Matapu School Newsletter

Term 3, Week 8, 16th September 2022

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

  • Monday 19th September - Kissick Eraio Tournament
  • Monday 19th September - BOT Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Thursday 22nd September - McLeod Shield Final - Toko School, 11am
  • Friday 23rd September - Grandparent's Day

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to make an effort to work well with others

Te reo phrase of the week: katia te kūaha (shut the door)

Kia ora,

I want to start this week off by acknowledging our school cross country last Friday, what an event! From the fantastic organisation by Miss B and the teachers to the wonderful effort that all of our students put in, it was such a success. Thanks again to Mel and Mark Cleaver for enabling us to use their paddocks to provide our students with a real cross country experience. What made it even better was the huge parent/caregiver and extended whanau turn out. From talking to many of you after the event, it reinforced how important these school events are to all of our community, especially for the families who have only recently joined the school within the last couple of years. This was the first school sports event they were able to attend.

A big thanks also must go to our amazing SPA Committee for putting on a great BBQ after the event for competitors and whanau alike. What stood out to me on the day was the positive comments flowing from the sidelines while the races were on, as well as our year 7/8 students’ commitment to helping and supporting our younger tamariki in their races. I believe this is one of the elements that separates us from other schools. Older students are expected to care and support our younger akonga and best of all they consistently do it without being asked.

Grandparents’ Day

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students’ grandparents into the school next Friday 23rd September. Excitingly the Matapu Preschool has offered to open their doors to grandparents who have a child that attends their organisation after our shared morning tea. Please see a brief outline of the morning below:

  • 9:15 am start - school assembly in the Matapu Hall including a performance by our kapa haka group

  • 10:00 am - grandparents to visit classes and catch up with their grandchildren

  • 10:30 am - shared morning tea in the staffroom

  • 11:00 am - students say goodbye to their grandparents and return to class. Grandparents can visit the Matapu Preschool if they have grandchildren there as well.

Matapu History Fact

In 1889 a midday recess went on for an extra hour due to the students having to collect fern to cover the mud around the school room door.

As of today we currently have 2 Covid cases within our student population. Please note that due to the government recently announcing the removal of the Covid Protection Framework, we no longer require anyone to wear a mask when they visit our school.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Izabella-Rose for a fantastic effort in your keynote presentation.

Room 2 - Aden for a positive attitude to learning and always aiming high.

Room 3 - Bridgette for always stepping up to take a responsible role.

Room 4 - Mosese for a fantastic effort in the school cross country.

Room 5 - Kaleb for the effort you are putting into your learning, especially writing.

Room 6 - Percy for using effort and ambition in your learning! You are learning lots of new things.


Titiro whakamuri kokiri whakamua.

Look back and reflect so you can move forward.

Room 1

This week in Room 1 we have been learning how to make the basics of an app using Keynote. They had to choose a favourite animal or sport and insert links so when they tap on a picture it will take them to a page with more information. They also had to create home buttons to take the reader back to the start. They have done a great job!

Room 2

Although it has been a wee bit cold, this week's weather definitely showed the promise of Spring. Room Two has been a hive of activity, as we gain momentum towards the end of term 3!

In Maths, we have been learning about averages; units of measurement and how to tell the time. Tricky concepts, but we are getting there!

In writing we have been have been working on recounts and including loads of rich figurative language - their writing is a pleasure to read. Over the last couple of weeks we have been doing some art based on the work by Sandra Silberzweig art. We shared our completed artwork in assembly this week.

Room 3

Room 3 has been celebrating Maori Language week this week and learning our mihi so we can introduce ourselves to others at a formal meeting or occasion. We have learned about each other as we have talked about where our families have come from and where we live now.

We are using our Aumangea Taima sessions to design and create a board game that teaches others the good and bad things about digital technologies. The children are looking forward to sharing their games with their grandparents next Friday on Grandparents Day.

Room 4

This week we worked on writing about the cross country day. We used exciting words to make our stories come to life. For maths we have been practising our knowledge of fractions using shapes and numbers. The children are enjoying listening to The Bad Guys series of books in class when we have a snack. We are up to book four which features some very naughty kittens!

Room 5

Room 5 have been working extremely hard this week, gaining some new skills on the iPads. Miss B has been teaching them how to use the keynote app on the iPad to create a presentation with links and photos. It is awesome to see the kids reflect on their learning and show what they can now write and read with the spelling rules they have learnt. We have also finished off our recount writing unit this week with some awesome stories about cross country.

Room 6

We are on to our second cycle of Aumangea Taima for the term with Magnets, Marble Runs and Escape Routes on the menu. Everyone is excited to get to this week’s room straight after lunch and work on their creations. It is a great chance to work with others and learn about group dynamics and sharing of ideas and tasks. Leaders are learning to include everybody, keep things moving along, and work to a deadline. After planning and creating we enjoy presenting our model, reflecting on our efforts, and considering the improvements we could make. Here are some models made so far to help the Billy Goats escape the troll…

Community Notices


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