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)
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
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.
Room 6 - Harvey for always using your Matapu values in Room 6, you show respect and ambition and you always put in your best effort.
Room 3 - Bryleigh for a great effort with the karanga at the marae.
Room 4 - Meika for quietly completing all of your work in class and being a fantastic role model outside of school by showing our school values.
Room 3 - Hunni for a great effort with the karanga at the marae.
Room 2 - Stefanie (absent) for an amazing effort at Kaponga athletics.
Room 5 - Rocco (absent) for trying his best at Kaponga athletics.
Thumbs Up Award
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
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!!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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
PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT US
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. www.sporty.co.nz/kapongasoccer/
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 :)