Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
August 26 Update
Quiz Night- This Friday, August 28- Have you got your ticket??
7:00pm in the Guild Room. Tickets available from the school office.
We welcome Katie Quayle, originally from San Jose’ and now completing her teaching degree from George Fox University in Oregon. Katie is with us until mid December in Room W3 on placement.
Mufti Day- Daffodil Day
This Friday, August 28 is Daffodil Day! As in past years, this is one of the very worthwhile charities we support as a whole school. If you want your child to come in mufti, a gold coin donation is required.
St Matthew's Cross Country
On Friday, September 4 we have our school Cross-Country.
This is for all children and this year we have a change in venue, moving from Frimley Park to Akina Park. The whole school will be walking down to Akina, with the first race starting at 11:30am. The best access will be from Riverslea Road end. We will need parent help for both walking down there and also for Marshalling and supervision. If you are able to help please contact the school office.
There will be no HardHats during term 3 at this stage, but we are looking at
re- starting it for the beginning of Term 4.
1995-2015- Our 20th Anniversary
We celebrate our 20th birthday as a school this term. September 20th is
St Matthew’s Day and this is the day that we will celebrate this milestone. This will be a combined Parish and School service at church.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Waiapu Kids-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)