Star Board Week 7 Term 3 St Matthew's Collegiate School Weekly News

Principal's Message

Kia Ora Koutou

This newsletter has a sports and culture vibe. Both have been plagued by an ‘on again and off again’ or ‘on again but with alterations’, and the list goes on.

What has remained is the expectation of respectful and fair play on the field by the players, and off the field by our spectators. I found this document prepared by a sporting code in New Zealand. I thought it was sad but clearly it had become essential that a code of ethics for the spectators was enforced. It looked like this:

Parents and Spectators Code of Conduct & Ethics

As a parent/guardian and spectator of ‘sport and sport related activities’ held by or under the auspices of ‘sport’, you are encouraged to meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity or event:

1. Support the removal of verbal and physical abuse from the game.

2. If you disagree with an official, raise the issue via appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public.

3. Teach players that effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.

4. If players are interested, encourage, and support them to play. Avoid forcing players to play if reluctant.

5. Players learn by taking risks and making mistakes, encourage and support this.

6. Remember players are involved in ‘sport’ for their enjoyment not yours.

7. Recognise and value the importance of coaches and other volunteers who give their time and resources to provide netball - they deserve your support.

8. Applaud good play by players on both teams.

9. Encourage players to play to the rules of the game and respect umpires’ decisions.

It is important that we remember these things. Life is hard but decent behaviour should be automatic.

Tournament Week

The Secondary winter sports week had many of us sending a lot fewer teams away to compete at tournaments next week, for us it was our Hockey 1sts. Others, namely our A Netball and Football 1sts, unfortunately had their fixtures cancelled in light of the Alert Level 2 requirements. For teams travelling away the following useful tips were provided to ensure the safety of the events. Each team had to:

• Be confident that the host venue had appropriate health and safety planning in place, which could include limiting spectators, having clear contact tracing systems in place, and systems for managing congestion.

• Be Confident that Sport NZ’s clear guidelines for Alert Level 2 (please note the gatherings limit in Auckland from next week will be 10, not 100) were adhered to so as to provide reassurance that the host venue was meeting requirements.

• Note the gathering limit is per sports field, not the entire ground which might have multiple fields in the same space. So, 5 fields means 5 x 100. However, these groups need to remain separated.

• Consider own team’s practices, you may choose to limit accessing the pavilion or changing rooms, unless confident in the systems in place.

• Where practicable, be able to change and shower at own accommodation rather than at grounds.

• Wash hands regularly.

• Have hand sanitiser available.

• Remember that no one travels if feeling unwell, and if they become unwell are immediately isolated from others while you seek advice. You may need to clean all surfaces the person may have had contact with as an easy precaution.

• Have disposable facemasks in own first aid kit (for the person who is unwell to wear and potentially for a carer who cannot keep a physical distance)?

• To note that the team and management are essentially their own bubble and should stay physically distant from people they do not know as much as possible. Supermarket runs and other shopping should be limited to a small number of people (or where possible, one person only).

Once all these conditions were honoured then they had to play their best games. Our girls can feel proud because they played some very well drilled teams and come back home with the following results: Game 1 vs Wai-Col 1-1, Game 2 vs Feilding 2-1 win to us , Game 3 vs Napier girls 4-1 to Napier , Game 4 vs Whanganui 2-0 to Whanganui , Game 5 vs Taradale 3-2 to Taradale. This last came was Abby Crawley’s 100th and it was televised, so you can watch it back on https://www.sporty.co.nz/hockeymanawatu/2020-Lower-North-Island-Secondary-School-Prem?em=0&ts=0.15283442389335988.

A few general reminders about sport under alert level 2. Under Alert Level 2 the disease is contained, but there is still a risk of community transmission. The objective of these guidelines is to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus, and to be able to rapidly track and isolate any cases that may arise.

Subject to the range of public health measures outlined below, play, active recreation and sport can take place under Alert Level 2. This includes contact team sports and physical activities only if good contact tracing is possible and hygiene measures, particularly washing and drying of hands with soap, and regular cleaning of equipment and surfaces are in place. Make sure you know (or can identify) anyone who is participating in your activity, including players, officials and spectators/supporters, in case someone gets sick.

House Music

The House Music event was under the radar , as were all big events affecting the school as soon as we went into Lockdown. Alert 2 saw many things go into postponement mode. Alert 1 gave hope that some events could still occur, but ‘when’ became moot. There was thought given to cancelling House Music this year, but given the Alert 1 status we wanted the students to have something to look forward to especially given the cloud created by the Pandemic.

Different scenarios were considered when we were in Alert 2 status the first time, as we did not know how long that would last. So now in Alert 2 again we have revisited some of those suggestions in readying ourselves for the upcoming House Music event.

We are aware that Alert 1 may exist for regions outside Auckland after September 6, but the decision has been made to prepare for the House Music based on what we actually know.

Following deliberations with the House Music committee, a proposal from senior students, other discussions with House Leaders responsible for organising their Houses for this event, and Alert 2 requirements a decision has been made as to the date, time, and programme for House Music.

Please note this is not an ideal, and please also note that the involvement of year 13 in House Music practices has been the best we have seen. They have stepped up as a group of leaders.

Our preference would be to celebrate our musical culture in our usual fashion. So many have had to give up eagerly anticipated events like Tournament week so we are pleased that we can offer an abridged form of togetherness despite the barriers we have encountered.

So House Music will, this year, be at school on Thursday 10th during the school day and finish in time for students to catch buses. Our event will occur in the school hall . After discussions the Programme will now include other Acts which will be prerecorded. Planning under Alert level 2 means there will be no audience. Live stream will mean families are able to watch on the day, or later and this link will be made available closer to the time.

Follow the protocols, be safe and your best selves

Ngā Mihi


Around School This Week

School Waiata

Today the Year 7/8 girls had the expertise of Jodi Taureka to help with the learning of our school waiata 'Hatu Maitu'. Jodi is a student at the Teen Parenting Unit and is studying to be an Early Childhood teacher. She is completing some of her hours by coming into schools to help with Maori language. Joining her at the front to lead were Lucy Wyeth, Kaitlyn Williams and India Bartlett.

Tournament Week

Level Two has provided many challenges for organised tournaments, resulting in the cancellation of Netball and Football.

Our First XI Hockey team travelled to Palmerston North to play in the Lower North Island Hockey Premiership in Palmerston North. The girls played off for 9th and 10th today, winning their game 5-1 against Sacred Heart New Plymouth. Follow the link below to a game that was televised yesterday against Taradale College. A huge thank you to Amanda McLeod (coach) and Kylie Baron (Manager), and the parents and staff for travelling with the team and guiding them through the week.

Squash Success

After a year of dedicated four trainings a week, and competing in North Island and regional tournaments, Claudia Hawkes was selected to compete in the New Zealand age group championships and regional teams competition for Wellington. The Nationals are held in Christchurch this year. Well done Claudia and all the best for your preparation.

Year 9 Lunch

On Friday lunchtime the Year 9 students gathered on the field to have lunch together (pizza), and join in for some fun games. These included three-legged races, tag, and a kahoot. Well done to the girls who led these activities, Charna Craig, Madison Bowden, Olivia Guscott, Ruby Matthews, Charlotte Beetham and Alice McGuinness. Also, thank you to their Dean, Mrs Cowlam for organising the event. The weather was brilliant and there was lots of laughter and smiles.

Senior College News

A group of students spent yesterday and today learning the art of being a barista – surely a very useful skill! There was a fair amount of theoretical book work, but all have had hands on experience working a coffee machine too.

Photos: Barista Course theory and practice

Left: Anna Bebbington and Neve Hopman Right: Ellie Boyce

Yet again, this week’s Solo Performance recital given by musicians in Years 12 and 13 was a highlight. Without exception, the playing and singing were enjoyed and appreciated by a good-sized audience. Although in many ways a concert, it was also the completion of the Solo Performance component of Level 2 and 3 Music, so congratulations to all who took part.

Adam Gordon

Deputy Principal/Head of Senior College

Coming Up on the Calendar

Week 8 Term Three - House Music Week

Monday 7 September - Whanau Time, Senior College Photos, Junior Youth Group, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 8 September - Senior Chapel, Year 7/8 Science Roadshow, House Music Rehearsal 3.30-5pm, Primary Cross-Country, Year 7 Vaccinations,

Wednesday 9 September - Assembly (TBC), Debating Competition, House Music Rehearsal 3.30-5pm, Youth Group, Intercollegiate Speech Competition

Thursday 10 September - Junior Chapel, House Music Event 1.30pm,

Friday 11 September - Whanau Time

Weekend - Hope Gibbons Cycling, Mary Poppins Rehearsal (Sunday)

Week 9 Term Three - Maori Language Week

Monday 14 September - Year 13 Chapel and Breakfast, Whanua Time, Whole School Waiata, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 15 September - Cultural Group Rehearsal, Wakefield House Chapel, MCAT (Year 11 Maths assessment),

Wednesday 16 September - Assembly, Solway Equestrian, Orchestra, Cultural Group Rehearsal, Viva Rehearsal

Thursday 17 September - Junior Chapel, Digital Technology Derived Grade Exam, Jazz Band, Wellness, Year 9/10 Careers, BOT Meeting, Year 10 Social TBC

Friday 18 September - Viva Primary School Visits, Whanau Time

School Notices

Head Lice

There have been some reported cases of head lice among some students. We would appreciate it if you would check your daughter's hair and treat if necessary before returning to school on Monday.

Sport Equipment Charge

Girls who play sport will have $15 disbursed to their account. This covers the equipment purchased for the sport to enable them to participate.

House Music

We are all ready to go for next week. Cultural groups have been rehearsing and filming to support the live stream on Thursday. Just a reminder about after school rehearsals:

Tuesday 8th September - 3.30-5pm

Wednesday 9th September - 3.30-5pm

These rehearsals are important to put the final touches on performances. The House Leaders have worked hard to get their Houses ready under difficult circumstances. Please avoid making appointments for your daughter during these times. Afternoon tea will be provided by the school on both days.

White shirts are to be worn on Thursday, not Wednesday next week.

The chartered South Wairarapa bus will leave SMS at 5pm on both days.


The Class of 2020 is drawing to a close and with much excitement, preparation is underway for December's Leavers Ball. We'd like to help the girls with the most important task of selecting a ball dress. We are pretty sure there's some beautiful gowns tucked away in wardrobes out there, that may have only been worn once or twice, just itching to be out and on the dance floor again!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - brush off those gowns and enjoy seeing them worn again with pride by another St Matthews Leaver in 2020.

We can collect the dress(es) from you, or you can drop off to the school office, anytime before September 18.

For collection in the Wairarapa, contact Ces Newton on 027 429 4749. For collection in the greater Wellington area, contact Sophie McKenna on 021 255 4597. If you live somewhere else and have a dress to loan, contact either of us and we can discuss logistics.

We are looking forward to an amazing event in December and in wishing our 2020 leavers all the best for life out the school gates!

Dates for the End of the Year

Below are end of year dates:

Thurs November 11 - Senior College Prizegiving 7pm

Monday November 16 - NCEA National Exams begin

Friday December 4 - Non-NCEA students released from instruction Carol Service and Leavers' Service - 6pm St Matthew's Parish Church

Saturday December 5 - St Matthew’s Prizegiving -ALL students required - 12pm Wairarapa College (Please note change of time from 9am)

Wednesday December 9 - NCEA National Exams end; School and Boarding House(s) Officially closed

Monday December 14 - Year 13 Leavers' Ball

Community News

Eco Tip #4 - Lily Burgin Penlington Year 12

When in doubt, turn it off. Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Having your electricals on standby by leaving them plugged in and switched on at the wall needlessly uses up energy - just by unplugging your appliances, you can drastically reduce your electrical waste and your electricity bills at the same time!

White Ribbon 'Spoken Word' Competition

We know there are lots of talented youth voices out there and we want to hear from them. There's still plenty of time to enter as entries close at 7pm on Sunday 13th September. First prize is $500, with $200 for the runner up and $100 for third place. Your work may also be selected to feature in the nationwide White Ribbon Campaign in November. You can download the entry form here. There’s lots more information about the competition on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Zelda Edwards at Zelda@whiteribbon.org.nz