Heron Herald Term 3, Week 5, 2020


Kia ora koutou,

This week we have appointed Miss Sara Lambert as a new Deputy Principal at Matua School.  Sara is currently teaching in Room 17 and will commence this new position at the start of Term 4.  We are thrilled to have Sara joining the Senior Leadership Team and am sure you will join us in congratulating her on this promotion.

Last week we said goodbye to Mrs Millar who is now on maternity leave.  This week we welcome Miss Laura Thompson to Room 12 and Matua School.  Laura is an experienced teacher who has returned home to Tauranga after working in the UK for the past two years.  She is musical, loves the outdoors and comes to Matua School with a passion for seeing children having the opportunity to learn in an engaging and meaningful environment.  We are excited to have Laura on board and trust that she will feel welcomed as she joins the Matua team.

We really appreciate the flexibility that the community is showing while we are at Alert Level 2.  School life is not too different for students, with the exception of events like assembly and a few out of school activities being impacted.  We appreciate the efforts that parents are making to stay off site where possible and for signing in using the Skool Loop app when you do enter the site.  Here’s to a quick return to Level 1.  Please note that the QR codes shown on the Skool Loop sign are not the same as the code used for the COVID Tracing app.  We have QR codes for the national tracing app at the school office and with an increasing number of people now using it, we will distribute more of those around the school.  However please note that visitors to the site are required to sign into our Skool Loop system while at Alert Level 2.

We have recently updated the ‘Our People’ page of the school website.  If you visit you will find new photos of the Matua team which have been taken by Carters Photographics.  Thank you to Matt Dunn and the crew for supporting the school in this way.

Nga mihi,

Marcus Norrish

Miss Sara Lambert

Miss Laura Thompson

East Cluster Winter Tournament

Friday 28th August

Wig Wednesday!

Wednesday 9th September

Maori Language Week

14th to 18th September

School Hāngi

Friday 18th September

Last Day of Term 3

Friday 25th September

Teacher Only Day - TERM 4

Tuesday 27th October


Last week we had two teams compete at the EPro8 Technology Challenge held at Tauranga Intermediate. This is a great event that tests the collaborative problem solving skills of those involved. Well done to all those who competed and a massive shout out to the ‘Matua Megabrains’ who placed first equal! This team will now go on to compete at the semifinals.


Some of our senior classes have been enjoying problem solving activities provided by Maker Space staff from Tauranga City Library.

Rooms 4 & 5 have enjoyed harnessing wind energy which produces electricity to light a bulb.

Maker Space staff will be working with other classes during the term, teaching about sustainability, wind, energy and conservation.


Kaze and some of his ‘Bird Club’ visited The Matua Kindy. Georgia, Brodie, Ben and Kaze spent some time talking to the children about birds in the community.  They played them their calls and taught them how to identify the various birds from their calls.


ezLunch orders are made online through your myKindo account.  You can order lunch by simply going to www.mykindo.co.nz

Order anytime before cut-off or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime.

Click here to view the menu.

Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.

Find out more ezlunch.co.nz or mykindo.co.nz


Classes have been working hard and are so proud of the beautiful Calendar Art they are creating.  Teachers will soon be sharing the artwork with you via Seesaw.  When all classes are ready to go we will let you know how to order calendars and other great items with the artwork printed on it.


Mrs Bartley has kicked off a Seniors lunchtime bike ride.  This is a fun opportunity to get out and explore our local environment, burn off some energy and have fun on bikes!  A special thanks to Elizabeth (parent volunteer) who came along to support.  If you are available to be a parent help with this group on a Friday please let Mrs Bartley know by emailing kimb@matua.school.nz. Thanks for being awesome Mrs Bartley and making this happen!


While we are at Alert Level 2, we are still working hard on looking for ways to celebrate as a community.  Last week we held our assembly on the turf.  The sun was out and so it was great to sit together, sing and celebrate wonderful Matua Learners with awards.  We also farewelled Mrs Millar who has now started her maternity leave.


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


Our School App

We have a new school app to keep you up to date with events and notifications. Click on the button below to check it out.


Setting up with Kindo

Kindo is our new prefered payment and permission system. To help you learn how it works, we’ve added their new help sheet and video. We hope it helps.