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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Principal’s Message
  • 3RS Recipient
  • Classroom Awards
  • Assembly
  • School Board of Trustees
  • Newsletter Online
  • PTA Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle
  • PTA Easter Raffle

Upcoming Dates

  • 19th March – PTA Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle
  • 1st April – Teacher Only Day (School closed)
  • 2nd April – Good Friday (School closed)
  • 5th April – Easter Monday (School closed)
  • 6th April – Easter Tuesday (School closed)
  • 9th April – Schools Day Out – Waikato Show
  • 12th April – Parent Teacher Interviews
  • 16th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • 3rd May – First Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message

Dear parents, families and whanau,

Kia ora koutau katoa,

This term, participating and contributing is a focus for Term 1. Our learners are making the most of the opportunities presented within the classroom and outside of the classroom. Here is an update from each class:

Room 2 learners are enjoying having Ana and Maree in class to listen to their reading and support them in all other curriculum areas. The Year 2 children are working with Maree to develop the level of detail in their writing resulting in exciting use of adjectives, verbs and personal voice.

Thank you to the families who are supporting their child with reading and spelling each evening. The Friday weekly spelling check ups show good progress is being made. It is also pleasing to see spelling words being transferred into their reading and writing. Number work is targeted to your child’s level and carried out daily. Encouraging counting in every day settings is a fun way to support your child. Some ideas is to try counting red cars, brick houses, animals letterboxes etc. while travelling in the car.

Drumming is a wonderful way to develop co-ordination while learning to laugh at ourselves. Your children will delight you with the beats they have learned to the song “We will Rock You” by Queen!

In Room 1 learning is in full swing. Learners have demonstrated flexibility and resilience in light of the recent Covid 19 Alert level changes. In spelling the learners are working through their essential lists, working on Steps programme and are learning spelling patterns. In reading they have been working on making connections and predictions. They’re currently focusing on questioning. In writing, the learners have been working on editing, adding adjectives, verbs and adverbs to their writing and now they’re writing similes.
For mathematics our focus has been on learning our times tables and learning about number patterns and sequencing. For our topic we’ve been exploring nature in the gully focussing on insect and plant identification.

The 3R’s Cup Winner

Week 4: Savannah Hooker

Congratulations to Savannah, our cup holder for Week 4, who has displayed Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Service. Thank you for displaying our 3RS values.

Classroom Awards to Date

Week 4: Rm 1 – Charlotte,  Rm 2 – Leon.

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


Our next assembly is this Friday. Assembly will start at 1.45pm. At these assemblies it will be an opportunity for our learners to share their learning for the week through work samples. Our senior will lead the assembly as part of their leadership development.

School Board of Trustees

Our strategic plan for 2021 – 2023 focuses on the following;

  • To accelerate all our learners achievement in relation to equity and excellence.
  • To grow community involvement.
  • To recognise the importance of taking responsibility for looking after our environment, well-being and our infrastructure.

Our next board meeting is Monday the 29th March starting at 6pm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Healy for the work she has done on our Board of Trustees over the past two years. She has been our secretary for a large part of that time.

Newsletter Online

Our fortnightly school newsletter is always posted on our website: https://www.motumaoho.school.nz/category/newsletters/ The link to this is also on our Facebook page and available via the Skool Loop App. Often there is advertising or local sports and community notices that we cannot fit on our printed newsletter, but are online. Please check these these out if you have access to any of these platforms.

PTA Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle

Thank you to our PTA for offering to run the Friday BBQ’s, as in the past these are very popular! The first lunchtime Sausage Sizzle will be next Friday 19th March. Details will be sent out via text next week.

PTA Chocolate Easter Raffle

The PTA have arranged this amazing Easter raffle! Tickets have been sent home for you to sell (or purchase yourselves!) at $2 each. If you require extra tickets please let us know. Can all money and unsold tickets please be returned by Wednesday 25th March. Thank you for your support.

Nga mihi

Phillip Otto and staff.