Norm He­witt, camp­ing and athletics

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - SCHOOL RE­PORT

The has part­nered with Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate, to give one stu­dent the op­por­tu­nity to write a monthly re­port for the pa­per, de­tail­ing events from the school. The Novem­ber re­port is writ­ten by Year 8 stu­dent, Yvonne Wang.

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate has had a busy first half of term four, with nu­mer­ous im­por­tant events tak­ing place.

We were very priv­i­leged to have Norm He­witt, a for­mer All Black, visit our school. He gave us a very mov­ing, emo­tional speech about do­mes­tic violence, the im­pact it had on his life and what some­one con­fronted with it should do.

He was in­spir­ing and even showed us his Danc­ing with the Stars win­ning moves.

Only a day af­ter Norm He­witt’s visit was athletics day. Ev­ery­one headed out to the field un­der­neath the gaze­bos to en­joy a full-on day of sport­ing events, in­clud­ing shot put, dis­cus, run­ning races and many more.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the tal­ented ath­letes who placed in the top places and to those se­lected to at­tend the in­ter-in­ter­me­di­ate athletics day, later in the term.

An­other high­light of the last few weeks has been ex­cit­ing times for a num­ber of classes, who en­joyed their an­nual camp.

Camps are a chance to en­joy learn­ing in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and to be chal­lenged by op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side of the class­room.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 14, a group of stu­dents from Room One, were in­vited to give a pre­sen­ta­tion to the lo­cal Ki­wa­nis Club, which is a lo­cal ser­vice club of gen­er­ous peo­ple who give back to their com­mu­nity by help­ing oth­ers.

Th­ese pupils shared their pro­gress­ing con­nec­tion with a school in Van­u­atu, which has been made pos­si­ble with the sup­port of Ki­wa­nis.

Room one has made draw­string bags (which they filled with school sta­tionery items) sent let­ters and pho­tos of what life is like at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate and have en­joyed build­ing a friend­ship with a school from a dif­fer­ent place.

Al­though it is half-way through term four now, we can ex­pect the rest of the term to be even more event­ful than the first half, with many im­por­tant events sched­uled to take place at the end of the year. The main ones are the class pic­nic days, the grad­u­a­tion dance and the end of year prize­giv­ing.

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