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Newsletter #12 May 4th

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you enjoyed the Easter break and took advantage of the fine, sunny weather we got. As usual in the holidays, a number of maintenance jobs took place. All the air conditioners were serviced, a drain outside Rooms 22 – 25 was replaced under building contract warrantee, the subsidence under the green court was repaired, paid for by the Ministry, and preparation work for the new playground was undertaken.

Warm Welcome To
Cape Bowen, Rosie Gilbert, Nico Bentley, Stanley Zhong, Parerimu Marsden-Witehira, Cooper Thomson, Awa Lofley, Alexander Duggan, Eliza Hurst, Cameron Schofield and Braxton Gillard. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Zofia Blackie, Sylvie Hill, Dakota Kightley, Andrew Rosser, Ryan Thomas, Alexander Duggan, Mylo Bywater, Kalia White, Daniel McArthur, Sway Tantingco, Hazel Masters-King, Joshua Richardson, Connor Lancaster, Charlie Preston, Ruby Judd and Arwen Taipari. Also a happy belated birthday to Cape Bowen, Awa Lofley, Eliza Hurst, Cameron Schofield, Stanley Zhong and Braxton Gillard, who celebrated their 5th birthdays in the holidays.

School Donation Lucky Prize Draw
Congratulations to the Clews family (Archie of Room 15), who won the school donation lucky prize draw of the Sharp Fridge/Freezer which was hopefully installed during the holidays.

Thanks
Thanks for your tremendous and enthusiastic support of the Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter Hunt. Unfortunately, the weather intervened but the huge number of children who participated enjoyed the events enormously!

Donation
Thank you to the grandparents of Harper Shallard who have kindly donated an old ride on lawnmower as a static item for children to play on.

Board of Trustees By-Election
Nomination forms were sent out via post to all eligible caregivers on the school roll. Nominations forms must be received by Friday 5th May at noon. Forms may be dropped off to the school office, or mailed to the Returning Officer to PO BOX 17, Waitakere, 0660.

Term 2 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80
Mandarin Ray Chen Friday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 5 $60

Congratulations
Congratulations to Miss Anna Choi who is getting married in the weekend and to Miss Lise Ioane who is graduating with a B.Ed degree tomorrow.

Term 2 Assemblies
To keep within our hall capacity of 623 people, we need to split the school assembly into two. The Tamariki and Aroha syndicates will have assembly on the odd weeks, starting in Week 1, and the Taonga and Mana syndicates will have their assemblies on the even weeks. We will announce which assembly will be held in the weekly newsletter.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, and will be hosted by Room19.

Term 2 & 3 Winter Hours
A reminder that in Terms 2 and 3, we permanently shorten the lunch hour by 15 minutes and school finishes at 2.45pm. Children who would normally get picked up at 3pm by their caregiver, can wait in the library under supervision until this time.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
The Entertainment Book is on sale at $70. This year ‘Eight’ at the Langham, the Grove, and Euro are some highlights. If you use the book twice to go out you recoup your money. Entertainment Books feature many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, accommodation, attractions, with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers! Both the book and digital memberships are available. Digital membership puts the value of the Entertainment Book into your Apple or Android smartphone. For every membership sold, $14 is raised for our school! For purchases, see the office or visit this link : www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

School Newsletter
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Newsletter #11 April 13th

The last week of school is upon us. School finishes today and restarts on Monday 1st May. Remember that in Term 2 and 3 we revert to winter hours with lunchtime shortened by 15 minutes, and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children whose parents cannot pick them up until 3pm can be supervised in the library until 3pm.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Celeste Parsons, Jakob McCourt, Rylan Morpeth, Ryan Randhawa, Tyler Aickin, Leon Chapman, Rydar James and Leo Pickford. Happy Birthday over the holidays to Jasmine McCourt, Connor Wilmoth, Nathan Yovich, Tegan Coyle, Darcy Rarere, Olivia Davies, Piper Donaldson, Madison Smith, Mathilda Brem, Ruby Mitchell, Sofia Urlovic, Brianna McMahon, ShantiPushpal Ramachandran, Charlie Llewellyn, Harrison Avery, Jessica Lynch-Blosse, Daysha Williams, Isaiah Warren, Jah-Dane Murray, Jessie Holmes and James Lancaster.

Poetry Contest
Congratulations to this year’s poetry competition finalists and winners.
Year 1 Billie Circuitt Year 4 Charlie Preston
Year 2 Lylah Daros-Motta Year 5 Katija Luke
Year 3 Wyatt Scrimgeour Year 6 Julia Rosser

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details including your current address or contact number, it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating.

Term 2 Assemblies
To keep within our hall capacity of 623 people, we need to split the school assembly into two. The Tamariki and Aroha syndicates will have assembly on the odd weeks, starting in Week 1, and the Taonga and Mana syndicates will have their assemblies on the even weeks. We will announce which assembly will be held in the weekly newsletter.

Term 2 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Kids Yoga Te Atatu Yoga Tuesday 3pm – 4pm Years 1 – 6 $65
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80
Mandarin Ray Chen Friday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 5 $60

A BIG Thank You
Thanks to those magnificent parents who help with the road patrols at the busy intersection of Taikata and Matipo Roads: Debra Stuart, Julie Ellis, Luke Reid, Bea Traub, Lisa Biesheuvel, Talia Pilalis, and Libby Clark.
In addition, another big thanks to those parents who help with the sushi deliveries on a Friday. I think the record number of orders was 260. Without the help of these parents, we wouldn’t be able to have sushi orders: Nicky Beazley, Natasha Vujnovich, Lisa Hamilton, Diane Berben, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Tanya Howie, Tania Bowen, Stacey Jackson, Kim Schriefer, Bea Traub, Vanessa Preston and Sonya Parsons.
A special thanks to John Vujnovich from Harvey’s for a $500 donation from the successful sale of a house listed with him by a Matipo parent.
Lastly, a special thank you to Kelly Rarere, who for the past year, has been providing extra lunches for those children without. Thanks Kelly, you are a superstar!

Brownie Achievement
Special congratulations to Isobel Lamb who has been awarded her Gold Koru, the highest achievement badge a Brownie can earn. Isobel Lamb, Amelia Hamilton and Ruby Masters-King have also earnt their Brownie-Guide Link badge, joining them to their nearest Girl Guides unit in Henderson. Well done!

Congratulations to all children on a successful term, and very best wishes to you all for a lovely Easter break!!

School Newsletter
From the start of Term 2, we are transitioning over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please fill and return the slip below.
School Newsletter – Please return to Office
⃝ I would still like to receive a paper copy of the school’s weekly newsletter.
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Newsletter #10 April 6th

A parent has contacted me about the amount of sweet foods coming into the school. I have reminded staff about using lollies as a reward, but need to also ask parents for your child’s birthday, not to send complete birthday parties to school including cake, treats, drinks, lollies, etc. Just a small cake if anything. Some children have medical conditions which prevents them from eating certain foods. Alternatively, you could think about healthier options. Thanks for your consideration.

Warm Welcome To
Tiaki Ngahere, Patrick Ngahere and Rebekah Bell. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Dylan Chapman, Iosua Simona, Mia Joe, Alana White, Khalone Tanoa-McPherson, Chad van Dolleweerd, Rebekah Bell, Kael Brown, Blake Cotton-Everitt, Leigh Petch, Scarlett Dawson, Aimee Lines and Jessica Stevenson.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Jacob Wilson and Ashlee Nemaia who finished 4th and 5th in the Waitakere Soapbox Derby and have qualified for the Nationals to be held in Whangaparaoa this Sunday. Thanks to Mr Nemaia, for the tremendous amount of time and enthusiasm he puts into the Soapbox Derby.

BOT Email Address
bot@staff.matipo.school.nz

Seeking Information
If you want to know something about the school or a school event, please ask the school directly, or see the school’s website or Facebook page for the correct information.

Easter Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade
On Wednesday 12th April, Friends of Matipo are hosting two events. The first is the Easter Bonnet Parade starting at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the parade. The second is an Easter Hunt from 2pm. As part of the Easter Hunt, we are seeking donations of small prizes including, erasers, pencils, wrapped Easter Eggs, pens or other suitable gifts. Thank you to those that have already brought something in, we are overwhelmed by your generosity.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 22.

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details including your current address or contact number, it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating.

Medical Considerations
As previously mentioned, we have a child at our school who is diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles, typhoid, mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for a person on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken.

Term 2 After School Classes
Attached with this newsletter is the enrolment form for Term 2 After School Classes. Enrolments for these are open tomorrow, Friday 7th April from 8am. Enrolments need to be accompanied with payment, and places are filled on a first in, first served basis.

Skids Matipo Holiday Programme
Spaces available for the Term 1 Holiday Break. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips. WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please call Sapna on 818 5955 or 027 565 5251 or email matipo@skids.co.nz.

School Newsletter
From the start of Term 2, we are transitioning over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please fill and return the slip below.

School Newsletter – Please return to Office
⃝ I would still like to receive a paper copy of the school’s weekly newsletter.
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Newsletter #9 March 30th

450 children attended the NZ Opera production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. It is rewarding to expose children to something new and getting such a great response from the kids.
Thanks so much for your generous donation of prizes for the Quiz Night, and your donation of various Easter treats for the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade.

Warm Welcome To
Kaedyn Tumahai-Fox and Nicolas Monroy. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Riley Jacobs, Jack Bonkovich, Daniel Wroe, Serina Nepia, Asher Howie, Daniel Yovich, Nicolas Monroy, Taj Taka, Timon Boyack, Sefton Gillard, Jack Oliver, Noah Smylie, Blaze Edmonds, Ethan Leslie and Kael Ripley.

Term 2 Starts
Term 2 starts on Monday 1st May, and we change to winter hours with a shortened lunchtime and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children who would normally be picked up at 3pm, may wait in the library, under supervision until 3pm.

Learning Expo
Due to the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, we have postponed the Learning Expo to next term, when classes will have more work to display and share with you.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 23.

School Zoning
There was a big story in the NZ Herald this week about school zoning. People query the schools about implementing zones, but it is the Ministry of Education who direct schools to impose a zone, and also define the boundaries of these zones. In Te Atatu, both Peninsula and Matipo Primaries have school zones. Te Atatu Intermediate is introducing one in the course of this year. Rutherford Primary has no zone, which means anyone in Te Atatu Peninsula or wider afield may enrol there.

Zone Athletics
The athletics team had a great day at the Trusts Stadium last Tuesday. A total of eight schools attended, competing in track, discus, shot put, long jump and high jump field events. Matipo had great success, coming first overall in the field events, and third overall in the track events. Thank you to the teachers and family supporters who came along to cheer us on. Congratulations to the following children on their outstanding achievements:
Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu
1st Year 6 Girls Long Jump
1st Year 6 Girls High Jump
1st Year 6 Girls 60m
1st Year 6 Girls 100m
3rd Year 6 Girls Discus

Grace Oloi
1st Year 5 Girls Shot Put

Brooke Flavell
3rd Year 5 Girls High Jump

Hailee Panui
2nd Year 5 Girls Long Jump

Madden Smith
1st Year 5 Girls 60m
1st Year 5 Girls 100m

Nixen Smith
3rd Year 5 Girls 100m

Cruz Jacobs-Oto
1st Year 5 Boys High Jump
1st Year 5 Boys Long Jump

Blaze Edmonds
2nd Year 6 Boys Shot Put

Ismaeel Williams-Stehlin
2nd Year 5 Boys Discus

Lucas Adams
2nd Year 6 Boys Long Jump
2nd Year 6 Boys High Jump

Rio Taka
3rd Year 5 Boys Shot Put

School Donation
The Lucky Prize Draw for the school donation will be drawn on Thursday 13th April 2017. This year’s prize is a Sharp Stainless Steel Fridge/Freezer valued at $1,099, delivered to your door. The school donation is $70 per child or $100 per family, is voluntary and tax deductible.
School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #8 March 23rd

In our ERO report last year, we were complimented on the quality and amount of communication to our school community. We have our school website and Facebook page, syndicate websites, weekly newsletters and individual notices. The Friends of Matipo group now have a new steering committee, Board representative and have an exciting number of events planned both for children and parents.

Warm Welcome To
Our four international students Chanakan, Orrin, Thapanee and Nantanat, who are visiting our school for four weeks from Thailand. We wish you an enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Isaac Igusa, Johnny-Rakai Whitwell, Lathan Gilmour, Reuben Lee Sang and Tristan de Thierry Simpson.

Athletics Champions 2017
Congratulations to the following champions of athletics.
Boys
Year 1 Tony Zhong & Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Riley Jacobs
Year 3 Noah Petley
Year 4 Tane Keereweer-Taia
Year 5 Cruz Jacobs-Oto
Year 6 Michael Stuart

Girls
Year 1 Mila Curran
Year 2 Ashlee Hari
Year 3 Marnia Pereira-Mauai
Year 4 Ava Marsters
Year 5 Grace Oloi
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu

Next week’s newsletter will include a recap of the Te Atatu Athletics Zone Day.

Impetigo (School Sores)
There has been reported cases of Impetigo (school sores) within the school. Impetigo is a common bacterial skin condition. School sores start from a break in the skin through an insect bite, cut or graze. If the sore is not treated it will cause further skin problems. The sores can be anywhere on the body but most often occur on the face (near the mouth and nose), hands, arms or legs. School sores are spread through contact with the blisters, fluid from the blister or scratching around the sore. People are infectious for as long as there is fluid weeping from the sores. They are no longer infectious when the sores have healed or 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. If you think your child may be developing any school sores, please take them to the doctor as soon as possible and inform the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Queries, Compliments or Concerns
As always, if you have a query, compliment or concern, please address it to the teacher as soon as possible in person, or by email. If unresolved, take it to the syndicate leader, then to the principal. Remember that your concern is often an opportunity for us to do better. We also remain (as far as we know), the only school in NZ who offers a money-back guarantee on the school donation. If you feel we haven’t performed to your satisfaction, on the 1st December, ask for a refund of your school donation, no questions asked.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 24.

Community of Learning
Together with Peninsula, Rutherford, Edmonton, Tirimoana, Freyberg, Te Atatu Intermediate, Rangeview Intermediate and Rutherford College, we are members of the Te Atatu Community of Learning. Its purpose is schools collaborating to raise the standard of writing for all children, but particularly for children at risk of not achieving the National Standard. We have four in-school staff who have release time to work with children, and one across-school staff member who works with Rutherford Primary and our school with Pacific children.

Lost Property – Includes Items from Camp & Athletics
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.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
Next Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.
NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Matipo Newsletter #7 March 16th

The ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme is well underway with our school community officer Constable Paul Stanko and staff delivering lessons to each class.
Tomorrow will be Athletics Day with the Te Atatu Zone Athletics to be held on Tuesday 21st March at the Trusts Stadium.
Next week another four teachers will be undergoing a kayaking training course.

Warm Welcome To
Tyla Airey and Aiden Lim. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Aiden Lim, George Paul, Rio Taka, Ayla Hambrook, Iyla Taipari, Eli Bourne, Patuone Mitchell, Krystal Wileman and a Happy Belated Birthday to Tyla Airey.

Matipo Netball Club – FINAL NOTICE
A reminder that TOMORROW, Friday 17th March, is the last day for enrolments and fees. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office. The netball coordinators will be finalising teams during the weekend so any late enrolments cannot be accepted.

Assembly
As it is Athletics Day tomorrow, there will be no assembly.

Scholastics
Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Lucky Book Club Issue 2 is available online until 22nd April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Friends of Matipo have announced their first event for the year…
Easter Bonnet Parade
Wednesday 12th April at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the Easter Bonnet Parade. Families welcome! Lots of prizes to be won.

Term Dates
March 17 School Athletics
March 20 Rooms 2, 3, 4 & 8 – Waterview Trip
March 21 Athletics Zone Day, Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 9 – Waterview Trip
March 24 Taonga Camp Day
March 28 NZ Opera ‘Our Pasquale’
March 29 Aroha Syndicate Poetry Final 1.30pm
March 31 Mana Syndicate Poetry Final 9.00am, Taonga Syndicate Poetry Final 11.30am
April 03 Tamariki Syndicate Poetry Final 9.15am
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
April 11 Learning Expo
April 12 Easter Bonnet Parade 9am
April 13 Term 1 Ends
May 01 Term 2 Starts – Winter Hours 2.45pm Finishes

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.

NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #6 March 9th

The good times continue with the Firewise programme and a shiny red fire engine rolled out for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates this week. We also have St Johns due to visit all classes later in the term with their ‘Responding to an Emergency’ programme. At the recent Meet-the-Teacher evening, an impressive 76% of parents attended, and $16,000 has been contributed to date in voluntary school donations. Thanks all for your support.

Warm Welcome To
Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Caleb Cotton-Everitt and Zachary Doyle. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Emma Ngau, Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Jay Smith, Caleb Cotton-Everitt, Zachary Doyle, Curtis Hall, Jakub McEntee, Madden Smith, Nixen Smith, Paul Amerika and Keavarni Caffery.

Matipo Camp Week
The Mana syndicate had a very successful and well-supported camp this week. Thanks to staff and parent helpers for making this happen. The Aroha syndicate overnight camp has been postponed until next Wednesday 15th March. Any overnight camp really means 24 hours on call so I am grateful to all concerned.

Behaviour
I have circulated a list of school rules to all children and families. Be assured, we are the same as any other school in New Zealand, in both definition and consequences of serious misconduct.

Athletics Day
Whole School Athletics is next Tuesday 14th March. A full schedule was sent home earlier in the week and is also available on our school website.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Matipo Netball Club
A reminder that the last day for enrolments and fees is next Friday 17th March. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 13.

Scholastics
Scholastics Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. A separate notice is attached with this newsletter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe – Parent Meeting Tonight
Biannually, we run the NZ Police programme ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. This is a unit taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko. ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. A parent and caregiver meeting to learn more about the programme is being held TONIGHT at 7pm in the staffroom.

Strep Throat
A few cases of strep throat have been reported at school. Strep throat, an infection of the throat or tonsils, is common in young children. Symptoms can be sudden onset of fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache and abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may occur with several cases. If your child does not appear well or develops any of the symptoms, keep him/her home and consult a doctor. It usually takes 13 days from the time a person is exposed until symptoms develop. The contagious period is at least a full 24 hours after treatment begins. Strep throat is diagnosed by taking your child to the doctor for a throat culture. This is done by swabbing the throat to see what germs grow. If the culture shows strep throat, treatment includes antibiotics taken for a full ten days. This treatment prevents the more serious illnesses. This illness is usually not serious; however, if this illness continues without being treated, it can develop into rheumatic fever or kidney disease.

Newsletter #5 March 2nd

Happy Birthday This Week To
Sydney Carswell, Charlotte Visser, Amelie Blackie, Eden Hickman, Harmony McGee, Nia Rua, Jannae Hargreaves, Luella Whitwell and Haivyn Williams.

Cricket Field Day
In sweltering conditions, Miss Wills and Mr Simpson took a girls and boys cricket team to the Cricket Field Day. Congrats to the girls who came 3rd overall and the boys who came 5th. The children had a great day. The boys player of the day was Jack Bonkovich. The girls best fielder was Niamh Dines and best batter was Emma Wilson. Well done to all the children who participated! Thanks to all the parents who turned up to support and special thanks to John Vujnovich, Steven Bonkovich and Luke Wilson for their help with umpiring and scoring on the day.

Thank You NZ Police
Thank you so much to the Blue Light Disco staff for their time in putting on last week’s Junior Disco which was enjoyed by the children of the Tamariki & Taonga syndicates. Some of the police staff finished their 7am – 3pm shift and came straight to the school, others gave up their time before starting their 11pm – 7am shift. Lots of staff stayed on after their work week finished. Blue Light has some funding which allowed free sausages for all. There was a miscommunication over the drinks, but I was happy to pay for free drinks for all my little friends so that no one missed out. It was a hugely successful event that the kids absolutely loved!

Athletics Day
Save the date – Tuesday 14th March. A full schedule will be available next week.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 25.

Thank You Parent Wardens
Many thanks to Luke Reid, Bea Traub and Julie Ellis for offering your assistance with the road crossing, and of course to Debra Stuart, Libby Clark and Lisa Biesheuvel for your continuing support. Without you, this crossing would not be operational. Thank you all so much!

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 label your children’s clothing.

Matipo Netball Club
Netball registrations were sent home last week. A reminder that the last day for enrolments and fees is Friday 17th March. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office.

Scholastics
Scholastics Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. A notice will come home next week with more details.

Keeping Ourselves Safe
Biannually, we run the NZ Police programme ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. This is a unit taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko. ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. A parent and caregiver meeting to learn more about the programme is being held on Thursday 9th March at 7pm in the staffroom. Please return the reply slip below if you are able to attend.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent & Caregiver Meeting – Please return to Office
Child’s Name/s: ____________________________________________ Room/s: ________

⃝ Yes, we will be attending the Keeping Ourselves Safe meeting on Thursday 9th March.
No. Attending: _________

Newsletter #4 February 23rd

On Monday, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates had a lovely visit from the Ronald McDonald Road Safety Show. Tomorrow they are being treated to a Blue Light Disco.
We continue to get a strong response to our unstructured play and other requests including a donation of rabbits and their hatch from the Wileman family. We have one wooden packing crate, but we’re still looking for more.

Warm Welcome To
Maya Shatura and William Barnard. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jude Brem, Arlo Powell, Tyler Pukepuke Anthony, William Barnard, Brooke Hari, Harmony Toia, Lucia Skellon, Erica Learmonth, and a happy belated birthday to Maya Shatura.

Future Leaders Day
On Monday Mrs. Clark and nine Year 6 children went to Waitemata Rugby Club for a Future Leaders Day run by Sport Waitakere. The children were given a chance to experience different kinds of leadership and work together learning new skills. They thoroughly enjoyed it and came away buzzing! Watch this space for where this may lead them!

Teacher Aide Position
We are seeking a teacher aide to assist two of our students between 9am – 10am, Monday to Friday, for terms 1 & 2 (with the possibility of this extending into terms 3 & 4). If interested, please call Cara in the office.

Homestay Students
Occasionally homestay placements are sought after for international families attending Matipo for short periods of time (one – four weeks). If you are able to assist with homestay placements, and would like us to contact you if the opportunity arises, please email office@matipo.school.nz. You would need to provide a room and meals inclusive of $200 per week, per person.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 26 with Mrs Kennerley standing in for the principal.

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
This Friday 24th February 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Term Dates
February 24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 01 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 2, 3, 4, 8)
02 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9)
6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
07 Tamariki Syndicate Water Play Afternoon
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
09 ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ Parent Meeting 7pm
10 Taonga Syndicate Camp Day
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #3 February 16th

We had a huge response to our request for unstructured play items. We have had donations of tyres, rope, cardboard tubes, cable drums, timber, pallets, lampposts and giant Lego blocks to name a few. An old ride on mower is on its way and we now have three boats. We are still seeking large packing crates if you can help. Thank you all!

Happy Birthday This Week To
Magdalene Rockell, Harper Shallard, Alex Traub, Amelie Donald, Riley Biesheuvel and Jordan Breen.

LAST NOTICE – URGENT – Parent Wardens Wanted
We have heard of some parent concerns in regards to the Taikata & Matipo Roads intersection crossing. We are still seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. This is the last notice seeking help, if we cannot get the adult supervision as per Auckland Transport policy, we will need to shut the crossing down. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Room 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 27.

Meet the Teacher
‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be held on Wednesday 22nd February between 2pm – 8pm. Please come and meet this year’s teacher. It is particularly useful to hear of your child’s interests, sports, hobbies, strengths, fears and aspirations. If you can offer help in any area to the class or school, please let the teacher know. School will close at 2pm on this day, if you are unable to collect your child at this time, they may wait in the supervised library until 3pm. Please return the slip below to the office, with your preferred time slot acknowledged.

Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
2.10 – 3.00 ⃝ 6.00 – 7.00 ⃝
3.00 – 4.00 ⃝ 7.00 – 8.00 ⃝
4.00 – 5.00 ⃝

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
Friday 24th 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Long Shot
Does anyone have a rabbit, guinea pig or birds they might like rehomed to the school. Details to Cara please if you can help.

Term Dates
February 22 Meet the Teacher 2pm – 8pm
24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________