Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 7, 2nd December 2022

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

  • Wednesday 7th December - Year 8 Dinner, 6pm
  • Friday 9th December - School Disco, 6pm
  • Tuesday 13th December - SPA Water Day
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4
  • Thursday 26th & Friday 27th January - Office open, 9am - noon
  • Tuesday 31st January - First day of Term 1 2023

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have achieved this year

Te reo phrase of the week: haere atu ki te wharepaku (go to the toilet)

Kia ora,

On Monday night we had a wonderful evening celebrating our senior students' efforts and achievements at our prize giving ceremony. It was fantastic to see our community hall once again filled with whanau. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special well done to all of the award recipients.

New Greenhouse

Earlier this year we were extremely lucky to receive funding for a new greenhouse from Sue Goble at Hawera Auto Court. Our caretaker has recently erected this structure for us, which will ensure our tamariki are able to learn how to grow plants from seeds next year. It is once again amazing to have this support from our local business community, which in turn helps us to provide our students with rich, hands-on learning experiences. A big thanks to Sue for her continued support.

Swimming Pool - Community Keys

A reminder that community pool keys are available from the school office for $70. These will allow you to use the school pool outside of school hours from Monday 5th December through to the end of March 2023. A massive thanks to Rebecca Van Den Brand, Mel Goble, Mel Cleaver, and Anna Hauparoa for volunteering to run the school pool over the summer break. It is a big job and without their support we would not have been able to open the pool to our community.

School Disco

On Friday 9th December the Matapu School SPA Committee will be holding a school disco for all of our students in the Matapu Hall. It will run from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Please note that once inside the hall, the students will have to remain there until 8:00 pm (there is no coming and going). We also ask that the parents of students who attend the disco stay with their children to help support the committee members and teachers. This event is for Matapu School students only, any other children who try to attend will be refused entry. We appreciate your support with this. The SPA Committee will be selling drinks ($2), sausages ($2), steak sandwiches ($5), and glow sticks, while DJ Larry will be pumping out some great tunes.

Matapu History Fact

Matapu School opened on the 3rd December 1888 - 32 pupils were enrolled and with Headmaster H J McClure equipped with a blackboard, the students were ready to learn the three R’s; reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 3 - Charlize for making a fantastic effort to get your Prime work completed!

Room 4 - Levi for your awesome ambition and effort in reading!

Room 5 - Kyle for showing integrity and choosing to do the right thing!

Room 6 - Theo for using our school values well and showing kindness and care for your friends.

Sports Uniforms

Can all touch uniforms please be returned to school before the end of term.
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Ko ia kahore nei i rapu, te kitea.

Those who do not seek, will not find.

Room 1

Today I had the privilege of taking a group of brave and courageous students to the Tough Kid Challenge at the Hawera A & P Showgrounds. They jumped, shimmied, wriggled and climbed themselves around the most epic obstacle course in all of Hawera! It was so much fun!

Well done to all the students who participated today, no doubt you will be looking forward to next year's event already!

Room 2

This week is all about Christmas! We have Christmased the classroom and are busy making beautiful Christmas trees! Thank you to the parents who donated some Christmas decorations; we love our Christmassy space. The mess is going to be worth the outcome though. We have had a fabulous morning at Tough Kids - lots of challenges and excitement. Amongst all of this, we have been working hard on building our team skills.

Room 3

This week we have been learning how to use Google Earth to find countries we know. We then started a country study on one we did not know, by importing a template into Keynote or Pages and then editing it. We have seen some amazing landmarks across the world.

Room 4

It has been great to have the pool open this week and the children have absolutely loved getting into the water to play games and revise pool safety. We have started to look at large maps of South Taranaki this week. We added Matapu School, our houses and the roads that join them. We put the Christmas tree up on Friday and will start making decorations for it next week!

Room 5

We have had a lot to celebrate and enjoy this week and we even started our Christmas celebrations! Room 5 has been super excited to put the Christmas tree up in the class and make decorations. We wrote our letters to Santa and Miss B has sent them in the post. We hope to get a reply soon! It has been wonderful having the swimming pool open this week. We have loved spending the afternoons in the pool playing with our friends. Thanks Mrs Hauparoa for having it ready for us!

Room 6

We did try to make it to the start of December before including Christmas in our programme…but somehow it crept in anyway!

We worked in pairs with the Numicon to do ‘colour by sum’ maths - last week with sums to 6, and this week with sums to 10. Many skills involved sharing the tasks, adding carefully and using the right colours in the right places.

During pre-schoolers visits this week we have made some gorgeous decorations to beautify our rather sparse tree! They are colourful and truly one-off pieces to treasure for many years to come.

Yesterday we had a go at drawing Santa. We had to follow six instructions to complete him, and the end results were pretty impressive.

We are also busy working on notes for Santa and thank you cards for almost everybody else in the world!!

Community Notices


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