“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
  • Learning
  • Reminders
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Bike Helmets
  • Mother’s Day Celebrations
  • PTA Meeting

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 12th May – National Young Leaders Day (Year 6 Students)
  • Monday 16th May – Rugby Skills
  • Wednesday 18th May – PTA Meeting (All welcome)
  • Thursday 19th May – BoT Meeting
  • Monday 6th June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Tuesday 7th June – Teacher Only Day (TBC)
  • Tuesday 14th June – ‘Jumping June’ Event (Details to come)
  • Friday 24th June – Matariki Holiday
  • Friday 8th July – Last Day of Term 2
  • Monday 25th July – First Day of Term 3

Principal’s Message 

Kia ora koutou Motumaoho whānau,                                                             

Welcome back to term two at Motumaoho School. We hope you have enjoyed your Easter break and that your children are ready to return for another exciting term of learning.

Please have your child at school by 8.25am (at the latest), so they have a chance to prepare themselves for the day ahead and interact with their peers. 

Please find below some areas of focus for our school this term.


Your child’s learning needs are individual and as such, will be their focus during small group lessons taken with their teacher. Other whole-class learning experiences you can expect your child to participate in are outlined below. For more information, please contact your child’s teacher.

Oral language focus: 

Presenting in front of an audience.


Recount and descriptive writing.


Addition and subtraction – Room Piwakawaka 

Multiplication and Division – Room Tui

Strand: Measurement

Physical Education:

Cross country, skipping  skills and fitness.

Value focus for the term:

Our main focus will be on developing our understanding of Service

The Arts:

Visual Art and Music

Te reo Maori:

Calendar, karakia and tikanga.



Units of Inquiry:

We aim to help our students learn the following: We will be looking in more depth at how we impact our environment and the changes we can make here at Motumaoho School, to care for our environment using the values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Service, to drive our actions.  

Areas of investigation:

  • Waste (types, mapping the waste at school, how nature solves the waste problem, What can we do? etc.)
  • Composting (What can/can’t be composted, how does it happen?)



Here is a summary of the main points as set out in our COVID 19 protocol document (sent out on 30 April to all parents). 

  • Students can be dropped off at the gate or walked in by parents (not into classrooms, please). Hand sanitiser will be available at the gate. Mrs Baptist and Miss Smith will be on site but not necessarily at the gate. 
  • Drink bottles: we will continue to use named drink bottles and not the fountain at this stage. This is a health and safety decision due to the sharing of the tap and the possibility of contact with saliva, etc. 
  • Whole school assemblies will take place outdoors when weather permits. 
  • For the safety and wellbeing of students and staff, we ask that parents wear a mask when on the school site.
  • Parents are not allowed to enter classrooms or learning spaces and those entering the site are expected not to gather or mix.
  • Although mask-wearing in schools is not compulsory at ORANGE, we strongly recommend that masks are worn in indoor settings like classrooms. Thank you for your support with this regard
  • All visitors to school must report to the school office. Please wear a mask when on the school site.

Previous Expectations:

  • Children who are unwell should NOT attend school and should remain at home. 
  • Children who become unwell at school will be sent home.
  • Strong hygiene procedures are followed in classrooms and reinforced by our teachers.

Seasonal Changes

You would have noticed that the mornings have become much colder. Please ensure that your child is wearing something warm when coming to school each day. Layers are the answer to the changeable temperatures, as by lunch time it is warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirts again. Named clothing will ensure that no items will go missing. Thank you for your support.

Bike helmets

After completing a safety check on our bike helmets, it is clear that the ones at school are not in a good condition. We have enough bikes so it would be appreciated if you could send your child’s named helmet to school either daily or weekly.  Please note that these will not be shared by students and will only be used by your child. Your support will be greatly appreciated.  

Mother’s Day Celebrations

Our special Mums are invited to attend our Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch on Friday, 6 May. Bring your lunch and come and have a picnic with your child/ren. We will provide coffee, tea, juice and a few surprises to our adults. 

           Time: 12:45pm  to 1:30pm

           Where: Garden space outside the office

PTA Meeting

Please come and join us at our next meeting. Everyone is welcome. 

When: Wednesday 18th May

Where: Chambers bar and restaurant 

Time: 7pm


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist