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?)

Kia ora,

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

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Wade for the great effort you put into your classwork every day.

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!


E tio te tui, e ketekete te kaka, e korihi te kokako.

It takes many instruments to make a symphony.

There is strength in diversity.

Student Update - By Cooper Malone & Nazeer Rye

This week in the hall the lighting and sound has been set up for the production. Lots of props have been made for the classes to make all of the locations make you feel like you really are there!

Room 1

It has been an action packed week for the kids in Room One this week. Not only have they been practising their parts for the production next week, but they have stepped up their leadership skills and supported other classes and teachers where they can to make sure everyone is ready to go on monday. We can’t wait to show you our sweet dance moves next week!

Room 2

This week has been super productive in Room 2. Practice for production has notched up and the children (and teachers!) are a combination of nervous and excited all mixed together.

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.

Room 3

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!

Room 4

We have had lots of production practises in Room 4 this week. On Thursday we had a dress rehearsal and had a peek at what all the other classes were doing too. It’s looking great! Our maths focus has been measuring time by reading analogue and digital clocks and we are working on animal information reports, using the Pages app for writing.

Room 5

Room 5 has loved maths this week. We have been learning to add numbers by starting from the biggest number and counting on. The kids have learnt to draw or use their fingers to help count on from the bigger number. Please practise this at home when you are completing maths homework. It really helps to practise it whenever you are adding or subtracting single digit numbers. Thank you so much to all the parents who booked an interview. It is great to be able to chat about your child’s learning face to face.

Room 6

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!

Community Notices

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