“Motumaoho School is a quality-learning environment where our learners are nurtured to reach their individual potential”.


In This Week’s Newsletter

  • The 3 R’s Cup Winners
  • Classroom Awards
  • Team Energize
  • Netball
  • Parent Conferences
  • Bible in Schools
  • OMG Digital Workshop Trip Reminder – Room 1
  • No Assembly this Friday
  • Gumboot Friday
  • Parent/Caregiver Accounts
  • New Enrolments

Upcoming Dates

  • 28th March – ASB Moneywise
  • 29th March – OMG Technology Workshop (Room 1)
  • 5th April – Cycling Sessions with Paul Miller, Cycling NZ (Whole School)
  • 5th April – Gumboot Friday
  • 10th April – Parent Conferences
  • 12th April – Last Day of Term 1

Term 2

  • 29th April – First Day of Term 2
  • 3rd May – Science Roadshow (Whole School)
  • 14th May – National Young Leaders Day (Years 5 and 6)
  • 15th May – Ruben the Road Safety Bear/Learning Curves Daycare Visit
  • 29th May – Firewise Programme at School
  • 31st May – Fire Station Visit (Whole School)
  • 3rd June – Queens Birthday

Principal’s Message

Dear parents, families and whanau,

Kia ora koutau katoa,

Due to the tragic events nearly two weeks ago in Christchurch, our learners remembered those who lost their lives and those affected families and friends with two minutes silence last Friday. Our learners showed our value of respect in remaining silent throughout this time. I would like to acknowledge the support you as parents and caregivers have clearly given your children after the tragedy, as we have found our learners to be settled and happy with no concerns raised at school. You can also be assured, in the event of any major incident or threat, we have a Lockdown procedure in place to ensure the safety of your children.

Last Friday our learners took part in our annual evening Tryathlon. I was immensely proud of all our learners. The resilience shown by all is a credit to the efforts that everyone put into their training and willingness to give this event a go! Our value of resilience was clearly on display at this event and I am also seeing this value displayed in the classroom through the children’s learning.

I must say thank you to all who supported and helped out at our evening Tryathlon and PTA BBQ. Parents, thank you for the wonderful salads and dessert. Plus thanks to our PTA for providing the sausages and chips.

The 3R’s Cup Winners

Week 6 – Jack Henry

Week 7 – Savannah Hooker

Congratulations to our cup holders who have displayed Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Thank you for displaying our 3 values.

Classroom Awards to date

Week 6: Rm 1 – Charlotte Bigham, Rm 2 – AJ Latu

Week 7: Rm 1 – Hunter Mence, Rm 2 – Charlie Ryland

Super effort by all of you and keep up the great work!

Tryathlon Results

5 and 6yrs  – 1st Georgia,  2nd Jack, 3rd Malakai

7 and 8yrs – 1st Savannah,   2nd Hunter,   3rd Ihaia

9 and 10yrs – 1st Chase, 2nd Zaiden, 3rd Liam

Triathlon Training

Team Energize

Team Energize’s work is well underway at our school. Sophie Millar our new Energizer has made a fantastic start with our learners. Last week she did fitness related activities and showed our learners how the transition stage of a triathlon works. We would like to thank Sophie for setting up our school triathlon and giving all participants great support.


Is there any of our learners interested in playing netball this season? This is the last opportunity as registrations need to be in next week. Our students have joined with other schools in the past – last year was Kiwitahi, as we currently don’t have enough players to form a school team. Please let Mr Otto or Mrs Wainwright know if you want to register for netball and we will try to find a team for you to join. Depending on the Year level, there is a fee for the season of approximately $20 – $35 per player.

Parent Conferences

Attached to our newsletter is the parent conference booking sheet. Please fill in and bring back to school. The parent conference will be an opportunity for you and your child’s teacher to discuss their learning progress and what are their next learning steps.

Bible in Schools

As a result of your feedback from the parent surveys, we feel there is still a place for Bible in Schools and will offer this programme from next term. This will be held once a week. If you do not wish your child to take part in this please let your child’s teacher know and they will continue with regular classroom work.

OMG Technology Trip Reminder – Room 1

A reminder to the Room 1 families, there is a trip to the Te Iti o Haua Marae in Tauwhare for a Digital Workshop this Friday. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, however it may be an idea to bring along a water bottle. We will not be returning to school until 3:30pm, so please collect your children at this time. If anyone can provide transport please let us know as soon as possible. Thank you to those who have returned your permission forms, we are just waiting on the last few.

No Assembly

This Friday our Room 1 learners are at the OMG Technology workshop at Tauwhare Marae. As a result we will not have our Friday school assembly this week. We will have our next school assembly on Friday the 5thof April. We would like to take this moment to thank all our parents, families and whanau who have attended our assemblies. Your support is greatly appreciated. Our learners get a real buzz when you are there.


Gumboot Up on Friday 5 April!

Gumboot Friday is a new initiative by New Zealander of the Year, Mike King, and ‘I Am Hope’ who are aiming to raise $2 million for kids who need some mental health support.

At Motumaoho School we’re asking our learners, our teachers and parents to wear gumboots to school in support of Gumboot Friday.

Put your gumboots on and bring along a gold coin donation (if you can). All funds raised on the day will help provide free counselling to kids who need it. We will also hand out ice blocks to those who bring along a gold coin, however as mentioned above, all money will be donated to the cause.

Please encourage your friends, family and community to #GumbootUpNZ on 5 April! You can find out more about Gumboot Friday at www.iamhope.org.nz/gumbootfriday

School Accounts

Today we are sending home school accounts. The donations requested and the compulsory fees invoiced will cover the majority of the costs for the year. However there will be other small costs relating to school trips, extra-curricular activities or special events during the year. Next term our Year 5 and 6 students are attending the National Young Leaders Day at a subsidised cost of $20. The whole school will also be attending the Science Roadshow at Morrinsville Intermediate early next term which we will also subsidise. You will see these fees on your invoice. We appreciate the costs and pressure on families at the beginning of the school year and although Term 1 is coming to a swift end, we request all accounts to be settled and kept up to date before the start of the next term. You are welcome to set up an automatic payment if this is easier. Please see Phillip or Angela in the office if you have any questions relating to your account.

There are still outstanding accounts from last year. Please settle these as a matter of urgency. These items will also remain on your invoice/statement until settled.

New Enrolments

If you know of any parent or parents who have a child turning five soon or are thinking of making a change with where they send their child, please let them know we have places available in both of our classrooms. Direct them to me please for information about our school to help them make an informed decision.

Nga mihi

Phillip Otto and staff.


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