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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
Exploding water rockets, a fierce haka, multi-sports lessons, visits to Harold the giraffe in the Life Edu
cation truck and lots of catching up with holiday adventures. It has been an exciting and adventurous beginning to Term 2.
Every term we have an overall concept that we teach as a school, this term we are investigating the Human Body. As part of this learning, we have organised to have visits from Harold and the Life Education team. Later in the term, we will be working through the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme in conjunction with the NZ Police. A parent information session will be held later in the term to inform parents and caregivers about the intent of the programme. Keeping Ourselves Safe is a programme that Matua School runs biannually.
Recently we have become aware of the large number of students who are actively involved in social media (YouTube, Musical.ly, Instagram, Snapchat and others). Most of these forms of social media restrict access to those under 13 years for good reason.
Netsafe (https://www.netsafe.org.nz/) is an excellent source of
Simple Safety Tips. You can also report any cybersafety concerns directly to Netsafe and they will make contact to advise you of possible solutions.
Learning @ Matua
The second principle of learning at Matua School that I would like to expand upon is excellence. Research shows a strong correlation between teacher expectations and student outcomes. If teachers have high expectations for all students, then all students are likely to be challenged and extended, leading to positive learning outcomes for all.
Timperley and Phillips (2003) point out the links between teachers’ expectations and the learning opportunities they offer to students. They suggest that teachers’ expectations for student achievement become their goals for the students and shape their daily classroom decisions and actions.
Schools and teachers with high expectations unleash the potential of all students, regardless of their background, ethnicities, abilities, or gender. They enable all students to accelerate their learning and achieve personal excellence.
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
- 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.
Training for cross country is now in full swing. The children are practicing at school on a regular basis but you may also wish to encourage your children to go out for a run at weekends or a couple of evenings each week. The date for the school cross country is Thursday the 25th May at Fergusson Park. For the children that qualify for East Cluster Cross Country, this will take place at Waipuna Park on the 6th June.
This term we have 21 new student librarians (year 5&6). They have been trained up and are responsible for running lunchtime activities for children to come and enjoy. Activities include colouring, listening post, Tumble Books, Story time, Puzzles and games, and quiet reading.
Each librarian is also responsible for a dedicated section of the library which they have to keep tidy and change the books on display. Librarians for this term are:
Monday: Billie Pinker (Rm 17), Sarah Best (Rm 17), Quinn Miller (Rm 17), Maddie Jahnke (Rm 17)
Tuesday: Amy Evans (Rm 15), Genevieve Kennerley (Rm 15), Zoe Armit (Rm 15), Nicole Vlok(Rm 15)
Wednesday: Zoe Brockelbank (Rm 15), Eliza Browett (Rm 16), Angus McDowell (Rm 15), Jaxson Brown (Rm 17), Matt Brinkman (Rm 16)
Thursday: Catalena Jones (Rm 16), Aysha Hafoka (Rm 16), Cameron Davitt (Rm 17), Noah Douglas (Rm 17)
Friday: Erin Wyllie (Rm 17), Chelsea Fitt (Rm 17), Brianna Dempster (Rm 17), Lydia Matic (Rm 17)
Ava McMechan (Rm 17) and Matt Brinkman(Rm 16) are experienced librarians. Along with Ms Barlow, they will help the library run smoothly while Kathy is away (May 10- 6 June approx.)
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS TERM 2, 2017 Last day for orders: Wednesday 17 May
Welcome to Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue 3. There are some fabulous new books in this offer as well as incredible $2 gold coin book offers. On every order you make, 20% value will go towards books for our school!
There are two ways to order:
- LOOP: Order and pay online. Your books will be sent to school when we send an order through. (See the back page of the catalogue for details)
- Fill out and send the Order Form to school with either credit card details or a cheque (made out to ‘Scholastic NZ’) NO CASH PLEASE!
If this order is for a gift, please write ‘secret squirrel’ and a contact number so I can ring you when it arrives.
I am away from school for the next few weeks (starting May 10). Please email any queries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I will check the emails regularly. Faye Dunn will distribute scholastic orders when they arrive at school.
Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July (Teacher Only Day – Monday 22nd May)
Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
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
17/5 – PhotoLife Studios – Individual and Class Photos
17/5 – Amazing Race
23/4 – ICAS – Digital Technology
22/5 – Teacher Only Day
25/5 – Cross Country, Fergusson Park
30/5 – ICAS – Science
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 staff room (use the door by the library). 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)
The 10 cent Challenge
We have a tie between Room 3 and Room 10. They have both collected a total of $73.80 . Amazing effort!!!! They are closely followed by Room 12 who have collected $66.70. The challenge has been extended until Thursday next week (11th May). Keep collecting those 10c coins over the weekend and you be in to win the pizza lunch.
2018 enrolment applications are now open for Aquinas College. They close again on Friday 7th July 2017.
If you would like more information you could visit the school website at the address below or call Moira Ramsbottom.
Contact Moira Ramsbottom (ph 543 9032, email email@example.com
Visit the college website http://www.aquinas.school.nz/information/enrolments/
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
There are a few places available in the dance classes that are held on a Monday morning in the hall..
HIP HOP DANCE CLASSES
Taught by Rise Dance Company
Mondays at 7:45 – 8:25am
$75 for an 8 week term
Please enrol through the Rise website www.risedance.nz
Or call 5788 780 for further details
Classes start Monday the 8th May 2017.
The Gymnastics Academy every Thursday Morning with new 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
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