Matapu School Newsletter
Term 2, Week 7, 17th June 2022
Calendar - Please note some new dates added & further information for events will be sent home closer to the date if required.
- Monday 20th June - Matinee Show, 1pm
- Tuesday 21st June - Matinee Show, 1pm
- Tuesday & Wednesday 21st & 22nd June - School Production, 6pm (please drop students off to their classroom by 5:30pm)
- Friday 24th June - Matariki - School Closed
- Friday 8th July - Last Day of Term 2
Principal's Weekly Update
RAISE Goal: choose what activity I will be doing before I go out to break
Te reo phrase of the week: nā wai tēnei _____ (whose ____is this?)
We had another fantastic turn out for our whanau learning conferences this week. A massive thanks to all of our parents and caregivers for coming along to hear about the great progress your children are making. Research shows that when the school and whanau are both invested in a child’s learning outcomes they achieve a higher level of success.
At the whanau learning conferences you would have received a written report updating you on your child’s progress and setting some next steps for their learning. If a comment was noted about your child’s attendance in the ‘Points to Discuss’ section I would really appreciate it if you make this a priority. We seem to be through our Covid wave now and making sure that students regularly attend school is a high priority. Basically if your child isn’t sick, they need to be at school. We have set up a new text message service for any students who have an unexplained absence. We will send you a text message, which will require a response by either replying to the text, leaving an absentee message via the school app or office voicemail, or sending an email.
Next Wednesday and Thursday
With four production shows next week, we definitely understand that it is going to be a massive week for our students. Therefore on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June, we do not require students to be at school until 10:45 am as they may need a bit of a sleep in after the night performances. However school will be open for all students like usual at 8:30 am if needed. The school bus will also run at the normal times so if your child is normally a bus student, you will have to drop them off at school if they start at the later time of 10:45 am.
Please remember that next Friday 24th June is the first time that we will celebrate Matariki as a public holiday. Therefore the school will be closed.
Matapu History Fact
During the world wide influenza epidemic following World War 1, Matapu School (along with the rest of New Zealand’s schools) was closed for 12 weeks in an effort to halt the killer disease.
As of today we currently have 3 Covid cases within our student population.
Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).
Ngå mihi nui
Room 2 - Savannah, well done for demonstrating resilience during your learning.
Room 3 - Magrett for consistently making good choices at break times and playing well with her friends.
Room 4 - Harper for a huge effort to learn lots of letter sounds this term!
Room 5 - Zyden for stepping up and showing ambition in your learning!
Room 6 - Billie-Rose for an amazing start to school and a super effort learning our dance!
It takes many instruments to make a symphony.
There is strength in diversity.
Student Update - By Cooper Malone & Nazeer Rye
One of the highlights of the week were the Whanau Learning Conferences. So fabulous to meet whanau in person now that the covid restrictions have eased. Room 2 is tracking along nicely.
Another highlight was welcoming Nevaeh to our room - she has settled in beautifully.
We have been full throttle in Room 3 this week. It has been great to see all the students working hard to learn their dance moves and lines for our class performance.
Most of the class was out on Wednesday at a rippa tournament in Hawera. Everyone did so well, they played hard and showed great sportsmanship. Well done Room 3!
The production countdown is on! This week has seen a lot of practise perfecting things we need to do ‘right on the night’ - like getting onto stage and moving to the right places quickly, remembering to stay still and look over the top of the audience, keeping up with the music, saying our lines with the big kids at the right time, and exiting the stage pride intact!
By the time you read this we will have done our dress rehearsal, and that adds another layer of excitement as we put the costumes on for the first time. Here’s hoping we remembered to perform while wearing them…you will find out next week!
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