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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Welcome back to school!
  • Back into our Learning Programmes
  • Art on Display
  • Maori Language Week
  • Enviro
  • Livestock Day
  • 3RS Cup Recipient
  • Assembly – On hold
  • School Policies and Procedures

Dates to Remember

  • 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

Dear Parents and Whānau, Kia Ora,

Welcome back to school everyone! Even though we will still be in Alert Level 2 until at least next week, it does feel wonderful engaging with the students and parents again. The students have impressed us with their calm and resilient behaviour. Classrooms are quiet, yet humming with engaged students sharing their experiences and reconnecting with each other. 

To you as parents, thank you for all your support and contributions during Lockdown. We know how difficult it can be to ensure household activities continue, that children are supported with home learning, while working from home etc. We do appreciate the time and effort you have put into your child/ren’s learning. To those of you who were able to join our Google Meet catchups, it was lovely to see you there. Thank you to the staff for organising these. 

Getting back into Learning

We are focussing on Hauora/Wellbeing in our teaching and learning programmes. We have been reflecting on our ‘Bubble Time’, identifying what we enjoyed and what we didn’t enjoy that much. Allowing time to reflect and express feelings about these experiences, supports children in working through anxiousness, fear, etc. The learning tasks integrate reading, writing, maths, art, etc. 

Spring is in the air

Although the wind and rain has been quite stormy, it is clear to see that spring/koanga is here. We read a poem about spring and then walked through the gardens to see if we could see the changes in the environment. Trees with bright green leaves and birds chirping were evident everywhere we looked. 

Room Tui had to create some art  to celebrate the arrival of koanga. Look at our beautiful art. 

Room Piwakawaka was learning the poem of  ‘Butterfly’ and created their beautiful butterflies. They were so proud to come and show them to me on Friday. Adding some pipe cleaner antennae finished their creations off beautifully. 

Maori Language Week

This is also Maori Language week and we have been learning to say our mihi, karakia, the names of the seasons, etc. During our Hauora learning, we have been talking about manaakitanga. Manaakitanga is expressing kindness and respect for other and we are putting it into practice by taking care of each other  and the environment

Enviro

We are looking at improving our school environment for the creatures that share our school grounds and adjacent environment. Room Tui has studied what lizards will need to be able to live happily in our school environment. They made a list of what a lizard will need to be a happy inhabitant of our gardens, for example the food and shelter that we need to provide in the area. 

We are also looking at keeping our school grounds neat and tidy by weeding the gardens and by preparing the vegetable garden space for planting. 

School Livestock Day 

Our school Livestock Day will be held on Friday 22nd October.  Thank you for sending in your child’s entry form. More information regarding the day will be sent home at the beginning of Term 4.

3RS Cup Recipient

We were unable to publish a photo of our star student for Week 3. Our winner that week was Kimberly. Congratulations and well done Kimberly! 


Assembly

While at Alert Level 2, we will not be holding assemblies. We will update you when these will resume.

School Policies and Procedures

Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures. Our site is 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

Principal