“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
  • Happy Birthday
  • Board Elections
  • Learning/Akoranga
  • 3Rs and S Award
  • Enrolments
  • Oxford Pie Orders
  • Daffodil Day
  • Scholastic Book Club
  • Yummy Apple Stickers
  • Livestock Day

Dates to Remember

  • 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 

Tēnā koutou and welcome to Week 4

The term has started with a few changes. As you know we farewelled Ms Roberts at our special assembly. All the students made cards for her and the Room Tui students presented her with some gifts.

Thank you Ms Roberts for all your contributions to Motumaoho School. You will always be part of our whānau. You will be missed.”

We would like to welcome new staff members as well as a new student and his family to Motumaoho School this term. We are certain you will enjoy your time here with us. 

  1. In Week 2 we welcomed Susan Fender who started in her role as Learning Assistant in Room Piwakawaka. 
  2. Mrs Diné Nagel is teaching in Room Tui, who started last Thursday. She replaced Ms Roberts as the Principal Release teacher. She will teach on all Thursdays and Fridays with a Wednesday, every second week.  
  3. Riley is a new student in Room Piwakawaka. Welcome to the Swetman family! 

Happy Birthday/ Rā whānau ki a koe!

Happy Birthday to these children who have recently celebrated a birthday: Zebastian, Ethan and Rhona and to Skyliah who will be celebrating hers next week. 

Board Elections 

Nominations have now closed. Thank you to everyone who either considered being on the Board or who have been nominated. Your support is greatly appreciated.  

Parent Representatives (4 vacancies)

Hayley Arnold 0
Steph Morgan 0
Paul Brunton 0
Matthew Pritchard 0

There being 4 candidates and 4 vacancies, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Hayley Arnold , Steph Morgan, Paul Brunton, Matthew Pritchard

Staff Representatives (1 vacancy)

Diné Nagel 0

There being only 1 candidate and 1 vacancy, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

Diné Nagel

B JM Vester, Returning Officer


‘Brick Club’ – Using Lego for learning across the curriculum

Motumaoho School is starting Brick Club this term with all our students. This program is being implemented by Deidre and Sheree from our local RTLB service who already work with some of our students. The program focuses on developing problem solving strategies, leadership, collaboration and cooperation while building on literacy and math skills, etc. Our teachers are also learning how to implement this program. Room Tui has already started and Room Piwakawaka will start their journey this week. 

Commonwealth Games

With our focus on the Commonwealth Games the students have learnt that:

  • There are far more countries in the world to what they first thought
  • New Zealand athletes have done us proud
  • Our athletes use the values of Respect, Resilience, Responsibility and Service just like we do here at Motumaoho School
  • Maths is used in sport e.g. times, distances, goals, speed, etc. 

Road Safety with Constable Tash 

Last Monday, we were privileged to have Constable Tash come into our school and talk to Tui and Piwakawaka about the importance of Bike Safety and how to keep ourselves safe. We talked about how to wear our helmets correctly and how we need to keep to the left while riding.

We were lucky to have the sun shining so we got to go outside and ride our bikes and practise what Constable Tash was explaining to us. This was so much fun and we just wanted to keep riding and riding. All the students were then lucky enough to complete a ‘question and answer’ session with Constable Tash and we got to hold her vest and feel just how heavy it was.
Thank you very much for coming to Motumaoho School Constable Tash.

Modelling the value of  ‘Service’

In week one we commented on how great our carpark and new pathway looks. Little did we know that our own Leon has been such a great helper. Thank you Leon for your hard work. 

3Rs and S Award

These awards are presented to students who demonstrate our values of: Respect/Whakaute, Resilience/Manahau, Responsibility/Kawenga and Service/Ratonga

Ka pai hoki koe to Miller and Kimberly, who are our latest recipients of this award. 

Congratulations Miller and Kimberly!


If you know of any new families in the Morrinsville area, please encourage them to visit our great little school. Motumaoho School has so much to offer. Let’s spread the word. Children turning 5 or those who will be starting school at the beginning of 2023, can now be placed on our pre-enrolment list. We also offer our ‘Kickstart’ programme that will help with transition from ECE to school.

For enrolment forms and further information please contact us:

Pie Orders 

Our PTA was in charge of the Oxford Pie Fundraiser. Thank you to all the parents for organising all the orders. $505.50 was raised from the sale of the pies. What an amazing team effort. Thank you Dulcie for spending your day here sorting out this large order. We appreciate all your efforts Motumaoho whānau. 

Daffodil Day – Friday 26th August 

Daffodil Day symbolises hope for all New Zealanders impacted by cancer. Every day 71 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer. For over 30 years New Zealanders have supported the work of the Cancer Society on Daffodil Day and we need your help again this year.

On Daffodil Day to show our support we will come to school dressed in yellow. We have set up an online fundraising page for donations as we will not be receiving cash donations. Here is the link: https://daffodilday.org.nz/motumaohoschool

Scholastic Book Club Orders 

Each term, two issues of Scholastic brochures are sent home to families who can purchase books if they wish. These are often discounted at a good rate. Any Scholastic Book Club order earns the school points that we can use to purchase books for our school library. This year we have been able to use these points to add new and exciting books to our school’s library. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. 

Yummy Apple Stickers

We are nearing the end of the collection time again. All you need to do is to collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for us to share in the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, PAK’nSAVE and participating Four Square stores. The more we collect, the more sports gear we get. The closing date for this is early in September so let’s keep going.

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. Livestock Day entry forms are coming home today. More information about the day will be communicated later in the term.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist