Newsletter #9 March 30th

450 children attended the NZ Opera production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. It is rewarding to expose children to something new and getting such a great response from the kids.
Thanks so much for your generous donation of prizes for the Quiz Night, and your donation of various Easter treats for the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade.

Warm Welcome To
Kaedyn Tumahai-Fox and Nicolas Monroy. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Riley Jacobs, Jack Bonkovich, Daniel Wroe, Serina Nepia, Asher Howie, Daniel Yovich, Nicolas Monroy, Taj Taka, Timon Boyack, Sefton Gillard, Jack Oliver, Noah Smylie, Blaze Edmonds, Ethan Leslie and Kael Ripley.

Term 2 Starts
Term 2 starts on Monday 1st May, and we change to winter hours with a shortened lunchtime and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children who would normally be picked up at 3pm, may wait in the library, under supervision until 3pm.

Learning Expo
Due to the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, we have postponed the Learning Expo to next term, when classes will have more work to display and share with you.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 23.

School Zoning
There was a big story in the NZ Herald this week about school zoning. People query the schools about implementing zones, but it is the Ministry of Education who direct schools to impose a zone, and also define the boundaries of these zones. In Te Atatu, both Peninsula and Matipo Primaries have school zones. Te Atatu Intermediate is introducing one in the course of this year. Rutherford Primary has no zone, which means anyone in Te Atatu Peninsula or wider afield may enrol there.

Zone Athletics
The athletics team had a great day at the Trusts Stadium last Tuesday. A total of eight schools attended, competing in track, discus, shot put, long jump and high jump field events. Matipo had great success, coming first overall in the field events, and third overall in the track events. Thank you to the teachers and family supporters who came along to cheer us on. Congratulations to the following children on their outstanding achievements:
Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu
1st Year 6 Girls Long Jump
1st Year 6 Girls High Jump
1st Year 6 Girls 60m
1st Year 6 Girls 100m
3rd Year 6 Girls Discus

Grace Oloi
1st Year 5 Girls Shot Put

Brooke Flavell
3rd Year 5 Girls High Jump

Hailee Panui
2nd Year 5 Girls Long Jump

Madden Smith
1st Year 5 Girls 60m
1st Year 5 Girls 100m

Nixen Smith
3rd Year 5 Girls 100m

Cruz Jacobs-Oto
1st Year 5 Boys High Jump
1st Year 5 Boys Long Jump

Blaze Edmonds
2nd Year 6 Boys Shot Put

Ismaeel Williams-Stehlin
2nd Year 5 Boys Discus

Lucas Adams
2nd Year 6 Boys Long Jump
2nd Year 6 Boys High Jump

Rio Taka
3rd Year 5 Boys Shot Put

School Donation
The Lucky Prize Draw for the school donation will be drawn on Thursday 13th April 2017. This year’s prize is a Sharp Stainless Steel Fridge/Freezer valued at $1,099, delivered to your door. The school donation is $70 per child or $100 per family, is voluntary and tax deductible.
School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________