Newsletter 15 February 2018

Greetings to parents and families!

There’s a lot going on at Matipo. In this newsletter I will write about foursignificant changes to the way we work with students:

Special Needs Referrals 
We have established a more systematic, school-wide approach to identifying and meeting student learning needs as early as possible. Twice a term the senior leaders will meet with teachers and with our supportive RTLB’s (Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour) to consider any students who may need a specific learning response or even just a little bit of extra help.  We have a great deal of expertise and specialist training on our staff team. We are also supported by the RTLB service and where necessary, by the Ministry of Education Psychologist, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Special Education Advisers.

Before this happens each team of teachers will collect and analyse simple reading data to monitor progress, to identify any concerns, or to respond to parent concerns and questions. Really powerful teaching depends on this collaborative approach.

We also monitor for patterns and respond by establishing ‘programmes’ (such as Rainbow reading) by arranging teacher training about a specific issue, or even recruiting specialist staff.

We always talk to the parents if there is any concern.

At the moment we are considering Teacher Professional Development with Yolanda Soryl, a very helpful phonics- based approach to specific learning difficulties. We will also try to arrange for ‘The Incredible Years’ parenting programme for any parents who might want it.

Enrichment Programmes
We are almost ready to start the first cycle of our Enrichment Programmes. Grace Smith has worked very hard with the teachers to organize this. Students may not get their first choice first time but we will try to balance this over time. Look out for the letters about this.

Student-led Conferencing
The whole school is working to give students more autonomy and more responsibility for their own learning. The most powerful part of this process is enabling students to understand what they can do well, what they need to learn next to do even better, then planning to make this happen. The sports coaching model is a good metaphor for this – think ‘personal best’ – always challenging oneself, and receiving encouragement and especially specific information from your coach. This is the root of the most powerful motivation.  There are some other tools to help this powerful learning process – portfolios, conferencing and especially non-judgmental feedback

Student Leadership
I have given our new house leaders three challenges – to organize a Tug-o-War tournament for next week, to take over the running of Monday morning assemblies, and to establish a house point system. All of our adults have also been assigned to houses and the student leaders will work with nominated teacher house leaders. We will elect more positions soon, we need lots of leadership.

Board of Trustees
Last night the Board held its business meeting. There is a great deal of information about how the school is developing in my Principal’s report to the Board. But I did not do this by myself. Deb Shaw, Natalie Kennerley, Sian Foley, Grace Smith, Marion Clark and Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd all reported in detail about Maths, Literacy, Special Needs, Enrichment, I.T., International Students, and how the teams are going. This will be posted on the website soon for everyone to read.

Staff News
Congratulations to Lindsay Wills who is planning to take Maternity leave from the middle of the year. We are delighted for her and pleased she is so determined to return to us soon. I will let you know the arrangements for this period at the start of term 2, well before she leaves us.

Karen Verney has decided to step back from her class teaching role at the end of the term. She has given the school such wonderful service over a number of years, and we are very sad to lose her. Thank you, Karen for all you have done for so many students.

Car Boot Sale
Next week our Student-Led conferences take place on Wednesday (afternoon) and Thursday (evening). The Junior Saints will organize a car-boot furniture sale, putting out lots of old furniture on the top courts for you to look at. If there is anything you like, you can make a bid by placing a sticker with your name, contact details and bid on it. We would like as many items possible to be ‘rehomed’. Proceeds will be split between Junior Saints and financial support for EOTC so all our students are included.

We are organizing our camps for later in the year, and will write to you very soon with more information, dates, costs and so on.

Chinese Student Exchange
We will host a group of 10-13 year old Chinese children at Matipo from 2nd to 6th of July. Soon we will write to ask if  you would be interested in providing a homestay for one or two of these visitors. The payment is $200 for the week, the experience is priceless.

I will be around throughout our Student led conferences. I hope to see you there.
Nga mihi nui

Happy birthday this week to:
Alex Traub, Tukaha Devery, Amelie Donald, Harper Shallard, Maya Shatura.

Gold Coins for Tonga
Dear parents and caregivers,
This Friday, the 16 th of February, can your child, please bring in a gold coin
donation for Tonga. They will keep this in their bag until we gather on the green court to start the coin trail Can they also please wear something RED.
Matipo school would like to donate the gold coins to Tonga to help rebuild the
houses that have been demolished by the cyclone.
Sincere thanks from Matipo school student leaders.

Chinese New Year Lessons at the Library
Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Te Atatu Peninsula library on Saturday 17th Feb. The Mandarin teacher Ray Chen will be teaching free lessons for kids to learn about Chinese Calligraphy, speaking Mandarin and making yummy dumplings! Please visit the website www.mandarinheroes.comor email for more info.

Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League
Upcoming Muster / Carnival Day is on Saturday 17th February from 11am to 2pm at the Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club.
(Jack Colvin Park – 44 Titoki Street, Te Atatu Peninsula)

Gold Coins for Tonga

Dear parents and caregivers,

This Friday, the 16th of February, can your child please bring in a gold coin donation for Tonga.
They will keep this in their bag until we gather on the green court to start the coin trail
Can they also please wear something RED.
Matipo school would like to donate the gold coins to Tonga to help rebuild the houses that have been demolished by the cyclone.

Sincere thanks from Matipo School Student Leaders.

Board of Trustees Agenda 14 February 2018

BoT Agenda 14th February 2018
7 pm
Board Room

An opportunity to meet our newly-elected whanau leaders

Minutes of previous meeting
Matters arising
Principal’s Report
· Literacy
· Maths
· Enrichment
· IT
· SN
Dates for the year
· Grounds and Maintenance
· Security upgrade
· Triumph Vitesse
· Provision of toilets
· Drainage
Consultation re MoE Zone for Te Atatu Intermediate
Disposal of Assets
School day – stakeholder survey
School staffing structure
Principal’s appraiser
In committee
· LWOP request
· Audit 2017
· December Accounts for approval
· Draft Budget 2018
Scholarship fund
International Students
Server Upgrade

Cashless Office

Cashless Office

To all parents / caregivers,

Welcome back to Matipo Primary School for the 2018.  We are starting the new year with a cashless office. Please see below for our bank account number, which you can load as a payee with your bank.

With this, you will be able to pay for your school fees and school trips throughout the year.

Matipo Primary School – ASB – 12-3038-0271694-001
When processing your payments to the Matipo Primary School account please see the examples below for the correct format:Particulars:    Your child’s name
Code:             Class Room number
Reference:     What this is paying forExample:

Particulars:    Smith Family
Code:             Rm 1 & Rm 2
Reference:     School Fees

Note: Please make payments for school fees separate to any trip payments to avoid confusion about what you are paying for.

School fees for one child are $70.00 and a family is $100.00.

When you want to make a payment for school trips and you have more than one child, please make one payment per child.  Please see example below:

Particulars:    J Smith
Code:             Rm 1
Reference:     Stardome Trip

Particulars:    B Smith
Code:             Rm 2
Reference:     Zoo Trip

Kind Regards,
Paul Wright


Term 1: Wednesday 31st January – Friday 13th April
Term 2: Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
Term 3: Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
Term 4: Monday 15th October – Friday 14th December

Other Important 2018 Dates:
Teacher Only Day – Monday 5th February (Term 1)
Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February (Term 1)
Easter Break – Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April (Term 1)
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 4th June (Term 2)
Labour Day – Monday 22nd October (Term 4)

EOTC Opportunities 2018

We are excited to be offering a number of Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) opportunities in 2018.  More details to come early in the year.

Camp Adair – Year 3&4 : 6th-8th June.  approx $180 per child.

Tongariro Ski Trip- Year 5&6 : 10th-14th September.  approx $550 per child.

Motu Moana Camp – Year 5&6 : 12th – 16th November.  approx $170 per child.


Dear parents and friends,

After nine weeks at Matipo, I have learned hundreds of new names – only hundreds more to go!   So many people have made me welcome and supported me through the changes that have happened. Thank you.
We haven’t quite reached the end of the changes though!
Haere Mai to Mia Wheeler who joins our staff team for 2018. Mia is currently teaching at Prospect School.

Thank you also to everyone for supporting our prize-giving and graduation ceremonies on Monday. It was wonderful that so many of you joined with us to celebrate the success and achievements of our tamariki. Several parents asked me about the Khalil Gibran poem I read out at the Graduation Awards. Here it is:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.

Getting reports out to everyone has been a little bit challenging! Our School Software management package is used by hundreds of schools, but it has let us down this time. Hopefully we have sorted it, and you have now received your child’s end-of-year report. If not then please email or call your teacher directly who can download the report as a PDF and either email it to you directly, or print it and send it out to you.

We have had a lot of problems with our wider IT system. We have worked with the Ministry and Telco Technology to audit it thoroughly. Over the summer we will install a new server, and engineer the whole system so everything is working smoothly and safely for the start of the new school year.  We will install new online monitoring tools such as Linewize. We have arranged for ongoing peer review and external monitoring of our Internet safety and software systems from qualified and reputable external service providers. I will sleep a little more easily now!

On Tuesday the new Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced that “the Government has stopped National Standards and will instead focus on the progress and achievement of all children across the New Zealand Curriculum. Parents will still receive reports at least twice a year on their child’s progress and achievement in maths, reading and writing as well as across the curriculum areas. But this reporting will focus on childrens’ progress, rather than measuring them against arbitrary National Standards.”

The Perceptual Motor Programme is really effective in helping children in all sorts of ways, and we are lucky because many of our parents design and support this programme at our school, giving generously of their time and skills. I would really like this to grow even more, so more children benefit and for a longer time. I don’t think I expressed my appreciation very well in my last newsletter. Aroha mai!

We have a fantastic environment at Matipo. Over the holiday we will do some tree surgery, because some of our tress are growing very close to walls and buildings and undermining the foundations, or overhanging our gutters. The leaf drop blocks the gutter, the water backs up and drains into the building, so we get leaky and rotting buildings.  But we will only do the minimum necessary, so we protect the leafy nature of the school. Sadly we will also have to remove the red triumph car from the roof, because it is not structurally sound. Next year we look forward to enhancing the environment with pottery and ceramic artwork from our Enrichment Programme.

Thanks to John Vujnovich for his generous support of the school. The latest donation of $500 will go directly towards our Fun Day held on Wednesday of this week.

The final Board Meeting of 2017 will take place on Monday 18th December at 6pm at the school. The agenda will be available at the school from Friday 15thNovember.

There has been a lot of talk about the comments I made about our EOTC and Camps for 2018, mainly because not everyone can afford optional ‘high-end’ trips like ski camps. As a school leader, I have come to believe that we have a duty to:

  • offer the most enlightening and stimulating experiences to all children that we possibly can
  • that we must do all we can to include as many children as possible
  • and that no one should miss out on a memorable EOTC experience of some sort

Maybe the most important camps are the local bush camps and Noho Marae which are more affordable, and which all students can take part in, with a bit of support and determination.

We may be nearly at the end of the year, but there is still lots going on.  On Tuesday we moved classes to set up for 2018. Wednesday was our Fun Day. Thursday is our ‘Merry Matipo Christmas’ and our hangi. Please note that this is an alcohol free event. On Friday we shift to our new classes at playtime, before our final farewell assembly in the afternoon. School finishes at 2:30 on Friday. Children who can’t be picked up at this time will be supervised until 3pm either by their classroom teacher or in the library.

I wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas from everyone at Matipo.
Meri Kirihimete!

Happy Birthday Last Week to:
Julia Rosser, Emily Boyle, Gabby Aninion, Brooke Christie, Isabella Taihia, Tama Circuitt, Ian Lim, Taegen Hapeta-Byford, Nico Curran, Wyatt Scrimgeour and Sebastian Pua.

Happy Birthday This Week to:
Harry Moore, Kahu Kuchel-Barrales, Amelijha-Rose Rogers, Sarah-Jane Berben, Isla Bowen, Jude Hawkins, Edward Liew and Lylah Daros-Motta.

Happy Birthday over the holidays to:
Caylyss Anania, Jaxon Turner, Lui Joe, Cole Jackson, AJ Abdullah-Rogers, Louis Bacquet MacMillan, Tiaki Ngahere, Noah Petley, Tyler Foster, Charlotte Morpeth, Quinn Young, Olivia Hill, Rosalie Donald, Aston Johnstone, Ky-Marny Massey, Blake Findlay, Miles Debney, Ava Page-Wood, Emerson Foster, Torrance Reid, Dayton Wichman, Malalai Rehman, Kaia Diallo, Millie Furmenger, Joaquin Kightley, Lucas Adams, Kobe Antunovich, Luca Armitage, Tia Toki-Pangari, Alfie Davies, Skye McGill, Imogen Wroe, Casey Robson, Kaelee Coyle, Han Scott, Ryan Green, Auiden Maslen, Megan Richardson, Emma Nesbit, Shana Diallo, Theodore Kirk, Jacob French, Lyrical Lipsham-Symonds, Isaac Oloi, Liam Beazley, Nicolas Armitage, Grace O’Sullivan, Paige Jarvie-Otufangavalu, Kiara Fredericks, Holland Foster, Kyle Yu, Jazmine Nairn, Evie Atkinson-Burns, Ava Olley, Sophie Lamb, Lilah Faulder, Noah Kirk, Summer Bundock, Jun Yan Ooi, Charlie Kemp, Jack Hughes, Isabella Tran, Hannah Patel, Briar Field, Tegan McMurray, Dayton Te Tai, Rosie Gilbert.

A Merry Matipo Christmas
Don’t miss out on our Christmas event tonight – starting at 5pm on the field.
** Gold Coin koha entry ** Carols ** $2 sausage sizzle ** Cultural Performances **
** $2 Juicies ** Guest Band   ** Hangi ** Christmas Raffle ** DJ **

Matipo BOT TERM 4 NEWSLETTER 13 Dec 2017

Dear Matipo community,

A fresh start
This term has seen a lot of change at Matipo Primary School.  Many of the changes needed to happen quickly, to ensure a positive and stable start to the year for 2018.  We thank our new Principal Paul Wright for the huge amount of work he has put in this term, collaborating with the Board and staff and and putting plans into action.  We are confident the school is in great shape to hit the ground running next year.

…and some farewells
With any major organisational change, there will be some who decide to move on.  We bid a fond farewell to several teachers at the end of this term, and wish them all the best for their futures.  We also say thank you and Tofa Soifua to long serving trustee and parent representative  Faga Siaki, who resigned from the Matipo Board of Trustees this term.  As three new parent representatives were elected at the by-election earlier this year instead of the minimum of two, we will not be seeking to replace this position in the immediate future.

Board Communications
We are pleased to share that from the start of Term 4, monthly Board of Trustees meeting minutes and the Principal’s Report to the Board are available for viewing on the BoT page on the school website.  These will be uploaded to the website each month once ratified.  Older minutes are held in paper copies at the office and are available on request.

The final Board of Trustees meeting for this year will be held on Monday 18 December at 6pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Student Achievement
We have had a wonderful and busy term with many children succeeding at high levels.  The school musical production, cross country and swimming zones and winning a piano in the 100 Piano Project, are all shining examples.  Our prize givings and Year 6 graduation this week were a fantastic celebration of student achievement.  School management is working hard to develop our assessment tools amid a changing political education landscape, and this will continue into 2018.  We are committed to using the very best assessment tools and systems.  This will give us robust and accurate data to measure student achievement and help us to best serve our children in their individual learning journeys going forward.

Meri Kirihimete
Finally, we hope to see many of you at A Merry Matipo Christmas concert and hangi tomorrow (Thursday) night on the field starting at 5pm.  Join our school whanau to celebrate the Christmas season and the end of a huge year.
The future for Matipo is shining bright!

Wishing you all safe holidays, a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones and a happy New Year.

Ngā mihi nui,
Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees

From top left clockwise; Nathan Rarere Parent Rep, Vanna Blucher Chairperson, Natalie Kennerley Staff Rep, Rebecca Lamb Parent Rep, Vanessa Preston Parent Rep, Paul Wright Principal, David Windler Treasurer

NEWSLETTER #39 December 7th 2017

Dear Parents and Friends,
I’ve been at Matipo for seven weeks, but it feels like a lot longer even though it’s gone so fast. I think the only place you don’t get change is the parking machine at the airport.
We have sorted our classes for 2018, with a very small number of loose ends left to sort out (four, to be exact). We took great care to try to get it right, making sure that the classes were as evenly balanced as possible, that everyone had a couple of good friends in their new classes, and we kept students with the same teacher for a second year where possible. Any changes resulted in quite a few ‘knock on’ problems and impacts on other students and classes. But everyone was very sensible and fair-minded.
We have now completed building the staff team, hopefully the last changes for a while. We are sad to say Haere Ra to Jill Jessop, who has decided to move on after 19 years of loyal service. Deborah Shaw will take over her class teaching role for 2018.
Haere Mai to:
Deidre Neil is currently teaching at Coatesville Primary and joins us to teach a year 2 class.
Catherine Vetelino is currently Team Leader for Early Years at Richmond Road School. Catherine will also teach a year 2 class.
Janna Hilliard, who joins us as kaiawhina to strengthen our PMP programme, and teach Te Reo Maori and Kapa Haka. Ka pai!
Oscar Hemingway is our brilliant music tutor who works with a number of students on an individual basis. Oscar will work one day each week to help form and coach bands to perform regularly.
Kelly Rarere joins us on a more permanent footing as enrolments and attendance officer, four mornings a week alongside Teresa Marshall in the front office.
Tori Cotton-Everitt has also won a permanent teaching position, three days each week in the Junior Syndicate.

The Ministry has imposed a zone on Matipo, so we now have a waiting list. Anyone who lives in our home zone is entitled to attend the school. If the Board identifies any spare spaces then applicants will be accepted in the following order:
1. First priority – siblings of current students
2. Second priority – siblings of former student
3. Third priority – children of former students
4. Fourth priority – either children of employees or trustees
5. Fifth priority – all other applicants
The Board will consider where there are any spare spaces at the meeting in February or in March 2018

Education should not be the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire….
We are working hard to create exciting enrichment programmes for all our students. At the moment we are planning a noho marae for our whanau, a week-long ski trip to Tongariro and an alternative camp at Motu Moana for our Year 5 & 6 students, and a mid-week camp at Camp Adair for years 3 & 4, and maybe even a night at Kelly Tarlton’s for year 2’s if the teachers are brave enough… no pressure though. We will send out as much information as we can before the end of this year.
Paul’s tip for teachers going on School Camps – always take spare anti-snoring earplugs for parents.

Nga mihi nui

Students will move to their new classrooms and teachers at morning playtime, to spend a little time building whanaungatanga between all students in the class and to receive a newsletter for 2018. Syndicate leaders may hold a team assembly at the end of the middle session
Students return to their existing (2017) classrooms after lunchtime play, to farewell their current teacher and then to come along to the hall together for the final assembly.
Final assembly will take place in the hall at 2:00. Students will be dismissed into the care of their teachers at 2:25, to return to their classrooms under supervision to collect bags and stuff, then to be dismissed from there. Children dismissed from school at 2:30.
However we will safely supervise any students who cannot be collected until 3:00, just let the teacher know if you would like us to do this.

We have not forgotten our graduating Year 6’s who will be attending the final assembly but will have a different programme for most of the day.

Our final assembly will include all the students in the school, so we will have no space left for parents. I am determined to solve this problem as soon as possible!

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2:30pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana syndicates and will be hosted by Room 26.

Matipo attended the cluster swimming zones day on Thursday 23rd November. It was a fantastic day with all children giving their absolute best. Matipo placed 5th overall, with an amazing 3rd place position in the final Grand Medley Race. Well done to all children who attended and big thanks to the parents who helped out.


Matipo took three teams to last week’s softball field day. Our teams placed 7th and 8th overall. Most valuable players were Lucas Adams, Aron Chung & Posie Davis-Barr. Sportsmanship recognition to Jacob Wilson, Te Arepa Taiaroa & Ashlee Nemaia. Much thanks and appreciation to Dave Cameron, Maryanne McCallum, Trudi Bragg & Gillian Wills for your support on the day!

Sadly, because of ‘Sheet lightning’ the Cluster Cross Country was stopped after only two races. However, there was a ray of sunshine before the storm with Brooke Hari running a great race for second place in the year 5 girls race. Thank you to Holly for organising our wonderful parents who helped marshal the event.


Would you have a spare 45 minutes in the morning or 15 minutes after school to help at the busy Taikata & Matipo Road crossing? We would love you to be a part of our team. Please contact the office if you can help.

In preparation for our Hangi next Thursday we would love any/all newspaper you have spare! Please deliver to Room 19. We are also looking for some help on Thursday to prepare / cook the hangi. Please contact the office if you can help.
Final Hangi orders due tomorrow.

We are creating a hamper of Christmas goodies to raffle off at A Merry Matipo Christmas on 14 December. We are seeking donations of delicious pantry items from the Matipo community to be dropped in to the office please. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night and money raised will go towards purchasing a new sound system for our school hall.