Welcome to the very special learning community that is St Matthew's Primary School.
What a very busy start to the year has this first Term been. We have had Life Education mobile classroom, Earthquake Memorial, Technology for Year 7/8’s, Beach Education, The Navy Band, Sea Week, Mary Poppins and Hockey this week. We still have Tabloid Sports and Super Sixes Sports to come!
We have swimming next week at Flaxmere Water World. The whole school goes there in one of three groups during the afternoon.
The lessons are 30 minutes long, with two classes receiving instruction at a time.
We travel by bus there and back.
This is a great chance to make sure that that your child’s clothing is named—please !!!!
The swimming lessons are part of our PE programme and we are looking forward to the sessions with these professional instructors.
Your child needs their togs and towel at school for the next two weeks Monday to Thursday.
There are some nasty bugs around Hastings Schools at the moment and we have a number of children away sick as well. There are some things to watch out for.
· Tummy bugs and diarrhoea
· Sore throats
· Slap Cheek Virus
· Hand, Foot and Mouth Virus
· Strep Throat
If your child is sick, please consider getting them to the doctor. Sore throats need checking out quickly and ask for a swab for Type A.
A quick call to the school office after a doctors visit is helpful, as we can then quickly inform other parents and the community to watch out for particular symptoms.
If you child has diarrhoea or vomiting, please make sure they are 24 hours symptom free BEFORE coming back to school.
School Church Service
April 9th is our first school service for the year.
We have four of these services each year and they are part of our Special Character
This is a Palm Sunday service starting at St Andrew’s around the corner and then walking to St Matthew’s. This is a fun family event.
If you are unable to attend, you need to let Mr Anderson know by letter or email and
arrange a ‘catch up’’ time to attend another service at St Matthew’s.
It has been great having Steffan from Eastern Hockey working with our pupils and staff with Hockey skills this week. Each class has been participating in his coaching lessons and after three days we can see improvement in many of our children already!
In preparation for the Netball season that starts in Term 2, this Friday lunchtime we have the trials for the year 5, 6, 7 and 8s. Can they please make sure they have their PE gear and sports shoes ready for the trial.
The year 3 and 4s will have a trial next week.
On Friday April 7, we have our year 4, 5, 6
children going to Hastings District Schools Tabloids Sports at Windsor Park. We will be travelling by bus, leaving school around 9:30am and will be back by 3:00pm. Children will need to wear their sports uniform, including school hat and sneakers, take their lunch, morning tea and water bottle. We do need parent helpers for this. If you can help please return the slip that will be coming home shortly.
Biblical Studies Series
Rev'd Helen is looking for new members for the EfM (Education for Ministry) group that she is running at St Matthew’s.
The course will begin after Easter 2017. The group meets on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm throughout the year (with breaks for School holidays).
Several members of the group write:
“A stimulating and supportive environment for developing your theological understanding. An opportunity to spend time reading and thinking about what you believe.” And “EfM gives you an in depth understanding of the bible that you don’t normally get in church.”
If you would like more information please
Helen on 8789476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have two types of school fees here at
1) Attendance Dues $375.00
(93.75 per term).
(Paid to The Anglican Diocese of Waiapu)
These are paid directly to the Diocese. The fee is set by our Proprietors and our school has no part in setting it. This is a compulsory fee that must paid. This fee meets the capital costs of alterations to school buildings and grounds (plus the building of our Waiapu block), and does not pay for resources.
2) Activity Fees/Voluntary Donation $275.00 paid to the school. ($68.75 per term).
There is a reduction for multiple children as well, please check with Mr Coyle.
This is split into compulsory fees, e.g. to cover bussing to swimming at Flaxmere Waterworld ( for four weeks per year), also the likes of Technology at Heretaunga.
The voluntary part covers the extra cost of
resources that the Ministry do not fund us for and for the likes of local trips etc.
If you have any questions about the School Fees, please talk to Mr Coyle in the office.
Term dates for 2017
They are as follows:
Term 1 1 Feb to 13 April
Term 2 1 May to 7 July
Term 3 24 July to 29 Sept
Term 4 16 Oct to 19 Dec
Sugary Drinks at School
The board of trustees passed a new policy at the end of last year following our community consultation during Term 3 and 4.
Only water and the school milk are available for children to drink at school and at school activities.
Other types of drink need to have no sugar or sweetener added to be allowed at school.
Breakfast Club is up and running, in the Hall from 8.10 until 8.45 every morning. All pupils welcome for Weetbix and toast. We will no longer be offering sugar for Weetbix. Milo will be served in Terms 2 & 3 when a warm drink is a great start to the day in colder weather! In Terms 1 and 4, children will have a choice of milk or water to drink.
Canteen and Hot Dogs
We have American Hotdogs on a Wednesday for $2.00 each and Canteen on a Friday.
Canteen forms available from the office foyer. These both start in week 2.
Many people get the Chatterbox by email and enjoy reading it on a device. If you would this by email, please let Mr Coyle know at email@example.com
If you would ONLY like an email version (and not get a paper copy) also please let Mr Coyle know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picking Your Child Up
A reminder please that if you are dropping off your child to school after 9:00am, make sure they come in via the office to sign in.
It would be best if you accompany them.
If you are picking up your child
early from school or for an appointment, please do this from the office as well.
Your child will meet you in the school office.
It is not OK to just meet them in the carpark, you need to let the office know.
Guitar/Ukulele—These are held here at school on Thursdays and are taken by Brendan Hooper. These proved very popular last year and we have some talented children come through. Brochures available from the office or phone Brendan on 870- 8522.
Instrumental– at Heretaunga Intermediate. These lessons cover drums, cello, flute, violin and brass. Brochures available from our school office. Places fill very fast so if you are interested please contact Ngaire Shand 876 9388 within the next few days.
Instrumental here at school. This year there will be an opportunity for students to learn Flute, Piano, Fife or Recorder. The lessons will be taught by Kathy Fletcher B.Mus (hons) LTCL who has returned to the Bay after many years of music teaching and performing in Wellington. If you are interested or have questions please contact Kathy on e-mail email@example.com or (027) 8242669
Parish Junior Choir– There are a few places available to join this choir. Practices are on Fridays at 4:00pm and they sing at various Sunday Church services. See Mike in the school office for contact details.
We have a number of things that happen regularly every week.
Wheels day, Skateboards, unicycles, scooters etc, is on Tuesdays, with helmets required.
Waiapu Kids-Early Childhood Centre St Matthew’s Early Childhood Centre is now taking enrolment's for 2017. There are still places available for 2016. The centre is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm and they cater for children from 0-5 years. Children can attend full time or part time and it is open all year except for three weeks over Christmas. The centre is ideally situated for Mum’s and Dad’s working in the city centre. There are a few vacancies for this year available.
St Matthew's Primary School is an Anglican state integrated school, catering for students from Year 0 to 8, situated in the heart of Hastings. Since its inception in 1995 it has grown to become a small school of just over 130 pupils.
Our motto is "teach our children to use the right path, and when they are older they will remain on it" (Proverbs 22:6). We achieve this by offering high quality values and curriculum based education within a special character context.
We have an open door policy and we encourage all members of our community to be involved in educating our children.
St Matthews Primary School has students from around Hawkes Bay, as well as from around the world.
Our website is aimed at the whole community, students, parents and parish members, to make it an information site to find out what is happening in the school.
Tim Anderson (Principal)