Matapu School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 6, 11th March 2022

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

  • Monday 14th March - Taranaki Anniversary, school closed
  • Friday 25th March - Junior School Try-athlon - CANCELLED
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day of Term 1
  • Friday 15th April - Good Friday
  • Monday 2nd May - Term 2 starts

Principal's Weekly Update

RAISE Goal: I am striving to do my personal best

Te reo phrase of the week: taihoa (wait)

Kia ora,

The students had an amazing day at our annual school swimming sports event on Tuesday. Rooms 5 and 6 put together a wonderful demonstration of all of the skills that they have learnt this year, while our years 3-8 students gave their best in all of their races. The only thing missing was the crowd, which we all hope will be able to return in 2023!

Thank you so much for the huge participation we had in our whanau learning conferences. We truly value the partnership we have with our whanau and know the meaningful goals that you helped set at the meetings will serve as important targets for our students to meet during the year. If you weren’t able to arrange a time for your child’s class teacher to ring you, please feel free to email them over the next couple of weeks to set up a day/time that works for you.

Kia pai to wiki (have a wonderful weekend).

Ngå mihi nui

James Willson

School Notices

Values Awards

Room 1 - Milla for giving everything a go and being a great role model.

Room 2 - Yuuki for persevering when swimming! You have made amazing progress!

Room 3 - Nahla for consistently showing this week's RAISE goal. You are always striving to do your best! Well Done!

Room 4 - Awhina for giving your best effort during swimming sports and never giving up.

Room 5 - Indy for always striving to do her personal best!

Room 6 - Miharu for showing school values by working hard and giving your best effort.


Kei ou ringaringa te ao

The world is yours

Room 1

It has been an action packed week in Room One. The most notable event would be the School Swimming Sports on Tuesday. We are so proud of all the kids who brought their togs and gave it their best on the day. We also had a visit from Chloe from Swim NZ on Monday who taught us about staying alive in the water if we ever get into danger. We have had some fun in the pool practising these skills this week. On Thursday we made waves in the pool and practised swimming through the waves and rolling onto our backs to take a break and breathe. Please ask your child about what they have been learning in the pool.

Room 2

We have had such an amazing week in Room 2. We are focusing on writing a recount with the correct structure and have also been motoring through our Maths. As we continue to use such an awesome pool, not only are the children learning to be great and confident swimmers - but there are also amazing opportunities for tuakanateina - a chance for confident swimmers to mentor and encourage the less confident swimmers.

This picture is a great example of this: Lucas is giving Cooper a tow, using a pool noodle, so that they both can enjoy the whirlpool the kids were creating.

Room 3

This week started off with a visit from Chloe from Water Skills For Life. We worked on floating and learnt which strokes and actions were the most important for us to use if we got into trouble in the water. Then on Tuesday we had our swimming sports. The whole class put in a massive effort with each race that they swam, and cheered on their classmates when they weren't swimming.

Room 4

We had a fantastic sunny day on Tuesday for our swimming sports. Most students were able to participate and put in their best effort. Well done everyone! We are learning about using adjectives to describe objects in our writing this week. We used our senses to come up with sentences like ‘I raced across the smooth cool water.’ Our focus for the Lego We-do kits was to use team skills to build a fast vehicle. We even had a fun race! We are getting really good at teamwork with a buddy.

Room 5

We have had so much fun in the water this week. With our swimming demonstration on Tuesday for swimming sports and Chloe from Swim NZ on Monday, we have kept active in the water. The kids were amazing at swimming sports, and have learnt lots of new skills, including how to scull and doggy paddle. We will continue to practise this in the pool, so please ensure your child continues to bring their togs everyday!

Room 6

It was great to have Whanau phone conferences this week and hear the positive feedback about our learning so far. It is lovely to hear about their alphabet work, the excitement in reading a book, practising syllables, and the desire to write and draw that may not have been there before.

I am always amazed at the amount of learning and uptake these young brains take in at the start of schooling - a big change in their lives - so I am delighted to know that you feel the same amazement!

This week we have tried some more new things. We are working on logging in and out of Seesaw so soon we will be able to learn how to post our own work to show you. We are also working towards getting our ipad license which means we know how to care for and value them as tools of learning.

We tried some Aumangea Taima on Wednesday. We had the challenge of using lego to make capital and lower case Ii. We are learning that we may not get it right, but it is important to have another go and keep persevering.

Community Notices

Kaponga Rugby Juniors Morning Grade Registrations

Get together skills / touch game

Thursday 17th March 5.30-6.30pm @ Victoria Park, Kaponga

All past, current & new players welcome

Any queries or if you can’t attend check out

Kaponga Rugby Juniors facebook page & flick me a message

or contact me Tracey Berquist (027) 289 1149

Look forward to seeing you all there

Kaponga Soccer Club junior registration

It's that time of year again! We are having two registration nights

Please feel free to bring the kids down to kick a ball, enjoy boot swaps, have a chat and register.

Wednesday 16th between 5-6:30pm and Saturday 19th between 1-3pm (bbq provided).

Teams available for children aged 4-12. We welcome new and old players.

FB: Kaponga Soccer Club - Juniors

Enquiries to Junior Convenor, Jess McNamara 0278972454

or message our facebook page.


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