Newsletter – Week 11 – 12th April 2018

Dear parents and families,

Last week the Nukes, this week a weather bomb!

Stormy Weather…

We survived the weather bomb that hit West Auckland this week. School was open as usual and learning didn’t stop for a moment. Thanks to those staff who overcame some challenges to get to school – especially a few from Titirangi way who had to climb over fallen trees to get here. There were lots of children with new stories to tell, a very powerful motivation for sharing, for learning new language and for writing.

Prevention is better than cure…

Preventative maintenance plays a big part in keeping schools safe and in keeping them open.  Usually it goes on quietly in the background and no one notices – until there is a big storm and the school stays open because there are no dangerous branches overhanging buildings to fall over, no weak or unstable trees. Or maybe the school doesn’t flood because all the drains are cleared regularly and any blocked gutters have been fixed. We were lucky because the power didn’t go off, we probably couldn’t do much to prevent that. But the rest was down to good preventative maintenance.  We still have some work to do, but we are being systematic and it will all get done.

Barrier Arm

The barrier arm at the gate suffered when the Mail Delivery lady drove into it. It’s waiting for the insurance claim to be sorted.  I have left it up for a few days to see if we really do need it. So far people have been very sensible and courteous, and we have not had any dangerous parking or blockages outside the office…. But it got a bit blown about by the storm so we may have to take it down in the meantime.


Please would everyone be very careful not to drive in when it isn’t really necessary, and take care to park considerately. Then we wouldn’t need the barrier.

What we know and what we don’t know…

At last our website is up and running again. We have asked TTS to carry out an audit and assessment process so we can identify any future risks to the site, and sort them out before we crash.

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. We thought we knew, but we didn’t. Now we know there might be something else we don’t know so we will try to find it out before it’s too late, and fix it before it happens. Simple.

Now we can get to work to make our website truly ‘fit for purpose’. This is the official ‘go to’ site for any information about the school, and it should be accurate and reliable. Hard copies of all our 2018 Newsletters, Board Reports, Minutes and so on are always available in the foyer at school.

New Entrant and Roll-growth classes

Congratulations to Emma Pettersen, who has won a permanent position starting our next roll growth class. Emma will work alongside Caroline Chapman and Delwyn Day for a few weeks as her class builds, then move into her own class towards the end of term 2. Emma will stay with her students at least until the end of their year 2, at least seven terms.

Room 16

Sadly Maggie Forrest leaves us sometime next term. However I expect to let you know who the new teacher will be on Friday, to give everyone a chance to meet the new teacher and get settled before Maggie does move on.

End of Term assembly and Enrichment

Our End of Term assembly on Friday will be in the hall, so we won’t have much space for parents. This is a bit of a shame because we will have some things to share from our enrichment classes – some amazing pottery from Rowena’s group, and a powerful kapa haka performance from Whaea Ngaire and Whaea Janna’s group.

We are hoping to fix up the hall this year, and we will share some of these things with you at future assemblies.  Speaking of enrichment, kia ora to our students for the wonderful ‘curry in a hurry’, and for the lovely homemade jam which made my afternoon even more exciting! And I know that our school band is planning its first performance in week 2 next term.

After School Programmes Terms 2 & 3

Thanks for the wonderful response to our programmes. We are oversubscribed for many of the activities so we are now trying to arrange for some extra sessions.

We still have spaces for:

Sports & Games with Miss Ioane – $50 – Wednesdays 3-4pm, open for years 2-4.

Rugasoc – $80 – Thursdays 3-4pm, open for years 1-2.

Yoga – $65 – Mondays or Thursdays 3-4pm, open for all age groups.

Blue Turtle Design Mosaics – $150 – Thursdays 3-4:30pm, year 5 & 6.

Please email if you want to enrol your child in one of these.

Thank you for your support and involvement this term. It seems like a long time ago since we started the school year but it’s only been 11 weeks, and two of those were short weeks. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday (with lots of reading).

Matipo Housetruck…

We want to improve the environment at the front of the school… so, we made a bit more space!

Happy Birthday this week and over the holidays to: Rydar James, Ryan Cameron, Celeste Parsons, Tegan Coyle, Jasmine McCourt, Brianna McMahon, ShantiPushpal Ramachandran, Jessica Lynch-Blosse, Daysha Williams, Jah-Dane Murray, Jessie Holmes, James Lancaster, Rylan Morpeth, Leanne Zhong, Tyler Aickin, Leon Chapman, Piper Donaldson, Ryan Randhawa, Connor Wilmoth, Olivia Davies, Jakob McCourt, Leo Pickford, Nathan Yovich, Darcy Rarere, Sofia Urlovic, Harrison Avery, Cameron Schofield, Awa Lofley, Stanley Zhong, Eliza Hurst, Cape Bowen, Ruby Mitchell, Mathilda Brem.

Nga mihi nui


IT Assistant

We are looking for someone to help out for approximately 5 hours per week with our IT systems – updating devices, checking laptops etc.  You would be trained for this.  If you are interested, please contact Natalie Kennerley

Eat What You Sow

This is Eat What You Sow (enrichment)!!  We made raspberry jam. This is us trying our raspberry jam on toast.  Mrs Kennerley toasted the bread and we buttered it, then spread the raspberry jam on it.  Then we all ate it.  It was so yum!!  We even gave some to Mr Wright. We all enjoyed it.  By Abbie Fagan & Kalia White – Year 4 – Room 24.

Greta is putting raspberry jam on her toast. We made the raspberry jam from scratch.

By Brody Biesheuvel – Year 4 – Room 20.


Curry in a Hurry

It was time for rice and some spice in Miss Kissun’s and Miss Wheeler’s Food

Around the World enrichment group last Thursday.

On the menu were rice, dhal and papadums; under their teachers’ watchful

eyes, children got a first-hand experience making the Indian meal.

The teachers then joined their children to taste the dishes. The verdict; it was


If you are keen to try this simple Indian meal at home, here’s the recipe;

Dhal Recipe (Simple)


1 cup split peas (dhal)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

2 dried/frozen chilies (broken into pieces)

1 sprig curry leaves (stem removed)

¼ tsp ground turmeric

2 cups water (480ml)

Salt to taste

2 tbsp butter/ghee (28g)

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 onion (sliced) * 3 tomatoes (cubed)


  1. Rinse and drain dhal.
  2. Place dhal in a medium sized pot with salt, turmeric, chillies and 2 cups (480ml) water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes until dhal is soft.
  4. Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, pulse several times to desired consistency.
  5. In a fry pan, heat butter/ghee. Add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add cumin seeds, onion, garlic and add spring curry leaves. Fry until onion is slightly brown, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add cubed tomatoes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Transfer fried ingredients to the pot with cooked dhal. Place pot back onto stove and cook for 5min

Turn off heat.

Matipo Friends & Whanau

This year Friends of Matipo is getting a makeover, including a fresh new name: Matipo Friends and Whanau.

Matipo Friends and Whanau is a voluntary group of parents and caregivers that support the school on many levels – from helping out at events for both students and parents, fundraisers, as well as coming up with new activities and events our school and community can get involved in. Always at the heart of this group is the commitment to our kids, our school and the wider Matipo School community.

The Matipo Friends and Whanau committee welcomes all levels of involvement. So if you’re keen to join the committee, or if you think you might be able to help out at any event, please get in touch with Natalie Kennerley (staff representative)

Also, if you have a great idea for an event or activity Matipo Friends and Whanau could look at taking on also let Natalie know.

Athletics Day Notice

Dear Parents & Whanau,
Thank you to all of the support we received with today’s Athletics Day!
Unfortunately, we were unable to finish all of the track and field heats. The difficult decision was made to postpone the rest of today’s plan due to sun exposure and fatigue of our children.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 7th March), we will do what essentially was “Part 2” of our day today. We will start promptly at 9:30am.

Year 1 & 2 girls track
Year 1 & 2 boys ‘Tabloids Activities’ on top back field
Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 girls track
Year 3, 4, 5, & 6 boys field events finals

We will do the running track finals next week on Tuesday 13th March, also starting promptly at 9:30am.

We again will be selling Juicies on the Green Court at lunch time for $2 on both days. All proceeds go towards the Mana Syndicate camp.

Please dress up again in your house colours tomorrow, and next Tuesday.

We appreciate your understanding.

Athletics Day Notice

Newsletter – 1st March 2018

Greetings to everyone

 Things are busy and exciting! There is always a lot going on – Soap Box Derby, Cricket, Storytellers, Tug o’War… At the moment our teams are busy finalising budgets and planning for our camps later in the year. Any parents who are involved must submit a Police Vetting Check beforehand. This is easy and we will organise this for you. The first off the block is our Year 2 Camp at school, good time to find out, which teachers really do snore.

It’s brilliant that so many parents are able to join us at our assemblies on Friday afternoons. We will continue to meet outside as long as we can so everyone can join us.  These assemblies will be run by individual classes and they give us a chance to celebrate achievement as well. Once we have to go inside then we will have to do things differently because of the limitations of space and fire exits in the hall.

Our house leaders are now running Monday Assemblies. These are inside the hall and we are limited for space, which is a shame because we would love to share them. If you would like to squeeze in because something is happening for your child then that’s easy, but we cannot accommodate more than a handful of parents – yet. We are determined to improve this situation! I am now investigating how we can improve and extend our current hall to fit everyone in safely. We will also do something about our terrible Public Address systems, inside and outside.

Our Foyer has been a bit of a mess. We have lowered the counter but we had to get the old pipework removed before we could do the next bit. Soon we will install come colourful display boards so we can share our wonderful student artwork, writing and so on. They are scheduled for installation before the need of the term. Next thing is to create a system for deliveries so we don’t have boxes and packages waiting for distribution in our shared spaces. Thanks for being patient. There have been a lot of changes in the last term and a half – just close your eyes and think back….

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our student-led conferences. Hopefully you got an accurate picture of how your child is getting on, and the challenges they now face. But to be honest it was a bit early in the year to see much. Our next mid-year reports will look a bit different to last time. The Student Conferences that follow on will give you a chance to talk about work outcomes and to see evidence of progress since the start of the year.

Parents are the most important audience for children to talk about and to share their learning. It was wonderful to see so many students sharing their learning with such enthusiasm and excitement. Many took over an hour to talk about what they are doing with you guys. They were bringing their world at school into their other more important family world. By making time to do this you add enormous significance and value to the learning process for your child – probably the most powerful single thing that parents can do for their child’s learning.

As for teachers, they worked really hard with students to prepare them for these meetings and to empower each child to take ownership and to lead. The difference is that this had to happen before the conferences, so children were empowered on the night.

There’s always lots more to write about but that will have to wait for next week…

Nga mhi nui



Tug Of War

On Monday February 25th, the year five and sixes of Kikorangi Blue House practiced seven Tug-O-War matches against Kowhai Yellow House. At the start of lunch eating, The Blue and Yellow House Leaders met up at the Bottom Field.

Many people from Blue and Yellow House arrived after lunch eating. It was a hard game but in the end, Kowhai Yellow won most of the practices. Blue did win about three though.

We hope everyone is excited for the next round!

Written by Charlie Preston, and Ian Lim

Yesterday was tug of war trials for Red and Green houses. We all met on the bottom field at lunch time. The Green house won the first match that we competed in.  Yeah! The Green house won! In the second match we pulled and pulled the rope, it kept slipping through our hands but finally the Green house won!!    Go Green!!!
After that it was the year 6`s from Green against year 6`s from Red.  Again we pulled with all our strength, but to our surprise the Red House Year 6`s won against us.  We were shocked! It was so loud with everyone clapping and cheering because they won, it happened every time a team won. Then it was the year 5`s turn. They pulled as hard as they could and they ….won!!! They must have pulled very hard because I heard them telling their friends that their hands were sore!  Overall Green House won the most matches. I think the Green house will do very well on Friday when we compete properly.  Both houses did very well, I am very proud of the Green House        Go Green!!!
Best of luck to Green, Blue, Yellow and Red houses
By Brooke R. Kearney Room 15, Year 6


House Point System by Lola Harris-Dennerly – Yr 5 – Room 19

As deputy house leader, I have become quite a big part of organising the house point system. Me and the rest of the house leader community have worked very hard on creating the perfect design system. We hope it will be coming very soon.

Cricket Field Day

The Matipo cricket team ventured across the road to Neil Ave with a big smile on their faces.

It was Tuesday 27th of February and it was inter-school cricket field day.

Matipo’s A Team, B Team and girls team all soared into the finals.

In the end Matipo proudly lifted the trophy over their heads and anticipated their ice blocks.

By Noah Smylie, year 6, Room 13.

Andy the Storyteller

On Tuesday, Andy the Storyteller came to Matipo. Everyone got to see him at different times. Andy was very funny. He made lots of funny noises that made everyone laugh. Some of the children had to pretend to be different animals. He told us old tales from Japan. It was lots of fun!

By Isabel Bibby, Year 4, Room 22

On Tuesday afternoon, Andy the storyteller popped in to tell the class an interesting story about the first time he got a pair of glasses, or spectacles as he called them. Using different voices for each character, Andy was funny and amazing. He also took questions from the children.

By Kahu Kuchel-Barrales, Year 6, Room 12


Netball Enrollments 2018

Netball enrollments are due in by Friday 16th March.  Enrollment forms can be found on the Matipo website in the ‘notices’ section.



The Mana Syndicate will be selling frozen Juicies on Athletics Day.  

$2 each.

All proceeds to go towards camp.


Matipo Friends & Whanau

Movie Night

Matipo Friends and Whanau bring you a Movie Night Fundraiser. Come along to enjoy “The Feel Good Film of the Year”

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Screening starts 8:00pm

West City Cinemas

Mix and mingle from 7:15pm in reserved bar area

Tickets $15 including movie and popcorn

Please pay to school bank account direct make sure you put your name and MATIPO MOVIE on the reference to get your ticket reserved.

Matipo Primary School – ASB – 12-3038-0271694-001


Family Picnic

Matipo Friends and Whanau invite you to come along after athletics day on Tuesday 6th March and enjoy a picnic. We will be having a sausage sizzle and encourage you to bring along a picnic and enjoy the company of your fellow Matipo families and teachers.

Sausage sizzle $2 each.

Fundraising Poll

Matipo Friends & Whanau are planning some fundraisers for 2018. Please visit the link below to have your say.

Mana Enrichment. Wednesday Week 5

Today Mrs Kennerley’s Group “Eat What You Sow” learnt all about how to plant a plant. They discussed the names of the tools they were using and also talked about what plants need to be able to grow. They planted some carrot, spring onion and basil plants.

In “The Great Outdoors” with Mr Osborn the children learnt all about teamwork, communication and problem solving. Their challenge this afternoon was to work in small groups to put up a tent. The children really enjoyed this activity, and the wind this afternoon added to the challenge.

Mana Enrichment Week 5 Term 1

Today Mrs Kennerley’s Group “Eat What You Sow” learnt all about how to plant a plant. They discussed the names of the tools they were using and also talked about what plants need to be able to grow. They planted some carrot, spring onion and basil plants.

In “The Great Outdoors” with Mr Osborn the children learnt all about teamwork, communication and problem solving. Their challenge this afternoon was to work in small groups to put up a tent. The children really enjoyed this activity, and the wind this afternoon added to the challenge.


Sports Dates Clarification

Please note that Field Day dates refer to interschool competitions between the Te Atatu cluster schools.  These involve some year 5 & 6 students only.

Matipo School Athletics – Tuesday 6th March

Athletics Field Day – Tuesday 20th March

We apologise for any confusion.

Athletics Day 2018


Tuesday 6th March

a)Athletics Day Organisation

9.00am                   Roll Call

9.15 – 10.30am          Session 1

Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only)

Senior Girls Field Finals  (Years 3,4,5 & 6)Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)

10.50am – 12.30pm     Session 2

Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only)

Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)

Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3,4,5 & 6).

Note: Junior tabloids include year 1’s and 2’s. Only years 5 & 6’s go to Zones.

1.30 – 2.30pm            Finals of Track Events


Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers.  Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.

c)Parents / Toddlers Races (Time Dependent)

After last Final of Track Events, toddlers’ race, parents’ races are for under 35 / over 35, teachers etc.