“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
  • Covid-19 Update
  • School Policies
  • Board Elections
  • 3R’s and S Awards
  • Bike Track Day
  • Helmets
  • Bully Free NZ/Pink Shirt Day
  • National Simultaneous Story Time
  • Jumping June
  • Yummy Stickers

Dates to Remember

Principal’s Message 

Tēnā Koutou

It is hard to believe that we have reached the halfway mark of 2022. A reminder that next Monday, 6 June, is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday so no school that day. Later in the month, Matariki will be celebrated as a public holiday for the first time this year. It will be on the 24th of June which is a Friday. 

We are sad to say farewell to Ezra and his family as they move to Tokoroa. We will miss you as part of the Motumaoho Whanau. Our best wishes accompany you. 

Covid-19 update

We continue to monitor the potential risks of Covid-19 in our school. We know that mask wearing is a crucial way to protect ourselves and others. Your support with regards to this is greatly appreciated so please continue to wear your mask when on site. Ventilation is also important and we have Co2 monitors and a portable ventilation unit in the school which we are using to ensure we have good airflow in our classrooms. The Ministry advises that fresh air is the best ventilation and that opening doors and windows at intervals during the day (as well as fresh air breaks) are important measures. We are working hard to keep everyone well so again we ask you to keep your child/ren home if they have any sickness.

School Policies – SchoolDocs

All school policies are on a website called SchoolDocs. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, as the school supplies specific information. SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, and regular reviewing. The website is: motumaoho.schooldocs.co.nz The username is: motumaoho and the password is: striving

The link to School Docs will always be available on our school website under the Information tab, then down to Policies and Procedures. 

Board Elections

Triennial Board Elections are being held this year in September. Further information will be sent to parents and caregivers closer to the time. Please ensure we have your correct contact details for you – address and telephone number/s. If you think that  these need to be updated please phone or email the office to check that we have the correct information.

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: Georgia and Dylan

Bike Track Day

We were fortunate to have Alan Murphy here on Tuesday, 24 May to help our ākonga develop their skills and ensure their safety while riding on our bike track. Ruma Tui had this to say about their experiences:

“I really liked riding the bikes today with Alan Murphy and the rest of Room Tui” by Emerald.

“Today I went on the bike track. I went on the bike track seven times. Room Tui had a train with the bikes all lined up. I loved it.” by Tilli.

“Today Alan Murphy came to teach us how to safely ride a bike. I really liked Alan Murphy’s tricks. He did a jump over the bumps. It was so fun watching.” by Charlotte.

“As I walked up the hill I was nervous to go down, but when I did it, I was not nervous. It was fun. “Thank you Mr Murphy” I said when we went back to class.” by Kimberly.

“I am going to talk about the middle of the bike ride. I did a left hander jump and I did some wheelies.” by Harrison.

“Today Alan Murphy came to our school to teach us how to ride our bikes safely on the bike track. I felt excited today because it was my first time going on the bike track.” by Sativa.

“Alan Murphy taught us how to ride a mountain bike. Harrison and I did some rad tricks.” by Leon.

“I had fun. It was fun going down the hill. I went woosh over the bumps.” by Indie.


We have received a grant for a set of bike helmets from Bike On New Zealand Charitable Trust. We would like to thank them for their generous support as the funding allows us to provide a named helmet to each student to use when biking here at school. The safety of our tamariki is always a focus. 

Bully Free NZ / Pink Shirt Day 

We were learning about what bullying is:

  • It is deliberate – intentional
  • It involves a misuse of power 
  • It is repeated
  • Bullying causes harm 

Our students then focused on random acts of kindness and finished the week off with Pink shirt day.

National Simultaneous Story Time

We participated in this event on the 25th of May. The purpose of this event is to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy
  • promote the value and fun of books
  • promote an writer and publisher

This year the book was “The Family Tree” written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh

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.


Yummy Stickers for Sport Equipment

Please keep collecting the yummy stickers. Ask family and friends over the long weekend to help you too. Send the full sheets back to school and we will provide you with a new sheet. We have a little more than a term left to collect these. 

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist