FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora Koutou
It has been a great start to Term 4 at Matua School. It is always pleasing to see enthusiastic students keen to return and share their holiday adventures.
The weather has been fantastic, so it is timely to ensure all students have a suitable hat to wear for Term 4. It is also a good idea for students to bring a drink bottle.
We are excited to welcome Tracey Donovan-Grammar as our new librarian. Tracey is a trained Primary and Early Childhood teacher and Speech and Language Therapist, coming with a wealth of experience working with students. We are equally excited to welcome Katy Prentice to the team as a Teacher Aide. Katy also has a variety of expertise and experience working with primary students and we are fortunate to have her help in the junior school. Lastly, welcome to Sara Lambert, who will be joining us in 2019. Sara has skills in science and ICT, particularly in flipped learning. We are looking forward to having her join the team.
This term our learning is focused on Technology. The ‘big idea’ is identifying problems that exist and following a design process to create a solution – I am looking forward to trialing many of these solutions later in the term.
All the best for a great term ahead.
OUR SCHOOL APP
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.
KIDS FOR KIDS
Thank you so much to all the parents who have dropped off card, rolls and all the other bits and pieces to the art room. I really appreciate all of your help.
Term 4 2018 – Monday 15th October – Tuesday 18th December
22nd October – Labour Day, school closed
18th December – Last day of term 4. School finishes at 12.35pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1 – Mon 4th February – Friday 12th April
School holidays – 13th – 28th April
Waitangi Day – Wednesday 6th Feb, school closed
Term 2 – Mon 29th April – Friday 5th July
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 3rd June, school closed
School holidays – 6th – 21st July
Term 3 – Mon 22nd July – Fri 27th September
School holidays – 1st – 13th October
Term 4 – Mon 14th October – Thurs 19th December
Labour Day – Mon 28th October, school closed
SETTING UP KINDO
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.
KINDO VIDEO HELP
The PTA Quiz Night was a fantastic success raising a whopping $13,214.00 to go towards making improvements to the school pool. Well done everyone on your amazing costumes and for making it a fun night for everyone involved.
The Second-Hand Uniform Shop is needing more uniforms. If you have any uniform items that your child has out grown or no longer need, please drop them off to the school office. Other families in the school will really appreciate them.
This term we have the Christmas Night Market coming up on Thursday 8th November from 6.30 pm. Come along and check out all the amazing stalls and get some early Christmas shopping done.
The PTA will also be running the School Disco on November 23rd. The Disco will have a Circus theme so start thinking of your costumes. You could be the Ring Master, a lion, or an acrobat – let your imagination run wild. There will be a prize for the ‘Best Dressed’.
We are looking for some helpers that could help make some art work to decorate the Hall for the night. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a team together.
The PTA still need a Treasurer to join our awesome team. It is a great way of meeting new people and finding out what is going on around the school. If you are interested please email email@example.com . We look forward to hearing from you.
The next PTA meeting is on 6th November at 7.00pm in the school staff room. We love to have new faces and fresh ideas so feel free to come along and join in
If you are interested in being involved in the PTA in some way, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAORI LANGUAGE WEEK
Everyone should now have received term 4’s Scholastic catalogue. If you place an Issue 7 order via LOOP you will have the opportunity to select a FREE book to help keep your children reading over holidays (conditions apply).
AS well Scholastic has turned on Gift Function in LOOP this term! The Gift Function allows you to place a separate order as a surprise gift for your child. Items marked as a gift will be delivered to Matua School, along with all your other Book Club orders. They will be marked accordingly as a gift (not gift wrapped), so they can be set aside for you to collect. I will ring you, when it arrives, so your child does not know!
There are many fantastic titles available at reasonable prices, but please don’t feel pressured by your child to purchase from these.
Our school does receive 20% back to spend on books, which is wonderful, but I also understand this is not possible for everyone. Sometimes I purchase things just to put away as gifts for birthdays or Christmas.
The school does not accept cash. Orders can either be made online with credit card payment, or an order form with cheque may be brought to school. If neither of these are an option, please contact me: Friederike on 0274957989 or email@example.com and we will work something out.
Last orders on October 31st.
Has anyone lost a car key? A key has been found in the sand pit on the first day of term. If it belongs to you, come and give a description at the school office and find out if it’s yours.
The Affordable Art & Artisan Fair
The Affordable Art & Artisan Fair happens on the last Sunday of every month (and December 15th) from 11am to 3pm at the Black Sheep, Cnr SH2 and Plummer’s Point Road, Whakamarama (just north of Te Puna). We’re on every month; rain, hail or shine as the Black Sheep has large indoor spaces and covered verandah areas. There’s live music, great food and a huge sealed parking area right outside the door. We have a wide range of art, art craft and artisan products on display and for sale. Visual art, woodware, handmade chocolates, flowers, foliage, photographs, container plants, jams and pickles – “something for everyone”. The Fair is on facebook and from there you can access the monthly videos created by one of our organizing team, artist Birgitt Shannon – you’ll soon get an idea of how good our Fairs are! For more information: e: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 276 7877
Drama Programme – Year 1-3
Attending Speech and Drama lessons in a supportive and fun environment gives children the opportunity to extend their language and communication skills through the use of drama and poetry, while developing confidence.
In response to enquiries from parents of junior students, Lee Watkins, a qualified speech teacher, will be running a six session ‘Introduction to Speech and Drama’ next term. It will be run on Friday mornings.
If your child is interested in attending ring Lee for more information.
Phone 5787171 or 021565836 email: email@example.com
SKILLS FOR LIFE!
Bellevue is the largest children’s Athletic Club in the Bay of Plenty. We promote a great Run, Jump, Throw programme for 7+ and a Get, Set, Go programme for 0-6 encouraging cognitive skills for life! We are also turning 55 this year!
Our first club night is Tuesday 16th October! 5:20pm | Meet in the Domain Grandstand
Mini Club (0-6 years) $65.00
Junior Club (7-14 years) $115.00
Senior Club (15+) $85.00
REGISTER NOW! sporty.co.nz/bellevueathletics