FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S LAPTOP
Kia ora koutou,
Thank you to families for supporting the school by keeping children home on our Teacher Only Day this week. The Ministry of Education provided the day to allow time for teachers to engage in professional learning and managed growing workloads. We attached our day to the end of the long weekend, hoping that it would allow families to enjoy an extended break. It was great that the weather played its part, with the weekend feeling very much like summer! As a staff, we took the opportunity to visit a range of schools and early learning centres. Spending time in other schools, learning from their experiences and practice is extremely valuable.
This week our school choir performed at the Kids Sing Choir Festival held at Tauranga Girls College. We were so proud as our choir made Matua proud with a high quality and entertaining performance. The entire group sang with passion and confidence, clearly loving being involved. A special thanks to Mr Hantler, who trained the choir and injects such a passion for music into our students!
We have noticed that some students are starting to arrive at school earlier than expected. Children should not be on the school grounds before 8:30 am. If before school care is needed, Skids and Playtime both have before school childcare available. Please support children to arrive at an appropriate time by ensuring they don’t leave home too early. Thanks for your support!
The Middles and Senior Team had a wonderful day at Apanui School in Whakatane.
The Juniors Team visiting Puriri’s River School.
Congratulations to the school choir who performed at Kids Sing. CLICK HERE for a link watch a video.
Held on Friday 13th November
Payment of $5 via Kindo by Thursday 5th November
(no late orders accepted as the order goes in to the supermarket a week before the actual hangi)
Bring your empty lunchbox for your hangi to be served into.
Extra hangi meals for your whanau and friends can be ordered via Kindo too.
Term 3 saw 2 teams of 4 compete at the annual engineering problem solving challenge at Tauranga Intermediate. These students were selected from our engineering extension group. Both teams did extremely well, especially the ‘Matua Megabrains’ who won their first round competition and went on to compete in the semifinals earlier this term. They placed well, but did not progress to the next round. Congratulations to both teams below.
Team 1: ( Matua Megabrains) Team 2: (Matua Metacogs)
Alexia Rogers-Hibell Georgia Cook
Kaze Borman Tom Parkes
Kallam Singh Alex Carson
Ben Goddard Isabelle Duske
A big thank you to our Librarians. This enthusiastic group have a responsible role in the school. It requires remembering their lunch time library day, juggling with other school commitments and completing behind the scene the jobs (a lot of tidying and organising). Library displays are created in their own times. Emma and Emily chose the very popular Geronimo and Thea Stilton written by Elisabeth Dami for their display. Geronimo was a very popular mouse in Italy before taking on the rest of the world. Books are on display for a week before they can be issued.
In our library we have a number of books published by Matua students and classes. Budding authors engage in a learning process which starts from developing those very early ideas and ends in the publishing and sharing of their stories. Matua library is also home to books published by members of our wider Matua School Community. Our latest new addition to such an important collection is Arturo and the Glitter Glue by Elaine Williams (Mum to Adele and Jake). Arturo is a curious and courageous mouse and is a collector of things. Being able to see the possibilities amongst discarded little treasures comes in handy when he comes face to face with Balou the cat! A big thank you to Elaine for donating a copy of Auturo and the Glitter Glue to our library and for sharing her new book with our Minis. For a sneak peak of Auturo the Mouse visit www.elainewilliamsauthor.com
GARDEN TO TABLE
Thank you to everyone who came to support our GTT seedling sale last week. We will be holding another one in a few weeks time, keep your eyes peeled for our posters around the school. Next time we will have carrots, tomatoes, capsicum, leeks and sunflowers for sale.
Some of our Matua Students have been enjoying their time with Jo & Jess down at ‘Your Garden, The Children’s Therapy Garden’. They also had a visit this week from Benji the boxer!!!
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 on a Friday. You have the option of Pita Pit or Subway.
Click here to view the menu.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.
TERM DATES 2020 / 2021
Term 4 – Monday 12th October – Wednesday 16th December
Term 1, 2021 – First Day: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 – Friday 16th April
Waitangi Day – Monday 8th February
Easter – Friday 2nd April – Tuesday 6th April inclusive
Term 2 – Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July
Queen’s Birthday – 7th June
Term 3 – Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October
Term 4 – Monday 18th October
NOMINATIONS FOR BOT ELECTIONS
Please remember that nominations close on Sunday 1st November at 12 noon.
If you still wish to vote and place a nomination for the Board of Trustees you need to go to the following link
SUMMER TEAM SPORTS
Summer sports are underway and once again we couldn’t put teams into the summer leagues without the enthusiasm of our students and the time and energy that our parent volunteers give.
We have the following teams participating this term: Rippa Rugby = 11 teams playing at Fergusson park on Tuesday afternoons. As it is local pop along to support our school teams and check out if this is something your child may want to try in Term 1 2021. Volleyball – 2 teams playing Fridays at QEYC memorial park. Flippa Ball – 2 teams at Memorial swimming pools on Tuesday afternoons. Basketball – 1 x team playing games Monday afternoons at Trustpower Stadium. Softball/T- Ball – 2 x team at the Carlton Reserve Saturday mornings.
SOFTBALL & T- BALL –It is FREE for term 4.
Come and try it, we still have some room in both teams.
T- Ball for years 1,2,3 games – 9am and Softball for years 4,5,6 games – 9.15am
Email Sport@matua.school.nz for more information or pop along Saturday morning
WBOP INTERSCHOOL ORIENTEERING
During the first week of term 4 some of the seniors had the opportunity to participate in the WBOP Interschool orienteering competition. They showed their competitive spirit and had fun running about finding up to 30 checkpoints in any order in a time limit of 45 minutes (called a Rogaine event) at beautiful Summerhill, Papamoa.
When – Sunday 22nd November
Where – Arataki Park, Mount Maunganui
Register now at the early bird price of $45 per participant – saving $15
Early bird rates close midnight 1st November (Sunday)
We will run some practice training sessions over the coming weeks to help prepare your child for the event. If you can help with this please email Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Matua school pool will be open: Monday 9 November 2020.
For your key, there are 3 steps to follow:
- Go ahead and register on the pool webpage first: https://www.matua.school.nz/
- Then go to Kindo to make your payment for $100 ($75 for the season + $25 refundable key deposit): https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/
- Then come in to the school office and pick up your key any time during school hours
You’ll also hear from the pool committee from time to time, via the Matua School Pool Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/
groups/MatuaSchoolPool/) and the Matua school newsletter.
Kind regards,Matua School Pool Committee:
- Sheldon Nesdale (board of trustees member)
- Pam Heaton (parent)
- Steve Hannah (school caretaker)
- Marcus Norrish (school principal)
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PARKING ON STRATHMORE STREET
It has been noticed that parents have been parking across driveways and on yellow lines again.
The council are starting to do spot checks so please be mindful to others, protect our children and park safely.
The PTA Night Market is taking place on Thursday the 19th November from 5.30pm onwards. See the attached flyer.
You don’t have to join the PTA to come along to the meetings and occasionally help out! We would love to see you and appreciate the support. Please like and follow the Matua School PTA Facebook page for updates on our activities.