Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 5 , 19th November 2021

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

  • Wednesday 24th November - Senior Prizegiving - See Principals Update 2nd November
  • Friday 26th November - Teachers Only Day - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday 1st December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Tuesday 14th December - Last day of Term 4
  • Thursday & Friday 27th & 28th January - Office open, 9am - noon
  • Tuesday 1st February - Term 1 2022 starts
  • Monday 7th February - Waitangi Day observed, school closed

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to try something new

Te reo phrase of the week: ka mau te wehi (that’s amazing)

Kia ora,

This week saw the start of our prize giving events. Our students and teachers have done so well to still put together class items that showcase their creativity and enthusiasm. We held our sports prize giving on Wednesday, followed by our junior prize giving today. Both of these events have been emailed to our parents/caregivers’ email addresses. Please contact the office if you haven’t received the link. I have had a couple of parents let me know that the email ended up in their spam folder so please check there first.

As we look towards 2022, it is extremely pleasing to let you know that our teaching team will remain the same next year. The only change comes in the form of Nikaela Boshier and Deborah Moffitt swapping around. Therefore Nikaela will be the teacher in Room 5 next year and Deb will be in Room 2.

Thank you to all of our parents/caregivers who have been ordering new hats for their children. The weather is definitely heating up so it’s really important that our students protect themselves from the sun. Every new student at Matapu School receives a new, named school hat that is funded by our SPA Committee. Please see the photo below to check out our latest recipients.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

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Poipoia te kakano kia puawai.

Nuture the see and it will blossom.

Room 1

We have been starting our days off right by getting our hearts pumping while skipping out on the courts. The kids have been learning to skip forwards and backwards, cross cross and how to run and skip at the same time. It is so much fun, I wonder if Santa might deliver a few skipping ropes this year?

Room 2

Room 2 have been working hard to perfect their dance for prize giving next week. The kids look amazing, having learnt all the moves and working together in their groups and as a class.

On Thursday, Room 2 had Mrs Heatherton and they had heaps of fun building bridges from popsicle sticks. They also used clay to make the tallest tower. Esther from Enviro Schools came in and took the class around the school, identifying native trees and collecting leaves for students to draw.

Room 3

We have been working hard to learn the dance routine for our class's end of year performance this week. Hopefully everyone is able to watch our final performance which will be uploaded to youtube after the prizegiving. We also did art with Mrs Hauparoa this week. We learnt about perspective art with a horizon or a vanishing point.

Room 4

We worked incredibly hard on our dance for prizegiving this week! We hope you enjoy it. Our focus for maths was to practise some of our basic facts we wanted to improve on and our literary focus was contracted words, such as I'm, it's, wasn't and didn't.

Room 5

As the end of the term is in sight, we are busy completing projects. We would like to introduce to the Matapu School Community the newest member of Room 5. He is a fragile wee Taniwha and we discovered that a bit more paper mache could have helped his head to not implode - however, all part of the learning journey! Many hands made fun work for this little guy - our class has not decided on a name at the time of print - watch this space!

Plans are all afoot to perform our Hudson and the Beanstalk live. It will be different to not have the School Community there but Covid impacts most aspects of life and this is no different.

Kia kaha to all our tamariki as they celebrate their mahi - Ka rawe and tino pai whanau.

Room 6

Another week of creating, writing, drawing and performing!

Our letters to Santa have been published and are now in the mail. Hope they make it to the North Pole on time! We have a variety of requests for Santa including a dolly car, a Barbie caravan, a toy chainsaw, a motor bike helmet, a camera, an Ipad, a teen titan...and something yellow and pretty!

By the time you read this we will have done our performance for prize-giving. Our costumes looked stunning and we all felt very proud of our art and our performance- we just love the Pepeha waiata!



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