School Life

School Programmes

Matatoki School is an inclusive, vibrant, friendly school that prides itself on excellence in achievement. Learning programmes are holistic, child centred programmes that prepare children to be active participants in their world. The philosophy of Inquiry Based Learning incorporates the strength and development of literacy and numeracy skills with; The Sciences, The Arts, Technology, Health and Physical Education.

Key competency skills developed ensure that children care for self and others, manage and organise, relate and contribute. These skills and core values are vital and enduring attributes that ensure children are progressing and developing in their 'love of learning and learning for life.'


Daily Schedule

9:00 amSchool day begins
Class Programmes
10:45 amMorning Interval
11:15 amClass Programmes
12:45 pmLunch
1:45 pmClass Programmes
3:00 pmSchool day ends


Our Gardens

Each class has its own garden to look after. All children have an appreciation of growing their own food, sustainability, an understanding of the world around them and a stronger sense of helping with the class gardens.
With help and contributions from the community the class gardens have given the children the opportunity to have fun learning, caring, sharing and helping.

Family Trees

Families have planted their own 'family tree' to celebrate and acknowledge their child's turangawaewae or attachment to Matatoki School. Many families have donated native, fruit and ornamental trees to beautify our school and symbolise their attachment.

Calf Club and Group Day

Calf Club is an annual community event that takes place usually in the first week of Term Four. Children are encouraged to care for and present for judging either a calf, lamb or kid. Matatoki School students participate in the Ohinemuri Group Day, which is a cluster of surrounding rural schools hosted in turn by participating schools. There are numerous cups and prizes that are competed for on both these days.  Group Day was last held at Matatoki School in 2018.


All children participate and contribute to the class art and floral activities that are also submitted for judging, and displayed on the day.  This is a highlight for students and results in many wonderful creations.