Welcome to the very special
learning community that is
St Matthew's Primary School.
October 28 Update
Parish and School Fair- November 1
This Saturday is the school and parish Fair—starting at 9:00am.
We are after some more helpers for the Saturday
· From 7:30 to 9:30
· From 9:00 to 11:00
· From 10:30 to 11:30
Can you help at all? Just phone the school office, 876-4958. Some of these helpers are for the school stalls—some are to help the parish.
We are running these popular little stalls again. For $2:00 per stall, children can bring along anything they may want to sell (with parents approval), and they get to keep whatever they make! Please book a stall with the school office.
As we normally do just before the Fair—any child who brings in a homemade cake or biscuits for the Fair can come along in Mufti on Friday. Home made items only please. e.g. Fudge, cakes, biscuits, muffins, loaf, ginger crunch, lolly sticks, slices etc.
It is not too late to drop off any unwanted good quality goods for the fair—just drop them onto the hall stage before Thursday. No CRT tv’s or CRT pc monitors please.
We have a great group of volunteers led by Philippa Evans who look after the Breakfast Club. Do you have some spare time in the mornings—once a week or even once a fortnight. We need just a few more volunteers to keep this great programme running. The key times are from 8:00am thru’ to 9:15am. Can you help us at all—even for part of this time?
If you ever come across any breakfast related freebies—any chance of getting some for us? Our milk and weetbix gets donated, but we buy the rest. Do you know any sources of discounted food for breakfast?
Thursday 13 November is our school photo day. Each child has been given a named enveloped for ordering. These need to be back at school by Tuesday 11 November.
Friday October 31 Light Party
Havelock North Village Baptist are running their very successful Light Party again this year. See the back of this newsletter for details.
We had the local tutor for Marrzipan Drama talk to the children on Thursday. This company offers 8
Drama lessons, as well as a performance here on the school/parish site. He is providing two free trial lessons on Friday 31 October, one at lunchtime and another one after school. This is open to 12 people at each session.
To book a free lesson contact
thomas@marrzipandrama or 027 3532746.
In the office there is an info sheet if your child is interested with additional information.
Bishop Andrew's Visit
Today we had a brief visit from our new Bishop,
Andrew Hedge. As part of settling into his new job, he is exploring the Parishes, Schools etc. We look forward to seeing him more formally soon.
Welcome Back Miss V
Miss Van der Peet has returned today from her study leave. It is lovely to see her back. Erin will be part of the team teaching team in W2, working in that class in the afternoons and on Fridays. Erin has been working on her Masters in Education degree during this year. We are most grateful to Mrs Foster who has been in the class with Mrs Drinkwater up to this stage. W2 has had a great year so far and it will continue just the same!
We have Chickenpox back in the school and we are asking that families are vigilant for the
symptoms. There is a 2 week period between exposure and developing the symptoms. Look out for fever and blisters on top of spots. Your child will need to be away from school for a week after the spots or rash appears.
Live Below the Line
In Christian Living over the next month W2 and W4 will be looking at the project ‘Living Below The Line’.
The children will be exploring how much some people around the world live on. www.livebelowtheline.com/nz
encourages us to consider those around the world who live on $2:25 per day or less.
As part of this project some children want to try their hand at ‘Living Below The Line’.
They have been looking at experiencing this in this way…
$1:50 per day to cover breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. This then allows them to have dinner as normal—so they have a better chance of coping !
[They can try the full blown $2:25 if you are happy of course !]
In class they will be looking at how to
calculate the costs for everything. For
example, the daily free milk at school is 35cents if they are going to have one.
If your child is going to be involved in
actually trying this, they will bring a permission slip home for you to sign.
The Parish is now opening the Op Shop on Wednesday mornings from 8:45—starting from next week.There is a great range of 2nd hand clothing and it is well worth a look. They also gratefully accept donations of good quality used clothing.
Family & Friends
There is a Family and Friends meeting this Wednesday at 6pm in the school staff room. It will allow us to do the final plans for the Fair as well as our plans for the rest of the year. It would be great to see you!
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)