Rugby Success for Year Seven Matahui Student

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Harry Chissell (photographed above) from Room 6 at Matahui School celebrated success with his Te Puna under 11 rugby team over the weekend. They beat Papamoa Blue in the Western Bay of Plenty Championship. Harry said “They scored the first try but then we struck back by kicking deep into their half. From there we scored and we went on to win 36-7.” At a prize-giving last weekend Harry was also awarded ‘Most Improved Player’ for the season.

“Next we play the winners of the Eastern Bay and it should be a hard game.” said Harry as he looks toward his next challenge.

Matahui School Tall Poppies Win Problem Solving Cup


 Matahui Year Eight Mathematicians Ben Robertson, Jessica Dallas and Libby Silson (pictured above) won the Tall Poppies Problem solving cup this week. The event is always very competitive and this year was no different. The Year Eight team never surrendered an early lead and consequently held off all challengers. The Year Seven team of Olympia Magnussen, Ruby Robertson and Ella Gordon-Scapens also competed extremely well and tied for first place in the Year Seven competition. Congratulations to both teams!!!



The two teams enjoy their wonderful achievements.


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“…Teaching that Sticks…” Over the next few weeks I would like to share with you some key perspectives
around learning at Matahui and to begin with want to impart some perspectives raised by Chip and Dan
Heath in an article they wrote titled, “Teaching that Sticks.”1
They suggest that every day we are presented
with ideas, but “sticky ideas” are ideas that are understood, remembered and may change aspects of our lives
such as how we form opinions, alter our behaviour or perhaps encourage us to reflect on what we value.
As teachers and parents we want ideas to stick but why is it that some ideas seem to stick more effortlessly
than others? Some ideas seem absurd, ludicrous – “dumb.” But they stick. Chances are they don’t have any
tangible resource behind them – they are just naturally “sticky.” Can you recall an inane joke, urban legend,
a conspiracy theory, the essence of a fad diet, a scientific theory or the rudiments of how a combustion
engine works? Some of these ideas may be ridiculous, some insightful – but the fact is they all stick.
One way we aim to help make ideas stick is by utilizing resources outside the classroom. Undertaking a field
trip can be an “activator” that helps ideas stick. Equally, if used near the end of a unit, it can reinforce key
concepts or provide a direct connection to what has previously been learned in class, especially as the
experience the students are exposed to presents them with visual, tangible information that will help make
ideas stick.
Recently our Year 3 – 8 students took part in a Bay of Plenty Regional Council Wairoa River Restoration
project. What a great way to focus upon, simplify and make the following ideas stick for students;
 understanding that adopting land management practices will future-proof and sustain land and
 recognising the importance of protecting and enhancing waterways and other natural areas
 appreciating what we could contribute as a “care group”
As you have discussions with your children, think about the ideas you are sharing and
exploring and consider what makes them “stick.”

Animal Talkback

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Matahui School is putting on a school wide production called ‘Animal Talkback’ on the 24th and 25th September.  We are having great fun getting ready for it now, acting out our parts and learning our dance called Jai Ho.  Our scene is set in an Indian village and we have an elephant in our story.  Here are our paintings of an Indian elephant and our stories describing the elephant.


My Elephant by Gianni

My elephant is called Tommy.  Watch out!  He might stomp on you!  He is the biggest of all.  He is the shiniest.  My elephant has big feet.  My elephant comes from India.  He is sparkly and getting ready for the show.  He is happy.P1070854

My Elephant by Matilda

My elephant is as huge as trees.  She is from India.  She has Indian patterns.  She looks sparkly with decorations.  She is beautiful.  She walks down the path to go to the Ball.  She is happy that she is not a white elephant.           P1070858


My Elephant by Denley

My elephant is called Harrison Elephant.  He comes from India.  My elephant is as sparkly as sunshine.  My elephant has sparkly eyebrows.  He is spraying water on his back and he feels cool.


My Elephant by Macy

My elephant comes from India.  It likes grass.  My elephant is sparkly.  My elephant is the biggest.  Her name is Bella.  She walks to the wedding and she looks special.


My Elephant by Troy

My elephant is called Fifi and she is beautiful.  She has sparkly mats on her back.  She comes from India.                                                      P1070855

My Elephant by Asha

My elephant is sparkly and it comes from India.  She is my favourite elephant. She is walking along to the party and she is excited.


My Elephant by Max

I like my elephant because he is cool and sparkly.  He is cute with decorations.  He wants to look pretty for the party.


My Elephant by James

My elephant is friendly with the people.  His name is Puppet.  He comes from India.  He has bright painting on his grey skin.


My Elephant by Keyarn

My elephant is a boy and he is called Keyarn.  He has cool mats on his back.  He is going to a wedding and he looks big.


My Elephant by Millie-Anne

My elephant is pretty.  She comes from India.  She is eating grass.  She is going to a wedding.


My Elephant by Bryleigh

She is sparkly and creative and she is sparkly and beautiful.  She is going to a party in India.  She is happy.




Matahui visit the Science Roadshow

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Science Roadshow

On Friday the 8th of August, students from year 5,6,7 and 8 from Matahui School, Katikati visited the Fonterra Science Roadshow. The roadshow was a combination of: presentations, during which the people presenting the show did some explosive tests, and some interesting and informative ‘hands on’ experiments. In their “Extra for Experts” competition, Grace from Room 5 won and earned herself a science pen. Jessica Dallas.


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It is always wonderful when we receive a gift. It is even more wonderful if it is a surprise and
especially wonderful when the gift is the consequence of considerable thought and planning.
So imagine my delight when I stepped into my office to find a gift had been left for me by
two of our students. It was not presented to me in fancy wrapping, nor was there an
accompanying card – the item had been carefully placed inside a paper tissue and a short
explanatory note attached…..

”Dear Mr. Muller. We found a hedgehog head and thought you would like it.” From Claudia and Danielle.

What an amazing gift from two “forensic scientists!” The girls had discovered the deceased
in our bush area and over time, had observed the gradual decay of the creature, subsequently
exhuming some of the remains. The level of interest, wonder and excitement in making the
initial discovery, to following the natural process of decomposition is an example of inquiry
learning at its best. It demonstrates how our students engage with, and connect to, the
environment beyond just playing. They continue to explore, investigate, discover and search
for answers. How awesome…… and what a wonderful gift they shared with me.

WARNING: the following image is slightly graphic. View after dinner.




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On any given week, life at Matahui school is full and active. And this week is no exception. On Tuesday a film crew came in from Central TV,  to film a bit about our school which will not only air on TV, but will also be featured on our school website. We had an ICAS test, classes have started focusing on the production, and most importantly for year seven and eight, this week is Futures Week, this is an opportunity to think about where they might be heading in life after their education. One aspect is of the program is work experience, where the students have the opportunity to select a work place, and visit it to see what happens. So here we are… Jessica and Phoebe, being Principals for a day… yay! This is our second task. Prior to writing this newsletter, we needed to proof read an advertisement which will feature in the Bay of Plenty Times. As Principals for the day we have come up with a new idea for Mr. Muller. Each week two year seven and eight students could contribute a section to Max’s Message. We hope other students in the class like this idea. We think it would be successful. As a test to see how many people read this, next time you see Mr. Muller, say the code word …… “Pineapples.”


Have a wonderful weekend and visit the KatiKati Bird Gardens.

Phoebe & Jessica


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Recently the media featured a letter written by the Principal to a student at Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire. The letter focused on all the things that standardised tests do not measure:  being multi-lingual; able to play an instrument, dance or paint; write poetry, songs or plays; participate in sports or wonder about the future……. To view the letter, paste the following link into your preferred browser…..

Schools  aim to provide students with a high degree of academic success across the curriculum and at Matahui we have had recent evidence of that, especially in relation to our international French results.  But at the same time, we also provide opportunities for students to grow and develop the promise they demonstrate in areas that are difficult, and in some instances not necessary to assess. One of the delights in teaching is seeing students achieve goals that help shape them as individuals whether it be through demonstrating leadership qualities or showing enough concern for others to initiate some form of fundraising. Today our Year 5 and 6 students coordinated toy collection, mufti day,and sausage sizzle to support the Paeroa Kindergarten some misguided individual burned to the ground last week. Consider for a moment what they may have learned through this experience.

We must provide a thinking curriculum. We must establish a level of academic rigour. We must continue to foster a love of learning, Lets not forget however, that success can be measured in a myriad of ways.


Matahui School, Room1: Tuakana / Teina (Buddies)

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P1070443P1000331We have been learning about friendships and we love doing things with our buddies from Room 2 and 5. First our class painted pictures of our buddies. Then we worked together to make Autumn leaf prints and Koru block prints.  Later our class cut them out and made them into our clothes.  We also wrote similes about our buddies.  We hope you enjoy them!P1070441P1070178P1070439P1070195P1070436P1070224P1070440P1000332P1070438P1070192P1070437P1070204P1070434P1070209P1070435P1070213P1070433  P1070188   P1070442P1070214P1070527

What Has Been Happening This Week In Room 6, Matahui Primary School?



Phoebe Robertson is currently working on her Gold Project, which is to design and build a new “spaceship” play structure for the juniors. To help fund raise for her Gold she is selling Waffles to students on Fridays at lunch time.

Here are some photos of Phoebe and her team making waffles for the hungry students.

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Room 6 have been holding a barbeque every Friday after full assembly. The delicious sausages have proved to be very popular! The money we gain from the sale of sausages is going toward the new technology workshop or future school camps.


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A large number of our class were celebrated for receiving Gold, Silver, Bronze and Credit awards in the recent Language Perfect World Language Championships. Tres bien!!!