Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 4, 25th February 2022

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

  • Tuesday 8th March - School Swimming Sports
  • Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March - Whanau Goal Setting Conferences
  • Friday 11th March - Teachers Only Day, school closed
  • Monday 14th March - Taranaki Anniversary, school closed
  • Friday 25th March - Junior School Try-athlon
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to take pride in my book work

Te reo phrase of the week: huri mai (turn this way)

Kia ora,

It was neat to see that Twosday was a resounding success this week. In these uncertain times it’s so nice to do some fun activities where our students (and teachers) can dress up and just have a bit of a laugh. If you haven’t done so yet, please jump on Facebook to check out some of the wonderful photos that were taken.

On Wednesday we held our annual Athletics Day. All of the students did so well, competently participating in all of their events and giving their best. A big thanks to Miss B for organising another great sports event.

Ambrose School Fundraiser

The Covid pandemic has seriously affected our ability to hold fundraising events over the past couple of years. Luckily Brent Espin has come up with a great idea for a fundraiser that allows us to keep within the Covid guidelines. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

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School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Dallas for giving 100% at our school athletics day.

Room 2 - Chloe for persevering and still completing all of your mahi!

Room 3 - Ashton for always supporting and helping his friends, both in the class and at athletics.

Room 4 - Jazmyn for putting extra effort into your learning with extra reading and writing activities.

Room 5 - Eden for giving everything a go on athletics day.

Room 6 - Tane for working with focus and enthusiasm and always being the first boy to be dressed for swimming.


Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa.

We should work together for the well being of everyone.

School App

Please download the school app by following the instructions shown in the flyer.

We will be utilising the app in a big way this year, especially for sending out notices so if you already have it that is great but please jump on and review your alert subscriptions to ensure that you receive all notices that apply to your child's classroom and sports.

Room 1

It has been another great week in Room One. Some of our Leadership Groups have started working with Mrs Heatherton and laying down plans to make a positive contribution to our school. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

One of our leadership groups is the Big Buddies. It's so great to see our new entrant students making connections with our senior students and meeting up with them in their break times.

Room 2

We are still enjoying fabulous weather although it is noticeably colder in the mornings - but Room 2 are not deterred and are still super keen on swimming! We are seeing some pleasing progress which is fabulous.

We have been working on our Pepeha over the last couple of weeks. The children chose how they would like to present their information and we have a lot of variety!

Athletics also was a fabulous success - it is so cool to see the kids give it their all.

Room 3

Week 4 has zoomed by so fast! We have got our maths and reading groups underway and the children are quickly becoming more independent in class. Room 3 had their turn at Kapa Haka on Monday. Matua Clive was fantastic at helping us to learn the words to a tricky waiata correctly. We also had athletics this week. The whole class put in a huge effort and were great at supporting each other in all of the activities.

Room 4

The TWOSday dress up day was a lot of fun and it was great to see what everyone came up with. Thank you parents for helping with the outfits! Our Athletics Day on Wednesday was fantastic. I was proud to see everyone giving each event their best effort and pushing themselves to achieve their personal best. Our writing focus was using better words for jumped as we had lots of time with high jump over the past few weeks. We came up with words like vaulted, leaped, surged and hopped over the high jump bar.

Room 5

We absolutely loved athletics on Wednesday! The kids were running, jumping and throwing with all their strength! I am so proud of the fact that everyone participated and tried their best, never gave up and did it all with a smile. We ended up writing about how high we thought we jumped over the high jump bar, we have some very creative and imaginative writers in Room 5!

At athletics I jumped higher than the water tower - Hunter

At athletics I jumped higher than all the trees - Ollie

At athletics I jumped higher than the school - Indy

Room 6

We have had lots of ‘events’ in Room 6 this week. On Monday we were excited to welcome Theo to our class and he has hit the ground running with athletics and swimming filling quite a bit of his first day.

Tuesday was ‘Twosday’ and after sharing all our fabulous costumes, we had fun jumping the high jump in dress up- not easy for all! Wednesday was our chance to show how much we had learnt about discus, shot put and high-jump as it was our school athletics day. No audience, but we all competed well and made Mrs Parry proud.

Another highlight of the week has been to see everyone give floating on their back a go. We haven’t yet tried to see who can float for 1 whole minute, but I’m sure if I had had the timer out that would have already been achieved…roll on next week!

Community Notices

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Netball Taranaki Player Development Programme

For more information and to register click the link below.

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