Morena, due to low numbers for RugaSoc on a Thursday for our older students, we are now opening the Thursday RugaSoc up to our Year 0-2’s. If your child would be interested in joining this day please email to email@example.com with your child’s name, yr level and room. Thank you
Kia Ora Parents,
PhotoLife self/sibling portraits that were done on Aug 31st have arrived here at the office. If you would like to come and collect from here that would be great. If you are happy for your child to take home that is fine too.
Thank you for you patience through this time.
Haere Mai and welcome back to the summer term.
Our normal Thursday newsletter will follow on later, but there are a few things you might like to know now…
Out of Zone and Ballots for 2019
At our last Board meeting the Board allocated 20 Out of Zone places for 2019.
Dennis Finn our commissioner has now confirmed this. Closing date for out of zone applications for 2019 is 18th October. If we have more that 20 applications then we will hold a ballot in accordance with the rules. Please remind anyone who might want to apply for an out of zone place to get their enrolment form in to us by 18th October.
A good story…
I was a bit surprised to hear I had resigned from Matipo, so was my wife! But I haven’t resigned and have no plans to do so.
Busy term ahead…
There may only be 9 weeks this term, but we will pack in 44 school days, 18 assemblies , 2 camps, 1 long weekend, 1 disco, 1 set of reports, 2 evenings of SLCs , 1 New Entrant /Learning through Play information evening, 2 Whanau hui about Maori Enrichment, 1 Diwali, 1 Merry Matipo Christmas, 1 Prize giving , 1 graduation and 1 house sports day!
Seven of our teachers have been upskilling over the break, at the the U-Learn conference in Auckland and the Literacy Association conference in Palmerston North. They return with strong pictures of ‘best practice’ to share with us all.
Welcome back to Ariki Fotheringhame who joins us (again) for Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
We have some wonderful parents from Matipo Friends & Whanau who have been beautifying our toilets by room 6 and room 9, which now look very cool. The rest of our bathrooms will be done in the near future.
Trees and other stuff
Carl, Bharat, Teresa, Row and Jess have been hard-out most of the holiday. Some of our carpets now smell nice, and we have sprayed for weeds including the horrible onehunga weed. We no longer have worn-out carpets in the offices, Sick Bay is sorted (nearly) and the two casuarinas have been felled.
The wood is beautiful so we have cut it into slabs and some stumpy things. The slabs will be stored in the garage on the back car park until seasoned, then used to make outdoor seating for our tamariki. The stumpy things we can use straight away. We also have some firewood to sell.
The stumps themselves remain for the time being. This is because we will need to poison the stump to kill the roots which are spread out under the classrooms. If we don’t do this then new trees will sprout through the pipework. Once that’s done we will get the stumps ground out and we can reorganise the car park properly.
We have two important meetings and one consultation coming up –
New Entrants Information/Learning through play information evening
Thursday 1st November 6 pm in Room 20 at 6 pm, children welcome.
Maori Enrichment Hui
We invite our whanau into school next Tuesday at 6 pm to discuss options Maori Enrichment for 2019. If we have enough support then we will follow up with second hui later into eh term. Bring a plate!
End of the day…
At the moment the school day finishes are 2:45 in terms 2 & 3, but 3 pm in terms 1 & 4. Later this week you will be asked to respond to a Survey monkey to find out if people would prefer to standardise this at 3 pm all year, or not. We’ll let you know what happens!
Michelle Fowlie has now taken up her residence in Room 20, at last. Michelle and for Emma Petersen can spread out into their own spaces now! Children starting in term 4 will join Michelle’s class and stay with her.
Once Michelle’s class is full then the next New Entrant class off the blocks will be Deidre Neil’s in Room 2, once her current class moves up to Mana Syndicate at the end of the year.
After that we will open and fill a new entrant class each term. Room 3, then Room 4 and so on. Teachers are likely to be Lindsay Wills, Sian Foley and Cheryl Kearns. We plan for all our new entrants stay with the same teacher and group of students in the same classroom till the end of their own year 2, with a maximum class size of around 22 students.
Confused about new entrant visits?
Sorry about that. We have sorted that as well. Michelle will contact the parents of her own students to organise and/or confirm the visits. Deidre will contact her parents, and so on. You will have a direct person-to-person relationship with your child’s teacher. Jess Hallows will coordinate and organise this and be the back-up point of contact if needed. Michelle or Jess will make contact with you very soon.
Class changes for 2019
Now that we have sorted new entrants intake out, then we will soon organise for the class moves for 2019.
Year 2 students into Mana Syndicate
Year 4 students go into Aroha Syndicate.
We will take extra care to consult parents in Rooms 1 and 12 in week 3. At this stage we are not planning to move anyone else.
This is because students learn more in their second year with the same teacher. The junior students in the class become the ‘senior students at the start of each year, and the classroom culture does not have to be rebuilt. But It only works if the teacher has high expectations and the classroom culture is positive, but that’s partly my job to help achieve this.
NZEI and Teacher’s pay claim
The NZEI will ballot members starting Tuesday, October 16 – 25th October about for a national week of one-day strikes in November. Boards will be notified informally on Friday, 26 October, and sent formal strike notices 3 days before any action takes place. We will keep you informed of any further developments.
The builders working on the neighbouring development in Crieff Place and have had to block the pedestrian gate for a while. we will put an extra adult on duty at the back gate from 3 – 3:15 for a while.
May no longer be spread out on the bench outside the staff room. After one week it will go into the Clothing Bank bin.
In the summer time, when the weather is fine (sometimes) then we should all wear sun safe hats….
Kia Ora whanau, this is just a reminder that we finish at 3pm this term.
We are looking for 2 thoughtful, dedicated people to fill the roles of teacher aides to assist with learning at Matipo School.
The first job is Monday-Wednesday 9-12:30 and Thursday & Friday 9:00-12:00.
The second job is Monday to Thursday 9:00 -12:30.
We are looking for adaptable and flexible people who understand that the team role of a teacher aide is to help build confident, independent learners.
We offer professional development to support you and develop your teacher aide tool box.
We would like you to start as soon as possible.
Please send a CV with the names of two referees to
Kia Ora Parents,