Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
July 28 Update
Mid Year Reports
We do hope you enjoyed reading your child's report that came out last week.
We are very proud of each and every child's progress and it has been nice to hear back from children how pleased whanau have been with the reports.
We have a number of families that get two reports..... please let us know if you need a second report posted to another parent who lives elsewhere.
These are planned for next Monday and Tuesday - 3rd and 4th August. We have
arranged for interviews to start on both days from 1:45, and we have evening
interview slots set aside for Tuesday. School will still finish at 3:00pm as we have supervised activities for the children.
On the return slip below, please either
indicate when you are not available or
clearly indicate your preferred times.
Mr Coyle in the office will sort out the
actual times based on your return slip and when the teachers are available. We will then get an appointment time back to you.
W2 & W4 Camps
The chocolate fundraising is going very well, and many children are well under way with fundraising for their camp. Remember that once you have brought back the money for the first box, you can get more boxes to sell.
The idea behind the chocolates is to get other people to buy the bars, so it is other people helping to pay for your child's camp.
We can order more boxes whenever we want to keep your fundraising going.
We were disappointed to see that the new bars are smaller than the old bars - we had no prior warning of that. The new bars still sell for the same price but we feel that the children will have to work harder to sell them.
Don't forget to use the little laminated sign to help promote the chocolates - let us know at school if you need another one.
We will need parent help at the W2 camp. If there is even a slight possibility that you can help for all or part of the camp, we will need you to have a Police Vet completed. This is a legal requirement and our BoT expects every camp parent to have a check done.
Miss Van der Peet will have these available in class if they are needed.
Netball for Yr 1 and 2’s
We started Netball for our little ones last Thursday. It was so exciting to see so many involved. We have some parents and senior students helping, but can always use more help. If you are there watching, ask the coaches what you can do to help!
Our basketballers have started a second term of training and games. They are training and playing on a Monday after school and we are very grateful to Philip Rogers, a St John's
pupil (and ex St Matt’s) who is doing a great job as coach for them!
We are really pleased to have Breakfast Club operating at school. It is currently run with a mixture of Parish, parent and staff volunteers each morning of the week.
Are you able to help one morning a week or one morning a fortnight from 8 to 9 am?
It is a very important part of the day for a good number of our children and we do want to carry it on, but we do need some more help urgently.
Dress Up Day
Last Friday we had our Dress Up Day -
children came as a book character - they looked fantastic! Thanks so much for helping/encouraging your child to dress up - there were some fantastic outfits there.
The Winter Warmers Programme finishes this Friday, so the children have a couple more days if they want to report in to gain another prize.
We are so grateful to Hastings Library for helping us with this programme - and even providing us Pizza for the whole school last Friday! Thanks so much!
Read Together Programme
In Term 3 we would like you to consider taking part in our Read Together
workshop programme. We all know how important reading is for children to
succeed. One of the things that really helps children to become good readers is support from home. The Read Together workshops will show you how best to do this. The programme consists of four workshops- each 1 hour and 15 minutes.
It is REALLY important that you come to all 4 workshops to get the best results with your children.
These will be held at the Hastings
Sunday 16 August 2pm for parents only (creche provided)
Sunday 23 August 2pm for parents and children
Sunday 30 August 2pm for parents only (creche provided)
Sunday 6 September 2pm for parents
only. Final meeting and graduation (creche provided)
The programme does not cost you
anything but you will get a huge value out of it and it will help your children become much better readers.
If you would like to attend the
programme please leave your name with Mike in the office. If you have any
questions about the programme please talk to your classroom teacher during the interviews, or to Kathryn Rowe, before or after school.
There will be no HardHats during term 3 at this stage, but we are looking at
re- starting it for the beginning of Term 4.
1995-2015- Our 20th Anniversary
We celebrate our 20th birthday as a school this term. September 20th is
St Matthew’s Day and this is the day that we will celebrate this milestone. This will be a combined Parish and School service at church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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)