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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.

Bright and Beautiful

Celebration Day
Wednesday 13th September

This will be an exciting day! Dress up Bright & Beautiful!

9am Parade & Preliminary Judging
10am APO Brass Ensemble Aucktet
11.30am Assembly & Prize Giving
12.30pm Free Sausage Sizzle
1.15pm Junior Disco
2pm Senior Disco

NB: This event is for the children only.

Newsletter #27 August 31st

Thank you for your support of the Daffodil Day Appeal. A total of $347 was collected and sent on to the Cancer Society. We are now down to four weeks until the end of the term and hopefully the spring weather will arrive to warm us all up and dry out the grounds.
I am leaving soon and have asked for no farewell. I have something special planned to say goodbye to the children, and will send out a farewell notice closer to the time.

Warm Welcome To
Cadie McDonald. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Cadie McDonald, Posie Davis-Barr, Franklin Davis-Barr, Isaac Worley, Zoe Tollemache, Kate Donald, Tony Zhong, Emily Gong, Ethan Jackson and Zandan Smith.

Individual Photos – TOMORROW
Photos are being taken TOMORROW. If your child is going to be away sick, please let the office know ASAP so we can remove their order form. Photolife ask that no special requests be made to bring in and photograph sick children.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 12.

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.

If you have any unwanted pegs, we would love to have them for hanging the lost property.

2018 Enrolments
If you have a child starting with us next year and you live within our school zone, please collect an enrolment pack from the school office. To enable us to better plan, we would appreciate all enrolments for next year completed by Wednesday 18th October. If you have any questions, please contact the office via email office@matipo.school.nz.

Waitakere Cricket Club
Register now for the upcoming Season 2017/18 via our website www.waitakerecc.co.nz or for more information please contact Maline Toma juniorwaitakcc@gmail.com 021 022 27540.

Term Dates
Sept 01 Individual & Sibling Photos
FoM Spring Sausage Sizzle 3pm – 4.30pm
13 Bright & Beautiful Day – more info to come
18-21 School Art Show
26 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
29 Term 3 Ends
Oct 16 Term 4 Starts – Summer Hours
23 Labour Day Holiday
Nov 6-9 School Show Week ‘Aladdin’
13 Class & Netball Photos

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Newsletter #26 August 24th

The fields are still really saturated so continue to be closed to the kids. However, accidents continue to happen so please ensure your child carries a spare change of clothes in their bags.

Daffodil Day
Tomorrow is Daffodil Day, run by the Cancer Society of New Zealand. There is probably no family in New Zealand who is not touched at some time by cancer. Daffodils are available for a gold coin donation TOMORROW. Please help us support our families of New Zealand.

Warm Welcome To
Ashton Walters and Ray Hsieh. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Gavin de Lumban, Oliver Edwards, Ruby Paapu, Elan van Dolleweerd, Nova Maslen, Zainah Williams-Stehlin and Jordan Kalloor. A Happy Belated Birthday to Ray Hsieh and Ashton Walters.

Individual Photos – Due Next Week
Order envelopes for individual photos were sent home earlier this term. Photos will be taken on Friday 1st September. Please return the envelopes sealed with the payment inside to the office by Wednesday 30th August. Sibling photo envelopes can be collected from the office. You may pay for more than one student’s photograph with the same payment, but each student must have their own envelope completed. Please enclose the correct payment as no change can be given.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 4.

2018 Enrolments
If you have a child starting with us next year and you live within our school zone, please collect an enrolment pack from the school office. To enable us to better plan, we would appreciate all enrolments for next year completed by Wednesday 18th October. If you have any questions, please contact the office via email office@matipo.school.nz.

Help Please
This term the Taonga Syndicate will be creating their own Rube Goldberg machines. We would like to collect the following items, so if you have any that you can spare, please send to any Taonga class: dominoes, cardboard tubes, insulation tubes, PVC pipes, toy cars, clean small wooden offcuts, duct tape, string, marbles / small balls, small dowel / recycled chopsticks, clean plastic recycled containers, plastic bottles – various sizes, pegs, and empty tissue boxes. Thanks so much, Taonga Teachers.

Term Dates
August 25 Daffodil Day
Rooms 23 & 25 MOTAT Trip
Sept 01 Individual & Sibling Photos
FoM Spring Sausage Sizzle 3pm – 4.30pm
13 Bright & Beautiful Day – more info to come
18-21 School Art Show
26 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
29 Term 3 Ends
Oct 16 Term 4 Starts – Summer Hours

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Newsletter #25 August 17th

This week the new principal Paul Wright visited Matipo meeting with staff and visiting most classrooms.
Daffodil Day is coming up next Friday and I urge all families to support this very worthwhile cause. We will have senior students go around to all classrooms to collect gold coin donations in return for a Daffodil.

Warm Welcome To
Archie Marsters. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Andre Duggan, Alexander Matafeo, Daniel Suifua, Isabella Triggs, Daniel Edmonds, Adriana Urlovic, Mathilda Rothwell-Horner, Noah Burns and Ruby Chung. Happy Belated Birthday to Archie Marsters.

Netball Field Day
On Monday 14th August, Matipo attended the Te Atatu Cluster Netball Field Day. We had four girls teams and one boys team. The day was successful with all teams giving 100% effort, despite the windy and wet conditions. Congratulations to the Year 6 girls Matipo Royals and the Year 5 girls Matipo Magic for making the semi-finals in their division. A special mention to our boys team who participated in their first ever netball tournament. Once again, thanks to the parents who supported Matipo on the day and our coaches Trudi, Maryanne and Eva who helped make our field day a success.

Individual Photos
Order envelopes for individual photos were sent home earlier this term. Photos will be taken on Friday 1st September. Please return the envelopes sealed with the payment inside to the office by Wednesday 30th August. Sibling photo envelopes can be collected from the office. You may pay for more than one student’s photograph with the same payment, but each student must have their own envelope completed. Please enclose the correct payment as no change can be given.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 14.

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details it is important that the office is aware in case of an emergency or situation where we need to contact you. We found from the last lot of reports emailed out that many email addresses needed updating. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating, including email addresses.

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. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

Slapped Cheek
We have had a number of confirmed cases of slapped cheek across the school. Slapped cheek is in its most infectious stage usually before it is diagnosed. Children should only remain at home if they are unwell. If exposed to slapped cheek, try to stop it spreading by ensuring your children: wash their hands frequently, cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and that they do not share food, eating utensils or drink bottles. Symptoms of slapped cheek may include: low-grade fever, chills, headache, body ache, sore throat and diarrhoea. Once these symptoms improve, a rash may develop, starting with red cheeks.

 

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Newsletter #24 August 10th

Thank you to the 83% of parents who attended parent interviews last night. Your attendance is much appreciated.
Last year we celebrated John Vujnovich winning Real Estate Salesman of the Year. Last week, another of our parents (and Board Member) David Windler, was named Mortgage Broker of the Year. This is a tremendous achievement up against some very powerful opponents. Congratulations!

Warm Welcome To
Dylan Keereweer-Taia, Yedarm Baek, Lamar Rogers, AJ Abdullah-Rogers, Amelijah-Rose Rogers and Alexandria Triggs. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Yedarm Baek, Zion Taka, Charlie Boyle, Charlotte Toleafoa, Dominic Bonkovich, Ashton Doyle, Alexandria Triggs, Indiana Price, Addison Rosan, Violet Rothwell-Horner, Jean Schollum, Amelie Gracewood and Timi Paapu. Happy belated birthday to Dylan Keereweer-Taia.

Individual Photos
Order envelopes for individual photos were sent home last week. Photos will be taken on Friday 1st September. Please return the envelopes sealed with the payment inside to the office by Wednesday 30th August. Sibling photo envelopes can be collected from the office. You may pay for more than one student’s photograph with the same payment, but each student must have their own envelope completed. Please enclose the correct payment as no change can be given.

Kids Link

Reporting System
With the mid-year reports been emailed last Friday, we have been made aware that not all parents are aware of our reporting system.
Year 1 – 3 students will receive an anniversary report approximately one year after starting school. This will be sent to you via email and reports on your child’s progress in reading, writing and mathematics based on the National Standards. These reports are sent out in weeks 4 and 9 of each term. These students will also receive a progress report which will be emailed to you either mid-year or end-of-year, depending on when your child started school.
Year 4 – 6 students will receive a mid-year progress report and an end-of-year National Standards report which will be emailed to you.
If you haven’t received your child’s report, and believe you should have, please contact the office. Please check your spam/junk folder first, and try searching the keyword ‘musac’. We are in discussion with our Student Manager System provider EDGE, in regards to some parents not receiving reports, and various other issues which have arisen. We have been let down by our third party supplier.

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. If you have any unwanted pegs, we would love to take these of your hands to display the lost property.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 5.

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Why No One Wants To Teach In NZ

Excellent article from Stephen May on Newsroom.

The ongoing dismissal of research-informed professional development demeans the teaching profession in NZ. But it doesn’t have to be like this, writes the University of Auckland’s Stephen May

Let’s face it – teaching in New Zealand is a low status profession. This perhaps explains why there seem to be fewer and fewer people who want to become teachers. It also explains the looming staffing crisis in Auckland, with young teachers, in particular, leaving the city in droves because their pay and career prospects are not sufficient to afford to continue to live there.

Recent analysis also shows that teachers only tend to stay in the job for about five years. They often leave because they are burnt out by the demands of teaching, an increasingly narrow and prescriptive curriculum, and by policy initiatives that promise much, deliver very little, and are quickly replaced by some “new” policy that is equally ineffective and short term.

No wonder it feels like ground zero out there for so many teachers.

Continue reading at: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@future-learning/2017/08/09/41927/why-no-one-wants-to-teach-in-new-zealand

Newsletter #23 August 3rd

One of our more recent ex-pupils, Jonah Palota-Kopa, played for the Under 16 NZ Rugby League team a couple of weeks ago. Mr Pilkington was his school coach at Matipo. Congratulations Jonah! We are all very proud of you!

A reminder that next Wednesday 9th August is Parent Interviews between 2pm – 8pm. Children who cannot be picked up at 2pm may wait in the school library supervised until 3pm. Children are also quite welcome to be a part of the interview. Appointments are also available to be made with myself. Please contact the office to make a time.

Warm Welcome To
Ella Delaney and Amber Seiuli. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Ella Delaney, Amber Seiuli, Tane Keereweer-Taia, Ashlee Nemaia, Brody Flavell, Brooke Flavell, Cleo Duirs, Katara Matthews-Witika, Carter Rameka, Ismaeel Williams-Stehlin, Maia Hilliard, Maxwell Lancaster and Asha Turoa.

Mid-Year Reports and Parent Interviews – Wednesday 9th August
Reports will be emailed home tomorrow, Friday 4th August for those required. If you haven’t updated your email address, please let the office know as soon as possible. If you don’t receive the report, please check your junk file.
Parent Interviews are being held next Wednesday 9th August between 2pm – 5pm, and 6pm – 8pm. Children may participate in the interview. Interviews with Ms Day (Room 5) and Mrs van de Ven (Room 21) will be ‘Meet the Teacher’ in nature. Parents may also make appointments to see Mr Bainbridge between 2pm – 8pm. Return slips for Parent Interviews went home last week. You may contact the office to book an interview if you haven’t already. Please note that school finishes at 2pm on this day, although children who can’t be picked up at this time may wait in the library supervised until 3.00pm.

Newsletter Sponsors
Please support our newsletter sponsors, who support our school: Ready Press Print, Te Atatu Intermediate, Torque Mechanical Repairs (27 years sponsorship), Unichem Pharmacy, John Vujnovich (Harvey’s), Plumbing Solutions, The Mortgage Supply Co., Hair Junkie and a new sponsor, Flossy Florists.

Individual Photos
Order envelopes for individual photos were sent home today. Photos will be taken on Friday 1st September. Please return the envelopes sealed with the payment inside to the office by Wednesday 30th August. Sibling photo envelopes can be collected from the office. You may pay for more than one student’s photograph with the same payment, but each student must have their own envelope completed. Please enclose the correct payment as no change can be given.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu on being the first recipient of a Matipo Values Achievement Medal. Well done!

Clothing
Our wet, cold winter continues. Please ensure all children are dressed warmly, with footwear and rain gear to cope with the conditions.

Sponsorship Grants
ASB – If you or anyone you know anywhere in New Zealand gets a mortgage with the ASB and mentions our school name, the school receives a $500 donation.

Harvey’s – If you list a property through John Vujnovich of Harvey’s Te Atatu, the school receives a $500 donation on a successful sale.

ANZ – If you take out a mortgage with ANZ and nominate our school, they will donate the school the equivalent of $450 in points.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 15.

Food Bank
We are a collection point for food bank donations. Thank you for your continuing support. Any non-perishable donation is acceptable but pasta, rice, pasta sauce, canned meat or fish, and canned soups are really useful.

Have a great weekend! Stay safe, and stay warm!

Crisis in Teaching

Recent newspaper reports speak of a crisis in teacher supply, especially in Auckland. The high cost of housing was cited with at least one school indicating their interest in building their own houses to attract staff. Teacher unions have spoken of the need for an “Auckland Allowance” to top up salaries similar to the “London Allowance”. However, the same would have to apply to police, nurses and anyone living in Auckland.

There is a crisis in teaching and its reasons are many: increasing class and school sizes, increased compliance and accountability with a low trust model from the government and Ministry, especially under the previous Minister. But, perhaps the biggest cause of the teacher crisis in supply, retention and morale, is the increasing rate of harassment and bullying of our teachers.

Teacher well-being is under attack and it impacts on student learning. Bullying, harassment and violence against teachers and principals is on the rise. It is well documented in Australia but no so much in New Zealand. The favourite tool is via social media and is often anonymous. It should be noted that the NZ Police recently commented about negative attacks on their Facebook in Canterbury and medical organisations report similarly.

The NSW Auditor-General reported a 34% increase in 2015/16, in the number of claims resulting from allegations of bullying, harassment and violence (23.06.2017). The Australian Principals Occupational Health & Safety and Wellbeing survey of 4,000 principals found 41% had experienced threats of violence and 36% had experienced bullying (2016). Chris Presland, president of the NSW Secondary Principals Council says “Schools are very, very soft targets for anxious, stressed and unhappy parents” – far easier targets than other authority agencies. Teachers in Finland, Singapore, South Korea etc., enjoy greater levels of respect and “no one would dare abuse a teacher”. However, in Australasia there is “a feeling that we’ve got a right and capacity to say what we think”, but unfortunately some people take it too far. In the United States funnily enough, such issues are not as high due to the highly litigant nature of their society i.e. teachers sue.

Prof. Donna Cross, University of Western Australia wrote an excellent paper on “Teacher Wellbeing and Its Impact on Student Learning”. In a nutshell, morale drives teacher exodus. She cites some pretty powerful statistics:

  • 41% of Australian teachers report high levels of stress and make more mental stress claims than any other industry.
  • 40% of Australian school principals report feeling stressed or bullied.
  • One third of school principals experience an incident of physical assault.

The New Zealand data is much harder to find in that it doesn’t seem to be collected. However, a staff wellbeing and concerns survey was conducted with the staff at Matipo Primary School (2017). The findings were:

  • 25% of staff felt they didn’t feel safe from parents.
  • In relation to negative Facebook comments:
  • 85% felt hurt.
  • 92% lose enthusiasm or energy to contribute more.
  • In relation to positive parental Facebook comments:
  • 96% reported pride and confidence.
  • 74% felt keen to increase energy and enthusiasm.

Some comments from the survey included:

“We do more than ever for the children at this school, often at the expense of my own family”.

“We do more and it is appreciated less. The school had a glowing ERO report. The situation is depressing and it gets me down. I really don’t know what more we can do”

“We all work above and beyond our job descriptions for the children in our classes – which can often be destroyed by negativity towards us”.

“It would be great to see and hear more positive and supportive feedback from the community”.

Teacher supply is getting harder and quality teacher supply much harder. This school got an outstanding ERO report 12 months ago. The staff of this school do an outstanding job and the school has an outstanding reputation. It needs to be stressed that is just takes a few individuals to create the impression of an undermining of the school and staff. The fact is that the great majority of the school community, probably close to 99% are tremendously supportive of the school.

  • $20,000 of school donations paid to date.
  • $11,000 sales from the Book Fair.
  • $732 for the Child Cancer Society.
  • 80% attendance at the Learning Expo.
  • Wait list for out-of-zone admissions.

In summary, I am saying this is a school of excellence with really committed staff. They are well worthy of your positive support and I respectfully ask that you reflect on the influence that negative comments on Facebook cause.