Star Board - Term Two Week Seven St Matthew's Collegiate School Weekly News

Principal's Message.

Kia Ora Koutou

I found this poem which I hope speaks to us all:

BE humble enough to realize you still have a lot to learn.

BE ambitious enough to know you can be anything you want to be.

BE easy enough on yourself to enjoy, to laugh, to have fun.

BE mature enough to take responsibility for what you do.

BE proud enough to take care of your body, your mind, and your spirit.

BE confident enough to see that who you are inside is more important than how you look outside.

BE absolutely sure that you know that, wherever you go, what ever you do...YOU are loved.

Have a safe weekend

Ngā Mihi


Pride Week

Today we celebrated Pride Week with a 'most expressive' themed day. Because of our busy week we are celebrating Pride fully next week with a range of lunchtime activities. This has been organised by Year 11 girls Sophie Bassett, Rebecca Johnson and Sophie Johnson.

Thank you to all the girls who donated food bank items this morning to the green trolley.

Left: Mrs Walker in her 'Steam Punk' outfit. Right: Scarlett McCallum, Sophie Johnson and Ana Mason (Year 11).

Primary Cross Country

On Wednesday we sent a strong team of runners to this event at Clareville...

Ava Edge, Charli Grenfell, Mia Hewson, Sophia Williams (Year 8)

Marese Napier, Gita Van Der Leek, April Wyeth (Year 7)

Congratulations to Ava Edge who won the event!

Year 13 Food and Nutrition

Fab Collab, one of our Kahui Ako initiatives was at St Matthew's this morning, hosted by the Year 13 Food and Nutrition students. Five Primary schools signed up, and the Year 5 and 6’s made sushi with wonderful leaders. An awesome example of tuakana teina in our Kahui Ako. This was also part of an achievement standard for our Year 13 girls, teaching younger children to avoid ultra processed food.

Year 9 Trip to Zealandia

Today our Year 9 girls travelled to Zealandia as part of their learning about conservation in our native environment. They explored the park finding native trees, identifying them and exploring their characteristics. Then they were split into four groups and given a guided tour of the park, learning about restoring forests, and keeping pests and predators out. They saw some great bird life - saddlebacks were the highlight. Thanks to Mrs Chapman, Mrs Hannon and Mrs Veale for accompanying the girls on the trip.

School Notices

40 Hour Challenge

The World Vision 40 Hour Challenge is scheduled for the weekend of 25-27 June, (but can be any 40 hours that fit in the next 3 weeks). This is an opportunity for all students to do something challenging, raise a few dollars, but more significantly raise their own awareness that, as those who have more than many, each of us can make a difference to others who are ‘doing it tough’. This year the funds raised will benefit people struggling in South Saharan Africa – an area especially hard hit by Covid 19.

For more details and how to connect to the St Matthew’s World Vision page go to:


Lesley Mouat

House Music

House Music rehearsals begin in Week 9 on Friday morning at 8.10am. There will another rehearsal in Week 10 on Friday morning. In Term Three rehearsals will be held on Thursday afternoons from 2pm-3.10pm and Friday mornings from 8.10am-8.40am. We would really appreciate it if you would not make appointments for your daughters during Thursday afternoon rehearsals. We have placed the rehearsals in school time to ensure the House Leaders have full attendance.

Our House Music event will be held on Friday 17 September at 6pm. We will be holding this in the Wairarapa College Hall. We will be issuing tickets for this event - three per student as we have a number restriction for the venue. If families are not planning to use their tickets we ask that they are handed back to the school office for reallocation via a waiting list. More details will come to hand nearer the time.

Coming Up on the Calendar......

Term Two - Week Eight

Monday 21 June - Pride Week (SMS), Whanau Time, Junior Production Rehearsal, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 22 June - Batten House Chapel

Wednesday 23 June - Assembly, Orchestra, Culture Group Rehearsals, Viva Rehearsal, Youth Group

Thursday 24 June - Junior Chapel, Co-ed Thursday Activities, Friends of SMS Meeting

Friday 25 June - Whanau Time, Jazz Band, World Vision Challenge Weekend,

Term Two - Week Nine

Monday 28 June - Junior Pentangular Tournament (Iona), Junior Choir, Junior Production Rehearsal, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 29 June - Junior Pentangular Tournament (Iona), Senior Chapel

Wednesday 30 June - Prefect Assembly, Reader's Cup, Orchestra, Ngatahi Rehearsal, Viva Rehearsal, Youth Group

Thursday 1 July - Junior Chapel, Co-ed Thursday Activities, Dunce Cup Hockey.

Friday 2 July - Whanau Interview Day, House Music Rehearsal, Jazz Band

Community Events

Scholarship Opportunity - Hospitality and Tourism in Queenstown

Click below to the link for information on these scholarships.