Welcome to the very special learning community that is St Matthew's Primary School.
August 25 Update
On Friday, September 2 we have our school Cross-Country.
This is for all children and it is being held at 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. We will be having lunch down there.
Monday August 22 H.B. District Health Board update
We would like to make sure that our schools, Early Childhood Education Centres and Te Kohanga Reo are up to date with advice around managing safe drinking water at your facilities.
A boil water notice remains in place for the Havelock North water supply. The water in Hastings and Flaxmere remains safe to drink and use as it is being treated with chlorine. There is no need to boil the water for Hastings and Flaxmere.
Hastings District Council has confirmed the most recent results from testing Hastings water are clear and that previous positive results were due to issues with sampling.
Please let staff, students and families know they can use water in Hastings as usual for drinking, food preparation, washing and cleaning.
Key health promotion messages for schools include:
•Children or staff who have had diarrhoea or vomiting should stay at home until they have had no symptoms for at least 48 hours.
•Promote good hand washing techniques – Children, their families/whanau and staff should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm running water for 20 seconds. Hands should be dried thoroughly for 20 seconds, with paper towels. If paper towels are not viable some other method which presents a fresh drying surface to each user should be used. •Children who have had diarrhoea must not swim or paddle in any pool until they have had no symptoms for at least two weeks after symptoms have ceased.
We do have Strep Throat within the school. This does mean that if your child has a sore throat it can be very serious. Please get it checked out with your doctor.
· 1 to 5 days between exposure and sickness
· Headaches, vomiting, sore throat
· Passed on usually by coming in contact with throat secretions
· Infectious for 24 hours after anti biotic treatment starts
· Child can come back to school after 24 hours after antibiotics started
If your child is missing some of their school uniform, please check the Lost Property in B2 for it. While they should be checking it themselves, it may pay to help them look!
Here are the dates that we know of for Sports Events this term.
Aug 30 Yr 5/6 Netball Tournament
Sep 1 School Cross Country
Sep 6 Interschool Cross Country
We are training hard each school day for the Cross Country here at school—no doubt you have heard all about it from your children! We do expect each child to be changed for running each day and most of the children are coping with this fine.
Late to school, early pickup
A reminder please that if you are dropping off your child to school
after 9:00am, make sure they come in via the office to sign in. It would be best if you accompany them.
If you are picking up your child early from school or for an appointment, please do this from the office as well. Your child will meet you in the school office.
We do have a lot of children who are continually late to school. While we do appreciate that mornings can be busy at home, being late to school not only disadvantages your child, but the rest of the class as well. We also have the issue of teachers having to start again with explaining the days work your child is doing.
Please try to get your child to school by 8:50am.
Also let Mr Anderson know if your child is actually being difficult in the mornings, it would be good to support you to help stop this sort of silly behaviour.
End of year Camp, Year 5 to 8
During the last term we are planning to take our year 5,6,7 and 8’s up to Camp Kaitawa. This is W2 and W4.
This is a wonderful camp right beside Lake Waikaremoana in the mighty Urewera National Park.
November 21st to 25th—which we hear has got BEAUTIFUL weather already planned !
The cost for this camp will be $150 and we have some fundraising ready to roll out which includes the Matariki Fancy Dress Ball.
We take our seniors up to Kaitawa every two years, and it such a lovely place to find out more about our awesome country.
We will also be looking for some parental help during this camp, so have a think about whether you may like to join us up there.
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 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 in the school office for contact details.
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 2017. There are still places available 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)