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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
Welcome to week 5! We are nearly half way through the term and Matua School has been a hive of activity with plenty of amazing learning opportunities.
We continue to be on track with the refurbishment of the Room 17, 18 and 19 learning spaces. Framing and services are all but complete and the space is beginning to take shape.
Welcome back to Louise Robb who will be teaching in our new entrant classroom. Louise has a wealth of experience teaching in the junior school and taught our roll growth class last year too. We are excited to have her join the team again.
Teaching and Learning@Matua
Community engagement is one of eight principles in The New Zealand Curriculum that provide a foundation for schools’ decision making. The principle of community engagement calls for schools and teachers to deliver a curriculum that is meaningful, relevant, and connected to students’ lives. Community engagement is also about establishing strong home-school partnerships where parents, whānau, and communities are involved and supported in students’ learning.
The New Zealand Curriculum states that curriculum design and review requires a clear understanding of the values and expectations of the community. It is intended that the interests and needs of students, and the values and aspirations of parents and wider community inform school curriculum design. Effective community engagement is imperative in this process. To this end, the Board of Trustees will be conducting a community survey later in the year to help inform us of the values and aspirations of our community.
This week I visited Room 15 to see some outstanding artwork on display. Thank you to our specialist art teacher Mrs Jenni Scott for her input and congratulations Room 15 for an amazing effort with this art. I’m sure Harold the Life Education giraffe would be proud!
Wrap it Up is joining with Kindo, another school payments provider. This means our school will be moving to the Kindo platform for future school payments. We’ll keep you informed on the timing of this transition.
If you’ve paid your school donation via Wrap it Up a tax receipt will have been emailed to you at the time of payment. If you need to download another copy we suggest you do this now from the “My Transactions” tab.
- Digital Learning
- School Donation
- Argos Gymnastics Competition
- East Cluster Cross Country
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.
We have had a great couple of sporty weeks here at Matua. We have had the Amazing Race which was a fantastic event over at Mount Drury. So many children came to try out for the team but unfortunately we could only take 12. This event saw them running all over the Mount Drury area completing tasks and challenges set out in their ‘passports’. A fun morning had by those who attended.
Last week we took a year 3&4 and a year 5&6 team to compete in the Rippa Rugby World Cup. Matua was set to represent Uruguay. Both teams played extremely well on the day with the Year3&4 team having a nail bitter of a last game which unfortunately saw them wiped out before the quarter finals. They were then on hand to cheer on the year 5&6 team who made it all the way to the semi finals before they too got knocked out of the competition. This was a great competition and both teams enjoyed it thoroughly.
Our gymnasts have been getting a bit of a run around too. Last Friday our year 3 & 4 girls competed at the ARGOS Gymsport competition. One of our girls gained a 2nd placing overall and all girls participated with poise and excellence. This week our year 5 & 6 girls will be competing and we wish them the best of luck.
A reminder to all Hockey players that there will be no play this Saturday due to Queens Birthday Weekend.
School cross country was held last week and what a beautiful day it was. The weather was perfect. Everyone did their absolute best and we have a full team of 48 children heading to East Cluster next Tuesday. Good luck to all those attending.
Turf Bookings – As you are probably aware, school sports teams use the turf for practice most days either before or after school. While the turf is being used for these sports practices, please could you keep your children off the turf. We would hate for any of the children to get hit by a hockey ball or stick, but also if children are playing on the turf while teams are trying to practice it is very disruptive and off putting. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Over the last three months Tauranga City Council has been talking to the community about a future museum and central library in the city centre. They have received over 1100 pieces of feedback on the type of experience the community would like to see in these facilities, and the value that they would provide to the city.
The information is now available for viewing! Please see the attached invitation for details on when you can come along and have a look at what people have been saying.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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
Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
1/6 – New Parent Information Evening
2/6 – Argos Gym Competition, year 5 & 6
5/6 – Queens Birthday (school closed)
6/6 – East Cluster Cross Country, Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay. (pp date 8/6)
14/6 – ICAS – Spelling
15/6 – Lead It Dynamos Workshop 2
15/6 – BOP Squash Competition
New Parent Information Evening
Each term we hold a ‘New Parent Information Evening’. This is always in the 5th week of term, on a Thursday evening. We are holding our meeting tonight in Room 1 with Mrs Louise Robb. If you or someone you know has a pre schooler, come along between 7pm – 8pm to this informative session and meet some of our staff.
Entertainment Books are now on sale through Matua PTA. Flyers were sent home last week with details of how to order your latest copy. If you wish to order online you can go to www.entbook.co.nz/15o4311 . Enjoy thousands of up to 50% off and 2 – for – 1 offers from the best restaurants, hotels, activities, travel and much more. The books cost $65 each and 20% from each book sold contributes to our fundraising. Thank you for your support.
Have you moved house recently or changed either your home telephone number or mobile number? If you have but haven’t notified the school office, please could you do so. We need to keep contact details up to date just in case we need to contact you. Many thanks.
Signing In and Out
We have a new method of signing your child/children in and out of school. It is called ‘VisTab’, is electronic and incredibly easy to use. The children’s details have been downloaded onto the system so no need to now use the sign in and out book. Tap on the screen and follow the instructions. Please do remember to let the office know if your child is going to be absent from school for any reason as we do phone anyone who hasn’t notified school. If your child arrives to school late or if you collect them early, please come and use ‘VisTab’ so all children can be accounted for at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
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)
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
Last Friday 26th May, Matua School staff enjoyed a wonderful Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. If you would also like to support this cause, our fundraising page is located at
We thank you for your support, which could help the 3.000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand each year.
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/
The opportunities listed below are not endorsed by Matua School, the information is listed in this newsletter as a service to parents.
Dyslexia – Parent Support Group-Meeting
Monday 26th June 7pm, Otumoetai Primary School staffroom
$gold coin donation for coffee/tea/refreshments
– To share common experiences, offer support, encouragement and advice.
-Your child does not need a formal diagnosis of dyslexia for you to join this group.
-If you are unable to attend, but wish to be on our email list or find out more information, please email:
Community Market Day
Saint John’s Anglican Playgroup are holding a Community Market Day on Saturday the 10th June. It will be held at St John’s Anglican Church, 94 Bureta Road, Otumoetai, between 2pm – 4pm. Go along and support the playgroup. See the attached poster for more details. Playgroup fundraiser poster
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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