Star Board - Term One Week Eight St Matthew's Collegiate School Weekly News

Principal's Message

Kia Ora Koutou

I wanted to share this with you; it is called the Four Agreements:

Be Impeccable with your word

Speak with Integrity.

Say only what you mean.

Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip.

Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

Do not take anything personally

Nothing others do is because of you.

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.

When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others,

You will not be the victim of needless suffering.

Do not make assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.

Communicate with others clearly as you can avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.

With just this one agreement, you can transform your life

Always do your best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment;

It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.

Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self -abuse and regret.

Ngā Mihi


Around School this Week

Relay For Life

Our Senior College team just a great job over the weekend, competing in the Wairarapa Cancer Society 'Relay for Life'. Well done to all those who took part and a big thank you to the staff, Miss Leckie and Miss Richardson for their support of the team during the wee small hours.

Nga Tawa Equestrian

On Wednesday our Equestrian Team competed in the Nga Tawa Equestrian event. The results are below:

80cm Class


2nd Poppy Tatham

Two Phase:

7th Poppy Tatham

Round the Ring:

2nd Madeleine Kennedy

95cm Class

Round the Ring:

1st Laura White

3rd Pia White

Two Phase:

7th Pia White

9th Sofia Williams


Sofia Williams

Physical Education

St Matthews Collegiate was involved in the Kahui Ako Fab Collab programme on Friday (left). The focus was to embrace the tukana teina model which essential means, students teaching students. With help from the Kahui Ako we invited primary schools within the community to attend a PE workshop. 10C were our student teachers and great ambassadors for the school. They taught primary students from Mauriceville, Lakeview, Douglas Park and Solway School how to play Multisport and Fat Mat Splat. The Year 10 girls joined in with the year 5/6 students to help with their learning. It was great to see the integration of year levels. Well done to 10C for their stellar effort! During PE over the last fortnight Mel and her team from Wairarapa Cricket have taught years 7- 10 students fundamental cricket skills through the NZC Yeah Girls programme. Each class has had three sessions where they have played minor games to cement learning of key skills in throwing and catching, batting and fielding. Thank you to Mel for proving the girls with this great opportunity.

Meet Our Teachers

Social Sciences

Introducing our Social Sciences Department. From left, Miss Suzie Leckie who teaches Commerce and Social Studies, Miss Alison Glass Year 11 History, Mrs Angela Lammas, Classics, Geography and Social Studies, and Miss Olivia Goodsir who takes Social Studies in Year 9 and 10. Miss Leckie (Year 13) and Mrs Lammas (Year 12) are also our Senior Deans.

Technology Department

Introducing our Technology Department. From left, Mrs Sandie Sherwen teaches Food and Nutrition in Year 10. Mrs Ruth Bucknell (HOD) teaches Fashion and Mrs Shelley Gilman teaches Food and Nutrition.

Science Department

Our Science Department has other staff mentioned in previous editions. However, the two mainstays are Mrs Sarah Chapman and Mr Kit Sherman Ball. Mr Sherman Ball also has a key role in our Digital Technology Department.

Physical Education Department

Mrs Nicola Veale (left) and Mrs Abby Schaefer make up our PE Department. Both teachers also teach Health, alongside Mrs Vicky Harper. Mrs Veale is also Year 10 Dean and is on site Thursday and Friday. Mrs Schaefer is Year 9 Dean and is with us on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Music Department

Mrs Rosemary Taylor is our Music Department! She also teaches Drama. Mrs Taylor works behind scenes with our cultural activities, co-ordinating music lessons for students, Junior Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra. Mrs Taylor can also be found behind the organ and piano at Chapel and Assembly.

Thursday Afternoons

This is what our Thursday afternoons are all about. Chichi Beck (Year 13) plays squash with Molly Fleming (Year 7) giving her tips and encouragement along the way.
Students involved in the Riverwalks activity on Thursday afternoons have had the opportunity to explore the Ruamahanga and Waingawa rivers in the last fortnight. The girls have enjoyed picking black berries, getting wet and a photography competition. Lets hope the weather holds for more exploring opportunities. At the front of the pack are Ella Kirkup and Charlotte Beetham (Year 10).

Senior College News

The four classroom sessions of the first Defensive Driving Course of this year have been completed. Those who attended now undertake a supervised drive with Mrs Murray, after which they will have passed the course. A reminder that students who would like to join a course later in the year should give their name to Mrs Gordon in the Rathkeale Office.

Rehearsals for this year’s Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition are well under way, with the competition itself in less than three weeks. Also starting to take place are rehearsals for this year’s major production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. This show needs little introduction. With a real focus on singing and dancing, and given the talented students who are involved, it will be worth the wait until the end of next term.

Students are starting to receive their first internally assessed results of the year. It is very encouraging that a large number of Excellence and Merit grades has been awarded already. Students should remember that a deadline is just that and without a genuine reason preventing them from submitting work, deadlines must be met. Just a reminder that absence from school through sickness should be supported by a Doctor’s note when extra time (an extension) is sought for a piece of work.

Adam Gordon - Head of Senior College/Deputy Principal Rathkeale College

School Notices

Uniform Shop


New tunic dresses $214.00, senior skirts $164.00, white L/S blouses $85.00 and grey L/S blouses (sizes 8J, 10J, XS, S, XL & XXL) $103.00 have now arrived at the uniform shop, grey L/S blouses in sizes M & L have unfortunately been delayed.

Please email: smcsuniforms@trinityschools.nz to arrange a time to come in and buy your winter uniform. The shop can be quite busy straight after school, so best to make a time between 3.45pm and 5pm on a Tuesday or Thursday.

Usual opening hours for the shop are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3pm - 4pm during term time, or at other times by appointment.

Winter sports uniform can be purchased after the trials are held, payments can be paid via Internet banking (the limit for uniform disbursements is $60.00).

Please contact Juliet with any questions: smcsuniforms@trinityschools.nz

Homestays for International Students

International Department is desperately looking for host families to host our girls from Hong Kong and Japan for the 2nd week of the next holidays.

If you are able to, or know someone who would like to host, please get in touch with me. The Homestay fee of $55 per night will be paid to you to help with costs.

Junko Bracefield - junko.bracefield@trinityschools.nz

Relay for Charity - Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of April

Relay for Charity is an event created to give back to the community while having fun. This year the charity we're supporting is Wairarapa Women's refuge, and the idea is to fundraise as much money as possible, in any way possible, to make a difference to those in need. Students who partake will complete laps around the St Matt's sports field by either running or walking in order to raise both awareness and money. This event is to take place on the 9th-10th of April, from 4.30 pm-10 pm for yrs 7 to 10, and from 6pm-7am for years 11 to 13.

Entry forms for this event are in the school office. For more information contact Johanna Cloutman - Service Prefect - 152014@trinityschools.nz

Open Afternoon

As you will be aware we had to cancel or Open Afternoon due to Level Two restrictions. We are pleased to announce that this has been rescheduled for Tuesday 18 May from 2pm-5pm (Term Two, Week Three). Spread the word!


Once again this year ANZAC day falls in the school holidays. We will be holding our ANZAC commemoration service on the first Wednesday back in Term Two. ANZAC poppies are available for the girls to purchase from the school office in the last week of school this term.

Parent Teacher Interviews - Week 10 - 7th and 9th of April - Years 7-11

Coming Up on the Calendar......

Term One Week Nine

Monday 29 March - Whanau Time, Jump Jam Workshop, Junior Choir, Year 11 Shakespeare, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 30 March - Year 12/13 Meeting (Hall)

Wednesday 31 March - Prefect Assembly, Culture Group Rehearsals, Orchestra, Viva Rehearsal

Thursday 1 April - Jazz Band, Easter Service

Friday 2 April - Good Friday

Term One Week 10

Monday 5 April - Easter Monday

Tuesday 6 April - Easter Holiday

Wednesday 7 April - Resurrection Service, Orchestra, Culture Group Rehearsals (lunchtime and afterschool), Viva Rehearsal, Parent Teacher Interviews - Years 7-11

Thursday 8 April - Junior Chapel, Jazz Band, Thursday Activities, Friends of SMS AGM (6.30pm-7.30pm SMS Boardroom)

Friday 9 April - Year 11 Led Assembly, Whanau Time, Parent Teacher Interviews, Relay for Charity

Community Events

Friends of SMCS AGM

The Friends of SMCS have their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8 April at 6.30pm. This meeting is to be held in the SMS Boardroom in the staff block. This can be accessed via the Hampton House carpark. If you would like more information on what the Friends do at SMCS, please email Rachael Lewis on rocklewis@xtra.co.nz.