“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
  • Welcome/Farewell
  • Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch
  • National Young Leaders Day
  • Our Learning
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Bike Sessions
  • Jumping June
  • PTA Meeting

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday 18th May – PTA Meeting (All welcome)
  • Thursday 19th May – BoT Meeting
  • Friday 20th May – Pink Shirt Day
  • Tuesday 24th May – Bike Sessions
  • Wednesday 25th May -Simultaneous Story Time
  • Monday 6th June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Tuesday 14th June – ‘Jumping June’ Event
  • Wednesday 15th June – Inter-school Cross Country
  • 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, 

As Term 2 continues we are quickly moving into the many activities that are happening at school.  This week we began with rugby skills lessons and learning about being kind to others as part of our learning during Anti-bullying week. Motumaoho School certainly is a wonderfully busy learning space where our tamariki are happy to be.

Welcome to Emerald and her whānau who joined us this week. We hope that you have enjoyed the start of your schooling journey here at Motumaoho School. Last week, we sadly had to farewell Nicolas and his family as they moved away from the area. We wish them well for the future. 

We are also very sad to say farewell to our cleaner Tara. You have been a special part of our Motumaoho School. Thank you for all the hard work and positive attitude. Our best wishes accompany you.  

Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch

Thank you to all the mothers who joined us for the  picnic lunch on Friday, 6 May. It was lovely to see so many of you here on site enjoying the sunny afternoon with your child/ren. We know how difficult it is to juggle work, etc. The students were so excited to create the gifts and cards throughout the week. I am certain that those of you who couldn’t attend were spoiled at home. We appreciate everything you do mums! You are amazing. 

National Young Leaders Day

On Thursday 12th May our Year 6 students and Ms Roberts had the privilege of attending the annual National Young Leaders Day at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.  The theme of the day was resilience. They used the whakatauki, ‘kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa!’ – Don’t die like an octopus, die like a hammerhead shark! This represented the attitude of never giving up.

Over the course of the day the students listened to various speakers who shared their experiences and how the course of their lives they’ve had to demonstrate resilience to get to where they are now. The speakers were William Pike (kiwi explorer and founder of The William Pike Challenge), Georgia Line (Singer/Songwriter), Georgia Latu (CEO Potiki Poi), Zane Kapeli (Rugby player for Tonga and Chiefs Waikato) and Brooke Neal (former New Zealand Women’s Hockey player). All the speakers were amazing, as were our students on the day.

Our Learning

Piwakawaka have been busy looking at measurement and what we can measure within the classroom. We have been using Unifix cubes to work out different heights and widths, including tables, whiteboards and ourselves! We have been also had fun working together to measure the length of our classroom. This has been exciting and a great learning experience while comparing different results.


We are currently looking at ways we can make a difference to the environment right here at school. One of the ways we can do it is by using paper sparingly e.g. on both sides, planning where to draw so that paper is not wasted, etc. Ms Mather has offered to take our paper away to be recycled too so we are placing our paper in separate bins to ensure it doesn’t go to landfill. It will be great if the learning can be reinforced at home. 

By keeping up with our recycling, we are also entitled to FREE trees through the ‘Paper 4 Trees’ programme. We have recently been allocated 5 trees for our efforts last year!


Last term, Ruma Tui learned more about the ANZACS. We wrote acrostic poems, created artwork and investigated if we had family members who fought in the wars. Leon learnt about such a connection to his family. He brought this newspaper clipping of his great grandmother and shared the information with pride. 

Bike Sessions
On Tuesday, Alan Murphy (who was our school photographer last year) will come out to school and take the children for safety sessions around bikes and riding on our BMX track. Alan is involved in a number of local bike groups with his children and has recently spent time with them here on our track over weekends and during the school holidays while cleaning up the track for us. We are very lucky to have his support and expertise.
Pink Shirt Day
This Friday we are participating in the nationwide Pink Shirt Day to stand against bullying. Please send your child/ren to school dressed in something pink. It might be a pink shirt, pink socks, a pink outfit or a pink wig! We are not asking for donations, we are celebrating this day by creating awareness around bullying and promoting kindness and inclusiveness.
Jumping June
Our school is taking part in the Heart Foundation ‘Jumping June’ event. Information is being sent home today with our newsletter but here are the main points regarding this fundraiser for the Heart Foundation. Click here to create your profile: Jumping June
1. This is not ‘Jump Rope for Heart’. 
In Jumping June ALL of the money raised goes towards the Heart Foundation. This is not a fundraiser for the school.
2. This is an ONLINE fundraiser. 
This is not a cash fundraiser. All money is raised online through our online fundraising system. Our students (with parent assistance)  will create profile pages individually on the website, that they can share online to receive donation.
3. Students are incentivised
All students who fundraise will be able to select an awesome prize from the catalogue. The prizes will be distributed in Term 3.
PTA Meeting
Please come and join us at our next meeting 7pm tonight at Chambers Bar in Morrinsville. Everyone is welcome.


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist