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NEWSLETTER #35 November 2nd

Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

This is my third week at Matipo. People are still being patient with me. That’s great because I have so much to learn. It is wonderful to see so much going on at our school, with zoo trips, Aladdin Trouble, cake stalls, cross country, hikoi – you name it!

National standards were based on mistrust, the assumption that schools would get better through high-stakes external accountability. They are gone. Instead we will build high-trust internal accountability, to ourselves, to our community, and especially to our children.

What will change – We can work to help each child get better than they are already, rather than getting better than other children. We can work on helping our school get better than it was before, rather than better than other schools.

What will not change – We will still report student progress to you regularly and whenever you ask us. We will still focus on reading and writing and maths, though now it will be easier to focus on science, music, drama, art, I.T…

And I think it just got a little bit easier to persuade good people to ‘go teaching’.

You might have noticed that we are now looking for a new school administrator and a caretaker. In the meantime we have some temporary helpers. Carl Roberts and Chris Cooper will share responsibility for looking after the school, locking and unlocking and maintaining the grounds and services. Claire Dimmock will help out in the office and ‘front of house’. Josh Angel is trouble shooting our IT problems and helping fix a few technological issues. They will help us keep all the plates spinning in the meantime.

We have been playing catch up with our police checks. Anyone who might have access to children at school must go through this every three years, which means every one of us. Thank you to everyone who has been so patient.

Nga mihi nui,


Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30 pm in the hall for the Tamariki & Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 25.

Less than a week now until the school spectacular Aladdin Trouble.
Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th November – 7pm start.
Tickets $5 each, on sale now from the office. Selling fast – don’t miss out!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Cross Country.
Year 0 Indiana Clews | Braxton Gillard
Year 1 Amelie Pilot-Rowsell | Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Ashlee Hari | Reuben Lee Sang
Year 3 Hazel Masters-King | Jude Brem
Year 4 Ava Marsters | Nathan Bundock
Year 5 Brooke Hari | Dylan Chapman
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu | Lucas Adams

NEWSLETTER #34 October 26th

Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

The winds of change have been blowing across Aotearoa New Zealand, just as they have been at Matipo. We have a new government with a very different approach to education. This may be the end of National Standards. The latest research from the Ministry of Education about National Standards show they have not improved student achievement despite huge cost. All good!

Like most principals and teachers, I think that the incoming team of Ministers, and especially the partnership between Chris Hipkins and Tracey Martin, will be good for children.

Congratulations to our local MP, Phil Twyford – the new Minister for Housing and for Transport. Quite a responsibility, a very serious national leadership role and the right person for the job.

Apologies if I confused anyone with dates in the last newsletter. We return to school on Wednesday 31st January, school will be closed for students on Monday 5th February for a teacher-only day, and Tuesday 6th February for Waitangi Day.

Thank you to everyone who has made time to come and meet me and for making me so welcome. It’s day seven at Matipo for me, and I am even more pleased to be here!

Nga mihi nui


Ava Foster, Ashley Norris, Jake Pickford, Kiyona Frampton, Abigail Ramos, Isabella Stunzner, Finn Murphy, Mary-Ann Lachmaiya, Yul Scott and Eru Garratt. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Rylla Rarere, Yul Scott, Sophie Wallace, Evie Redgwell, Thomas Lowe, Theo Meek, Caitlin Smith, Jonathan Louie, Benjamin McArthur and Matai Parker.

REMINDER – contagious illnesses
A friendly reminder to please let the office or Miss Wills in Room 8 know asap if your child/children’s siblings are exposed to contagious diseases – particularly measles, mumps and chicken pox. We have a student undergoing cancer treatment, and the parents need to be informed. Thank you!

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30 pm in the hall for the Taonga & Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 20.

Term 1 Wednesday 31st January – Friday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
Term 3 Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
Term 4 Monday 15th October – Friday 14th December

Other Important 2018 Dates:
Teacher Only Day – Monday 5th February (Term 1)
Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February (Term 1)
Easter Break – Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April (Term 1)
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 4th June (Term 2)
Labour Day – Monday 22nd October (Term 4)

Great Kiwi Morning Tea – Tomorrow – Friday 27th October 11am
Tomorrow there will be baking on sale on the green courts at 11am. Everything $1 each. All proceeds go to Kiwis for Kiwi.
Amazing Race – Saturday 25th November
Enter your family/team (2-5 people) to compete in a range of fun challenges and race back to Matipo to win the million*! (* 1 million Indonesian Rupiah).
$15 per person or $40 for a team. Mix & mingle from 12pm. Race starts at 1pm.
$2 Sausage sizzle & $1 drinks available for lunch.

Oct 27 FoM Kiwi Morning Tea
31 School Cross Country – 9:05am start
Nov 7-9 School Show Week ‘Aladdin Trouble’
07 Netball Prize Giving
13 Class & Netball Photos
25 FoM Amazing Race
28 Softball Field Day
Dec 02 Te Atatu Christmas Parade
15 Term 4 Ends


PANUI #33 October 24th

Dear Parents, Families and Friends,

The usual Board meeting was scheduled for the first day of term, which was also my first day at Matipo. They were kind enough to put it back a week, and dedicated enough to meet on Labour Day. We considered a number of issues which might be important to you. We will do our best to keep you informed.

The Ministry has required the school to adopt a Zoning Scheme. The Act states that first priority must be given to students who meet the criteria for enrolment in an approved special programme run by the school. Our school has no such programme. Second priority must be given to siblings of current students. Third priority must be given to siblings of former students. Fourth priority must be given to children of former students. Fifth priority must be given to children of board employees or board members. Sixth priority must be given to all other students.

In situations where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available for out-of-zone students, selection will be by ballot. However there are 15 applications for out of zone places from students who qualify as ‘siblings of current students’ and must therefore be given priority. Given that a maximum of only 16 places, the Board has decided not to proceed with a ballot at this time. We will retain all other applications on a waiting list. If places become available during the year, then we will fill those places by balloting at that time.

I have been asked for permission for students to be released to attend ‘one day’ schools. I asked the Board to consider the matter so that I might understand how to respond. The Board will take more time to review the matter carefully and may consult the community. In the meantime:

  • prior permissions will be respected until the end of the 2017 school year.
  • new requests for ‘one-day schools’ or alternative ‘off-site’ sessions run by private providers which take place on more than one occasion, i.e. repeating or regular sessions will not be approved at this time.
  • requests for ‘one off’ sessions may be approved on a one-off basis at the discretion of the Principal

As of today, Marc O’Grady has resigned from the school.

The Board has confirmed the dates for the beginning of the 2018 School year.

Wednesday 31st January – School Starts
Monday 5th February – Teacher Only Day (School Closed)
Tuesday 6th February – Waitangi Day

I hope this is helpful to know.

Nga mihi nui,

NEWSLETTER #32 October 20th

Greetings to our parents, our whanau and our community. It is so nice to be here!

Namaste and Happy Divali everyone.
Thank-you to everyone who has made me so welcome. The Powhiri on Monday was a very special day indeed. I will never forget the children from both schools connecting so beautifully and sharing their astonishing talents. Matipo is a lovely school and I will continue to nurture it to the best of my ability.

The Board decided to re-organise the normal business meeting to give people the chance to come in and meet the new Principal (me) and ask questions. It will now take place next Monday, 7:00pm, 23rd October, on Labour Day.

Like all schools and communities at this time, we face challenges keeping our children safe online. It’s what they might do when we are NOT there that matters most. We will review the way we do this as soon as possible. Parents face the same challenge and we need your trust and help. In the meantime, we will add some monitoring tools and peer review into the way we manage our internet use and social media. I will write to everyone again about this in the next few weeks.

Kris and Cara Bainbridge have decided to move on and will not be returning to Matipo School.

Lots of people are keen to know how the school will be organised for next year, and especially their class and who their teacher will be. We will start to look at the various options in the next few days. We will consult with parents at the end of October and confirm placements by the end of November. I hope it helps you to know the timeline.

I will get around to meeting everyone sooner or later. In the meantime, you can get hold of me by phone on 027 270 2473, email on or just drop in any Tuesday between 4pm and 7pm.

Nga mihi nui,

Linda Zhong, Cole O’Grady, Finn Boyack, Kaia Evans, Abbie Fagan, Riley Fagan, Leah Kim, Ethan Lucas, Mila Luke, Kadence McCully, Mya Morrison, Pierre Pua, Marley Wright, Ariah Thorp and Ashton Roberton.

Congratulations to Matipo Student Sarah-Jane Berben who has just earnt her Gold Koru, which is the highest award a Brownie can earn. Sarah-Jane has demonstrated passion, commitment and leadership to earn her Gold Koru. Well done Sarah-Jane!

Board of Trustees meeting at 7pm on Monday 23rd October.

Friends of Matipo have organised a Great Kiwi Morning Tea where all proceeds will be donated to the Kiwis for Kiwi charity. There are two ways to take part in this event, either donate delicious baking to sell for morning tea or purchase delicious baking – everything $1 each. Email if you are interested in contributing baking for this event.

Tickets for the School Show will go on sale Tuesday 24th October. They will be available from the School Office. $5 per person. Show Date: Tuesday 7th, Weds 8th, Thurs 9th November.

Oct 23 Labour Day
24 School Show tickets on sale
27 Friends of Matipo Kiwi Morning Tea
31 School Cross Country, 9:30 start
Nov 6-9 School Show Week ‘Aladdin Trouble’
7 Netball Prize Giving 11:25 – 12:30
13 Class & Netball Photos
Dec 5 Wardens & Librarians Parakai Trip
7 End of Year Reports come home
11 Prize Giving
15 Term 4 ends

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.