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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.

BALLOT
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.

ONE DAY SCHOOLS
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

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

SCHOOL TERM DATES
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,
Paul

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.

NEXT BOARD MEETING
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.

IT, DIGITAL LEARNING AND SCHOOLS
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.

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

SCHOOL ORGANISATION – CLASSES FOR 2018
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 palu@matipo.school.nz or just drop in any Tuesday between 4pm and 7pm.

Nga mihi nui,
Paul

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
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.

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

GREAT KIWI MORNING TEA
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 natalie@staff.matipo.school.nz if you are interested in contributing baking for this event.

ALADDIN TROUBLE SCHOOL SHOW
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.

TERM DATES
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

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 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz 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.

Assembly
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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Newsletter #30 September 21st

Many thanks to our school art team and all those who helped, for collating the bi-annual school Art Show. Congratulations to all the children and classes who had pieces exhibited. The People’s Choice Winner from our invited guest artists was Sue Butler, whose theme was the Fibonacci sequence. Many thanks to the artists of the Waitakere Arts Centre who donated twelve pieces of art to our school’s collection this year, we appreciate your continued support!

Warm Welcome To
Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama. Also, a very special belated welcome to Cohen Holster. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jaimie Booth, Ava Foster, Kees Wierstra, Sophia Litvinchuk, Lucy Wallace, Isaac Lee Sang, Katija Luke, Kelly Alker, Cooper Marris, Lucy Stylianou, Samuel Taylor, Jamie Thomas, Jett Bernard, Hongrae Noh, Te Arepa Taiaroa, Maya Frampton and Mia Gilbert. A Happy Belated Birthday to Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth, Cohen Holster and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama.

Parent Wardens Wanted
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 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz 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.

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

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 2.

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.

Te Atatu Intermediate Year 6 Testing
Testing Date for Year 6 Students: Monday 30 Oct – 9.15am to 12.15noon. A bus will collect and drop off students to and from school. Please ring the TAI Office (09) 834 5371 if you wish to receive more information. Only students who have enrolled can sit the test.

SKIDS School Holiday Programme
Book now for the Term 3 School Holiday Programme. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, ‘Flippin’ Fun’, ‘Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to Rock’, ‘Ceramic Painting’ and ‘Kids Fair’. Onsite excitement including ‘Stone Age Party’, ‘Burgers and Drinks’ and much more! WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please contact Sapna on
818 5955 or 027 565 5251, or email matipo@skids.co.nz.

Brickworks Drama School
School Holiday Drama Workshops with Brickworks Drama School. Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th October at The Chapel, Te Atatu Peninsula – 9am – 3pm each day. Single day bookings available – $45 a day. For more information visit www.brickworksdrama.com or email: brickworksdrama@gmail.com

West City Baseball Club – Have a Go Day
September 30th and October 1st between 1pm – 3pm. Registration and ‘Have a Go’ for all grades: Kiwiball, under 11, under 13, under 16 and Senior. McLeod Park, Te Atatu South.

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.

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Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 3

Matipo Board of Trustees
TERM THREE NEWSLETTER 19 September, 2017

Dear Matipo community,

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came along to our Meet the Board evening at the start of this term. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with Matipo parents, whanau and staff in a relaxed environment. A special thank you to our two students Lola Harris-Dennerly and Mia Hor’vath who shared their winning speeches with us, and Mr Ray Chen who provided the entertainment. Both were a real treat. Your board is committed to engaging with you – our community – so you can expect to see more of these types of events in the future. Please come along!

End of an era
The end of this term marks an auspicious occasion in our school history – the retirement of our Principal Wayne Bainbridge after 28 years of leading Matipo. Wayne started at Matipo Primary School in 1989 and the school has grown from strength to strength under his leadership.

Achievements
Under Mr Bainbridge’s leadership, significant tree planting was carried out at Matipo, computers were introduced, and a school hall was built in 1991, extended a few years later, and again in recent years. The Media Room, the Arts Suite, a large covered court, two ‘Tiger Turf’ netball courts, and a new four class permanent block have all been built during Wayne’s time, which reflects the changing needs and growing population of our community. Kayaks were purchased in 1992-1993 and are still in use today, and there has been an ever increasing collection of sculptures in the school grounds. In November 2014 the Ministry of Education identified Matipo as the top performing school in Te Atatu, and the school received a glowing ERO report in 2016. Under Wayne’s guidance, the school was an early adopter of Information Technology, a leader in Inquiry Learning, and has become an Asian Aware school.

Wayne has requested that we do not hold a formal farewell event for him, and the Board of Trustees will be respecting his wishes in this regard. However, he was able to hold a special farewell event with the children and staff at the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ day on 13 September, and the Board will be honouring Wayne’s outstanding contributions to Matipo Primary by renaming the main school hall the “Wayne Bainbridge Hall”. Later this week we are holding a small ceremony with Phil Twyford, MP for Te Atatu, where the official renaming will take place. The memory of Wayne’s era as Principal and his passion for the visual and performing arts will live on at Matipo. We wish him all the best for his retirement.
If you or your children wish to contribute your own message of farewell, memories or well wishes please feel free to drop these into the school office by this Friday.

New beginnings
Our new principal, Mr Paul Wright, will start on Monday 16 October – the first day of Term 4. Matipo will be holding a full Powhiri ceremony to welcome Paul to our school, and we are excited to share that his previous school, Clayton Park School, will be sending all their pupils and staff to attend this Powhiri as our guests. It is very meaningful to Clayton Park to gift Mr Wright to Matipo as their taonga (treasure) and we will be honoured to host them. This will be a very special occasion with cultural performances from Matipo and Clayton Park, food and games. Parents and whanau are warmly invited to attend.
Save the date: Mr Wright’s Powhiri, Monday 16 October 10.30am

Finally, our thanks to all parents and whanau who have helped or volunteered at school this term, and our gratitude as always to our wonderful teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. We look forward to new beginnings with you all.
Wishing you all happy and safe school holidays and we hope to see you on day one Term 4.

Nga mihi nui,
Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees

Newsletter #29 September 14th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SKIDS School Holiday Programme
Book now for the Term 3 School Holiday Programme. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, ‘Flippin’ Fun’, ‘Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to Rock’, ‘Ceramic Painting’ and ‘Kids Fair’. Onsite excitement including ‘Stone Age Party’, Burgers and Drinks’ and much more! WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please contact Sapna on
818 5955 or 027 565 5251, or email matipo@skids.co.nz.

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter #28 September 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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