NEWSLETTER #34 October 26th

Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

The winds of change have been blowing across Aotearoa New Zealand, just as they have been at Matipo. We have a new government with a very different approach to education. This may be the end of National Standards. The latest research from the Ministry of Education about National Standards show they have not improved student achievement despite huge cost. All good!

Like most principals and teachers, I think that the incoming team of Ministers, and especially the partnership between Chris Hipkins and Tracey Martin, will be good for children.

Congratulations to our local MP, Phil Twyford – the new Minister for Housing and for Transport. Quite a responsibility, a very serious national leadership role and the right person for the job.

Apologies if I confused anyone with dates in the last newsletter. We return to school on Wednesday 31st January, school will be closed for students on Monday 5th February for a teacher-only day, and Tuesday 6th February for Waitangi Day.

Thank you to everyone who has made time to come and meet me and for making me so welcome. It’s day seven at Matipo for me, and I am even more pleased to be here!

Nga mihi nui


Ava Foster, Ashley Norris, Jake Pickford, Kiyona Frampton, Abigail Ramos, Isabella Stunzner, Finn Murphy, Mary-Ann Lachmaiya, Yul Scott and Eru Garratt. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Rylla Rarere, Yul Scott, Sophie Wallace, Evie Redgwell, Thomas Lowe, Theo Meek, Caitlin Smith, Jonathan Louie, Benjamin McArthur and Matai Parker.

REMINDER – contagious illnesses
A friendly reminder to please let the office or Miss Wills in Room 8 know asap if your child/children’s siblings are exposed to contagious diseases – particularly measles, mumps and chicken pox. We have a student undergoing cancer treatment, and the parents need to be informed. Thank you!

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30 pm in the hall for the Taonga & Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 20.

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)

Great Kiwi Morning Tea – Tomorrow – Friday 27th October 11am
Tomorrow there will be baking on sale on the green courts at 11am. Everything $1 each. All proceeds go to Kiwis for Kiwi.
Amazing Race – Saturday 25th November
Enter your family/team (2-5 people) to compete in a range of fun challenges and race back to Matipo to win the million*! (* 1 million Indonesian Rupiah).
$15 per person or $40 for a team. Mix & mingle from 12pm. Race starts at 1pm.
$2 Sausage sizzle & $1 drinks available for lunch.

Oct 27 FoM Kiwi Morning Tea
31 School Cross Country – 9:05am start
Nov 7-9 School Show Week ‘Aladdin Trouble’
07 Netball Prize Giving
13 Class & Netball Photos
25 FoM Amazing Race
28 Softball Field Day
Dec 02 Te Atatu Christmas Parade
15 Term 4 Ends