Matapu School Newsletter

Term 4, Week 1, 21st October 2022

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

  • Monday 24th October - Labour Day
  • Friday 28th October - School Photos
  • Monday 7th November - Kissick Eraio sports tournament
  • Friday 11th November - Gumboot Friday
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Sports Prizegiving
  • Friday 25th November - Junior Prizegiving
  • Wednesday 30th November - Senior Prizegiving
  • Wednesday 7th December - Year 8 Dinner
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: to wear my potae during every break time

Te reo phrase of the week: whakamaua tō potae (put on your hat)

Kia ora,

Wow, what a fantastic day we had yesterday! Our annual Pet Day drew a large crowd. The great thing about this year’s event was that we had no limits on numbers and were instead able to share our amazing event with the students, parents, and community members alike. The Matapu SPA Committee did a fantastic job of organising the day. Their hard work and dedication is very much appreciated, along with Lynden Muggeridge’s organisation of the calf section. Our Pet Day relies on the support of volunteers and local businesses, who again turned out in force to make this day a success. Please see our recent Facebook post for a full list of the individuals and businesses who supported us yesterday.

School Hats

It is compulsory for all of our students to wear a school hat in Term 4. Our SPA Committee has kindly funded a new hat for our new students. If your child has lost their school hat or needs a replacement, please see Emma at the school office to purchase a new one for $20.

Deputy Principal

Kelly Rawcliffe, our wonderful deputy principal and year 7/8 teacher will be leaving Matapu at the end of the year. She has obtained her dream job of being the sewing/textiles teacher at Stratford High School. Kelly has done an amazing job of supporting the school to move to a two team system (junior and senior) and lead many new initiatives across the school. She has also lead our Aumangea Taima (Makerspace) programme, and above all else formed meaningful relationships with our students, staff, and parents/caregivers. We wish Kelly all the best in her new position and thank her for the hard work and dedication that she has put into Matapu School.

Prize Giving Trophies

It’s that time of year again where we are getting ready to celebrate the achievements of our students. If your child received a trophy at the junior, senior, or sports prize givings last year, can we please ask you to return these to the school office asap.

Matapu History Fact

Three dairy factories have served the Matapu district in the past. They were Matapu on Hastings Road, Te Ngutu on Skeet Road, and the Hunter Road factory. All three had similar beginnings. They started as creameries and then converted to cheese factories in 1912 when there was a disastrous slump in world dairy prices.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Paxton for using your initiative and helping others.

Room 2 - Kaitlyn for 100% effort in all the you do.

Room 3 - Maddie for effort and perseverance when working towards a goal.

Room 4 - Leo for making a huge effort to write, even though your usual hand is out of order!

Room 5 - Alexis for showing integrity and doing the right thing in class!

Room 6 - Miharu for showing great Matapu values in all your work. You always give your best effort.


Tungia te ururoa kia tupu whakaritorito te tutu o te harakeke.

Set the overgrown bush alight, and the new flax shoots will spring up.

In order to change we may need to leave some ways behind in order to do things differently.

School Photos - Sports teams

Can all students who have been part of a sports team this year please remember to bring their sports uniform to school on photo day.

Those who have returned them will be given theirs on the day.


Team photos will be taken between 11am & 12:30pm, if you are able to attend your teams photo please let Miss B know by Thursday 27th October.

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Matapu School Parents Association

Pet Day Raffle Results

Grocery raffle

1st Leo Coley (47/1)

2nd Horgan Family (74)

3rd Brian Winter (82/1)

Firewood raffle

Yvonne Brown (46/2)


Angela Burke

MG Taranaki voucher

Ashton Pease (31)

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Room 1

We have had an awesome start to the term. We are gearing up for camp which is only one short week away, and getting pretty excited about all the awesome things we have planned for this term. You would have noticed the senior students out at pet day manning stalls and helping out where needed. We are really proud of how they continue to step up and fill in where needed. They continue to exceed expectations, and do it with a smile. What an amazing group of kids we have here!

Room 2

It was so lovely to see the 22 smiling faces bounce through the door on Monday morning. There are some great friendships in our class and being able to reconnect with friends, ensured our class was buzzing with chatter and holiday news. We have had a great week, with good weather on our side. Celebrating my first Pet Day outside, with the Matapu community, was a definite highlight!

This picture is of our class on Tuesday playing a new 'Balloon Stomp' game. It was so much fun!

Next week, we will be exploding stuff in Science... the build up begins.

Room 3

It has been great to see everyone back after our 2 week break. We have all been excited about pet day this week and have been sharing stories about our pets and the uniquely quirky things that they do. We have been able to use these ideas as we have begun to explore writing as poetry. In science this week we planted the seeds from our Little Garden collection. We are looking forward to seeing what we can grow. We are hoping to see signs of germination in the next fortnight.

Room 4

We started the week with some awesome science in the junior school in mixed classes again. In Room 4, we have been identifying common white materials from the pantry, by making observations of what happens when they are mixed with water and vinegar. We also learned about what happens when baking soda and vinegar are mixed together, and that a gas is part of the reaction. It was great to see so many pets on Thursday! Well done to all the children who were able to take care of an animal and show them on Pet Day and those who completed the pet profiles.

Room 5

Wow! It is awesome to see all our students back at Matapu School. What a week filled with excitement about Pet Day. On Thursday it was so nice to watch Room 5 students show off their pet, lead their calf or lamb and have a good time. I am so proud of their effort and hope they enjoyed the event.

This week we have been writing about our school holidays, learning new sounds and spelling patterns, and have even redone our self portraits from the beginning of the year. What a difference there is from our term 1 artwork!

Room 6

Week 1 is over already! It was lovely to see all the smiley faces on Monday, and to welcome Georgie to Room 6. We started with some shared play, now we have eased back into our routines and things are starting to hum again.

Monday to Wednesday the junior team swapped around for some cool science experiments-you may have been roped in to try these at home too! In Room 6 we created fireworks in a plate, using milk, food colouring and detergent. It is neat to have the more senior students take on a bit of leadership and share tasks with the younger ones and to hear the excited sounds when they see a reaction happening.

Community Notices

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