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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: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #2 9th February

Apologies for the delay in publishing this newsletter online – it was completely my fault, it escaped my to-do list! – Kris

School has made a smooth start with lots on for the children. On the second day of school, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicate had a free show from the ‘Duffy Books in Homes’ tour. Yesterday, the Aroha and Mana syndicates had a Vector Electricity Safety Show and also ‘Bike West’ bicycle safety lessons over a number of days. On Friday 24th February, there will be a free disco for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates. More info to come.

Warm Welcome To
Daisy Brown. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.
Happy Birthday This Week To
Harley Breeds, Daisy Brown, Archie Clews, Ella Hamilton, Michael Schriefer, Eli Hiini-Neilson and Oliver Vertongen.

Spellathon Proceeds
The proceeds from last year’s Spellathon have been well spent over the holidays on two 3D printers (two for the price of one deal), a new video camera and tripod, a drone with camera and additional iPads. Thank you again for your generous support.

Medical Considerations
We are soon to have a child join our school who has been diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox or measles 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. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

Wanted
We are on the lookout for items for children’s play such as wooden packing crates, cable drums, an old dinghy, clean wooden planks etc. Please let us know if you can help. We are able to collect these. Thanks in advance.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

School Costs
There is always a lot in the media at this time of year about school costs. Many schools have a $400 plus school donation, stationery costs of $100 – 180, and ‘compulsory’ activity fees for photocopying, I.T. fees, consumables etc. I am proud that our stationery is $20 a pack, and our voluntary school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Te Atatu Library
Join Mr. Chen for an awesome learning experience in wrapping dumplings and Chinese Calligraphy to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Held at the Te Atatu Peninsula Library this Saturday 10am – 1pm. Open event to the public. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 1.

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. Please see the reply slip below.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #1 February 2nd

A big welcome back to 2017 and a special warm welcome to children and parents who are new to our school. Marc, Reece and Mark have done a superb job getting the grounds neat and tidy. Cara and Shelley have the office routines well established and the stationery ready to rock and roll from the library. Kris works behind the scenes updating all the I.T. equipment. Many teachers have been in preparing for this year over the last three weeks prior to school starting. We welcome Lise Ioane and Mitchell Osborn as new teachers to Rooms 12 and 14.

I am planning to retire in the course of the year, and the school will welcome a new principal. As such, some events may not be happening, as I cannot commit a new principal to organisation that will be their decision to make. I have been overwhelmed with messages of support and best wishes, and also with trepidation, concern and tears from some. I have had messages from families who have told me they bought houses in our zone specifically to come to our school. I anticipate a large number of experienced applicants will apply for the position as principal of one of the best primary schools in the country, and that the school will be in good hands.

Warm Welcome To
Welcome to the following new pupils starting at our school. We hope you have a really enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary: Kiwi Hilliard, Benjamin McArthur, Matilda Foley, Alice Carter, Miles Debney, Ava Page-Wood, Torrance Reid, Emerson Foster, Dayton Wichman, Malalai Rehman, Hannah Patel, Briar Field, Tegan McMurray, Dayton Te Tai, Ella Beazley, Daisy Brown, Jakob McCourt, Ana-mei Taumata, Jane Louie, Mikael Garner, Emma Nesbit, Jonathan Louie, Jasmine McCourt, Georgia Preston, Charlie Preston, Serina Nepia, Chase Page and Sarah Chen.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Chase Page, Ella Beazley, Neil Amerika, Talesha Thompson, Jacob Petley, Zachary Petley, Alexia Stan and Lola Yates.

School Donation & Stationery
This year our school donation remains at $70 per child and $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. The money raised is spent on your children.
Our stationery is amongst the cheapest of any school around – just $20 a pack. It is possible to buy cheaper books at The Warehouse, but they are of lesser quality. Buying at school means all kids have standardised, good quality books. All classroom programmes start in full next Tuesday, so if you do not have stationery, please purchase it from the library.

Lunches
Like most schools, we are litter free and ask that children take their lunch scraps and packaging home. Many lunch boxes have compartments so you can put in lunch items without the packaging.
Sushi Ami is continuing Friday lunches for $5 starting Friday 10th February. Thank you to those parents who assist with distributing the sushi on Fridays. Without your help, this venture would not be possible. Please carefully read the instructions below on how to order:
− Options are six-piece sushi or chicken katsu on rice for $5.
− Order forms are available in the office and should be completed by an adult with $5 enclosed in a sealed bag.
− Exact cash is required. No eftpos or change facility is available.
− All orders need to be delivered to the ‘Sushi’ box in the office no later than 3pm on Thursday afternoons.
− Orders can’t be changed or cancelled once placed.
− Delivery will be in time for lunch, so you will still need to supply brain food and morning tea.

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. Hats are to be worn in Term 1 and Term 4 during interval and lunch.
6. Wearing of makeup, dangly earrings and extreme hair styles such as mohawks, ‘carvings’ and rats tails are not allowed.
7. The school grounds are to be cleared by 3.15pm. The school grounds are also closed in the weekend.
8. Any medication needs to be given in at the office, not held in classrooms.
9. Cell phones should be given to the office in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. If they are taken to the classroom, we accept no responsibility.
10. 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.

In the main, these all relate to child safety.

Newsletter #40 December 15th

We had a busy but exciting end of this term with two very nice Prize Giving ceremonies, a glitzy Year 6 Graduation, Fun Day and a number of classes still spending their market day profits.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Kahu Kuchel-Barrales, Jude Hawkins, Edward Liew and Henry Bell.

Happy Birthday Over the Holidays To
Sarah-Jane Berben, Lylah Daros-Motta, Isla Bowen, Theo Robbmarkham, Caylyss Anania, Tyler Foster, Jaxon Turner, Charlotte Morpeth, Daniel Breen, Quinn Young, Louis Bacquet MacMillan, Olivia Hill, Rosalie Donald, Cole Jackson, Aston Johnstone, Lui Joe, Ky-Marny Massey, Devin McGee, Blake Findlay, Noah Petley, Kaia Diallo, Emerson Rockell, Muritai Paki, Alfie Davies, Lilah Faulder, Noah Kirk, Kainoa Keereweer-Taia, Kaelee Coyle, Millie Furmenger, Emma Chapman, Lyrical Lipsham-Symonds, Isaac Oloi, Han Scott, Liam Beazley, Charlotte Triggs, Nicolas Armitage, Summer Bundock, Grace O’Sullivan, Ryan Green, Skye McGill, Aiden Maslen, Paige Jarvie-Otufangavalu, Megan Richardson, Joaquin Kightley, Kiara Fredericks, Jun Yan Ooi, Holland Foster, Charlie Kemp, Latrell Williams, Lucas Adams, Shana Diallo, Rhea Doyle, Tyra Ibbott, Jazmine Nairn, Theo Kirk, Kobe Antunovich, Jacob French, Evie Atkinson-Burns, Ava Olley, Ryder Williams, Imogen Wroe, Luca Armitage, Sophie Lamb, Stalin Folwell, Jack Hughes, Tia Toki-Pangari, Luca Boyack, Casey Robson, Aron Chung, Sophie Leslie and Felix Wrack.

Staff News
Exciting news for Mr Simpson, who has been awarded a full fees scholarship from AUT to begin a part-time PHD in children’s writing. This is a wonderful opportunity. Congratulations!

Very Best Wishes
Best wishes to our departing Year 6 pupils. Work hard and make the most of all opportunities, so Matipo, yourself and your parents are proud.

Farewell
Farewell and best wishes to Leanne Watson who is returning to her home town of Nelson and getting married over the holidays.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Mitchell Osborn who is also getting married over the holidays.

Thank You
Thanks and congratulations to Jo Treadwell who has taught in Room 2 over the last two terms and has gained a full-time position at Lincoln Heights Primary.

Holiday Security
If you notice any suspicious behaviour in the school grounds during the holidays, please contact Henderson Police on 09 839 0600.

2017 Term Dates
Term 1 Thursday 2nd February – Thursday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
Term 3 Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
* School starts on Thursday 2nd February at 8.50am. Monday 6th February is Waitangi Day.

Preparing for 2017
School stationery costs remain the same at $20 per pack. The office will reopen Monday 23rd January for stationery sales. From Thursday 2nd February, stationery packs will be available for purchase from the library. The voluntary school donation remains at $70 per child or $100 per family, and is tax deductible. The Lucky Prize Draw for all school donations received in Term 1 will be held at the last assembly of term. The prize is a Sharp Top Mounted Fridge/Freezer valued at $1099.99.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing for next year. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

From all at Matipo, have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Stay safe, rest up, and enjoy the holidays.

Newsletter #39 December 8th

I was absolutely delighted to hear the news last week that Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd had won an Ernest Duncan Award in Mathematics. It is from the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, recognising her as one of the top maths teachers in New Zealand. This is an outstanding recognition and I am proud to acknowledge this wonderful achievement. For the last two years, Kathryn has worked as a specialist Maths Support Teacher in our school. Congratulations Kathryn and well done!

Happy Birthday This Week To
Emily Boyle, Brooke Christie, Nico Curran, Isabella Taihia, Gabby Aninion, Tama Circuitt, Toa Talamahina, Sebastian Pua, Taegen Hapeta-Byford, Wyatt Scrimgeour and Harry Moore.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Teachers Moving
With changes to the number of classes in each syndicate, some teachers are moving:
Mr Ray Chen is moving to the Mana Syndicate.
Mrs Ngaire Williams is moving to the Aroha Syndicate.
Mrs Marion Clark is moving to the Aroha Syndicate.
Mrs Grace Smith is moving to the Taonga Syndicate.
Late breaking news: Leanne Watson is returning to her hometown of Nelson next year, and we are interviewing for her replacement this Saturday.

Apology
Our usual excellent communication has suffered a slippage in the last week. Christmas on the Green is not happening this year. It has been replaced by a Christmas Carols Assembly for the children on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm in the school hall.

Principal Absent
I remain on sick leave until the end of this year. Deputy Principal Jill Jessop is acting principal in my absence.

Reports
End of year reports were emailed home today. Check your junk or spam inbox if it hasn’t arrived, and ring Cara in the office you have haven’t received one by Friday morning.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15pm in the hall, hosted by Mr Bainbridge, and will be the certificate assembly with acknowledgements to wardens, librarians etc.

Lost Property
Lost Property is on display outside the staffroom from this afternoon until the end of term. Any unclaimed items after the end of term will be passed on to charity. We make every effort to return named items to children. Please remember to label your children’s clothing.

Year 6 Maths Study – Lost Property
The Year 6 maths group collected up three weeks’ worth of lost property. The students researched how much each item cost to buy new. Shockingly they discovered that in only three weeks, $1381.99 was wasted. The students then worked out how much that would cost over the course of a week ($460.67), a month ($1842.66), and a 40-week school year ($18,426.80). They then found out some things that could have been bought instead. A year’s worth of wasted money could have bought one of the following: 19 electric cars, 14 trampolines, 48 64gb iPads, or a round the world trip for Mr. and Mrs. Bainbridge! The students were amazed at the waste of money! Please remember to label your clothing!

2017 Term Dates
Term 1 Thursday 2nd February – Thursday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
Term 3 Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
* School starts on Thursday 2nd February at 8.50am. Monday 6th February is Waitangi Day.

Preparing for 2017
School stationery costs remain the same at $20 per pack. The office will reopen Monday 23rd January for stationery sales. From Thursday 2nd February, stationery packs will be available for purchase from the library. The voluntary school donation remains at $70 per child or $100 per family, and is tax deductible. The Lucky Prize Draw for all school donations received in Term 1 will be held on the last assembly of term. The prize is a Sharp Top Mounted Fridge/Freezer valued at $1099.99.

Newsletter #38 December 1st

What a fantastic, supportive and generous response to the Spellathon! A new Matipo World Record of $27,000 was received. This is an absolutely marvellous total. The money will go towards supporting our I.T. budget and hopefully the purchase of either a 3D printer or laser cutter.
Following inspection, the large playground behind Rooms 20 & 21 is unsafe due to rot and is currently out of bounds. We will be looking to replace this next year and some of our fundraising could go towards this.

Warm Welcome This Week To
Jackson Lee. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jackson Lee, Theo Bourne, Mereana McCallum, Summer Powell, Thlua Bawi, Aiko Holster, Ela Kiyici, Aiden Franicevich, Luca Franicevich, Lucy Forrest, Ian Lim and Julia Rosser.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Preparing for 2017
School stationery costs remain the same at $20 per pack. The office will reopen Monday 23rd January for stationery sales. From Thursday 2nd February, stationery packs will be available for purchase from the library. The voluntary school donation remains at $70 per child or $100 per family, and is tax deductible. The Lucky Prize Draw for all school donations received in Term 1 will be held on the last assembly of term. The prize is a Sharp Top Mounted Fridge/Freezer valued at $1099.99.

Sympathies
Deepest sympathies to the family of Wally Marsters on the tragic accident taking the life of uncle and brother, Frederick Marsters, as part of the Kaipara Harbour fishing tragedy.

Weetbix TRYathalon
Sunday 12th February 2017. Join Team Matipo at this fun, family event where kids get a taste of competing at a large event. More info and registration at tryathlon.co.nz. Also follow the event page on the Friends of Matipo Facebook page.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 3.

Thank You
A very big thank you to Carol McFetridge for a wonderful job helping with the wardens over the last few years. A special thank you also to this year’s parent warden helpers: Fiona, Debra, Lisa, Andrea, Libby, Pam, Trudi and Jeanne-Marie. Without your support and time, the road patrol crossing would not be possible.
If you are able to assist with patrols in 2017, we’d love to hear from you!

End of Year Dates
December 2 Wardens & Librarians Trip to Parakai
8 End of Year Reports Emailed
12 Prize Giving: 9.30am – Junior / 11.30am – Senior
Year 6 Graduation 6.30pm
14 Fun Day
15 Term 4 Ends 12.30pm

Dare to Explore
Free summer reading challenges at Auckland Libraries for kids aged 5 – 13 years old.
12th December 2016 – 22nd January 2017.
*Fun Activities – Awesome Celebration Party – Make New Friends*

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Newsletter #37 November 24th

This week I had occasion to be hospitalised at Waitakere Hospital. What I saw is what I see with teachers, police and similar work fields – a largely young workforce, highly trained, working at 110% capacity, great service, great attitudes, great work ethic – all doing their best and giving such great service delivery. Congratulations all teachers, school staff, doctors, nurses, police officers and work fields alike on doing a job well done!

Warm Welcome This Week To
Jet Kightley, Teinakore Addis-Williams and Shavaughn Addis-Williams. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jet Kightley, Harry Donald, Kaige Joyce, Denzel Vesetolu, George Gough, Lola Harris-Dennerly, James Turoa, Olivia Gavin, Elyna Wang, Sofia McKay and Sage Tantingco.

Spellathon
Prize Draw is on Monday. Could all sponsorship money be collected and returned tomorrow morning if possible.

Prize Giving
Junior Prize Giving (Years 0 – 3) will be held on Monday 12th December at 9.30am.
Senior Prize Giving (Years 4 – 6) will be held on Monday 12th December at 11.30am.
The Year 6 graduation will be held on Monday 12th December at 6.30pm. More info to follow.

Playground Safety
Following tragic accidents at two pre-schools, I arranged a safety audit of all our school playgrounds. One confidence course station and the main playground behind Rooms 20/21 have some issues. We are erring on the side of caution by making these out of bounds until further notice.

School Books
With the end of year approaching could everybody please look under the couch, down the back of the beds, and in the dog kennel for any school readers or library books.

End of 2016
The school year finishes on Thursday 15th December at the earlier time of 12.30pm.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 2.

Science Parent Information Evening
Next Wednesday 30th of November the science team will be holding a parent information evening in the staff room at 7pm. This evening is to inform parents about the vision for science at Matipo School, what we are currently doing and our plans for 2017. Leanne Watson will be presenting her experiences on the science teaching leadership program and how this will enhance and support science education at Matipo School. Members of the science team will be sharing their expertise and how they have been integrating science into their classrooms.

Cross Country
Last week the Zone Cross Country was held at Taipari Strand. Despite the weather it went ahead. With strong performances from Kainoa Keereweer-Taia (2nd – Year 6 Boys) and Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu (3rd – Year 5 Girls), the team finished 3rd in the closest battle in years. Congratulations to all our children who participated and to Freyberg Community School, the 2016 Champions. Thank you to all the parents for your support on the day.

Matipo Cricket
Our school’s cricket team has qualified for the Champion of Champions Cricket tournament at Eden Park on Thursday 8th December. Good luck!

A Couple of Reminders
− Please clear the school grounds by 3.15pm.
− Please don’t send items of sentimental value or expensive items to school.
− Cell phones should be handed into the office in the morning for safe keeping.
− Please try hard to make sure after school arrangements are clear and set in concrete.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We urgently require parental help for our Road Patrols on Thursday and Friday mornings at the intersection of Matipo and Taikata Roads (8.05am – 8.45am). If you can help please contact Marion Clark at marion@staff.matipo.school.nz, or alternatively the office 834-6909. If you are able to assist with this intersection in 2017, we’d also love to hear from you!

Newsletter #36 November 17th

What a wonderful event Pet Day was, with huge attendance following the well-attended cultural show and the big crowd at our cross country. It is so encouraging to see the support of parents for their children.
When I looked at the photos of the Pet Day, what I saw was the pride and delight of the children showing off their pets. The goat, axolotls, the hen and the huge furry cat, along with the tiny dogs were some of the highlights.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Aroha James, Oliver Smith, Maria Koosache, River-lee Panui, Khalil Williams-Stehlin, Max Jones, Rumer Kightley, Chequan McPherson, Niamh Dines, Lachlan Howley and Bellah Peut.

Spellathon
Congratulations to all the children who have now completed their Spellathon test. Sponsor forms have all been returned home. All sponsorship money is due back Friday 25th November. The prize pool expands daily with the major prizes including: Miele vacuum cleaner, two 32inch T.V.’s, a Chrome Book valued at $450, four giant teddies and a Sharp Bluetooth Mini System. This is our major fundraiser of the year and supports our IT classroom laptop leases and other IT purchases. We are hopeful we may be able to fund a 3D printer so that children are aware of future technologies.

2017 Term Dates
Term 1 Thursday 2nd February – Thursday 13th April
Term 2 Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
Term 3 Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
Term 4 Monday 16th October – Friday 15th December
* School starts on Thursday 2nd February at 8.50am.
Monday 6th February is Waitangi Day.

Not Returning in 2017?
To assist in planning for next year, if your family is leaving Matipo and not returning next year, could you please inform the office at your earliest convenience.

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

Cross Country
Two weeks ago we held our annual school cross country. We had a beautiful sunny day, and received very positive feedback in regards to the new schedule. Congratulations to all children who ran and to those who won:
Girls Boys
Year 0 Amelie Pilot-Rowsell Rm 9 Nathan Yovich Rm 6
Year 1 Stella Mitchell Rm 9 Reuben Lee Sang Rm 8
Year 2 Hazel Masters-King Rm 19 Noah Petley Rm 21
Year 3 Ava Marsters Rm 19 Nathan Bundock Rm 15
Year 4 Brooke Hari Rm 22 Dylan Chapman Rm 10
Year 5 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu Rm 22 Timon Boyack Rm 24
Year 6 Reese Marsters Rm 1 Kainoa Keereweer-Taia Rm 26
A full list of results can be found on our school website.

Market Day Profits
A number of classes are busy spending their Market Day profits with trips, class parties and fun days. It is great that the children can see the fruits of their labour.

Lost Property
Lost Property is 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.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently on Thursday and Friday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.05am – 8.45am).

Foodbank
Thank you all for your continuing donations to the local foodbank. Currently the foodbank is low on rice, larger cans of tinned fish and canned tomatoes. Any items are greatly appreciated. We have a drop off point here at school in the office, or alternatively at CARE Waitakere, the Community House or Cupboard Love.