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Table of Contents
- From the Principal’s Laptop
- Celebrating Learning
- 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
Another action-packed two weeks has sailed by with a myriad of exciting and challenging learning opportunities for our tamariki.
As I’ve been told by several parents over the past week – I can stop the acting! I am delighted to be awarded the position of principal at Matua School and I look forward to working with our passionate and committed Board members, staff, students and community to ensure Matua School continues to strive for excellence for our tamariki.
Teacher Only Day/Professional Learning
On Monday 22 May, all our teaching staff will engage in professional learning about integrating digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. The day will be facilitated by Mark Osborne who has previously worked with Matua School over the past several years. We are excited to have Mark help us work towards our strategic goals. The school will be closed on 22 May however, Kelly Club will be open. Please contact Kelly Club if you would like to enrol your child.
We continue to be on track with the refurbishment of the Room 17, 18 and 19 learning spaces. Demolition is complete and framing is beginning to take place.
Farewell to Mrs Gregory
It is with a mix of emotions that we say farewell to Mrs Jody Gregory at the end of Term 2. Jody has been an outstanding teacher and Assistant Principal during her 26 years at Matua School. We wish her all the best as she enters a new chapter in her life. One which is sure to include lots of time with grandchildren and large amounts of travel. We will now begin the process of appointing a classroom teacher for Room 11 to begin in Term 3.
Teaching and Learning@Matua
The third principle of learning at Matua School is inclusion.
As an inclusive school, we create an environment where all students feel they belong because they are welcomed and can participate in all aspects of school life. To be fully inclusive, we aim to:
- value every individual
- respect diversity
- provide equitable opportunities for all students
- recognise and meet the learning needs of all students.
Inclusion involves working together to know and value every student, and to meet their learning needs. A holistic approach involves collaboration between – students, teachers, teachers’ aides, families/whānau, and specialists to develop a complete picture of the student. Building a collaborative team requires commitment to the principle of inclusion and a clear understanding of what it means for the school, the student, and their family/whānau.
This week I visited Room 17 and listened to several of their poems. Students have been leaning to write poems based on a special memory. There are some amazing language devices employed in their writing. Enjoy!
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
- Amazing Race
- Argos Gymnastics Competition
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.
As you will know, we have completed our transition to our new uniform items as of the end of 2016. This means white polo shirts and checkered culottes are no longer part of our school uniform. A number of students are coming to school in these items. Please ensure that your child wears the correct uniform to school. If you need additional items of clothing the PTA run a second-hand uniform shop in the staff room. This is every Wednesday from 2.40pm. Each item costs $5 and there does seem to be quite a lot in stock at the moment. When the weather does get colder, thermals can be worn under tops but they do need to be short sleeves and either black or navy blue.
What a great start to the winter sport season with some exceptional weather! Hockey, netball and basketball have all started with mostly grading games for the next few weeks.
The term has started like any other – crazy, right from the get go. Week 1 saw every class participating in the Kelly Sport demo day. All the students had a great time in small 30 min slots they were allocated, practicing skills like throwing, catching, running, jumping and teamwork. Take a look a some of these great photos.
This week coming we have the Rippa Rugby World Cup with Matua being represented as Uruguay. We also have the year 3, 4 Argos gymsport competition on Friday with the year 5, 6 competition happening the following Friday.
Another busy term of sport! Good luck to all teams for the remainder of their grading games.
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.)
Please remember to drop off and pick up your children from either Clivedene, Audrey Place or Strathmore Street. Children can be dropped off in Levers Road but within the designated areas. Due to health and safety issues, please do not drive into the staff car park. There have been a few close calls recently. We need to keep our children safe. It may be tempting on rainy days to drive into school but please avoid doing so. The chain has been taken down in Audrey Place for the workmen to gain access to school. This is NOT for parents to use. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July (Teacher Only Day – Monday 22nd May)
Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
17/5 – Amazing Race. pp date 19/5. Mount Drury, Mount Maunganui
22/5 – Teacher Only Day – School is closed.
23/5 – ICAS – Digital Technology
24/5 – Rippa Rugby World Cup, Blake Park. pp date 26/5
25/5 – Cross Country, Fergusson Park
26/5 – Argos Gym Comp year 3/4
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
Congratulations to Room 3 for winning the 10 cent challenge, with a grand total of $133.50 collected. You win the pizza lunch which will be arranged with the PTA. Well done!!! Room 11 came 2nd with a total of $122.90, Room 10 came 3rd with $118 and Room 12, 4th with a total of $105.40. Altogether the PTA raised $950.70 which was amazing. Thank you to everyone that joined in and to the PTA for organising the challenge and counting the coins at the end.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the college website http://www.aquinas.school.nz/information/enrolments/
The opportunities listed below are not endorsed by Matua School, the information is listed in this newsletter as a service to parents.
We have finally opened the brand new Liz Van Welie Swim School in the Pyes Pa shopping centre! It has been 5 years in the making and we are all very proud of the new Aquatic Centre.
We believe that learning to swim is an incredibly important skill to learn, so we are working on promoting our learn to swim programme throughout the Tauranga/BOP area.
Maegan Fitzgerald-Webb | Office Manager | Liz van Welie Aquatics
79 Pyes Pa Road, Tauranga 3112
Contact | P: 07 928 8822 | E: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Learning Academy
Ph: 07 5742868
Mob: 0275784955 Email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org