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)
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
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!
Fight like a shark, not an octopus.
Strive to the bitter end, give your best to everything you do.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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