“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
  • Building Projects
  • Update from The Board of Trustees
  • 3RS Recipient
  • Classroom Awards
  • Reading with Rotary Award
  • ANZAC Day Learning
  • Waikato Schools Day Out
  • Friday Lunch Treat!
  • No Assembly
  • Farewell Mr Otto!

Upcoming Dates

  • 16th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • 3rd May – First Day of Term 2
  • 13th May – Science Roadshow
  • 21st May – Pink Shirt Day
  • 4th June – Teachers Only Day
  • 7th June – Queen’s Birthday (School Closed)
  • 16th June – National Young Leaders Day
  • 21st June – Teachers Only Day
  • 9th July – Last Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message

Dear parents, families and whanau,

Kia ora koutau katoa,

Wow! I can’t believe this will be my final Principal message at Motumaoho School. It only feels like yesterday that I started at the beginning of 2019 as your new Principal and as the old saying goes, ‘time flies when you are having fun.’ I am immensely proud of being your Principal and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, all the members of our school community for the support of my leadership and ensuring that Motumaoho School is a quality-learning environment where our learners are nurtured to reach their individual potential, where this is underpinned by our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Service. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our learners, staff, board, parents and wider community to ensure quality learning happens and our school remains the community hub of Motumaoho. It was an honour when I first received the great news that I would lead Motumaoho School and this honour has served me well throughout my tenure. I wish Motumaoho School all the best for the future and I look forward to hearing the great and positive things Motumaoho School does!

Exciting Building Projects Coming Soon

In the upcoming future our school will have a number of building projects on the go! The swimming pool will be getting an upgrade to it’s filtration system with new pipe work and a handy system to clean the pool. New playground modifications will be added to our existing playground for our learners to have fun! A water retention tank will be installed behind Room 2 to ensure we have a back-up supply of water if required. A concrete footpath and bollards will be put in at the front of the carpark to ensure good, safe access for our users and to protect our new fence. Rooms 1 and 2 will be getting new carpet and new lino. The new lino will extend into the bagging area. Lighting will be upgraded to LED’s and switchboards replacements/RCD installation. The classroom windows closest to the court will be aluminium joinery and double glazed. A new heat pump will be installed for Room 1.

From the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has appointed an interim Principal, Dianne Pollard-Williams, and she is looking forward to being a part of our school environment for the 2nd Term. The Board will be continuing the appointment process for a permanent principal over the school holidays. The Board would also wish to thank Mr Otto for the positive role he has played within the school for the last 2 years and wish him all the best at Tahuna school.

The 3R’s Cup Winner

Week 8: Skyliah McDonald

Skyliah – 3RS Winner

Congratulations to Skyliah, our cup holder for Week 8, who has displayed Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Service. Thank you for displaying our 3RS values.

Classroom Awards to Date

Week 8: Rm 1 – Georgia Evans,  Rm 2 – Cody Stanaway.

Reading with Rotary Award

Each term the Rotary Club and Paper Plus Morrinsville award children in our local schools for their reading. This terms recipient at Motumaoho School was Charlotte Bigham. Charlotte uses all her known decoding strategies to figure out new words and she is able to use comprehension strategies to work out meaning in more difficult texts. Charlotte works hard in reading and shows resilience. Ka pai Charlotte.

Charlotte – Reading with Rotary Recipient

Super effort by all of our award winners and keep up the great work!


To commemorate Anzac Day we made a collaborative mural where we were working together just as the soldiers did. We discussed life in the trenches and listened to the Last Post all wearing our poppies. We also listened to a story explaining the history of ANZAC biscuits and how families would send these over to the soldiers and how they became known as ANZAC biscuits. We also baked a batch to share at school. Our learners have been learning about Anzac Day and all worked on creating a fantastic mural. Thank you to everyone who made a donation towards this years Poppy Day appeal.

Waikato Schools Day Out

We had a wonderful trip last Friday and we thank all the parents that helped with transport on the day. We had 3 activities booked: Elsa & Ana Enchanted Live Entertainment, we made chicken nuggets from scratch at Emma’s Cooking Corner and a Teddy Bears surgery where Daisy was the star surgeon!

Friday Lunch

On Friday we won’t be having the sausage sizzle, as Mr Otto would like to treat our learners with a special lunch of Fish ‘n’ Chips for his last day! There will be a sausage for those who don’t want fish. (There will be no cost to our learners).


We will not be holding an assembly this week due to the last day of term. Thank you for everyone’s attendance at our assemblies and supporting the progress and achievements of our learners.

PTA Chocolate Easter Raffle

Thank you again to the PTA who put together the amazing Easter raffle! And a BIG thank you to everyone who has helped raise money for the school by selling the raffle tickets. The PTA raised $652.00! The prize winners were drawn and congratulations goes to the following; 1st – Nate Hopkins, 2nd – Paige Billington and 3rd – Gordon West. We hope you enjoyed your Easter goodies.

Farewell Mr Otto

Today we held a morning tea to farewell Mr Otto. Thank you to our wonderful families who came along and/or brought a plate to share. We even had a former student Wesley, along with his sister AJ and family do a special performance for Mr Otto which was very moving. Mr Otto we wish you all the very best in your next role and will no doubt see you at future events when our schools will come together. Good luck and goodbye from us all.


Nga mihi

Phillip Otto and staff.