Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
May 11 Update
Dear Parents and Caregivers
By now you should have received a nomination form for Parent Representative for our Board of Trustees. Everyone eligible to vote has received one. If you have not received one please contact me urgently.
The School Trustee Elections are being held this year, and we need you to get involved.
Our school is governed by a democratically elected group of people called the Board of Trustees. These trustees make important decisions about our school's strategic direction, student achievement outcomes, resources, staffing and much more.
Being a trustee is an important and rewarding role. Parents, families, whanau and people from the wider community can all be trustees. We're looking for a range of people with a variety of skills, experiences, and attributes who believe in making a positive difference to our children’s learning.
The Board of Trustees key areas of contribution are to:
1. Set and, as needed, modify the vision, mission and values
2. Ensure a sensible and feasible Strategic Plan
3. Approve and monitor the Annual Plan
4. Develop and review the general policy direction
5. Monitor and evaluate student learning outcomes
6. Appoint, assess the performance of and nurture the Principal
7. Act as good employers
8. Provide financial stewardship
9. Oversee, conserve and enhance the resource base
10. Approve major policies and programme initiatives
11. Manage risk
12. The board is committed to a programme of
professional development that includes new trustee
13. Build a broad base of community support
14. Exercise governance in a way that fulfils the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi by valuing and reflecting New Zealand’s multi cultural heritage
Governance at our School
The Board represents all parties associated with the school
It sets the vision for the school
Ensures compliance with legal and policy requirements
The Principal reports to the Board
Sub-committees may be constructed from time to time as required
The Board is pro-active
Responsibility for the operation of the school is delegated to the Principal
Overall focus is to enhance student achievement
If you're interested in standing for election or nominating someone you know, please complete the form you have already received by post and return to school by noon, Friday May 20, or, if you require more information or would like to talk about School Trusteeship, please contact the school office.
Signed: Mike Coyle
Ph. 876 4958
Our Parenting Course starts tomorrow from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. It will be held in the Guild Room at the back of the hall. We have a good number of people starting this course and there is still room for more, just ring the school office.
We have Badminton sessions starting this week for our Year 4s and above—each Tuesday. We are looking forward to seeing the children work with this skill set and particularly improve their hand –eye co-ordination. Thank you to Badminton HB and Sport HB for arranging these sessions.
Autumn Fair– On Saturday May 14th we have the St Matthew’s Fair.
We have stall sites available for rent. These can be food stalls, bric-a-brac, craft work or whatever you may have to sell or offer. Each stall costs $20.00. Book your stall through the school office.
We are also having children’s stalls again—where the children themselves run a small stall at the Fair. There is a $2.00 charge for each child. This is for children only. If parents have anything they would like to sell they need to purchase their own stall.
We will have our normal ‘Cake Day’ Mufti on Friday 13th May. We ask that each family makes a Cake, Loaf, Muffins or Biscuits and bring it to school on the 6th. Please, only home made food.
We will need help on the Saturday
Cake Stall, Bouncy Castle, Candy Floss, BBQ and kids Stalls.
This is a great time to meet other parents!
We could also use help with the setup before the fair as well as the clean up afterwards. This includes helping the parish set up trestles and plants.
A reminder that all children should be in winter uniform now.
White skivvy for boys and girls with school jersey.
Boys– Grey winter weight shorts
Girls– School pinafore
White skivvy for boys and girls or white shirt for boys and white blouse for girls
Boys– Grey winter weight shorts or grey long trousers
Girls– School pinafore or school skirt.
Year 1 & 2 Following on from last year’s success, our team playing at the Sportsground are showing they have learnt a lot from their practice sessions at school. Over the last 2 terms our team has won all their games. As the next competition is in Term 4 there will be after school netball here at school in Term 3 for this age group.
Year 3 & 4 Competition at the courts starts for this age group in Term 2. Games will be after school on Tuesdays. Mark Hames has kindly offered to coach this team.
Year 5 & 6 Games for this age group will be on Thursdays after school starting in Term 2 and I will coach this team.
As soon as the weather cools down a little I will arrange some after school practice sessions for those students [boys & girls] who are wanting to play in the Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 teams.
Please talk to Mrs Thompson in B3 (email@example.com) if you need further information.
Can we ask for your help please ? When your child is having a birthday please do not send treats, cakes or presents for the class to share. We have a number of children who cannot participate because of dietary issues—right through the school—and this can make the sharing of cakes etc very problematic.
Last year we also had parents telling us that ‘everyone does it’ and ‘we have to’.
We don’t want you to.
Please just celebrate your child’s birthday as you normally would within your home.
There is no need to send anything to school, because we will just have to return it to you. Please talk to Mr Anderson if you have any questions about this.
Guitar/Ukulele—These are held here at school on Thursdays and are taken by
Brendan Hooper. These proved very popular last year and we have some talented children come through. Brochures available from the office or phone Brendan on 870- 8522.
Instrumental– at Heretaunga Intermediate. These lessons cover drums, cello, flute, violin and brass. Brochures available from our school office. Places fill very fast so if you are interested please contact Ngaire Shand 876 9388 within the next few days.
Instrumental here at school. This year there will be an opportunity for students to learn Flute, Piano, Fife or Recorder.
The lessons will be taught by Kathy Fletcher B.Mus (hons) LTCL who has returned to the Bay after many years of music teaching and performing in Wellington. If you are interested or have questions please contact Kathy on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
Parish Junior Choir– There are a few places available to join this choir. Practices are on
Fridays at 4:00pm and they sing at various
Sunday Church services. See Mike in the school office for contact details.
We have a number of things that happen regularly every week.
Wheels day, Skateboards, unicycles, scooters etc, is on Tuesdays, with helmets required.
Thank you SO MUCH to the people that have checked that their child’s uniform is named.
please please please please please please
name your child’s gear—sandals,
pinafore, skirt, blouse, shoes, hat, jersey.
Name it in a place where your child knows to look. Make them responsible for checking they have the right clothing each day, but check it with them.
We can only return articles of clothing if they are NAMED!
Waiapu Kids-Early Childhood Centre
St Matthew’s Early Childhood Centre is now taking enrolment's for 2016. The centre is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm and they cater for children from 0-5 years. Children can attend full time or part time and it is open all year except for three weeks over Christmas. The centre is ideally situated for Mum’s and Dad’s working in the city centre. There are a few vacancies for this year available.
St Matthew's Primary School is an Anglican state integrated school, catering for students from Year 0 to 8, situated in the heart of Hastings. Since its inception in 1995 it has grown to become a small school of just over 130 pupils.
Our motto is "teach our children to use the right path, and when they are older they will remain on it" (Proverbs 22:6). We achieve this by offering high quality values and curriculum based education within a special character context.
We have an open door policy and we encourage all members of our community to be involved in educating our children.
St Matthews Primary School has students from around Hawkes Bay, as well as from around the world.
Our website is aimed at the whole community, students, parents and parish members, to make it an information site to find out what is happening in the school.
Tim Anderson (Principal)