Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
March 30 Update
Flaxmere Waterworld will still be busy with our classes this week, so don’t forget to keep the togs and towels packed each day. W2 and B3 go in the morning and B1, W3 and W4 head to the pool in the afternoon.
End of Term Assembly
Because of swimming and the fact there is no school on Friday, we are having the end of term assembly and Easter reflection on Wednesday 1st April at 9am. This is not an April Fools Joke! As usual, if you can be there it would be lovely to see you in church.
As well as the awards and certificates and some singing there will also be an Easter Reflection. Love to see you there if you can make it!
The last day for this term is Thursday 2nd April. Friday is the first day of the holidays – Good Friday.
Term 2 starts on 20th April at 9am. The second term finishes 3rd July.
Family & Friends
The next Family & Friends meeting is Thursday April 23rd at 7:00pm. All are invited!
We are excited about ERO coming to visit the school at the start of next term – looking forward to showing all the great things happening around school.
The start of next term is also the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing during WWI. As a school we are making a big focus on this, helping out the parish with their celebrations, attending the Dawn Service on the Saturday, 25th April. We will be selecting 2 children to represent us at the Dawn Parade a big honour indeed.
We are in need of a person to help with Breakfast Club on Tuesday mornings next term. Can you spare an hour to help?
We have our public health nurses here this week for the immunisations of our year 8 girls.
This is the first of three which are given over the year.
HardHats meets each Friday after school from 3:30 until 5:30. Based in the parish hall, it is open to any year 6 to year 10 student from the wider Hastings area. Most of the kids get changed before HardHats starts, staying at school until the end of HardHats
[Please note: NO HardHats this Friday]
This is going really well, with a good number of children making use of the service. We do need some extra helpers—are you available—even for a short time?
Tuesday mornings (and especially 17 and 31 March) we do need some immediate support, but it would be great to have some extra helpers for any day of the week.
8 to 8:45 are our key times. Just let us know in the office if you can help.
Hastings Library Junior Book Club
The library is starting a Junior Book Club this Thursday 13th March at 3:30. Kristen Clothier (firstname.lastname@example.org) is running it and it looks great! This is once a fortnight and we have many of our pupils who would really enjoy this Book Club.
Parish and School Fair
A reminder that the Autumn fair is coming up on the 9th May. If you have any unwanted goods at home, bring them onto the stage in the parish hall.
We are also renting out stall spaces for this fair, so watch for more details.
We have a number of things that happen regularly every week.
Wheels day, Skateboards, unicycles, scooters etc, is on Tuesdays, with helmets required.
We are changing back to American Hotdogs on Wednesdays for the summer. These are pre-ordered in the classrooms just after the bell at 9:00am and cost $2.00 each. This starts next week.
Canteen also starts next Friday, 13 Feb. Order slips and envelopes in the admin foyer. Orders need to be in before school starts on Friday.
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 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 recently 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 email@example.com or (027) 8242669
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 for
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!
2015 School Term Dates
Tuesday 3rd Feb to Thursday 2 April
Monday 20 April to Friday 3 July
Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Monday 12 Oct to Friday 18 December Term 4
Early Childhood Centre
St Matthew’s Early Childhood Centre is now taking enrolment's for 2015. 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)