Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 1, 16th October 2020

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

  • Friday 23rd October - Teachers Only Day.
  • Monday 26th October - Labour Day (no school).
  • Thursday 29th October - Kissick Eraio Tournament.
  • Friday 30th October - Kapa Haka Festival.
  • Saturday 31st October - Pet Day
  • Monday 2nd - Friday 6th November - Book Fair.
  • Friday 6th November - Grandparents Day.
  • Tuesday 10th November - School Photos.
  • Wednesday 11th November - Interschool Soccer Tournament.
  • Wednesday 18th November - School Prizegiving & Hangi.
  • Tuesday 15th December - Last day of school.
  • Wednesday 16th December - Teachers Only Day (End of Term 4).

Principal's Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 1

RAISE Goal: to wear my school hat when I’m outside

Te reo phrase of the week: whakamaua tō potae (put on your hat)

Kia ora,

Welcome to the start of Term 4! All of our students have had a great week back at school, catching up with their friends and setting learning goals for the term. It has been fantastic to see them playing a variety of games outside. We also have our dedicated touch coaches coming in to school to run lunchtime practises on the school field.


Please remember that your child/ren need to wear their school hats this term. Every new student at Matapu School receives a new school hat free of charge, kindly funded by our SPA Committee. If your child has lost their school hat, please see Emma at the office to purchase a new one.

Working Bee

The BOT are holding a working bee to get the school looking its best before pet day. This will be on Tuesday 20th October from 10am until 12:30pm, if you can come along and help and bring a wheelbarrow, shovel or rake it would be much appreciated.


After our school prize giving on Wednesday 18th November we will again be having a hangi. This is a huge undertaking and with even more students attending Matapu School this year, we will definitely need community support. In the coming weeks a letter will be sent home detailing a food item to bring into school on the day of the hangi for our students to prepare.

Teachers Only Day

Please remember that on Friday 23rd October it is a teachers only day. The students have been given a number of projects to complete at home for Pet Day so this could be a good time to get stuck into them. We have Pet Profiles, Lego Creations, Miniature Farms, and Cake Decorating for them to participate in. Your child has received a paper flyer today regarding these entries.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Room 1

Welcome back to Term 4. It is so lovely to have all our happy smiling faces back again, pumped and eager to learn. We are heading into a very busy, very exciting term.

To start us off, all of the students in Room One are signed up to Maths Whizz. This is an online based programme that assesses where a student is at with their maths and helps to fill any gaps that they may have. The programme teaches a concept and then assesses the students knowledge before moving on. The students can earn gems, choose their avatar and see how they are progressing all within the app. Everyone has a log in that they can bring home with them to practise for homework. It is very important that you do not help your child with the answers, by all means do feel free to help them learn the concept, but when they are in the assessment part of the programme, do not assist them or the programme will get an inaccurate result for them and move them on before they have truly understood or learned the concept.

Room 2

It has been great coming back to school and getting stuck into it. We have a huge term packed with exciting activities. We have been busy with reading, writing and maths, as well as our usual sports skills with Kelly Sports and organising our artwork for Pet Day. We also practiced an earthquake drill on Thursday for the national ShakeOut.

Room 3

Wow, it’s the start of Term 4 already! This week we have been working with buddies to recap how to solve math word problems in lots of different ways and also thinking about fitting the correct words into sentences. Our writing focus has been using different sentence starters and describing words to make it really exciting. We have started some cool animal cartoon art for Pet Day too. Here is a quick glimpse of Room 3 persevering with their drawings.

Room 4

Week 1 has zoomed by in Room 4. We have been busy catching up with our friends and getting back into our routines. We have chosen our maths and writing goals for the beginning of the term and are working hard to achieve these. We have a section in the school garden for our class and have planted some strawberries in there. During our makerspace time we are going to design a way to keep the berries safe from the birds.

Room 5

Wow what a great week back to school! We have not only 1 new person in our class but 5 new people in our class! We have loved making new friends and finding out all about them! Welcome to Room 5 Holly, Hailey, Krystal, Leo and Bianca!
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Values Awards

Room 4 - Caden for 100% effort in everything that he does. Keep it up Caden!

Room 6 - Hudson for showing such enthusiasm for learning, you show ambition and effort everyday!

Room 5 - Leah for showing all of the school values and being a kind member of Room 5!

Room 2 - Ella-Rose for your awesome effort with recount writing! Ka Pai!!

Room 1 - Molly for always giving 100% to everything she does.

Room 3 - Aden (absent) for putting in a huge effort to make your writing exciting!


He nui nga painga o te hangaru mo te tai.

There are many benefits of recycling for the environment.

Pet & Gala Day

  • Can we please have donations for the grocery raffle dropped at the office.
  • We will also need baking donations for the bake sale, these can be left at the office on Friday 29th October.


  • Please return basketball singlets ASAP.
  • All touch fees are now overdue, please pay ASAP.

Kaponga Athletics Club

We are starting our new 20/21 season next week (Wednesday 21st October 6.30pm), all athletes this year can run for only $10.00!!

Normanby Athletics Club 2020-2021 Season

First Registration Night & Coaching:

Monday 19th October 5.45pm.

Normanby Domain

Registrations for all ages. New and old members welcome.

Contacts Karen Brooks 278 3374 or Steve Gray 272 8445

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