Remember playing a game at school called “ Stuck in the Mud?” Well at Matahui School we are about to give you the opportunity to do this for real. Yes, this year we are set to launch the first ever Matahui School Mud Run on Saturday 7 November 2015 so set aside the date.

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Matt Griffiths (with the support of our wonderful neighbours at the school, Terry Hobart and Peter and Hana Sherwin), has developed a course that will provide everyone participating with the chance to get muddy as they manoeuvre their way through a course that will provide both challenge and excitement.

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The emphasis is less on making this a highly competitive event – though there will be prizes – rather, an occasion that caters for families and teams of enthusiastic “mud people” as a community event that will raise funds for charity and the school. Taking part in a mud run may be a new experience for you, but don’t worry. It is more of a “wade” than run and whilst you might feel it is a challenge,one of the benefits is that you get a cost effective beauty treatment that has no rival!  Mud 15

Additionally, on the day of the Mud Run we will be hosting approximately 100 motorcycle enthusiasts who will roll into school on their classic motorcycles for a lunch break. This “stopover” will certainly add an interesting dimension to the day, especially if anyone is keen on classic bikes.

All you need to do at this point is keep the date free, think about a “costume” for the day that will handle a mud bath and wait for additional information we will send out in the near future.

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Room One asks the question: Which colour is the best?

Rainbow Day – together we made a rainbow!                                          P1100008 

So, what is the best colour?  We have been learning to write arguments.  That’s where we write our point of view.  We write what we think and give reasons why.  Here are our paintings and our writing, describing which colour we think is the best colour.  You can decide!


More colours for Room One to explore!

After exploring the primary colours, Room One  experimented with mixing colours to discover the secondary colours of green, orange and purple.

Green Day

Blue + Yellow = Green

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I am wearing a green T-shirt and green leggings and all my friends are wearing green.  Everyone looks like mints and everyone looks cool.  I’m glad that everyone likes green and that’s a good colour for Keyarn and James.  Green makes me think of crickets hiding in the bush.  By Matilda.

I am wearing green spiky hair and a sparkly bow tie.  I am green all over.  I feel proud!  By James

I am wearing a green Ninja Turtle costume.  I look cool!  By Nikora

It is lovely seeing people with green.  I have a green bag.  By Thomas

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Orange Day

Red Yellow = Orange

It is orange day…

P1090848Everybody is orange.  My orange T-shirt is cool.  Orange is a happy colour.  By Keyarn.

I am wearing an orange skirt and an orange jumper and orange tights and an orange T-shirt.  Everyone looks like a mandarin.  I like everyone in orange.  Keyarn has an orange shirt and Matilda is wearing an orange dress.  Millie-Anne is wearing orange gloves.  Gianni is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Aby is wearing an orange T-shirt.  Orange is best!  By Asha

Orange is best because oranges are yummy.  I am wearing an orange shirt.  Orange is the colour of the sun.  By Aby

I am wearing orange gloves and an orange hairband.  I like orange.  By Millie-Anne

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Purple Day

Red + Blue = Purple 

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Queens and Kings wear purple clothes.  Purple is cool like a purple monster.  I made a purple monster and a spaceship and it looks cool.  James is wearing a purple T-shirt and purple pants.  Purple makes me feel happy because it is a dark rich colour.  Asha is wearing a light mauve colour and it looks cool.  By Gianni

I am wearing a purple jacket, pants, scarf and band in my hair.  Matilda is wearing a purple dress.  Purple makes me happy.  It is a fun colour.  By Bryleigh.

Violets are purple, plums are purple.  Everyone looks like plums and we all look cool.  I’m wearing a purple dress.  Bryleigh is wearing a purple jumper and she looks pretty.  I’ve made a purple one-eyed people eater.  It looks cool.  I look like a purple leopard with polka dots!  By Matilda

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Often we have positive perspectives shared with us by parents, caregivers and students about aspects of school life, relating especially to the ways in which this school enriches the lives of learners.

This week I would like to share a cross section of “voices” with you that strongly echo the ethos of the school.

“Clara finds she is much more creative in finding solutions in general, and specifically now that they are preparing for Kahunui. She is more self-confident, speaking up and sharing her ideas about big issues (Hiroshima for e.g.) than most other girls. And she is not obsessed to the same degree as her peers with self-image and her profile on social media.” Claudia Remus

“Thanks so much for having Sam and me to visit last Thursday. It was great to see the class ‘in action’ and Sam had a great time – commenting twice during the afternoon that ‘Matahui School is so much fun.’ I was very impressed with the friendliness and inclusiveness of the children. Just awesome! We immediately noticed an improvement in how Sam interacted with his little sister at home – hardly any squabbles since we visited …. I’m calling it Matahui magic!” Danielle Ellis

…. “other Rm 5 students hop into the school van, dressed in thermals and tramping gear, faces glowing with excitement. They are off on an expedition to see what possums, rats and pests have been caught by the “Bring back the Birds” volunteers. They are contributing to a real conservation programme, and learning scientific methods (recording bird songs, recognising paw prints of different pests etc) in real life. They learn that ordinary people can achieve big things by working collectively, and that our community contains many unsung heroes (including them). I watch their teacher set up this activity with the parent helper that will accompany them, and allocate responsibilities within the group. It may seem an ordinary moment, but to me it is very moving. It is so normal for our children to feel valued, safe and nurtured and for adults and peers to act responsibly and cooperatively, and look after each other.”  Anne Templeton

And lastly, a letter from Emma Poppy, who wrote the following letter to Kumara and Rodney, the rats that share my office with me. They often visit the classrooms to see and hear what learning is taking place.

“Dear Rodney and Kumara…..At school I have been working on fractions in maths and we are doing narritive writing. I am having fun at school. I hope you like my gifts!” Emma Poppy


Please note the following: Emma Poppy’s gifts were a gold coin and a chest containing two marbles for each rat – gleaned from her collection of at least 1000 marbles. Also note the clothing adorning the rats – an example of student initiated soft technology. The same students who designed and made the garments also created small desks and provided learning materials for the rats.

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Room One explores colour

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It is red day….

 Everybody looks red. I am Spider Man and I am red and powerful!  By James

Everyone is wearing red.  Red makes me feel strong!  By Nikora

I am wearing a red hat and a red skirt and a red jacket and red boots.  Red makes me feel happy.  By Millie-Anne

                                    Blue Day




It is blue day…

I am hungry for blueberries.  Everyone is blue.  Blue makes me feel happy because it makes me feel like swimming with fish.  By Keyarn

Blue makes me feel cold.  It makes me feel happy. Blue is the sea.  Blue is the sky.  Blue is my favourite colour. I am wearing a blue T shirt.  It looks like everyone is wearing blue.  By Gianni

Blue is one of my favourite colours.  I am wearing a blue jacket, dress, leggings and hat.  I feel happy because I like blue.  By Bryleigh

                                          Yellow Day


Today is Yellow Day…..

Yellow makes me feel snuglish and warm.  By Thomas

Yellow looks fantastic!  Everyone is wearing yellow.  Everyone looks like the sun.  I am wearing a yellow T shirt with coloured pineapples. Yellow makes me think of summer because it is a hot colour.  By Asha

Everyone is wearing yellow.  Yellow is my favourite colour.  I feel happy.  By Abygale

Yellow makes me feel bright because  daffodils are yellow.  I’m wearing yellow and everyone is wearing yellow too.  I think I look cool in yellow.  Yellow bananas and yellow lemons and pineapples are yummy and tasty.  Yellow makes me feel important because it’s a bright colour.  By Matilda.






I have begun to take the camera outside with me when I am on duty so that when opportunities arise to photograph our students in action (and there have been a number I have missed), I can capture them as a tangible record of just have imaginative they are.

In the past I didn’t take photographs – the boys who built a working roller coaster over in the hut building area; the vast number of students who played “Pee Wee” without any disagreement over rules; the student who designed and built a small chair complete with leaning backrest or the students who went from using slats of wood to modifying skateboards without wheels, then adding Velcro straps to the boards so that their feet wouldn’t slip whilst zooming down a huge pile of wood chips. This must have been a New Zealand first – if not a world first!

This week the ball swing provided an opportunity. An opportunity to swing through a sawdust gouge that had filled with rain water. Of course, when the rain water ran thin the problem was promptly solved by ferrying water to the area via wheelbarrow.


At  Matahui School  the staff give the students some freedom to explore, within reason, these opportunities, so “Day 1” saw us providing some dry clothing to the bedraggled ball riders – “Day 2” the students brought a change of uniform from home. So if the washing pile at home increased you will understand why and if you felt a little annoyed, take a moment to reflect on a playground where students continue to learn through play and can be children.


This game will cease and another will take its place as is the way in the playground. We look forward to the next imaginative, inventive activity that will engage and entertain as our students seize the moment.


Ka kite



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.