Newsletter #26 August 25th

Tomorrow is Daffodil Day, run by the Cancer Society of New Zealand. There is probably no family in New Zealand who is not touched at some time by cancer. Daffodils are on sale for a gold coin donation TOMORROW. Please help us support our families of New Zealand.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Oliver Edwards, Ruby Paapu, Shelby Swan, Elan van Dolleweerd, Nova Maslen, Zainah Williams-Stehlin, Jordan Kalloor and Luke McCarthy.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 19.

Matipo Netball
Our Year 4 Matipo Magic netball team defeated Tirimoana School 18 – 6 to win the finals of their grade on Saturday. Congratulations to coach Ngaire Smith, and to the girls on a wonderful achievement.
We have a number of teams competing in finals this weekend and hope to bring more good news next week. Good luck!

Vandal Damage
Last weekend we suffered vandal damage in the school which is very unusual. The damage is always senseless but can be quite soul destroying as well. Schools are not safe places when they are unattended and with our construction projects going on at the moment, even more dangerous. Some neighbours have made their own entrances through the fences – we will be blocking those off.

Pacific Fono Meeting
Sarah-lee Oto will be hosting this year’s Pacific Fono on Thursday 1st September at 7pm in the school hall. Parental feedback and suggestions will be taken. All welcome.

Primary Achievement Stalls
Minister Parata recently announced 2015 National Standards data has stalled. I’m pleased to announce that this is not the case at Matipo.
NZ Year 1 – 6 data/Matipo Year 1 – 6 data
Reading 78.0%/89.3%
Maths 75.5%/87.1%
Writing 71.4%/86.8%
* % at or above National Standards.

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. We found from the last lot of reports emailed out that many email addresses needed updating. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating including email addresses.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently on Thursday afternoons. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (2.45pm – 3.05pm).

Term Dates
August 26 Daffodil Day Sept 14 Dance Concert
30 Netball Field Day 20 Market Day (Learning Expo)
23 Term 3 Ends

Waitakere Cricket Club
Register now for the 2016/17 season. Registrations at the club are open on Saturday 27th August 10am – 1pm, and Sunday 4th September 1pm – 4pm. To register online or for more information please contact:
Action Grade (Year 0 – 4) – Donna Pichard 021 025 60181 or dmpwaitakere@gmail.com.
Junior Grade (Year 5 – 10) – Maline Toma 021 022 27540 or maline.toma@gmail.com.

Ministerial Praise

We were fortunate enough to receive two letters of praise recently regarding our excellent ERO report, one from local list MP Alfred Ngaro and one from Minister of Education Hekia Parata.

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Scientist for a Day

Ngaire Smith, Leanne Watson and Grace Smith being scientists for a day at Unitec.

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Matipo EdTalks: Teaching Mandarin

Newsletter #25 August 18th

Next Friday is Daffodil Day. The school support two charities – Save the Children Fund and Daffodil Day (the staff also support Breast Cancer Research). As you know, cancer is a disease that takes no prisoners. It strikes people of all ages from toddlers to pensioners and all those in between. It strikes people of all ethnicities, people who are rich or poor, fat or thin. I believe nearly every family in NZ will have had a family member or close friend hit by cancer. I invite you all to be generous in your support of Daffodil Day.

Warm Welcome This Week To
Violet Rothwell-Horner, Timi Paapu and Charlotte Toleafoa. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Alexander Matafeo, Ryan McDonald, Daniel Suifua, Isabella Triggs, Daniel Edmonds, Adriana Urlovic, Mathilda Rothwell-Horner, Noah Burns and Ruby-Jean Chung. Happy belated birthday to Violet Rothwell-Horner, Timi Paapu and Charlotte Toleafoa.

WHAT Questions
Here are some thought provoking questions which will assist children develop persistent, determination and encourage effort. Thank you to one of our grandparents, Leonie Bragg, for sharing this with us.
“Ten WHAT Questions to develop a Growth Mindset in Children”
1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
2. What happened today that made you keep on going?
3. What can you learn from this?
4. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
5. What did you try hard at today?
6. What strategy are you going to try now?
7. What will you do to challenge yourself today?
8. What did you do to improve your work?
9. What will you do to improve your talent?
10. What will you do to solve this problem?
As you know, asking simple questions, such as, “What did you do at school today?” usually brings the following answer, “Nothing”. The questions above provide your children with a focus to respond more thoughtfully and to aim to improve their persistence, determination and increase effort.

Ball Drop
Yesterday we had the long awaited Ball Drop with every child in the school getting a soccer ball to take home thanks to Shade Systems, makers of the two big sun shades we have. They got a crane in to drop the balls from a height and some great pictures are on the website.

Skids
Skids will be having their own holiday programme based at Matipo during the next school holidays. More details coming.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 13.

Friday Sushi Delivery
Sushi Ami is now available to be ordered for children’s lunches for $5 on Fridays. Please carefully read the instructions below on how to order:
− Options are six-piece sushi (chicken, tuna, salmon or vege), or chicken on rice for $5.
− Order forms are available in the office and should be completed by an adult with $5 enclosed in a sealed bag.
− Exact cash is required, no eftpos or change facility is available.
− All orders need to be delivered to the ‘Sushi’ box in the office no later than 3pm on Thursday afternoons.
− Orders can’t be changed or cancelled once placed.
− Delivery will be in time for lunch, so you will still need to supply brainfood and morning tea.
− The children will need to collect their order from the kitchen at 12.30pm.

West City Baseball Club
The West City Baseball Club is holding a ‘Have a Go Day’ on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August at McLeod Park between 10am – 1pm. For more information, or to register in a junior grade, visit www.westcitybaseball.co.nz.

Term Dates
August 25 Rugby Field Day Sept 14 Dance Concert
26 Daffodil Day 20 Market Day (Learning Expo)
30 Netball Field Day 23 Term 3 Ends

NZEI Stop Work Meeting

The teachers union, the NZEI, has announced a paid stop work meeting for teachers will be held on:

Monday 12th September
1:30 – 3:30pm
at Trusts Stadium

Fifteen of our staff are NZEI members, strongly and well led by our worksite representative.

School will remain OPEN during the stop work with the children looked after by Wayne and the remaining non-union teachers.

The school has also accepted an invitation by the NZEI to become a recipient and signatory to the “Beginning Teachers Charter” in recognition of our strong commitment over many years to permanently appoint beginning teachers and ensure that they get all their legal entitlements to induction and mentoring. We are proud to be recognised.

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Ball Drop

Today we were treated to an exciting ball drop by one of the school contractors, Shade Systems, who constructed the large shade canopies over the two courts. A large sack of balls were hoisted by crane and then released all at once, with every student getting to rush the field and take a ball home for themselves. Massive thanks to Shade Systems for their generous act!

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SKIDS Matipo Holiday Programme

On-site SKIDS Matipo Holiday Programme? yes you read it absolutely right!

We are happy to announce that SKIDS Matipo will now be having its holiday programme up and running from this term break i.e. 26/09/2016. Please talk to the on-site manager if you would be interested in booking your child.

Further details and information will be coming soon.

 

Thanks, SKIDS Matipo.

Out of Zone Enrolment Ballot 2017

August 2016

The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Matipo Primary School for next year. Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office. Please phone or visit the school office for details of enrolment applications.

The board has determined that no places are likely to be available for out of zone students next year (other than Category B: applicants who are the sibling of a current student of the school), instead the results of the ballot will determine the order of applicants on a waitlist. The exact number of vacancies to arise during next year will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is Wednesday 12 th October, 2016.

Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school.

Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority:

a. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school.

b. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.

c. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.

d. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

e. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

f. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required, it will be held on Wednesday 19th October 2016. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Newsletter #24 August 11th

Thanks so much for coming to the mid-year parent interviews on a pretty dismal afternoon and evening. Thank you for showing an interest and supporting your child and their teacher.

Warm Welcome This Week To
Zion Taka and Charlie Boyle. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Zion Taka, Charlie Boyle, Adam Blucher, Dominic Bonkovich, Ashton Doyle, Indiana Price, Addison Rosan, Jean Schollum, Amelie Gracewood, Andre Duggan and Ryan Lincoln.

Wet Weather – Change of Clothes
A timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Kids Link – Anxiety & Change Seminar
Kids Link have brought together three great speakers with many years experience working in ‘Anxiety and Change’ with families and schools. Come and listen to three top tips from each speaker. Michelle Holt from Stress Knot, Steve Deakin from Change Works and Jennifer Pollard from The Kids Coach. Thursday 25th August at Flanshaw Road School 7pm – 9pm. Tickets must be booked, $20 each. Email carolyn@kidslink.co.nz. Reference: Anxiety.

Friday Sushi Delivery
Sushi Ami is now available to be ordered for children’s lunches for $5 on Fridays. Please carefully read the instructions below on how to order:
− Options are six-piece sushi (chicken, tuna, salmon or vege), or chicken on rice for $5.
− Order forms are available in the office and should be completed by an adult with $5 enclosed in a sealed bag.
− Exact cash is required, no eftpos or change facility is available.
− All orders need to be delivered to the ‘Sushi’ box in the office no later than 3pm on Thursday afternoons.
− Orders can’t be changed or cancelled once placed.
− Delivery will be in time for lunch, so you will still need to supply brainfood and morning tea.
− The children will need to collect their order from the kitchen at 12.30pm.

Lost Property
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 label your children’s clothing.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 16.

Friends of Matipo
If you have not yet joined our parent/whanau community on Facebook please find us at www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsofMatipo/.

MEC Music in Schools
Not learning to play a musical instrument is one of life’s biggest regrets. During the school day at Matipo School there are 36 students currently having fun learning with specialist music teachers from the Music Education Centre. Enrol your child now for violin; piano or guitar lessons at school. For further information or to enrol, contact the Music Education Centre on 0800893939 or through our website www.musiceducation.co.nz.

Term Dates
August 25 Rugby Field Day Sept 14 Dance Concert
26 Daffodil Day 20 Market Day (Learning Expo)
30 Netball Field Day 23 Term 3 Ends

Kids Link

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