“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
  • Looking ahead
  • Livestock Day
  • Bikes
  • Lunches in Schools
  • Trees for the Environment
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Shake Out Earthquake Drill
  • Property
  • Sunsafe
  • Projected Enrolments
  • Yummy Fruit Stickers
  • PTA Meeting
  • Thank you
  • School Photos
  • Teacher Only Day

Dates to Remember

  • 28th October – Shake Out Earthquake Drill 9:30am
  • 2nd November – School Photos (TBC)
  • Teacher Only Day – 8th November
  • 13th December – Future Te Aroha Show/Activities Trip
  • 14th December – Last day of Term 4

Principal’s Message

Tena koutou katoa 

Greetings to all families and whanau

Welcome to Term 4! We will be nearing the end of the term and year before we know it. We have started this term with Covid impacting us when the staff and some students couldn’t attend school due to lockdown restrictions here in the Waikato. The resilience of our school community and students made it possible to turn this into a positive experience. Our students were showing resilience, adjusting to change and it didn’t take long before the school was humming with learning in and out of the classroom. 

I was delighted to receive the email informing us that our teachers who have been stuck in Level 3 (in the Waikato region) have been granted an exemption to travel to Motumaoho School to resume working on site in alignment with the Public Health Order. Unfortunately students from Y1-8 in Level 3 areas are required to stay at home until approval by the Ministry of Education is granted. 

Looking ahead

In response to the Covid-19 alert level mandates, and subsequent restrictions, it seems to be that the requirements that are asked of schools are constantly changing and difficult to implement. Earlier information stated that as long as we keep within the Alert Level 2 requirements when holding an event, particularly while including members from the public, we could proceed with caution. However, the Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted, has advised all schools that they should now comply with the following additional requirements:

“Even if your event is considered to be for educational purposes, unless it is really necessary to give effect to the curriculum, we recommend that you avoid such events until Alert Level 1. An example of this is prize givings – although they are an important aspect of school life they are not a curriculum requirement.”

We are committed to provide our students with rich learning opportunities, experiences and celebrating our achievements.The Delta variant has made it very difficult for us to plan and organise events, ensuring everyone is kept safe and that we keep within the guidelines. Further decisions regarding our events will be made with these guidelines in mind and we will keep you informed. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. Together we can get through this. Kia kaha!

Livestock Day

Thank you to Angela Wainwright for organising this day for us. We appreciate the effort that has gone into this day. To the Bigham family, Chanelle Love, Brad Arnold and Steph Morgan, another big thank you as without your help, would not have been such a success. The students competed confidently on the day. Congratulations to all our winners. Lets build on the traditions around Livestock Day in 2022!


A big thank you goes out to Kevin Arnold, Ethan’s granddad, for all the hard work and time spent on cleaning and fixing our bikes. The children love these bikes and now they can really enjoy riding them. Kia ora rā

Lunches in Schools

What a great start we had to the lunch program this term! We are so lucky to have Loxies supply us with amazing food every day. Next week we will be repeating the menu that we had in week one with some adjustments after feeding back to our marvellous chef. Apart from these adjustments, this will be the menu until the end of the term.

Trees for our Environment

At the end of last term, we received seven donated trees to be planted in our school environment. Amongst them there were a feijoa, mandarin and lemon tree. Thank you to Brad Arnold, Matthew Pritchard, Lilly, Ihaia and Georgia who planted them for us on Livestock Day. 

Kiwanis Club

Last term we had a visit from Gillian explaining what Kiwanis Terrific Kids are all about. It was clear that our students displayed the “Terrific” characteristics: Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, Capable. Each student received a certificate celebrating them as a ‘Terrific Kid’. We would like to thank Kiwanis for providing the badges, certificates, etc. Please contact Gillian on 0272909957 to join this organisation or for more information about what they do.

Shake Out – Earthquake Drill

Tomorrow at 9:30am many schools around the country will be taking part in the nationwide Shake Out.  Shake Out takes place across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold, and our school will also be a part of the Shake Out to support our students if such an event occurs.


You might have noticed that there has been some action around the pool area. The upgrade to our pool area has started. You will notice other projects starting in the near future. These include the installation of a water tank and an upgrade to our playground. 


It is important that all students wear the Motumaoho School sunhat in Term 4 of 2021 and Term 1 of 2022.  These hats were distributed last week to all students. These hats should be left at school to ensure they are ready to be worn the next day. Please return any hats as soon as possible should they go home by accident. 

Projected Enrolments

If you know of anyone moving into the Motumaoho/Morrinsville area with children looking to enrol or families with children nearing 5 years old, can you please contact the school office so we can add them to our Projected Enrolment list. This helps us forecast and plan going forward. Thanks.

Yummy Stickers

Please return all your yummy stickers/sheets to the school office by Thursday 4th November.  Thank you to everyone who has been collecting these throughout the last few terms.

PTA Meeting

A PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th November at Chambers Bar and Grill in Morrinsville at 7pm. If you’d like to join our PTA or just want to see what it’s all about, everyone is welcome to attend. The PTA support our school by way of fundraising to purchase equipment, programmes or resources for our students and host activities such as school discos and BBQ’s.

Thank you

Thank you to Michelle and Mike Evans who ran a BBQ at their Mowing Club Race meeting recently. The club made a donation to our school with the proceeds made from this. We appreciate your support.

School Photos

Masterpiece Photography are booked for our school photos next Tuesday, 2nd November 2021. However, they are a Cambridge company and at this stage we are waiting to hear if this will go ahead due to the Alert Levels. Unfortunately there are no other dates available to re-book if they are not able to visit. We are currently in the process of looking at other options and will update you as soon as we know. 

Teacher Only Day

We have a pre-scheduled Teacher Only Day on Monday 8th November which will still go ahead. This will be a teaching planning day for the remainder of this term and into 2022.


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist