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 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 3:

Whiria te tangata

Weave the people together (Unity is strength)

A related whakataukī is:

Mā tini mā mano ka rapa te whai.

By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished (Many hands make light work)

A strand of spaghetti represents the strength of a single person. A single strand may not be strong, but many strands working together may hold a lot of weight.

Students needed to work out if spaghetti strands have the same or different tensile strength?