Category Archives: News

Newsletter #29 September 14th

Yesterday we had our Bright and Beautiful Celebration with a number of events for children including the APO Brass group, lunch time sausage sizzle, Junior and Senior Discos, and a big prize giving.

Warm Welcome To
Jonathan Mayow and Izaac Sanderson. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jonathan Mayow, Izaac Sanderson, Cassidy Conway-Ford, Phoebe O’Dwyer, Edie Annan, Ciana Gilbert, Stacey MacAllister, Caleb Murphy, Arlo Franich, Remy Franich, Lorenzo Pearce, Mia Yates, Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu and Monty Tichborne.

Matipo Netball
The 2017 netball season has come to an end. Congratulations to our Matipo Junior netballers in the Year 1-4 competition who participate to enjoy netball, learn fair play skills and understand the fundamentals of the game. Additionally, congratulations to Matipo Senior netball teams who braved the weather every Saturday demonstrating commitment, passion and reliability. Thank you to all our coaches who volunteered their time to help grow our school as a netball thriving community. This year we had all four of our Senior teams make ‘top four’ of their grade. These are excellent results and a testament to our coaches. Special mention to Matipo Magic Year 5 team placing first in their division and the mighty Matipo Royals Year 6 team for also placing first in their division.

Art Show
This year’s theme is ‘Patterns’. Within this theme, children have created art works using a range of techniques, media and artist models. Come by and view our students’ art, as well as art created by local artists, especially for this event.
Opening Monday 18th September 3.00pm – 4.00pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Open 8.00am – 3.30pm daily.

Thank You Kelly!
Thank you so much to Kelly Rarere for spending her birthday money on 16 sets of OgoSports throw and catch disks which will greatly assist hand eye coordination for younger kiddies. Thank you so much Kelly for such a generous gesture and we hope you had a great birthday!

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

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 21.

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 matipo@skids.co.nz.

Board News
The next Board Meeting is Monday 25th September at 7.30pm in the staff room. All welcome.

APO Adventures West Concert – Free Concert
Saturday 14th October at the Trusts Stadium – further details to come. This is the last Saturday of the term holidays.

Roosters Softball Club – Have a Go Day
Come along to our ‘Have a Go Day’ at Hobsonville War Memorial Park on Sunday 17th September between 10am to 12noon. All welcome! Meet the club and learn about the game. Free sausage sizzle for all participating children.

Photo Frames
Have you ordered school photographs that you might want to give as gifts or display at home? Two Matipo Mums are selling some gorgeous, custom made key ring and magnetic frames for the smaller sized school photos. They are a perfect way to share your child’s photos with loved ones. Also, for every order placed the school receives a $1 donation for fundraising! Pop into the office to see a sample and collect an order form, or alternatively email Moana or Keryn at info@fantailframes.co.nz.

Please support our newsletter sponsors!






Art Show

Monday 18th September – Thursday 21st September

Open for viewing in the School Hall
Opening Night – Monday – 3pm – 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Open 8:00am – 3:30pm daily

Our Visual Arts theme this year is ‘Patterns’. We would love to celebrate by displaying a wide range of artworks from across the school. All parents and whanau are welcome to come and view the artworks during these times. Children should be supervised at all times please.

Government gets an F for education

By Jim Turrell, published on Stuff.

OPINION: My verdict on the Government’s track record in education is that it is an epic fail.

The reasons for this verdict are many and varied, but I will focus on three main areas:

1. Our student achievement data is declining nationally
2. Ideology is overriding evidence
3. Trust has been completely eroded in the sector achievement data

The mad scientist and the frog
The mad scientist chopped off the frog’s legs and told it to jump. When the frog didn’t jump, the mad scientist concluded that the frog was deaf.

This story illustrates how a relationship between two things (a correlation) does not mean that the one thing is the direct cause of the other. Correlation and causality are often, and sometimes deliberately, confused.

It typifies the approach our government continues to take towards a growing body of evidence that suggests their treasury driven education reforms are having a negative impact on student achievement and well being.

The evidence is compelling. The Ministry of Education’s own research highlights the inconsistencies in National Standards data both within and between schools. (It’s a rort!) The RAINS study by the University of Waikato provides an especially damning report on the impact of National Standards and NZ students’ scores on international surveys continue to decline.

In some cases, the rate of that decline is increasing.

Most teachers will articulate their concerns for a narrowing of the curriculum, where science and the arts play a diminishing role and “soft skills”, such as managing self, problem solving and being creative are all but irrelevant.

Ideology
The government’s response to this troubling data is to double down on “shonky” National Standards with “National Standards Plus”, new “Better Public Services Targets” for literacy and numeracy and a clear directive to the Education Review Office to narrow its focus to schools’ programmes that accelerate the progress of their “priority learners” against National Standards. In other words, further intensification of the very policies we know to be causing harm.

At the same time, per-pupil funding is reducing and new laws are passed without any additional resources for schools to implement them.

The government is now yelling, “jump” more loudly, while chopping more furiously.

Intervention programmes that are driven by high-stakes National Standards data inevitably focus disproportionate resources on the small group of students who are most likely to reach the standard with additional support.

However, this is often to the detriment of those who have already achieved the standard and those who are less likely to with those same levels of additional support. This system is not only incredibly unfair to many students; it also precipitates an overall decline in the achievement of the whole cohort over time.

“Teacher accountability” clearly resonates with voters, and so it should, but National Standards represent a deliberate oversimplification. Education is extraordinarily complex. The extent to which it has become politicised is doing our children an enormous disservice, while snappy sound bites unfairly shape public perceptions.

It is alarming how perception continues to hold sway over evidence. This paradigm is fuelled by politicians (of all persuasions) who appear to repeatedly use data out of context, deliberately confuse correlation with causality and oversimplify complex issues for political gain. As a result, trust within the education sector is almost entirely eroded. We are being increasingly polarised by flagrant politicisation of the things we all care about.

Trump …

Brexit …

It is now nearly impossible to distinguish between a concerned principal and a radicalised political activist.

Trust
It is difficult to reconcile our government’s stated aims, with their policy outcomes. Instead, they offer yet more snappy sound bites, like former education minister Parata’s “decile is not destiny”. It is difficult for voters to argue with such rhetoric. (Frogs need to jump!) Except that there is a growing number of policies, based on pure neoliberalism, which go a long way towards ensuring that decile does become destiny. (More legs chopped off.) The outcomes appear to be the very opposite of what is promised.

Accordingly, the issue of trust lingers in the following questions:

– What is the decile review really about?
– What are Communities of Learning really about?
– What is the funding review really about?
– What are charter schools really about?
– What were the changes to the Education Amendment Act really about?
– What are public, private partnerships really about?
– Why are wealthy charter school owners from overseas suddenly appearing on our boards of trustees?

My hope is that the future brings a better balance for our curriculum.

Currently, high-stakes assessment data is leading to “drill and kill” low stakes learning. Then we wonder why achievement levels are dropping. When the balance is restored so that learning is high stakes and the assessment low stakes, learners will thrive.

This requires all-important trust. Trust between the teaching professionals and the politicians and the wider public. We all need to leave our ideologies behind and work together towards goals that are based on quality research and evidence of what works – regardless of who forms our next government on September 23.

Jim Turrell is an experienced primary school principal who lives in Central Southland after emigrating from Wales.

Newsletter #28 September 7th

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Rutherford College Dance Studio Show and saw so many ex-Matipo pupils performing. Under dance teacher Perri Exeter, Rutherford has gone from strength to strength in their dance programme. The choreography was adventurous, creative and skilful.

Congratulations to ‘Friends of Matipo’ on a very successful Spring Sausage Sizzle afternoon event which attracted a big crowd of parents and children, many of whom were new to our school. Well done on another successful event!

Warm Welcome To
Basil Karukappillil Jenson and Jackson Tombs. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Brody Biesheuvel, Moana Butterworth Flores, Cruz Jacobs Oto, Kaia Williams, Kiri Parker, Jackson Tombs, Scarlett Ibbotson, Logan Laanbroek, Ciaran Yates, Roma Bowers-Fleming and Miles Lattie. A Happy Belated Birthday to Basil Karukappillil Jenson.

Art Show
The school Art Show will be held between Monday 18th – Thursday 21st September with the formal opening on Monday 18th September at 3.00pm. Thank you to Persia Iwan and her team for putting the show together and for the hugely generous contribution from the Waitakere Community Arts Group via Lynette McKinstrie who for over a decade, have donated art works to go on show and contributed to our original art collection.

Photo Frames
Have you ordered school photographs that you might want to give as gifts or display at home? Two Matipo Mums are selling some gorgeous, custom made key ring and magnetic frames for the smaller sized school photos. They are a perfect way to share your child’s photos with loved ones. Also, for every order placed the school receives a $1 donation for fundraising! Pop into the office to see a sample and collect an order form, or alternatively email Moana or Keryn at info@fantailframes.co.nz.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 3.

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

Please support our newsletter sponsors!






SKIDS Holiday Programme Term 3

BOOK NOW FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME TERM 3 BREAK

Spaces available! Book NOW to avoid any disappointments!

•Fun indoor and outdoor activities including lip-smacking food
•Safe Environment
•Field trips “Flippin’ Fun”, “Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to rock”, “Ceramic Painting” & “Kids Fair”
•Onsite excitement “Stone Age Party”, “Burger & Drinks”, “All Fun & Games” and much more!
•WINZ SUBSIDY AVAILABLE

For more Information, please call Sapna on 09 8185955 or 0275655251 or email to matipo@skids.co.nz

 

2018 Ballot Notice

September 2017

The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Matipo Primary School for next year.

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office, or online.

Please phone or visit the school office for details of enrolment applications.

The board has determined that 16 places are likely to be available for out of zone students next year. The exact number of vacancies to arise during next year will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is Wednesday 18th October, 2017.

Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school.

Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority:

  1. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school.
  2. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.
  3. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.
  4. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.
  5. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
  6. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required, it will be held on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.