Newsletter #11 April 13th

The last week of school is upon us. School finishes today and restarts on Monday 1st May. Remember that in Term 2 and 3 we revert to winter hours with lunchtime shortened by 15 minutes, and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children whose parents cannot pick them up until 3pm can be supervised in the library until 3pm.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Celeste Parsons, Jakob McCourt, Rylan Morpeth, Ryan Randhawa, Tyler Aickin, Leon Chapman, Rydar James and Leo Pickford. Happy Birthday over the holidays to Jasmine McCourt, Connor Wilmoth, Nathan Yovich, Tegan Coyle, Darcy Rarere, Olivia Davies, Piper Donaldson, Madison Smith, Mathilda Brem, Ruby Mitchell, Sofia Urlovic, Brianna McMahon, ShantiPushpal Ramachandran, Charlie Llewellyn, Harrison Avery, Jessica Lynch-Blosse, Daysha Williams, Isaiah Warren, Jah-Dane Murray, Jessie Holmes and James Lancaster.

Poetry Contest
Congratulations to this year’s poetry competition finalists and winners.
Year 1 Billie Circuitt Year 4 Charlie Preston
Year 2 Lylah Daros-Motta Year 5 Katija Luke
Year 3 Wyatt Scrimgeour Year 6 Julia Rosser

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details including your current address or contact number, it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating.

Term 2 Assemblies
To keep within our hall capacity of 623 people, we need to split the school assembly into two. The Tamariki and Aroha syndicates will have assembly on the odd weeks, starting in Week 1, and the Taonga and Mana syndicates will have their assemblies on the even weeks. We will announce which assembly will be held in the weekly newsletter.

Term 2 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Kids Yoga Te Atatu Yoga Tuesday 3pm – 4pm Years 1 – 6 $65
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80
Mandarin Ray Chen Friday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 5 $60

A BIG Thank You
Thanks to those magnificent parents who help with the road patrols at the busy intersection of Taikata and Matipo Roads: Debra Stuart, Julie Ellis, Luke Reid, Bea Traub, Lisa Biesheuvel, Talia Pilalis, and Libby Clark.
In addition, another big thanks to those parents who help with the sushi deliveries on a Friday. I think the record number of orders was 260. Without the help of these parents, we wouldn’t be able to have sushi orders: Nicky Beazley, Natasha Vujnovich, Lisa Hamilton, Diane Berben, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Tanya Howie, Tania Bowen, Stacey Jackson, Kim Schriefer, Bea Traub, Vanessa Preston and Sonya Parsons.
A special thanks to John Vujnovich from Harvey’s for a $500 donation from the successful sale of a house listed with him by a Matipo parent.
Lastly, a special thank you to Kelly Rarere, who for the past year, has been providing extra lunches for those children without. Thanks Kelly, you are a superstar!

Brownie Achievement
Special congratulations to Isobel Lamb who has been awarded her Gold Koru, the highest achievement badge a Brownie can earn. Isobel Lamb, Amelia Hamilton and Ruby Masters-King have also earnt their Brownie-Guide Link badge, joining them to their nearest Girl Guides unit in Henderson. Well done!

Congratulations to all children on a successful term, and very best wishes to you all for a lovely Easter break!!

School Newsletter
From the start of Term 2, we are transitioning over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please fill and return the slip below.
School Newsletter – Please return to Office
⃝ I would still like to receive a paper copy of the school’s weekly newsletter.
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BoT By-Election

A message from the Matipo BOT:

Good Afternoon All,

Last night the BOT met to discuss and finalise the upcoming BOT By-Election for our school. Please note the following points for your information;

Voting day for the By-Election has been set for Friday 19th May 2017

The BOT have voted unanimously to increase the make up of the parent voice on the BOT to six members.

At the last BOT meeting the board chose to look for a Returning Officer from within our school cluster to manage the upcoming By-Election. The BOT voted to accept an independent Returning Officer from another school, who is already trained to do the role, is Police vetted and very experienced as a Returning Officer. The selected Returning Officer has undertaken this role at their current school nine times.

Further information regarding the upcoming By-Election is on its way to you soon.

STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!

Should you be interested in becoming a Board of Trustees member or want more information please pop in to the school office or speak to one of the current members of the BOT. We are more than willing to share our experiences with you.

Faga Siaki

Parent Rep

BOT Matipo School

Term 2 After School Classes 2017

ENROLMENTS OPEN FRIDAY 7th APRIL

All enrolments must go through the office. Office hours 8am – 4pm daily. Enrolments need to be accompanied by payment – cash, cheque, visa or eftpos. Places are filled on a first in, first served basis. Places can’t be held pending payment.

Please pay special attention to applicable year levels and other notes.
Classes start in Week 2 (except Blue Turtle Design Art, starts in Week 1), and run for a total of eight lessons.

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Newsletter #10 April 6th

A parent has contacted me about the amount of sweet foods coming into the school. I have reminded staff about using lollies as a reward, but need to also ask parents for your child’s birthday, not to send complete birthday parties to school including cake, treats, drinks, lollies, etc. Just a small cake if anything. Some children have medical conditions which prevents them from eating certain foods. Alternatively, you could think about healthier options. Thanks for your consideration.

Warm Welcome To
Tiaki Ngahere, Patrick Ngahere and Rebekah Bell. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Dylan Chapman, Iosua Simona, Mia Joe, Alana White, Khalone Tanoa-McPherson, Chad van Dolleweerd, Rebekah Bell, Kael Brown, Blake Cotton-Everitt, Leigh Petch, Scarlett Dawson, Aimee Lines and Jessica Stevenson.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Jacob Wilson and Ashlee Nemaia who finished 4th and 5th in the Waitakere Soapbox Derby and have qualified for the Nationals to be held in Whangaparaoa this Sunday. Thanks to Mr Nemaia, for the tremendous amount of time and enthusiasm he puts into the Soapbox Derby.

BOT Email Address
bot@staff.matipo.school.nz

Seeking Information
If you want to know something about the school or a school event, please ask the school directly, or see the school’s website or Facebook page for the correct information.

Easter Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade
On Wednesday 12th April, Friends of Matipo are hosting two events. The first is the Easter Bonnet Parade starting at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the parade. The second is an Easter Hunt from 2pm. As part of the Easter Hunt, we are seeking donations of small prizes including, erasers, pencils, wrapped Easter Eggs, pens or other suitable gifts. Thank you to those that have already brought something in, we are overwhelmed by your generosity.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 22.

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details including your current address or contact number, it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating.

Medical Considerations
As previously mentioned, we have a child at our school who is diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles, typhoid, mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for a person on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken.

Term 2 After School Classes
Attached with this newsletter is the enrolment form for Term 2 After School Classes. Enrolments for these are open tomorrow, Friday 7th April from 8am. Enrolments need to be accompanied with payment, and places are filled on a first in, first served basis.

Skids Matipo Holiday Programme
Spaces available for the Term 1 Holiday Break. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips. WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please call Sapna on 818 5955 or 027 565 5251 or email matipo@skids.co.nz.

School Newsletter
From the start of Term 2, we are transitioning over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please fill and return the slip below.

School Newsletter – Please return to Office
⃝ I would still like to receive a paper copy of the school’s weekly newsletter.
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

SKIDS Holiday Programme

BOOK NOW FOR
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
TERM 1 BREAK
Spaces available! Book NOW to avoid any disappointments!
•Fun indoor and outdoor activities including lip-smacking food
•Safe Environment
•Field trips “Cinemas-Smurfs-The Lost Village” & “Hunger Ball-Sports Day”
•Onsite excitement “Mexican Fiesta”, “Harry Potter World, “Kite Fly” and much more!
•WINZ SUBSIDY AVAILABLE
For more Information, please call Sapna on
09 8185955 or 0275655251
or email to matipo@skids.co.nz

Special People, Special Place

By Wayne Bainbridge

Once upon a time there was a little sad school. It was sad because all the children have grown up and moved away. There were only 150 left. The school was sad too and ashamed that it was all run down. It hadn’t been painted for 12 years on the outside and 18 years on the inside. Some of the boards were rotting away. Principals kept coming then going away – none wanted to stay. Some people started to talk about closing the school and selling the land for new homes. The little sad school would cry itself to sleep each night and dream about the days when the school was full of children.

One day a new principal came. He told the sad little school to stop crying and stop being sad. He said he would work hard and try his best to make the school happy and strong again, and promised not to go away like the others. He was a young man with long hair. He was very keen on sport and loved teaching children. He had just returned from America and had turned down a job there at a small university, and also with the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. He took a lot of photos of the sad little school and went into town and banged on the door of the Ministry of Education.

He said the little school was sad and all the children had gone away. We need fixing he told them, so men came out and fixed the rotten boards and painted the school. The new principal spoke to lots of people and got a lot of things donated. Lots of art supplies and sports equipment arrived, lots of trees were planted. All the gorse was cut out from the bush and for two boxes of beer, the nature trail was made.

The little school started to smile as more new children came and the school started to feel proud of itself again. I think we need a hall said the new principal, and for $26,000 a new hall was built. We need more money he said, so he started to apply for grants and they got enough money to line the inside of the hall as well. Over the years, well over $1 million in grants were received.

More children came and then more classrooms came. The parents were very happy. The school enjoyed great success in sports and in choir festivals. Lots of famous visitors came to the school to speak to the children. The principal continued to apply for extra grants and extra opportunities. He appointed lots of well qualified young teachers. As the school’s reputation continued to grow, the principal was lucky enough to win a number of awards and travel grants, and went to a number of overseas conferences, mainly to listen to world experts, and a couple of times to speak.

Each time he came back, he told the children how proud he was of them. He told them of schools he had visited overseas, and how well the children compared. The children know this because when they went out on school trips, they saw how kids from other schools were not as well-mannered and as well behaved. The children would sing a song:

“School is really cool
It’s a lot of fun
Cos every day
We laugh and we play
School is number one!”

The reputation of the school grew and grew. The Education Review Office gave outstanding reports about the school. The Ministry of Education called the school an ‘overachiever’. The school didn’t know what that meant, but it was happy.

The principal started to get older and fatter. With his grey beard, some of the kids called him Santa. He just smiled. The children were happy, they were well behaved, did lots of extra things and he was so proud of them. Then the government from Wellington called up the principal. For six years, he got up early and flew to Wellington one day a month. He told everyone about the little school, the school that boxed above its weight. He also kept on learning all he could from experts in Wellington and around the world.

The little school was no longer little any more. It was also no longer sad. The buildings and grounds kept getting improved. The school academic results kept improving. The Education Review Office rated the school in the top 300 of all the schools in New Zealand. The Ministry of Education in November 2014 wrote a report about the schools in Te Atatu, and identified it as the top performing school.

The school was an early adopter of Information Technology and computers. It was a leader in Inquiry Learning, now used across the country. It has become an Asian Aware school, teaches Mandarin, has a strong performing arts stream and continues to provide opportunities for its children. It has to turn some new enrolments away and have a waiting list from parents hoping to have their child join the school.

The little, old sad school is now a big, happy school. It is a school full of special people, like the entire staff and special children who are mostly engaged, cooperative, well behaved and motivated. Surveys of the children say they feel happy and safe at school and that teachers try hard to push them to achieve more. Surveys of the parents say that most really like and support the school. A few say that they don’t like the principal. He sometimes feels sad about this, but works hard to run the best school possible for all children.

As the principal becomes older, greyer and fatter, he still has lots of ideas and plans for the future to continue to make further improvements in resources, learning, engagement and achievement. Some of the little kids still call him Santa and he smiles. He continues to employ smart, highly qualified young teachers with extra value added strengths to bring to the happy school.

The sad, little school is neither sad nor little any longer. The children still laugh and play.

“School is really cool
It’s a lot of fun
Cos every day
We laugh and we play
School is number one!”

A Message From The Board

A message from the Matipo Board of Trustees:

There has been some interest regarding a role as the Returning Officer for the upcoming By-election for trustees of the Board of Trustees for Matipo School.

Firstly, thank you to those who have emailed the BOT about the role, which clearly shows our school community is humming to support wherever they can.

Some important information for you all…
The “Returning Officer” is appointed by the BOT. It is not an advertised position as some people may believe. At the last BOT meeting it was resolved to ask for a Returning Officer from another school to do the job. This person will already be trained to do the job, has been Police vetted and will also be very experienced.

More info to come about the upcoming By-election soon.

Matipo BOT