Sports & Cultural

We are proud of our sporting, cultural and performing art students and their achievements at Matakana School.

Students are encouraged to participate in sporting, cultural and performing art activities
offered and venture out of the classroom regularly to do so.  Starting the day to a Jump Jam DVD, a quick run around the running track, PMP activity, Choir or Kapa Haka practice, showing the school their talent at school assemblies and so much more.


Radio Station

Matakana School has started its very own radio station! The radio station is a fun way for students to share all that goes on within our classrooms and school with the surrounding community. School news, events, children's stories and showcasing items from Matakana school's fabulous choir, ukulele group and Kapa Haka group are a feature.  So, make sure you tune in to MagicMix 87.6.



Kapa Haka is a special honour and privilege for Year 4 to 6 students.  Students learn waiata, karakia, action songs, haka, poi, rakau, te reo Maori and tikanga (protocols and customs) associated with Maori culture and performance.  Performances throughout the year include school assemblies, Gala day and at the Matakana Christmas concert.   

Students performing at the Matakana Christmas celebration



A wide variety of sports are available for students to participate in at Matakana School and Inter school competitions enable our students to meet and compete with other students from surrounding schools.  This is of great benefit socially as the majority of students in the area continue their education at the local high school - Mahurangi College.

Sports include: 

Athletics - Cross Country - Hockey - Netball - Rippa Rugby - Soccer - Swimming - Touch Rugby.

Year 5 and 6 students also have the opportunity to go Sailing at a local beach Algies Bay with "Sailing Have a Go". 

PMP (Perceptual Movement Programme) A programme in which the Junior Syndicate run, hop, skip, climb, slide, jump, balance, throw, strike, roll, turn and have fun. They do this with a variety of common and especially designed equipment. The PMP programme aims to develop children’s motor skills that are the foundation for many activities. PMP develops these skills in a fun, holistic and organized way.  In the early years at Matakana School, Year 0-1 pupils participate in the PMP programme. This programme aims to develop the child‘s perceptions and understandings of himself/herself and his/her world through movement experiences.

As pupils continue through school, teachers introduce mental fitness exercises as part of the daily class programme. These exercises assist with body awareness and body connections and help lower stress levels. 

Jump Jam

Students from Year 3 upwards enjoy an 'Kidz Aerobix' style fitness sessions created by Brett Fairweather.