“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
  • Staffing for 2023
  • Setting our Learners up for Success!
  • Stationery for 2023
  • End of Year Spring Cleaning
  • 3 R’s and S Award
  • Reading with Rotary Award
  • Altrusa Literacy Awards
  • Happy Birthday!
  • PTA Christmas Parade Float
  • PTA Christmas BBQ
  • Fun Athletics Day

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday 8th December – Float Building (2:30-3:30pm)
  • Friday 9th December – Fun Athletics Day (Weather Permitting)
  • Friday 9th December – PTA Christmas BBQ (from 2:30pm)
  • Monday 12th December – School Prizegiving (at the Morrinsville Theatre, 7pm)
  • Wednesday 14th December – Last Day of Term 4 (school finishes at 12:30pm)
  • Thursday 2nd February – First Day of Term 1, 2023

Principal’s Message

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

It is difficult to believe that this will be our last newsletter for 2023 so it is appropriate that we start with thanking everyone belonging to our Motumaoho Whānau for all your support, kindness and understanding throughout 2022. Without your support as parents, extended family, PTA, etc. Motumaoho School cannot be the special place that it is. 

While we haven’t been in lock-down as such, the combination of COVID, winter illnesses and other factors have left us all feeling pretty exhausted. It is therefore important that we keep being kind to each other and remember to communicate our wonderings, ideas and concerns to class teachers or Mrs Baptist at the earliest convenience. We are always ready to listen and support. 


At the end of this year we farewell Miss Courtney Smith. We would like to thank Miss Smith for her commitment to our kura and wish her all the best for her new journey. We will formally farewell Miss Smith at our prizegiving on Monday, 12 December.

The Motumaoho Board of Trustees is pleased to inform you that Mrs Isabel De’Ath has been appointed to join the staff from the beginning of 2023. Mrs De’Ath is an experienced teacher and will teach in Ruma Tui. She is moving to the Waikato region with her family, from Auckland during the holidays. Welcome, Mrs De’Ath! We are excited to have you on board. 

Mrs Nagel and Mrs Baptist will be Ruma Piwakawaka’s teachers next year and we are very excited about working with our younger students. Parents, please be in touch if you have any questions. 

We are planning an evening where you will be able to meet with the classroom teachers to discuss your child’s goals, interests, etc. early in 2023. More information about this evening will be shared with you at the start of the school year. 


On Friday, 2 December our Year 6 students visited Morrinsville Intermediate for their orientation day. They met their new teachers and some classmates, participated in team building activities and modeled our school values throughout. Well done! We are going to miss you all but realise that you are ready for the next step in your school journey. Wishing you all the best for the future. 

Our students transitioning from ECE to Motumaoho School, attended ‘Kickstart’ sessions over the last two weeks. These transition visits set students up for success because it removes the element of the unknown and builds the foundations for strong relationships. We will welcome our new students formally in the new year. 


Stationery lists will be sent home with all of our student’s school reports. All stationery has been arranged and pre-packed for your child’s year level at Morrinsville Paper Plus. This is an excellent option that ensures our students have the correct stationery required and is all done for you. These will be available to purchase from Monday, 9 January. Please ensure your child comes to school on the first day with their full stationery requirements. Please do not name the items.


We have started our big clean up/sort out of readers, library books, equipment, etc. If you come across any items that belong to our school, please return these to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as you can. This includes any clothing items that your child might have received from us during the year e.g. track pants, t-shirt when a change of clothes was needed. 

All library books need to be returned as soon as possible. No new issues will be made. 

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 Tayla and Tilli, who are our latest recipients of this award. 

Congratulations Tayla and Tilli (absent) on your achievements.


Our Reading with Rotary recipient for Term 4 is awarded to Rhona, for consistently trying hard, being willing to sound out more challenging words and for helping others with their reading.

Congratulations Rhona!


The Altrusa Club Morrinsville were able to offer two Literacy awards to students at Motumaoho School. Congratulations to:

  • Cooper Brunton- for potential in writing
  • Oona Morgan – for improvement in reading 

These students were able to spend $30 each on books at PaperPlus. 

Happy Birthday/ Rā whānau ki a koe! 

December is a popular month for birthday celebrations! Happy Birthday to Georgia who celebrated her special day on Monday at the Zoo! Happy birthday to Harrison who celebrates on Friday 9th, Happy Birthday to Charlotte who celebrates on the 17th December and to Ihaia who celebrates his birthday on 24th December. We hope you all have a special day.



Come and help the PTA complete the float for the Morrinsville Christmas Parade.

WhenThursday, 8 December: 2:30pm to 3:30pm (all parents and students are welcome)

Where: Motumaoho School



When: Friday, 9 December

Time: From 2:30pm onwards (arrive when you can)

Where: Motumaoho School

Who: Motumaoho School Whānau

Come and join us here at school for an end of year celebration. BBQ and soft drinks will be provided. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with everyone.



When: Friday, 9 December 2022

Where: Motumaoho School

Time: 9:30am start

What to wear: 

  • comfortable clothes for running  
  • shoes are optional 

What to bring: 

  • a large drink bottle and a slightly larger morning tea
  • a spare set of clothes (just in case) 

Please ensure your child has sunscreen on before coming to school. We will ensure that this is reapplied during the day.


Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau

Ngā mihi nui | Kindest Regards

Tina Baptist