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Cross Country 2018

Race schedule
9:15am- Walkers led by Paul to start walker track
9:20am – Year 0, 1 & 2 boys and girls race
9:35am – Year 3 boys race
9:40am – Year 3 girls race
9:50am – Year 4 boys race
10am – Year 4 girls race
10:10am – Year 5 boys race
10:20am – Year 5 girls race
10:30am – Year 6 boys race
10:40am – Year 6 girls race
*times are not exact, we are scheduling to run until morning tea* bell times tomorrow will vary according to races.

Frame On – Perfect Christmas Gift

“Turn your child’s school photograph into a perfect Christmas gift for loved ones by displaying them as a fridge magnet or key ring frame by Frame On. The frames are perfectly sized to insert the smaller photos in the Photolife photo packs and can be changed with a new photo every year! $1 for every frame ordered is given back to Matipo Primary for our fundraising efforts so come on board and get your Christmas presents sorted while raising money for our school. Order online at and use “Matipo” as a discount code to ensure free delivery”


Calling All Parents to our LOST PROPERTY AREA
We have a huge collection of lost property left over from last term. The piles of clothing can be found in the book room at the back of the Library. Please retrieve your child’s clothes before they are disposed of at the end of the week.
Thank you

Celebrations – Pasifika Day

The Culture festival was wonderful. Our Tamariki stood tall and proud.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our culturefest such a great day. Many hundreds of children, teachers and whanau from across our local group of schools saw the warm and wonderful heart of Matipo School. We were so proud!  
We planned carefully to make sure that every one of our classes were able to see some of the performances through the day.
We have  a lot of great photos and want to include them in the newsletter so we have delayed sending it out  until tomorrow.
Our School  will perform at 2 pm tomorrow, and we will invite Mana and Aroha syndicates to watch.  But this is too long for our juniors to sit in the hall, so the Class assembly will start at 2:15 as usual, when we will be joined by our juniors. 

Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018 by Heidi Gibbons, Room 15

By Heidi Gibbons, Room 15 ….

Kia ora kotou katoa te whānau o Matipō School.

On 1st July-8th July Toby, Dad and I went to Te Papaioea. (Palmerston North). We went because Rutherford College got into the finals of the Tuarua Kura Kapa Haka Nationals 2018.

Te Kōtuku, the Rutherford College Kapa Haka rōpū, performed well because they worked as a team. My favorite part was the poi because it was very beautifully sung and everyone was in time. The Kaitātaki Tane and Wahine were really strong.

Rutherford came 33rd overall (but I think they should have been placed higher because they were great J.)

The week was also awesome because we did other stuff like :

  • We went to Te Whanganui -a -Tara (Wellington) and visited Te Papa.
  • The Rugby Musem.
  • Te Āpiti wind farm. (Big windmills for electricity)
  • Awapuni kura whakatau mihi for us.
  • Saw Mount Ruapehu and Huka Falls.
  • Saw Taupo bungy and saw some jumps.


I learnt a lot of things in te reo Maori & Maori culture. The most interesting thing I learnt was:

Once the New Zealand Government didn’t let anyone create Maori art but an Iwi called Rongowhakaata didn’t listen. Because they kept making art, the New Zealand Government confiscated their Whare Nui. In 2012 The Government apologised for what they did.


Ngā mihi nui ki Rutherford College, Matua Jeff and the whānau for letting Toby and me share such a wonderful experience with you!