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NEWSLETTER 30th NOVEMBER 2017

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
Paul

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

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

NEW PIANO
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
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.

HELP NEEDED
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.

TE ATATU SANTA PARADE
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.

A MERRY MATIPO CHRISTMAS

An outdoor Christmas concert and hangi for all the family.

Featuring special performances by our school cultural groups, carols from the children and a special guest band.
Bring a blanket, food and drinks and enjoy a summer celebration of Matipo talent.
Gold coin koha entry.

Hangi meal order forms available from the office.

MATIPO WINS A PIANO

Some students from Room 17 with their siblings, recently entered a competition  by Play it Strange Trust and Huawei called “The 100 Piano Project”.  The competition was giving away 100 pianos to New Zealand schools.  The children were challenged to create an original song, poem, story or artwork that needed to include the subject of a piano.

Here is what the Matipo kids created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6wvoQgohFM

We were so happy to hear that the song “Play Together” was one of the winning entries, winning a brand new piano for Matipo!

Last Friday, Room 17 invited Mike Chunn from Play it Strange and Huawei’s Vera Wei to their assembly, where they performed the song and revealed the piano to the school.
Mike Chunn also spoke to the school and played on the new piano.

Many thanks to Michael Smith Photography for the photos, and to Play it Strange and Huawei for this wonderful opportunity – and of course – our shiny new piano!

Mike Chunn from Play it Strange tries out the new piano at our assembly.   Photography Michael Smith

 

Andrew Rosser, Charlie Preston and Oscar Duirs reveal the new piano!  Photography Michael Smith
Room 17 and friends perform the winning song “Play Together” at assembly. Photography Michael Smith
Cleo Duirs, Julia Rosser and Georgia Preston sing “Play Together”. Photography Michael Smith
Andrew Rosser and Charlie Preston rapping     Photography Michael Smith

 

Room 17 and friends say a big Matipo thank you to Mike Chunn and Vera Wei  Photography Michael Smith

 

NEWSLETTER #38 November 23rd 2017

Greetings to our families and community,

HE PATU TE UA KI RUNGA, HE NGUTU WĀHINE KI RARO
Social media is great, if used honestly and fairly. But over the last few days I learned some very interesting things about me (and my family!) Things I didn’t know before – because they are not true. If you do hear a rumour or gossip about me, please come in and ask me about it. Even better, ask the person who tells you if they know where it came from. If it’s an unsolicited text or Facebook post, or a passed-on comment from an unknown source, then it just might not be true.

For instance, I learned I am going to ‘recapitate’ Matipo School, to change it from Years 1-6 to Years 1-8. News to me, and not true at all. Matipo has a great relationship with Te Atatu Intermediate. For sure we will always work on getting even better together, but that’s what Kahui Ako are for.

ROAD SAFETY
Please be careful when turning into the school.  We have had a couple of near-misses at the school entrance with cars turning off Matipo Road at the start of school.

SCHOOL STRUCTURE 2018
Lots of change at the moment, but you knew that already! It’s been very busy but we are still on track with the plan we promised at the start of the term, about ten years ago it seems. We are losing a few teachers who are moving on to new schools. I acknowledge their service to our students and our community. Sadly, we will be saying Haere Ra to Persia Iwan, Michael Ohms, Anna Ahn, Elise van de Ven, Leanne Siaki and Ray Chen. But we also say Haere Mai to Jade Lee, Jill Bibby, Rahel Kissun, and Rowena Rooney, great teachers joining the Matipo Team. We have now built the teams for next year.

TEAM 1 – YEARS 0 -2
Sian Foley (DP), Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd (co-leader), Tony Nemaia, Cheryl Kearns, Delwyn Day, Caroline Chapman, Lindsay Wills, Jill Bibby(new appointment)

ROLL GROWTH TEACHERS: (for classes that start later in the year) Sarah Mitchell, Ilona Brooks-Leijh

TEAM 2 – YEARS 3 & 4
Natalie Kennerley (AP), Grace Smith (co-leader), Mitchell Osborn, Phill Simpson, Lise Ioane, Sarah-Lee Oto, Karen Verney, Jade Lee (new appointment)

TEAM 3 – YEARS 5 & 6
Deborah Shaw (DP), Marion Clark (Co-Leader), Jill Jessop, Ngaire Smith, Kahu Kuchel, Maggie Forrest, Rahel Kissun (new appointment), Caitlin Doyle

LEARNING AND INFORMATION CENTRE/CLASS RELEASE: Beth Knight. POTTERY/CERAMICS: Rowena Rooney.

SUPPORT AND CLASS RELEASE: It looks like all of our part-time teachers will be staying with us which is great news.

Teachers are just finishing their assessment testing and report writing. Reports will be with you soon. Next Tuesday I will write to tell you which class and teacher we have lined up for your child, and invite you to let me know of any problems or concerns before we confirm it. We will do all we can to get it right for every student.

In 2018 we will hold three-way meetings (student, teacher and parent) after the mid-year and end-of-year reports. For this year, please let us know if you would like to meet the teacher to discuss the report.

Nga mihi nui,
Paul

STARTING SCHOOL IN 2018
Tamariki teachers have been hard at work restructuring the Tamariki Syndicate. From 2018, the cohort of children and families who are welcomed into one class together will remain together in the same classroom, with the same teacher, for about 2 years. Visits will take place in the final weeks of the previous term. There is also an option to start on a child’s 5th birthday.

There are information sessions available on Friday 24 November and Monday 27 November in the Media Suite at 9:00am. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on sian@staff.matipo.school.nz or 09 834 6909.

Sian Foley

ALL ABOUT AsTTle
Our primary tool for assessing our students’ achievement and progress in writing is called the AsTTle test. AsTTle stands for Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning. The test was designed in part by the University of Auckland, led by prominent academic, Professor John Hattie. This online assessment tool is designed to assess students’ progress in writing from years 1–10. Teachers choose a written ‘prompt’, which varies according to genre and purpose. Students are asked to write narratives (stories), recounts, explanations and attempt to persuade their audience. Each genre is assessed against a number of criteria broken down into surface features (e.g. spelling, punctuation) and deeper features (e.g. sentence structure, ideas).

The AsTtle test is standardised which means that test takers from all over New Zealand have to answer the same questions or respond to the same prompt. This means that the test is consistent and it also makes it possible to compare the relative performance of each student. It is also a norm-referenced test (NRT) which means an individual’s test results can be compared to that of other students.

The test is aligned to the levels of the New Zealand curriculum. Roughly speaking, it is expected that students in years 1-2 would be writing at Level 1 of the curriculum, years 3-4 at level 2 and years 5-6 at level 3. Each level is broken down into (b) basic, (p) proficient, and (a) advanced.

Through the test, teachers are able to develop a rich picture of students’ strengths and next learning steps. This information provides a valuable starting point for a rich discussion between teacher and student about the students’ writing. They can then collaboratively set relevant learning goals.

Phill Simpson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Niamh Dines, Lachlan Howley, Matilda Foley, Jet Kightley, Harry Donald, Kaige Joyce, Denzel Vesetolu, George Gough, Lola Harris-Dennerly, James Turoa, Alice Carter, Elyna Wang, Jackson Lee, Sofia McKay, Sage Tantingco.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2:30pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana syndicates and will be hosted by Room 17.

SPECIAL NEEDS CO-ORDINATOR (SENCO) – AND – SPECIAL NEEDS
All schools in New Zealand have a teacher or member of the senior leadership team who has the role of Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) within the school.

It is this person’s responsibility to manage the Special Needs Systems that are in place for identified children. These systems can include (for example); Maintain a Special Needs Register; Funding applications and re-applications; Referrals to external agencies and/or professionals…and more.

SPECIAL NEEDS
All schools in New Zealand have identified – or – non-identified (non-identified refers specifically to a child who has not had a formal diagnosis by an appropriate professional) children in the school who have or may have, a need that requires specific support. This may include (for example);  A teacher’s teaching and learning programme is differentiated, tailored or personalised to cater for a child’s specific needs; Making a referral to an appropriate agency or professional; Facilities in the school may require changes or upgrading to cater for a child’s needs, and more.

Deborah Shaw

HELP NEEDED
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.

VACANCY: TEACHER AIDE POSITION
If you are a person who can form positive, caring relationships with children; are fun and energetic; have great communication skills; are observant and can record important information and work together as part of a team to support a child’s needs, then we want to hear from you please. Send a brief cover letter with your CV to Paul Wright, Principal, Matipo Primary by Friday 24th November (days and hours of employment to be confirmed). paul@staff.matipo.school.nz

TE ATATU SANTA PARADE
The Te Atatu Santa Parade is coming up on Saturday 2nd December. Matipo is entering a “Santa’s Workshop” float and all children are welcome to join in. On the day children will be invited to wear their pjs, nightwear or a onesie and to carry either an oversized letter to Santa or a box wrapped to look like a present. We would love any “presents” that you can provide – wrapped in green, red or gold wrapping. Thanks to Friends of Matipo for organising this.

FRIENDS OF MATIPO EVENT
Friends of Matipo have made the decision to postpone their Amazing Race event due to a very busy time of year. This will be rescheduled for 2018.

IMPORTANT DATES
2 Dec Te Atatu Santa Parade
4 Dec Year 6 Rainbow’s End Trip
5 Dec Librarians & Wardens Parakai Trip
7 Dec Reports emailed home
11 Dec Junior Prize Giving 9:30 – 10:30am, Senior Prize Giving 11:30am – 12:30pm, Year 6 Graduation 6:15 -8:30pm
13 Dec Fun Day
14 Dec A Merry Matipo Christmas 5-7:30pm
15 Dec Term 4 ends 3pm

NEWSLETTER #37 NOVEMBER 16th 2017

Dear Whanau, Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to everyone who has come into school to meet me. If it’s tricky to find a time, then please remember I will be here every Tuesday till 7pm – or you can email me on paul@matipo.school.nz

SCHOOL STRUCTURE
We are working hard to reorganise our school for 2018, starting with the leadership structure. Most schools of our size have a robust Senior Leadership Team with two, three or even four APs and DPs. Congratulations to Sian Foley who has won the position of Deputy Principal responsible for Early Years, Deborah Shaw, Deputy Principal responsible for Years 5 & 6, and Natalie Kennerley, Assistant Principal responsible for Years 3 & 4. We are now working to identify the rest of the staffing teams and will then start on class placements.

ALADDIN TROUBLE
What a wonderful show! It was great achievement for all involved. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Nga mihi nui
Paul

READING ASSESSMENTS
Aotearoa New Zealand still leads the world in the assessment of reading….

Depending on reading levels, we administer two different types of reading assessments to students on a regular basis. The first, usually for junior students, is the PM ‘Benchmark’. Students progress through the levels (colours) starting with Magenta (level 1) and finishing at Sapphire (level 30). A student attaining level 30 will have an approximate reading age of 11.5 -12 years. PM Benchmark is good at measuring how well children ‘decode’ – that is translating print into speech by matching a letter or combination of letters (graphemes) to their sounds (phonemes) and recognizing the patterns that make syllables and words (phonics).

So PM allows us to ‘benchmark’ the mechanical reading ability of students. We use this assessment more than once through the learning year, to gauge the progress an individual makes over time. This is usually based on the difference between the most recent assessment and the one before. A gap between the tests of at least 3 months is really helpful.

At the Silver level (23-24), we change to the ‘Probe’ test. Probe is also a running record, but it measures ‘comprehension’ rather than the ‘decoding’. For the first year or two, the results are almost always lower than they would be if we kept using the PM Benchmark. Reading ages appear to drop once we move to Probe.

This doesn’t just happen at Matipo – it happens everywhere. This is because students need to be very competent at the mechanics of reading first. It’s a bit like teaching someone to drive. Learners need to be really competent at controlling the car before you let them loose on the road. PM is the equivalent of car control. Probe is how you actually drive on the road once you can control the car.

This reading age will appear on your child’s report, and some information about progress since the previous reading assessment. It is good to discuss this with your child and with the teacher. We use other reading assessments as well, such as CAP (Concepts About Print), PAT reading (Progressive Attainment Tests), AsTTle (Assessment for Teaching and Learning) and schonell spelling. But we’ll leave them for another day!

Phill Simpson /Paul Wright

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Mia Horv’ath, Jane Louie, Taylox McComb, Oliver Smith, River-lee Panui, Khalil Williams-Stehlin, Max Jones, Rumer Kightley, Chequan McPherson.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2:30pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates and will be hosted by Room 24.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The next Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday 20 November, 7.30pm. All welcome.

VACANCY: TEACHER AIDE POSITION
If you are a person who can form positive, caring relationships with children; are fun and energetic; have great communication skills; are observant and can record important information and work together as part of a team to support a child’s needs, then we want to hear from you please. Send a brief cover letter with your CV to Paul Wright, Principal, Matipo Primary by Friday 24th November (days and hours of employment to be confirmed) paul@staff.matipo.school.nz

TE ATATU SPRING FESTIVAL
Te Atatu Spring Festival 2017 is happening from 18-26th November. Free community festival with loads of events for all ages – dance, bikes, robotics, yoga, stress management and so much more! It starts with a Family Gala Day on Sat 18th November with bouncy castles, games, stalls and a Bakeoff competition. All entries to Bakeoff welcome, get in quick!

TE ATATU SANTA PARADE
The Te Atatu Santa Parade is coming up on Saturday 2nd December. Matipo is entering a “Santa’s Workshop” float and all children are welcome to join in. On the day children will be invited to wear their pjs, nightwear or a onesie and to carry either an oversized letter to Santa or a box wrapped to look like a present. We would love any “presents” that you can provide – wrapped in green, red or gold wrapping. Thanks to Friends of Matipo for organising this.

SPARE CLOTHES
As always we are looking for any spare clothes that we can keep in our sick bay for children who may need a change throughout the day. We would appreciate any contributions, but we particularly need clothes sized 5-7.

NEWSLETTER #36 November 9th 2017

Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
Only 26 more school days in 2017…. and so much to do!

REPORTS
All parents will get a progress report this term as usual, either the ‘anniversary’ reports at fixed points after starting school, or the end of year ‘annual’ report. These will look much the same as usual, but you will also get the specific assessment information that teachers gather, analyse and then use to write reports. This is about your own child and helps us to understand progress since the last report and especially what needs to happen next.

TESTING TESTING…
Like most schools we use standardised ‘running record’ assessments at regular intervals to monitor progress in Reading. For our Juniors, we mainly use ‘PM Benchmarks’ which gives really helpful information about how a child is learning the ‘mechanics’ of reading as well as analysing their understanding of the text.

Once they reach a certain level then we use ‘Probe’ which is more useful for helpful us gauge student understanding. Inference is a big factor at this stage. For students who are reading at adult level, beyond the Probe range, then we may use AsTTLe reading assessments. These assessments give good diagnostic information to the teacher and the student, and they also generate a specific reading age within a six-month band. We can then compare with previous Running Records to get a good picture of the rate of progress. This helps us know if a child is not making good progress so we can do something about it. This is much more specific and helpful than the ‘National Standard’ comparison.

It is very important that we ‘calibrate’ our assessments. There are only two ‘instruments’ which can do this. National standards cannot. Both PAT assessments and AsTTLe assessments are ‘standardized’ and ‘normed’, they tell us how a student is performing compared with all students of the same age in New Zealand, and we also know the assessments take place in similar conditions for everyone.

We use a mix of PAT and ASTLE tests, but now we will develop a consistent whole-school approach to make it easier for everyone to monitor progress over time. If your child is year 4 up then we will use PAT assessments for Maths and for Reading at the end of each year, so we can understand how much progress each child has made.

We use a whole range of other assessments but that’s probably enough about reporting and assessment this time. Next week I will talk about some of the other tests and assessments we use.

SCHOOL ORGANISATION FOR 2018
We have completed our Needs Analysis and are now organising for 2018. Some things I can tell you already…

Years 0 – 2 will become one single syndicate. We will keep new entrant students with the same teacher for about two years, in the same class. So all the students who start in term 1 will stay together for about two years. All the students who start in term 2 will also stay with their teacher for about two years, and so on. We are working on the best way to make this happen.
Years 3 & 4 will move to rooms 20 – 27.
Years 5 & 6 will relocate to rooms 12 – 19.
We will try to keep students with the same teacher for two years wherever it is working well. This probably means that these syndicates will be mainly organized in composite classes, but with some flexibility.

Next week I will be able to tell you about who is leading these teams and some more information about how they will be organised.

WHANAU /HOUSE ORGANIZATION
Next year we will introduce school wide ‘house structure’, to help students build relationships across the age range, to allow our seniors to take on school leadership roles, and to introduce an element of competition for sports and other events without spoiling the joy of participation for everyone. This will start up in Term 2.

INFORMATION COMMONS
The Library and the Computer Suite will change a bit too. It will become an ‘Information Commons’ but actually it will look more like the Public Library, with computers, books and other resources integrated across the learning environment.

I am sorry this is such a long message, but there is so much to share!  Please come and talk to me if you have any worries.

Nga mihi nui
Paul

p.s. Hope you get a chance to catch our wonderful show – Aladdin Trouble.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Hailee Panui, Harper McLeod, Shannon Ne’emia-Tawhai, Georgia Preston, Josiah Tavita, Ryder Morton, Jing Xuan Ooi, Kiana Siaki, Jessie Skinner, Kanye Te Tai, Shavaughn Addis-Williams, Teinakore Addis-Williams and Ava McKay. Happy Belated Birthday to Emma Wilson, Ruby Gillard, Obee McComb, Xavier Brunel-Morvan, Peyton Kay, Nathan Rizzi, Stella Mitchell, Sarah Suifua, Chelsea Doughty, AhiAhurei Paki, Georgia Thomson, Alvin Yu, Nina Horva’th and Emily Shepherd.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2:30pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana syndicates and will be hosted by Room 27.

TE ATATU SPRING FESTIVAL
Te Atatu Spring Festival 2017 is happening from 18-26th November. Free community festival with loads of events for all ages – dance, bikes, robotics, yoga, stress management and so much more! Starting with a Family Gala Day on Sat 18th November with bouncy castles, games, stalls and a Bakeoff competition. All entries to Bakeoff welcome, get in quick! www.teatatuspringfestival.nz

FOUND
A pair of Alex Perry sunglasses – pick up from the school office.

A MERRY MATIPO CHRISTMAS
On the evening of Thursday 14th December we will be holding an outdoor Christmas concert and hangi for all the family. Bring a blanket, salads and drinks and enjoy a summer celebration of Matipo talent. Gold coin koha entry. More details to come soon…

CLASS PHOTOS
A reminder that class and netball photos will be taken on Monday 13th November. Please return your order forms to the office by TOMORROW Friday 10th November.

TE ATATU SANTA PARADE
The Te Atatu Santa Parade is coming up on Saturday 2nd December. Matipo is entering a “Santa’s Workshop” float and all children are welcome to join in. More details to come in next week’s newsletter.

 

NEWSLETTER #35 November 2nd

Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

This is my third week at Matipo. People are still being patient with me. That’s great because I have so much to learn. It is wonderful to see so much going on at our school, with zoo trips, Aladdin Trouble, cake stalls, cross country, hikoi – you name it!

HAERE RA…
National standards were based on mistrust, the assumption that schools would get better through high-stakes external accountability. They are gone. Instead we will build high-trust internal accountability, to ourselves, to our community, and especially to our children.

What will change – We can work to help each child get better than they are already, rather than getting better than other children. We can work on helping our school get better than it was before, rather than better than other schools.

What will not change – We will still report student progress to you regularly and whenever you ask us. We will still focus on reading and writing and maths, though now it will be easier to focus on science, music, drama, art, I.T…

And I think it just got a little bit easier to persuade good people to ‘go teaching’.

HAERE MAI…
You might have noticed that we are now looking for a new school administrator and a caretaker. In the meantime we have some temporary helpers. Carl Roberts and Chris Cooper will share responsibility for looking after the school, locking and unlocking and maintaining the grounds and services. Claire Dimmock will help out in the office and ‘front of house’. Josh Angel is trouble shooting our IT problems and helping fix a few technological issues. They will help us keep all the plates spinning in the meantime.

POLICE CHECKS
We have been playing catch up with our police checks. Anyone who might have access to children at school must go through this every three years, which means every one of us. Thank you to everyone who has been so patient.

Nga mihi nui,
Paul

 

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30 pm in the hall for the Tamariki & Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 25.

ALADDIN TROUBLE
Less than a week now until the school spectacular Aladdin Trouble.
Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th November – 7pm start.
Tickets $5 each, on sale now from the office. Selling fast – don’t miss out!

CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Cross Country.
Year 0 Indiana Clews | Braxton Gillard
Year 1 Amelie Pilot-Rowsell | Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Ashlee Hari | Reuben Lee Sang
Year 3 Hazel Masters-King | Jude Brem
Year 4 Ava Marsters | Nathan Bundock
Year 5 Brooke Hari | Dylan Chapman
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu | Lucas Adams

MATIPO SCHOOL VACANCIES

Caretaker

Matipo School is a happy, inclusive and busy school at the heart of a vibrant community. There’s a lot going on every day, and we have fun while we learn. We recently appointed our new principal. Now we are looking for a new school caretaker to join our team.

We are looking for someone who…
Is willing to do whatever needs to be done.
Is reliable, proactive and unflappable.
Likes people and especially children!

The Job:
Caretaker Grade 1 (Grade 2 for suitable qualified applicant).
Salary scale and conditions are described in the Collective Agreement.

School Administrator / Office Manager

Matipo School is a happy, inclusive and busy school at the heart of a vibrant community. There’s a lot going on every day, and we have fun while we learn. We recently appointed our new principal. Now we are looking for a new school administrator to join our team.

We are looking for someone who…
Is professional, discreet and willing to do whatever needs to be done.
Is reliable, proactive and unflappable.
Is highly organised with excellent communication skills.
Has great interpersonal and intercultural skills and a sense of humour.
Likes people and especially children!
Hours:
8:00am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
42 weeks per annum including school term dates
Job share considered
Salary and conditions:
Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement
Placement on scale B by negotiation and depending on experience and qualifications, range $18 – $26 per hour.

_________________________________________

Applications by CV and covering letter to:
The Principal, Matipo School, 63b Matipo Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland or by email to paul@matipo.school.nz by Friday 18th November. Start date negotiable.

References essential. These are core worker positions as defined by the Vulnerable Childrens’ Act 2014, so a satisfactory police check will be required.