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)

Kia ora,

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

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Hudson for always putting up your hand to help others.

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.


He tine ki runga, he tamore ki raro.

In order to flourish above, one must be firmly rooted below.

Sports Uniforms

Can we please have all netball dresses returned as well as all basketball singlets that are not currently being used for touch.

Room 1

The Year 8 Students have been working hard on their speeches for the Year Eight Dinner coming up in a couple of weeks. They have been practising in class and I have to say they are sounding pretty great. I’m sure you will all feel very proud when you hear what your child has to say about their time at Matapu School.

Room 2

This week has been so much fun! These photos show the variety of things we have done as a class. The first one is of the twins, Lucas and Azaria, showing what parallel lines look like. The second photo is of some very capable problem solving by Aden and Mason, as they wanted to paint the underside of the rugby ball for their recycled pot-plant. The last picture is of a reading group presenting a play to us. On top of all this, we have been learning about Algebra and time as well as creating a poster or report on Mog the Cat and the Christmas Calamity. Loads of variety, loads of fun and learning all in together!

Room 3

This week in Room 3 we have been learning about continents. We specifically looked at Japan within Asia. Japan has a national blossom tree. We have painted some beautiful interpretations of their tree. First we painted a sunset and moon, then black branches of the tree. Lastly we cut out some pink blossoms and glued them on. We are very proud of the results.

Room 4

The children have been learning about rotating shapes quarter turns clockwise and anticlockwise. We traced the shapes and moved them around on a grid paper then drew them in their new positions. Our flower artwork is finished! They look stunning. We have also been sharing our knowledge of how to stay safe around fire and never to play with matches. We were thrilled to have Chris Lunders from Fire and Emergency visit to help reinforce the firewise messages. You could help at home by having an outside meeting point to go to if there was ever a fire at home, e.g. the letterbox.

Room 5

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.

Room 6

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

Community Notices

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

Danza Trust

Sion Trust

Opua Road Farm Ltd

Trec Trust

AJ and JL Dettling

Reckless Ltd

Okawanui Farm Trust

Nadash Partners

Whakatupu Farm Ltd

Pingadeez Trust

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