Easter and Teacher Only Day
This year, Easter occurs in Week 9 of this Term. Therefore Friday - April 2, Monday - April 5, Tuesday - April 6 (traditionally state and integrated schools have this off), the school will be closed.
There is also a Teacher Only Day on Wednesday, April 7, so school will be closed that day as well.
This means no school from Friday, April 2 and school starts back on Thursday, April 8. (A long, 5 day weekend to celebrate the most festive season of the Christian Year and to continue the joy and festivity of Easter Day)
Just a few notices and reminders.
Our first week has gone very smoothly with our new pupils and returning pupils settling into class well.
* Meet The Teachers.-On Tuesday, 9th February we have a "Meet The Teachers" at school from 5:00pm and 6:00pm. This is an informal open meeting in the classrooms for one hour to enable you to get to know your child's new teacher. It is not a one on one as we have the 3-way meetings later in the year. If however you do want to discuss your child with the teacher before then you can make an appointment for a later date.
* The majority of children have received their stationery and those that haven't can still order through us or through their own stationery supplier. If you don't have a list please contact the office.
* No Canteen- There isn't canteen this week.
*Breakfast Club- We are looking for volunteers for Breakfast Club in the mornings for around about an hour from 8:00am. If you can help please contact the office.
*Uniforms- If you have been looking for new uniform items from The Warehouse, they are getting new stock in daily. If you would like second hand we have stock available here at school. Children do need to be wearing the correct uniform please.
* Skool Loop- This email is also sent through the Skool Loop app, which is available through Android Playstore and Apple App Store. If you haven't already done so already, please do download as it is also great for absences .
*Please remember, Monday is a holiday for Waitangi Day observance.
Any queries, please give us a call, email us or drop in.
Welcome back to St Matthew's for 2021!
School starts back on Monday morning, February 1st at 9:00am.
Classroom lists will be posted on the classroom windows on Monday for our returning students and could our new pupils please come to the school office first.
If you require any new uniform items, these are available at Schooltex at The Warehouse. If you require any second hand uniform we do have items available from school. Before our start on Monday could you please check ALL your childrens uniform items to ensure they are named.
Stationery lists will be available from your child's classroom on Monday with stock available from early next week. If you would like a stationery list prior to Monday please reply to this email before 3:00pm on Friday.
You can always keep up to date through our website,http://www.stmatthewsprimary.school.nz/ , School loop, download the app from Playstore for Android or App Store for Apple, select New Zealand, then Hawke's Bay and scroll down for our school, and also our Facebook page, search for St Matthew's School Hastings. We will also soon have google calendar for events and activities.
On Wednesday 3rd February we will be walking down to the Hastings Clocktower around 10:00am to attend the 1931 earthquake commemoration as we do every year.
On Tuesday, 9th February we have a "Meet The Teachers" at school from 5:00pm and 6:00pm. This is an informal open meeting in the classrooms for one hour to enable you to get to know your child's new teacher. It is not a one on one as we have the 3-way meetings later in the year. If however you do want to discuss your child with the teacher before then you can make an appointment for a later date.
See you on Monday!
While the earliest arrival time for children in the mornings is 8:00 am, there are children who arrive before that time. Parents need to be aware that the school cannot guarantee supervision for any child before 8:00 am. Likewise in the afternoons when school finishes at 3:00 pm we cannot guarantee supervision for children who stay after 3:30 pm.
Skool Loop App
Have you downloaded the Skool Loop App yet? Do it today and get all your notices, newsletters, give permissions for activities, let us know if your child is going to be absent, check the school calendar, all on your phone.
Student User Agreements
The BoT and staff have been reviewing the Student User Agreement that covers our pupil's use of Computers and the Internet here at school.
Can you please read it through and sign it—along with your child. If you have any questions about it, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here at school.
Term dates for 2021
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Picking Your Child Up
A reminder please that if you are dropping off your child to school after 9:00 am, 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.
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 between 120-130 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.
- Andrew Eagle (Principal)
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