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


In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Winter Weather
  • The 3 R’s Cup Winner
  • Classroom Awards
  • Reading with Rotary/Paper Plus Award
  • Term 2 Science Learning
  • NYLD
  • Website
  • Strike Day
  • Accounts
  • Board Elections
  • Farewell Katie
  • Welcome Anna
  • New Enrolments

Upcoming Dates

  • 20th May – Firewise Programme at School
  • 21st May – Rugby/Netball Fun Day (Yr 5-6 only)
  • 27th, 28th May – Teacher Reading Professional Development
  • 29th May – NZEI Strike Day – School Closed
  • 31st May – Fire Station Visit (Whole School)
  • 3rd June – Queens Birthday
  • 21st June – Inter-School Cross Country
  • 17th, 18th June – Teacher Reading Professional Development
  • 1st July – Teacher Only Day – Nathan Wallis Workshop
  • 5th July – Last Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message

Dear parents, families and whanau,

Kia ora koutau katoa,

Our learners and staff are well into Term 2 now. Members in our senior class have done an outstanding job with their KWL (Know-What-Learnt) research projects. The evidence from these projects show that our learners can work independently through an inquiry process where they can make decisions on what they would like to know about their chosen topic and present this new knowledge learnt in a project form that is engaging for the audience. Well done to those who presented at assembly last week. In Room 2 our learners are working on their blend sounds and showing this through their voice and actions in this weeks Big Book ‘Hattie and Tatty and the Greedy Gull’. Excellent progress is being made in their place value work in mathematics.

Winter Weather

The weather is feeling a lot colder now and we encourage you to ensure your child is dressed appropriately in warm clothing and footwear please.

The 3R’s Cup Winner

Week 2 – Hunter Mence

Congratulations to Hunter, our cup holder for Week 2 who has displayed  Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Thank you for displaying our 3 values.

Classroom Awards to Date

Week 2: Rm 1 – Liam Dewhurst, Rm 2 – Andrea Rutherford

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

Reading with Rotary/Paper Plus Award

Savannah is our Reading with Rotary recipient for last term and was awarded a Paper Plus voucher. Savannah has made good progress with her reading due to her hardworking and positive attitude towards her reading. Congratulations Savannah!

Term 2 Science Learning

Science experiments that focus on the physical world of the science curriculum have continued. Our learners made ‘quicksand’ with cornflour and water.


On Tuesday the 14thof May our Yr 5 and Yr 6 learners attended the National Young Leaders Day at Claudelands Arena. This event is part of our senior leadership programme where our seniors get the opportunity to listen to inspiration speakers and learn new ideas about how to lead people. All our learners had a very positive experience.

Our Website

We have made an addition to our website by adding a Room 1 and Room 2 tab. Please follow to see current learning that is happening in our classrooms.

Strike Day

Kua Tae Te Wa – It’s Time to Campaign. The campaign aims to free teachers to teach and principals to lead by getting additional support and staff that schools need. This is a nationwide campaign and we would appreciate your support. The strike day is proposed for the Wednesday the 29thMay. As a result there is no school on this day. If there is a change and a strike is not required we will inform you as soon as possible.


Family accounts were sent home yesterday. We appreciate these being kept up-to-date please. You are more than welcome to set up a regular automatic payment if this is easier to manage your account.

Board Elections 2019 – Timeline

April – Prepare Electoral Roll

May 8 Noon – Close the Main Roll

May 8 after Noon – Open Supplementary Roll

May 10 – Call for Nominations

May 22 – Close Supplementary Roll

May 24 Noon – Nominations Close

May 29 – Post Voting Information

June 7 – Election Day – Close Voting

June 13 – Count Votes

June 13 – Declaration of Results

June 14 – Board Takes Office

Nomination forms were sent out last week. If you do not have a form but require one, please pop into the office. Attached is a flyer for more information. Please note: Nominations Close Friday 24th May at Noon.

Farewelling Katie Schuler

Friday the 24thMay will be Katie’s last day at Motumaoho School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for the outstanding contribution she has made to our school and to all our learners. Katie has made a real difference to the lives of all our learners who have attended Motumaoho School. We wish her all the best with her family on her new adventures and she will be sorely missed by all.

Welcoming Anna

On Monday the 27th May Anna Dewhurst will replace Katie. Anna has already this year done a fantastic job relieving as a teaching assistant and building positive relationships with our learners. We look forward to her starting very soon.

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 Motumaoho School Staff




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