Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 10, 8th April 2022

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

  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Friday 15th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 2nd May - Term 2 starts
  • Friday 3rd June - Teachers Only Day

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: take care of yourself and be kind to others

Te reo phrase of the week: kei hea o …? (where is your…?)

Kia ora,

As we head towards the end of another successful term, it is important to note all of the experiences that our students have participated in despite Covid. We have managed to hold our athletics afternoon, swimming sports, year 7 and 8 tech, kapa haka, enviro field trips, whanau learning conferences, girls’ football tournament, and the BOT golf tournament. With the relaxing of Covid restrictions, Term 2 will be even more action packed! We have some wonderful experiences in the pipeline, which we know our students will love.

For the second year in a row we have kept our pool open until the end of March. This has given our students the chance to participate in daily swimming activities for eight weeks, helping their stroke development and survival skills to no end. Thank you very much to Rebecca Van Den Brand and Anna Hauparoa for testing our pool multiple times per day and looking after the up keep of it to ensure that we could make the most of our swimming programme. With any luck, we will be able to bring back our community pool key scheme next summer so our community members will again be able to make use of the school pool outside of school hours.

As of today we currently have seven Covid cases within our student population and two cases within our staff.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Paxton for always showing focus and enthusiasm in everything you do.

Room 2 - Cooper for being great at staying on task to animate your story.

Room 3 - Bridgette for always working hard and being an up-stander, not a by-stander.

Room 4 - Noah M for being a fantastic work buddy and thinking about different ways to make things work on the ipads.

Room 5 - Ava for always putting in your best effort.

Room 6 - Theo for being committed to your learning and giving everything 100%.


He waka eke noa, kia eke panuku, kia eke Tangaroa.

We're in this waka together. Through all our efforts, we will succeed.

Hawera Basketball 2022

If your child would like to play basketball for Matapu School, please fill in the registration form by following the link below before Thursday 14th April. Details for all age groups are included in the form. Basketball is held at The Hub during Term's 2 and 3.

Room 1

It has been a very productive week in Room One! The Arts Leaders have been hard at work naming our awesome new school jackets. They have learned how to use the cricut to cut out the names and the heat press to adhere the HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) to the jackets. The kids look so cool running around outside in their sweet new threads.

Room 2

This week Room 2 has been introduced to Classwork, an app that distributes work to each child to work on or collaborate with. They have also been learning to make an animated picture book using the app Keynote. It is amazing what they can do using this app. The children have also found that there are lots of tips and tricks to make things easier, that are built into iPads.

Room 3

This week we had Melissa from Athletics New Zealand come to our school. She took our class out for a session where we played games and did activities. Then we discussed which athletics skill we had used in each activity. We had fun and were grateful that the weather held out so that we could do this session with Melissa.

Room 4

For the past week we have been writing interesting stories using exciting action verbs and adjectives. We have watched a few action packed video clips to help us think of words. In the afternoons, we are learning to use the Keynote app to trace and colour pictures of Maunga Taranaki. We are hoping to turn them into animations next week! In our literacy programme, we are practising how to read and write ‘Silent E’ words, and for maths we are learning how to work on our individual basic facts goals. The weather was great for a game of possum tag with Room two on Friday! We have had a great week of learning!

Room 5

This week Room 5 started learning about patterns in Maths. They watched a video that showed them what they could use to create a pattern, the names of different patterns and learnt that the repeating part of the pattern is called the ‘core’. They then went away and had to predict what would come next and create a repeating pattern with 2 or more elements.

Room 6

This week for our Aumangea Taima activity we made wind chimes. We brought things from home we thought would make a good sound or look great and used our problem solving skills to help us create our amazing finished products. We learnt to keep trying new things if things didn’t work quite right and we all felt really proud of our work. Some of the comments at the end were:

I liked…

…when I heard the noise of my wind chime

…building my wind chime

…working out how to get the noise

…when I was building it

…the lovely music it makes

Community Notices

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