“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
  • Livestock Day
  • Group Day
  • Health & Safety – Managing COVID-19
  • Rural School Athletics at Tauhei School
  • Building Learning Power Through Inquiry
  • School Photos
  • Sunhats
  • Attendance Reminders
  • Morrinsville Christmas Parade
  • Fuel for Schools
  • Yummy Apple Stickers

Dates to Remember

  • Friday 11th November – Rural Schools’ Athletics hosted by Tauhei School
  • Monday 21st November – Stig Weymess (Narrator) at the Morrinsville Events Centre
  • Friday 2nd December  – Zoo Visit
  • Monday 12th December – School Prizegiving (at the Morrinsville Theatre, 7pm)
  • Wednesday 14th December – Last Day of Term 4

Principal’s Message 

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau

We would like to extend our condolences to Mrs Nagel and her family at the passing of her father in South Africa last week. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  

Livestock Day

Our very successful Livestock Day on Thursday, 20th October, included a variety of art, animal entries and other activities for the students to participate in. It was a very enjoyable day and lovely to see so many of our parents and extended family members attend the day too. We are looking forward to building on this year’s experiences in 2023. Thank you to everyone who supported us before, after and during the day’s events. We can not thank you enough and are looking forward to having you back in 2023! Congratulations to Charlotte – Champion Leading, Champion Dairy Type and Champion Calf overall; Skyliah – Champion Rearing; Kimberly – Champion Lamb and Leon – Champion Kid. Sativa also placed for her calf in each category. Well done to you all!

Group Day

This took place on Thursday, 27 October at the Morrinsville Recreation Grounds. Motumaoho and Kiwitahi, as the secretary schools, organised the day with Mrs Wainwright managing most of the tasks. Thank you Mrs Wainwright for the amazing job you did!

We had three of our students participate in the competition. They were Skyliah, Charlotte and Leon. All three made Motumaoho School proud with their behaviour and achievements. Charlotte and her calf placed 3rd in Dairy Type Light – Early; Skyliah and her calf placed 1st in Beef Type Early and 3rd in Beef Rearing Junior; and Leon and his goat won the Champion Cup for Leading, 3rd in Junior Rearing Early, and Reserve Champion for Most Obvious Pet. What great results for our students representing our school. There were 101 animals in total competing on the day.

Georgia and Ihaia modeled our value of Service by being helpers in the rings, working alongside the judges. Well done and thank you for help on the day.


Although we are all appreciating the ‘freedom’ that the removal of the traffic light system has brought, we cannot ignore the fact that the virus is still in our school and wider community. Please follow the guidelines as explained on the COVID19 health website here

What to do if someone in your household tests positive (information from Ministry of Health website):

  • You should take a RAT daily for 5 days, from the day the first person in your house tests positive. If another person in your house tests positive for COVID-19 during this time, you do not need to restart daily testing.
  • You do not need to isolate, but you should try to minimise contact with the person in your house who has COVID-19.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, but still test negative on day 5, you should stay home and take a test 48 hours later. If you still have symptoms, stay home until you are well, and for 24 hours after you no longer have symptoms.

Rural Schools Athletics

  • Who: All students
  • When: Friday, 11 November
  • Where: Tauhei School
  • Transportation: Teacher and parent transport

Permission Forms and more information including lunch order forms will be sent home today with the newsletter.


Mrs Baptist and Mrs Nagel are very excited to attend this course presented by Guy Claxton and Kath Murdoch, this week. These two presenters are world renowned in education. This course will look at engaging and supporting students through inquiry to develop the skills and attitudes that will enable them to be resilient and resourceful learners (at school, in the community and for the rest of their lives).

Sun Hats 

This term we require all students to wear a hat as part of our Sun Protection policy. We require our students to wear hats that shade the face, neck, and ears whenever they are outside during school hours and/or activities, e.g. morning tea and lunch breaks, P.E., sports days, outdoor EOTC trips, and other school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in a shaded area. All students have been allocated a numbered hat that will be kept at school. Should your child bring the hat home by accident, it will be appreciated if you could ensure the prompt return of the hat. 

School Photos

Our school photos were taken yesterday. We will receive proofs from Masterpiece Photography hopefully in the next week, which will be attached to order forms and sent home to our families. All pack options and payment information will be printed on these if you wish to place an order.

REMINDERS – Attendance/Signing In and Out

Please contact the office as early as possible to advise us if your child is absent and the reason for their absence. We require this information for our attendance registers. Also, if your child is late to school or you are collecting them before the end of the day, they must be signed in and/or out at the office. Thank you for your assistance.

Morrinsville Christmas Parade

The PTA are entering a Motumaoho School float in this years Christmas Parade. This year the theme is ‘Kiwiana’ and the date for the parade is Saturday 10th December. We would love students to help create our float. We hope to set aside a couple of days each week after school to work on this. If you can spare 20 mins or so that would be great.  We will send out more information and the days as soon as possible.

Fuel for Schools 

The Fuel for Schools sponsorship programme has helped put over $1.5 million dollars of resources into more than 600 rural schools in the last fifteen years.

Our school has been nominated by local businesses or farms that receive bulk fuel deliveries from Fern, meaning that for every 100 litres of bulk fuel they purchase 50 cents is donated to their nominated school.

Our current total is $493 and once we reach our $1,000 target Motumaoho School can redeem from a range of sports, technology, literacy and music packages.

We would like to take the time to mention who those members of the community are that have contributed to Motumaoho School, they are listed as follows:

  • RF & CL Lansdaal Ltd
  • Sarwan Singh Farms Limited
  • Duhman Singh & Sons Limited
  • Shewan GR & JM
  • BJ & YM Robinson

Yummy Apple Stickers

Thank you to everyone who has been collecting these stickers throughout the year. In return for the stickers, we have received $250 yummy dollars that we can spend on sports equipment. Well done Motumaoho Team! Remember that we will start immediately with our collection for 2023. New collection sheets will be coming home. 

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist