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Table of Contents
- From the Principal’s Laptop
- Wrap it up
- Bring only this Device (BOTD)
- School Uniform
- Term Dates
- Looking Ahead
- Kelly Club
- Second Hand Uniforms
- School Lunches
- Find Us App
- Community Notices
Kia ora Koutou
What a wonderful end to the term we have had at Matua School. There have been inquiry projects, gala related learning and lots of classes learning about Gallipoli and the ANZACS. Thank you for the wonderful feedback about the gala this year.
Delicious international cuisine, pony rides, bumper balls, giant castles… our gala this year really had it all this year. It was all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our amazing PTA. The hours of phone calls, letters, meetings, jobs lists were all worth it – Thanks, PTA you are Fantastic. Overall we raised over $10,000 which will go towards our playground upgrades.
The next fundraiser the PTA is organising is ‘The 10 Cent Challenge’. Collect as many unwanted 10 cent coins as you can over the holidays. The class who has collected the most by Friday the 5th May will be shouted pizza for lunch. All money collected will go towards the playground upgrades. Click here for details. 10 cent challenge.
School Building Work
During the holidays, we have the refurbishment of Room 17, 18 and 19 starting off. This building project is timetabled to last until the next term holidays with students and staff back in the building for the start of Term 3. During Term 2 Room 17, 18 and 19 have relocated to the hall and Room 20. For all of Term 2, they will have exclusive use of the hall as a learning space during the hours of 8:30 am to 3:10 pm. Other hall users including Kelly Club, Rise Dance and gymnastics will continue outside of these hours. We are very excited about the new learning environment we are creating, it is a chance for us to bring this space up to date and in line with the many other collaborative spaces in our school. Below is a copy of the floor plan so you can see what our space will look like by Term 3.
Another building project that is currently underway is the replacement of the retaining wall and fence along the Clivedene St entrance. Thanks to the team at Blue Sky Landscaping we will have the retaining wall complete within the next few weeks (weather permitting).
Learning @ Matua School
Over the course of the next newsletters, I plan to expand upon an important principle of learning that we value at Matua School. The purpose of this is to help give our community greater clarity about what learning looks like at Matua School. The first of these principles I’d like to touch on is the importance of differentiation. This simply means stretching all students. Often when many of us went to school, the whole class would be doing the same activity for the same length of time. Differentiation ensures that all students get what they need, often this might look different for different learners. Being sensitive to individual differences and needs also means being challenging enough to reach above their existing level and capacity.
Some ways that teachers differentiate are
Task – Setting different tasks for students of different abilities
Grouping – Small, mixed-ability groups allow lower achievers to take advantage of peer support whilst higher achievers gain the opportunity to organise and voice their thoughts for the benefit of the whole group (known as peer modelling)
Resources – Differentiation of this kind allows a wide spectrum of materials to be used to attain a single learning outcome.
Assessment – In the differentiated classroom, rather than assessment taking place at the end of learning, students are assessed on an on-going basis so that teaching, and indeed the other methods of differentiation, can be continuously adjusted according to the learners’ needs.
It was wonderful to have Mark Osborne present about Innovative Learning Environments on Monday night. Thank you to those who made the effort to come along and listen. We have also placed a video of Mark’s presentation on our school facebook page https://www.facebook.com/matuaschool/.
I wish you all a safe and happy school holiday.
Thank you to those who have kindly paid the school donation already. This year payments can be made online using Wrap it up. In each newsletter, we will let you know what payments are available for you.
- Digital Learning
- Explorers visit to Tauranga Art Gallery and Library
- School Donation
- Life Education
The learning environments in our schools are changing and evolving in response to the ever-changing world we live in. One of those changes is the introduction of greater access to technology for our students as an everyday tool for learning.
In the recent Community Consultation, we asked if you would be prepared to let your child bring a portable device to school as a learning tool. In response to the parents and caregivers who are prepared to, Matua School will allow Bring Only This Device (BOTD) this year. Our school vision is that the Matua Learner will be a confident, engaged, actively involved lifelong learner and we believe that allowing BOTD enhances this vision.
This year, Matua School Board of Trustees will allow students to bring their own iPad or iPad mini. BOTD is an option for any student in any classroom. It is not compulsory. The school will continue to provide some devices. Our main feeder school is Otumoetai Intermediate and they recommend an Apple iPad or iPad mini.
We want to build learning communities and environments that are not restricted by the four walls of the classroom or the Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm time constraints. We wish to develop a learning community that fosters a strong partnership between students, parents and teachers so that the child’s work can be viewed and commented on when it is still relevant.
If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting initiative please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
Our school uniform is supplied by NZ Uniforms. They are located at 94 Elizabeth St and are open from 9am-5pm.
On the 3rd May all classes will be involved in a Kelly Sports Demo Day. Every student will have the opportunity to participate in all 6 of the activities Kelly Sport will be be offering next term for their after school multi sport programme. Please see the website for more information on this.
School Holiday Programmes – if you are looking for some fun for your children these holidays please check out the school website under the heading Sport. There are a number of school holiday programmes on offer including surfing, gymnastics and hockey. www.matua.school.nz
School Ph: 576 9027
Mob: 021 841 114
I hope everyone has a great Easter and gets to read at least one fantastic book over the holidays. Look after any school library books you have issued.
Thanks to the fabulous 20 senior librarians I had helping this term. Kathy.
Tauranga library have a fun-filled programme prepared for these school holidays inspired by Paradox – the Tauranga Street Art Festival. Come and do some chalk art with us, learn about flip animation, play with Lego, design our latest bookmark and much more! For more information, visit our websitehttp://library.tauranga.govt.nz/ or pick up a programme from your local library.
Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 13 April
Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July (Teacher Only Day – Monday 22nd May)
Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
13/4 – Kelly Sports Promo Day – Postponed until 3rd May
4/5 – 12/5 – Life Education
4/5 – Life Education Parent Meeting. 2.30pm – 3pm in the mobile classroom.
12/5 – International Parent Morning Tea. 10am – 11.30am
Kelly Club is open now for supervision and care both mornings and afternoons.
Call Bruce on 021998979 to make a booking or to arrange either Before or After School Care or visit their website at www.kellyclub.co.nz
The Second Hand Uniform shop is open on Wednesday afternoon 2.40-3.00pm, in the hall. If you have good quality second-hand uniforms you would like to donate, please drop them into the office. Please note, our old white polo shirts and checkered squorts are no longer part of our uniform.
School lunch, provided by Pita Pit is available on a Friday through Ezlunch. Visit their website at www.ezlunch.co.nz to place an order. Click here to view the menu.
Remember to keep an eye out on information that can be accessed via the ‘Find Us’ App (see below), website (www.matua.school.nz) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/matuaschool)
Parents, carers and families of those with students with dyslexia, are welcome to:
Dyslexia – Parent Support Group
Inaugural Meeting-Otumoetai Community of Learning Schools
Monday 15th May, 7pm, Otumoetai Primary School staffroom
$gold coin donation for coffee/tea/refreshments
– To share common experiences, offer support, encouragement and advice.
-If you are unable to attend, but wish to be on our email list or find out more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The opportunities listed below are not endorsed by Matua School, the information is listed in this newsletter as a service to parents.
Matua Scout Group
Matua Scouts is an active Scout group catering for boys and girls of all ages. We are based at Fergusson Park and are enrolling new members now. So if you want to have fun, meet new friends, learn new skills, have adventures and take part in indoor and outdoor activities including camps, why not give scouting a go?
The age groups and meeting times are as follows:
Keas: 5.5-7.5 years (school years 1 – 3) Mondays 5.30 – 6.20pm
Cubs: 7.5-10.5 years (school years 4 – 6) Mondays 6.30 – 8.00pm
Scouts: 10.5-14.5 years (school years 7 – 10) Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
We offer a free trial for the first 4 weeks to take part and see what goes on at our fun-filled meetings. Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to get involved.
For inquiries, and more information call Kevin Dwan (the Zone Cub Leader) on 07 576 7181 or 0800 SCOUTS
SPEECH & DRAMA LESSONS AT MATUA SCHOOL
Participating in Speech and Drama lessons in a supportive environment gives children the opportunity to express themselves clearly, develop an appreciation of literature, extend their vocabulary and gain confidence in drama and performance skills.
Students have the options of sitting Speech NZ exams. These exams are structured to give candidates a clear sense of progress and achievement.
I am a Tauranga teacher with many years of experience in teaching ‘Speech and Drama’ and ‘Public Speaking and Communication Skills’. I have also been involved in judging Speech competitions at the local schools.
For further information please ring Lee Watkins LSB BEd (Primary).
Phone 578-7171 or (021) 565-836
The Gymnastics Academy every Thursday Morning with new st
Student log books and rewards, limited to 20 spaces, To Book call Marie 0211705426 or visit www.thegymnasticacademy.com
After School Tuition Year 1 – 13 Primary to NCEA Level 3. One to one tuition customised to the student’s needs.
Bay Learning Academy, 22 Taupo Ave (behind Bayfair) Phone 574 2868 or 027 578 4955 Email: email@example.com
Bay Learning Academy
Ph: 07 5742868
Mob: 0275784955 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 17 would like you to save all your lids from ice cream containers, Chinese take away boxes and pringle boxes please. These can be dropped into the school office.
Tauranga Swim School offers quality lessons for all ages and abilities.
Check us out on facebook @ facebook.com/taurangaswimschool
Book your space now for our Holiday Intensive Program and Term 2.
Contact Andrea for more info Cell: 027 286 8506 Email: email@example.com
Tauranga Art Gallery has a range of exciting upcoming activities for children as part of the Paradox Tauranga Street Art Festival:
Paradox Inside School Holiday Programme
18 – 28 April, different times for different age groups 4 – 14 years.
$20, bookings essential. One booking per child please.
Breaking and Hip Hop Fundamentals dance workshops
19, 20, 21 April (Week 1 School Holidays) + performance at 2pm on Saturday April 22
6 – 8 year olds 4.30 – 5.30pm
9 – 12 year olds 6 – 7.30pm
$50 – 65 per child, bookings essential.
For more information about these activities, or to book a place, please visit http://www.artgallery.org.nz/tag-art-for-children