GUARDIANS OF THE FOREST

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Matahui School has always had a strong connection to the environment and subscribed to the notion that the classroom extends well beyond the four walls. I have always felt that given our proximity to the Kamai range, in essence our “backyard,” that as a school we could perhaps assume a greater responsibility and connection for a section of the bush and accept a role as guardians.

We were recently given the opportunity to take part in the Aongatete Restoration project in which North Island weka were captured in the Opotiki area so that they could be released into an aviary established in the Aongatete forest  – an exciting prospect we could not pass up.

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The Maori have traditionally held a strong and deep affinity for the natural world – the concept of managing the environment which they express as kaitiakitanga.

Being able to take an active part in this project which will be ongoing, is Matahui School’s kaitiakitanga.  The impact of being directly involved in the release of the birds has made an indelible impression on our students. Having helped carry the birds into the forest and then seeing them settled they have come to realise that they can continue to support the project and maintain a close connection with the forest and its newest inhabitant and take on a guardianship role.

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Our entire school community would like to thank  Ann Graeme for sharing this unique experience with the Matahui School students and giving us an authentic reason to consider becoming guardians of the forest.

Use the following Facebook links to get more detailed information and a host of other photographs….

https://www.facebook.com/MatahuiSchool

https://www.facebook.com/aongatete?fref=nf)

 

Ka kite

 

Max

SERVICE LEARNING

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At Matahui School we emphasise the importance of our commonly held school values and at the same time endeavor to highlight the importance of service in terms of providing support to others who need our help or assistance.

It is of great benefit therefore, for the students to see our parent community model service to the community. One such example is  the Matahui School fishing competition. There are three elements that underscore this event. Firstly there is the focus on bringing our school community together as families to share the experience of fishing our local harbour, after which we come together to swap stories, socialize and hand out prizes. Secondly there is a huge emphasis on having fun, whether catching fish or not. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, there is the fund raising component whereby we seek to provide some financial support for local organisations who give so much to the community.

In the last three years the school has generated funds for the Coastguard, Search and Rescue and this year, the St Johns Ambulance service. In each case these are organisations that might in extreme circumstances be there for us. As a consequence our students learn why it is important for us to give back.

Another tangible example of parental service is evident in terms of refurbishing the relocatable building.  A number of Matahui males have willingly given their time to help with the project. What the dads have modelled for their children is a high level of commitment and cooperation – attributes we aim to develop in our students.   

I recently received a letter from our Year 5/6 students requesting time for them to coordinate a working bee centred on our native bush area. This initiative demonstrates how the students are able to recognize their responsibilities around service to their school community.

We have chosen to become part of an exciting “Weka Community Project” designed to reintroduce weka to the Aongatete forest. This project will give our students the chance to be actively involved in re-establishing weka in our local area and potentially assume some guardianship of the section of forest where they are to be released. What a great opportunity for the students to engage in an important service project in our “backyard.” I shall focus on this wonderful initiative more in future posting.

The Returned Services Association of New Zealand sent us materials for a very poignant display which we erected at the base of our flagpole. The  names on the crosses are people who came from our region and the memorial  was established to acknowledge, recognize and remember what ANZAC Day means to us all, something we focused upon as part of our values assembly. It symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice New Zealanders made during the First World War – an extreme act of service. 

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Ka kite

Max

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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Camping

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Challenging

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Achieving

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Bonding

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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 Swimming Magic

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Room 5 has just wrapped up swimming for the year.

During our training sessions we focused on survival skills, with the final goal being able to swim 200m.

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We also developed our stroke progressions.

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And training for swimming sports.

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Some of us even learnt to walk on water!

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Congratulations to all those who swam at the small school’s swimming sport.  Well done to Danielle, Bridget and Callum who earned a place and have competed in the North Cluster Competitions.  Danielle will now be representing us at the Wester Bay of Plenty Swimming Championships.

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What a crazy bunch!

MATAHUI SCHOOL – A TAONGA

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From Max Muller

Whenever a valued staff member leaves a school there is a sense of sadness though this is usually coupled with a celebration of the contribution the person has made. At the end of the last academic year Pauline Miller announced she was retiring from full time teaching and this sent a wave of emotion through our community, especially as Pauline had been with Matahui almost since its inception 26 years ago.

How do you acknowledge the legacy someone leaves behind when they have invested so much time and energy into the lives of other peoples' children?

The best I can do is share with you an instance whereby an ex student of Pauline's, a young man now married with a family of his own, came back to visit the school.. He spent time reminiscing about everything that had been most significant in his time at Matahui and right at the centre was Pauline Miller. The impact of his time here was such that he said that were he and the family to relocate to New Zealand he would definitely enroll his children.

Use the following link to access Pauline's speech . It is peppered with messages for us all. Having read it I am sure that you will recognise and understand why Pauline was, and remains, so loved and respected.

https://drive.google.com/file/ d/ 0B0ezCljlV5PVckRBc0ZjRGVWeG8/ view?usp=sharing

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.

Welcome to Room One 2015

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My Name is Gianni.  I'm as tall as a giraffe.  I'm as fast as a cheetah.  I have blonde hair and I have long legs.  I run fast on my long legs.  I run up the hills and down the hills and I'm gone before you see me!

My name is Bryleigh.  I love myself.  I'm the best I can be.  I'm me.  I like my blonde hair and my blue eyes.  I like sleeping.  I'm as beautiful as a flower.

My name is James.  I like riding on my bike.  I'm as tall as a giant.  I'm friendly to my friends.  I have lots of smiles.

My name is Matilda.  I'm special.  I'm good at spelling.  I'm as cute as a kitten.  When I wave my hair around it looks funny.  I like making people laugh.

My name is Keyarn.  I'm six.  I love trains.  I want to be a train driver.

My name is Asha.  I am nearly six.  I am proud I am nice.  I make people happy.  I love writing and riding my bike.

My name is Gabe.  I like playing basketball.  I have brown hair.  I have blue eyes.  I like playing with my friends.

My name is Millie-Anne.  I am five years old.  I like myself.  I like my red hair.  I like my blue eyes.  I like to ride my bike.

My name is Thomas.  I like riding my bike.  I like eating chocolate.  It's delicious!

My name is Nikora.  I like going on the boat.  I love my cousin.  I love my whole family!

We hope you enjoyed our stories and paintings!