Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 6, 25th November 2022

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

  • 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: waiho tēnā (leave that alone)

Kia ora,

On Wednesday we held our Sports Prize Giving and today we celebrated our younger students’ achievements at our Junior Prize Giving event. These occasions mean a lot to our school and community and to be able to welcome parents/whanau back into the community hall was fantastic. A big well done to our junior students for singing some great waiata and celebrating the achievements of their peers.


We had some special guests from Farm Source today who presented our school with our very own defibrillator! This is a considerable expense and we very much appreciate Farm Source’s generosity. Medical events can occur when we least expect it and to know that we have a life saving device on hand to use when needed is fantastic. A big thanks also must go to Kurt Parry (Board Presiding Member) for his hard work in making this happen. Please look out for a date in the newsletter next year, where we will invite our community members to a training session to ensure that they know how to use the defibrillator and where to access it on our school site. This initiative is aimed at supporting all of our community at any time of the day.

Swimming Pool - Community Keys

Another great community opportunity that we’ve been able to bring back this year after the last few Covid affected years is our pool key option. If you would like to access the school pool outside of school hours, you can pay $70 at the school office and sign an agreement that covers our requirements. You will be able to use the school pool from Monday 5th December right through until the end of March. Every year I get asked if the school makes money from selling pool keys. I can assure you that the money we raise doesn’t even cover the cost of the chemicals required to keep the pool running, let alone the cost of power to heat the pool. The Board sees this as a great opportunity for our families to have fun in the water and practise their swimming skills and water safety.

Matapu History Fact

Matapu Tennis Club: seventeen people attended the first meeting of the Matapu Tennis Club in October 1939. Although older residents recall playing before then, it would seem that no official organisation existed prior to 1939.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Lachlan for excellent effort in all learning areas.

Room 2 - Aden for your care and kindness towards our new class member.

Room 3 - Isabelle (absent) for your effort in your Zoo Destinations work this week.

Room 4 - Brock for an awesome effort in your class work! You are nailing it!

Room 5 - Rhea for the great effort you are putting into your learning!

Room 6 - Oliver for persisting in learning to write your whole name!


Kia mate ururoa, kei mate wheke.

Fight like a shark, not an octopus.

Strive to the bitter end, give your best to everything you do.

Room 1

The students in Room One would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Willson for taking them for Friday Fitness this year. A couple of years ago he sourced funding for some really great equipment, including gloves, bags and table tennis tables. They have loved honing their skills and getting in some exercise on a Friday. Today's lesson was on kicking and keeping your hands up.

Thanks Mr Willson!

Room 2

We have been celebrating our learning this week in Room 2! On Monday afternoon we played a game where you slightly inflate your balloon, then use it to grab a cup and drop the cup in the perfect place to form a pyramid. It is way harder than it looks!

We also tried to make a retrieval device out of newspaper that could span 3 metres. It's great to see all the problem solving skills we have learnt this year being used. We definitely have learners who think outside the box.

Room 3

This week in Room 3 we have been using imotion. This is a simple version of stop motion. The children have been making short movies with patterns. They have been learning about making really small movements and keeping the camera very still on a surface. They then had to edit and export it into Clips to add the final touches with a title and sound.

Room 4

The children had a great time designing everyday superhero costumes for themselves this week. They had to think about what was important to them and base their design around it. We are publishing our own superhero stories and hope to have them up on the wall next week! Our focus for maths is learning how to read and write co-ordinates on grid maps. Next week we are going to start making large maps of our local area.

Room 5

This week Room 5 started some art work to showcase for the end of year. We are looking at pattern art and using different colours to emphasise the different patterns we are drawing. There are lots of ideas and plenty of creativity shown in the artwork and the kids have had lots of fun completing each step. We also had the opportunity to celebrate our achievements this week with sports and junior prize giving. Everyone has worked super hard this year and can feel proud of their achievements. Congratulations to everyone in Room 5 for another great year!

Room 6

There have been lots of interesting experiences for Room 6 over the past week!

On Friday we had a great session learning how to keep ourselves safe in a fire emergency. Lighters and matches are tools not toys and if we have to leave the house or class when the fire alarm goes off we don’t go back to get toys or treasures. They can be replaced but we can’t!

We have really enjoyed adding to our learning about ‘Friends of 10’. In pairs we worked together, one person finding all the pairs of numicon shapes that make 10 and the other writing the number stories that match. Lots of chat and discussion and a chance for kids to be teachers for their peers.

On Tuesday we had a very little kid to visit- not of the human kind! Maddie’s wee kid goat came for a quick visit at the end of the day and everyone was besotted. Lots of smiles on dials!

Community Notices

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