In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Welcome to Sarah Matherson
  • New Students in Room 1
  • PrEP
  • Amazing Race
  • Mr Bertrand’s Powhiri
  • Zero Waste
  • Tennis Coaching
  • School Photos
  • Kickstart
  • Calendar Art
  • Sunsmart
  • Labour Day
  • Friday’s Lunch
  • Working Bee

Upcoming Dates

  • 22nd October – Labour Day
  • 23rd October – Tennis Coaching Begins
  • 24th October – Amazing Race (Year 6)
  • 29th October – School Photos
  • 1st November – Velodrome Visit (Room 2)
  • 10th November – School Gala Day
  • 16th November – Rural Schools Athletics Day (Tauhei School)
  • 6th December – Beach Education (Waihi Beach)
  • 12th December  – Prizegiving
  • 17th December – Last Day of Term 4
  • 4th February – First Day of Term 1


Hello and welcome to Term 4, we hope that you have had a restful and fun break with your family. Term 4 has lots planned with a few dates already set during the holidays, so be sure to pop these into your calendar. These include our Gala Day and PrEP market, Prizegiving, Beach Education trip and PTA end of year BBQ.  The students have settled well into the term, and it has been great to see their excitement building around all the engaging activities planned.

Welcome to Sarah Matherson

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Miss Sarah Matherson for the duration of Term 4. Sarah is holding the position of Principal Release Teacher and is currently working in Room 2 during the morning and then Room 1 after lunch, when Mrs Hickford works with the MST maths group (Maths Club).

New Students in Room 1

We would love to welcome our new students who are starting in Room 1 over the next couple of weeks, as they have just turned 5.  We have Jack, who is Ryley’s younger brother starting on Friday, twins Tegan and Olivia who start on Tuesday next week as well as Tilli who also starts next week. We are sure you will love your time at Motumaoho School.


For the first part of this term, both the Senior and Junior classes will be involved in our very popular PrEP unit.  PREP is a cross-curricular programme where Year 1-6 students design and operate their own functioning community. It has strong links to the Social Sciences curriculum and allows students to engage in economic activity and contribute to their community. The programme culminates in a market day, with family and friends invited to take part.  

Amazing Race

Next week on Wednesday the Year 6 students will be attending the Amazing Race in Hamilton at the Gardens.  Last year the students just raved about the day and we are looking forward to a repeat this year. The permission slips with more information about this event, for those students who are going, will be attached to this newsletter.

Mr Bertrand’s Powhiri

On Monday this week, a group of 8 students travelled over to Kaimai School, to attend Mr Bertrand’s Powhiri.  It was a very special event to be part of and they did an amazing job of representing our school on the day. We had the opportunity to have a look around the school and to meet with the students and teachers.  We are certain that Mr Bertrand will have a great time as Principal of Kaimai School, and wish him all the very best for the future.

Zero Waste Education

Next week, we have Zero Waste Education coming into the school.  This comprehensive programme consists of different units each focussing on a specific solution to our waste problem. As the units alternate each year students will constantly receive new material. They will have received 9 units by the time they leave Year 8.  The facilitator will be visiting on Wednesday and Friday next week.

Tennis Coaching

Our tennis coaching begins next Tuesday with Clem from Tiger Tennis where all of our students will be receiving tennis coaching. A small fee is involved, and this will be invoiced at a later date.

School Photos

The school photos for this year have been scheduled for Monday 29th October.  You are most welcome to bring preschoolers/siblings for family photos, the photos are scheduled for first thing in the morning, however we cannot guarantee the exact time when the photos will occur if you are waiting for sibling photos.


Kickstart to School, will continue in Term 4, on Friday morning 8.30am -10.15 in the school library with Mrs Belinda Duncan.  This programme is for preschoolers aged 4.5 years and up, if you know anyone who is interested please contact the school office for more information.

Calendar Art

Due to the busyness of the term around the PrEp unit and school Gala Day, we will not be doing calendar art this year.

Sun Smart

As we are moving into the warmer months, students will be required to wear their school hat at each break when playing outside, these will be issued to the children and care of the hat is their responsibility.  We have sunblock available in the classroom for students to use, but it may pay to put some on your child/ren in the morning before they come to school.

Labour Day

Just a friendly reminder that Monday is Labour Day, so the school will be closed.  We are however looking forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday.

School Lunches

Pie Day Friday $1.50 and Iceblocks will be available $1.00

From the Board

On Monday (Labour Day) we are holding a Working Bee. There are a number jobs and maintenance that need to be done around the school.  We have a list of jobs that we would like to be completed so if you are available to help on this day please let us know, or if you are unavailable, or would like to help on another date that would be awesome as well, just contact the school office.

Kind regards

Cheryl and staff.

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