FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora koutou,
This week I had the privilege of joining principals from around our local area for a hui at Huria Marae in Judea. We were invited by the Ngāi Tamarāwaho Kaumātua for a meeting to share and develop together a greater understanding of Kāhui Ako (our community of learning), Localised Te Ao Māori Curriculum and Histories Aotearoa. It is wonderful to see Kura (schools) and local iwi collaborating together with the intent of providing the best education for our children possible.
We all love Matua School and are always excited to share this wonderful place with visitors. Last week we had two different groups of principals and teachers visit our Kura. Both groups spent time exploring the school and visiting classrooms as part of their own learning. As we led them around Matua School it was nice to get positive feedback about what they saw. We encountered engaged children, enjoying a large range of creative learning opportunities. People described a peaceful and safe culture in classrooms and around the playground. We listened to children proudly sharing their learning and new ideas. I personally reflected on the wonderful staff team we have at Matua School. Our teachers and support staff are so committed to the learning and well-being of all students. Many hours of work go into making learning fun and meaningful in a creative and safe environment. As we shared what school looks like at Matua School with our visitors, it was clear we are lucky to have a wonderful teaching team!
Last week we held a Mufti-day through which we raised money for our Superloo Artist, Colin. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this. If you would still like to donate towards our koha for Colin, you can do this by logging into Kindo.
Bikes and Scooters
We love seeing children walk, bike and scooter to school. One of our expectations is that students walk bikes and scooters into and out of the school grounds. The start and end of the day is a busy time at school with many people on site. We don’t want pedestrians getting hurt by a bike racing through the playground. Could you please support our school community by reinforcing this expectation with your children and asking them to be role models to others.
TE TOKA A TIRIKAWA
You may have noticed that children are doing a lot of running around Matua School right now. That’s because it’s Cross Country season! We are looking forward to gathering as a school next Thursday 3rd June at Fergusson Park. The Seniors, Middles, and Juniors will all be running at Fergusson Park, while the Minis will hold an adventure run on the school grounds in the afternoon. For this to be a successful event, we do need parent support. For more information on what children will need, race times, and to volunteer to help on the day, CLICK ON THIS LINK to read the notice.
KITCHEN DONATIONS, ROOMS 4 & 5
Extra plates in your cupboard??
Room 4 and 5 are super excited about our beautiful new classroom spaces, and the fantastic shared kitchen which joins the 2 rooms. The students are organising themselves into groups, and planning lots of amazing things to cook.
We are needing some extra kitchen equipment as at the moment we have the basic one spoon, one bowl scenario. So, if you have extra items cluttering up your drawers and shelves, would you PLEASE consider us when you tidy up. We would be grateful for any cups, cutlery, bowls, pots …. pretty much anything! Just send things along to Room 4 and 5. Thank you.
The next PTA meeting is on Tuesday the 1st June, 7 – 8pm in the staffroom. Hope to see you there.
If you would like further information about the PTA and how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen & Hayley
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
GARDEN TO TABLE
It’s all hard work and hilarity at Garden to Table each Tuesday for the Middle Team. From garden construction to wheelbarrow maneuvers – our sessions are enjoyed by all. This week we had delicious tomato soup and flat bread on the menu … delicious!
If you would be interested in volunteering some time to help facilitator these lessons please email email@example.com
No experience necessary – just a desire to have fun.
Winter sports are well and truly underway now with all our codes regularly competing in their competitions. Thank you to all those who have been sending in photos of your teams and players of the day. Check it out below for all those happy faces.
Another reminder to all those who are yet to pay their sports fees. Please do so as soon as possible via Kindo or at the school office.
Last week a group of 12 students represented Matua School at the annual WBOP Amazing Race event. The students were split into 2 teams and this year the event was held at Memorial Park. Both teams had a great morning running around solving clues and puzzles and participating in all sorts of activities. Congratulations to our team 1 who placed 1st overall in the event. A big thanks to our parent helpers for the day who had to run around with our teams. Without you both this would not have been possible.
Next week is a big week at school with our school cross country taking place on Thursday 3rd June. All classes have been preparing for the event so now we just hope for some lovely weather. Also next week on Friday 4th June we have our first ARGOS Gymsport competition with the year 5&6 girls competing first.
Please keep sending through all the photos of your teams and players so we can add them to our newsletter each week. Happy playing everyone.
There are many activities that children can get involved with at Matua School. We have groups such as Kapa Haka and choir, alongside a large range of optional lunchtime clubs that our wonderful teachers run. If you are interested to know what is available, we now have a page on our website that displays what is happening. Follow THIS LINK to check it out.
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.