Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
June 18 Update
We are delighted to let you know that our recent ERO review report is now available on line at the ERO website.
We also have a link to the report on our website, as well on our Twitter and
Please have a read of it—we are very pleased with the report.
For those of you who receive this newsletter by email, here is the link to the full report.
ERO's Findings about the school
The school is well placed to sustain and improve its performance.
Student achievement information is well used to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement. Support for promoting Maori student success has developed significantly. A next step is to further develop curriculum guidelines to better promote and support student learning.
End of Term Assembly
Our end of term assembly is on Friday 3rd July at 1:45. We would love you to join us for this prize-giving and end of term service.
Netball- Today is the last day for our ‘at school’ year 3 & 4 netball games. Next term we will be running the same concept for our year 1 & 2 children. These games will also be on Thursdays, starting week 2.
This is the time of year when we celebrate Matariki—the Maori New Year. It starts when the star group Pleiades (Subaru in
Japan) rises above the horizon. Matariki
literally means ‘Eyes of God’ (mata ariki) or in some parts of New Zealand ‘Little Eyes’ (mata riki).
B1 and B3 shared a delightful Matariki puppet theatre experience with the Waiapu Kids (formerly the Early Childhood Centre) on Monday.
There is a gastro bug doing the rounds of
Hawke’s Bay schools. Please keep reminding your children to wash their hands before eating and after going to the toilet.
As well as this there is a headache/coughing bug that is going through our school.
A reminder that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you are not sure if they are sick, rest assured that we will
contact you if they get worse at school. Just speak to your child’s teacher or call Mr Coyle.
W2 is going on camp to Tangoio Marae (just north of Bayview) in week 10 of next term 21st to 25th September. At the camp meetings yesterday the programme was explained as well as some fundraising opportunities discussed. By going to
Tangoio Marae and using the local
environment, W2 can be close to home, which allows parents to be involved in the camp week itself, even for a short time. Miss V has been working on a great
programme and this is an experience not to be missed !
W4 is heading to Wellington during the week of 2nd to 6th November. This week in Wellington happens every two years and we are looking forward to a great programme down there.
Both classes will be selling chocolates as part of their fundraising for camp, and because we have many families in both classes, we are starting the chocolate sales together. It is very easy for the children to pay for their entire camp fee by selling chocolates—especially if you have family and friends who will let you sell the chocolates at their work site.
The chocolates will come home during the next week.
Swimming Term 3
During weeks 1 and 2 of next term we have our 8 days of swimming at Flaxmere Waterworld. This is a very important part of our curriculum and one that the
children find both challenging and
enjoyable. It would really help us if you can remind your child how good it is for them to learn to swim properly. Even missing a few swim sessions because ‘I don’t want to’ makes the sessions less
effective for your child.
W4, W3 and B1 will be leaving school at 9am for their swimming lesson, so they can’t be late either !
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
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.
We have a number of things that happen regularly every week.
Wheels day, Skateboards, unicycles, scooters etc, is on Tuesdays, with helmets required.
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
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)