“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
  • Calendar Art
  • Akoranga / Learning

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 20th October – Livestock Day
  • Monday 24th October – Labour Day (Public Holiday)
  • Thursday 27th October – Morrinsville Children’s Livestock Group Day
  • Tuesday 1st November – School Photos
  • Friday 11th November – Rural Schools’ Athletics hosted by Tauhei School
  • Friday 2nd December (TBC) – Zoo Visit
  • Monday 12th December – School Prizegiving (at the Morrinsville Theatre, 7pm)
  • Wednesday 14th December – Last Day of Term 4

Principal’s Message 

Kia ora koutou katoa

Welcome back and we trust that you had an amazing holiday. We are excited to start the last term of 2022, knowing that it is going to be short and very busy. Term 4 is a time to celebrate all the achievements of the year but it is also often a time to say farewell. This year we are sending our Year 6 students off to Intermediate and they will be missed. Enjoy your last term with us Year 6’s. 

Staff Resignation

The Board is sad to inform you that we have received Miss Smith’s resignation. Miss Smith will be finishing her time here at Motumaoho School at the end of this term. We will farewell Miss Smith formally at the end of the year. 

Nau mai haere mai / Welcome

This term we are welcoming the following new students to our school whānau. Villiami (and his whānau) and Tayla (sister to Riley) both joined Room Piwakawaka. We know you will have a great time here with us. 

We would also like to welcome Celina Matila who will be working as a learning assistant. You will see her from Tuesdays to Fridays here at Motumaoho School. 

Please make our new families and staff feel welcome. 

Calendar Art

Just in time for Christmas! We have completed some beautiful art pieces for our Calendar Art this year. 

Your children’s art will be on display in the classrooms for your viewing,  after our animal leading competitions on Livestock Day, Thursday, 20 October. Samples of the items you can order such as calendars, diaries, cards are on display and can be viewed at the office. Please do not remove these from there. 

We will be sending home order forms with your child today. All payments to be received and forms to be returned by Wednesday 2nd November please.

Akoranga / Learning

This term we will complete our final assessments for the year in reading, writing and maths. These will be completed in the first six weeks of the term. 

Where possible Oral Language, Reading, Writing, Maths and Māori will be integrated in learning experiences across the curriculum.

Inquiry (Science Focus)

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

  • How are living things connected?
  • Do living things rely on/impact each other? 
  • What is our responsibility?

Reading, Writing, Oral Language and Te Reo Māori

  • Shared reading, poems, stories and visual language 
  • Guided reading program based on group focus
  • The Better Start Literacy Programme will continue in Room Piwakawaka
  • Phonics and Spelling programmes specific to needs
  • Answering and asking questions (English and Māori)
  • Using graphic organisers e.g. venn-diagrams to make comparisons, plan for our writing, etc.
  • Writing recounts, explanations and information reports
  • Vocabulary development (English and Māori)

Maths teaching based on identified needs includes:

  • Number Knowledge development across the number stages 
  • Develop the oral skills to explain used strategies and understandings to others
  • Multiplication and division across the stages
  • Consolidating fraction and decimal learning (Ruma Tui)
  • Problem Solving (real life examples e.g. measurement, geometry, etc.)

Physical Education

We are preparing for our Athletics Day at Tauhei on Friday, 11 November 2022. 

Skills to develop:

  • Running (sprints and long distance)
  • Throwing
  • Jumping (long and high)

The Arts

This term we will include all aspects of the arts.  


Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist