Kia ora koutou,
We are just a few days away from the end of school for 2021, and can you believe what a year it has been?! I met with both the Board of Trustees and PTA this week, and in both meetings, we reflected on how even with the uncertainly and interruptions that COVID has brought, as a school we have managed to run many of our key events and programmes, albeit sometimes with a necessary different format. For this, we are so grateful. I do want to thank both our BOT and PTA for their support throughout the year. Our school would not be the same without parents who are willing to get involved using the skills and passions they bring. We are so lucky to have a community that is engaged and highly skilled, so thank you for the time you have given.
I would also like to thank and acknowledge two of our teachers who are moving on from Matua at the end of this year. Jane Somerville will be taking up a teaching position at Karangahake School and Natasha Walker finishes her short-term contract after stepping in when Mr. Morris moved on earlier in the year. We wish you both all the best for your next steps.
As we finish 2021, we want to acknowledge our Year 6 students, and celebrate their time at Matua School. For many, they have been here since they were just 5 years-old, and this next step in their journey will be a significant one. We are also aware that there are a number of families who will have their youngest child leaving Matua School this year. We wish you all the best as your whānau move to a new stage of life, with more of a focus on parenting around mobile phones and drivers licences just around the corner!
While we are holding a school-only Year 6 leavers assembly on site, we also wanted to farewell this group with an Online Leavers Assembly. Thanks to Mr. Hantller who has co-ordinated a wonderful video, professionally filmed and showcasing many of our school songs, choirs, performance groups, and senior students. We would encourage you to sit down with your family and watch this video together. Your children have contributed to this and will enjoy sharing a snapshot of Matua School life with you as you watch.
Congratulations to all our Year 6 Leavers, on a journey well done and for leaving your mark on Matua School. You will always be part of the Matua whānau and we look forward to cheering you on in whatever you do in the years ahead.
WHOLE SCHOOL FUN DAY
JUNIORS ATHLETICS DAY
On Wednesday 8th December 2021, the Junior school had their Athletics morning and celebration picnic. The children enjoyed trying out the range of activities.
Kia ora koutou,
Gemma here from Skids Matua just reaching out to all you amazing Matua parents/caregivers and children to let you know some of the exciting things we have been up to this term and what is coming up in our action-packed school holiday program.
We have been loving the summer weather and have been having a blast outside with football and cricket games, terminator tag and sand creation competitions and even sometimes enjoying an ice block treat, especially on those very hot days.
Inside we have had loads of fun crafts like making emoji creations, learning Whai string games, making quesadillas, playing paper plate tennis, practicing our dance moves with musical statues and next week we get to make robots from boxes then later in the week marshmallows and pretzel stick robots, YUM!
As the end of the year quickly approaches, we have our holiday program ready for you to book and will be open on the 15th from 12:30pm for an end of year party which is available for you to book under special day.
Here are some of the exciting things happening over the next few weeks before Christmas:
We kick it off with wheels day fun, which is always a hit with the kids, we have some yummy treats in our garden party, we then learn about some of the different ways people celebrate this time of year. Kiwiana Christmas and superhero days follow that up. We hope to see you for these fun days as we wrap up the roller coaster of a year we have had.
To all the Matua kids if we don’t see you before Christmas hope you have an amazing Christmas and safe summer break.
From your Matua Skids team.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2022
CHANGE OF CONTACT DETAILS
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.
TERM DATES 2022
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
Enterprise Day went off with a bang on Tuesday! 11 market stalls were set up in Room 5 selling a range of products. Thank you to all of our customers who supported us on the day!
LUNCH ORDERS – WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
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.
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.
OUR SCHOOL APP
SETTING UP KINDO
KINDO VIDEO HELP
CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems, presenting & collaboration. Create games, apps.
CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOP and SWIM
Once again Lynne Sinclair Taylor is running this popular workshop for ages 7 to 12. The children will have fun while learning about colour and techniques. All art supplies provided. Limited numbers. Optional warm swim at end of class.
Wed 19th January 10am to 3.30pm
Cost: $65 ($45 for additional children in family)
Where: Lynne’s home studio, 15 Hartwell Place, Matua, Tauranga.
To enrol: Contact Lynne on 021 121 9864 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 16th January
Lynne has been tutoring children and adults for over 25 years.