Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
April 6 Update
Swimming is well under way with the third day of swimming occurring today. It is really good seeing those young children who are becoming very independent when dressing themselves—please encourage this at home. Remember also that having togs, towels, uniform all named helps YOUR child find their own gear. This simple act of naming clothes is a real help to your child.
Parenting Children Course
This is an invitation for any parents, step-parents, prospective parents or carers of children aged 0 – 10 years to attend a parenting course run over Term 2 on a Wednesday afternoon (from 1-3pm) at the school.
Discovering we are not alone in the challenges we face and picking up ideas from other parents can make a huge difference. Over the 10 weekly sessions, you will discover practical tools to help you: Build a strong family centred on love; meet your children’s needs; set effective boundaries; teach healthy relationships; pass on the values you hold to be important.
Each session includes:
* A fantastic atmosphere
* Tea or coffee
* Practical talks
* Time to discuss
A Parenting Children course manual is provided for each parent attending at a one-off cost of $10.
Contact Mike in the office to register your interest.
We have our first school service of the Year this Sunday at St Matthew’s Church. Each term we meet as a school and parish for a combined
This is part of our Special Character and part of the expectation we have for all our pupils and a member of the family to join us.
Sunday is a celebration of Harvest—a great time to do this in bountiful Hawke’s Bay. Can each child please bring a non perishable food item to the service—we will donate these to the Flaxmere Food Bank.
ANZAC Day and Holidays
School Holidays are just around the corner. They start on April 15th with school finishing at 3pm.
ANZAC Day is in the middle of the holidays—maybe you and your child may like to go to one of the Dawn Parades around the city. We will have our Field Of Remembrance out by the Memorial Cairn like last year as well.
Parish School and Waiapu Kids Fair
The School and the Parish are joining with
Waiapu Kids for the Fair on May 14th.
We will be having a cake stall as usual, children run stalls as well as our other usual stalls.
Are you able to help us with this Fair? We will need help setting up, during the fair and cleaning up. Just fill in the form below.
There is space for other stalls—at $20 per stall. If your family want to do something at the fair that is run by adults—this is the stall for you. If you want to have a child run stall (kids stuff selling to kids) then they can use the $2 stall option.
There are lots of activities at the library during the day, after school and during the holidays.
It is well worth your time looking them up on the web or popping in and finding out what is going on. http://www.hastingslibrary.co.nz
We have children involved with the Bookclub every second Thursday after school, Clan of Coders every Wednesday after school, Minecraft Club every second Thursday, Story Time on Wednesday at 10:30 and Sunday at 2pm.
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.
Just a reminder that BROWN sandals are the required sandals—don’t let the children OR shops tell you that we allow black ones. As we get into the second have of the term, you may want to consider replacing the sandals (if they are wearing out or too small) with black shoes. A reminder that sneakers are only used for PE and Sport and are not part of the uniform. Black shoes are required for terms 2 and 3.
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.
HardHats starts this Friday at 3:30 to 5:00. Please note the new finish time at 5:00. The kids need their small wheels on Friday—they are off to the Skate Park.
Footwear to be worn
We are asking all of our pupils to keep their footwear on for the next two weeks.
We have had the Administration roof
replaced over the holiday and we are still picking up little bits of metal. We don’t want any cut feet at all.
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)