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Spotlight on Staff – Sarah-lee Oto

Malo e lelei fâmili

I am privileged to have worked at Matipo for over 10 years. This has meant I have watched students join us at the age of 5 and then move on to Intermediate to their next journey of schooling. I get to see our kids out in the community, especially on the sports field and netball courts and cheer them on.

I have a wonderful partner Lani who has been part of my crazy life for over 22 years! He is a foreman for a Spray painting company in Kumeu. Together we have 2 gorgeous children, Kaiya who is 13 who attends Te Atatu Intermediate and Cruz who is 10 and is with us at Matipo. We are an active family who are always on the move. We love to keep fit, go camping and exploring the outdoors.

My fâmili live in Tonga, so when we get the change we love to go and visit. The island life brings a refreshing break to the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Here we are all in our element – basking in the sun, exploring hidden caves and beaches and just ‘chillaxing’.

Teaching provides a platform to turn every child into a Champion and to explore their curiosities. I can’t wait to be a part of this for you and your child!

Communication Notice

Kia Ora Matipo parents,

This is to give you some heads up that Roselle Amoore from Room 19 is still sick. We have Thomas Neil continuing to teach in Room 19 until the end of term.

It was a wonderful that so many of our community were able to join the session by Nathan Mikaere Wallace.

Our own parent information evening about the importance of play for learning in the early years will now take place in Week 7 Term 3.

Rugby Field Day

This Tuesday Matipo took two teams to the Te Atatu Rugby Field Day. The teams had a fantastic time and returned very muddy, happy and as champions – taking out the overall competition!

Congratulations to all involved and thanks to Mr Nemaia and all of the parents/whanau who helped out and supported our teams.

Taonga MOTAT Trip

Last week the Taonga Team went for a trip to MOTAT.

We spent time looking at ‘olden day’ inventions.  We learnt about that an  invention is a new idea and an  innovation is an improvement on an idea.


Spotlight on Staff – Shelley Wood

Hello there

My name is Shelley Wood and I work as the schools Executive Officer, I have been working here for just over 2 years.
I live in Titirangi  with my lovely husband Clint and two daughters Zoey who is 8 and Indiana who is 3.
We have 2 dogs and 4 cats so we are kind of crazy animal people – we have rescued them all apart from Zoey’s Chihuahua “Tiny” who she saved up her pocket money to pay for herself.
My husband and I run our own electrical business from home. So I have two jobs – life is not boring at all.
I play indoor netball on a Monday and Tuesday nights.  My eldest daughter Zoey goes to Arahoe Primary School where my husband and myself have coached her netball teams from year 1.  We are in year 4 now with a core 14 girls which make up two teams… We are very busy people..
My interest is photography but I haven’t done anything about doing a course to learn more about it yet – its on the to do list – one day!!

Aroha Cross Country


The Year 5 & 6 children will run the cross country tomorrow. The results of these races will determine who goes to the Cross Country Field Day later in the term.

The races will start at approx 9:20am. Parents are welcome to spectate on the main field.

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Best Foot Forward

To Parents and whanau,

We are sorry about the mixed messages about Cross Country last week. We want all our children to participate in Cross Country, but  we also want it to be safe and enjoyable, so this whole- school event will now take place in early summer  in Term 4, sometime in November.

But we will still compete in the interschool zone competition, which is coming up fast. This is entirely voluntary. Students can chose to participate but they don’t have to. We will send out more information to the children who want to compete. The weather looks good for Wednesday and Thursday this week, so it will probably happen quite soon.  We will run these heats on a better track in the park.