Newsletter #6 March 9th

The good times continue with the Firewise programme and a shiny red fire engine rolled out for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates this week. We also have St Johns due to visit all classes later in the term with their ‘Responding to an Emergency’ programme. At the recent Meet-the-Teacher evening, an impressive 76% of parents attended, and $16,000 has been contributed to date in voluntary school donations. Thanks all for your support.

Warm Welcome To
Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Caleb Cotton-Everitt and Zachary Doyle. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Emma Ngau, Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Jay Smith, Caleb Cotton-Everitt, Zachary Doyle, Curtis Hall, Jakub McEntee, Madden Smith, Nixen Smith, Paul Amerika and Keavarni Caffery.

Matipo Camp Week
The Mana syndicate had a very successful and well-supported camp this week. Thanks to staff and parent helpers for making this happen. The Aroha syndicate overnight camp has been postponed until next Wednesday 15th March. Any overnight camp really means 24 hours on call so I am grateful to all concerned.

I have circulated a list of school rules to all children and families. Be assured, we are the same as any other school in New Zealand, in both definition and consequences of serious misconduct.

Athletics Day
Whole School Athletics is next Tuesday 14th March. A full schedule was sent home earlier in the week and is also available on our school website.

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: 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.

Matipo Netball Club
A reminder that the last day for enrolments and fees is next Friday 17th March. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 13.

Scholastics Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Visit and register with LOOP to start ordering.

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. A separate notice is attached with this newsletter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe – Parent Meeting Tonight
Biannually, we run the NZ Police programme ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. This is a unit taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko. ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. A parent and caregiver meeting to learn more about the programme is being held TONIGHT at 7pm in the staffroom.

Strep Throat
A few cases of strep throat have been reported at school. Strep throat, an infection of the throat or tonsils, is common in young children. Symptoms can be sudden onset of fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache and abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may occur with several cases. If your child does not appear well or develops any of the symptoms, keep him/her home and consult a doctor. It usually takes 13 days from the time a person is exposed until symptoms develop. The contagious period is at least a full 24 hours after treatment begins. Strep throat is diagnosed by taking your child to the doctor for a throat culture. This is done by swabbing the throat to see what germs grow. If the culture shows strep throat, treatment includes antibiotics taken for a full ten days. This treatment prevents the more serious illnesses. This illness is usually not serious; however, if this illness continues without being treated, it can develop into rheumatic fever or kidney disease.