“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
  • Lunches in Schools
  • Enviro 
  • Maori Language Week
  • Science 
  • Livestock Day/Group Day
  • Planning for 2022
  • School Photos
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • Board Vacancy

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
  • 14th December – Last day of Term 4

Principal’s Message

N mihi nui ki a koutou

Greetings and welcome to you all

I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of term 3. The term was filled with exciting new learning and the challenges of lockdown. I am extremely proud of our Motumaoho students who have modelled the value of resilience, returning to school with a positive learning attitude and taking on challenges with a positive mindset. We appreciate the hard work from all staff and the support you as parents gave the school community this term. 

Thank you for following the Level 2 rules by ensuring we social distance at the gate in the morning and in the afternoon. I am really enjoying greeting the students every day and having an opportunity to talk to parents. 

Lunches in school

We are excited to be part of the Lunches in Schools scheme. Receiving our first lunches during week 1 of term 4 will surely be an exciting experience for all. We are working closely with the local provider to ensure it all runs smoothly. We will make the menu available to you, but please remember it is not a menu that can be chosen from. All students will receive the same meals and snacks e.g. fruit and will definitely be trying  some new items/flavours. Please encourage your child to give new tastes and textures a try. It is all about eating healthy. We, alongside the provider will be focused on limiting wastage, including recycling and composting where possible. Please continue to send morning tea to school. 


This week we had Vicki from Zero Waste work with the students of both rooms covering learning about litter free lunches and composting. This learning supports our learning about ‘Our Place’ and our responsibility to be kaitiaki of the environment. We will continue to develop our learning and understanding around these concepts.

Room Tui discovered that writing does not always have to be long written stories. They used their senses to help them notice what they could see, hear, feel and smell in the environment around them. Choosing a quiet space to practice noticing the environment around them, was just as interesting as the noticing itself. Afterwards a long class list of ideas were created.
The Piwakawaka children were looking at ‘Lunchbox Litter’ and learning how simple changes like using recyclable containers can reduce the amount of lunchbox litter we have at school. So far this week from 8 children, we had 40 pieces of lunchbox litter on Monday and 38 pieces on Tuesday. Here are two photos showing the impact we can have on sea creatures if we reduce the amount of plastic material entering our waterways. Thank you for listening and supporting your children as they take responsibility for the ocean and sea creatures in it.

Maori Language Week

Both classes focused on Maori Language week with Room Piwakawaka creating Taniwha with the use of geometric shapes. These shapes were then outlined and coloured. Here are some photos of students sharing their creations.


Room Tui created “rockets” using empty bottles. Nano Girl Michelle Dickenson modelled the rocket making process on a video clip and everyone created their own cones and tubes to ensure the rocket could shoot the cone high into the air. The highlight of the day was when everyone could launch their rockets. 

Livestock Day/Group Day

Livestock Day will be held on Friday, 22 October 2021. This is a school day and students who have not reared an animal for the day, will be involved with activities linked to livestock day. These activities include flower arrangements, art and crafts as well as viewing the animals being led, etc. 

Livestock Day will go ahead regardless of the weather. Our PTA will be putting on a sausage sizzle, raffles and you can ‘Guess how many Lollies in the Jar’. And of course we wish our students who have reared an animal all the best on the day. However to ensure we adhere to Covid guidelines, there may be a limit on family members. More information will be available early next term.

Together with Kiwitahi, our school is the Secretary School for Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Group Day this year. Information has been sent out to our families with children rearing an animal for Livestock Day. If you wish to enter your animal in the Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Group Day, you must let Mrs Wainwright know at our Livestock Day. Entries are $5. Group Day is pending Alert Levels however.

Planning for 2022

It’s that time of year when we start to make plans for 2022. If you know of any families that are moving to the area or if you have pre-schoolers due to start, and have not let us know yet, please get in touch with Angela Wainwright.

School Photos

Masterpiece Photography are booked for our school photos on Tuesday,  2 November 2021. More information will be sent out next term.

Parent Teacher Interviews

These will be held early in Term 4. More information to follow.

From the Board of Trustees

Joy Webb our community representative has had to resign from her position on the School Board and we would like to thank her for supporting our school and involvement she has had with different activities for our children.  We wish Joy and Neville all the best in Auckland.

Due to Joy’s resignation a  casual vacancy has occurred on the School Board for an elected parent representative. The Board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to: Ash Dewhurst, Board Chairperson – ash.dewhurst@motumaoho.school.nz

If anyone is interested in this position, please also contact: Ash Dewhurst, Board Chairperson – ash.dewhurst@motumaoho.school.nz

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday!


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist