Kia ora koutou,
Today, it is with mixed emotions that we farewell our Deputy Principal, Sara Lambert, as she heads off on maternity leave. Over the past five years, Sara has been an integral part of the Matua team, and more recently, a valuable member of our Senior Leadership Team. Her quality leadership has greatly influenced the quality of teaching and learning within our Kura, leaving a lasting impact on every classroom.
As we celebrate this exciting next season in life with Sara, we wish her many blessings and look forward to her return in late 2024.
LOLLIES & SWEET TREATS
It has been observed that lollies and sweet treats are being given out to children at school in a range of different situations. Although these instances may seem insignificant on the surface, when we consider the cumulative effect, it becomes apparent that some children are receiving a significant amount of sugary treats. In alignment with our school’s “Healthy Food” policy, which emphasises considering nutrition messages when providing food through the school, we are implementing changes regarding sweet treats.
As a school, we will ensure that lollies or sweet treats are not used as rewards. Additionally, we will ask contractors, including music teachers and tutors, to do the same.
For families, we ask that you refrain from sending food treats to school for birthday celebrations. We understand that this may represent a change for some families. However, it is important to acknowledge that classrooms often experience a series of birthdays, resulting in children regularly receiving cakes and lollipops, which may exceed the comfort level of many families. Nevertheless, we still want to recognize and celebrate birthdays, and teachers will explore alternative ways to do so within the classroom setting.
While we recognize that baking may be part of certain Food Technology activities, we encourage teachers to reflect on the frequency at which some children may be engaged in baking sweet treats.
Thanks for your support in this area.
SWEET TREAT SURVEY
Thanks to those who completed our short survey in the last newsletter, asking about School Connections and the different community engagement opportunities we have run. It was encouraging that 90% of respondents felt that the events they attended were either ‘Valuable’ or ‘Extremely Valuable’. Thank you for the comments made in the survey. We will continue to look for opportunities for parents to engage at school and reduce the barriers where possible.
This week’s survey is quick feedback on our change to Sweet Treats at school. Please follow the link below to indicate your thoughts. Ngā mihi.
Ngā mihi nui
TUI TALKS – EPISODE 2
The theme of Episode 2 is SPORTS and welcomes our special guest, Mrs Sutherland.
Please follow the link below to listen, and subscribe to our Tui Talks SPOTIFY channel for future episodes.
We are looking to create a Sensory Space at Matua school. This space will be designed to provide a calming and engaging environment where students can explore their senses, manage their emotions, and enhance their focus.
But to make this Sensory Space a reality, we need your help!
We are reaching out to our wonderful Matua community to request donations of items that would enrich our Sensory Space. If you have any of the following items in gently-used or new condition and are willing to contribute, we would be incredibly grateful:
• Soft cushions and bean bags
• Weighted (or cosy) blankets / toys
• Comfortable couch
• Textured rug
• Hanging swing
• Fidget toys and stress balls
• Bubble tubes or sensory lighting
• Balls of wool to create sensory artwork
Your support will play a vital role in creating an environment where all our students can thrive and learn. If you have any of these items to donate or, please contact Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 544 507.
Thank you to families that have paid the School Donation for 2023. Your support in this area would be appreciated if you haven’t done so yet. Payment can be made via Kindo.
The Ministry of Education uses an ‘equity index’ to fund schools. A school’s equity index number impacts several funding streams, with some schools receiving more income than others depending on the socioeconomic factors identified within their community. Schools above an identified index can also opt into a government scheme where $150 per child is paid in exchange for not seeking donations from parents. Matua School is NOT eligible for this scheme and cannot access the $80,000 other schools of a similar size receive. As a result, the Matua School Board ask parents to contribute $130 per year for each child to ensure that our tamariki have equitable access to resources, activities and learning opportunities.
Your contribution supports :
- Learning support staff
- Garden to Table staffing and resources
- School pool maintenance
- Library books and resources
- Support for school trips
- Inter-school sporting events
- Replacement of digital devices
- Learning through play resources
Did you know?
Your donation can be claimed as a Tax Credit. Receive one-third back from the IRD at the end of the financial year!
BERRY FUN WITH SCIENCE
AQUATIC SURVIVAL SKILLS
What a delightful day it was for the Tupu Team down at the park last Friday!
With the sun shining and a gentle breeze in the air, we took our homemade kites for a flight, remembering all we had learned about the four forces of flight.
The sound of laughter and enjoyment could be heard as we engaged in kite flying and friendly games, strengthening our friendships, building our teamwork skills, and growing team spirit.
We enjoyed eating our lunch outside along with a sausage sizzle that fueled our energy, courtesy of the generous support from Brookfield New World.
A huge thank you to all the parents who made this day possible, creating memories that will soar as high as our kites!
If your child is due to start school before the end of the year, we ask that you please go onto the Matua School website and complete the ‘Intention to Enrol’ form.
We are forward planning for teaching spaces and teachers, and need to know who is starting with us as soon as possible.
Link for the ‘Intention to Enrol’ form here
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A friendly reminder that school is not open until 8.30am. If you require childcare before these hours, please contact SKIDS either by email – email@example.com, phone – 027 586 0408, or book online – www.skids.co.nz/Matua.
2023 has already thrown us all some tough challenges, but together we will get through it.
Our orchards like many other growers in Hawkes Bay and Gisborne, have been badly affected by the recent cyclone. Yummy are fortunate to have orchards spread widely across the Bay, which has meant some of our orchards have been completely devastated but some have survived. It has been a tricky time for sure, but we are managing to pick the majority of our crop this season, so that’s some good news
The other good news is, we will push on with the Yummy School Sticker Promo again this year. This is something we really value being part of, and I’m sure schools will value free sports gear even more this year. Even in these tough times, it’s great to be part of a community and give back to schools and kids, so thanks for being part of this promotion 26 years on!
You can start collecting anytime now (if you haven’t already started), and some more good news – we will be switching over to compostable stickers in the next few months
Our second hand uniform shop is now up and running again. This is available every Wednesday afternoon from 2.45pm – 3.15pm. Cash or eftpos available.
LUNCH ORDERS – EVERY FRIDAY
Lunch orders are available for delivery to Matua School each Friday.
Simply order your SUBWAY lunch online through you myKindo account by CLICKING HERE
Order (or cancel) any time before 9:00am on the day or schedule in advance.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or call 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm.
TERM DATES 2023
TERM 2 – Wednesday 26th April – Friday 30th June.
Anzac Day – Tuesday 25th April
King’s Birthday – Monday 5th June
Learner Conferences – Friday 23rd June (School Closed).
TERM 3 – Monday 17th July – Friday 22nd September.
Term 4 – Monday 9th October –
Labour Day – Monday 23rd October
Last Day of School – Friday 15th December at 12.30pm
Term 1, 2024 – Wednesday 7th February 2024
OUR SCHOOL APP
SETTING UP KINDO
KINDO VIDEO HELP
Our Matua Fuse Drumming class starts up Tuesday morning, 5th September (8.15 am till 8.45 am). We are looking for Year 2 to 4 students ideally, but will consider Year 1 and Year 5. A 9 week term of Fuse is $139, but Term 3 fee will be reduced as there will be 3 lessons from week 8 to 10. Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.