“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
  • Morrinsville Kāhui Ako
  • Absence from School
  • Rapid Antigen Tests
  • 3R’s and S Award
  • Reading with Rotary Award
  • Kiwanis Awards
  • Matariki Celebrations
  • Jumping June
  • Our Learning – Piwakawaka
  • Board Elections
  • Oxford Pies Fundraiser

Dates to Remember

  • Friday 8th July – Last Day of Term 2
  • Monday 25th July – First Day of Term 3
  • Friday 26th August – Daffodil Day
  • Friday 30th September – Last Day of Term 3
  • Monday 17th October – First Day of Term 4
  • Thursday 20th October – Livestock Day
  • Monday 24th October – Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Thursday 27th October – Morrinsville Group Day
  • Tuesday 1st November – School Photos
  • Wednesday 14th December – Last Day of Term 4

Principal’s Message 

Tena koutou katoa

Here we are at the end of Term 2 and it is hard to believe that we are already six months into the year. Although we are continuing to deal with active Covid cases, gastroenteritis and the flu, we have so much to celebrate. Our teachers have completed the mid-year assessments and it is good to see how much progress our tamariki have made. Well done to everyone. Reports will be coming home with students on Friday, this week. Progress has been measured against the New Zealand Curriculum and the reports will also include information about your child’s key competency skills.  

Our three way (parents, teacher and student) conferences will be held early next term. More information will be shared after the holidays.

Morrinsville Kāhui Ako

As a member of the Morrinsville Kāhui Ako, the staff had the opportunity to be part of collaborative learning groups. A range of relevant topics was identified e.g. play based learning, transition to intermediate etc. and teachers could select which group they wanted to attend. The first group meeting was on Monday 20 June and was a great success. 

Absence from School

It is very important that you contact the office early in the morning to inform the school of any absences as well as the reason why your child will be away. You can use the Skool Loop App to do this. This is part of Ministry requirements and very important to us as we need to ensure the safety of your child. Your assistance is much appreciated.

Rapid Antigen Tests

With the current rise in Covid cases and other illnesses going around, will be sending some rapid antigen tests (RATs) home with the eldest child in each family. These are free and for you to use at home when needed.

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: Ihaia & Sam

Reading with Rotary Award

Congratulations to Dylan for receiving the Reading with Rotary award for this term. Dylan always tries hard with his reading, he never gives up and is willing to try new skills and practice new learning. Well done Dylan! Enjoy spending your voucher at Paper Plus Morrinsville.

Kiwanis ‘Terrific Kids’

The Kiwanis 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: Ethan & Harrison.

Matariki Celebrations

Here is some background information about Matariki:

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. Matariki reappears in the northeastern pre-dawn sky in late May or early June. This is the Māori New Year. Iwi across New Zealand understand and celebrate Matariki in different ways and at different times. In the past, Māori tohunga (priests or experts), looked to Matariki to predict if the next harvest would be abundant. The brighter and clearer the stars seemed, the warmer the growing season would be, ensuring a good harvest.

Our students have been learning about the nine different stars in the cluster that are visible to the human eye. For Māori, these stars have significant meanings:

  • Matariki is known as the mother of the eight stars in the constellation. Matariki is connected to health and wellbeing.
  • Pōhutukawa is connected to those who have passed away in the last year or a time ago. 
  • Tupuānuku is associated with food grown in the ground. This star is looked upon during the month of May to indicate that the summer harvest has ended, and winter is near.
  • Tupuārangi is associated with food that comes from the sky and is linked to birds. Traditionally kererū were harvested around this time. It is also connected to the harvesting of elevated foods such as berries and fruits.
  • Waitī is connected to fresh water and living creatures in the rivers, streams, and lakes.
  • Waitā (twin of Waitī) is associated with the ocean and represents food gathered from the sea. This star is also significant for its influence over tides and floodwaters.
  • Waipuna-ā-rangi is connected to the rain. The name itself means “water that pools in the sky”.
  • Ururangi is connected to the wind. The name means “the winds of the sky”. Traditionally used to forecast the nature of the wind for the year to come.
  • Hiwa-i-te-rangi is connected to the promise of a prosperous season. It is also known as the wishing star. Māori traditionally would use this star to set their desires and dreams for the year, commonly known now as New Year’s resolutions.                                                                         

Reference source: AUT- Matariki

Motumaoho School celebrated Matariki this year by organizing rotations  that included a range of crafts, waiata, decorating of biscuits etc. that build on the learning that we did across the two classes. The students were grouped in tuakana-teina groups for the rotations. Tuakana-teina groups mean that older and younger students were grouped together to complete the tasks. Here are some photos.

Jumping June – Fundraiser for the Heart Foundation

This fundraiser was an opportunity for the students to focus on the value of Service while fundraising for the Heart Foundation and learning to skip. By entering Jumping June those who collected funds could choose from prizes associated with the amount they raised and the school benefited by receiving a set of skipping ropes. Thank you to everyone for the contributions. It is greatly appreciated. 

The students have shown great perseverance and determination while learning to skip this term. It is easy to forget how many different actions are included in just one skip. We would like to thank Miss Smith for organising  this event.

Room Piwakawaka

Room Piwakawaka have been busy with lots of new learning taking place. We have learnt more about how different letter sounds make words, how to build towers to make them big and strong and how to match numerals to the same number of materials. We have also learnt how to skip using skipping ropes and that if we persevere we can do it! Awesome work Piwakawaka students!

Morrinsville Pakeke Lions’ Clubs’ Donation

We would like to express our gratitude to the combined Lions’ Clubs of Morrinsville for their donation to the school of $1,000. These funds are from the collection and sale of casualty calves donated by farmers in the wider Morrinsville area and funds are distributed to our local schools. The Board will make a decision on what this will go towards at their next meeting.

Board Elections

It’s board election time again.  Next term we will be electing board members for the next three years. Nominations will open for the election of 4 parent representatives to the school board no later than 15 July.  NOTE: This starts during the school holidays.   The returning officer for the triennial board election is Bernardine Vester.  She can be contacted at returningofficer@myschoolelection.nz.

The timetable for the election is:

Main Roll closes: Wednesday 13 July

Call for Nominations:  No later than 15 July.

Supplementary Roll closes: Monday 1 August

Nominations close: Wednesday 3 August

If there are more nominations than vacancies, then parents and caregivers will receive an invitation to vote either electronically or by post.

Voting starts:  Wednesday 10 August

Election day is September 7.

Voting count:  Tuesday 13 September

New board in place:  Wednesday 14 September.

Nominations can be made online through an email link provided in the Call for Nominations.  However, a hard copy nomination form can also be obtained from the school office. If you wish to stand for the board, it is recommended that you provide a candidate statement and photograph. The electoral roll will be held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

Oxford Pies Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again when a warm pie can come in handy for busy families. The PTA are using the popular Oxford Pies as a school fundraiser again this year. Last year we raised $206 from the pies sold, so a big THANK YOU to you all!

An order form will be sent home this week. Feel free to take orders for family and friends. We understand other schools have recently run this promotion but this is a chance to re-stock! Dates and more details are on the forms and we will send out reminders at the start of Term 3.


Thank you for your ongoing support throughout the term. We wish you all a wonderful and restful break. 

Ahakoa ngā uaua, kia toa, kia kaha, kia manawanui       

When you find things in life are difficult, be strong, stand tall and be of great heart.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist