Year 7/8 Tarawera Leadership Camp



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It is hard with a few pictures and words to describe the wonderful learning that takes place at any of the four major outdoor camps that Matahui School Year 7/8 Students partake in each year. The Tarawera Camp is no exception. At Tarawera we look to strengthen the students leadership, cooperative teamwork skills and self confidence through an array fun experiential challenges. These photos give a glimpse of some of these practical, life changing experiences.





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Celebrating success

A big thank you to the camp and class parents who through their support made this another successful and exhilarating learning experience for our students.

Matahui Senior School Leadership and Teambuilding Camp

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The Matahui Senior Leadership Camp took place at Mount Maunganui in week three. The weather was wonderful and the students were very lucky to be involved in some wonderful experiential learning. The photo above shows us waiting for the first of these a sailing trip on the beautiful catamaran Kindred Spirit. On the far right is Waikato University Hillary Scholar Sam Shergold who joined us to speak about what it takes to be one of the worlds best paddle boarders.

Apart from the learning that took place upon the boat the students also had the fun of being hung from an arm off the side of the boat where they could swing and bounce from the hull. Some took a bit of a dunking but this was of course not intentional!


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In the photos above we listen to the skippers safety instruction and Ella takes a swing.

A walk up the Mount on dusk meant we all slept very well.


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Day two saw us White Water Rafting upon the Rangitaiki River. You can see by the faces that it was a wonderful experience.

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A visit to this part of the country would never be complete without a walk in the beautiful Whirinaki forest. Our guide Tom was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of our native landscape and he shared some wonderful stories of one of the most untouched corners of Aotearoa. We met our parents for dinner back at the camp. We were meant to cook for them but because we were a little late they fed us. Thanks parents! Another walk at dusk this time out to the tip of Moturiki (Leisure Island) and we were asleep before our heads hit the pillow.

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Day three and time to go surfing! Another bluebird day and after a breakfast of pancakes prepared by one of our fantastic camp parents Carly, it was off for some waves. We walked over Mount Dury on our way back to dismantle our camp and head back to school. A wonderful camp with lots of hands on learning and experiences. That’s what we do at Matahui.

Matahui Senior Hike

This year the senior hike was compiled in three parts. In Week two of the term the students demonstrated their leadership skills by leading the Year 0,1 and 2 students for a hike to the twin kauri on the Tuahu track. Here are some lovely photos of this experience.

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The following week we entered the Kaimai Range at Upland Road and after short hike in we made camp on the banks of a small stream on the North/South track. We were joined by three of last years Year eight (now Year 9) students who were eager to finish what was last year hike! That night we completed a wonderful solo in a dense and highly active bush. After hot chocolate we slept soundly. The following morning after what can only be described as a hearty hikers breakfast we set off to conquer the North/South track exiting at the end of Thompsons Track Road. What an tough walk! What a determined team! This is what sets Matahui apart from the rest. Check these photos out…

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The final stage in the Senior Hike took on an experiential/eco-learning perspective which supports this terms inquiry learning and the focus for our Leigh Camp. Our visit to Maungatautari showed us the continual work involved in protecting and restrengthening our native bird, plant and animal species. On day two we hiked to the highest point of the mountain by now a light stroll for the class. That afternoon we made our way to Karapiro and on a cold and windy day abandoned our shelters and booked into cabins. The day concluded with a bike ride on the Te Awa cycle way and upon dark a game of spotlight. On our final day the class partook in a high ropes course and at morning tea we visited New Zealand Rowing’s high performance facility. There we had the good fortune to meet Hamish Bond. For our final afternoon we completed a return trip on our bikes to the Arapuni Swingbridge on the Waikato River Trail. Fish and chips and home! Here are some more shots…

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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.

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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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!!!



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.