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24 Jan 2019
Matahui School welcomes Mary Woods as its new principal in 2019 after a community farewell to principal Max Muller in December.
Mary brings a strong skillset and vast experience to the school in science, Future Problem Solving, IT and mindfulness. Her substantial knowledge of student diversity, curriculum experience and inquiry is expected to add value to a successful learning environment for children ranging from Years 1 to 8.
Mary is married to Jim and they have two daughters — Patricia and Catherine, and three grandchildren — Phoebe, Arley and Zoe. Mary and Jim have recently moved from Tauranga to Pahoia and are looking forward to settling into the community.
Students at Matahui have a diverse range of backgrounds, strengths and learning styles. The school’s philosophy of providing a solid learning environment that allows all children to foster creativity, critical thinking and leadership, is what initially drew Mary to the school.
Children at Matahui are encouraged and supported to collaborate with each other during a range of activities during class time, while enjoying ‘education outside of the classroom’.
Education outside of the classroom is one of the driving characters of the school where students work collaboratively while being challenged to reach their personal potential. Learning through play classes enjoy frequent camps and field trips, and involvement in various community activities and the school has a native bush area, fondly known as ‘The Huts’.
School starts at Matahui on Tuesday, January 29.
What a wonderful term Team Kauri, the Year Seven and Eight students have had at Matahui School.
The students have been learning to build and learn within a team and advance their ability as leaders. This has been achieved through an amazing array of outdoor activities including two camps, and skill building activities such as swimming, a deep-water confidence day and kayak skill development at Waimarino.
We have studied of the life of William Shakespeare and written a short biography. Following this we traveled with the Year Five and Six students to Auckland to see ‘A Comedy of Errors’ at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.
Other E.O.T.C. experiences have included our infamous boat day and a whole school beach education day.
In the classroom we have focused our mathematics on number and algebra. There are several budding mathematicians! We have buddy read a book called ‘A race to the pole’, a chance for our accomplished readers to share with and support their peers. This book was also part of our inquiry this term which has focused on the motivation to discover and explore. The high standard of presentations that concluded the inquiry are well worth visiting the classroom to see.
Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school. I felt a bit shy.
Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.
Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.
Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush. It looked like a big black hole. But the I did it. I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.
Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona. I felt really scared because it looked so high. But I did it and I had a really great time.
Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.
Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.
Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad. It was really dark in there.
Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua. I was really scared to hop on while it was moving. Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.
Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.
Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.
Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –
and I did it and it was really yummy. I also showed courage when I had my blood test.
Black shiny tube
Bouncing on the water
I feel excited in my tube
Small blue kayak
Riding the little wave
Happy and strong and really proud
Black round circle
Spinning in the water
Fantastic fun in my fun tube
Yellow fast kayak
Paddling on the calm sea
Taking control of my yellow kayak
Sailing, turning in the breeze
I am the captain of my boat
Big fun kayak
Adventure on the sea
Nervous, excited, happy, proud
Fast red kayak
Paddling from side to side
So much fun circling and turning
My boat is red
Floating, slicing through the sea
Having fun in my red kayak
Swimming in the water
I caught a fish on my fishing line
On the jetty
Fishing with my Daddy
First time fishing, my favourite
Swishing, turning, blasting
I feel so great in the salty breeze
Fast kayak, bright blue
Floating, paddling, speeding
Happy, smiling in the kayak
We had a wonderful day visiting the Tauranga library and art gallery.
First we visited the library where Penny read us some stories
Here is Lily’s story:
On Thursday we went to the Tauranga library and Art Gallery. At the library we read some stories called ‘Sad the Dog’ and ‘Boa’s Bad Birthday’. In Boa’s book he was excited that it was his birthday but when he got presents that he couldn’t use, he was sad. Then when he got Dung Beetle’s present he loved it and thought that it wasn’t a bad birthday. In Sad’s story he was sad because his owners didn’t love him. The artist used facial expressions and sad colours. When Sad felt happy the artist used bright colours.
Next we went to see Richard Orjis’ garden. We observed some things. He expressed his feelings for plants. Then we went to the art gallery and studied Barry Dabb’s art. He expressed his love of colour and he loved his paintings to be BIG!
And a snippet of Sam’s story: Richard Orjis expresses his love of nature, growing a wild flower garden.
And Cameron’s story: The wild flower garden was pretty and Richard was expressing his art.
Great observation going on in Richard Orjis’ wild flower garden!
This great observation continued at the Art Gallery with Fiona when we looked closely at wild flowers and sketched and painted them with water colours.
And together we created our own wonderful wild flower garden!
We also enjoyed seeing Barry Dabb’s paintings.
Here are snippets of our stories:
*On Thursday we went to the library and art gallery. I love the big paintings. Barry loved the colours and so do I! By Aroha
*Richard showed that art can be in the form of plants. It doesn’t have to be paintings. He has his own individual style. Barry makes his paintings look real. The illustrator used the colours of the fish in the book to show feelings. By Aby
*Richard Orjis expresses his love of plants and nature. Barry Dabb made big paintings of Cook Island flowers. His art expresses happiness! By Blair
Congratulations Matahui on a fantastic show!
Room One were the school children, along with fabulous actors from Room 6 – Shane (Blake), Charlotte (Zoe) and the wonderful Miss Scow (Rose).
Here are our paintings, recount writing and photos:
Our Production Windust By Aby
Our school did a show in the hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We wanted to have fun and show the Mums and Dads and Grandparents.
Our job was to be the school children with our teacher Miss Scow. One of the things I say is ‘You be quiet Billy! What do you know?’
We did a dance called ‘Gonna Break out!’ It is cool because it’s a lot of movement. Miss Scow does not know we are there.
I felt nervous and excited and I also loved it!
Windust By Gabe
Our production is in the Hub and we are the school children. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Miss Scow is the school teacher. I like it being the school children. I like sneaking in when Miss Scow is dancing but she doesn’t know we are there.
I felt fantastic about everything in the show.
Windust by Blair
The whole school did the show in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I sing and dance and all the people did it. And Room 3 was on the hay and Room 3 was singing with us.
I like singing ‘Gonna Break out’ and dancing. Miss Scow doesn’t know we are there. But then she realises we are there. I like that Miss Scow doesn’t know. That was fun!
I felt happy singing and dancing.
Windust By Nikora
Our school did a play at Matahui School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I am Billy and I’m a school kid.
In the act I say “I don’t believe in bandits”. But I was wrong. There are bandits in the hills!
On my second act I lose my money in a magic show.
I like the show a lot!
Windust By Kaida
All the kids at Matahui School are putting on a show.
We are the school children. We are the cowgirls and the cowboys. I like dancing and singing.
Miss Scow is our teacher and she throws stuff on the floor in the dance.
I like saying ‘Dare you to!
WINDUST By Sam
Matahui School put on a play in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Our class are the school children. Miss scow is our teacher.
I like dancing to ‘Gotta Break Out’ because it is fun.
I felt happy the parents were watching me.
Matahui School Show By Saxon
We did a play called Windust in the Hub.
I am one of the school children and my teacher is Miss Scow.
The show is very, very, very fun!
My mural is Jimmy Culpan’s Packhorses. By Nikora
Jimmy Culpan’s job was to take food and supplies and newspapers to the bush men so they could survive. Today he would go by car. He had two pack horses called Bess and Carr. Jimmy was 17. I think it was a hard job. It was a long way and sometimes it was muddy.
Sunday in the Bush Camp
The bush camp men must be tired from working all the days except Sunday. They have different saws. They need to sharpen them to make them good at cutting down the trees. Jimmy Culpan is there with his pack horses. He brings supplies and letters.
The Waitekohe School By Aby
The Waitekohe School had 33 kids. It was quite small. Our school is also in katikati. Now Waitekohe School is a house in katikati. I even saw the house after the trip to the katikati murals. It was just one class room. They only used chalk to write on blackboards. The children were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – all those ages. They all learned different stuff. The Waitekohe School had no jungle gyms. Our school is much better because we have a playground, with a big orange ball swing, monkey bars and a sooper dooper flying fox!
Rev. kattern’s ostriches By Saxon
Rev. Kattern’s is chasing ostriches down the main road of Katikati. They escaped from the farm. The girls used the feathers on their hats.
Sunday in the Bush Camp
Sunday is a day that the bush men get a bath. They were probably stinky because they have dirt because they work all week cutting kauri trees. They cut their hair and they eat. The miss their family.
This is Waitekohe School. By Kaida
They had one classroom for all the children. Big children and little children.
I like my classroom now and I like painting. The children wrote on blackboards with chalk.
My mural is Sunday in the Bush Camp. By Gabe
In the camp men had a holiday on the Sunday. They sharpened their saws. They had a haircut. They bath. I think the bush men would like having a day off from cutting down trees.
Room 3 and 6 attended the Otherworld exhibition at the Tauranga Art Gallery last Thursday afternoon. he program gave the students further insight into a number of different forms of art including Sculpture, Digital Landscapes and Landscape painting.
Hannah discuses the afternoons program under the the yellow installation in the main foyer.
‘The Last City’ sculptography by Peter Madden
Making our own sculptography! It was lovely to see the students engaging with in other in the creative process. Mel who hosted the students was very impressed with the degree of sophistication and imagination the students showed in the creation of their sculptures.