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!

Matakana Island Visit

9 April 2018 • Trips

Recently the Middle School went on class trips to visit Matakana Island for a day. They had lots of fun and would like to thank all the parents for the support.

Tauranga Rep Basketball Players

9 April 2018 • Sport

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who have been selected as Tauranga Representative Basketball Players! They have been selected to represent Tauranga at Regional and National Basketball Tournaments, including Easter Tournaments this long weekend. Good luck!

Caleb Masigan Under 11B Boys
Tiaki Murray Under 11B Boys
Tipene Toki Under 11B Boys
Pia Kuka-Gardiner Under 11 Girls
Jarome Bidois Under 13A Boys

Junior School Camp

5 April 2018 • Trips

The junior school set up camp on the field on Thursday the 22nd of March. There were lots of activities provided at the camp including parachutes, egg and spoon race, T-ball, cup stacking, knuckle bones, big ball games and card games. All of the junior school participated and thought that it was an exciting, fun filled day. They especially enjoyed the new activities they had not tried before.

By Ava and Skylar – Room 19

Middle School Swimming Sports

5 April 2018 • Sport

On Wednesday the 21st of March all the year 3-4 children did swimming sports. It was a sunny hot day and everybody enjoyed the swimming sports. There was a Spongebob race, a noodle race, a boogie board race, a flutter board race and the freestyle. The middle school kids were separated into year three boys, year three girls, year four boys and year four girls. While they weren’t swimming , they were doing other activities around the school with teachers. With Miss Dew and Matua Tama they did some water relays on the junior field. On the senior field Mr Alsop was running a game of soccer. Mrs Eagleson was on the court doing different fun activities. Everyone had a really fun day at swimming sports!

Reported by Stevie and Lucretia – Room 25

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