The dangers of rumours and gossip and how the art of slow and being well informed can save the day

The dangers of rumours and gossip and how the art of slow and being well informed can save the day

By Gary Moore, Principal, Rutherford College
First published in the Rutherford College newsletter March 22, 2017

The purpose of this article is to reinforce the value of checking information/ gossip using the triple filter test as a process.

So much negativity can be avoided if firstly we verify the facts and whether the information is true, and then whether it is either good or useful before passing it on verbally or digitally. I also believe this includes taking the time to pause and reflect before liking something on Facebook. The desire for a speedy response can start a negative chain reaction.

What’s Important Now is for us to learn the art of slow, an ability to calm down and check things out properly before maybe wrongly assuming you have all the information. At Rutherford we don’t ‘assume’, we slow down and apply the triple filter test.

Please keep the philosophy of the triple filter test in mind the next time you either hear, or are about to repeat a rumour.

Socrates. (469 – 399BC) the great Greek philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students? “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“Triple filter?” “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and … ” “All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter ofGoodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”
“No, on the contrary…” “So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”
Socrates continued. “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really…” “Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?”

We can all develop this type of wisdom.

Newsletter #8 March 23rd

In our ERO report last year, we were complimented on the quality and amount of communication to our school community. We have our school website and Facebook page, syndicate websites, weekly newsletters and individual notices. The Friends of Matipo group now have a new steering committee, Board representative and have an exciting number of events planned both for children and parents.

Warm Welcome To
Our four international students Chanakan, Orrin, Thapanee and Nantanat, who are visiting our school for four weeks from Thailand. We wish you an enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Isaac Igusa, Johnny-Rakai Whitwell, Lathan Gilmour, Reuben Lee Sang and Tristan de Thierry Simpson.

Athletics Champions 2017
Congratulations to the following champions of athletics.
Boys
Year 1 Tony Zhong & Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Riley Jacobs
Year 3 Noah Petley
Year 4 Tane Keereweer-Taia
Year 5 Cruz Jacobs-Oto
Year 6 Michael Stuart

Girls
Year 1 Mila Curran
Year 2 Ashlee Hari
Year 3 Marnia Pereira-Mauai
Year 4 Ava Marsters
Year 5 Grace Oloi
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu

Next week’s newsletter will include a recap of the Te Atatu Athletics Zone Day.

Impetigo (School Sores)
There has been reported cases of Impetigo (school sores) within the school. Impetigo is a common bacterial skin condition. School sores start from a break in the skin through an insect bite, cut or graze. If the sore is not treated it will cause further skin problems. The sores can be anywhere on the body but most often occur on the face (near the mouth and nose), hands, arms or legs. School sores are spread through contact with the blisters, fluid from the blister or scratching around the sore. People are infectious for as long as there is fluid weeping from the sores. They are no longer infectious when the sores have healed or 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. If you think your child may be developing any school sores, please take them to the doctor as soon as possible and inform the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Queries, Compliments or Concerns
As always, if you have a query, compliment or concern, please address it to the teacher as soon as possible in person, or by email. If unresolved, take it to the syndicate leader, then to the principal. Remember that your concern is often an opportunity for us to do better. We also remain (as far as we know), the only school in NZ who offers a money-back guarantee on the school donation. If you feel we haven’t performed to your satisfaction, on the 1st December, ask for a refund of your school donation, no questions asked.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 24.

Community of Learning
Together with Peninsula, Rutherford, Edmonton, Tirimoana, Freyberg, Te Atatu Intermediate, Rangeview Intermediate and Rutherford College, we are members of the Te Atatu Community of Learning. Its purpose is schools collaborating to raise the standard of writing for all children, but particularly for children at risk of not achieving the National Standard. We have four in-school staff who have release time to work with children, and one across-school staff member who works with Rutherford Primary and our school with Pacific children.

Lost Property – Includes Items from Camp & Athletics
Lost Property will be on display outside the staffroom this afternoon and tomorrow. Any unclaimed items after the end of school on Friday will be passed on to charity. We make every effort to return named items to children. Please remember to name your children’s clothing.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
Next Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.
NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Athletics Day Results 2017

Girls

Boys

2017 Athletics Champions

Boys
Year 1 Tony Zhong & Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Riley Jacobs
Year 3 Noah Petley
Year 4 Tane Keereweer-Taia
Year 5 Cruz Jacobs-Oto
Year 6 Michael Stuart

Girls
Year 1 Mila Curran
Year 2 Ashlee Hari
Year 3 Marnia Pereira-Mauai
Year 4 Ava Marsters
Year 5 Grace Oloi
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu

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

Matipo Newsletter #7 March 16th

The ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme is well underway with our school community officer Constable Paul Stanko and staff delivering lessons to each class.
Tomorrow will be Athletics Day with the Te Atatu Zone Athletics to be held on Tuesday 21st March at the Trusts Stadium.
Next week another four teachers will be undergoing a kayaking training course.

Warm Welcome To
Tyla Airey and Aiden Lim. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Aiden Lim, George Paul, Rio Taka, Ayla Hambrook, Iyla Taipari, Eli Bourne, Patuone Mitchell, Krystal Wileman and a Happy Belated Birthday to Tyla Airey.

Matipo Netball Club – FINAL NOTICE
A reminder that TOMORROW, Friday 17th March, is the last day for enrolments and fees. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office. The netball coordinators will be finalising teams during the weekend so any late enrolments cannot be accepted.

Assembly
As it is Athletics Day tomorrow, there will be no assembly.

Scholastics
Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Lucky Book Club Issue 2 is available online until 22nd April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition 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. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Friends of Matipo have announced their first event for the year…
Easter Bonnet Parade
Wednesday 12th April at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the Easter Bonnet Parade. Families welcome! Lots of prizes to be won.

Term Dates
March 17 School Athletics
March 20 Rooms 2, 3, 4 & 8 – Waterview Trip
March 21 Athletics Zone Day, Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 9 – Waterview Trip
March 24 Taonga Camp Day
March 28 NZ Opera ‘Our Pasquale’
March 29 Aroha Syndicate Poetry Final 1.30pm
March 31 Mana Syndicate Poetry Final 9.00am, Taonga Syndicate Poetry Final 11.30am
April 03 Tamariki Syndicate Poetry Final 9.15am
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
April 11 Learning Expo
April 12 Easter Bonnet Parade 9am
April 13 Term 1 Ends
May 01 Term 2 Starts – Winter Hours 2.45pm Finishes

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.

NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Athletics and Camp Days Update

New Athletics Day date: Friday 17th March 2017

Thanks for your understanding and flexibility. Please note, Taonga Camp Day has been postponed further to Friday 24th March to allow Athletics Day to go ahead.

Aroha Overnight Camp: Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th March 2017
Weather permitting, we are happy to announce that the Aroha Overnight Camp will go ahead as planned per previous notices, including activities on Thursday.

Athletics Day Organisation
9.00am Roll Call – Students to be sat in year and gender.
9.15am – 10.30am Session 1
Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only – Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

10.50am – 12.30pm Session 2
Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only – Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

1.15pm – 2.30pm Finals of Track Events

Supervision
Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers. Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.

Parents / Toddlers Races
These will be held after the last Final of Track Events – toddlers race, parents races are for under 35 & over 35, teachers etc.

Learning to be Good Supporters
We are teaching the children to be good supporters. Please do not take your child early on the day. If absolutely necessary, you must sign them out at the office.

Athletics Day Organisation

Tuesday 14th March 2017

Proposed programme of events

a) Athletics Day Organisation
9.00am Roll Call – Students to be sat in year and gender.
9.15am – 10.30am Session 1
Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only – Years 1 & 2) Senior Girls Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
10.50am – 12.30pm Session 2
Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only – Years 1 & 2) Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
1.15pm – 2.30pm Finals of Track Events

b) Supervision
Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers. Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.

c) Parents / Toddlers Races
These will be held after the last Final of Track Events – toddlers race, parents races are for under 35 & over 35, teachers etc.

d) Learning to be Good Supporters
We are teaching the children to be good supporters. Please do not take your child early on the day. If absolutely necessary, you must sign them out at the office.