Welcome to the very special learning community that is St Matthew's Primary School.
October 13 Update
Many thanks to you all
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your prayers, support and words of encouragement as we come to terms with the loss of Daphne Ferris.
It is very hard to lose such a close friend, colleague and mentor: both for the pupils and for the staff.
Your kind words and actions have been much appreciated.
The school has been preparing some farewell notes and memory letters that we are putting into an album to pass on to the family on the weekend.
We will share this as a school tomorrow, Friday at our School Service at 1:40pm in the church. Please feel free to join us.
Camp Kaitawa Meeting
On Monday, October 17 at 5:30pm in the staff room we have a meeting for parents of those children in W2 and W4 who are going to Camp Kaitawa in November. This should only take 1/2 hour and then a short meeting after that for the parents/caregivers who will be attendingcamp as helpers.
B1, B3, W2 Show Trip
Next Wednesday, October 19 these three classes will be bussing to the H.B. Showgrounds to the A&P show. We are leaving school at 9:15am and then heading straight to swimming after the show.
Swimming and Uniforms
We continue our swimming at Flaxmere Waterworld every day next week so children will need their togs etc daily. PLEASE REMEMBER NEXT FRIDAY AND MONDAY Oct 24 are holidays. With the weather
improving children should be changing to summer uniform now.
Fair and Cape Challenge
We have two big fundraisers next term that are very important to us financially as a school. These are the Parish and School Fair on Saturday, November 5th and the Cape Challenge on Saturday Nov 12th. We will need volunteers for both of these days. Can you or members of your family help?
At the recent Board of Trustees meeting, the term dates for 2017 were confirmed. They are as follows:
Term 1 1 Feb to 13 April
Term 2 1 May to 7 July
Term 3 24 July to 29 Sept
Term 4 16 Oct to 19 Dec
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Picking Your Child Up
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.
It is not OK to just meet them in the carpark, you need to let the office know.
Our Vicar Helen is on study leave at the moment in Turkey and Israel. You can follow her travels on the following Blog Site:
It has photos and comments from her emails back to the parish. Why not leave her a comment or ask her a question on the blog?
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)