August Newsletter

In This Issue

  • What's been happening
  • Cambridge Sessions available
  • School Holidays
  • Half Day programme
  • Working Memory Workshop
  • Dyslexia in the Classroom Workshop
  • Preparing your Preschooler Workshop
  • Maths Tip for the month
  • Celebrating Our Successes
  • Thank you

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What's been happening at Learning Matters

Welcome to term three, we hope you all had a relaxing holiday and got to enjoy some quality family time.  The term has got off to a very busy start for us with a number of new enrolments.

One Day School
On the last day of term 2 our One Day class had a fantastic, well earned, day out at Extreme Edge Rock climbing in Hamilton. This was a great success and the support the students gave each other was overwhelming.  Lots of students set themselves goals and also pushed through moments when they wanted to stop. We were super proud of them all.

New Staff Member & Cambridge Sessions
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the appointment of our new Educator Diana Kilbride. Di's appointment means we are now able to offer you sessions in CAMBRIDGE.  Click here to view Di's full profile or visit our Facebook page Learning Matters Ltd.

Spreading the word
Carla and Kylie have been busy visiting more schools, further developing relationships and shared understandings around how we can work together to ensure students have the best support possible in place. School visits include - Pokuru School, Hautapu School and Te Awamutu Intermediate.

Charitable Trust
We are now in the process of establishing a Charitable Trust which is aptly named Links to Learning.  We would like to thank the team from Edmonds Judd for their generous offer to establish this trust free of charge.  Links to Learning vision is to be able to make appropriate education accessible to ALL within the wider community.  The Trust will enable applicants to access a range of educational services.
Please note, for all existing students enrolled with Learning Matters, as of Term 4 we will not be crediting sessions which students do not attend.  We are sure that you will understand from a business perspective this is no longer viable due to fixed costs.  This amendment will be made to our enrolment form terms and conditions at the end of this term.  All new enrolments will reflect these terms and conditions.

By now you should all be aware that we have changed the way we invoice this term.  You will now receive one invoice at the start of each term which outlines the full terms fees. Our terms of payment have not changed, you are still able to pay this off weekly, however a reminder that sessions are to be paid in advance or on the day of.  If you have any inquiries regarding invoicing and statements please contact Bex

A reminder that if you are making cash/cheque payments for your sessions we now have a 'cash lock box' located in the hallway on a wooden shelf.  Please place your payments in an envelope with your child's name and place this in the box.

School Holidays

This term we are pleased to be able to introduce the first of our "Holiday Camp" series. 

We will run two Holiday Camps week 1 of the holidays as follows:
  • Junior Camp (ages 6-9) - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 9am-11.30pm - $210 per person
  • Senior Camp (ages 10-13) - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 12.30pm-3pm - $210 per person
Each camp will have a maximum of 10 students and there will be two educators.  Students are required to attend for all 3 days, this way learning experiences will be progressive.

If you would like to register your child, or you would like more information on what will be covered at this Camp please do not hesitate to email Bex Fraser -

Half Day programme on Wednesday afternoons

The HALF DAY programme for DYSLEXIC learners is off to a great start.

This takes place in Centre on a Wednesday afternoon.  The purpose of this afternoon is to provide an inclusive and unique extended session of learning. To enable students with learning differences an opportunity to achieve long term academic success through the development of the necessary foundations of literacy and numeracy, while also encouraging growth in self esteem, self efficacy and social skills. Learning activities are delivered in a multi sensory way using a range of specialist resources.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, or go on the wait list for future enrolment please email

Working Memory Workshop held on 12 July

On Tuesday the 12th of July we held our first workshop, Working Memory in the Classroom.  This was a huge success and we were thrilled with the number of teachers who gave up a day in their holiday to come and learn more about how working memory is the greatest predictor of academic success.

Dyslexia in the Classroom Workshop

On Thursday the 15th of September we will be holding our DYSLEXIA IN THE CLASSROOM WORKSHOP. This is to be held from 9am until 2.30pm at the Velodrome in Cambridge.

This workshop will focus on
  • What is dyslexia?
  • Early identification - the WHY and HOW
  • What does EVIDENCE based support look like in a school setting?
  • PRACTICAL TIPS to add to your classroom TOOLBOX

The cost of the workshop is $240+GST, morning tea and lunch will be provided. We encourage you all to share this link with your school or classroom teacher. If you would like to register please email Spaces are limited.  Registration closes 8th of September.


Preparing your Preschooler Workshop

On Thursday the 22nd of September we will be holding our workshop - Preparing your preschooler, developing the fundamentals for early literacy success.  Parents as first educators play a crucial role in developing the necessary building blocks.  Come along and find out both what these necessary building blocks are and how you as a parent can further support your preschool or early school aged child to be more successful in all areas of literacy.

This is to be held from 6.30pm until 8.30pm at Walton Street Coffee and Food Establishment, Walton Street, Te Awamutu (opposite the Court House). Tickets are $15.

A huge thank you to Carl and the Team at Walton Street for hosting us.  Get a group of friends together and come along.  If you would like to have dinner you will be able to purchase a Curry and rice for $10, there will also be cabinet food and hot drinks available to purchase if you so wish.

Please email to register or call in to our Centre on Bank Street.  Tickets available from Monday 15 August. We encourage you to forward this information on to your Childcare Centre or Kindergarten.


Research indicates that 40% of students who present with dyslexia will also present with the maths equivalent DYSCALCULIA. Students who struggle with mathematics benefit from being taught in a multi sensory approach. This link has many tips and tools for practical ways of helping your child with mathematics at school and at home. 

Celebrating Our Successes

Feedback from parents, teachers and students who attend Learning Matters:
Just wanted to share xxxx's writing with you.  We watched a video clip of xxxxx and this is what he independently produced for me.  He was absolutely thrilled with himself!!  The look on his face was gorgeous and I am so proud of him.  Thank you for all your hard is paying massive dividends!!! From a very proud teacher.
We are absolutely astounded at the gains xxx has made. His confidence in all aspects of life has increased hugely.
Thank you and your team for all the hard work. Grateful parent.
In school I don’t panic like I used to anymore. I try to keep calm and see if it is wrong or right and if it is wrong I try again. I like to come to Learning Matters because it helps me with my maths majorly.

Thank you

We would like to thank you all for your continued support.
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