Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 9, 2nd July 2021

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

  • Friday 9th July - End of Term 2
  • Monday 26th July - Start of Term 3
  • Friday 3rd September - Teachers Only Day
  • Wednesday 8th September - Wig Wednesday for Child Cancer Foundation
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th September - Maori Language Week
  • Friday 17th September - Grandparents Day

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to show good sportsmanship using by kind words during games and activities

Te reo phrase of the week: kei a wai _____? Who has got ___?

Kia ora,

Some frosty starts have turned into some amazing days for us here at school. The students have definitely been making the most of the sunshine and our fantastic outside facilitators have been running some great basketball and rippa rugby sessions with our students.

As we near the end of the term, please double check with your children that they have got all of their uniform, shoes, etc. We will display the lost property at the front of the school on a fine day next week. Please take the time to make sure that you have all of your children’s belongings.


Ben McLeod will be back to teach our students guitar next term. The cost will again be $120 per term, per student. Can you please email me at if you would like to sign your child up for guitar lessons. All of the existing students attending lessons with Ben will remain in their current groups.


Thank you so much to our wonderful SPA Committee for such a great night last Friday! The students had an absolute ball and busted out plenty of moves on the dance floor.

Have a great weekend, the weather is looking good for all of our students playing sport!

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Values Awards

Room 1 - Cooper for always striving to uphold the school values and being a great role model.

Room 2 - Hazel for consistently showing all of the RAISE values!

Room 4 - Chloe for challenging yourself to use basic facts in maths and staying focused on your activities!

Room 5 - Kohya for always putting 100% effort into his school work.

Room 6 - Braxton for the great effort you are putting in to keep your learning moving forward.

Room 3 - Breia (absent) for always going out of her way to help or support her peers in class.


Mai i te kopae ki te urupa, tatou ako tonu ai.

From the cradle to the grave, we are forever learning.

Room 1

This week we have been using the Sphero Robots. They are a small robot in the shape of a ball with several features that can be controlled through mobile apps. The main features are rolling, changing colour and speed.

Last week we created an obstacle course for the students to drive their sphero around, some of us think we're ready to get a driver’s licence already! This week we learned to code shapes for the sphero to follow, it can even track our names in the carpet. We can’t wait to see what we learn next week.

Room 2

This week in Room 2 we have been busy presenting our reports about our chosen animal that lives on or around our Maunga. We had to create a poster with our research, while working on our presentation skills to display our findings. We have also been busy painting our lanterns, taking the time to carefully paint in the lines. Both these projects will be displayed in our classroom.

Room 3

This week we have consolidated our learning about Mountains and Volcanoes by creating a video on clips with all of the facts that we know. We have also had a challenging last few days interviewing and designing something for another person in our class. Most of the students created rings, or bracelets out of loombands. We gave these to the person that we made them for, and took them home. During our Mountainairs sessions, two students from Room 3 won tickets to the Mountainairs game this Friday. It was exciting for them to see their hard work pay off.

Room 4

Hopefully we have got through most of the coughs in Room 4 and now everyone is on the mend! We have continued using describing words this week for our writing and wrote about the freezing hail that came to school on Tuesday. We are working hard on using facts we know to solve addition equations too. A creative project we are working on is making a video about why Maunga Taranaki is special.

Room 5

We have had a fantastic week this week. We have been working hard to get all our work finished up and making the most of the time we have left with Miss Rose. Room 2 helped us this week make our very own video about ourselves on the app clips. We love working with Room 2 and learning new ways of how to use the iPad!

Room 6

It has been quite an empty classroom this week with lots of sickness around and the very cold weather!

For Aumangea Taima this week we were learning how to work with a partner, cooperate, and share our ideas to complete the task. We had to work out how to make a lego shape like the one that was on the card we were given, and for it to work out we had to look closely to see which blocks to choose and where to put them...not such a simple process when you are 5 or 6! It gave us an opportunity to learn about rethinking and having another go!

Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs

Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs v Wellington Saints at the TSB Stadium this Friday 2 July - Tip off at 7.30

It is the JUMP JAM COMP between Vogeltown, Central, Welbourn and Bell Block this Friday too, so come along and cheer for your school!!

Northfuels Fuel for Schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

As a Northfuels customer, you can nominate a participating school to receive 50 cents for every 100 Litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

Freephone 0800 999 986





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