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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Obstacle Cross Country Event – Postponed
  • Literacy – Written Language
  • Learner Wellbeing
  • Enviro Smart
  • Matariki
  • Assembly
  • PTA Disco
  • Yummy Sticker Fruit Promotion
  • Teacher Only Day

Dates to Remember

  • 21st June – Teacher Only Day
  • 22nd June – School Cross Country
  • 25th June – Inter-schools Cross Country
  • 9th July – Last Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message

Tena koutou katoa

Greetings to all families and whanau

Obstacle Cross Country Event – Postponed

It was a shame we could not hold the Obstacle Cross Country run on Tuesday but we do hope that next Tuesday’s weather will be much more kind to us. Year 4 – 6 winners will be able to compete in the Inter-school Cross Country on Friday 25 June.

Literacy – Written Language

We are working on the narrative genre and using a model of a mountain. We are using the tales and stories of Samoa and Matariki to help our learners to see the parts of this type of story writing.

Ask your learner about 1. The setting, 2. Action Rising 3. The Problem 4. Problem Solving and Resolutions and 5. Conclusion and the value message in the story.

Learner Well Being

Our cornerstones for our wellbeing – Respect – I am kind and caring, Responsibility – I make good choices, Resilience – I bounce back and move on with a positive attitude and Service – I am helpful and use my initiative, are the core of all learning here at Motumaoho.

Homai te pakipaki ki a Ihaia who shows the use of the 3Rs and S every day and all day.

Ihaia, our 3 Rs and an S Recipient!

Enviro Smart

We continue to develop our learning of Who lives in the swamp? We have been learning about how our beautiful Motumaoho trees, harakeke and the toadstools disperse their seeds.

Ask your learner what they know about what a seed uses to assist them in the wind. Our very old and beautiful sycamore tree has very clever seed propellers.


Is learning we are developing over the last weeks of this term and we are planning a Matariki activity day later this term.

There is a great link – https://www.matarikiwaikato.nz and another https://www.waikatonz.com/matariki/ that lets you know where and how you can become involved with several Matariki events.

https://LivingbytheStars.co.nz/  with Professor Rangi Matamua is a great way for us all to learn about how the stars influence our living in the past, present and future.

We hope you will be able to have some dark star finding time with your children looking for the Matariki stars.


Our next Assembly is Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 at 1.45 pm. We love our parents being there to celebrate our learning and our key competency 3Rs and an S.


Thank you to our wonderful PTA who hosted a fantastic Disco for our learners and their families. It was certainly the topic of conversation the next morning at school!


The Year 5 and 6 learners spent the day at Claudelands Arena today at the National Young Leaders Day. We hope they enjoyed listening to the inspirational speakers and gain leadership skills that can be used at school and throughout their lives.

Yummy Fruit School Sticker Promotion

Don’t forget to collect your Yummy fruit stickers! The PTA have registered us into the Yummy Fruit School Sticker promotion for FREE sports equipment. Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for your school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’nSAVE and participating Four Square stores. The more you collect, the more sports gear we get so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now! A sticker collection sheet is also coming home today so you can keep track of your progress and your stickers safe!

TEACHER ONLY DAY – Please remember school is closed on Monday 21st June. The Ministry of Education allocates schools Teacher Only Days to support our teachers with their workload and provide time for Professional Development. Last year, we did not take any of these allocated days due to the already unsettled year relating to Covid 19. We have aligned our days with the Intermediate to lessen any disruption for families. On Monday, the teaching staff will be working on Assessment for Learning with our Professional Learning facilitator and will then be followed by a Community of Learning meeting.

We will see everyone back at school on Tuesday 22nd June.

Have a great fortnight everyone.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Di

Acting Principal