FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora koutou,
We are always thankful for the many people who go above and beyond to support the school and community. You will recall that we have recently refurbished the ‘Superloo’ toilet block. Our goal was to create a space that was more friendly for students to use. We were thrilled to work with Hannah from Architects, Design Group Stapleton Elliott who did a fantastic job in reworking the space and designing a modern, yet functional space.
Colin Bell is a professional artist and was a parent of the school until the end of last year. As a gift to the school, Colin offered to create artwork that would enhance the new spaces and give students something to be proud of. Colin has been working consistently on this project since early in Term 1, and the work completed so far looks stunning.
While Colin has volunteered his time to this project, the extent of it is well beyond what we anticipated at the beginning. Many hours of work have been given already, with many more still to come. We would love to give Colin a koha (gift) to thank him for going well beyond our expectations. So, we have decided to hold a school mufti-day. On this day we are asking families to consider making a donation that will be passed onto Colin and his family. This could be a gold coin donation, or you may choose to give a greater amount, which you can donate using cash or through KINDO. It would be wonderful to see our community pull together and show some appreciation for this wonderful contribution to our school.
Mufti Day Date: Friday 21st May, 2021
Donations can be made by sending cash to school with children on the day. Alternatively, if you would like to contribute a larger amount, we have set up a payment option in Kindo.
This term we are framing some of our learning around Storytelling. Stories are told in many different ways, in different contexts, and across all cultures. To kick off our learning the teachers got together and held a surprise ‘Storytelling Ignition Day’. It all started with Matua staff arriving at school dressed up as story characters. We certainly enjoyed the different reactions of children who arrived to find teachers and staff dress very differently, but acting as if nothing was different! After an early morning tea, we came together in the hall for a short assembly, where we announced that everything was not as it seemed. Children were then released into the school grounds to explore. As they moved around the school children discovered a range of performers and activities that shared a story in some way. This included musical groups, dancers, and a drama group that was performing while recording live to a green screen! They also found stories being told around a campfire, local legends being shared in a hidden cave (the container!), and video stories from teachers about “life in the olden days”. After an hour of exploration, we all returned to the hall, where professional storyteller Zeebong took the stage and performed for the whole school.
This ‘Ignition Event’ is designed to grab the attention of students and provide an opportunity for teachers to gather ‘student voice’ and areas of interest for our learning ahead. We hope you heard lots of stories on Monday evening about the activities of the day!
DOGS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
We seem to have a large number of dogs being exercised in the school grounds after school hours. Every day this week Steve has had to clear up after dogs. On a couple of occasions children running around in bare feet have trodden in dog mess and then trampled it into classrooms. This is absolutely disgusting and we are really disappointed that owners cannot clean up after their dogs especially in school grounds.
Dogs are not permitted on site during school hours. At other times, please take responsibility for your dog or consider exercising it elsewhere.
SCHOOL POOL KEYS
The pool will soon be closing for terms 2 & 3. If you purchased a school pool key, please return them to the school office. We can then refund the $25 key bond.
TERM DATES 2021
Term 1, 2021 – First Day: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 – Friday 16th April
Waitangi Day – Monday 8th February
Easter – Friday 2nd April – Tuesday 6th April inclusive
Term 2 – Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July
Queen’s Birthday – 7th June
Term 3 – Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
Term 4 – Monday 18th October
TRAFFIC & PARKING
Anzac Day fell in the school holidays this year but we did have Anzac Poppies on sale at the end of last term. Thank you to everyone that bought an Anzac Poppy. We managed to raise $325
LUNCH ORDERS – WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
Day change to Wednesday from Term 2!
Now with two days of ezlunch each week, your kids will have a great variety of healthy and tasty school lunches. Simply order by clicking here.
Order (or cancel) any time before 9am on the day or schedule in advance.
Order anytime before cut-off or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime on a Wednesday for Pita Pit or 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 tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.