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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Reading with Rotary Award
  • 3R’s and S Award
  • Thank you Mr Williams
  • PTA – Sausage Sizzle Lunches
  • PTA Thank you – Disco
  • Motumaoho School Hours
  • Food at School
  • School Stationery Lists
  • Assembly
  • KA ORA KA AKO – Healthy School Lunch Programme
  • Homework
  • Winter Weather
  • Covid-19 Reminder

Dates to Remember

  • 7th July – School Assembly
  • 9th July – Last Day of Term 2
  • 26th July – Term 3 Begins

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou

Ngaa mihi ki a koutou katoa

Greetings to all families and whanau,

Week 9 this week with only one more week before the learners have a two week holiday break and staff have a two week learner non contact time. How time has flown this very busy learning term.

Reading with Rotary/Paper Plus Book Award Winner

Congratulations to Harrison who is our Term 2 Reading with Rotary Award winner. Debra from Paper Plus and Mrs Good from Morrinsville Rotary came and presented Harrison with his voucher on Tuesday morning, a fantastic way to begin our day together. Congratulations Harrison, we are very proud of your success and progress in reading. You are working hard and we are happy that you get to choose a book for yourself.

3R’s and S Award

A big congratulations to Cooper who received the award at our last Assembly. I have seen Cooper really blossom with his learning and his social interaction this term. 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. So very proud of you Cooper.

Congratulations Cooper!

Thank you Mr Williams

The Board of Trustees and staff wish to pass on a huge thank you to Mr Williams who has voluntarily worked hours and hours for our school this term. How lucky are we that we have had a registered teacher, specialist SARR trained reading teacher, and experienced teacher in focusses of IT, Library and Resources. He has processed 100’s of readers we have found in boxes in cupboards. Our teachers have now got an infrastructure for easy access to get out and put away journals and readers for our learners guided and coaching literacy sessions.

On top of that massive job he has done many caretaker handyman jobs that have been waiting for considerable time.

When Miss Roberts seven seater car was not available to transport all of our six Year 5 and 6 learners to Claudelands, for the National Young Leaders Day he stepped up to come out to school and transport three learners to Claudelands in Hamilton and to pick them up and bring them back to school. This was the Fieldays, Day 1 and we are very grateful for him stepping into the breach as many of our community we knew were very busy in that sphere. Mr Williams, has actually, taken groups of twenty Year 6 Leaders at his previous schools to this National Young Leader Day over many years so has much knowledge about this Leadership Day.

PTA – Sausage Sizzle Lunches

A big thank you to the parents who have come from the PTA to do the sausage sizzles we have had this term. Our learners always enjoy sausage sizzle lunches. Our last one for the term is this Friday. The PTA have asked for all orders to please be in by Thursday. Sausage in bread $2, and Juicie $2. No IOU’s or ‘free’ sausages will be available, thank you.

PTA Disco – Welcome to our school Community

Thank you to the PTA team who organised the Disco for our learners. It was a very enjoyable evening. The glow sticks and stars plus the bean bags on the stage were a great hit from our learners’ feedback.


8.30 am – 10.00 am – Learning time of 1 hour 30 minutes

10.00 am – 10.05 am – 5 minute morning tea snack and we encourage 2 things, to be eaten minimum, the children can take a longer time if they need to

10.05 am – 10.25 am – Play time of 20 minutes


10.25 am – 12.25 pm – Learning time of two hours

During this time learners can get a snack or use their water bottles as they need to around 11.30 am

12.25 pm – 12.35 pm – Lunch eating time 10 minutes, the children can take a longer time if needed

12.35 pm – 01.05 pm – Playtime of 30 minutes

TOTAL LUNCH BREAK of 40 minutes

01.05 pm – 01.15 pm – 10 minutes School Service

e.g. collecting lost property, cleaning eating tables or mats, collecting up and putting away sports gear, packing bag of all belongings ready for home time etc

01.15 pm – 02.25 pm  – Learning time 1 hour 10 minutes

02.25 pm – 02.30 pm – Collecting bag and lining up to go to the gate

Food at School

For some years Motumaoho has had a Waikato Sport Energiser work at the school. During her time with us she has talked about healthy food, healthy eating, healthy bodies and superbly thinking, learning, brains. Energisers always talk about the sugary foods making brains and bodies sluggish and some foods being once a week treat foods.

Food for school continues to follow this philosophy – healthy food, healthy eating, healthy bodies, learning brains. Nothing has changed.

School Stationery Lists

Apparently there is some concern these have changed. Yes, staff have been looking at changes for 2022 as we always revise the list each year. Our new 5 year old learners are using the new stationery list.

No one else is, or has been asked to change any stationery for this year.


A reminder Assembly is on a Wednesday, the day ALL teaching staff are on site together and can therefore be part of the preparation and Assembly sharing.

The purpose of an Assembly is to bring us all together as a school to share and celebrate our learning success and achievement as a group. Parents are always welcome; 1.45 – 2.15 pm. Our last Assembly for the term will be next Wednesday at 1:45 pm.

KA ORA KA AKO – Healthy School Lunch Programme

We have taken the survey to find out if our parents would support this programme. The majority have responded in full support.

Currently this programme is with the Ministry of Education who do all the procurement and set up with a caterer. All Health and Safety and Enviro Safety conditions must be met.

Enviro Awarded Schools who have shared their journey with us on our teachers social media all say containers their caterers use are biodegradable and recycling through creative art and design and STEM activities mean they have different resources to work with.

LOTS of information can be sourced from the Ministry of Education website by putting Ka Ora Ka Ako Lunch Programme into the search.


Any parent who is not sure how to support their learner at home with homework should come in and make contact with the classroom teacher. Homework is always intended to be a positive time. A time for practising school learning. It is not for a parent to be put in any ‘teaching’ situation. If the homework seems to be too hard e.g. a reader is too difficult then please read it to your child and get them to show you the words they do know and recognise.

Winter Weather

Unfortunately we have had some really wet weather. Our deck area is not water proof and it can be very wet and cold so we are often eating inside, in Room 1 which has a larger mat area for us all.

We encourage our learners to wear their shoes or gumboots outside. However we do have some learners who prefer to be outside with bare feet. Unless we are told by their parent this is not okay we will not ask them to wear footwear although out of kindness and caring for our learners we do point out it is cold out there.

Covid 19 Reminder

Please follow the Ministry of Health guidelines and keep your child home if unwell or displaying any cold or flu symptoms. We also remind you to scan the COVID QR Code when you come into the school. These are located at all the entrances.

Ngaa mihi

Whaea Di – Acting Principal