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

In This Week’s Newsletter

  • Congratulations!
  • Thank you
  • St Johns Visit
  • Learning in Action
  • 3Rs and S Award
  • Kiwani Awards
  • Reading with Rotary Award
  • Happy Birthdays
  • Public Health Nurse Message

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 14th April – Last Day of Term 1 (Teachers Only Day)
  • Monday 2nd May – First Day of Term 2

Principal’s Message 

Tena koutou katoa 

Greetings to all families and whanau

This is our final newsletter for the term, and as I write this, I’m thinking what a term! Despite all of the challenges we have had to face and overcome, we’ve managed to stay open for instruction for most of the time. We’re so happy that we have been able to be with your children continuing with teaching and learning, and there have been so many exciting learning experiences, like our little ones learning their ‘sounds’, how to reference a ‘word card’ in their writing, etc.! Our tamariki had wonderful opportunities to be creative in art, develop cricket skills with Glen, learn about first aid with St Johns, learn more about the creatures we share our space with e.g. the butterflies and dung beetles and notice the changes in our environment now that it is autumn, just to name a few. We are looking forward to an exciting and action packed Term 2. 

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. You have been so patient as we’ve had to navigate through this trying time. What I do know and love about our community is that we genuinely want everyone to be their best they can be and for everyone to succeed. You have been very supportive and encouraging. Ngā mihi nui, Thank you!


We are very excited to congratulate Ms Felicity Roberts and her fiance, James on their recent engagement. We wish them all the best for their future. 

Thank You

A big thank you is again in order to Kevin who has been fixing the old and building new bikes.  All our students have been enjoying riding and developing their skills during play times. 

St Johns Visit

Last Thursday we had Alycia and Jess come to school to teach their St John in Schools programme to both classrooms.

In Ruma Tui, we completed two of the ‘in school’ education modules. These modules were the ‘Responding to an Emergency’ module and the ‘Keeping Safe’ module. The children thoroughly enjoyed the learning and all the students passed the informal assessments and received certificates.

In the Responding to an Emergency and Keeping Safe modules, the children were taught how to check for dangers around patients and how to check for a response. They got to practice putting unresponsive patients on their side and how to treat severe bleeding. They were taught about injury prevention and how to prevent falls at home and at school. The children learnt how to  recognise appropriate safety equipment for outdoor activities, and how to treat minor injuries. In addition to this they were taught to recognise environmental challenges and dangers, responding to different situations requiring first aid when outdoors.

Ruma Piwakawaka

What a crazy few weeks it has been. I would like to thank everyone for being adaptable and flexible with all the changes that have occurred over the last couple of weeks. I hope you have all recovered well and that we don’t get ‘knocked down’ again anytime soon! We in Piwakawaka, have been very busy with returning back to school and getting back into some of our routines. We have been focusing on communicating with each other and building our teamwork. One way we have been doing this has been by completing puzzles and working out how they fit together.  

3R’s and S Awards

These awards are presented to students who consistently demonstrate our values of:

Respect/Whakaute, Resilience/Manahau, Responsibility/Kawenga and Service/Ratonga. 

Congratulations to: Cooper and Rhona!

Kiwani Awards

The Kiwani Club has provided prizes for two students who have demonstrated the “Terrific” characteristics of being: Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable. 

This term our ‘Terrific Kid’ certificates were awarded to: 

Skyliah and Tilli 

Ka Rawe!

Reading with Rotary Award

Congratulations to Nicolas for receiving the Reading with Rotary award for this term. Nicolas has shown a positive attitude to his learning and dedication and effort with his reading. Well done Nicolas! Enjoy spending your voucher at Paper Plus Morrinsville.

Happy birthday to you! – Rā Whānau Ki a Koe!

Happy birthday to the following students who will be celebrating their birthdays during the holidays; Kimberly, Nicolas and Zoe. And a belated Happy Birthday to Sativa who recently celebrated her birthday too!

Message from our Public Health Nurse 

“A few schools have reached out recently querying what support is out there for students/their parents around anxiety and building emotional resilience (which is an increasing challenge at this time). I have two documents which highlights the ‘Triple 9’ and ‘Incredible Years 3-8’ online free parenting courses. They come highly recommended from the Infant/Child/Adolescent Mental Health Service.”

Please find these documents attached to the email sent out with this newsletter link to our families.


The Motumaoho Team wishes you a relaxing and safe Easter break and we look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 2 on Monday, 2nd of May.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist