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
The next PTA meeting is on Tuesday the 1st June, 7 – 8pm in the staffroom. Hope to see you there.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
No experience necessary – just a desire to have fun.
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.