Newsletter #4 February 23rd

On Monday, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates had a lovely visit from the Ronald McDonald Road Safety Show. Tomorrow they are being treated to a Blue Light Disco.
We continue to get a strong response to our unstructured play and other requests including a donation of rabbits and their hatch from the Wileman family. We have one wooden packing crate, but we’re still looking for more.

Warm Welcome To
Maya Shatura and William Barnard. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jude Brem, Arlo Powell, Tyler Pukepuke Anthony, William Barnard, Brooke Hari, Harmony Toia, Lucia Skellon, Erica Learmonth, and a happy belated birthday to Maya Shatura.

Future Leaders Day
On Monday Mrs. Clark and nine Year 6 children went to Waitemata Rugby Club for a Future Leaders Day run by Sport Waitakere. The children were given a chance to experience different kinds of leadership and work together learning new skills. They thoroughly enjoyed it and came away buzzing! Watch this space for where this may lead them!

Teacher Aide Position
We are seeking a teacher aide to assist two of our students between 9am – 10am, Monday to Friday, for terms 1 & 2 (with the possibility of this extending into terms 3 & 4). If interested, please call Cara in the office.

Homestay Students
Occasionally homestay placements are sought after for international families attending Matipo for short periods of time (one – four weeks). If you are able to assist with homestay placements, and would like us to contact you if the opportunity arises, please email office@matipo.school.nz. You would need to provide a room and meals inclusive of $200 per week, per person.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 26 with Mrs Kennerley standing in for the principal.

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
This Friday 24th February 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Term Dates
February 24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 01 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 2, 3, 4, 8)
02 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9)
6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
07 Tamariki Syndicate Water Play Afternoon
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
09 ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ Parent Meeting 7pm
10 Taonga Syndicate Camp Day
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

New Mural

The Otis Frizzell mural is up and next week will be covered with protective Perspex. Thanks to Trudi Bragg, Tai Flavell and Les Mills gyms for their generosity and effort to get this donation to us.

Newsletter #3 February 16th

We had a huge response to our request for unstructured play items. We have had donations of tyres, rope, cardboard tubes, cable drums, timber, pallets, lampposts and giant Lego blocks to name a few. An old ride on mower is on its way and we now have three boats. We are still seeking large packing crates if you can help. Thank you all!

Happy Birthday This Week To
Magdalene Rockell, Harper Shallard, Alex Traub, Amelie Donald, Riley Biesheuvel and Jordan Breen.

LAST NOTICE – URGENT – Parent Wardens Wanted
We have heard of some parent concerns in regards to the Taikata & Matipo Roads intersection crossing. We are still seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. This is the last notice seeking help, if we cannot get the adult supervision as per Auckland Transport policy, we will need to shut the crossing down. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Room 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 27.

Meet the Teacher
‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be held on Wednesday 22nd February between 2pm – 8pm. Please come and meet this year’s teacher. It is particularly useful to hear of your child’s interests, sports, hobbies, strengths, fears and aspirations. If you can offer help in any area to the class or school, please let the teacher know. School will close at 2pm on this day, if you are unable to collect your child at this time, they may wait in the supervised library until 3pm. Please return the slip below to the office, with your preferred time slot acknowledged.

Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
2.10 – 3.00 ⃝ 6.00 – 7.00 ⃝
3.00 – 4.00 ⃝ 7.00 – 8.00 ⃝
4.00 – 5.00 ⃝

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
Friday 24th 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Long Shot
Does anyone have a rabbit, guinea pig or birds they might like rehomed to the school. Details to Cara please if you can help.

Term Dates
February 22 Meet the Teacher 2pm – 8pm
24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Voting Wall

As part of our inclusive practice philosophy, we are going to set up a special Voting Wall in the hall next week, ready for Meet the Teacher evening on Wednesday. Your child and whanau can vote for what you think is most important concepts in which to nurture, grow and realise every child’s potential at school. You can vote for more than one concept! There are four concepts to choose from, written from the child’s perspective:

Manaatikanga – when I feel safe, welcomed and cared for.

Rangatiratanga- everyone expects the best of me

Maramatanga – people who know me well

Auahatanga – teachers who cater to my needs, interests and strengths.

On Tuesday 28th, we will open up the boxes to see what the community of Matipo School considers most important for successful and inclusive teaching and learning.

Newsletter #2 9th February

Apologies for the delay in publishing this newsletter online – it was completely my fault, it escaped my to-do list! – Kris

School has made a smooth start with lots on for the children. On the second day of school, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicate had a free show from the ‘Duffy Books in Homes’ tour. Yesterday, the Aroha and Mana syndicates had a Vector Electricity Safety Show and also ‘Bike West’ bicycle safety lessons over a number of days. On Friday 24th February, there will be a free disco for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates. More info to come.

Warm Welcome To
Daisy Brown. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.
Happy Birthday This Week To
Harley Breeds, Daisy Brown, Archie Clews, Ella Hamilton, Michael Schriefer, Eli Hiini-Neilson and Oliver Vertongen.

Spellathon Proceeds
The proceeds from last year’s Spellathon have been well spent over the holidays on two 3D printers (two for the price of one deal), a new video camera and tripod, a drone with camera and additional iPads. Thank you again for your generous support.

Medical Considerations
We are soon to have a child join our school who has been diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox or measles 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. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

Wanted
We are on the lookout for items for children’s play such as wooden packing crates, cable drums, an old dinghy, clean wooden planks etc. Please let us know if you can help. We are able to collect these. Thanks in advance.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

School Costs
There is always a lot in the media at this time of year about school costs. Many schools have a $400 plus school donation, stationery costs of $100 – 180, and ‘compulsory’ activity fees for photocopying, I.T. fees, consumables etc. I am proud that our stationery is $20 a pack, and our voluntary school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Te Atatu Library
Join Mr. Chen for an awesome learning experience in wrapping dumplings and Chinese Calligraphy to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Held at the Te Atatu Peninsula Library this Saturday 10am – 1pm. Open event to the public. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 1.

Term Dates
February 22 Meet the Teacher 2pm – 8pm
24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of term one, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. Please see the reply slip below.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________