Room 3: 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 Rimu where you will find me with year 2, 3 and 4 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 definately 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 3:

Term 1 2021

  • We have been enjoying experiments in Ruma Rimu. Last week we were investigating how long it would take an apple to rot. We placed the apples in vinegar, salt water, lemon juice and one piece had nothing. We were surprised by the results. Which apple do you think rotted the fastest?