Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
February 1 Update
We have had a lovely start to our year and it has been great seeing the classes settle in.
A big Kia Ora and Welcome to all our new children and families—it is lovely having you here.
We have heard from many of our Year 8’s who have now started high school—it is so nice to hear that they have started so
We have Six classrooms operating this year.
B1 Mrs Ferris Year 1
B3 Mrs Thompson Year 1 and 2
W5 Mrs Drinkwater and Mrs Foster Year 3
W3 Mrs Chisnall Year 3,4 and 5
W2 Miss Van Der Peet Year 5,and 6
W4 Miss Rowe Year 6,7 and 8
We have Anne and Harold from the LIFE Education Mobile Classroom coming to visit us.
Each class will be visiting the classroom which will be parked onsite during next week.
On Wednesday 3rd February
we are attending the Earthquake Memorial Service at 10:30am down at the clock tower. We will leave school just after 10:00am. Feel free to join us down there for this important event.
A huge reminder that your child does require a school sunhat. These are available at The Warehouse in the uniform section.
If you have an old school hat at home that is no longer required, would you like to donate it so we can pass it on to someone else.
Hotdogs and Canteen
Being the first week back there is NO HOTDOGS ON WEDNESDAY AND NO CANTEEN ON FRIDAY. These will start from next week.
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.
Year 7 & 8 Technology
Technology for Year 7 and 8’s begins on
Thursday 11th February. The children travel to Heretaunga Intermediate for this great
programme by bus. All yr 7 and 8 children need to wear their black closed in school shoes for the Technology sessions.
Every year we send teams of children to Top Parish in Rotorua to participate with other youngsters from Rotorua to Woodville. It is a weekend away from March 4th to 6th. We are travelling by bus—it’s a great weekend away for these children. There are forms available at the office. School subsidises this trip, but it will still cost $75 per student, with the school paying the rest.
We are starting to replant some of our class gardens. Do you have any spare veg seedlings that we can grow ? If you have, drop them into school.
HardHats starts this Friday at 3:30 to 5:00. Please note the new finish time at 5:00. The kids need their small wheels on Friday—they are off to the Skate Park.
Footwear to be worn
We are asking all of our pupils to keep their footwear on for the next two weeks.
We have had the Administration roof
replaced over the holiday and we are still picking up little bits of metal. We don’t want any cut feet at all.
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 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)