Newsletter #16 June 1st

We have some exciting events coming up:

Book Week – 19th – 23rd June – Ashton-Scholastic Book Fair. This will include an opening night with guest readers (date TBC), and a ‘Dress Up as a Book Character’ Parade for Year 2 – 6 students on Friday 23rd June.

Wig Wednesday – 21st June – a charity fundraiser for Child Cancer Foundation. Wear a wig and bring a gold coin donation. See below for further information.

Warm Welcome To
Kate Donald, Ethan Howley, Harrison Chatfield and Keenan Sisnett. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Keilani Bentley, Harrison Chatfield, Aalia Rua, Keenan Sisnett, Seth Stylianou and
Joshua Teope.

Updated Education Act
There has been media publicity about children being able to start school at 4 years old. Schools (or local clusters of schools) will decide if children still start on their 5th Birthday, or start in cohorts, e.g. at the beginning of each term, and/or mid-term. The law change has not taken effect yet, and the earliest students could enter school under a cohort entry policy will be Term 1, 2018. Our school’s policy will be decided by the Board and the new Principal early in Term 4.

New Playground
Good progress is being made for the new playground, but it will not be ready for use until the soft fall is installed. We will keep you posted.

Winter Weather
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed warmly and with a rain coat if possible. Please make a particular effort to drive carefully on the streets near the school and please do not park over neighbour’s driveways.
Also, a timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Best Wishes
Best wishes to Charlie Preston who has a role in the National Youth Theatre’s season of Oliver. Well done and we hope you enjoy it.

Food Bank
The food bank drop-off continues to operate smoothly. Thank you for your continuing support. Any non-perishable donation is acceptable but pasta, rice, pasta sauce, canned meat or fish, and canned soups are really useful.

Queries, Compliments or Concerns
As always, if you have a query, compliment or concern, please address it to the teacher as soon as possible in person, or by email. If unresolved, take it to the syndicate leader, then to the Principal.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki & Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 9.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Wig Wednesday
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ on Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

Pre-Enrolments
To provide clarity about classroom and teacher supply issues we invite in-zone enrolments for 2017, 2018 and 2019 in particular. If your child is starting with us in the next three years, and you have not already pre-enrolled, could you please contact the office and we will send you an enrolment pack.