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

Principal's Message

Kia Ora Koutou

Easter Tuesday

There has been commentary regarding Easter Tuesday so as I have previously done, I thought shedding some light would be useful. Warning parents that Easter Tuesday was a national school holiday was to ensure parents were not caught off guard.

Easter Tuesday is a school holiday, but not a public holiday, meaning some parents across the land had to work and find holiday care for their children. By the same token some families did some adventurous activities and maximised the break.

The day after Easter Monday was traditionally part of an extended break for schools, but it has mostly fallen during the April school holidays since the switch to the four-term year in 1996.

It was always a day off when Easter was just taken as an Easter break. It has become confusing over the years when Easter is generally in the school holidays. Back in the day it was known as mid-term break. Will this change? with government intervention it might.

The term has been full so to be fair many here relished the extra day to regroup.


I would like to newsletter-introduce you to Ray Parimathawut, Site Manager and Head Chef for Alliance Catering across the Trinity.

He is a passionate man who is deeply invested in providing the best meals for our girls. With his staff, he has taken the time to physically meet with the seniors and the juniors to get their voice about their likes and dislikes regarding the meal. In these gatherings he has also taken the time to give the ‘WHYS’ about why certain things are as they are. Equally he has listened and altered what can be changed.

The school has instituted a Catering Committee which now meets regularly to discuss diets, trends, and the like, so that we are feeding the girls foods that they will all eat. Life is not perfect and despite catering to most dietary needs catering to ‘fussy’ remains an ongoing task.

Strategic Planning

The Board of Trustees are reviewing the Strategic plans and therefore considering what the future looks like based on what we can see and predict lies ahead, which is very exciting. Stakeholder voice will be sought so keep this in mind. We are looking to reach out to Leavers over the last few years, among others - so if you get a call from our Board Chair asking for your input to inform our future, I thank you in advance.

Have a great weekend, be safe and be your best selves.

Ngā Mihi


Around School this Week

Cricket Awards

Congratulations to the following cricketers who received honours at the Wairarapa Cricket Awards this week:

St Matthew's cleaned up at the Senior & Community cricket awards ceremony last night.

Team of the Year: St Matthew's 1st XI

Outstanding Achievement of the Year (highest representative honours): Ocean Bartlett & Olivia Clark

Contribution to Wairarapa Cricket: Tony Lyford

Korus Emerging Player of the Year: Emma McLeod

North Island Athletics

We have a 14 strong team heading to Hamilton for the North Island Athletics competition this weekend. Congratulations to the following girls for their selection in the team:

Lily Allan, Olivia Clark, Aleksandra Domanski, Abigail Green, Milly Hewitt, Zoe Kreyenhop, Hannah Mathewson, Ruby Matthews, Ava Register (pictured above), Amber Wellington, Jasmine Wellington, Arna Williams, Lucy Wyeth

The Year 11 Fun Choir perform in assembly as part of their Year 11 Led Assembly this morning. River Walkers pick up rubbish as part of their activity yesterday. Pictured are Grace Johnson (Year 7) and Greta Matthews (Year 11). We have one more week of activities for this term and then we will be moving onto a new round of activities from Week One, Term Two.

Meet Our Teachers


Two years ago, we introduced Dance to our NCEA programme. We are fortunate to have the expertise of Gemma Begg as our Dance teacher. Gemma is also an old girl of St Matthew's.

School Notices

Winter Uniform

The wearing of winter uniform starts next term.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open next week (the last week of term) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1pm – 5pm.

Winter Uniform: 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, are in stock at the uniform shop, grey L/S blouses in sizes M & L have been delayed. The delayed uniform could arrive before the end of term, but if not, arrangements will need to be made to have them couriered to families during the holidays (payment will need to be made before then).

Winter sports uniform: Hockey top & skort $131.00, Football top & shorts $109.00, Netball dress $74.00

Students may come into the uniform shop to try on and take their winter sports uniform away with them. As the amount is over the uniform disbursement limit of $60.00, payment can be made via Internet banking (an email with the details will be emailed).

Please contact Juliet with any questions: smcsuniforms@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.

Coming Up on the Calendar......

Term One Week 11

Monday 12 April - Whanau Time, Junior Choir, Year 11 Shakespeare, Viva Rehearsal

Tuesday 13 April - Senior Chapel, Student Coaching Day, Sheila Winn Festival

Wednesday 14 April - Assembly, Orchestra, Culture Group Rehearsals, Viva Rehearsal, Youth Group

Thursday 15 April - Junior Chapel, Thursday Activities, Jazz Band

Friday 16 April - Student Council Meeting, Final Assembly, Effort Grade Report Two Published to the portal