Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 6, 10th June 2022

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

  • Wednesday & Thursday 15th & 16th June - Whanau Learning Conferences
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 20th, 21st & 22nd June - School Production
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I will celebrate my learning by sharing my successes at the end of each day

Te reo phrase of the week: kāti (that’s enough)

Kia ora,

It was a four day week, but we managed to pack five days worth of action into it. The classrooms are a buzz with creative thinking, clever designs, and a lot of hard work in regards to pulling everything together for the school production. Tickets are selling fast so please remember to purchase them for $5 each from the school office if you haven’t already done so.

Learning Conferences

I hope everybody received the notice on Wednesday night that included information about our upcoming learning conferences on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June. Thank you to the large number of people who have already made an appointment. If you haven’t, please click on the link below to book a time that works for you. Please remember that school finishes at 2 pm on Wednesday and Thursday next week. We really appreciate a prompt pick up, as this helps our teachers get ready to start on time at 2:30 pm. The first bus will leave at 2 pm. Please ensure that someone is able to pick your child up from the bus stop at this earlier time.

Booking link:

Aotearoa/NZ Histories

Last Friday on our teacher only day, all of our teachers visited the Taranaki Transport Museum and Pioneer Village. We were taken on extensive tours of all of their exhibits and received a lot of information about how technology, housing, medicine, education, and farming have changed over the years. This is all in aid of supporting our teachers to put a local slant on the new Aotearoa/NZ Histories curriculum that is due to be rolled out at the beginning of 2023. We gained some valuable insights and are looking forward to fitting some field trips into our calendar in the coming years.

Matapu History Fact

The Aotearoa/NZ Histories curriculum enables us to provide our students with valuable learning experiences at both a national and regional level. Therefore from now until the end of the year, I thought I would share an interesting historical fact about Matapu School. Check out this week’s one below:

The school was originally called Kaupokonui School from the name of the block of land. It was renamed Matapu School after five months of being open.

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

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Enrolment Notice (out of zone)

Enrolment at Matapu School is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from our school office.

The board has determined that we have two out of zone places available at year 7, two at year 3, and two at year 4 for Term 2. The deadline for out-of-zone applications is 3 pm 13th June.

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on Wednesday 15th June. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Kurt Parry, Board of Trustees Presiding Member

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Paxton for being focused, organised and showing great self management skills.

Room 2 - Andie for her leadership and maturity, it is much appreciated!

Room 3 - Bridgette for great focus and effort in all her work as well as helpfulness.

Room 4 - Resina for making a huge effort to learn how to halve large numbers.

Room 5 - Flynn for the great effort he is putting into his learning! Tino Pai!

Room 6 - Liam for showing his Matapu Values by sitting up on the mat - R for Respect!

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SchooI Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 5 School Board vacancies. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7th September.

We look forward to your participation in this process.


Mahia i runga i te rangimaarie me te ngaakau maahaki.

With a peaceful mind and respectful heart we will always get the best results.

Student Update - By Cooper Malone & Nazeer Rye

This term the School Leaders have organised a fundraiser called Jumping June! Our goal is to get to $7,100 for the National Heart Foundation! The incentive for raising money is being able to select from some great prizes, if you raise at least $10 dollars you get a reward, so the more you raise the more you win! It ends on the 23rd of June so get fundraising!

Room 1

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking our four school leaders to Palmerston North to the GRIP Leadership Conference. The kids had a great time learning how to step up and be a leader, and how to raise the standard of leadership. The kids got lots of ideas from the conference and from talking to other kids from different schools. I can't wait to see what they come up with to contribute to the school this year.

Room 2

The week's seem to be accelerating rather fast! Rushing towards the production! It is a hive of activity of all classes, and Room 2 is no exception.

We have finished, apart from the addition of some hieroglyphics, our main character! King Mat is now standing proud in our classroom, ready for his big performance. We have tried teaching him some dance moves - he is a reluctant and rather stubborn learner! He is adorned with jewels and gold as he stands guard over Room 2.

Room 2 has also been learning all about angles and money - angles are all over the place - it is great to see the kids connecting real life to maths!

Room 3

Hi! This week the awesome children in Room 3 have been excitedly practising their Production item every day that they can. We have also been doing art after the style of African artists. The children should be able to tell you about the colours, patterns and what animals and masks we have seen. We have also been working on "Exciting Writing" of short but action packed stories today. Thank you, Mr Blance, for Miss West

Room 4

We had a fantastic 4 days this week working on our Fijian inspired costumes. We learned about some of the traditional patterns used on masi cloth, such as a comb, shark teeth, flying birds and turtle shells. We used stencils and brown paint to carefully make our prints. We are using all of our new knowledge about Fiji to write a report in the Pages app, and for maths, we are learning how to read different types of scales by first checking the increments the numbers go up in.

Room 5

This week has been busy with lots of practise for production. We finally finished our horses and they all look amazing! It is fantastic to see all the kids choosing different materials to decorate their horse, all looking unique. We can’t wait for production in week 8. Thanks to all the mums who have been helping us out with creating props. We also kept to the theme of Texas this week and designed our own cowboy boots. Room 5 did an awesome job drawing and colouring in their designs.

Room 6

Another busy week getting prepared for the production! We are pretty good with our dance moves now and the props are coming along nicely…we hope you will be impressed on the night! Once again it has been fantastic to have parents in helping, we truly couldn’t do it without you! Just a reminder to send along the costume bits if you haven’t already, and keep the alphabet, reading and words going!

Community Notices



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