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Newsletter #22 July 27th

This week we welcome Ms Delwyn Day in Room 5, and Mrs Elise van de Ven in Room 21 who are in long term relieving positions for 12-months while our two mothers to be are on maternity leave.
We also recognise Marion Clark’s 10 years’ service to Matipo School.
On Tuesday, we had a visit from an APO Brass Quartet, ‘ACE Brass’ who demonstrated the versatility of the various brass instruments of the orchestra.

WARM WELCOME TO
Neeve Thompson-Ruegger, Lily Lane, Eli Pirnia, Luke Newland, Bonnie Williams, Zoe Hickman, Indiana Clews, Zoe Tollemache, Ruben Va and Tony Tavai. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Isobel Lamb, Evelyn Cowan, Gabriella Tavita, Hazel Yates, Olivia Cullum, Charlotte Zhao and Mila Curran. Also a happy belated birthday to Eli Pirnia, Luke Newland, Bonnie Williams, Indiana Clews and Zoe Hickman.

URGENT – PARENT WARDENS WANTED
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. We have not been able to operate this crossing during these times this week. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

MID-YEAR REPORTS AND PARENT INTERVIEWS – WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST
Reports will be emailed home next 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 will be held on Wednesday 9th August between 2pm – 5pm, and 6pm – 8pm. Children may participate in the parent 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 will go home this week. 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.

SCHOLASTICS
Lucky Book Club Issue 5 is available online until 11th August.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

TERM 3 AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES
We currently have two vacancies in the Senior Art after school class with Rowena Rooney on Monday afternoons between 3pm – 4.30pm, for Year 4 – 6 students $150. If interested, please see the office asap.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 6.

TERM 3 DATES
Aug 01 Year 6 Te Atatu Intermediate Visit
04 Mid-Year Reports Emailed
09 Parent Interviews 2pm – 8pm
14 Netball Field Day
25 Daffodil Day
Sept 01 Individual & Sibling Photos
18 School Art Show Week
29 Term 3 Ends

REMINDER: SCHOOL POLICY AND PROCEDURE
1. Please notify the office by 9am if your child is not going to be at school.
2. Children arriving late or leaving early must be signed for at the office by their caregiver.
3. Only children Year 4 and above may ride their bikes and scooters to school and must wear a helmet. Younger children may ride if accompanied by a caregiver.
4. All bikes and scooters must be walked within the grounds at all times.
5. Wearing of make up, dangly earrings and extreme hair styles such as mohawks, carvings and rats tails are not allowed.
6. The school grounds are to be cleared by 3.15pm. The school grounds are also closed in the weekend.
7. Any medication needs to be given to the office, not held in classrooms.
8. Cell phones should be given to the office in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.
9. Please don’t let the children bring expensive items or items of sentimental value to school as again, we can take no responsibility for their loss.

Newsletter #21 July 6th

Thank you for your attendance at this term’s Learning Expo, and your support of your children and their teachers. We had in excess of 80% attendance. Thank you!

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

Happy Birthday This Week To
Grace Kelly, Lillian Ellis-Plimer, Lilya Adams, Jacob Wilson, Muhammad Ibrahim and Harrison Kemp. Happy Birthday over the holidays to Skye James, Nathan Bundock, Harry Ibbotson, Tait Fisher, Maddison Scrimgeour, Javier Aninion, Daisy McMahon, Eire Shackleton, Jacob Hallows, Charlotte Hambrook, Noah Hambrook, Michael Stuart, Lycan Kay, Aubin Midol, Tessa Bradley, Alfie Colegate, Evie Colegate, Aleksy Kowalski, Ceide Villanueva, Johnny Windler, Nieko Dodd, Ashlee Hari, Tiare McCallum, Tyrese Morton, Luku Matafeo, Tane Reid and Fabian Stanley.

Term 3 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Kids Yoga Te Atatu Yoga Monday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 6 $65
Senior Art Rowena Rooney Monday 3pm – 4.30pm Years 4 – 6 $150
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80

Board News
The next Board Meeting is Monday 24th July at 7.30pm in the staff room. A Meet-the-Board evening will be held on Wednesday 26th July at 7.30pm in the media suite.
The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of our new principal, Mr Paul Wright, an experienced principal coming from Clayton Park Primary School in South Auckland.

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

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.

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

Entertainment Book Lucky Prize Draw
Congratulations to Olivia Samson-Taylor, the winner of our Entertainment Book Lucky Prize Draw of two bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. If you would like to purchase an Entertainment Book in time for the school holidays, see the office or visit:
www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Term 3 Dates
July 24 Term 3 Starts
BoT Meeting 7.30pm
26 Meet the BoT Evening 7.30pm
Aug 01 Year 6 Te Atatu Intermediate Visit
04 Mid-Year Reports Emailed
09 Parent Interviews 2pm – 8pm
15 Netball Field Day
25 Daffodil Day
Sept 01 Individual & Sibling Photos
18 School Art Show Week
29 Term 3 Ends

Have a great holiday with your children. Best Wishes!

Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 2

3 July, 2017

A time of change

Dear Matipo community,

Welcome to the first newsletter from our reinvigorated Board of Trustees. We aim to update you on Board activities with regular newsletters and we welcome your feedback.

The Board usually meets on the third Monday of every month in the school staffroom, starting at 7.30 pm and the community are welcome to attend. Should you wish to address a matter to the Board at a meeting, please contact us before attending to check the protocol. Dates for the meetings will be mentioned in the weekly school newsletter, and the next meeting will be held on 24 July due to the school holidays. Copies of past Board meeting minutes are currently available in the office foyer.

The Board of Trustees provides direction for the school in its governance role and community consultation is an important part of this process. A by-election for new parent representatives was held in May and three new trustees were elected. Nathan Rarere, Vanessa Preston and Rebecca Lamb have joined Vanna Blucher (Chair), David Windler (Treasurer), Natalie Kennerley (Staff Rep), Wayne Bainbridge (Principal) and Faga Siaki (Parent Rep) in making up our full Board . Thank you to all candidates and voters, we value your involvement and interest in the governance of our school.

Following the change in composition of our Board we are holding a Meet the Board evening for parents and whanau in the first week of Term 3. More information will be provided closer to the date.

SAVE THE DATE: Meet the Board Evening, Wednesday 26 July, 7.30pm

As you may be aware, the Board has recently been investigating several confidential complaints. We take complaints very seriously, and have been working with external advisors and the New Zealand School Trustees Association to resolve these and ensure that processes are followed properly. The School Complaints Policy outlines that parents should contact the teachers concerned in the first instance, then the Syndicate Leader if not resolved, then the Deputy Principal, then finally the Principal. The Board can only consider complaints against the Board or Principal, or complaints that have not been resolved by following the complaints process.

Our long-standing Principal, Wayne Bainbridge is retiring at the end of Term 3. Wayne has held the reins at Matipo Primary for 28 years and led the school and students to much success over this time. He will be greatly missed. The Board is currently recruiting for a new Principal under the guidance of a respected education consultant, and we have had a high number of quality applicants. The level of interest in this position attests to the reputation and strength of our school and current Principal. We look forward to sharing more information with you about the new Principal appointment very soon.

Finally, a big thank you to our dedicated staff at Matipo, who pour their hearts and souls into teaching and caring for our children every day. Thank you also to the many parents and whanau who volunteer or assist our school in different ways. You are greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all happy and safe school holidays.

Nga mihi nui,

Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees

 

We value your feedback – please feel free to contact the board at this address: board@staff.matipo.school.nz

Newsletter #20 June 29th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter #19 June 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newsletter #18 June 15th

Last Sunday the Friends of Matipo organised a very successful ‘Kid’s Market’. The money made to hire a table was donated to the Kids Can children’s charity, raising $345. There was a big crowd in attendance and all stalls reportedly did good business. Thank you for your positive support.
Congratulations to the Travelwise Student Leaders who organised the ‘Funky Feet’ event last Friday to promote children walking to school. All the children thoroughly enjoyed this event.

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

Happy Birthday This Week To
Reuben Lines, Amelia Hamilton, Kiwa Hilliard, David English, Keenan Aickin, Noah Pirnia, India Kuka, Eden Howie, Oscar Duirs and Diana Raducu.

‘BOOKANEER’ Book Fair

Following the success of last year’s Book Fair, we are having the 2017 Book Fair in association with Scholastic from 19th – 23rd June in the Media Suite.
There will be an opening night on Monday 19th June at 7pm with two guest readers. The Book Fair is open for sales between 8am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm daily, and of course, will be open for sales on Monday evening between 7pm – 8.30pm.
On Friday 23rd June the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates are having a Book Character Dress Up Parade with a few prizes including tickets for Weber Bros Circus, donated by Vanessa Preston.
Thank you so much to parents who have volunteered to look after sales before and after school: Ally Gracewood, Kirsty Ibbotson, Merryn Robertson, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Ellen Williams, Karen Dobbs, Vanessa Preston, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Linda Crombie, Vicki Petley, Lisa Hamilton, Alex Yovich, Hollie Colegate, Joanna Holland, Kristie Penwarden, Janine Thomas, Scott Faulder and Kelly Rarere.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 8.

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.

Wig Wednesday- NEXT WEDNESDAY
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ next Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

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

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

Te Atatu Intermediate Open Night
Tuesday 1st August 6.45pm – 8pm. Parents come along with your child and feel free to walk around the school to see what’s on offer. Enrolment forms will be available on the evening. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport, and immunisation certificate. You can collect a copy of the enrolment form from Te Atatu Intermediate School, 8 Harbour View Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula. Please Ph (09) 834 5371 if you need any further information. We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Newsletter #17 June 8th

The Kid’s Market is this Sunday between 12pm – 3pm in the school hall. Please come along and support our kids! There will also be the Cafe2U coffee van, a sausage sizzle fundraising for Matipo Netball, and a Fun Photo Booth run by the Junior Saints.
An enormous thank you to the Friends of Matipo organising committee for their hard work in organising three very successful events to date: Hollie Colegate, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Amanda Lowe, Jess Hallows, Kristie Penwarden, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Natasha Cook, Leeane Boyle and Natalie Kennerley.

WARM WELCOME TO
Samuel Hennah, Alice Shepherd and Quinn Faulder. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Alice Shepherd, Quinn Faulder, Mae Annan, Orla Hill, Ava Bradley, Greta Igusa, Mabel Watson, Ava Marsters, Amelie Pilot-Rowsell, Chardonne Villanueva, Mikael Garner, Esther Fonua, Joshua Murphy, Marlow Robinson and a Happy Belated Birthday to Samuel Hennah.

‘BOOKANEER’ BOOK FAIR
Following the success of last year’s Book Fair, we are having the 2017 Book Fair in association with Scholastic from 19th – 23rd June.
There will be an opening night on Monday 19th June at 7pm with two guest readers. The Book Fair is open for sales between 8am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm daily, and of course, will be open for sales on Monday evening between 7pm – 8.30pm.
On Friday 23rd June the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates are having a Book Character Dress Up Parade with a few prizes including tickets for a special event, donated by Vanessa Preston.

NEW ENTRANT PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING
The next meeting will be held in the staff room at 7pm on Thursday 22nd June.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 17.

WIG WEDNESDAY
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ on Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

WINTER WEATHER
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed warmly and with a rain coat if possible. Please make a particular effort to drive carefully on the streets near the school and please do not park over neighbour’s driveways.
Also, a timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

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

PLANT POWER COOKING CLUB
A proposal has been received for a vegan cooking club to be held at lunchtimes (either Monday or Tuesday) starting in Term 3. There would be a $20 fee for the term (10 weeks) and would be limited to the first 12 children to return the slip at the end of this newsletter. A fuller description of the proposal is on our school Facebook and website. If interested, please print off and return the attached slip.

Plant Power Cooking Club – Please return to office
Name: ________________________________________________ Room: ________

Would like to join the Plant Power Cooking Club.
Please find enclosed $20 for the term.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #16 June 1st

We have some exciting events coming up:

Book Week – 19th – 23rd June – Ashton-Scholastic Book Fair. This will include an opening night with guest readers (date TBC), and a ‘Dress Up as a Book Character’ Parade for Year 2 – 6 students on Friday 23rd June.

Wig Wednesday – 21st June – a charity fundraiser for Child Cancer Foundation. Wear a wig and bring a gold coin donation. See below for further information.

Warm Welcome To
Kate Donald, Ethan Howley, Harrison Chatfield and Keenan Sisnett. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Keilani Bentley, Harrison Chatfield, Aalia Rua, Keenan Sisnett, Seth Stylianou and
Joshua Teope.

Updated Education Act
There has been media publicity about children being able to start school at 4 years old. Schools (or local clusters of schools) will decide if children still start on their 5th Birthday, or start in cohorts, e.g. at the beginning of each term, and/or mid-term. The law change has not taken effect yet, and the earliest students could enter school under a cohort entry policy will be Term 1, 2018. Our school’s policy will be decided by the Board and the new Principal early in Term 4.

New Playground
Good progress is being made for the new playground, but it will not be ready for use until the soft fall is installed. We will keep you posted.

Winter Weather
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed warmly and with a rain coat if possible. Please make a particular effort to drive carefully on the streets near the school and please do not park over neighbour’s driveways.
Also, a timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Best Wishes
Best wishes to Charlie Preston who has a role in the National Youth Theatre’s season of Oliver. Well done and we hope you enjoy it.

Food Bank
The food bank drop-off continues to operate smoothly. 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.

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.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki & Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 9.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Wig Wednesday
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ on Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

Pre-Enrolments
To provide clarity about classroom and teacher supply issues we invite in-zone enrolments for 2017, 2018 and 2019 in particular. If your child is starting with us in the next three years, and you have not already pre-enrolled, could you please contact the office and we will send you an enrolment pack.

Newsletter #15 May 25th

The new principal’s position has officially been advertised. The successful applicant should be known by the end of this term and following my retirement at the end of Term 3, will take over from the beginning of Term 4.

Congratulations to the Friends of Matipo team (Natalie Kennerley, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Hollie Colegate, Amanda Lowe, Jess Hallows, Natasha Cook, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Kristie Penwarden, and Leeanne Boyle), for a very successful ‘Quiz Night’ with a huge attendance and an abundance of prizes on offer.

Warm Welcome To
Katara Matthews-Witika, Leah McKean, Isabella Tran, Ebaadullah Khan and Ethan Howley. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Autumn Bell, Grace Haimes, Brooke Kearney, Porter Thompson, Thea Rockel, Ethan Howley, Eli Smylie, Ruby Masters-King, Grace Oloi, Jack Simpson and Toby Gibbons.

New Appointments
Mrs Kennerley and Mrs Foley interviewed candidates for the two maternity vacancies created by Mrs Brooks-Leijh and Miss Mitchell. We were very lucky to be able to secure the services of Mrs Delwyn Day (Room 5), and Mrs Elise Van De Ven (Room 21) who will take up their appointments at the beginning of Term 3.

Board of Trustees By-Election
The official count will take place on Thursday afternoon but the Returning Officer is obliged to inform all candidates of the outcome before it becomes public knowledge. We hope to make an official announcement on our school’s Facebook tomorrow by 10am.

Thanks
Many thanks to Kirsty and Simon Ibbotson for their generous donation of boxes of tissues for all our classrooms.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 20.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018 – We only have 5 books left
The Entertainment Book is on sale for $70. 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. 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.

Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show
This is a free Auckland Libraries NZ Music Month event. Great for the whole family. CD’s will be available. Koha would be appreciated.
When: Saturday 27th May at 2pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Library

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

Newsletter #14 May 18th

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

Happy Birthday This Week To
Eden Johnstone, Nazar Baranik, Alexandrea Dalay, Sophie McMurray, Marnia Pereira-Mauai, Peppa Bell, Zoe McLean, Alyssa Patten, Chloe Ellis, Noah Mitchell, Imogen Bosnich-Wood, Heidi Gibbons, Gaspard Midol and Egyptia Reihana.

Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show
Next Wednesday 24th May, the Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show is returning to Matipo. There will be two shows, the first at 11am for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, the second at 1.30pm for the Taonga and Manda syndicates. Please return the permission slip, along with $4 to the office at your earliest convenience.

Kid’s Market
Friends of Matipo is hosting a Kid’s Market on Sunday 11th June between 12pm – 3pm in the school hall. Pay $10 for a table to sell your wares. Sell old toys, books, shoes, fresh baking. The profit is for the kids. All table fees go to Kids Can. If you would like to book a table, please contact natalie@staff.matipo.school.nz.

Board of Trustees By-Election
Voting closes tomorrow, Friday 19th May at noon. Forms may be dropped off to the voting box in the school office.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 10.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Tuesday mornings. 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).

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
The Entertainment Book is on sale for $70. 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. 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.

Term 2 Dates
May 20 Friends of Matipo Quiz Night
23 Room 22 & 23 One Tree Hill Trip
Room 24 Highwic House Trip
24 Rhythm Interactive Drumming Shows
30 League Field Day
31 Room 15, 16, 20 & 21 Alberton House Trip

June 01 Room 12, 13, 14 & 17 Alberton House Trip
05 Queen’s Birthday
11 Kid’s Market
12 Room 2, 3, 4 & 5 Highwic House Trip
13 Room 6, 7, 8 & 9 Highwic House Trip
19 Book Fair Week
21 Wig Wednesday
26 Matariki Week
27 Soccer Field Day
30 School Speech Competition

July 07 Term 2 Ends – 2.45pm

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