Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 6, 2nd September 2022

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

  • Friday 9th September - School Cross Country, from 9:30am onwards
  • Monday 19th September - Kissick Eraio Tournament
  • Monday 19th September - BOT Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Friday 23rd September - Grandparent's Day

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to make an effort to try new things

Te reo phrase of the week: whakapai tamariki (tidy up children)

Kia ora,

What a great sporting week we have had! On Wednesday we took our year 7/8 netball and rugby teams to the TSB Hub in Hawera for their annual tournament day. All of our students gave their best and demonstrated high levels of sportsmanship and proudly represented Matapu School. This then flowed into their performances and both teams made the finals for their respective categories. The netball team will play Ngaere for the Hurlstone cup and the rugby team will play Toko for the McLeod Shield. A lot of hard work was put in by Megan Horgan (netball coach) and Jason Hurley (rugby coach) to get the teams to the finals. A big thanks to both of them for their efforts.

Cross Country

Next Friday, 9th September we will be holding our school cross country in the paddock opposite the Matapu Hall and the best thing is that we can have spectators this year! Many thanks to Mel and Mark Cleaver for the use of their farm. It’s great to be able to give our students an authentic cross country experience. The weather isn’t looking too bad either so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the forecast doesn’t change. Can you please ensure that your child comes to school with active clothing that they can run in, appropriate footwear, and a drink bottle. The Matapu SPA Committee will also be holding a sausage sizzle after the cross country, with a sausage in bread costing $2 each.

Matapu History Fact

The school roll reached three figures for the first time in 1922, when the total was 112. This produced overcrowding difficulties and desks were rearranged and new dual desks purchased to try and rectify the problem. One classroom even had 68 students in it before a curtain was ordered to separate the lower and upper students in the overcrowded division of the school.

As of today we currently have no Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Thomas for the amazing effort you put into everything you do.

Room 2 - Violet for ambition, working really hard in all areas of learning.

Room 3 - Olivia for an exceptional attitude towards your work this week.

Room 4 - Matthew for an amazing effort with your writing this week.

Room 5 - Heemi for stepping up and showing ambition in your learning! Keep it up Heemi.

Room 6 - Beauden for showing your Matapu RAISE values by caring for our classroom and your friends.


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

My valour is not that of an individual, but that of multitudes.

Room 1

The students in Room One had the opportunity to give back to our community today. We helped with Riparian Planting on Cleaver’s Farm.

The students were also treated to a BBQ put on by Todd Energy after the planting and some players from the current Taranaki rugby team even came along to lend a hand.

Room 2

We have been busy planning for our next Makerspace, (Aumangea Taima) projects. Children are making periscopes, catapults and moneyboxes.

In maths we have been focussing on working out percentages of given amounts, such as 57% of $94; we have also completed more work on standard units of measurement as well as adding/rounding decimal numbers.

We have appreciated the lovely summer feeling and hope that maybe we have really crossed into spring!?

Room 3

It has been so lovely having Whaea Justine in Room 3 for part of the last 3 weeks. We appreciate all that she has done to keep the classroom running smoothly. This week for science the children looked at primary colours and used paper towels and water to blend the colours together. Room 3 is
excited about Ms Best starting next week with us!

Room 4

We had a great time experimenting with magnets with our junior mixed student group for Aumangea Taima this week. For maths we used the keynote app to enter our survey data which created line graphs. We are enjoying playing quick games outside in the sunshine and writing recounts of what happened using action verbs such as dashed, side-stepped and skidded.

Room 5

On Friday Room 5 completed an Aumangea Taima activity where they had to design and build garbage trucks that could pick up rubbish. We had some great designs and lots of discussion around how to make the garbage trucks move, tip and even empty themselves. Lots of rubbish was picked up and disposed of with our designs. This week, we have started a new rotation with the junior classes, where the students are doing different Aumangea Taima activities. It is great to see different groups of kids working together and pushing themselves to try new challenges.

Room 6

We were very excited to welcome Theo back to school on Tuesday. We are all so happy he is back home safe and sound and with lots of stories to tell us about his experiences. His friends are delighted, and it was wonderful to see his big buddy Cooper catching up with him and taking him for a walk around the school!

We have started another round of Aumangea Taima and this week there have been explorations of magnets, marble runs, and escape routes for the Three Billy Goats Gruff. It is cool to see Year 3 and 4 students leading in a collaborative way and making sure everyone in their group has a part to play.

Once again we have been working on a special project…but I can’t give away too many secrets (S-h-h-h…) Dads, we hope you enjoy the made-with-love treasure you will be presented with on Sunday. Enjoy your special day!

Community Notices

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