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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Welcome
  • Communication
  • After School Arrangements
  • Our Learning
  • Better Start Literacy Programme
  • School Camp
  • Focus on the Olympics
  • Assembly
  • Livestock Day
  • School Policies and Procedures

Dates to Remember

  • 9th August – Better Start Literacy Meeting
  • 1st October – Last Day of Term 3
  • 18th October – Term 4 Begins
  • 22nd October – Livestock Day
  • 28th October – Morrinsville Children’s Group Day
  • 2nd November – School Photos

Principal’s Message

N mihi nui ki a koutou

Greetings and welcome to you all. 

A warm welcome to all our existing and new families. We are glad to have everyone safely back after the holidays. Last week we also welcomed Jack, Dylan, Kimberley and their families to our Motumaoho whānau. We know you will be very happy here at our school. 

As I have said in my welcome letter last week, I am very excited to be part of Motumaoho School. What has impressed me the most is the kindness that everyone has shown me. Thank you for the warm welcome from the staff, parents, students and the wider community! I am looking forward to working with you all to achieve the best for the school and students. 

Learning the routines here at Motumaoho School has been my focus for the first week.  I worked with small groups and individual students across both classrooms to observe our students in action. It is lovely to see how settled the students are and that everyone is ready for learning. 


There are a number of ways we communicate to our families. Every fortnight on a Wednesday we will send hard copy of our school newsletter home. This newsletter is also published on our website and the link will be sent out via email, available on Facebook and the Skool Loop App. For our new families please download the Skool Loop App as we use this for some notices, booking interviews, giving permission for trips and surveys. It’s a very helpful tool and you can also submit an absentee via the Skool Loop App. And don’t forget to ‘like’ our school Facebook page and our PTA also have their own Facebook page. The office may text from time to time with urgent reminders or messages.

After School Transport Arrangements

Please remember to notify the school early in the day of any changes to after school pick up i.e. other than parents, as we need to ensure the safety of every student. We cannot accept a message delivered by a student or from an adult other than the parent of the child. Your support in this regard is greatly appreciated. 

School Camp

The staff completed a pre-camp visit during the holidays and after careful consideration found the venue & activities unsuitable for the range of students and needs. We will look to plan a camp for next year in line with our three year cycle.

Our Learning

Miss Roberts will be teaching on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the Tui room. The reason for this change is to ensure we have consistency in the classroom as many of my meetings seem to fall on days later on in the week. 

This term we will focus on Sport Smarts on Tuesdays, Music Smarts on Wednesdays, Art Smarts on Thursdays and either Assembly or an Enviro Focus on a Friday. Te Reo will be integrated into all areas of the curriculum. 

Better Start Literacy

Mrs Henderson is attending the Better Start Literacy course and will be implementing the strategies within Room Piwakawaka. A meeting regarding this programme will be held on Monday, 9 August at 2:45pm.  You can find more information regarding this meeting in the separate letter that was sent out today with our Piwakawaka learners.

Focus on the Olympics


We have started the term with a focus on the Tokyo Olympics, learning more about how our bodies move, the different sports the athletes participate in as well as the history of the games. We have also used the medal table for our maths learning. 

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Service played a prominent part in our learning as we identified how these values fit with preparing for and participating in the Olympic Games. Tui room said the following:


     Respect      Responsibility      Resilience      Service
  • be a good sportsman
  • play fair
  • stick to the rules
  • say congratulations       
  • look after yourself and be ready
  • give it your all
  • be a good team member
  • stick to the Covid-19 rules               
  • don’t give up
  • try your best
  • don’t be scared
  • give it your all         
  • do your best for your country
  • try to win a medal                          


Just a friendly reminder that our assemblies will be held every second Friday from 1:45pm – 2:15pm. Our next assembly will be on Friday, 13 August and you are all invited. 

We celebrated our week one learning at last Friday’s assembly. Singing our school song, “Cheeky little Piwakawaka” was one of the  highlights. The Tui students also performed  “Play a beat” on the recorders and that after just a short lesson earlier in the week. Well done everyone! 

To celebrate the kindness that has been shown towards the new students and to myself, all students received a kindness certificate and the 3 R’s and S Award was shared across the school. 

Livestock Day

Our school Livestock Day will be held on Friday 22nd October in Term 4. For any learners that are rearing a calf, lamb or kid this year we will send entry forms home next week.

School Policies and Procedures

Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at https://motumaoho.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there’s no “www.”). Our username is “motumaoho” and password “striving”.

Ngā mihi nui

Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist