Heron Herald Term 1, Week 8, 2024

Kia ora koutou,

With the Easter break on our door step and the end of Term 1 not far away, we once again are commenting on how fast the year is going!  School routines are well established, and it is encouraging to see children positively engaged in learning throughout the school.  If you have been following our school updates, you will know that our strategic focus for this year is focused on Mathematics and Physical Education/Active Learning.  Our teaching team are engaging in professional learning in both these areas, strengthening practice and ensuring our progammes are supporting all learners to reach their potential.

Early next term we are planning a Parent Maths Evening.  At this event we will share an update on how Mathematics is being taught in classrooms, the skills and knowledge we are developing with children and how you can partner with us at home.  Please pencil Tuesday 14th May into your calendar for this event.  The event will run from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Farewell to Whaea Charlotte!

We are really sad to be saying goodbye to Whaea Charlotte at the end of Term 1.  Charlotte has been a precious member of the Matua teaching team over the last two years, and is heading off overseas to explore the world.  We first met Charlotte as a training teacher, working with Mrs Reid in Room 21.  We quickly saw that Charlotte was a treasure and when the opportunity came up we were thrilled to employ her as a beginning teacher.  The first two years of teaching is never an easy journey.  However, Whaea Charlotte has excelled in her teaching practice and contributed to the school in many other ways.  Charlotte has shared her love for music, her contribution to our Taha Māori team has been outstanding and skill in leading the learners in her classroom has been appreciated by us all.  Please join with me in thanking Charlotte for her time at Matua School and wishing her all the best for what lies ahead.


Kia hora te marina, Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te Kārohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi.

May the calm be widespread,
May the ocean glisten as greenstone,
May the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway.


Today we pause for the Easter break.  Because Easter falls outside the school holidays, the long weekend is extended to include a school holiday on Tuesday.  This is a nationally set date that all schools are required to follow.  We trust that as your family enjoys this Easter season, you will get a break as a family and find a peaceful spot in the busyness that life can bring.  And chocolate – lots of chocolate!

Ngā mihi nui

Marcus Norrish

TŪĪ TALKS – EPISODE 8…Follow, Like & Subscribe on Spotify!

Tūī Talks Episode 8 is now available on Spotify.  This week, the team focus on being Enviro Warriors and talk with our special guest, Fiona Lavin.

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Every Wednesday at lunch time, a group of Rākau students go to Matua Radius to read to the elderly.

It is such a fun and thoughtful act of service that the students can opt into.

Both the students and seniors love these visits.

One of our regular residents donated a book for us to read when we visit them. What a special gesture!

Sponsorship 2024

We are thrilled to have a number of businesses that support Matua School as sponsors.  We are approaching a time when we have opportunities for new sponsors to partner with Matua School.  If you are a business leader and would like to explore these opportunities further, please see the information below and/or contact me at marcusn@matua.school.nz


Huge congratulations to Savannah S from Room 5.

Savannah  is competing in the 2024 NZ Waterski Nationals this week at Piarere waterski club at Lake Karapiro.

Savannah is skiing in the Sub junior category, (under10yrs old), in both slalom and trick waterskiing.

Savannah has recently come second in both slalom and trick skiing at the Waikato/BOP Regional Tournament held at Lake Karapiro.


Matua School has both student and parent origami enthusiasts.
One of the wonderful Room 6 parents is joining the origami group every second Friday, giving up her precious time to share her expertise and create some wonderful origami creations with them.
Thank you Jessie, the group thoroughly enjoyed their first session and have been practicing hard with all the instructions and special origami papers you left them with.


The Māhuri team had a superb time at our swimming carnival. Everyone agreed that it was a huge success and this was put down to fantastic children and superb parent helpers.

Enjoy the photographs!



Last week the Kākano tamariki had their annual Splash and Dash event. You could feel the excitement grow in our rooms throughout the morning. The children were amazing, swimming, running and sliding. It was awesome to watch their enthusiasm, courage and thrill, as they flew down the water slide. Best day ever!  could be heard in our rooms at the end of the day.
Great job Kākano tamariki.


Our library is a busy place.  Children can come to the library Monday to Wednesday at lunchtime, while Thursday is a day reserved for our Kākano team.  On these days children can read, issue and return books (Kākano children return/issue books solely during class time however) and get involved in other activities on offer.  Colouring is popular so each school team has a specific day to colour as we have limited table space available.   There is a timetable on the library door.  Chess has been a popular activity currently.
Room 11 has enjoyed researching a nonfiction topic of their choice and have displayed some of their findings in our library.  This has created much interest from library-goers and books on meerkats, jellyfish, cats and squid have been well sought after.  Pictures of meerkat mobs standing alert are well known but did you know the black skin on their bellies attract the sun on cold mornings!! No wonder you also see them lying tummy up!!
Overdue Books
Thank you for your response to overdue books.  Sometimes books are accidentally returned to the class library or returned directly to library shelves without the books being computer returned.  If the book is not at home please ask your child to look in the classroom and talk to the librarian Mrs DG.
Scholastic Books
We are looking for support to sort scholastic books for children when the books arrive at the school.  This takes place in the staffroom in the morning block before morning tea.  It’s great to see what books are available to children and feels a bit like Christmas.  If you would like to add your name to this group please email the library@matua.school.nz.   This happens once a term.


The mobile dental unit will be onsite at school from Monday 29th April to Friday 24th May

Our dental team will be seeing the most overdue tamariki/children during this visit.

 The dental team will notify the parents and families prior to their child’s dental appointment.

When you receive this notification, please contact the team to update any contact details, confirm medical details or renew permissions for examination and dental x-rays.

Current service demands and delays weigh heavily on our teams and your kindness and support is appreciated.

 If you have any queries or urgent dental concerns, contact (07 576 6752) or 0800 TALK TEETH for further help and advice.


Get ready for an exciting adventure at sKids Matua on the 2nd of April because we’re hosting a special day to accommodate for the New Zealand School Holiday this session will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM! 🎉 Our regular before and after school sessions will operate as normal.

Our theme for the day is Myths & Legends : ” This day is all about the myths & legends unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. Journey into Māori Myths & Legends, crafting Maui’s fishhook, Maui slowing the sun and how he discovered the secret of fire.

Secure your spot online now at www.skids.co.nz/matua and join us for a day filled with excitement, exploration, and endless imagination!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at hello@skids.co.nz





Kia Ora Matua Community,
Our April Holiday Campaign is all about unity and belonging. Our holiday program is designed to discover ourselves and our community in a fun and adventurous way!

Our activities, from African safaris to storytelling sessions, are designed to bring children together in a spirit of fun and friendship. Whether you’re exploring the world of feathered friends or diving into the intriguing life of seahorses, you’ll find a place where you belong. So come along, unite in fun, and feel the bond of belonging this April School Holidays.

To Secure a spot for these holidays please visit https://www.skids.co.nz/locations/matua/


A friendly reminder that school is not open until 8.30am. If you require childcare before these hours, please contact SKIDS either by email – matua@skids.co.nz, phone – 027 586 0408, or book online – www.skids.co.nz/Matua.



Our second hand uniform shop is now up and running again. This is available every Wednesday afternoon from 2.45pm – 3.15pm. Cash or eftpos available. School fleeces cost $5 ($10 if nearly new), all other items are ‘Gold Coin Donation’.


Lunch orders are available for delivery to Matua School each Friday.


Simply order your SUBWAY lunch online through you myKindo account by CLICKING HERE

Order (or cancel) any time before 9:00am on the day or schedule in advance.

Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or call 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

WIN a $50 voucher of your choice giveaway with ezlunch – 4 available!
ezlunch is thrilled to announce their latest giveaway of four $50 school holiday vouchers! All orders delivered between now and the end of the term will go in the draw to WIN!


Term 1, 2024 – Wednesday 7th February 2024 – Friday 12th April

Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February

Learner Conferences – Friday 1st March. School will be closed for instruction.

Easter Weekend – Friday 29th March until Tuesday 2nd April

Term 2, 2024 – Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July

Teacher Only Day #1 –  Friday 31st May

King’s Birthday – Monday 3rd June

Matariki – Friday 28th June

Term 3, 2024 – Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September

Term 4, 2024 – Monday 14th October – Friday 20th December (12:30pm finish)

Teacher Only Day –  Friday 25st October

Labour Day – Monday 28th October


Setting up with Kindo

Kindo is our prefered payments system. To help you learn how it works, we’ve added their new help sheet and video. We hope it helps.



Pocket Sized Play in Tauranga city centre is on every Saturday in Red Square, from 10.30am – 1.30pm.

There’s a different free activity on offer every week for tamariki to enjoy. Check out the upcoming activities and head along to join in the fun!

  • March 23 – Easter activities
  • March 30 – no activity this week, but head along to Tauranga city centre for Jazz Fest fun
  • April 6 – Little green thumbs
  • April 13 – Cupcake decorating
  • April 20 – Noho and toi painting
  • April 27 – Balloon twisting workshop

All parking in the city centre is free on weekends. Proudly brought to you by Tauranga City Council. Head to: mytauranga.co.nz/citycentre for all the details.




Want to walk or run in your own time, but also be part of a fantastic event?  Then we would love you to join us.

The Cape Egmont Virtual Half Marathon offers three distance options  – 5 km, 10 km and 21 km.  Which can  be completed any time anywhere from the 1st to the 31st of July 2024.   Simply record your time via Strava, Map my run, Fit Bit or screenshot and upload through our website.  Every finisher receives a medal and all money raised goes to the Taranaki Cancer Society and the Taranaki Men Can Exercise Group.  To help those in our province affected by cancer.

ENTER AT:  www.capeegmonthalf.com  ENQUIRES capeegmonthalf@gmail.com