Heron Herald Term 4, Week 6, 2021

Kia ora koutou,

Life at Matua School continues to be filled with days of wonderful learning and lots of fun as we make our way towards the end of the year.  We will all be aware of the increasing presence of COVID in the Tauranga community, with a number of local schools being impacted.  Thank you for the part that you are playing in keeping COVID out of Matua School, by reducing your involvement on site, scanning the COVID App when visiting, and wearing a mask at all times.

Planning for 2022 is well underway.  Reports for 2021 will be emailed home on Thursday 9th December.  This report will also include the classroom that your child will be in next year.  On that day children will have an opportunity to meet their new teacher and class, which is a great way of creating a connection and sense of excitement for the year ahead.  We know that change and new classrooms can be challenging at times, and so we work hard to support children through it in a gentle and pastoral way.  We also know that this is part of personal growth and developing the resilience to deal with something new.

We are pleased to confirm out teaching team for 2022:





Karina Tinholt

Courtney Martin

Fiona Matthews

Robyn Carlise

Jennie Gordon

Lindsay Crisp

Nikki Reid

Andy Cochrane

Sarah Reid

Anna Mason

Suzanne Tawharu

Whitney Coers

Vanessa Millar

Hannah Newton

Emma Bryant

Erin Clarke

Hannah Thompson

Joe Hull

Laura Thomson

Charmaine Garner

Next week our Senior Team embarks on EOTC Week. This end-of-year celebration includes a range of exciting activities, from Scuba Diving to a visit to Matakana Island. While we continue to monitor the COVID situation in the area, we are excited to be able to continue with these activities as they fall within the Alert Level 2 guidelines. We are also working on our farewelling our Year 6 students as they come to the end of their primary years. Our normal assembly is not possible under the current conditions, however, we are working on a school event for Friday 10th December. More information on this will come out to our Year 6 families early next week.

Nga mihi,

Marcus Norrish

EOTC Week - Various Activities for the Senior Students

Mon 29th Nov – Fri 3rd Dec

Minis Athletic Morning

Tuesday 7th December

Juniors Athletics Day & Picnic

Wednesday 8th December

Reports Home To Parents

Thursday 9th December

Meet The Teacher for 2022

Thursday 9th December

Last Day Of Term 4

Wednesday 15th December – 12.30pm

First Day Of School 2022

Tuesday 1st February 2022


Miss Garner and Mrs Tawharu spent Thursday lunch time out on their bikes with a group of senior students. They cycled along the water front, through Kulim Park and stopped at the estuary to have lunch. What a brilliant way to spend your lunch time.


The weather held out for the middle school for their athletics day on Wednesday. The children finished off the day will a well deserved swim.


Our videos of Choir, Kapahaka, Marimba, Gymnastics, and Recorder have been combined to make this year’s Matua Showcase online.
Next Thursday at 6pm the Youtube link will go live, and before then, it will be emailed to you or uploaded as an activity in seesaw so you can find it.
Tune in with some popcorn and treats to see our awesome students show their stuff!


If you have children due to start with us in Term 1, 2022, please enrol them asap. We are in the process of organising classes for next year and it would be incredibly helpful to know who is coming.
If you are moving away or changing schools, please notify the office as soon as you can. This is a huge help.


Please also keep the school office up to date with new contact details. If you have moved house, changed your mobile or home phone numbers or email address. 



Look at the amazing harvest from the garden last week. All the hard work from Julia and the students has paid off.
Kathy made a meal of hummus, carrot sticks, rhubarb muffin and cauliflower mac and cheese.
Garden to Table has finished for the year. Thank you very very much to all our wonderful parents that have helped make it such as success.
Garden To Table are collecting New World stickers, and are hoping to have enough to get some casserole dishes. If you have any unwanted stickers at home and are happy to donate them to school, please drop them into the school office. Many thanks.


Save the date! All going well the PTA Gala will be held on Saturday 19th March 2022. Watch this space and follow the Matua School PTA Facebook page for updates.
Uniform Shop
As we come to the end of the year we know there will be some seniors leaving us and also some families who have had changes of circumstances. We would really appreciate donations of secondhand uniform items including hats, shirts, shorts, skorts and jumpers. These can be dropped at the school office. It would be appreciated if any donations are freshly laundered and in good to reasonable condition. All proceeds from the sale of second hand uniforms go back into the school.
End of year success celebration and final PTA meeting
The final meeting for the year for the PTA will be on Tuesday 7th December at 7.00pm in the staff room. Bring something to share if you can and join us to celebrate our successes and look forward to our plans for next year.
We look forward to meeting some new faces and welcoming some new helpers and members.
Karen and Hayley
PTA Co-chairs


A big shout out to our amazing term 3 and 4 librarians!  They are an invaluable part of our Matua School Library and continue to help with book returns and library organisation as we near the end of the school year.  We wish our Year 6 Librarians all the very best for Intermediate 2022!

TERM DATES 2021 / 2022

Term 4 – Monday 18th October – Wednesday 15th December

Term 1, 2022 – Tuesday 1st February 2022 – Wednesday 13th April

Term 2, 2022 – Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July

Term 3, 2022 – Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September

Term 4, 2022 – Monday 17th October – TBC


The seniors had a wonderful athletics day last week, competing against each other. Many thanks to our wonderful parents that were able to help.


This year, Your Garden has had the pleasure of taking 4 Matua students to our garden site where not only have they planted, cared for and harvested produce for themselves, but also for Good Neighbour to distribute to the wider needy community. We are very proud of all of their hard work this year!!



Term 4’s end is rapidly approaching so I would like to remind everyone to please pay their sports fees. I will be contacting everyone directly in the next week to remind you.
Despite all of our interschool events being cancelled for the remainder of the year we sure have been busy at Matua School. We have had in school cricket sessions for our Mini, Junior and Middle Teams. We have had rippa rugby sessions for our Junior and Senior Teams. Our Senior School Athletics Day was a huge success with some amazing talent on display throughout the day, and most recently our Middle School Athletics Day, who all had an amazing time getting involved. It’s so great seeing our students getting these opportunities to give new things a try and have some fun with their friends.
Earlier this week a select group of students – those of whom would have participated in Cricket events that were cancelled this term – were treated to an in school Cricket Carnival organised by the amazing Rebecca Yee from Northern Districts Cricket Club. 48 players from years 4 – 6 were divided into 8 teams. These teams were mixed gender and year level, however I was a little sneaky and kept siblings together (it’s not often they actually get to play in the same team together, or be batting buddies). Our teams were fantastic and there was some awesome sportsmanship and skill level displayed on the day. It was great to hear our older ones coaching our younger ones and giving them advice on how to get the most out of their game. Well done everyone!
It has come to my attention that the volleyball league has now been cancelled. Unfortunately this means there will be no more games for our 3 volleyball teams.
Sports Uniforms continue to be a real tricky thing to chase up once sports have finished. Can I please ask that these are washed and returned straight away. I know children forget they are in their bags, but I do spend/waste a lot of my time continuously asking children for uniforms. I also have a lot of uniforms outstanding from events earlier in the year. Please search your bedrooms, drawers, wardrobes, laundry for any school sports uniforms and return them to me or the school office.
Enjoy the last few weeks of school sport.
Stacey Sutherland


In 2022, Pita Pit will no longer be available. This is due to lack of orders. Subway will be available on a Friday.

Now with two days of ezlunch each week, your kids will have a great variety of healthy and tasty school lunches.  Simply order by clicking here.

Order (or cancel) any time before 9am on the day or schedule in advance.

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Order anytime before cut-off or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime on a Wednesday for Pita Pit or Friday for Subway.
ezLunch orders are made online through your myKindo account.  You can order lunch by simply going to www.mykindo.co.nz

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



Our School App

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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.



Justice of the Peace Service available
St Columba Church 502 Otumoetai Road
Every Tuesday from 10 a.m.- Noon
‘No appointment required’