In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Welcome
  • Mr. Bertrand in Melbourne
  • Lions Club Donation
  • Shoes and Socks on Cold Days
  • Life Education
  • Rugby/Netball Fun Day
  • Kickstart to School
  • Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
  • Basketball Fun Day
  • Reports
  • Friday’s Lunch
  • Saturday Morrinsville Market

Upcoming Dates

  • 4th June – Queen’s Birthday
  • 6th June – Tough Guy & Gal Challenge
  • 15th June – Basketball Fun Day
  • 22nd June – Rural School Cross Country at Tahuna Golf Course
  • 25th June – NZEI Meeting/School closed for instruction from 12:30pm
  • 6th July – Last Day of Term 2

Today in History

New Zealand says “no” to federation with Australia. 30 May 1901, a 10-man Royal Commission reported unanimously that New Zealand should not become a state of the new Commonwealth of Australia. Although New Zealand had participated in Australian colonial conferences since the 1860s, federation only became a serious prospect following the decision to unite Australia’s six colonies in 1899.

Quote of the Week

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney


Wow, halfway through the term already…winter is but a day away.  What a glorious week of weather we are having, these cold evenings and mornings are well worth it for these sun-filled days.  The children are all in good spirits and are enjoying running around playing their various games in the sun.

Welcome to Motumaoho School 

On behalf of us all here we wish to extend a warm welcome to Hunter and Zaiden Mence and their family.  We wish you both a happy and successful time here at Motumaoho School.

Mr. Bertrand in Melbourne

This year as part of my Principal Development I am a participant in the ‘Strategic Leadership for Principals’ programme. The focus of this year long course is looking at strategy around school leadership, school teaching and learning programmes, and growing the school roll.  The Waikato Principals’ Association are running a study tour to Melbourne with a focus on bespoke, enquiry-based development approach, designed specifically to build the instructional capacity of leadership. We will also be looking at leading change process and building collective teacher efficacy. The tour is being led by Andrew Jones. Andrew is currently working on his master’s degree in ‘School Learning Culture and Professional Culture’. This is an amazing experience. I will be visiting 4 exemplary primary schools as well as attending lectures at the University of Melbourne.  I will be away from school all of next week.  In my absence Mrs. Cheryl Hickford will be in-charge.  I look forward to sharing my learnings upon my return.

Lions Club Donation

On Monday evening myself and Natalie Hughes from the BOT attended a Lions dinner at Tahuna Golf Course.  The evening is hosted by the Combined Lions Clubs of Morrinsville.  The Combined Lions Clubs spend 3 months every year getting up early collecting the ‘casualty calves’ from dairy farms in the area.  The money they raise from this venture is then generously pumped back into the local community by way of donations to schools, which is made at this evening.  So, on behalf of Motumaoho School I wish to thank the Combined Lions Clubs of Morrinsville, Morrinsville Pakeke and Tahuna Districts for their generous donation of $1000.00.  We thank you for your continued support of our school.

Shoes and Socks on Cold Days

Winter is upon us from Friday. For the health and well-being of your children and their enjoyment of being outdoors at school, please ensure that your children come to school with warm socks and appropriate footwear.  We are constantly having children distracted from their learning by red sore feet after running around in the freezing cold.  We are happy for shoes to come off at lunch when the day has warmed up, but children need to be arriving at school with warm feet.  Coming from a farming childhood I understand the whole ‘country kid’ thing, but within reason.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Life Education

Mike and Harold are in school today. Our juniors are learning about Food & Nutrition and our seniors are learning about Social Resilience (Empathy/resilience).


Rugby/Netball Fun Day

Well done to the boys and girls who took part in this fun day last week.  The children enjoyed some healthy competition from a variety of Waikato Schools.  Special thanks must go to Sarah Matherson for supporting our Rugby boys, and thanks also goes to the parents who helped with transport and cheered from the sidelines.

Kickstart to School

Just a reminder that Mrs. Hickford has started up the ‘Kickstart to School’ programme on Friday’s between 8:30am – 10:00am.  If you have friends or family that you think may be interested, please let them know or contact the school for more information.

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge 

We have a team of senior students competing in the school’s challenge next week in Ngaruawahia.  We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their adventure when they’re back.

Basketball Fun Day

This year’s Basketball Funday is Friday 15thJune. There will be further details closer to the time.

Reports Coming Home Week 10

Mid-year reports will be coming home to ALL children at the end of term.  With National Standards no longer being used in schools we will report on all children in July and December.  We will report against curriculum levels and expectations.

Friday’s Lunch

American Hotdog – $2.50. Orders and money in on Thursday please.

Saturday Morrinsville Market

Thank you to the team that will be manning the BBQ on Saturday, it is greatly appreciated.  We would also greatly appreciate it if families could please provide some baking that we could sell alongside our sausages and buns. If you are able to help out, please drop baking at the school on Friday, thanks.

Check out our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is constantly being updated with new posts and is a great way to keep up with all the activities the children are involved in at our school.


Enjoy the long weekend we have coming up. Keep warm and stay safe!


Kind regards

Justin and staff.

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