Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
March 17 Update
Next week we are catching up with parents. If you haven’t returned the interview slip please contact the school office.
Parent Interview Return Slip
I would like to meet with my child’s teacher and I have indicated the best time for me.
· Mon Mar 23 (3 until 6:45) __________
· Wed Mar 25 (3 until 5:30) __________
· Thur Mar 26 (3 until 5:30) __________
· Please arrange another time for me as none of these times suit.
Swimming- Whole School
We start our swimming next week at Flaxmere Water World. This means every child goes swimming every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the next two weeks.
This is a very important part of our curriculum and it is important that your child is involved right from next Monday. They only get 8 lessons this term and we want to make them count.
Please send your child along with togs and towel each day next week.
Family Survey of
St Matthew’s Primary School
The government has changed our school from decile 3 to decile 4.
We want to stay at decile 3 as this will give us more money to work with our children.
You can help us challenge the government’s decision.To do this we need specific information from all of our families. We don’t have this information at school. In order to be successful with our challenge we need every family to complete the ‘Family Survey For Decile Review Form’.Your time filling in this form will mean we get more money to teach your child.If you have questions about this, contact us straight away.Thanking you for your help,
Well done to the great team of 13 that went from the school and HardHats. We ended up putting in 3 teams:
St Matthew’s School
This last team also had 4 from Havelock North and Waipukarau
Bishop’s Tribe got the Fairplay Award and Michael Tapson took out the trophy for the best concert item !
Apart from having a very slow bus, we had a great time up in Rotorua. We even skipped all the rain and wind—with two beautiful days spent on the edge of Lake Rotorua round in Holden’s Bay.
It was a pleasure to travel away with such a great team !
Fire Station Visit
Tomorrow B1, B3 and W3 are heading to the Fire Station by bus to follow up on the visit we had last week from the
Rugby Beach Fives
Due to the effects of the large waves out at the coast, the Beach Rugby 5s has been cancelled—they are looking at making it happen at the end of the year, but no Beach Rugby this week.
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
because of Top Parish).
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)