Matapu School Newsletter
Term 4, Week 5, 18th November 2022
Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.
- Wednesday 23rd November - Sports Prize Giving, 5:30pm
- Friday 25th November - Junior Prize Giving, 1pm
- Monday 28th November - Senior Prize Giving, 6pm
- Wednesday 7th December - Year 8 Dinner, 6pm
- Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4
Principal's Weekly Update
RAISE Goal: to use my manners and greet adults, staff, and peers on arrival
Te reo phrase of the week: ka mau te wehi (that’s amazing)
Today our junior team participated in Firewise lessons with Mr Linders from Fire and Emergency NZ. He taught our students some valuable skills; what to watch out for, ensuring your house has smoke detectors, and to make sure that you have an evacuation plan. These are valuable life skills that will undoubtedly come in useful throughout our students’ lives.
Prize Giving Info
Over the next couple of weeks, we have some big community events planned. Please see below for further information:
Sports Prize Giving - Wednesday 23rd November at 5:30 pm
Mums vs Dads netball game - starts at 5:30 pm (please remember to wear sneakers)
American hot dogs will be served from 5:30 pm, please encourage your children to eat while the netball game is on and support the parents playing the game
All students to be seated in Room 2 on the mat at 6:10 pm to start the prize giving
Coaches to present the certificates/awards, please let Miss B know if you cannot make it
Please note that there is rain forecast for Wednesday, which may lead us to cancel the netball game and start the prize giving earlier
Junior Prize Giving - Friday 25th November at 1:00 pm
Doors open at 12:45 pm
Kapa haka group to perform
Awards for Rooms 4, 5, and 6 presented
Senior Prize Giving - Monday 28th November at 6:00 pm
Doors open at 5:45 pm
Kapa haka group to perform
Awards for Rooms 1, 2, and 3 presented, as well as leadership awards
Please note - due to concerns with exceeding the hall’s maximum capacity, we ask that only parents/caregivers and grandparents attend our senior prize giving event. Please do not bring your children from the junior school (or younger) as this will push us over the hall’s maximum capacity. We appreciate your support with this.
In regards to all three of these prize givings, can we please ask for our families to turn up 15-20 mins prior to the start at the earliest. It makes it quite tricky when our staff are trying to set up these events and we have a number of students running around a good hour before they are due to start.
Matapu History Fact
Check out what the students used to have to do on the first day of the school year:
3rd February, 1930: School opened - work of the day consisted of brushing down walls, cleaning windows inside and out, mowing lawns, and weeding; paths, forestry beds, flax, and flower beds. Desks removed from sheds and placed in rooms. Classes placed in respective rooms. Books bought and sold from pupils. The senior boys oiled the windmill and put in stays to prevent it from swaying.
Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).
Ngå mihi nui
Room 2 - Laila for constantly demonstrating respect, ambition, integrity and effort. Keep on being amazing!
Room 3 - Caden for a fantastic effort to try your best, even when it is hard.
Room 4 - Holly for awesome ambition and effort with reading! You have pushed yourself so hard this term.
Room 5 - Hunter for the great effort you are putting in to learn about fractions!
Room 6 - Maddeline for making a big effort to blend and segment words to help build your reading.
In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below.
Gumboot Day last Friday was fantastic! Room 5 enjoyed the gumboot throwing and ping pong challenge, even though we had to do it in the hall because of the weather. Thanks to Room 2 and Mrs Moffitt for organising such a fun event.
This week we have started learning about fractions for maths and how fractions need to have equal parts. We sorted shapes into groups to show what an equal fraction and unequal fraction looks like.
As part of our writing this week, we have had fun writing funny sentences. We have to choose a character, what they did, and where or why they did it. Then we draw a picture that has to match what we wrote. There are a few chuckles as we try to get our character to do crazy things!
Here are a couple of examples:
‘The penguin drove a tractor in the tree.’ Lincoln
‘The super hero played the guitar in his underwear.’ Chad
‘ Santa went swimming wearing a dress.’ Beauden
‘The bee ate a worm upside down wearing sunglasses.’ Miharu
‘ Digger Dog did the dishes eating a carrot.’ Billie-Rose‘The witch did ballet at her nanas.’ Mia
Fuel for Schools
The Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme has helped put over $1.5 million dollars of resources into more than 600 rural schools in the last fifteen years.
How to contribute
When our school has been nominated by a local business/farm that receives bulk fuel deliveries from Fern, for every 100 litres of bulk fuel purchased 50 cents is donated to the school.
Contact your local Account Manager to nominate our school for contributions.
We would like to take the time to mention who those members of the community that have contributed to our school, they are listed as follows:
Western Heights Partnership
Clark and Everitt Partnership
M.R Cleaver Trust
Opua Road Farm Ltd
AJ and JL Dettling
Okawanui Farm Trust
Whakatupu Farm Ltd
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Print Ready - Amanda Sherman, CMK Hawera, Shurr & Ireland Acocuntants, 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, 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, MG Taranaki, JP Refrigeration, Melza’s Customs, Monkeytoe, SepticWorks Limited, FMG, Phillip Joblin Kitchen & Furniture.
PLEASE SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT US