Newsletter – Week 11 – 12th April 2018

Dear parents and families,

Last week the Nukes, this week a weather bomb!

Stormy Weather…

We survived the weather bomb that hit West Auckland this week. School was open as usual and learning didn’t stop for a moment. Thanks to those staff who overcame some challenges to get to school – especially a few from Titirangi way who had to climb over fallen trees to get here. There were lots of children with new stories to tell, a very powerful motivation for sharing, for learning new language and for writing.

Prevention is better than cure…

Preventative maintenance plays a big part in keeping schools safe and in keeping them open.  Usually it goes on quietly in the background and no one notices – until there is a big storm and the school stays open because there are no dangerous branches overhanging buildings to fall over, no weak or unstable trees. Or maybe the school doesn’t flood because all the drains are cleared regularly and any blocked gutters have been fixed. We were lucky because the power didn’t go off, we probably couldn’t do much to prevent that. But the rest was down to good preventative maintenance.  We still have some work to do, but we are being systematic and it will all get done.

Barrier Arm

The barrier arm at the gate suffered when the Mail Delivery lady drove into it. It’s waiting for the insurance claim to be sorted.  I have left it up for a few days to see if we really do need it. So far people have been very sensible and courteous, and we have not had any dangerous parking or blockages outside the office…. But it got a bit blown about by the storm so we may have to take it down in the meantime.


Please would everyone be very careful not to drive in when it isn’t really necessary, and take care to park considerately. Then we wouldn’t need the barrier.

What we know and what we don’t know…

At last our website is up and running again. We have asked TTS to carry out an audit and assessment process so we can identify any future risks to the site, and sort them out before we crash.

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. We thought we knew, but we didn’t. Now we know there might be something else we don’t know so we will try to find it out before it’s too late, and fix it before it happens. Simple.

Now we can get to work to make our website truly ‘fit for purpose’. This is the official ‘go to’ site for any information about the school, and it should be accurate and reliable. Hard copies of all our 2018 Newsletters, Board Reports, Minutes and so on are always available in the foyer at school.

New Entrant and Roll-growth classes

Congratulations to Emma Pettersen, who has won a permanent position starting our next roll growth class. Emma will work alongside Caroline Chapman and Delwyn Day for a few weeks as her class builds, then move into her own class towards the end of term 2. Emma will stay with her students at least until the end of their year 2, at least seven terms.

Room 16

Sadly Maggie Forrest leaves us sometime next term. However I expect to let you know who the new teacher will be on Friday, to give everyone a chance to meet the new teacher and get settled before Maggie does move on.

End of Term assembly and Enrichment

Our End of Term assembly on Friday will be in the hall, so we won’t have much space for parents. This is a bit of a shame because we will have some things to share from our enrichment classes – some amazing pottery from Rowena’s group, and a powerful kapa haka performance from Whaea Ngaire and Whaea Janna’s group.

We are hoping to fix up the hall this year, and we will share some of these things with you at future assemblies.  Speaking of enrichment, kia ora to our students for the wonderful ‘curry in a hurry’, and for the lovely homemade jam which made my afternoon even more exciting! And I know that our school band is planning its first performance in week 2 next term.

After School Programmes Terms 2 & 3

Thanks for the wonderful response to our programmes. We are oversubscribed for many of the activities so we are now trying to arrange for some extra sessions.

We still have spaces for:

Sports & Games with Miss Ioane – $50 – Wednesdays 3-4pm, open for years 2-4.

Rugasoc – $80 – Thursdays 3-4pm, open for years 1-2.

Yoga – $65 – Mondays or Thursdays 3-4pm, open for all age groups.

Blue Turtle Design Mosaics – $150 – Thursdays 3-4:30pm, year 5 & 6.

Please email if you want to enrol your child in one of these.

Thank you for your support and involvement this term. It seems like a long time ago since we started the school year but it’s only been 11 weeks, and two of those were short weeks. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday (with lots of reading).

Matipo Housetruck…

We want to improve the environment at the front of the school… so, we made a bit more space!

Happy Birthday this week and over the holidays to: Rydar James, Ryan Cameron, Celeste Parsons, Tegan Coyle, Jasmine McCourt, Brianna McMahon, ShantiPushpal Ramachandran, Jessica Lynch-Blosse, Daysha Williams, Jah-Dane Murray, Jessie Holmes, James Lancaster, Rylan Morpeth, Leanne Zhong, Tyler Aickin, Leon Chapman, Piper Donaldson, Ryan Randhawa, Connor Wilmoth, Olivia Davies, Jakob McCourt, Leo Pickford, Nathan Yovich, Darcy Rarere, Sofia Urlovic, Harrison Avery, Cameron Schofield, Awa Lofley, Stanley Zhong, Eliza Hurst, Cape Bowen, Ruby Mitchell, Mathilda Brem.

Nga mihi nui


IT Assistant

We are looking for someone to help out for approximately 5 hours per week with our IT systems – updating devices, checking laptops etc.  You would be trained for this.  If you are interested, please contact Natalie Kennerley

Eat What You Sow

This is Eat What You Sow (enrichment)!!  We made raspberry jam. This is us trying our raspberry jam on toast.  Mrs Kennerley toasted the bread and we buttered it, then spread the raspberry jam on it.  Then we all ate it.  It was so yum!!  We even gave some to Mr Wright. We all enjoyed it.  By Abbie Fagan & Kalia White – Year 4 – Room 24.

Greta is putting raspberry jam on her toast. We made the raspberry jam from scratch.

By Brody Biesheuvel – Year 4 – Room 20.


Curry in a Hurry

It was time for rice and some spice in Miss Kissun’s and Miss Wheeler’s Food

Around the World enrichment group last Thursday.

On the menu were rice, dhal and papadums; under their teachers’ watchful

eyes, children got a first-hand experience making the Indian meal.

The teachers then joined their children to taste the dishes. The verdict; it was


If you are keen to try this simple Indian meal at home, here’s the recipe;

Dhal Recipe (Simple)


1 cup split peas (dhal)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 dried/frozen chilies (broken into pieces)

1 sprig curry leaves (stem removed)

¼ tsp ground turmeric

2 cups water (480ml)

Salt to taste

2 tbsp butter/ghee (28g)

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 onion (sliced) * 3 tomatoes (cubed)


  1. Rinse and drain dhal.
  2. Place dhal in a medium sized pot with salt, turmeric, chillies and 2 cups (480ml) water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes until dhal is soft.
  4. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, pulse several times to desired consistency.
  5. In a fry pan, heat butter/ghee. Add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add cumin seeds, onion, garlic and add spring curry leaves. Fry until onion is slightly brown, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add cubed tomatoes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Transfer fried ingredients to the pot with cooked dhal. Place pot back onto stove and cook for 5min

Turn off heat.