goats could get over a river to find food. Room 3 had lots of fun using strawbies equipment to build their ideas.

Room 4

This week in Room 4 we have begun a new science topic with a plant focus. We have looked at why plants are important for people and the environment, then planted seeds of our own. We are excited to watch them grow. We have added a few new things to our daily classwork. One of them is StudyLadder; which has been a huge hit and a big help with practicing our basic facts.

Room 5

In Room 5 this week we started a makerspace project! We read the 3 Billy Goats Gruff book and then we went away to plan and design a different way to get the goats to the other side of the river! In pairs we discussed what the goats could make and then we drew our designs! Next week we are going to make our designs! We had a great time being creative and we are really looking forward to putting our plans into action!

Room 6

This week we have been learning how to ‘IMAGE’ numbers to solve number problems in our heads. We read the problems, then imaged the numbers so we could count along to see how many altogether. We shared our answer with our buddy, then checked to see if we were right by counting all the things in the pictures. Maybe you can try this with us at home too!

Values Awards

Room 1 - George for being super responsible and reliable.

Room 2 - Aroha for always being respectful and using kind words. Tino Pai!

Room 3 - Katelyn for showing ambition. Especially in your maths! It is great to see you challenging yourself!

Room 4 - Isabelle for putting in a huge effort to learn her times tables and make her writing better.

Room 5 - Jett for his growing effort and progress in writing.

Room 6 - Apanui for enthusiastic learning and getting Word Ring 1 completed. Well Done!

Four Square Thumbs Up Award

Congratulations to Katelyn from Room 3 for receiving this weeks Principal's Thumbs Up Award sponsored by Kaponga Four Square.

Well Done!!


Kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa.

Don't die like a octopus, die like a hammerhead shark.

Octopus are renown for their lack of resistance. Commonly used to encourage someone not to give up, no matter how hard the struggle is.


  • Can we please have any spare ice cream containers, these can be left at the office.
  • Can we please have all Pet Day trophies returned to the office.
  • Rear a Bull tags available at the office.
  • Please let the office know if your child will not be on the bus.
  • Please return any sports uniforms from last year.
  • Basketball and Netball Fees are now overdue for payment.


Hawera Touch Module at Turuturu Soccer Grounds will begin at the beginning of Term 4 on a Thursday after school. We are organising teams from Years 0-8 and need you to fill in the attached Google Form by following the link below. The cost to register and play is $15 per child.

Click here to sign your child up for Touch. You will need to fill out individual forms for each child. Please fill in the form before Friday 4th of September.

Be part of the election team

Hiring is underway for the 2020 General Election with people needed to fill over 25,000 roles.

"This is an opportunity to be part of the election team and help voters have their say at the 19 September election and referendums,” says Chief Electoral Officer, Alicia Wright.

A variety of roles are available including working in voting places and counting votes. The work can last from one day to a couple of months over the election period.

“They are all paid roles and we’ll provide the training and support you need to do a good job,” says Alicia Wright.

“Voting places are run by people who live in the area, so it’s a great way to get involved in your community.”

For more information about working at the election go to

Hawera High School

Enrolment Evening

Monday 21st September

3:30 - 7pm in the School Library

Hawera High School warmly invites you to make an appointment to enrol your child into school for 2021 if you have not done so already.

Please phone the school office on 278-4145, to make an appointment.



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