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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Covid-19 Action Plan
  • Meet the Teacher/Goal Setting Meetings
  • Better Start Literacy online meeting
  • 3Rs and S Award
  • Supersmash Cricket Skill Sessions
  • Yummy Stickers
  • PTA Meeting
  • Thank you

Dates to Remember

  • Monday 28th February – Tui Room Meet the Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 1st March – Cricket Skills Sessions
  • Tuesday 1st March – Better Start Literacy Parent Online Meeting, 4pm (Piwakawaka Families)
  • Wednesday 2nd March – PTA Meeting at Chambers Bar & Restaurant, 7pm
  • Thursday 17th March – BOT Meeting
  • Thursday 24th March – St John’s in Schools Programme
  • Thursday 14th April – Teacher Only Day (All CoL Schools)
  • Thursday 14th April – Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 2nd May – First Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message

Kia ora koutou katoa, 

Greetings everyone, 

We are all so pleased we have our students attending school everyday. We know this is excellent for the learning and wellbeing of our students as they can remain connected to their peers, friends and teachers. Everyone has adapted well to the Red setting protocols and is doing their best to keep themselves and others safe. Systems and procedures are now effectively operating. Thank you for all your support and understanding.

The daily surge in Omicron cases is a timely reminder to stay vigilant with regards to keeping your children at home if they have runny noses, coughs, etc. Thank you for your support with this.

Covid-19 Action Plan

Today you would have received a flowchart with a breakdown of procedures, possible scenarios, useful information links and what to look out for, should you have a positive case within your family/at school. We have also provided a hard pack of activities for you to keep in a safe place until it is needed. Please do not use these resources unless we need to implement distance learning. Your support regarding this is greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Meet the Teacher/Goal Setting Meetings

Yesterday, the meetings for Room Piwakawaka parents were held. Thank you to those parents who arranged a meeting time and if you have missed out on this opportunity, you can still contact Miss Smith on c.smith@motumaoho.school.nz to arrange a catch up at a suitable time. 

Room Tui’s meeting day will be held on Tuesday 28th February. There are still some times available if you wish to have a meeting with Miss Roberts. Bookings will close on Friday.

Better Start Literacy Online Meeting

Next week Tuesday (1 March) there will be an online meeting for all parents of Piwakawaka students. This is to inform you about the programme, what to expect and how to support your child as well as offer you the opportunity to ask questions. Ann Beckitt, the facilitator working alongside Miss Smith will be hosting the meeting at 4pm. A link to the meeting will be shared with you in due course. 

3Rs and S Awards

Our award winners are Skyliah McDonald and Leon Pritchard. Both of these students display our values consistently by helping in and out of the classroom, showing respect, resilience and responsibility when learning and interacting with others. Tino pai rawa atu!

Supersmash Cricket Skill Sessions

On Tuesday, 1 March we will have the Northern Districts Cricket Association host development sessions here at our school. All students will have the opportunity to participate. Times: 11-11:45: Years 1-3 and 11:45 – 12:30: Years 4-6

Yummy Stickers 

These are the items we purchased last year with the “yummy dollars” that we earned with our Yummy stickers. 

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers so we can get more sporting equipment for the school. 

PTA Meeting

The PTA are holding their first meeting off the year on Wednesday 1st March at Chambers Bar and Restaurant at 7pm. Please contact Dulcie on 021 122 5314 if you are attending or would like more information. All welcome!

Thank you

A big thank you to Stu Watson and Julie Bartlam of Mangateparu for not only organising our shade sale to be repaired, but they covered the cost of the repair.  Such kind and generous people who have no association to the school but were happy to help. Stu and Julie collected the shade sail, took it to Tauranga and brought it back all fixed, with no charge to the school. We greatly appreciate such generosity from people in the community, thank you!

Room Tui

Leaf Art – On Monday 14th February Tui and Piwakawaka classes made leaf animals with Miss Roberts. This term our learning focus is ‘Me and My Environment’ so we created visual art with objects from our school environment. After completing the animals, we took photographs then returned the natural materials back to the environment. We buddied up and helped each other create animals out of leaves and natural materials. 

Tui students wrote about the animal they created.

This morning my class and I made animals out of things in nature, like leaves, acorns, sticks and stuff. I made a bat with old leaves for the bottom wings and fresh green ones for the top. I used sticks for the ears. I found most of the leaves on the court and I got the acorns from under the acorn tree. By Lilly Tutu’u Lao

My brother and I made a butterfly. It is big, beautiful and colourful too. It has light green, dark green, yellow and brown. It felt smooth, bumpy and lumpy. It’s name is Bella. By Sativa Irivine-Gillard

Skyliah and I made a butterfly out of dry leaves and sticks. The leaves were old and new leaves from the court area. We used leaves for the wings and the body. For the antennae we used sticks. By Charlotte Bigham

Room Piwakawaka

Last Tuesday after the strong winds and storm came through, Piwakawaka went outside to explore and see what the storm had left us. We found many fallen bird nests, and we enjoyed looking at them and seeing what materials the birds had used to make their nests. Piwakawaka students then decided that we could make our own nests, using materials that we could find on the school field. So we worked in pairs and started creating our own nests. We had so much fun looking for all different materials and building it just the right size and shape. We even added some special little touches along the way like pillows and some snacks for the birds. This was an awesome hands-on activity that we all enjoyed and linked well to our class learning and writing tasks that we were completing.


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist