Matapu School Newsletter

Term 2, Week 10, 9th July 2022

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

  • Monday 25th July - Term 3 starts
  • Friday 19th August - Wacky Hair Day for Child Cancer
  • Friday 9th September - School Cross Country

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to celebrate everything that I have achieved this term

Te reo phrase of the week: he aha tenei (what is this?)

Kia ora,

As we come to the end of another successful term, I would like to start by thanking our community for your support. We moved from Covid setting red to orange, conducted learning conferences where over 95% of whanau attended, held a magnificent school production, and even managed to take out rippa and soccer titles. The support that we receive from our parents/caregivers to be coaches, take transport, or be helpers in one way or another has been wonderful and is something that I along with the staff hugely value. So thank you very much.

Room 3 Update

We are delighted to say that Lauren Procter was successful in her application for the recent permanent teaching vacancy that we had advertised. Lauren will remain teaching in Room 4, as we have luckily acquired Chelsea Werder to teach in Room 3 when Miss West moves on. Chelsea has relieved in our school before and we are thrilled to have her join our Matapu School teaching team. There will be a short period of three weeks where Mrs Hauparoa will teach in Room 3 to cover the period between when Dale leaves and Chelsea starts.

With some of you either well into calving or just about to start, we know many of you are heading into your busiest time of the year. We wish you all the best and hope you have a successful season.

Matapu History Fact

The railway which runs through Matapu, just north of the school and parallel with Skeet Road was completed in 1925. The first train took passengers, horses and jockeys from Hawera to Patiki Road, the nearest point to the Pihama Racecourse.

As of today we currently have no Covid cases within our student population.

Kia pai to hararei (have a wonderful holiday).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Dallas for an amazing year at Matapu School, all the best at your new school.

Room 2 - Adalaide for being a kind, fun and much loved member of Room 2. Well done for always trying super hard!

Room 3 - Charlize for consistently being considerate and thinking of others before herself.

Room 4 - Awhina for always offering to help others and noticing jobs that need to be done around the classroom.

Room 5 - Keely for stepping up and showing ambition in your learning!

Room 6 - Lincoln for showing enthusiasm and effort in your learning and making a big jump in the alphabet!


Ina kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, I anga mai koe I hea, kei te mohio koe, kei te anga atu ki hea.

If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.

Room 1

We have had such a great end to the term this week. Our student teacher Hayden Bryant taught us a really great lesson about Matariki on Tuesday. Everyone had a great time at Tech finishing up their topic for the term and enjoying their ice block from the Intermediate to celebrate their awesome engagement and behaviour on Wednesday. Our student leaders even managed to run a fantastic Jumping June day on Thursday and on Friday we celebrated our learning this term and enjoyed an awesome day together.

In Maths we have been learning about percentages. It would be really great if you could share some real life examples of percentages with your kids over the holidays. For example if you go out shopping and see a sale, help your child to work out the savings and the final cost of the item. We will be carrying on with percentages, decimals and fractions after the holidays.

Lachlan was lucky enough to get a ride to school in a fire engine this morning.

Room 2

This week has been all about choice, because choice is choice! Children were given the option to between 6-9 tasks from a 16 task rubric, to learn all about space. We worked together with Room 3! Children have learnt lots of new information as they were able to drive their own learning. Hopefully they have come home and have had conversations about questions such as, "Is there an end to space?" (Justify your answer). Our new space wall in the classroom is jammed with interesting information.

The freezing cold weather has kept some inside - and often they have chosen to continue to work through their breaks to ensure the mahi was complete. I couldn't be prouder!

Room 3

This week Room 3 has been working closely with Room 2 on our space and Matariki unit. All of the students have loved being able to collaborate with the students from Room 2 as well as use both classrooms as a working space. This unit has allowed us to improve our researching and proofreading skills as well as upskill ourselves on Keynote.

Room 4

What a great last week of term 2! The children have enjoyed getting creative with their own choice of writing and learning words with the spelling pattern /ow/. For maths, they have been practising how to add and subtract three and four digit numbers. Jumping June was a hit on Thursday. We joined room 3 to take part in four exciting activities planned and managed by our wonderful Room 1 students. Have a great holiday everyone and see you all next term!

Room 5

With it being the last week of term, Room 5 has been reflecting on all the amazing stuff we have been up to. From production to matariki, Room 5 has achieved heaps. We created these end of term reflection flowers with each petal reflecting on things we have learnt, enjoyed and what we look forward to for the rest of the year. It was also Principals Appreciation Week this week and on Monday Room 5 had fun drawing Mr Willson on the iPad and writing about how awesome he is as a Principal. We hope he enjoyed his card and pictures from Room 5. Have a wonderful holiday break!

Room 6

Another term has come to an end. We are looking back with pride on our achievements, and looking forward to what we can work on next term to keep our learning moving forward.

Over the last few weeks we have had visits from Ryder and Mia, our new students for the start of Term 3, and it has been wonderful to see their confidence and comfort in their new space growing each time they come. We look forward to their start in two weeks!

On Wednesday it was Mrs Bailey’s birthday. She is such an important part of Room 6 so we celebrated with cards, messages, the Happy Birthday song, and some ‘horsey’ claps to acknowledge the special day! Later we ate our morning tea together -with an extra treat for everybody.

Sadly we have said goodbye to Calais this week as she is moving further afield. We wish her all the best at her new school, and hope to see her again in the future.

Have a great holiday and enjoy each other before those calves start appearing!

Community Notices

northfuels fuel for schools

Fuel for Schools is a school sponsorship programme aimed at supporting rural schools throughout New Zealand.

As a Northfuels customer, you can nominate a participating school to receive 50cents for every 100 litres of bulk fuel that you have delivered.

For more information

Freephone: 0800 999 986



Lamb Rearing

PKW are looking for Parents who would be interested in some causal lamb rearing on farm at Miraka Hipi (sheep dairying). From the 25th of July for approximately 2-3 months.

Initially the Lambs will be on their Mums for 2 days to get their colostrum, then we will be running an ad-lib system to teach the lambs how to drink off feeders. We will monitor them as they get bigger.

We will have high hygiene standards to avoid any outbreaks of illness and disease

There is a range of jobs that students and families could help with including feeding lambs, cleaning out old bedding from lamb pens, assisting with vaccinating, weighing lambs, cleaning feeding equipment, and monitoring animal health.

Please call Johanna Downs on 022 100 4942 for more information.

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Waingongoro Catchment - Goodyarn Workshop

Come and have a GOOD YARN and learn how to identify when someone is stressed and not OK. How do you start a conversation? What do you do with the response? Who can help and where are the resources?
Get People talking about mental health. "Oranga Korero"
Lunch will be provided.

For more information go to

MONDAY, 11 JULY 2022 FROM 10:30

Matapu Hall
RSVP is essential contact Lincoln on 027 571 5985 or


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