Matahui Primary School, Katikati – Cross Country Training


Ready, set, go!  The year 4’s at Matahui Primary School are off on their cross country training run. DSC04224 DSC04225

Up and down and around they go. DSC04226 DSC04227

Molly says, “I love running on the farm, once we even got stuck in gorse bushes.”

Bridget says, “The hill was slippery.”

Fern says, “Once we saw the farmer and lots of cows.”

Grace says, “This is fun.”

Elle says, “It’s cold.”

Open the Window

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We have in recent weeks launched our new-look website.  Whilst it is still in its development stage (we have additional information to feature on the site and some refinements to make), it has certainly been positively received. One of the newest elements has been to introduce class “blogs.” We have however, decided to call these blogs “WINDOWS” because in one sense the students are looking out beyond the classroom and connecting with the wider, global community, and you, as part of this community are looking in to see what and how the students are learning. Having the students engage with technology in this way serves a number of purposes. Possibly the most obvious is that they have the opportunity to share what is currently happening in their classrooms by showcasing their learning for an audience that extends across the globe. Additionally, knowing that what they present will be viewed by others, means that they need to be conscious of how and what they communicate – they need to review, refine, reflect and conduct themselves responsibly.

And what a wonderful way for them to demonstrate and celebrate their understanding of what they learn in a wide range of contexts and what an exciting way to collaborate on learning. So if you haven’t ventured into the “Blog” zone and opened a “window” make it a priority. I’m sure you’ll find the visit refreshing.

Squiggle Squirm Matahui Tiger Worms – Room One

P1070099   “Here’s all the food scraps we have collected” says James.. P1070117 P1070118“Yum! yum!” say the tiger worms to Millie Anne and Asha.  

P1070128“I can’t believe the tiger worms are going to eat this shredded paper!” says Gianni. P1070130“And a little sprinkle of lime” says James.

P1070108P1070115 “I spy with my little eye” says Bryleigh. Denley and Keyarn.  “I can see heaps and heaps and heaps of tiger worms that can’t stop eating! The are too busy!” says Keyarn.  “They’ve got stripes” says Denley.  “They look like TIGERS!” says Bryleigh.

P1070113P1070107 “Hey, I don’t believe the tiger worms have any eyes” says Max.  “There’s lots of worms ” says Troy.  “The worms like it when its dark so they are going under the soil” says Matilda.

P1070116 “I wouldn’t eat that avocado!” says Macy to Denley.   P1070135 “This worms juice is really strong” says Keyarn. “Better add some water to it” says Max

.P1070133There is lots of worm juice. These worms have been busy!” says Gianni.

P1070142 “Our cherry tree is going to love this” says Matilda. P1070146“This plant needs just a little bit more worm juice Keyarn” says Max.

P1000321 “The plants in the hanging basket will grow really well with all this worm poo!  It’s going to look so pretty!” says Asha to Gianni.

The Amazing Race

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In our first class post we would like to celebrate the wonderful success of the Year 7/8

Amazing Race team who WON this years competition. This is true testament to the

ability that Matahui students have to work well as a team, think flexibly to solve problems

and thrive in education outside the classroom.


Digital Learning

Matahui is proud to lead the way with our Digital Citizenship partnership with leading internet security company Symantec. Please see the details below.

Background Information for Pilot Schools
The opportunity for Symantec to partner with Cyber Safe Kids in the localised alignment of Common
Sense Media curriculum to the Australian, New Zealand and International Baccalaureate Primary Years
Programme is unique.
Robyn Treyvaud, founder of Cyber Safe Kids and her colleague Andrea Muller have been liaising with
Common Sense Media for the past 5 years and together with colleagues from the UK Safer Internet
Centre and South West Grid for Learning have become accredited trainers who have the necessary
permissions to work with and localise the alignments to the national curriculums of Australia, New
Zealand and the IB Primary Years Programme.
This would be the first use of the Common Sense Media resources to be developed with a local ‘flavour’
and provides a unique platform for global collaboration in support of digital citizenship.
Significantly, Symantec will be funding an alignment to the Australian and New Zealand curricula of
digital citizenship concepts developed by Common Sense Media:

Internet Safety Privacy & Security Relationships &
Digital Footprint &
Self-image and
Information Literacy Creative Credit &

Today, a safer Internet is one that is underpinned by the values of citizenship. This moves towards the
idea of ‘digital citizenship’ which reflects our growing understanding that online safety is more than just
the use of security software and passwords, but encompasses the actual ethics of being online and respect
for others. Ideally, digital citizens think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly.