“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
  • 3R’s & Service Award
  • Classroom Awards
  • Learning in Different Ways
  • PTA
  • Fun Athletics Day
  • Future Te Aroha Show
  • Prizegiving
  • School Swimming Pool

Dates to Remember

  • 2nd December – BOT Meeting
  • 8th December – Athletics Day (Students Only)
  • 9th December – Prizegiving
  • 13th December – Future Te Aroha Show/Activities Trip
  • 14th December – Last day of Term 4 (Finish at 12:30pm)

Principal’s Message

Tena Koutou Katoa

This week I would like to start with a big thank you to our parent community for your support throughout this term. With all the uncertainty and changes out there, we have managed to continue our routines and activities here with relative ease.  

As the Covid-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework will start from Friday, 3 December 2021, schools will continue to work under the current levels until January 2022. A detailed letter was sent out yesterday. Please have a look at the letter, if you haven’t done so already. 

3R’s and Service Award

3R’s and Service award: Lilly Tutu’u Lao. Congratulations Lilly for modelling all our values!

Congratulations Lilly!

Classroom Awards – Tui 

Tilli – For working independently

Cooper – For working independently

Charlotte – Progress in writing

Classroom Awards – Piwakawaka 

Skyliah – Progress in Maths

Blake – For using his letter sounds

Dylan – Being passionate about his learning

Ethan – For trying our new lunches

Learning in different ways

Here at Motumaoho School we like to learn in different ways. We are not only bound to the classroom spaces and sometimes we even see lawn clippings as a way to learn and have fun. 

Have a look at these photographs to see what we have been up to. 


Thank you to the previous committee members, Michelle Evans, Lisa Bigham and Chanelle Love for all their contributions over the years and a number of other parents who have stepped in to help out with events also. Motumaoho School is appreciative of all your hard work and keeping the focus on wanting the best for all our students. We now have a new committee to welcome. The committee members are: Brad Arnold (Chairperson), Katherine McCulloch (Treasurer), Dulcie Pritchard (Secretary) and we also welcome Melanie Brunton and Andrea Fitness to the committee. Thank you for your willingness to support our school and of course the students. 

Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and work with the PTA to support our school, you don’t have to be an official member so please feel free to make contact with the PTA if you’d like to help out at all going forward.

During the first ‘working bee’ a garden area was uncovered. Most did not even know that it existed. We will be working with the students to identify how we can develop this further. Thank you to everyone who was able to help on the night. We hope that we will be able to see more of our parent community getting involved. 

Fun ‘Athletics’ Day

Who: All students

When: Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Where: Motumaoho School

What to wear: 

  • comfortable clothes that your child will be able to run and play in 
  • shoes are optional and should be easy to run in

What to bring: 

  • a drink bottle to keep with them during the activities (we will refill empty bottles)
  • a few extra items in the lunchbox will also help
  • a spare set of clothes (just in case) 

Activities on the day: This day will not be like a normal athletics day as we will include a variety of fun and group activities too. All children will be able to join in no matter their skill level.  Please apply sunscreen before coming to school. We will ensure that this is reapplied during the day.


Future Te Aroha Show

Who: All students


  • Christmas in Danger (an interactive performance)
  • The amazing glow room
  • Wonderland exhibition (with Lego friends)
  • art room
  • shadow pictures
  • finding the infinity room
  • Christmas trees and fairy lights

When: Monday 13 December 2021

Where: Te Aroha 

Permissions forms and further detail will be shared with you next week.


We are still finalising details on our prizegiving and will share this with you as soon as possible.

School Swimming Pool

A reminder, due to Covid-19 restrictions but also the current upgrade of the pool, we will be unable to open the pool over the Christmas holidays. This will however allow us to paint, clean and sort this area to be ready for everyone at the start of the new school year.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist