Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
June 22 Update
Fancy Dress Ball
This Friday, June 24 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Hall! A night not to be missed. Come along in your best clothes or
fancy dress costume. Great music, spot prizes, yummy supper! $2.00 entry fee.
This is a great family event!
School Parish Service
This Sunday we have our once a
Term School Service at St Matthew’s Church at 10:00am.
The focus for the service is the plight of Syrian Refugees that are growing in number. You are invited to bring a gold coin donation which the children will use to make a coin trail.
Each term we meet as a school and parish for a combined service.
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.
Sore throats We have been reminded by the DHB that sore throats at the moment do need to be checked out by a nurse or a doctor—there are some very serious illnesses going around, including Rheumatic Fever. You can also get advice from 0800 611 116 or at www.ourhealthhb.nz.
We have many children away at the moment with tummy bugs. Please encourage your child to wash their hands before eating food and
after using the toilet.
If your child does have symptoms of tummy bugs (including vomiting and diarrhoea) please make sure they are 24 hours symptom free before returning to school.
St Matthew’s be a
The Ministries of Education and Health are joining forces to encourage schools to become water-only.
Sugary drinks are one of the most significant causes of poor oral health, contribute to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Sugary drink consumption is associated with problem behaviours, and poor diet and nutrition are associated with lower
A survey of schools last year showed 10 per cent are now water-only, and just five per cent still sell full-sugar ‘fizzy’ drinks. Every school will make its own decision, so soon we will be talking to you about what you think.
Look for the display board at the Matariki Fancy Dress Ball and on the school notice board by the office for more information.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need further information.
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
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 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)