FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Welcome to the 2019 school year. It was fabulous to welcome our new Matua School families and staff over the past week. We hope you enjoy your new community.
A warm welcome to our new teachers this year Miss Sara Lambert, and Miss Ellie Sardelich. It is great to have you all onboard as part of the Matua School team.
The school-wide focus for Term 1 is Agency. I have the power to make choices that make a positive difference. We will all initially begin the year establishing our classroom relationships, structures and routines. Then we will move onto exploring the concept of agency and making wise choices. This also ties in well with related concepts such as self-management, positive mindsets and being a team player.
Our professional learning for staff this year is centred around Structure Literacy. With advancements in our knowledge of how the brain learns to read and write, we have new understandings about the importance of phonological (sound) awareness and how this relates to learning to read.
Alongside our Otumoetai Community of Learning, this year we will continue to embed our practices around Mindfulness. There is a range of great apps that can support this at home too, including Go Noodle and Smiling Mind. If you have any queries regarding this, please see your classroom teacher.
This online platform for sharing student learning and communicating with parents proved to be very popular in past years. Our classes all have Seesaw accounts for 2019. Please subscribe to updates from your child’s class on this site. There is a handy App available for smartphones. Please see your classroom teacher if you would like more information about this.
Email is a great way to get in contact with your child’s teacher. Our email addresses can be found on the website https://www.matua.school.nz/our-people/.
Face to face
Alternatively, staff are available from 8:30-9am each day or at 3pm for face to face discussions. If discussions are of a sensitive nature, we ask that appointments are made beforehand to ensure time can be given.
From time to time there may be an issue or concern that arises. We ask in the first instance that you address the issue with the classroom teacher. If you are not satisfied or would like additional support, the Team Leader will be the next step. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you are welcome to make an appointment to see either Angela Barlow (our Deputy Principal) or myself.
For those new to our school, our prefered payment method is through Kindo. You can pay for all school activities through this online platform. To sign up, please see the video and instructions below.
All the best for a great start to 2019.
OUR SCHOOL APP
Our School App
We have a new school app to keep you up to date with events and notifications. Click on the button below to check it out.
KAHUI AKO (COMMUNITY OF LEARNING) UPDATE
TEACHER ONLY DAY – 4TH MARCH 2019
This year, our six contributing schools and the Intermediate will be holding a simultaneous Teacher Only Day for the first time. This is an Otumoetai Community of Learning/Kāhui Ako initiative to enable us to bring together all the teachers in our schools for professional development. We are using a number of experts to deliver this who were not available during the Christmas and other school holidays.
We understand that holding a Teacher Only Day so soon after the Christmas break may seem unusual, however, it will ensure all our teachers across the seven schools are delivering quality writing and oral language programmes in addition to addressing student wellbeing.
Teachers from Otumoetai College, Te Wharekura o Mauao and the wider Tauranga Moana will also take part in English Medium and Maori Medium professional learning.
Otumoetai Intermediate is the host school and we will have over 250 teachers and support staff involved in workshops across the school throughout the day.
TERM DATES 2019
Term 1 – Mon 4th February – Friday 12th April
School holidays – 13th – 28th April
Waitangi Day – Wednesday 6th Feb, school closed
Term 2 – Mon 29th April – Friday 5th July
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 3rd June, school closed
School holidays – 6th – 21st July
Term 3 – Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th September
School holidays – 1st – 13th October
Term 4 – Mon 14th October – Thurs 19th December
Labour Day – Mon 28th October, school closed
If you have a child due to start with us this year, please pop into the school office and pick up an enrolment pack asap. We are receiving lots of new entrant enrolments and are putting things in place for 2019.
Welcome back everyone.
We have a wonderful library at Matua School and everyone is welcome. The library is open from 9 – 2.30pm daily. My usual working hours are from 10 – 2pm Monday to Thursday. Consequently if you need to contact me outside of these times please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes all have a 45 minute library session during the week with their teachers. Junior classes are aloud to issue one book at a time, while middles and seniors can have two books. Books are issued for a two week period, but may be returned before then. There is a returns box located near the front door. Middle and senior children may also return and issue books at lunch time.
If a book is more than a week overdue, a notice will be sent home. Please try to find the book, or contact me if the book remains elusive. We will ask for a $10 donation towards the cost of replacing the book. If the book is returned later, this money will be refunded. We have over 7000 books to look after so if you discover any book with the Matua stamp, please help it make it’s way back to the library (no questions asked!!!).
Senior children have the opportunity to become a librarian. They assist in the running on the library and also set up at lunchtime activities such as coloring, puzzles and tumble time (online stories from the Tauranga library). Currently, I have a hardworking group of year 6 librarians who are using their lunchtimes to ensure the library is running smoothly, until our 2019 librarians are selected and trained. Week 2 children will be asked to apply for librarian positions.
Parent Help – are there any parents who have 15 minutes after the 9am bell or 15 minutes before school finishes to assist our librarians in the upkeep of the library? I am also after parent helpers who are able to assist with the stamping, taping and covering of new books. These need to be done to a high standard and can be done at times that suit you.
Warm regards – Tracey Donovan-Grammer
SETTING UP KINDO
Setting up with Kindo
Kindo is our new prefered payment and permission system. To help you learn how it works, we’ve added their new help sheet and video. We hope it helps.
KINDO VIDEO HELP
What a great start to the sporting year for Matua for 2019 with the Weet-Bix Kiwi Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 3rd February. Congratulations to everyone who participated either as an individual or part of a team. What a fantastic effort, you should all be very proud of yourselves.
Once again we won the largest school group with 89 participants. We have another 15 free entries to give away for this years event. If your child is interested in this event and would like the chance to win a free entry there is a sign up sheet outside the hall (or just inside the hall foyer on a Friday) attached to a desk. Put all your details down and we will do the draw at a Friday assembly in a few weeks time. You have to be in it to win it!
Once again term 1 has started with a bang with sports registrations already closed and teams being sorted and registered with the sporting organisations. Once teams have been finalised I will open the sports payments on Kindo.
If your child loved participating in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon there is another great triathlon happening on Sunday 24th February. It’s the Pahoia School Triathlon which has been advertised on our school Facebook page. See the flyer below for more details.
The Gymnastics Academy will be starting up its Thursday morning classes next Thursday 14th February for the term. Accelerate your Child’s learning with expert coaching for beginner and advanced students, Gymnastic Academy Programmes every Thursday morning 7:30-8:30a.m in School Hall, Book via our website www.thegymnasticacademy.com See the flyer below for more details.
Junior Tough Guy/Gal Competition – this looks like a super fun event to be involved in. Head to their website https://eventpromotions.co.nz/junior-tough-guy-and-gal-tauranga/ for more information. If you are interested in registering your child please email me at email@example.com and we can start a school group. This event is held on a school day.
NPL Go – is a 6 week after school coaching and games session for girls interested in cricket. It takes place at Bay Oval every Friday evening from 4-6pm from 22nd Feb – 29th March. $25 per player and you can enter as a team or an individual and they will put you in a team. For queries and registration email firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 312 784.
Term 1 is our swimming term with the senior school swimming sports on Friday 22nd March followed closely by East Cluster Swim Champs on Tuesday 26th March which then leads on to WBOP Swim Champs on Wednesday 10th April. I look forward to seeing who our next budding swimmers will be.
Our lovely art teacher, Mrs Jenni Scott would love some more donations so she can create her wonderful art pieces and works of art.
Please could you save any small cardboard boxes and also 1 liter milk bottles. Please could you make sure these are clean before you drop them off at the school office.
SCHOOL POOL KEYS
Our school pool is now open and in use.
If you would like to apply for a key to use the pool outside school hours, you can do so via our website. Go to the bottom of the page and click on ‘School Pool’, following the prompts. Keys cost $75 plus a $25 bond which is refunded when you return your key.
Payment is made via Kindo.
SCHOOL BBQ TRAILER
TRAILER BBQ FOR HIRE
Ideal for fund-raising events, catering for large crowds at home or at work.
$100 per week day
$150 for weekend
Includes 1x full gas bottle
Bond is required
For all bookings contact Matua School on 07 576 9027, after hours 021 023 60747.
The Matua Family Kitchen Recipe Book has arrived!
We are all excited to have it in our hands and see our beautiful Matua kids, our school and supportive sponsors all together.
Remember to pick your KINDO order up from the School office.
Second Hand Uniform
PTA – needs your unused uniforms
If your child has outgrown or moving school and you no longer need the school uniform, we would really appreciate your support by donating it to school. You could drop it off at reception. The PTA can then help families get ready for the year.
The 2nd hand uniform sale is run every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm until 3pm. This is in the school hall.
Matua School Gala – The school gala will be held this year on Saturday the 30th of March from 10am – 1pm. Any donations for the ‘White Elephant” or ‘Book Stalls’ can be dropped into room 17.
Many Thanks and best wishes from the PTA.
Tauranga Swim School
Tauranga Swim School offers quality lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun learning environment. Check us out on facebook, see some pics and read the reviews! Spaces are filling quickly so make sure you book your space now!
Otumoetai Football Club
Just a reminder that Futsal registrations close on the 10th of February. If you or your child is intending to play Futsal this term, please register ASAP.
Toolbox Parenting Course
Matua Community Baptist Church will be hosting the toolbox parenting course for primary years at the church office 1 Warrington St Matua Each Tuesday 7 – 9pm starting 19.02.19 enquire at church office Ph 576 3743 or email@example.com