“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
  • Staff updates
  • Three way conferences
  • Carpark and gardens
  • Learning
  • Reminders
  • Livestock Day
  • Board Elections
  • Oxford Pies Fundraiser

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August – Three way conferences (parent/teacher/student)
  • Monday 8th August – Road Safety Lessons (with our Community Constable)
  • Thursday 11th August – Board Meeting
  • Monday 15th August – Mrs Clark (MIS) to visit our Year 6 Students
  • Friday 26th August – Daffodil Day
  • Date to be confirmed – Motumaoho Games
  • 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 

Kia ora e te whānau

We hope you have all had a pleasant winter break and we wish you a warm welcome back to term three at Motumaoho School. We are looking forward to another exciting term of learning. Please find below an outline for the areas of focus for this term.

Staff updates

We will welcome a new Learning Assistant (teacher aide) to Motumaoho School next week. Her name is Sue Fender. She will be supporting students in Room Piwakawaka. 

As you are aware, Ms Roberts will be leaving us this term. Her last day has  been confirmed  as Friday, 5 August 2022. We will be holding a special assembly to farewell Ms Roberts. More information will be shared with you next week. 

We are excited to welcome Mrs Diné Nagel to our Motumaoho family. She will replace Ms Roberts and will teach in Room Tui. Her first day will be on Thursday, 11 August. Confirmation of her teaching days will be shared with you in due course. 

Three way Conferences (parent/teacher/student)

These will be held next Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. You will be notified as soon as times are available to book via the Skool Loop app.

Carpark and Gardens

You would have noticed that our car park area has a clean and tidy new look that will ensure our students are kept safe when entering and exiting the school grounds.  Our gardens also had a tidy up and some dangerous and sharp plants have been removed. Thank you to everyone who made this happen.


Your child’s learning needs are individual and as such, will be their focus during small group lessons taken with the classroom teacher/s. 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 or Mrs Baptist.

Oral language focus: 

  • Explaining and describing
  • Presenting in front of an audience.


  • Recounts, Explanations, Descriptions
  • Developing of Vocabulary Knowledge
  • Using Graphic Organizers (e.g. Venn-diagrams)
  • Finding information – reading non-fiction


  • Statistics
  • Geometry- Shape (Piwakawaka)
  • Time (Tui)

Physical Education

  • Ball skills (large and small) and fitness.

The Arts

  • Calendar art
  • Music 

Te reo Maori

  • Date, weather, karakia
  • Numbers and counting
  • Everyday phrases
  • Vocabulary – sport names, colours, instructions and actions

Value focus: Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Service 

  • Identifying the values used at the Commonwealth games
  • Building understanding and skills

Units of Inquiry:

How do we connect through the Commonwealth Games? 

  1. What is the Commonwealth? 
  2. Why do we have the Commonwealth Games? 
  3. What happens at the Commonwealth Games?
  4. Using what we have learnt to create the Motumaoho Games

Living things have requirements in order to grow, change and stay healthy.

  1. What do living things need to live/survive?
  2. Making comparisons.
  3. Do living things rely on each other?
  4. What is our responsibility?


  • Please remember to report to the office on arrival and to wear a mask when entering the building. 
  • We take the safety of our students very seriously and knowing who will be collecting your child from school is very important. Remember to let the office know if there are any changes on the day.
  • Let us know if your child is going to be absent by emailing, phoning or using the Skool Loop app. 
  • Water: Please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to school each day.
  • Please ensure all items of clothing are named clearly.

Livestock Day

Our school Livestock Day will be held on Thursday 20th October. This is the first week back after the school holidays. Children are encouraged to rear a calf, lamb or kid goat to enter for Livestock Day. If this is not an option, students will be growing a plant from seed and recording the process. More information about the day and entry forms will be sent home later in the term. The Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Day (Group Day) will be held the following Thursday, 27th October at the Morrinsville Recreation Grounds for those who wish to participate.

Board Elections

Online nominations are now open for our upcoming Board Elections. The call for nominations has been sent out via email to those on the voting roll.
The closing date for nominations is no later than midday on 3rd August.

The timeline for the election is:

Supplementary roll closes: 1st August

Nominations close: Wednesday 3rd August, midday.

Voting papers issued by August 10th

ELECTION DAY: 7th September, 4pm.

COUNTING DAY: 13th September

BOARD TAKES OFFICE:  14th September

Oxford Pies Fundraiser

On behalf of the PTA, thank you to all of our families who have supported this fundraiser. A reminder to please return your pie order forms to school and deposit all money into the PTA bank account by this Friday.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist