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Kia Ora koutou,

My name is John Brandon, the students call me Matua John. I have been at Matipo School since term 2, Mr Wright appointed me on a temporary contract for two terms to help with some of the changes and I am here until the end of term 3.
In fact, I thought I had retired from a senior leadership role in a high school in Manurewa, my retirement lasted for about two days before Mr Wright asked me to come and assist. I am loving my time here at Matipo!
I live in Takanini, keeping myself company, and enjoy a very active life around helping at school, travel and aviation. My cousins live in Canada and my son and daughter in Sydney and Gold Coast respectively, my twin sister is in England and my elder sister in Melbourne…so I travel a lot! I enjoy watching my two granddaughters grow and am really happy to be able apply what I am learning at Matipo to their journey.
The staff and students here are fantastic and it is a real pleasure to make new friends with them, the students and the community.


Firstly we would like to Thank Shannon Crowther for helping with our school wardens on Mondays & Wednesdays.
If you could be that one to assist our children on these days please email

Wednesday Boot Camp Information

Kia Orana, parents this is a heads up for you to be able to communicate with your child/ren for after school Wednesday Boot Camps.
They are to meet on the Green court at the flag pole with bags. They can have afternoon tea before we move over to the park across the road (Neil Ave) and pick up can be back at the flag pole. If it rains we will be back at school instead.

Spotlight on Staff – Natalie Kennerley

My name is Natalie Kennerley and I have been a part of the Matipo community for 12 years now. I have taught in the middle school, new entrants and now am enjoying the seniors. I think the biggest achievement in my career to date would have to be this year’s Mana Camp, a huge success and so much fun.  Now I’m looking forward to Ski Camp and Aroha Camp at Motu Moana! I’ve love being fully involved at Matipo, coordinating and coaching netball for 8 years, and now helping with the Matipo Friends & Whanau group, organising fun events such as our recent Quiz Night. Before teaching I was a children’s book buyer at Dymocks Bookstore, and my love of books continue, however I don’t seem to have as much time to read these days.

Originally from Glenfield, I’ve now lived on the Peninsula for 11 years.  I live with my husband Rob, our daughter Maria and our pets Sirius, Fred and George.  I am a big Harry Potter geek and like reading the series at least once a year, as well as collecting various HP memorabilia.  I enjoy cooking and baking, and bake at least once a month for a local charity.

International Students Update

International Students

This week, we have been able to welcome two Japanese students who are sisters and are with us for six weeks, Koume and Koyuzu Omura. We also welcome brother and sister Zichen and Zihan Liang from China who are staying for four weeks. Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our whanau koutou,  Kia Ora!

On the 6th August, we also welcome a whanau of twenty six students from China with four teachers accompanying them. They arrive with us on Sunday 5th August when they will meet their homestay hosts and are staying for two weeks. They will learn about the life of Matipo School and what it is like to be a akonga, (learner) in our kura and our community.

Nau mai, haere mai ko o tatou manuhiri mai i Haina me Japan.