“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
  • Introducing Mrs Nagel
  • Fathers Day Breakfast
  • Returning to school after illness
  • Book bags
  • Learning/Akoranga
  • Motumaoho Games
  • Daffodil Day
  • Livestock Day
  • Happy Birthday
  • 3 R’s and S Award
  • IHC Donation and Grant
  • Enrolments
  • Yummy Apple Stickers
  • Lid Collection

Dates to Remember

  • Friday 2nd September – Father’s Day Breakfast
  • Friday 9th September – 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 koutou

We have already reached the middle of Term 3 and with that we are also welcoming spring. Noticing the changes in nature e.g. lambs, ducklings, the birds constructing their nests, etc. is invigorating and links in perfectly with our new focus of: Living things have requirements in order to grow, stay healthy and survive.

Introducing Mrs Nagel

I graduated from the North-West University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I have taught at schools in South Africa, South Korea and New Zealand and am also tutoring students in English and Maths. My family and I immigrated to New Zealand three years ago.

I enjoy adopting different strategies to accommodate the needs of all students, using creativity and problem solving to ensure that each student achieves their full potential. Building learner relationships and seeing students acquire skills that they can take into the future, motivates me.

In my own time I enjoy participating in a wide range of fitness activities, including running, bootcamp, and cycling.

Fathers Day Breakfast

This is a reminder that we will host our ‘fathers’ at a breakfast this Friday morning from 7:30am. This event is to acknowledge our father figures and say thank you for everything you do for our students. We know that there are grandfathers, uncles, mums etc. in this role so please remember to let us know if you are able to attend. We would like to cater accurately for this occasion, so please contact the office to let us know if you are coming. You will be welcome to stay and enjoy your breakfast here or take it away with you to enjoy later.  

Returning to school after illness

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.

Book Bag Reminder

A general reminder that books bags are required for teachers to send readers etc home. Please remember to send your child’s book bag back to school each day, thank you.


Ruma Tui

In Maths our focus has been on developing our knowledge, understanding and skills of fractions. To ensure we can identify fractions, we ventured into the school grounds to spot them. We were amazed to find them almost everywhere. 

With the playdough, we focused on using even sized pieces, reading and writing the symbols and learning to use the vocabulary associated with fractions e.g. denominator and numerator. 

Literacy focus

We are learning to find information and organise our ideas. When finding information about frogs, we discovered that our actions (e.g. killing tadpoles) can impact the existence of frogs.

Ruma Piwakawaka 

Piwakawaka students have started a new Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) this week. This programme aims to increase children’s fine and gross motor skills and coordination (eg. right hand to left knee) etc. We enjoyed trying new skills including: balancing bean bags on different parts of our bodies, crawling under objects and practising to manoeuvre our bodies around hoops to build our strength.

Motumaoho Games

We are holding our Motumaoho Games on Friday, 9 September at 10:45am. Students will compete in tuakana teina groups (older and younger students together). Our learning purpose:

  • to develop sportsmanship
  • build our values of respect, responsibility, resilience and service (teams will earn points on how they display these throughout the activities)
  • build team work
  • Make links to our recent studies of the Commonwealth Games and ball skills

Daffodil Day

Last Friday the students came to school dressed in yellow to show their support for the Cancer Society. Thank you for all the donations received. We raised $235!

Livestock Day 

Please remember to get your Livestock Day entries in to the office by the end of the week. We require this information for planning for the day. Thank you.

If you can help to ensure our day runs smoothly, please let the office know. We will need assistance the afternoon prior to our Livestock Day to mow and mark out the rings and on the day setting up the rings, putting up the gazebos, running the BBQ, helping with raffles, runners and take photos. More information will be shared closer to the time.

Happy Birthday/ Rā whānau ki a koe!

Happy Birthday to Daisy who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow and Emerald who is celebrating hers next week. We hope you both have a wonderful day.

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 Daisy and Rhona who are our latest recipients of this award. 

Congratulations Daisy and Rhona!


Thank you to the IHC Waikato South Association for kindly donating our school with four books focussing on aspects of intellectual disability, autism and other developmental disabilities to add to our school library.  We have also been successful in securing a grant from the IHC which will go towards the purchasing of resources to address the learning needs of students. We thank them for all their support.

Books donated by IHC


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:

  • Email: office@motumaoho.school.nz
  • Principal: principal@motumaoho.school.nz
  • Phone: 07 889 7597

Yummy Apple Stickers

As we explained in the previous newsletter, we are nearing the end of the collection time. The collected Yummy cut-out labels from bags and individual Yummy apple stickers can help us receive free sports great. Please let us know if you need a collection form and remember to return all stickers and labels to the office. 

Lid Collection

We are collecting clean lids for an art project. The sizes we are looking for are those of jars or smaller containers (up to 15cm in diameter). These will be used by the students to create ‘eyes’ and it should be possible to nail them to wood. There will be a box at the office for your collections.

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist