In This Week’s Newsletter

  • School Vision
  • Science Roadshow
  • Friday Lunch
  • Junior Tough Guy & Gal Challenge
  • National Young Leaders Day
  • Netball
  • Basketball Junior Academy

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday 13th April – Science Roadshow (Seniors)
  • Friday 13th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 30th April – First Day of Term 2
  • Monday 14th May – National Young Leaders Day
  • Tuesday 22nd May – Netball/Rugby Fun Day
  • Wednesday 30th May – Life Education
  • Wednesday 6th June – Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

Yesterday in History

1968 Wahine wrecked in Wellington Harbour
The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine is New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. Fifty-one people lost their lives that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.

Welcome to Week 11

Hello and welcome to the final week of Term 1.  This has been an incredibly busy and fast paced term for our school.  All the staff and support staff have been working diligently on various professional development opportunities.  These will come strongly into the classrooms next term and we’re confident you are going to see increased benefits to all our learners over the remaining 3 Terms of 2018.  In our first newsletter for Term 2 we will outline some of the changes you can expect so that you can have conversations around these with your children.

There have been many highlights during Term 1 and we have decided that we would like to share these with our wider community. So next Wednesday there will be a community newsletter going to all RD2 homes in our area.  For our families outside of that catchment – you will receive your community newsletter on Friday.

School Vision

In 2018 my Principal development is around ‘strategic leadership’.  I am involved in a programme facilitated by the Springboard Trust.  This programme presents a very exciting and unique opportunity for our school to grow and flourish.  As with all rewards though there is hard work before the spoils.  The first thing that I am wanting to do is ‘re-vision’ Motumaoho School.  In essence that means to create a new statement that defines the optimal desired future state of what we at Motumaoho School want to achieve over time.  It will provide guidance and inspiration as to what Motumaoho School is focused on achieving in the next 3 years.  It will function as the ‘north star’ – everyone will understand how they contribute to accomplishing the long term vision and, it will be short and memorable.

The first stage in re-visioning a school is to gather feedback from all our key stakeholders, as well as feedback from interested parties in our wider community.  To assist in gathering this information I have set up a survey which can be accessed at (alternatively you can text me and I can text or email you the link for ease of access).  If you could please take 5 minutes to give us your valuable input it will be greatly appreciated.

Science Roadshow

Our senior pupils are heading to Cambridge Middle School this Friday for the Science Roadshow.  It is always a fun and interactive trip.  Have fun Room 2! We look forward to sharing their adventure with you next term.

Friday Lunches

Due to the senior trip to the Science Roadshow there will be no lunch orders this Friday.  Juniors can still order an ice block if they wish 0.50c

Junior Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal schools’ challenge is being held in Ngaruawahia in early June.  As with all popular events we are strictly limited to the number of children we can take in our team.  Children who have been selected for the Motumaoho Team will be bringing home a notice advising details soon.

National Young Leaders Day

Another exciting opportunity for some of our senior pupils.  This year the event is being held at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.  We will be taking 6 pupils and two teachers plus the Principal to this event.


Begins in Term 2.  Registrations are now closed.  For the girls that are playing, Debbie Lawrence is your port of call for details.

Morrinsville Basketball Junior Academy

For those students who were a part of the Academy last year, or if you are new to basketball and interested in learning some new skills, the Morrinsville Basketball association are running coaching sessions for Years 1-8 throughout Term 2 and 3 on Tuesday’s between 3:30 and 6pm. There will be 3 groups depending on age, experience and ability with a cost of $25 for the Introductory level or $50 for the Starter and Elite groups. More information is shared on our Facebook page or check out the Morrinsville Basketball Association’s Facebook page. (Please note: This is not Miniball which starts in Term 3.)


Accounts have been sent home this week. We would appreciate it if you could settle these before Term 2, thank you.


Here are the details for services and activities held in Morrinsville for ANZAC Day:

Dawn Service:                   Held at the RSA Clubrooms, 27 Studholme Street, Morrinsville (If raining it will be held inside the clubrooms)
Assembly time:                 5.45am
Service starts:                   6am
All welcome and everybody is very welcome into the clubrooms following the service for a light breakfast.
The clubrooms will be open all day. Everyone is very welcome to come and enjoy the facilities. Our restaurant will be open, a courtesy van is available, plus we will have entertainment on early in the afternoon.
For your information:
Civic Service:                     Howie Park cenotaph (If raining it will be held at the Events Centre)
Assembly time:                 10.15am
Service starts:                    10.30am

Some fantastic ANZAC Day art done by our students.

This is our last week of school for Term 1, so we would like to wish you all a safe and fun school holiday!

Kind regards
Justin & staff.

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