“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
  • Board News
  • Father’s Day
  • Motumaoho Games
  • Learning/Akoranga
  • Livestock Day
  • 3 R’s and S Award
  • Happy Birthday
  • Enrolments
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Yummy Apple Stickers
  • Lid Collection

Dates to Remember

  • Friday 16th September – Motumaoho Games
  • Monday 26th September – Public Holiday marking the Queen’s passing
  • Wednesday 28th September – PTA AGM
  • 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
  • Friday 11th November – Rural Schools’ Athletics hosted by Tauhei School
  • Wednesday 14th December – Last Day of Term 4

Principal’s Message 

Kia ora koutou Motumaoho whānau,

It was with sadness that we learnt about Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on 8 September. A life well lived and devoted to the service of her commonwealth for 70 years.  Throughout her life, she has shown great manaakitanga and has been a fabulous role model. New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a one-off public holiday on Monday 26 September 2022. This means that all state and state-integrated schools and kura will be closed on this day.  


A warm Motumaoho welcome to Isabela and her family who have just moved to the area. Isabela has joined Room Piwakawaka.

Board News

The new Board held their first meeting last week. We would like to thank Ashley Dewhurst our outgoing Presiding Member (Board Chair) for his continuous support and leadership throughout his time on the Board. At this meeting Hayley Arnold was elected as our new Presiding Member (Board Chair). Congratulations Hayley. 

Earlier this term, the learning progress and achievement data were shared with the Board and we were pleased to see that there has been good progress made in all areas of the curriculum by our students. Well done to our hardworking students and of course our teachers for making this happen! Ka pai hoki koe!

Father’s Day

We would like to acknowledge everyone who celebrated Father’s Day and we hope you all had a great day! It was lovely to see so many of you here for our special father’s day breakfast, to either stay a while or collect your take away!

Motumaoho Games

The new date for the Motumaoho Games is Friday, 16 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 teamwork
  • kake links to our recent studies of the Commonwealth Games and ball skills


Ruma Piwakawaka 

Piwakawaka students have been busy with a variety of different things in class. We have been working hard with our reading and the books have become longer with lots of new words and learning. We are learning about the magic ‘e’. When the letter ‘e’ is at the end of the word, it is usually silent and tells the other vowel in the word to pronounce itself. Miss Smith sent us on a book scavenger hunt and we found it in lots of books.

Ruma Tui

Spring has sprung. The students wrote beautiful alliteration poems to describe spring.

Livestock Day

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their entry forms for our school Livestock Day which is being held on Thursday 20th October. For those children not entering an animal, there will be other ‘craft’ and display activities they will be taking part in. More details closer to the time.

If anyone is available to help on the day with the BBQ, raffles, runners etc please let Mrs Wainwright know. We will also require the rings to be mowed and pegged out the afternoon prior.

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 Leon and Skyliah, who are our latest recipients of this award. 

Happy Birthday/ Rā whānau ki a koe!

Happy Birthday to Sam and Riley who both share a birthday tomorrow! Also, Happy Birthday to Lilly who celebrates her special day on the 27th September. We hope you all have a wonderful day.


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

Policies and Procedures

Our school uses School Docs which is a programme that supports schools with their policies and procedures.  Parents can refer to any policy or procedure at any time by going to www.schooldocs.co.nz our username is: motumaoho and our password is: striving.


The PTA are holding their AGM at 7pm on Wednesday 28th September at the Motumaoho Lounge, Morrinsville Events Centre. Everybody is welcome!


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 gear. Please let us know if you need a collection form and remember to return all stickers and labels to the office by this Friday. Thank you for supporting our school.

Lid Collection

Thank you to those who have already sent their collections to the office. Please keep collecting clean lids for an art project (all students). 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. 


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist