Kia ora koutou,
While much of the world is a little distracted by the pandemic, our wonderful tamariki at Matua School are getting on with the business of learning. I want to give a shout out to our wonderful kaiako (teachers) who are working hard to develop engaging learning opportunities for students during a challenging time. We have a continuous goal that school remains a secure and consistent place for children to be. We also want school to be fun! It was wonderful to see our Minis and Junior teams hold Splash and Dash this week. Children loved the whole event, with the waterslide being an exciting end to the race!
Thank you to all parents that took part in our recent Learner Conferences. For the first time, these were held virtually, via Zoom. While we were forced into this way of running them, we are thrilled with the outcome. Meeting together is so important and we loved the opportunity that Zoom meetings brought with parents being able to connect from wherever they were.
We have a number of families that are having to isolate due to being household contacts for COVID. If you are required to isolate, teachers are prepared to support learning from home by providing a connection to some of the learning that is happening in the classroom. This is happening in a range of ways and adapted for the different age groups. Please note that online learning support is only available to those who are required to isolate due to COVID guidelines.
Don’t forget that we have a Teacher Only Day this coming Friday 11th March. This is a Kahui Ako planned day, so includes all schools in the Otumoetai Cluster.
GARDEN TO TABLE
Julia has been busy harvesting in the garden.
We are unable to cook with the children at the moment but the freezer is well stocked, ready for when we can cook again
Rhubarb, corn, tomatoes, pumpkin, beans, zucchini, chilies, peppers and silver beet are some of the things we have been able to freeze.
This was a baby hammer head shark that washed up on the mount beach and had a wee trip to room 3 last week in preparation for sea week!
We have limited space for new students for Guitar, Ukulele and Keyboard, learning at school on a Wednesday
For further information, please visit our website www.musiqhub-bop.co.nz/info
Or text Wayne Mb 027 271 7685
It’s been a little quiet on the sports front lately. With no inter-school events happening it’s been all about the after school and weekend sports. Basketball, mini polo, volleyball and softball have all been going for a couple of weeks now and rippa rugby is set to start next week. In this crazy and unpredictable time it’s important that everyone is communicating regularly with one another so coaches know if they have a team and are able to play. Please also let me know so I am able to contact the sporting organisers to default games with due notice.
Due to the ever evolving Covid situation Memorial Pools has now been closed to the public as they are unable to staff it safely however they have decided to honour the contract with Tauranga Waterpolo which means the pools will only be open on a Tuesday afternoon so the mini polo league to can complete its season. WBOP Softball have also decided to end their season early and last Saturday was the last game for Term 1. Softball and T-Ball will resume in Term 4.
Now for some great news – congratulations to Jacob for being selected in the Tauranga U11 Basketball Representative team. What a great achievement, well done Jacob.
Well done to our Minis and Juniors who participated in the Splash and Dash yesterday afternoon, they all seemed to really enjoy the challenge and the slip and slide to finish. Next week our Seniors will be participating in a Biathlon which is set to be a lot of fun.
Please keep up the communication and if you have any trouble please don’t hesitate to contact me.
TERM DATES 2022
Term 1, 2022 – Tuesday 1st February 2022 – Wednesday 13th April
SCHOOL CLOSED – 31ST JANUARY (Auckland Anniversary) & 7TH FEBRUARY (Waitangi Day)
Term 2, 2022 – Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July
Term 3, 2022 – Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September
Term 4, 2022 – Monday 17th October – TBC
Congratulations to Sophia, Daniel, Nathan, MacKenzie, Charlotte, Olive, Tilly P, Sadie, Amelie, Amelia, Arieana, Jessica, Lilla, Tilly S, Caelyn, Tomas, Eva , Ruby, Eliana, Georgia, Flora, Ashley, Emily, Alejandra, Ellie, Elyse, Elsa, Jax, Catherine and Renaia – our Term 1 and 2 2022 Librarians. The librarians are responsible for issuing and returning library books, assisting children in the library, and ensuring the library is warm, welcoming and well presented. A big thank you to all our Matua School Librarians for their commitment to the library with their hardworking and enthusiastic attitude.
We are continuing to run our lunchtime library times in teams with each team having a lunchtime library slot. However, on Monday mornings the library is open briefly (8.40am – 8.55am) for senior students to return and issue books ensuring they have another opportunity to access library books. Olive, Elsa and Charlotte are giving up their own free time to provide this service to their peers.
New books are on display by the front door for a week. This is a great chance for students to see what is new in the library before they are shelved. By the following week they are then able to be issued and are found on the green display shelf opposite the new book display. Tilly and Elyse are organizing this weekly display which contains fiction books, early chapter books, nonfiction books, picture books and magazines. Once again, the librarians are hard at work before the morning bell on Mondays.
SPLASH AND DASH
“On Thursday 3rd March, The Matua Minis and Juniors celebrated their annual Splash and Dash event. The event had the children completing a lap of the school pool, running around the field and then ending with a waterslide down the bank. The weather was pleasant and the event was a huge success.”
Mr Norrish out at lunchtime this week.
LUNCH ORDERS – EVERY FRIDAY
Note: Pita Pit is no longer available. This is due to a lack of orders. Subway will still be available for lunch every Friday.
Simply order by CLICKING HERE
Order (or cancel) any time before 9:00am on the day or schedule in advance.
Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime on a Friday for Subway.ezLunch orders are made online through your myKindo account.
You can order lunch by simply going to www.mykindo.co.nz
Click here to view the menu.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or call 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
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Science & Robotics After School Classes
STEAM-ED (formerly House of Science Tauranga) Afterschool classes for Term 1 are:
Tuesday – Space Exploration 5-8yrs, 3:30pm-5pm
Wednesday – Space Exploration 9-13yrs, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday – Robotics 8-13yrs, 3:30pm-5:30pm.
For online enrolments go to https://enrolmy.com/steam-ed
All enquiries Ph 022 3773209 or e-mail email@example.com
Classes start Tuesday 15th February 2022 for 8 weeks.