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RugaSoc update please read.

Morena, due to low numbers for RugaSoc on a Thursday for our older students, we are now opening the Thursday RugaSoc up to our Year 0-2’s. If your child would be interested in joining this day please email to with your child’s name, yr level and room. Thank you

PhotoLife Portraits

Kia Ora Parents,

PhotoLife self/sibling portraits that were done on Aug 31st have arrived here at the office. If you would like to come and collect from here that would be great. If you are happy for your child to take home that is fine too.

Thank you for you patience through this time.

Haere Mai and Welcome Back

Haere Mai and welcome back to the summer term.

Our normal Thursday newsletter will follow on later, but there are a few things you might like to know now…

Out of Zone and Ballots for 2019

At our last Board meeting the Board allocated 20 Out of Zone places for 2019.

Dennis Finn our commissioner has now confirmed this. Closing date for out of zone applications for 2019 is 18th October. If we have more that 20 applications then we will hold a ballot in accordance with the rules. Please remind anyone who might want to apply for an out of zone place to get their enrolment form in to us by 18th October.

A good story…

I was a bit surprised to hear I had resigned from Matipo, so was my wife!  But I haven’t resigned and have no plans to do so.

Busy term ahead…

There may only be 9 weeks this term, but we will pack in 44 school days, 18 assemblies , 2 camps, 1 long weekend, 1 disco,  1 set of reports, 2 evenings of SLCs , 1 New  Entrant /Learning through Play information evening, 2 Whanau hui about Maori Enrichment, 1 Diwali, 1  Merry Matipo Christmas, 1 Prize giving , 1 graduation  and  1 house sports day!

Professional learning

Seven of our teachers have been upskilling over the break, at the the U-Learn conference in Auckland and the Literacy Association conference in Palmerston North. They return with strong pictures of ‘best practice’ to share with us all.

Haere mai…

Welcome back to Ariki Fotheringhame who joins us (again) for Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Beautiful bathrooms

We have some wonderful parents from Matipo Friends & Whanau who have been beautifying our toilets by room 6 and room 9, which now look very cool.  The rest of our bathrooms will be done in the near future.

Trees and other stuff

Carl, Bharat, Teresa, Row and Jess have been hard-out most of the holiday. Some of our carpets now smell nice, and we have sprayed for weeds including the horrible  onehunga weed. We no longer have worn-out carpets in the offices, Sick Bay is sorted (nearly) and the two casuarinas have been felled.

The wood is beautiful so we have cut it into slabs and some stumpy things. The slabs will be stored in the garage on the back car park until seasoned, then used to make outdoor seating for our tamariki. The stumpy things we can use straight away. We also have some firewood to sell.

The stumps themselves remain for the time being. This is because we will need to poison the stump to kill the roots which are spread out under the classrooms. If we don’t do this then new trees will sprout through the pipework. Once that’s done we will get the stumps ground out and we can reorganise the car park properly.

Community Consultations

We have two important meetings and one consultation coming up –

New Entrants Information/Learning through play information evening 

Thursday 1st November 6 pm in Room 20 at 6 pm, children welcome.

 Maori Enrichment Hui

We invite our whanau into school next Tuesday at 6 pm to discuss options Maori Enrichment for 2019. If we have enough support then we will follow up with  second hui later into eh term. Bring a plate!

End of the day…

At the moment the school day finishes are 2:45 in terms 2 & 3, but 3 pm in terms 1 & 4. Later this week you will be asked to respond to a Survey monkey to find out if people would prefer to standardise this at 3 pm all year, or not.  We’ll let you know what happens!

 New Entrants

Michelle Fowlie has now taken up her residence in Room 20, at last. Michelle and for Emma Petersen can spread out into their own spaces now!   Children starting in term 4 will join Michelle’s  class and stay with her.

Once Michelle’s class is full then the next New Entrant class off the blocks will be Deidre Neil’s in Room 2, once her current class moves up to Mana Syndicate at the end of the year.

After that we will open and fill a new entrant class each term. Room 3, then Room  4 and so on. Teachers are likely to be Lindsay Wills, Sian Foley and Cheryl Kearns. We plan for all our new entrants stay with the same teacher and group of students in the same classroom till the end of their own year 2, with a maximum class size of around 22 students.

Confused about new entrant visits?

Sorry about that. We have sorted that as well. Michelle will contact the parents of her own students to organise and/or confirm the visits. Deidre will contact her parents, and so on. You will have a direct person-to-person relationship with your child’s teacher. Jess Hallows will coordinate and organise this and be the back-up point of contact if needed. Michelle or Jess will make contact with you very soon.

Class changes for 2019

Now that we have sorted new entrants intake out, then we will soon organise for the class moves for 2019.

Year 2 students  into Mana Syndicate

Year 4 students go into Aroha Syndicate.

We will take extra care to consult parents in Rooms 1 and 12 in week 3. At this stage we are not planning to move anyone else.

This is because students learn more in their second year with the same teacher. The junior students in the class become the ‘senior students at the start of each year, and the classroom culture does not have to be rebuilt. But It only works if the teacher has high expectations and the classroom culture is positive,  but that’s partly my job to help achieve this.

NZEI and Teacher’s pay claim
The NZEI will ballot members starting Tuesday, October 16 – 25th October about for a national week of one-day strikes in November. Boards will be notified informally on Friday, 26 October, and sent formal strike notices 3 days before any action takes place. We will keep you informed of any further developments.

Back Gate

The builders working on the neighbouring development in Crieff Place and have had to block the pedestrian gate for a while. we will put an extra adult on duty at the back gate from 3 – 3:15 for a while.

Lost Property

May no longer be spread out on the bench outside the staff room. After one week it will go into the Clothing Bank bin.


In the summer time, when the weather is fine (sometimes) then we should all wear sun safe hats….

More soon!

Paul Wright


We are looking for 2 thoughtful, dedicated people to fill the roles of teacher aides to assist with learning at Matipo School.

The first job is Monday-Wednesday 9-12:30 and Thursday & Friday 9:00-12:00.

The second job is Monday to Thursday 9:00 -12:30.

We are looking for adaptable and flexible people who understand that the team role of a teacher aide is to help build confident, independent learners.

We offer professional development to support you and develop your teacher aide tool box.

We would like you to start as soon as possible.  

Please send a CV with the names of two referees to

Term 4 After School Curricular Programs

Hello Matipo Whanau…
Hope everyone has enjoyed the first week of the holidays.
This is a notice to let you know that we have spaces available for our AFTER SCHOOL Programs still.
CHESS – 12 spaces available still.
MOSAIC – 8 spaces available still, we are now opening this to our Yr3-4 if any students are interested
RUGASOC yr5-6 – 9 spaces available still. Thursday afternoon. We are opening this class to Years 4-6 now.
YOGA – Monday – 5 spaces available still
YOGA – Wednesday – 5 spaces available still
Send us an email
with child’s name, room number and their year.
Make your payments to:
ASB – Matipo Primary
Thank you all very much.

Recent developments at Matipo Road School

Kia ora koutou;

You may now be aware that over the course of the weekend three of our elected parent representatives on the Board of Trustees resigned their positions. This includes the chairperson.

This morning the Principal met with the Ministry of Education and New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) to work through the support that the school requires to address the governance gap these resignations create. This support is likely to be in the form of a Commissioner and at this point we anticipate it will be in place before the end of the week.

We want to take the opportunity to assure you that the school remains in a strong position to continue to provide the excellent education opportunities it is known for, and that students and their achievement remain our priority.

It is important we acknowledge the hard work and leadership the Board members have provided and thank them for their commitment to Matipo Road School through the change process we have been working through. The role of BOT is challenging and requires a huge investment of time and energy. Matipo Road School and our students, staff and community have benefited greatly from this investment and we wish the Board members the best for the future.

We know that you will have questions, and we will work with the Commissioner once they are in place to provide you with further information.  We will keep you advised of our work with the Ministry of Education and NZSTA.  Alternatively you can contact Paul Wright through the school office or by email (

In the meantime, our staff will be doing everything needed to ensure that these governance matters have no impact on our children and the exciting things planned for this last week of term, and that the school environment remains positive and settled for them.

Matipo Road School, Senior Leadership Team

Matipo Presents at Play.Sport

Last week our teachers Lise Ioane, Mitchell Osborn and Sarah-lee Oto presented at a Play.Sport event.  They explained our House Competition that has been running at morning teas and lunchtimes this term. The programme has given our students opportunities to take on leadership roles, get involved in a range of great activities and have encouraged participation and sportsmanship.

Matipo Goes to the Gym!

We are so pleased to have been able to take the whole school on a trip to the Waitakere Gymnastics club over the last couple of weeks. The children loved exploring the club, pushing their own limits and trying something new.  A number of our teachers mentioned how the children grew in confidence as they conquered a fear or succeeded at a new challenge. Ka pai Matipo kids!