Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
September 9 Update
Jonah and the Whale
Our school production of Jonah and the Whale is almost here! All our children are involved and have been rehearsing very hard and it is coming together well. We have two performances next week. An afternoon one on Thursday 17th at 1:00pm and a night performance on Friday at 7:00pm. On the Friday night, ALL children need to be at school by 6:00pm.
Tickets are available from the school office at $6.00 each and children under 14 free. Please invite all family and friends as this is a show not to be missed!
End oF Term Assembly
You are all welcome to attend our normal end of term assembly on Friday 25th September at 2pm in the church. This is a lovely time to help us celebrate the term and all of the work and fun that has gone on.
Next Wednesday evening, 15th September, Miss Rowe is taking a team of our Year 7’s to
St Joseph’s for the annual Mathletics Competition. The Year 8’s compete the following week.
Whole School Church Service
Our next school service is on 20th September at 10am - this is when we are celebrating our 20th birthday ! Our school has one of these services every term and they are part of our Special Character. The children don't have to wear uniform at this service - the Parish want us to come in
Party Clothes - so find your best party clothes and we will see you at 10am at St Matthew's Church on Sunday the 20th September.
There is a party lunch following this service $10 for an adult and $5 for a child. You just pay at the door. This is a catered lunch so could you please let the school office know how many will be attending from your family.
Thanks to the parents and families who came to help and watch at our Cross Country last Friday. We have the following children competing in the Interschool on Tuesday.
Year 8 Melody, Tobi, Alex, Phoenix.
Year 7 Beryl, Xavier, Isaac.
Year 6 Namneet, Sapphire, Bryce, Gurinder.
Year 5 Arcadia, Ella, Amos, Matthew.
Year 4 Kassie, Nicco
Year 3 Charlette, Sapphire
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 email@example.com 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)