Newsletter #39 December 8th

I was absolutely delighted to hear the news last week that Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd had won an Ernest Duncan Award in Mathematics. It is from the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, recognising her as one of the top maths teachers in New Zealand. This is an outstanding recognition and I am proud to acknowledge this wonderful achievement. For the last two years, Kathryn has worked as a specialist Maths Support Teacher in our school. Congratulations Kathryn and well done!

Happy Birthday This Week To
Emily Boyle, Brooke Christie, Nico Curran, Isabella Taihia, Gabby Aninion, Tama Circuitt, Toa Talamahina, Sebastian Pua, Taegen Hapeta-Byford, Wyatt Scrimgeour and Harry Moore.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Teachers Moving
With changes to the number of classes in each syndicate, some teachers are moving:
Mr Ray Chen is moving to the Mana Syndicate.
Mrs Ngaire Williams is moving to the Aroha Syndicate.
Mrs Marion Clark is moving to the Aroha Syndicate.
Mrs Grace Smith is moving to the Taonga Syndicate.
Late breaking news: Leanne Watson is returning to her hometown of Nelson next year, and we are interviewing for her replacement this Saturday.

Apology
Our usual excellent communication has suffered a slippage in the last week. Christmas on the Green is not happening this year. It has been replaced by a Christmas Carols Assembly for the children on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm in the school hall.

Principal Absent
I remain on sick leave until the end of this year. Deputy Principal Jill Jessop is acting principal in my absence.

Reports
End of year reports were emailed home today. Check your junk or spam inbox if it hasn’t arrived, and ring Cara in the office you have haven’t received one by Friday morning.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15pm in the hall, hosted by Mr Bainbridge, and will be the certificate assembly with acknowledgements to wardens, librarians etc.

Lost Property
Lost Property is on display outside the staffroom from this afternoon until the end of term. Any unclaimed items after the end of term will be passed on to charity. We make every effort to return named items to children. Please remember to label your children’s clothing.

Year 6 Maths Study – Lost Property
The Year 6 maths group collected up three weeks’ worth of lost property. The students researched how much each item cost to buy new. Shockingly they discovered that in only three weeks, $1381.99 was wasted. The students then worked out how much that would cost over the course of a week ($460.67), a month ($1842.66), and a 40-week school year ($18,426.80). They then found out some things that could have been bought instead. A year’s worth of wasted money could have bought one of the following: 19 electric cars, 14 trampolines, 48 64gb iPads, or a round the world trip for Mr. and Mrs. Bainbridge! The students were amazed at the waste of money! Please remember to label your clothing!

2017 Term Dates
Term 1 Thursday 2nd February – Thursday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
Term 3 Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
* School starts on Thursday 2nd February at 8.50am. Monday 6th February is Waitangi Day.

Preparing for 2017
School stationery costs remain the same at $20 per pack. The office will reopen Monday 23rd January for stationery sales. From Thursday 2nd February, stationery packs will be available for purchase from the library. The voluntary school donation remains at $70 per child or $100 per family, and is tax deductible. The Lucky Prize Draw for all school donations received in Term 1 will be held on the last assembly of term. The prize is a Sharp Top Mounted Fridge/Freezer valued at $1099.99.

Past Pupils

This morning I went straight from North Shore Hospital through horrendous traffic to the Rutherford College Junior Prize Giving. I was so thrilled and proud to see so many ex-Matipo children winning awards.

Several of them won distinguished awards: Sydney Magnus, Margaret Lowe, Hannah White, Tayla-Lee Bainbridge, Chris Wong and Harrison Chapman.

COngratulations to more ex-Matipo students at Te Atatu Intermediate – Cameron Osbourne – Head Girl, Ocearn Mathews – Deputy Head Girl, Flynn Saxon – Deputy Head Boy.

We’re so proud of your achievements!

Teacher Aide Vacancy

Teacher Aide Vacancy
15 hours a week 11am – 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Monitoring and assisting a diabetic pupil. Training will be provided. Must be reliable.
Application by brief C.V. to Cara, office@matipo.school.nz

Santa Treats

Santa has small candy canes for all children. If you don’t want your child to receive one, please let their teacher know.

Christmas Carols

In place of Christmas on the Green this year, we are hosting a Christmas Carols assembly for the children on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm in the school hall.

Principal Away

Our principal Wayne has been on sick leave for the last three weeks. He is off till the end of the year but will come in for one or two engagements.
Any matters that would usually go to him should be directed to deputy principal, Jill Jessop.

Newsletter #38 December 1st

What a fantastic, supportive and generous response to the Spellathon! A new Matipo World Record of $27,000 was received. This is an absolutely marvellous total. The money will go towards supporting our I.T. budget and hopefully the purchase of either a 3D printer or laser cutter.
Following inspection, the large playground behind Rooms 20 & 21 is unsafe due to rot and is currently out of bounds. We will be looking to replace this next year and some of our fundraising could go towards this.

Warm Welcome This Week To
Jackson Lee. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jackson Lee, Theo Bourne, Mereana McCallum, Summer Powell, Thlua Bawi, Aiko Holster, Ela Kiyici, Aiden Franicevich, Luca Franicevich, Lucy Forrest, Ian Lim and Julia Rosser.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Preparing for 2017
School stationery costs remain the same at $20 per pack. The office will reopen Monday 23rd January for stationery sales. From Thursday 2nd February, stationery packs will be available for purchase from the library. The voluntary school donation remains at $70 per child or $100 per family, and is tax deductible. The Lucky Prize Draw for all school donations received in Term 1 will be held on the last assembly of term. The prize is a Sharp Top Mounted Fridge/Freezer valued at $1099.99.

Sympathies
Deepest sympathies to the family of Wally Marsters on the tragic accident taking the life of uncle and brother, Frederick Marsters, as part of the Kaipara Harbour fishing tragedy.

Weetbix TRYathalon
Sunday 12th February 2017. Join Team Matipo at this fun, family event where kids get a taste of competing at a large event. More info and registration at tryathlon.co.nz. Also follow the event page on the Friends of Matipo Facebook page.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 3.

Thank You
A very big thank you to Carol McFetridge for a wonderful job helping with the wardens over the last few years. A special thank you also to this year’s parent warden helpers: Fiona, Debra, Lisa, Andrea, Libby, Pam, Trudi and Jeanne-Marie. Without your support and time, the road patrol crossing would not be possible.
If you are able to assist with patrols in 2017, we’d love to hear from you!

End of Year Dates
December 2 Wardens & Librarians Trip to Parakai
8 End of Year Reports Emailed
12 Prize Giving: 9.30am – Junior / 11.30am – Senior
Year 6 Graduation 6.30pm
14 Fun Day
15 Term 4 Ends 12.30pm

Dare to Explore
Free summer reading challenges at Auckland Libraries for kids aged 5 – 13 years old.
12th December 2016 – 22nd January 2017.
*Fun Activities – Awesome Celebration Party – Make New Friends*

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Spellathon Draw

The Spellathon Lucky Prize draw was held today. A new Matipo World Record of $27,000 was raised!

Fantastic result thanks to the Matipo Community!

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Graduating Teachers

Matipo sweeps the prizes…Best dressed, Best looking, Best personality, Best overall! And the graduating teachers did well too!

Congratulations Lindsay, Anna, Ngaire and Caitlin and to their great tutor teachers. Very proud of you all!

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Newsletter #37 November 24th

This week I had occasion to be hospitalised at Waitakere Hospital. What I saw is what I see with teachers, police and similar work fields – a largely young workforce, highly trained, working at 110% capacity, great service, great attitudes, great work ethic – all doing their best and giving such great service delivery. Congratulations all teachers, school staff, doctors, nurses, police officers and work fields alike on doing a job well done!

Warm Welcome This Week To
Jet Kightley, Teinakore Addis-Williams and Shavaughn Addis-Williams. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jet Kightley, Harry Donald, Kaige Joyce, Denzel Vesetolu, George Gough, Lola Harris-Dennerly, James Turoa, Olivia Gavin, Elyna Wang, Sofia McKay and Sage Tantingco.

Spellathon
Prize Draw is on Monday. Could all sponsorship money be collected and returned tomorrow morning if possible.

Prize Giving
Junior Prize Giving (Years 0 – 3) will be held on Monday 12th December at 9.30am.
Senior Prize Giving (Years 4 – 6) will be held on Monday 12th December at 11.30am.
The Year 6 graduation will be held on Monday 12th December at 6.30pm. More info to follow.

Playground Safety
Following tragic accidents at two pre-schools, I arranged a safety audit of all our school playgrounds. One confidence course station and the main playground behind Rooms 20/21 have some issues. We are erring on the side of caution by making these out of bounds until further notice.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 2.

Science Parent Information Evening
Next Wednesday 30th of November the science team will be holding a parent information evening in the staff room at 7pm. This evening is to inform parents about the vision for science at Matipo School, what we are currently doing and our plans for 2017. Leanne Watson will be presenting her experiences on the science teaching leadership program and how this will enhance and support science education at Matipo School. Members of the science team will be sharing their expertise and how they have been integrating science into their classrooms.

Cross Country
Last week the Zone Cross Country was held at Taipari Strand. Despite the weather it went ahead. With strong performances from Kainoa Keereweer-Taia (2nd – Year 6 Boys) and Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu (3rd – Year 5 Girls), the team finished 3rd in the closest battle in years. Congratulations to all our children who participated and to Freyberg Community School, the 2016 Champions. Thank you to all the parents for your support on the day.

Matipo Cricket
Our school’s cricket team has qualified for the Champion of Champions Cricket tournament at Eden Park on Thursday 8th December. Good luck!

A Couple of Reminders
− Please clear the school grounds by 3.15pm.
− Please don’t send items of sentimental value or expensive items to school.
− Cell phones should be handed into the office in the morning for safe keeping.
− Please try hard to make sure after school arrangements are clear and set in concrete.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We urgently require parental help for our Road Patrols on Thursday and Friday mornings at the intersection of Matipo and Taikata Roads (8.05am – 8.45am). If you can help please contact Marion Clark at marion@staff.matipo.school.nz, or alternatively the office 834-6909. If you are able to assist with this intersection in 2017, we’d also love to hear from you!

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