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Newsletter #20 June 29th

Warm Welcome To
Nathan Brunel-Morvan, Rosa Skellon and Justin Tran. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Nathan Brunel-Morvan, Mikayla Tombs, Ella Page-Wood, Rosa Skellon, Arthur Bell, Emily Stuart, Zac Wilson, Justin Tran, Eve Lambourn-Bennett, Henry Ramsay, Matthew Rockel, Carlos Cash, Ethan Clark, Billie Circuitt, Isabella Dodd and Aiden Sanderson.

Book Week
Last week we had the excitement of the Book Fair. A total of $11,500 worth of books were sold, of which $4,000 commission was earned for Mrs Knight to buy new books for the library. Thank you for all your support and especially to our volunteers Ally Gracewood, Kirsty Ibbotson, Merryn Robertson, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Ellen Williams, Karen Dobbs, Vanessa Preston, Jill Jessop, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Linda Crombie, Vicky Petley, Natalie Kennerley, Lisa Hamilton, Alex Yovich, Hollie Colegate, Joanna Holland, Kristie Penwarden, Janine Thomas, Amanda Lowe, Scott Faulder and Kelly Rarere.
Book Week concluded with a Book Character Parade presented by the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates. What a wonderful effort by children and staff. The overall winners for their costumes were Jacob Hallows, George Fisk, Brianna McMahon, Imogen Wroe and Cassandra Kinross. Photos of the parade can be seen on our Facebook page.

Term 3 After School Classes
Enrolments for Term 3 after school classes opened this morning. We have five after school classes to offer. Please see the enrolment form for more information.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 7.

Wanted
If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay. Also, any unused newspaper for our art room.

Soccer Field Day
There were many tired kids and satisfied parents at this week’s soccer field day. The boys A-team just missed the final finishing a credible 3rd place. The boys B-team won their competition. The NFF organised a non-competitive girls football tournament. The players of the day were Seth Stylianou, Josiah Tavita and Chelsea Doughty. Thank you Mr Simpson and Mr Nemaia for a great day, and to parents Bruce Ellis, Steven Bonkovich and Andrew van Dolleweerd for helping out. Also to the refs from Rutherford College, particularly three ex-Matipo students – Ryan Verney, Dylan McDonald and Joshua Smith.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

Term Dates
June 30 School Speech Competition 11.30am
July 04 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
07 Term 2 Ends
24 Term 3 Starts

Learning Expo
Tuesday 4th July 9 – 10am
All classes welcome you to join them in this term’s Learning Expo.
This is an opportunity to visit your child’s class, look at their books, and see their work displayed. Each class will have a little experience planned where they will demonstrate their learning or talk about their learning outcomes.
We would love to see you there!

Matipo History: Significant Events Last 30 Years

1988    School’s second fire destroyed the last classroom left from a permanent block roughly where the hall is.

1993    Major police issue around paedophile Peter Campbell. Security guards and police on site.

1994    Three new classrooms sank into the rugby field being delivered and had to be towed out by a bulldozer.

1995    Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard visited.

1998    Rt Hon Helen Clark visited to open new Admin Block.

1999    ‘Elvis’ Stankovich concert.

2000    Jonathan Hunt – Speaker NZ Parliament visited.

2002    Trip to Parliament to meet Speaker Jonathan Hunt who welcomed each child individually into the state dining room.

2006    Gold Coast Trip! Mrs Forgie taught every child to swim in the motel swimming pool.

2015    Hall fire!

Matipo History: Famous Visitors

Darren Liddel – Weightlifter
Eroni Clarke – All Black
Bob Harvey – Mayor
David Fane – Actor
Chris Carter – MP, Minister of Education
Debra Wai Kapohe – Soprano
Harry Ngata – Soccer Player
K-Lee – Singer
Oscar Kightley – Actor
Danny Hay – Soccer player
Noah Hickey – Soccer Player
Cindy Kiro – Children’s Commissioner
Winton Rufer – Soccer Player
Tamati Coffey – TV Presenter
Robert Rakete – Mai FM DJ
Jay Jay Feeney – The Edge DJ
Yvonne Willering – Netballer
Patrick Ah Van – Warriors Player
David Tua – Boxer
Louisa Wall – MP
Paul Ifill – Soccer Player
Ronald Suniula – USA Rugby
Mahe Drysdale – Rower
Sarah Couley – Olympian
Alfred Ngaro – MP
Siona Fernantez – Olympian
Maria Tutaia – Netballer

Term 3 After School Classes 2017

ENROLMENTS OPEN THURSDAY 29th JUNE 2017

  • All enrolments must go through the office. Office hours 8am – 4pm daily.
  • Enrolments need to be accompanied by payment – cash, cheque, visa or eftpos – and are non-refundable.
  • Places are filled on a first in, first served basis. Places can’t be held pending payment.

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Newsletter #19 June 22nd

This week I would like to acknowledge the important and impressive role ‘Dancebeat’ play in our community. So many of our children get an introduction then the opportunity to develop skills of dance with Dancebeat. At Matipo, a number of teachers foster dance, notably Karen Verney. The Rutherford College dance teacher’s then take the children to a very high level with fantastic dance practitioners Patricia O’Brien (retired) and currently Peri Exeter. Congratulations for fostering dance in our community.

Warm Welcome To
Tamati Hoskins and Patrick Ngahere. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Alexander Ellis, Victoria Brandao Avila, Ryan Lee, Isabel Turner, Oscar Wilson, Molly Robertson, Alfie Cameron and Tamati Hoskins.

Book Character Parade
Tomorrow at 9.15am the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates will be hosting their Book Character Parade. This is an opportunity for children to dress up as a book character to culminate our very successful Book Fair in association with Scholastic. Thank you Vanessa Preston for the donation of prizes of tickets to the Weber Bros Circus. It has been great to see so much interest in books. Who remembers getting books for their birthday or Christmas? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to happen a lot any more.

Early Alert
Mid-Year reports will be emailed home on Friday 4th August. Please update your email addresses if they have changed. Parent teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 9th August between 2pm – 8pm. Children may participate in the interviews , sharing their progress, achievements and things they might need to work on. School will finish at 2pm on this day.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm).

Last Week
Phillip Simpson (Writing), Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd (Maths), Cheryl Kearns (Junior Priority Learners) and Sarah-lee Oto (Pasifika) attended a Community of Learning Conference along with staff from eight other Te Atatu schools. They spoke very well about their programmes running within our school, and the achievement levels made. There were some very good presentations, with one participant talking about transitions to and between schools and spoke about an interesting point about parental anxiety and attitude transferring to children.

Wig Wednesday
Great participation from our children and parents saw $732 raised for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 16.

Winter Weather
A timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Wanted
If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay. Also, any unused newspaper for our art room.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
All Entertainment Memberships sold up until the end of June go into the draw to win 2 bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Term Dates
June 27 Soccer Field Day
30 School Speech Competition
July 04 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
07 Term 2 Ends
24 Term 3 Starts

Homestay Placements Term 3 2017

Dear parents,

We would like to warmly invite you to a wonderful opportunity of experiencing a new culture in your own home.

In term 3 we have students between the ages of 7-12 travelling from China to study at Matipo Primary.

Therefore, homestay placements are needed for these students for 2 weeks between 31st July – 11th August..

You will need to provide :

* Pick up/drop off to school
* Morning tea + lunch for school + all other necessary meals outside of school
* Bed/Beds depending how many children you’d like to host
* Internet available for the kids to contact their parents

The hosting rate will be $400 per student for the 2 weeks of hosting.

If you are interested, please email mandarinheroes@gmail.com for more information.

Kind regards

Ray Chen