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University of NSW Maths Test

Congratulations to the following children who did outstandingly well in the University of NSW Maths Test. The children achieved two distinctions, 14 credits, and 5 merits. They achieved scores above the average median across the three year levels entered.

Moana Butterworth-Flores; Year 4
Kees Wierstra; Year 6

Sasha Hickman; Year 4
Ryan Lee; Year 4
Jakub McEntee; Year 4
Aubin Midol; Year 4
Charlie Preston; Year 4
Chardonne Villanueva; Year 4
Finn Boyack; Year 5
Isaac Igusa; Year 5
Ruby Masters-King; Year 5
Grace Oloi; Year 5
Imogen Wroe; Year 5
Ashlee Nemaia; Year 6
Alyssa Patten; Year 6
Lorenzo Pearce; Year 6

Kaia Evans; Year 5
Joshua Richardson; Year 5
Anna Schrott; Year 5
Chad van Dolleweerd; Year 5
Niamh Dines; Year 6

Story Writing Competition 2017

Congratulations to this year’s Story Writing Competition Winners:

Year 0: Eliza Hurst, Room 7

Year 1: Billie Circuitt, Room 6

Year 2: Sofia McKay, Room 20

Year 3: Hazel Masters-King, Room 17

Year 4: Molly Robertson, Room 24

Year 5: Rylla Rarere, Room 19

Year 6: Franklin Davis-Barr, Room 27

Taipari Taniwha

The Tamariki are proud that the final art piece under our long serving Principal Mr Bainbridge is a gift to Mr Bainbridge and the school. The ‘Taipari Taniwha’ celebrates his love of art and ‘Kaitiakitanga’, the guardianship of Matipo Primary School from 1989 to 2017.

Kia pai te haere
Our gratitude to Rowena Rooney for leading this amazing taonga and art piece.

Newsletter #31 September 28th

After 28 years, this is my final newsletter. I came here as a younger man, slim, black hair and widely enthusiastic. Unfortunately, only the enthusiasm remains. In this time the school grew from 150 to a projected 650 next year. We have had two fires over this time, 1989 and 2015.

The school was an early adopter of IT and Inquiry Learning. This has always been a child centred school and to new teachers, visitors and parents, I always give the same message: the greatest asset of this school is the children. On hundreds of occasions after trips and visits, I get the same feedback – your kids were so good!

Our ERO reports over the years have always been very complementary, positive and reaffirming. We are a school that has strived for excellence. I will miss the smiling, happy faces of the kids, their friendship, their enthusiasm and their positivity.

I wish to acknowledge the staff over the last 28 years – support staff and teaching staff. Everybody goes above and beyond expectation. They have been greatly committed and all multi-task taking on extra roles and responsibilities. We have had a series of great supportive Boards over the period. I would particularly like to acknowledge the tremendous load and loyalty that has been shouldered by present Board Chair, Vanna Blucher.

I am leaving with many pleasant memories, a feeling of pride and take particular pleasure from exposing, developing and enhancing the Arts to our children, particularly visual art and dance.

I have always believed in young teachers, have invested in them and given them opportunities for advancement and leadership. I have seldom been let down.

I am looking forward to getting my garden back in order, getting back into walking and enjoying listening to a stack of CD’s, LP’s and unread books, and also have a number of travel ventures to keep me busy.

Goodbye, and best wishes to you all!

Term 4 – Summer Hours
School resumes on Monday 16th October and we revert back to summer hours with a full hour for lunch and school finishing at 3pm. All children must wear a hat during break times.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Sasha Hickman, Eva Inkster, Anna Schrott, Ngakau O’Donnell, Maxwell Sanders, Alexandra Boyle, Eve Parsons, Mia Armstrong, Janelle Eason-Ayrapetyan, George Fisk and Tate Robinson. Happy Birthday over the holidays to Saskia Boyack, Ezekiel Apostol, Joaquin Gapusan, Eva Olesen, Daniel Vujnovich, Lyn Lin, Luka Nemaia, Ashley Shepherd, Tristan Gotz, India-Rose Hira, Leah McKean, Samuel Atkinson-Burns, Delta Johns, Jed Lindsay-Ola, Sam Lindsay-Ola, Jeremi McEntee, Jake Jones, Emily Fraser, Mikayla Lincoln, Anna Bell, Teo Pilot-Rowsell and Lakar Wood-Houia

Bright and Beautiful Celebration Day
Bright and Beautiful was a huge success with a grand parade, impromptu flash dance, APO Brass Percussion concert, lucky prize draw, entertainment items from staff and pupils and then a junior and senior ‘dance party’. Thanks to Lumino Dentist for donation of toothbrushes for all the kids.

Basketball Field Day
Last Thursday our Matipo Basketball teams competed in the Te Atatu Interschool Basketball competition at Rutherford College. It was an exciting day with breath-taking moments as all the games were very close. Both of our teams gave their maximum effort every split second on the court. With all the blood, sweat and tears during the hard training we’ve had, they all paid off as our Matipo Basketball A Team came 2nd in the league, while the B Team came third. Congratulations to Lycan Kay, Player of the Day for the A Team, and to Neil Amerika, Player of the Day for the B Team. Well done to all our awesome basketball players!

Parent Wardens Wanted – Urgent
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Friday afternoons. Thanks to Libby Clark who has been volunteering her time to fill this position. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 if you can assist (3.00pm – 3.20pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 13.

Have a safe and happy holiday with your children. Best Wishes!

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Board Notices

Powhiri for Mr Wright
Parents and whanau are invited to attend to our full school Powhiri welcome for Matipo’s new Principal, Mr Paul Wright, on his first day of term.
Following the ceremony, there will be entertainment from Matipo and Clayton Park cultural groups, followed by a morning tea.  All welcome.
Monday 16 October, 10.30am on the green courts.
Board Meeting
The next Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday 16 October, 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Wayne Bainbridge Hall

Thursday afternoon the Matipo Board of Trustees renamed the hall to honour Mr Bainbridge as he retires after 28 years of hard work and dedication as principal of Matipo.
Two representatives from each class attended the ceremony as well as BoT members and Cara on behalf of Wayne who couldn’t make it. Local MP Phil Twyford officially renamed the hall, and Rev Tahu Williams blessed the newly named Wayne Bainbridge hall.

Matipo School Hall renaming ceremony from Vanessa Preston on Vimeo.

Newsletter #30 September 21st

Many thanks to our school art team and all those who helped, for collating the bi-annual school Art Show. Congratulations to all the children and classes who had pieces exhibited. The People’s Choice Winner from our invited guest artists was Sue Butler, whose theme was the Fibonacci sequence. Many thanks to the artists of the Waitakere Arts Centre who donated twelve pieces of art to our school’s collection this year, we appreciate your continued support!

Warm Welcome To
Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama. Also, a very special belated welcome to Cohen Holster. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jaimie Booth, Ava Foster, Kees Wierstra, Sophia Litvinchuk, Lucy Wallace, Isaac Lee Sang, Katija Luke, Kelly Alker, Cooper Marris, Lucy Stylianou, Samuel Taylor, Jamie Thomas, Jett Bernard, Hongrae Noh, Te Arepa Taiaroa, Maya Frampton and Mia Gilbert. A Happy Belated Birthday to Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth, Cohen Holster and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Friday afternoons. Thanks to Libby Clark who has been volunteering her time to fill this position. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 if you can assist (3.00pm – 3.20pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

Learning Expo – Date Change
This term’s Learning Expo will be held next Wednesday 27th September, between 9 – 10am.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 2.

Lost Property
Lost Property will be on display outside the staffroom this afternoon and tomorrow. Any unclaimed items after the end of school on Friday will be passed on to charity. We make every effort to return named items to children. Please remember to name your children’s clothing.

Te Atatu Intermediate Year 6 Testing
Testing Date for Year 6 Students: Monday 30 Oct – 9.15am to 12.15noon. A bus will collect and drop off students to and from school. Please ring the TAI Office (09) 834 5371 if you wish to receive more information. Only students who have enrolled can sit the test.

SKIDS School Holiday Programme
Book now for the Term 3 School Holiday Programme. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, ‘Flippin’ Fun’, ‘Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to Rock’, ‘Ceramic Painting’ and ‘Kids Fair’. Onsite excitement including ‘Stone Age Party’, ‘Burgers and Drinks’ and much more! WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please contact Sapna on
818 5955 or 027 565 5251, or email

Brickworks Drama School
School Holiday Drama Workshops with Brickworks Drama School. Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th October at The Chapel, Te Atatu Peninsula – 9am – 3pm each day. Single day bookings available – $45 a day. For more information visit or email:

West City Baseball Club – Have a Go Day
September 30th and October 1st between 1pm – 3pm. Registration and ‘Have a Go’ for all grades: Kiwiball, under 11, under 13, under 16 and Senior. McLeod Park, Te Atatu South.

Medical Considerations
We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for one of our students on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken.

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Tamariki Syndicate need your help!


The Tamariki Syndicate need your help! To finish our Taniwha we need plastics tops. Tops from milk, cream, drink, yoghurt etc and in many different colours especially yellow, orange, green, Gold Schweppes and red Coke ones. Share this Kaitiakitanga call-out with all your whanau.

Either take them to the containers in the hall and check out the art show or deliver them to any Tamariki class.

Thank you in advance and Kaitiakitanga.

Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 3

Matipo Board of Trustees
TERM THREE NEWSLETTER 19 September, 2017

Dear Matipo community,

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came along to our Meet the Board evening at the start of this term. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with Matipo parents, whanau and staff in a relaxed environment. A special thank you to our two students Lola Harris-Dennerly and Mia Hor’vath who shared their winning speeches with us, and Mr Ray Chen who provided the entertainment. Both were a real treat. Your board is committed to engaging with you – our community – so you can expect to see more of these types of events in the future. Please come along!

End of an era
The end of this term marks an auspicious occasion in our school history – the retirement of our Principal Wayne Bainbridge after 28 years of leading Matipo. Wayne started at Matipo Primary School in 1989 and the school has grown from strength to strength under his leadership.

Under Mr Bainbridge’s leadership, significant tree planting was carried out at Matipo, computers were introduced, and a school hall was built in 1991, extended a few years later, and again in recent years. The Media Room, the Arts Suite, a large covered court, two ‘Tiger Turf’ netball courts, and a new four class permanent block have all been built during Wayne’s time, which reflects the changing needs and growing population of our community. Kayaks were purchased in 1992-1993 and are still in use today, and there has been an ever increasing collection of sculptures in the school grounds. In November 2014 the Ministry of Education identified Matipo as the top performing school in Te Atatu, and the school received a glowing ERO report in 2016. Under Wayne’s guidance, the school was an early adopter of Information Technology, a leader in Inquiry Learning, and has become an Asian Aware school.

Wayne has requested that we do not hold a formal farewell event for him, and the Board of Trustees will be respecting his wishes in this regard. However, he was able to hold a special farewell event with the children and staff at the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ day on 13 September, and the Board will be honouring Wayne’s outstanding contributions to Matipo Primary by renaming the main school hall the “Wayne Bainbridge Hall”. Later this week we are holding a small ceremony with Phil Twyford, MP for Te Atatu, where the official renaming will take place. The memory of Wayne’s era as Principal and his passion for the visual and performing arts will live on at Matipo. We wish him all the best for his retirement.
If you or your children wish to contribute your own message of farewell, memories or well wishes please feel free to drop these into the school office by this Friday.

New beginnings
Our new principal, Mr Paul Wright, will start on Monday 16 October – the first day of Term 4. Matipo will be holding a full Powhiri ceremony to welcome Paul to our school, and we are excited to share that his previous school, Clayton Park School, will be sending all their pupils and staff to attend this Powhiri as our guests. It is very meaningful to Clayton Park to gift Mr Wright to Matipo as their taonga (treasure) and we will be honoured to host them. This will be a very special occasion with cultural performances from Matipo and Clayton Park, food and games. Parents and whanau are warmly invited to attend.
Save the date: Mr Wright’s Powhiri, Monday 16 October 10.30am

Finally, our thanks to all parents and whanau who have helped or volunteered at school this term, and our gratitude as always to our wonderful teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. We look forward to new beginnings with you all.
Wishing you all happy and safe school holidays and we hope to see you on day one Term 4.

Nga mihi nui,
Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees