Kia ora koutou,
Isn’t it wonderful to have a sunny end to what has been a fantastic term at Matua School. We have loved large range of exciting learning opportunities that have been happening around the school. If you have been around classrooms, you will have spotted our school focus that we have called ‘Out of this World!’ This Science and Technology focus has seen classes explore many different aspects of flight and space, brought to life through inquiry and opportunities to work through the Technology Process. STEM is an important part of our curriculum, and it is fantastic to see examples of it developing throughout our school.
LEARNING SHOWCASE – OUT OF THIS WORLD
Please mark your calendars with our OUT OF THIS WORLD – LEARNING SHOWCASE. On Thursday 3rd August, from 1:30pm till 3:00pm, we are opening up classrooms across the school to whānau. All classrooms will be open and children will be ready to share their learning from Term 2. Parents will be able to visit classrooms across the school and hear from students as they present the process they have been working through. We’d love to see lots of whānau at school supporting the children.
LITERACY TOURS – TICKETS
Following on from our Whānau Literacy Hui, we are running two Literacy Tours. This is an opportunity for parents to do a walk through junior classrooms while literacy is being taught. Following the walk through, we will spend time discussing what was seen. These groups are limited to 12 people per tour, so please book your space via this EVENTBRITE LINK.
ALL THE BEST MRS MARTIN
This term, we farewell our wonderful teacher, Mrs Martin! Courtney has been part of the team at Matua School for over 8 years, during which time she has been a significant part of what makes Matua an excellent place for children to learn. Courtney has led ICT practices, taught at many levels across the school and has been a very effective team leader. Courtney, while you will be missed, we are all excited to farewell and celebrate with you as you head off on maternity leave.
Ngā mihi nui
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
REST HOME READERS
This week we held our big Jumping June event and what a fabulous day it was. The School was filled with a sea of red and the excitement was high! Each team got to spend some time with professional skipper Sacha Willets who wowed us with her impressive skipping skills. They then went out to complete 6 circuits that were 5 mins long and then finished in the staff car park with a mass skip as a team to a song.
As of today our fundraising total for the Heart Foundation is $24,726.69 which is incredible!
After our visit from Sacha we are sure there are going to be a few students who continue their skipping beyond the big event day to master some skills she shared with us. If you want to check out some more about Sacha head to her Instagram page @sachakips
Those who set up online fundraising profiles can order prizes online between 1st – 21st July. Prizes will be delivered to school an estimated 5 weeks after the closing date to School and then delivered to classrooms.
We want to thank you for your support with this event.
ALSO – thanks to Mrs Garner for leading this event at Matua School – we’ve loved it!
MOBILE DENTAL UNIT
The Mobile Dental unit will be at Matua School from: Monday 17th July 2023 to Friday, 18th August 2023.
Our Dental Team will be seeing the most overdue tamariki during this visit, and whānau will receive notification of an appointment for a dental check.
When you receive notification, please contact the team to update any contact details or changes in medical history or permissions for examination and dental x-rays.
We will aim to coordinate appointments with class teaching programmes and school activities.
Current service demands and delays weigh heavily on our teams and your kindness and support is appreciated at this time.
If you have any queries or urgent dental concerns, contact 075766752 for further help and advice.
If your child is due to start school before the end of the year, we ask that you please go onto the Matua School website and complete the ‘Intention to Enrol’ form.
We are forward planning for teaching spaces and teachers, and need to know who is starting with us as soon as possible.
Link for the ‘Intention to Enrol’ form here
Donate a Book Fair
One of Matua School’s oldest traditions is our annual Donate A Book Fair. This will take place during Week 3 of Term 3. Families are asked to come and enjoy the new books on display in the Library, and then choose from this selection a $5 or $10 book to donate to the school. Each donated book will have a certificate on the inside cover inscribed with the name of the student or family who has donated it plus they get to read it first!!
Thursday 27 July 8.00 – 9.30am and 2.45 – 4.00pm
Friday 28 July 8.00 – 9.30am
Cash donations are preferred (no long waits in queues!) but eftpos will be available. If you can assist with the book fair please contact the school or email me email@example.com I will definitely be needing helpers during the running of the fair and always appreciate any assistance!
Book Character Day
Wednesday 26 July
The day before the Matua Donate a Book Fair is our Book Character Day. Students are asked to dress up as a book character. Find a costume from your dress up box (we always love to see Elsa and other Princesses, Minecraft Creepers, Harry Potter, Ninjas and Superheroes) or enjoy creating from any recycled materials you can find….Mrs Wishy Washy, Gangsta Granny, Matilda, Cruella, Paddington Bear, the golden ticket, the crayons, (Where’s) Wally…!!! A great wet day activity during the school holidays?!
Many thanks Tracey Donovan-Grammer
A friendly reminder that school is not open until 8.30am. If you require childcare before these hours, please contact SKIDS either by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, phone – 027 586 0408, or book online – www.skids.co.nz/Matua.
2023 has already thrown us all some tough challenges, but together we will get through it.
Our orchards like many other growers in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, have been badly affected by the recent cyclone. Yummy are fortunate to have orchards spread widely across the Bay, which has meant some of our orchards have been completely devastated but some have survived. It has been a tricky time for sure, but we are managing to pick the majority of our crop this season, so that’s some good news
The other good news is, we will push on with the Yummy School Sticker Promo again this year. This is something we really value being part of, and I’m sure schools will value free sports gear even more this year. Even in these tough times, it’s great to be part of a community and give back to schools and kids, so thanks for being part of this promotion 26 years on!
You can start collecting anytime now (if you haven’t already started), and some more good news – we will be switching over to compostable stickers in the next few months
SKIDS BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMME
“Unlock the spirit of exploration these July School Holidays! Join us for an incredible journey and explore the July School Holidays with sKids. From exciting activities to immersive games, there’s a world of discovery awaiting your child. Don’t miss out! Visit [site URL] to book now!”
Our second hand uniform shop is now up and running again. This is available every Wednesday afternoon from 2.45pm – 3.15pm. Cash or eftpos available.
LUNCH ORDERS – EVERY FRIDAY
Lunch orders are available for delivery to Matua School each Friday.
Simply order your SUBWAY lunch online through you myKindo account by CLICKING HERE
Order (or cancel) any time before 9:00am on the day or schedule in advance.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or call 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
TERM DATES 2023
TERM 2 – Wednesday 26th April – Friday 30th June.
Anzac Day – Tuesday 25th April
King’s Birthday – Monday 5th June
Learner Conferences – Friday 23rd June (School Closed).
TERM 3 – Monday 17th July – Friday 22nd September.
Term 4 – Monday 9th October –
Labour Day – Monday 23rd October
Last Day of School – TBC
OUR SCHOOL APP
SETTING UP KINDO
KINDO VIDEO HELP
GOBSMACKING OPPORTUNITIES COMING UP!
Gobsmacked Musical Theatre Class
When: 4 week block (Tues May 30 – Tues June 20)
Time: 5 – 5:30pm
What: Come and learn new songs dances with Patrice and you’ll gain incredible confidence, stage presence and a love for performing! Or come for the classes you can.
Cost: $75 for the course or $20 a class
Where: SDA Church – 25 Moffatt Rd
Age: 8 – 13 years
Tuesday Night Gobsmacked Ministry
When: 4 week block (Tues May 30 – Tues June 20)
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
What: Patrice and her team will be teaching your children some cool new dances, songs and dramas and I’ll tell you some really cool stories from my own life and the bible. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet lots of new friends from all the schools in Tauranga.
Cost: FREE (unless you would like to give a small donation)
Age: 8 – 13 years
Gobsmacked Holiday Programs
GOBSMACKED ONE WEEK HOLIDAY PROGRAM
When: July 3 -7, 2023
Time: 9 – 3pm daily (Mon – Fri)
What: In one week your child will get to learn how to dance, act and sing and by the end of the week they’ll get to showcase their talents. It has been an unforgettable experience for those who have been a part of these magical Gobsmacked holiday programs in the past. Sign your child up today and watch them blossom in their confidence and shine on stage doing what they love.
Cost: $295 for the week
Where: Graham Young Theatre, Boys College – 664 Cameron Rd
Age: 6 – 14 years
Gobsmacked Ministries 2-DAY HOLIDAY PROGRAM
When: October 5 & 6
What: Christian based holiday program where children will take part in their favourite performing arts workshop (dance, choir or drama) and have the chance to perform to their parents on the second night. They’ll get to dance and sing with children from all around the Bay of Plenty schools.
Cost: $25 a day ($50 for 2 days)
Where: Bethlehem Baptist Church – 90 Bethlehem Rd
Age: 6 – 13 years (participants) 14 – 18 years (volunteers)
GOBSMACKED SUBSCRIPTION – $4.99 a week (cost of a small coffee)
Be connected to Patrice and all the Gobsmacked musicals, allowing you access to a brand new musical every month with all it’s songs and dances that come with it. This is an amazing opportunity to improve your child’s confidence in dance, singing and drama.
Please sign up to all of these opportunities by going to www.gobsmacked.nz
EDVENTURE YOUNG EXPLORERS CAMP
Check out the NEW: Edventure Tauranga Facebook Page;
or e-mail: email@example.com more information.
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOP
Once again Lynne Sinclair Taylor is running this popular workshop for ages 6 to 12. The children will have fun while learning about colour and techniques. All art supplies provided. Limited numbers.
Wed 12th July 10am to 3pm
Cost: $65 ($45 for additional children in family)
Where: St Stephen’s Methodist church, 9 Brookfield Tce, Otumoetai, Tauranga
To enrol: Contact Lynne on 021 121 9864 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 9th July
Lynne has been tutoring children and adults for over 30 years.