Room 1: Whaea Michelle

Tēnā Koutou katoa


Ko Maungatautari te maunga.

Ko Waihou te awa.

Ko Raukawa tōku Iwi.

Nō Putaruru ahau.

Kei te Mamaku tōku kāinga ināianei.

Ko Putaruru tōku turangawaewae.


My name is Michelle Matthews and my current teaching space is Ruma Pikopiko where you will find me with year 1 & 2 students. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and living in the Mamaku School community and although Putaruru is the place that I feel most connected with, Mamaku is definitely home to me. I live in the village with my partner and two of my five children who have all travelled through Mamaku School.


I am very passionate about reading and my students will tell you that this is reflected within my teaching programme. I love sharing my love of books with akonga and hopefully I can inspire them to identify and embrace what they are passionate about.

What's Happening in Room 1:

Our focus this term is HAUORA/TAPA WHA -body, spirit and others. Body systems, learning about how our bodies work(science) as well as learning about how to look after ourselves, nutrition and exercise.

Exploring and growing of course our brains. Zones of regulations will be explored further as the children learn how to self regulate their emotions and how emotions work.

Experimenting with measurement, addition and counting in 2’s and 5’s for maths. Locking in number knowledge is repetitive, supporting all ages and stages.