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)
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.
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
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.
Look back and reflect so you can move forward.
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 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.
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