FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora koutou,
Tomorrow we have our Three-way Conferences. As previously highlighted these are an opportunity to meet together, share progress and set goals for the rest of the year. As teachers we value this time and look forward to growing the partnership we have in growing the children of Matua School together. Mid-year reports were sent home in school bags yesterday and these documents will provide a starting point for our discussions. We have created a new table to communicate student achievement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We are aware that this kind of information can be challenging to understand at times and so I will be running two parent meetings on the topic of reports.
These parents meetings are scheduled for:
Parent Meeting #1 – 9:00am (note: this time has been changed from previous notices)
Parent Meeting # 2 – 4:00pm
Both meetings will be held in the staffroom.
Building Projects Update
We are in the process of working towards a number of building projects. There is always a significant lead in time to getting projects underway with funding, planning and implementation phases all taking time to work through. The projects that are currently being worked on are:
- Refurbishment of Room 4 and 5. We hope to see this project being worked on over the Christmas period.
- Refreshment of Room 15, 16 and 17. This will include new carpet, wall linings, ceilings and lighting. We hope to see this work done in the next school holidays.
- Superloo redevelopment. The timeline for this project is yet to be established, but hope to see it happen before the end of the year.
- Outdoor Learning Area (between Room 16 and the hall). 2021
- Hall Kitchen extension and hall refreshment. 2021
Hopefully you will have noted that we have started a list of key dates, published to the right hand side of this newsletter. This list will include ‘school-wide’ or significant events. Please note tomorrow’s Three-way conferences and the upcoming Teacher Only Day. Children are not at school for classes on either of these days.
Don’t forget to drop into our library this week or during our Three-way conferences to see the Matua Bookfair.
RUGBY 9’s COMPETITION
Congratulations to our Rugby League 9’s players who represented Matua School at WBOP competition on Wednesday. The team played extremely well together and walked away feeling proud of being Matua! Thanks to Mr Hull who has been coaching the team over the last few weeks.
PTA EVENTS UPDATE
The PTA are excited about planning a few events that will allow the school community to have some fun and enjoy time together. It has been decided that the Matua Quiz Night will run this year! The date is still needs to be confirmed, but now is the time to start planning that costume and getting your team together!
Also on the calendar is the
Quiz Night – Saturday 17th October
Night Markets – Thursday 19th November
School Disco – Thursday 6th August
The Matua School Disco
Thursday 6th August 2020
Theme; Tropical Holiday come dressed in your best holiday outfit.
Tickets: $5.00 (paid at the door – cash only)
Years 0-3 Juniors only 5.00pm till 6.00pm
Years 3-6 Seniors only 6.15pm till 7.30pm
(Year 3s can go to either session)
Food: Will be available to purchase on the night.
Please bring your own drink bottles.
Prizes for Junior and Seniors:
– Best Costume
– Game winner
The PTA will also be putting on our fun Christmas night market on November 19th so we can support our local small businesses and get some Christmas shopping ticked off our list.
Keep an eye out for information coming to you soon for the school quiz night which is always a great night full of fun and laughs.
So mark your calendars and keep an eye out in the newsletter for more information early next term.
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ORAL LANGUAGE – PARENT COURSE OPPORTUNITY
Year 0-3 Parents and Whānau Oral Language Workshops
When: Wednesday 12th August, 2020
Session 1: 9:15am to 10:15am, or
Session 2: 1:40pm to 2:40pm
Venue: Bethlehem Primary School Hall
Over the last three years Matua School has been working with Jane van der Zeyden to develop effective oral language practices. Jane, an oral language educator and presenter and will be providing an opportunity for parents to consider how important oral language development and competence is for children to become “super learners,” and to gain effective literacy skills in reading and writing.
This workshop will give you some ideas of the important things that both preschool and school-aged children need to know about oral language and how you can support them at home. This will include:
- Reading to your children
- Using nursery rhymes
- What to do when you hear grammatical errors
- How to use everyday events to start a rich conversation with your child
Parents are welcome to stay and chat at the end of the presentation. Jane will be available to answer any questions.
Tea and coffee will be provided.
RSVP not required
ACCORD TEACHER ONLY DAYS
As highlighted earlier in the year, we had three ‘Accord Teacher Only Days’ scheduled for 2020. With COVID-19 we removed the Term 2 date. Two further days are scheduled, one for Term 3 and one for Term 4. School will be closed for instruction on the following days:
Monday 17th August, 2020
Tuesday 27th October, 2020 (attached to Labour weekend)
This week Matua School hosted the Science Roadshow. We were pleased to be able to send along all our students to this fantastic show. The children experienced presentations and the opportunity to do a large range of hands-on science activities.
We love seeing our weekend sports teams out competing around the BOP. There are so many Matua children involved in a range of sports. Our netball teams are having a wonderful season with girls from Year 3-6 all involved in teams. Thanks to coaches and mangers for helping make this happen!
TERM DATES 2020
Term 1, 2020 – Monday 3rd February – Thursday 9th April
Thursday 6th February – Waitangi Day. School will be closed.
Term 2 – Tuesday 28th April – Friday 3rd July (Mon 27th is Anzac Day Observed)
Term 3 – Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
Term 4 – Monday 12th October – Wednesday 16th December
Term 1, 2021 – First Day: Tuesday 2nd February 2021