Dear parents and families,

We have sorted our teams and classes for 2018. Thank you to everyone for being so patient and for the feedback which is helping us to ‘tune’ our settings a bit. Most people have been patient, understanding, and considerate of the impact of any possible changes on others. We probably all understand that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. But we can no longer take the village for granted, we have to work at it. Sadly, it is no longer usual to live (or work!) in a community where families and parents know about and take responsibility for other children as well as their own.

Matipo is still a village. Lots of people have told me this is because Te Atatu is a peninsula and a bit ‘cut off’, but this might not be enough. It’s still a village because most people care about other people’s children as well as their own, and are prepared to ‘step forward’. But we have to ensure that we truly include all our children. The learning or behaviour needs of other students in a class are not an acceptable reason to seek a change of teacher. On the other hand, the school takes responsibility for supporting and managing the needs of all students, and will also seek to balance the classes over the school as a whole.

Aotearoa New Zealand played the significant leadership role in the UN statement about ‘The Rights of the Child’ in Salamanca, 1994. This Statement underpins the New Zealand Schooling system, which was re-designed in the 1990s to be the most inclusive and just in the world. As a school leader, this was a big part of my decision to come to New Zealand more than 20 years ago. Here it is:

The Salamanca Statement on the Rights of the Child

We believe and proclaim that:

  • every child has a fundamental right to education, and must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of learning
  • every child has unique characteristics, interests, abilities and learning needs
  • education systems should be designed and educational programmes implemented to take into account the wide diversity of these characteristics and needs
  • those with special educational needs must have access to regular schools which should accommodate them within a child-centred pedagogy capable of meeting these needs
  • regular schools with this inclusive orientation are the most effective means of combating discriminatory attitudes, creating welcoming communities, building an inclusive society and achieving education for all

We have almost completed our staffing changes for 2018. We were honoured by the quality and quantity of the applicants, with nearly eighty applications for the administrative officer’s position. Many were from our community and of very high quality. Thank you to everyone who applied. We are so sorry we could not appoint more of you!

The school is now completely full. Next week I will write to you to remind everyone of our legal obligations about out-of-zone applicants.

Haere Mai to…
Catherine Veletino, currently Team Leader for Early Years at Richmond Road School. Catherine will join our Early Years team for 2018. Teresa Marshall has won the position of Administrative Officer. She will take up her responsibilities in January 2018. Kelly Rarere takes up her part-time role as Enrolments Officer/Administrator at the start of next term, from 8 – 10 am each day. Kelly is helping us keep all the plates spinning in the meantime.

Thanks to all those who have sent in their CVs for Teacher Aide positions. We are still reviewing our support team for 2018 and will be in touch. If you are not successful this term then we will ask permission to keep your CV ‘on file’.

You will soon receive an annual progress report for your child. We have had to make some changes to our system at short notice – mainly because the new principal wanted to include more information about learning assessments for each child. Aroha mai! But you will get very specific assessment test outcomes for your child, for reading and maths in particular, which are normed, standardised and reliable.

Nga mihi nui

Aiko Holster, Ela Kiyici, Lucy Forrest, Theo Bourne, Mereana McCallum, Summer Powell, Luca Franicevich, Aiden Franicevich and Zaria Adams.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2:30pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates and will be hosted by Room 23.

Some of our parents worked with Room 17 to create an original creative song for the 100 Piano Project run by Play It Strange competition on Seven Sharp. Andrew, Georgia and Cleo from room 17 along with their siblings, Julia, Oscar and Charlie decided that they wanted to write a song and enter the competition. They brainstormed ideas about what music meant to them and how music makes them feel, then they turned these ideas into lyrics and with the help of their parents wrote and recorded a song called “Play Together”. The judges from Play It Strange and Huawei loved our song too and emailed us a couple of weeks ago to tell us… WE WON A BRAND NEW PIANO FOR MATIPO!!!!

Lost property is on display outside the staffroom this week. Any named clothing will be returned to its owner, and at the end of the week any leftovers will be donated to charity.

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.

The Te Atatu Santa Parade is coming up this Saturday.
Things to know for the parade

  1. Meet at Te Atatu Intermediate by 1015am on the field
  2. Children are to wear Pyjamas
  3. If an adult is accompanying, the adult must wear red top/ black bottoms or pyjamas
  4. Each child must be carrying a present or a stocking. Bring on the day.
  5. You can collect your children from the intermediate after the parade if you are not walking with them.