Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 7, 19th March 2021

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

  • Thursday 25th March - SPA AGM, 1pm
  • Friday 26th March - Junior School Triathlon (Years 1-4)
  • Thursday 1st April - Teachers Only Day
  • Friday 2nd April - Good Friday
  • Monday 5th April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • Friday 16th April - Last day of Term 1

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to display our school values in settings outside of school

Te reo phrase of the week: Katia te kuaha (shut the door)

Kia ora,

Our school visit to Aotearoa Marae was a great experience for all of our students, staff, and parents/caregivers in attendance on Monday. The students sat in awe in the meeting house, while they built their understanding of the meaning behind the carvings and tukutuku patterns on display. Once again, a big thanks to John Hooker for making this possible and for organising the blessing of our newly refurbished classrooms later that day. To have four kaumatua from Nga Ruahine Rangi attend our blessing and opening was an honour, something we know will set our students up for success in the future.

At 2:15 pm on Wednesday, while travelling on the bus back to Matapu School from Kaponga, Mrs Parry, Mrs Bailey, and I sat just about in disbelief! There were comments from Mrs Parry of, “Never in my time here has that ever happened!” and “The first time in 20 years!” When I cast my mind back to the few times where we have come close before, but not quite got over the line, it was incredibly satisfying to hear, “First place, Matapu School!” I’m talking about Matapu School winning the Kaponga Athletics shield of course, as well as the bagged relay cup. It was an amazing day had by all. All of the students really put 100% into every event they did, which I’m sure is what got us the win in the end.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson


Whāia te iti kahurangi!
Strive for something of great value!

This comes from the whakataukī: Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei, which means Seek the treasure that you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

This whakataukī is about perseverance and endurance. Refusing to let obstacles get in your way while striving to reach your goals.

Matapu School Parents Association

SPA have our annual Easter Raffle coming up and would appreciate donations towards the prizes.

Could families please hand donations into the office; it doesn’t have to be chocolate as anything is very much appreciated.

For more information contact the office or Angela Burke (SPA Chairperson) 021 257 0095

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Room 1

On Thursday we were so lucky to have ex student and famous hairdresser Patrick Cameron and Lawyer Randy visit the senior students to talk about their careers. We were blown away by their passion, kindness and enthusiasm for learning. They shared stories with us about their time at school and explained that we all have an X Factor and we can use that to our advantage when choosing a path to follow.

Room 2

We had an amazing day at Kaponga Athletics on Wednesday. Everyone tried so hard and that hard work paid off with the win. A big thanks to all the parents who came to support the school with this event. We are very lucky to have parents willing to help out and Megan Horgan did a wonderful job with training our relay teams. Thanks Megan!

Room 3

Week 7 has been an action packed week for all of us. The marae trip on Monday was a real highlight. Everyone enjoyed seeing inside the beautiful wharenui and using their tokutoku patterns to help inspire our own kowhaiwhai art.

Room 4

Another fantastic week in Room 4 has flown by! Our marae trip on Monday was a great learning experience and our interschools athletics day on Wednesday was a perfect day, with Matapu winning the shield this year. I was so proud of all of our class for having a go and doing their best. Tino pai to mahi! Great work!

Room 5

Wow what a fantastic week we have had! From having a marae visit on Monday, to Kaponga Athletics day on Wednesday it has been full on. Both of these days Miss Rose was extremely proud of how awesome we were and especially proud of how much effort we put into athletics day. We were awesome! To finish off the week we had Cecile from Swim NZ come in today to teach us all about water safety and even taught us some very helpful things in the pool! A very successful and exciting week all round!

Room 6

It has been another busy week with lots of ‘new’ experiences! On Monday, Room 6 had a great morning at the marae, sharing kai time and trying all the activities on offer. It is such an amazing space to be in and we are privileged to have Matua John to lead us when we are visiting, his wealth of knowledge is amazing! The blessing that followed for our revamped classrooms was another special experience- one I’m sure a lot of us hadn’t had before.

On Tuesday we visited the pre-school to catch up with all our friends there and spend a bit of time with some of the children who will be starting at Matapu soon. We had a fabulous time exploring the outdoors, painting, dressing up, doing carpentry and many other things. We are already looking forward to our next visit!

Wednesday was another first- Kaponga athletics. Room 6 managed themselves so well and definitely get a ‘thumbs up’ from me for being such a great team on the day, I’m very proud of them all! We loved the running and the games and it was SO exciting to break the drought and be the winning school- a first for everyone!!



Mark Joblin Concept & Construction Ltd, Sanfords Rural Carriers, Taranaki By-Products, McDonald Real Estate, Eltham Vet Services, ANZCO, Power Farming, Corrigan Electrical, Matapu Bulk Transport, CRV Ambreed, FMG, Mack Transport, Blastways, Nevada, Ballance, Todd Energy, & BCCL (Burgess Crowley Civil Limited) Carrfields Livestock, Rosemount Charolais - Dairy Bull Specialists, PGG Wrightson Livestock, Jack Gray Ltd, Hawera Auto Court. Bruce Parry Livestock, Kelsen's Glass & Glazing, Tommo's Tyres Ltd, Chris Perrett Electrical Solutions, Holdem Contracting Ltd, STE (South Taranaki Electrical), Kaponga Four Square


Kaponga Soccer Club

Junior Registration Night

Monday, 29th March 4.30 – 5.30pm

Teams available for children aged 4-12. New players welcome. See the Club website for details about the junior soccer programme including subs and other details.

Enquiries to the Junior Convenor, Chris Vork 022 185 0551

If you cannot make it along to registration you can find us on Facebook. Message us to have your kids entered into a team :)

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