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Term 3 After School Curricular

Kia Ora Matipo Whanau, hope all has enjoyed your holidays.. just wanting to let you all know that we have spaces still available for some of the after school curricular programs that are running.
Samoan Club $50
Mosaic $150
Boot Camp $50
For YOGA classes
Monday – $65 there is 5 spaces available going by what records that I have. I have been communicating with parents to confirm their spaces as I go too.
Wednesday – $65 there is 1 space available.
RugaSoc is FULL
Chess – $100, has 3 spaces available too.
Please email the if your child is interested in any of the above.
Do remember that the classes do not start until the second week of the term.
Chess starts 2nd August.
Mosaics starts 2nd August.
Samoan Club starts 1st August.
Monday YOGA starts 30th August.
Wednesday YOGA starts 1st August.
RugaSoc starts 2nd August.
Boot Camp starts 1st August.

Accommodating Chinese Homestays for 5th Aug – 19th Aug 2018

Chinese Homestays

If there is any chance of there still being anyone who can host our Chinese guests from 5th-18/19th August, we do need some help if possible.

I had originally hoped we could place the students in pairs but we have not had enough spaces offered and I probably did not make it clear that it is perfectly acceptable to take just one student. If any families are able to take a single student, it would very much help.

Please contact me on this email, or and also text me on 0272421830.

Thank you so much

John Brandon


Matipo School


Spotlight on Staff – Phillip Simpson

Traa la la! My name is Captain Underpants and I teach in Room 22. I have been fighting crime and teaching at Matipo for 16 years. During that time, I have battled many evildoers and have taught years 1-6. Before teaching and being a superhero, I worked as an archaeologist, a museum curator, an army officer cadet and in human resource management in London and Sydney. I once owned a comic shop. I have travelled through Africa, Nepal, Europe, Indonesia and South America. In 2015, I was awarded study leave by the Ministry of Education and completed my Masters in Creative Writing (1st class honours) from the University of Auckland.

In addition, I also have a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History, a Masters (Hons) in Archaeology and post graduate diplomas in Teaching, Education, Human Resource Management and Museum Studies. I have almost finished the second year of my Doctorate in Education at Auckland University of Technology and I hope to finish it in the next 3 years. Teaching writing is my passion. I write both fiction and non-fiction books for children and teenagers and have had over 100 books published (including 9 novels), mostly for the education sector. I have written books on how to teach writing as well as other teaching resources.

I love reading, writing, boxing, playing golf, fishing and football. My wife Rose and I have one son (Jack – in Room 2) and two border terriers (Whiskey and Raffles – not in Room 2). We have lived on the Peninsula for the last 16 years and love this community.

Spotlight on Staff – Rahel Kissun


Kia ora, hello and Namaste,

My name is Rahel Ranu Kissun and I teach in Room 12 at Matipo Primary School.

A little bit about myself; I was born in Lautoka, Fiji Islands. After studying up to year four at Drasa Avenue School in Lautoka, I migrated to New Zealand with my parents in early 2002.

I attended Rangitoto College before I went on to complete my degree in English/Media Studies from Auckland University of Technology. I also obtained my postgraduate diploma in Human Resources/ Management from Massey University in Auckland.

During my university study, I worked part-time as a teacher-aid and there I realised my passion lay in teaching and being around children.

I went on to complete my Post Graduate in Primary School Teaching at Massey University last year.

My first year (so far) at Matipo Primary has been exciting and enjoyable at the same time. Working with a great bunch of leaders, teachers and students, I am looking forward to more exciting years to come.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends, family, and going to the gym.


Spotlight on Staff – Rowena Rooney


Ni sa bula vinaka to all parents and caregivers!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Rowena Rooney and I am the Visual Art Specialist at Matipo Primary School. You can find me at school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the pottery room and sometimes I may be asked to do relieving in the classroom.

A bit about me…

I was born and bred in Te Atatu.  My husband who is also local was a foundation pupil of Matipo Primary School, I attended Matipo as a child, as did my children and now I have two grandchildren attending.

My family originates from “the hidden paradise”, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji hence my love for the ocean and being in the water.

I am a current practicing artist.

Last year I exhibited as a Fijian artist at the Auckland Museum celebrating the artefacts of Fiji and I have art works in galleries around NZ.

This year I am gearing up for three exhibitions within Auckland.

I have been running after school art classes for children and adults in Te Atatu Peninsula called Blue Turtle Design for the last 11 years and have two classes  running at the moment, one at Matipo and one at Te Atatu Intermediate.

I was a Visual Art lecturer at Auckland Teachers College and have taught in all of our Te Atatu Peninsula Primary Schools as well as all areas of Auckland as a Visual Art Specialist. I taught at Matipo during the years 1996 until 2000.

My last full time position held was at Te Atatu Intermediate School where I was their art specialist from 2006 – 2016. I still work there on a Tuesday as an art specialist.

My responsibilities at Matipo involve creating an exciting, fun, learning art programme that specialises mainly in the media of clay/ceramics, mosaics and glass.  I also teach painting in the enrichment programme teaching students the process from sketching to a finished piece of art work.

I work with small groups of children to explore, experience, appreciate

and create art work through using a range of media.

I absolutely love working with all students across the school and always look forward to seeing their creations.

Vinaka vaka levu

Rowena Rooney

Visual Art Specialist

Matipo Primary School