Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 6, 12th March 2021

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

  • Monday 15th March - Marae Visit
  • Monday 15th March - Senior Block Opening & BBQ - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 17th March - Kaponga Athletics (Please note date change)
  • Friday 19th March - Mt Spa Swimming Sports
  • 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 complete activities independently

Te reo phrase of the week: taihoa (wait)

Kia ora,

With the senior students being back in their brand new classrooms, we have had a wonderful week at school. On top of that we had an extremely successful school swimming sports, that not only showcased the swimming talent we have on offer, but really brought to the fore the massive effort that all of our students put in. It was so neat to see our students just giving their best and cheering on their peers. It was also great to see the swimming demonstrations put on by Rooms 5 and 6. Our younger students’ confidence and water safety skills have really improved this term.

Thank you so much for the huge turn out we had for our whanau learning conferences. We truly value the partnership we have with our whanau and know the meaningful goals that you helped set at the meetings will serve as important targets for our students to meet during the year.

Classroom Opening

The whole school is visiting Aotearoa Marae on Monday, before returning to school at approximately 12:30 pm. We are very lucky to have John Hooker from Nga Ruahine Rangi blessing the newly refurbished classrooms. We warmly invite all of our parents/caregivers and community members to attend.

We'd love for you to join us, check out the new classrooms, enjoy a sausage and bread, and possibly reminisce about your time spent at Matapu as a youngster.

Kaponga Athletics

Fingers crossed the weather plays ball and the annual Kaponga Athletics event goes ahead on Wednesday. Can I please ask our parents/caregivers to remember that this is a school event. Therefore your child/ren need to be sitting with the school at all times. The playground is out of bounds to all of our students. We appreciate your support with this as it becomes quite tricky when we have to try and find students for events who are not sitting with the school.

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

Netball 2021

Today is the last day to register for netball.

If your child would like to play netball for Matapu School on Saturdays in Hawera, commencing the week starting 3rd May 2021. You will need to click on the link below and fill out the form individually for each child.

Please note: Year 1 & 2 teams are now being offered free registration by Netball Taranaki, if you have already made payment to the school please get in touch with the office.


Kaua e mate wheke, mate ururoa!

Don't fight like an octopus, fight like a hammerhead shark!

For taking the challenge and not giving up!

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.

Tickets will be sent home soon, with the raffle getting drawn on Tuesday 30th March.

Also order forms for our annual Spring Bulbs Fundraiser were sent home last week. Orders are to be returned by Wednesday 24th March. If your child did not receive a from please see their class teacher or the office.

Funds raised from these two fundraisers will be going towards the new Makerspace Area at school.

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

Room 1

It has been such a great week being back in our own classroom. We have had so much fun getting set up and playing games together. This week in writing we played Musical Stories. Similar to Musical chairs, each student starts their own story and when the music plays they jump up to dance around the room and when the music stops, they sit at the closest book and carry on the story. It really gets their creativity flowing. We had some epic adventures taking place!

Next week is another full on week for our kids:

Monday - we have our visit to the Marae and the grand opening of our classrooms in the afternoon

Tuesday - the kids have tech (The intermediate have kindly switched the days around for us so they don't miss out)

Wednesday - is Kaponga Athletics Day, thanks for filling in the forms and returning them to school

Thursday - We are in class together - WHOO HOO!

Friday - some kids will be out at the Mt Spa Swimming Sports in Opunake

Have a great weekend everyone.

Room 2

Wow! What a fantastic day for swimming sports. Thanks so much to all the parents and whanau that came to watch us swim!

This week we have been enjoying our new and improved classroom. It has been lovely to show parents what it looks like at parent/teacher conferences. Thank you so much for making the effort to come and chat about your child's learning in Room 2 this year.

Room 3

It has been such a great week for us in Room 3! Moving into our new classroom was exciting, it was great to have a space all to ourselves again. On Tuesday we had the school swimming sports. It was awesome to see the whole class participate and support each other during the races.

Room 4

We had a great day on Tuesday for swimming sports, the rain held off and the students did an amazing job with their races. They have practised hard over the past few weeks and it was great to see them using their skills. Thanks to the parents who were able to come too. Wacky Wednesday was a great success with some amazing costumes and hair. Thank you for the donations. We have had lots of things to write about this week and it is great to see how much enthusiasm they have for their writing.

Room 5

Wow what a busy week! The Year 2's in Room 5 had so much fun practicing their skills to show to our parents and loved showing off what we have learnt in the pool this year. The year 3's smashed their races, they were in at their very first proper swimming sports! It was such a great day! Here are some awesome photos of our performance to the parents!

Room 6

It has been a busy week with swimming sports and demonstrations, Wacky Wednesday activities, then parent interviews. We have kept our learning going as best we could and I am looking forward to seeing how the home learning has progressed when I check it today!

Our swimming demonstration went off well. Our focus is ‘water safety’ so we were able to show our parents how the things we are working on will help to make us more confident and able to deal with different situations in the water.

It has been fantastic to get feedback from parents saying they have noticed great progress in water confidence so we are feeling proud and will keep working on it!



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