FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora koutou,
We have loved seeing the large range of outdoor play that children have been engaged in over the last couple of weeks. With the amazing weather we are seeing children get involved in lots of lunchtime sport, tree climbing activities and social games. Classrooms are also keeping active with plenty of structured game play and outdoor learning opportunities being set up by the teachers. I was showing a visitor around our school recently who was impressed by the incredibly diverse range of learning activities that were happening across the school. I am thankful for the wonderful staff team that work hard to prepare creative, engaging and purposeful learning opportunities for our children.
Thank you to all parents who recently completed our community survey. The Board of Trustees have been reviewing the data and will soon be sharing a summary of the results.
We continue to be thankful that school can operate relatively normally at Alert Level 2. However, across the country and within Matua there are certainly signs of the stress levels that COVID-19 has created for families and students. We are mindful of the different pressures that families may be experiencing at home. Please continue to make choices that are right for your family. While children do need to be attending school, please let us know if school systems or expectations are creating unnecessary pressure at this time. We are always happy to listen and work together to find a positive solution.
Last week we had Maurice Ritchie come to tune the school piano. MPR got to have a sneak peek at the disassembled piano and had some great questions for the delighted craftsman. How long does it take to learn? How long does it take to tune a piano? What are your tools and how do they work? Can you play the piano? We finished a fascinating session with him playing us ‘misty’ a favourite of piano tuners the world over.
NZ Uniforms will be closed for a stock take on the 7th & 8th of September. They will re-open again on Wednesday the 9th. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Try before you buy!!!
Entertainment Books are offering a 6 week FREE trial of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Entertainment Book to plan your school holidays while supporting local businesses.
What’s the catch?
None, NO payment details are required. You just have to download the app onto your smartphone by 13/09/2010.
Notices were sent home from school last week with details of this brilliant way to save on local amenities and services (or a nationwide version if you plan travelling further afield), whilst also supporting your local school.
Don’t leave home until you’ve seen the country.
A big thank you to all who supported the Donate a Book Fair. By now all the donated books have been handed out to students. You may have noticed when looking at the books there was an emphasis on nonfiction books, picture books and novels to challenge our older readers. Proceeds from the fair will target our junior and middle school readers who move between picture books, small chapter books and early novels. By donating a $5 or $10 book, another further 100 plus books can be purchased to add to our great library collection!
We say a farewell to our Year 6 librarians who have run the library at lunchtimes with enthusiasm and expertise. A number of librarians gave up their own time to help with the Book Fair and have also worked behind the scenes to shelve books and keep the library an organised and tidy space for all to enjoy. Thank you!!!!
Our budding Year 5 librarians have been training diligently during morning tea times over the last few weeks. By week 7 our Year 5 Librarians will be working solo at lunchtimes without the support of past librarians. Already they have shown great work ethics (turning up on time), comradery (filling in for other librarians when needed) and initiative (organising and tiding the library without adult prompts!). Welcome!!!
When I write poems
and ride bicycles
I discover new things
sun or rain, wind or sleet
On a final note orders for the Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 is Wednesday 9 September.
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.
It’s been so great to see some new faces along at our PTA meetings, and we welcome all whanau new to the school or not, to come along to our meetings. They are held in the staffroom on the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm.
Second Hand Uniforms
Did you know you can help the school by donating your old Matua School uniforms to our shop, with all proceeds going back to the school. You can drop off uniforms to the school office, also you can check out the shop on Wednesday at 2:45pm, next to the lost property area.
We had originally planned on running the great Matua School PTA quiz night on 17th October, however this is now Election Day! We are working through some options but if you are able to help at all with organising an event we would love to hear from you!
This will be held on Thursday 19 November from 6pm – 9pm. If you would be interested in having a stall please contact Karen via the Matua PTA Facebook page
TERM DATES 2020
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
TERM 4 Summer Sports Registrations Open
Please register for the sport your child is interested in. At this stage all sports are unsure of what Covid Level they will be operating under. However in the interest of getting our kids involved and ready for sport I have opened up registrations. Once you have registered I will keep you updated about that particular sport.
Fun times in the rain, mud and sunshine for our senior boys and girls rugby team. They each had a great game of tackling, sidestepping and sprinting to the try line against the Pillans Point Primary School teams. A huge thank you to Mr Hull for coaching and organising the games for the students and to the parents, caregivers & supporters that went along and cheered.
There has been no primary school netball during level 2 but we have been having social games on our court on Saturdays. All teams are playing a game between 9 and 1pm
So that has been awesome the families and coaches supporting this.
Keep up the great effort for term 3 Sports
With Covid Level 2 there has been some changes to weekend team sports. A huge shout out to the coaches, managers, parents and students that are continuing with their sporting commitments.
In some codes like Basketball and Hockey that has meant no spectators, so a huge THANK YOU to parents for driving your child to these venues and waiting patiently whilst you can’t watch. Netball suspended it’s primary school competition so another huge shout out “Ka Pai” to the netball teams and coaches for organising saturdays games against some local schools here at our own Netball court so the teams can keep playing.
Classes have been working hard and are so proud of the beautiful Calendar Art they have created. Teachers have shared 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.
Photos are now uploaded and ready to view online.
The FREE DELIVERY (to school) period ends at midnight on Sunday 13th September.
Photo Access Key slips were sent home with the students last week. This contains your individual order code for your child and information of how to order your photos online.
ALERT LEVEL 2 ASSEMBLIES
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 and certificates.
WIG WEDNESDAY (that is now Thursday!!!)
If your son/daughter is going to Otumoetai Intermediate next year, please return their enrolment forms to the school office asap. They will be collected by the Intermediate on the 18th September.
After this date you will have to return them to the intermediate.