News Category: School News

Beauty and the Beast

18 May 2018 • School News

The lights dimmed and Maungatapu, as well as other schools, fell into a sudden silence. In the front, the 120 Maungatapu children sat on the edge of their seats…It was a production of Beauty and the Beast at Baycourt on Wednesday 9th of May. There was an orchestra made up of students from the Girls and Boys college joint. They started to play eerie music started and a castle was moved onto the stage. A boy stepped out from the wings and began to tell the start of the story…

Belle’s singing entranced the audience, when the Beast sang it was low, strong and powerful. It filled the audience with lots of emotion.

The costumes were so realistic and beautiful.

Here are people’s opinions about their production:

I really liked it, I loved Belle’s singing. -Eva

I liked it when the Beast pushed Gaston of the balcony. -Finley

Gaston’s performance was powerful, riveting, and had me in stitches.-Mr Allsop.

By Conor and Drew – Room 13


Seismograph report

18 May 2018 • School News

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have a scientist come to our school. His name is Kasper and he works at the University of Auckland. He came in to set up a seismograph in our library which will tell us when there has been an earthquake. Two people from each class got to go along and we learnt heaps! Some of the facts he shared with us were that the bigger the fault, the bigger the earthquake and that tectonic plates are made from the earth’s crust and move under each other, move apart and clash together. We had fun jumping in the library and trying to get the machine to measure our movement.

By Josh and Stevie – Room 25 and 26

We were super lucky to have Kasper visit us to talk about Rū Whenua.  Kasper is a physicist who specialises in Earthquakes. Did you know there are over 15000 earthquakes recorded in NZ every year. Kasper installed a seismograph in our library which is now part of the Ru network, a network of schools with seismographs. You can see our feed at
Our seisograph goes 24/7 and we have already measured two earthquakes!

Japanese Students Visit Maungatapu

11 March 2018 • School News

The bell rang for the end of lunch play I couldn’t wait till the Japanese Students got here. I wondered what they were going to teach us. I came and sat on the mat, I looked out the window and could see Four Japanese students walking up the deck stairs. They came in and pulled out a book full of facts about New Zealand and Japan there was all kinds of cool things. After that we did some origami, we followed them step by step and in the end it turned out to be a paper swan.

Tommy R 20

“Japanese students are coming after lunch!” The teacher exclaimed. I was so excited, my brain just went click, neighbouring country of my mums home country, tick, origami, tick. It was going to be so fun! They were going to stay at our class for the rest of the day, well not every Japanese student just 4.

As they walked into the door my first impression was intermediate or college age students. They showed us a slideshow of popular tourist destinations, martial arts and they taught us how to fold a crane altogether.

I really enjoyed them here and teaching us about different things in japan, how to fold a paper crane and I also learnt that kendo was Japanese. They also wrote our names in Japanese three times all of the times they were different they were Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

By Noah R 20