In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Welcome to our new students
  • Miniball
  • ‘Chicken Chucking’
  • Kids for Kids Concert
  • NZEI Teacher Strike
  • MIS – Mrs Clark Visits Year 6 Students
  • Ruben the Road Safety Bear
  • Parking – Pick Up/Drop Off
  • Hockey Competition
  • Friday Lunch

Upcoming Dates

  • 15th August – School Closed for NZEI Teachers’ Strike
  • 20th August – Mrs Clarke (MIS) Visits our Year 6’s
  • 21st August – BOT Meeting
  • 23rd August – Kids for Kids Concert
  • 14th September – School Cross Country
  • 21st September – Grandparents Morning
  • 27th September – Hockey/Soccer Funday
  • 28th September – Term 3 Ends
  • 15th October – Term 4 Starts

Today in History

Wellington Battalion captures Chunuk Bair, 8 August 1915

The high point of the New Zealand effort at Gallipoli, the attack on Chunuk Bair underlined the leadership qualities of Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone.

Quote of the Week

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” – Harriet Tubman


Hello everyone. August is upon us and with it, the final month of winter 2018…yay!  Term 3 has started well for Motumaoho School and the children are settled into their work routines.  As the warmer weather slowly makes it’s way here, the children are enjoying an increased amount of sunny lunchtimes with the courts, field and playground playing host to their fun activities and games.

Welcome to our new students

Motumaoho School wishes to welcome two new students – Lola and Olivia. Lola turned 5 last week and is the younger sister of Sophia. She has been attending our Kickstart programme on Friday’s.

We also welcome Olivia and her family to Motumaoho School who joins Room 1 from today. We wish both girls a happy time here.

Miniball (Basketball)

Unfortunately there have been a few ‘undesirable’ incidents occurring at the basketball recently.  No specific children or schools have been singled out, however please read if your children or family attend the Events Centre for Miniball. The following is part of a message from the coordinator:

It is with disappointment I am having to email this out to schools as I know majority of the mini-ball participants are well behaved and respect the facilities and facilitators. Please make sure all children and siblings are supervised as there was unacceptable damage to the event centre on Wednesday. The stairwell is out of bounds, the top door had been pushed in, so it couldn’t be opened from this side…Also children were seen climbing up on to the window sill up over the railing. In the Ladies changing rooms the shower curtains had been all taken down from both sides and the towel rails pulled off. And in the toilet the rubbish bin was tipped over all over the floor.
Ewan the property manager had to come down and fix the door. There was lots of rubbish left behind in the stadium, can we also make extra effort to find the bin out front…’

Tonight’s game times are 4pm for our Year 4 Academy players and 4:30pm for our Year 5/6 school team. Good luck to our players!

Chicken Chucking

Thank you to the parents who were able to help us out yesterday with Chicken Chucking. It is one of our schools major fundraising projects each year and something that we want to preserve. As previously mentioned preschool children are welcome to come with you, often they enjoy playing with the baby chicks.  It comes around every 8 weeks approximately, so the next one will be around the end of term/ term break.

Kids for Kids Concert

Our Kids for Kids’ concert is Thursday 23rdAugust. We have a rehearsal from 9:00am – 1:00pm so the whole school will be out for the day. We are in the process of booking min-vans to help with transport for the rehearsal. There is also an option to use them in the evening if some parents are not intending on going to the show to watch.  We will need firm numbers for the evening show, so we know if it’s going to be worth it. Please inform the office by phone or email  if this would be useful to your family.

NZEI Teacher Strike – Wednesday 15th August 

Motumaoho School Board of Trustees will be showing support for our teachers and closing the school on Wednesday 15th August for the full day. The Board and our Teachers appreciate the inconvenience of strike action on some families. We have not taken the decision lightly and we have looked into all the options available to the school. Primary teachers have not taken industrial action in New Zealand since 1994 and the fact that they are taking such a step now shows the grave nationwide concerns they have for the future of quality public education. The key aspects the strike hopes to change in the negotiations are: Increasing the number of teachers so children can get more one to one support- and retaining those teachers; More resourcing and staffing to support children with additional learning needs; Workload issues and preserving the high quality of teachers that New Zealand has. Please make alternative arrangements for your children for next Wednesday.

MIS – Mrs Clark Visiting Year 6 Students

Mrs. Clark from Morrinsville Intermediate School will be visiting our year 6 students on Monday 20thAugust. The usual process involves the children in the library with Mrs. Clark and myself, we watch a short promotional video about the intermediate and she talks with the children about the fantastic opportunities Morrinsville Intermediate provides. They then have the opportunity to ask her any questions they have and she will leave our students with some information and enrolment form that concludes the visit.

Ruben the Road Safety Bear

Ruben is coming to visit Room 1 on Wednesday 22ndAugust. Ruben the Road Safety Bear travels around the Waikato Region teaching children about road safety. Ruben and his team of presenters will visit us with a road safety aspect to share his road safety tips.

Parking – Pick Up & Drop Off

This is a reminder to everyone to please ensure that you are not parking too close or directly in front of the school gates, particularly in peak times before and after school.  Many of our families have preschool children that have to come through the carpark, and having to go behind cars to access the gate isn’t safe.  Thank you for your consideration.

Hockey Competition

Unfortunately we did not have enough children to enter a team this term. We will keep it in mind again next year. I am sorry to the children who were interested. 

Friday Lunch

Beef Nachos – $2.50. We encourage you to place your orders tomorrow (Thursday) so we have a rough idea of how much we will need.


Kind regards

Justin and staff.

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