On Sunday 18th February 47 dedicated Matipo students met early in the morning at Pt England for the 2018 Weet-bix Tryathlon.
Congratulations to all children who competed the race – consisting of a 100m swim, 4km cycle and 1.5km run.
Thank to Matipo Friends & Whanau who organised a gathering space and sausage sizzle.
Greetings to parents and families!
There’s a lot going on at Matipo. In this newsletter I will write about foursignificant changes to the way we work with students:
Special Needs Referrals
We have established a more systematic, school-wide approach to identifying and meeting student learning needs as early as possible. Twice a term the senior leaders will meet with teachers and with our supportive RTLB’s (Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour) to consider any students who may need a specific learning response or even just a little bit of extra help. We have a great deal of expertise and specialist training on our staff team. We are also supported by the RTLB service and where necessary, by the Ministry of Education Psychologist, Speech Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Special Education Advisers.
Before this happens each team of teachers will collect and analyse simple reading data to monitor progress, to identify any concerns, or to respond to parent concerns and questions. Really powerful teaching depends on this collaborative approach.
We also monitor for patterns and respond by establishing ‘programmes’ (such as Rainbow reading) by arranging teacher training about a specific issue, or even recruiting specialist staff.
We always talk to the parents if there is any concern.
At the moment we are considering Teacher Professional Development with Yolanda Soryl, a very helpful phonics- based approach to specific learning difficulties. We will also try to arrange for ‘The Incredible Years’ parenting programme for any parents who might want it.
We are almost ready to start the first cycle of our Enrichment Programmes. Grace Smith has worked very hard with the teachers to organize this. Students may not get their first choice first time but we will try to balance this over time. Look out for the letters about this.
The whole school is working to give students more autonomy and more responsibility for their own learning. The most powerful part of this process is enabling students to understand what they can do well, what they need to learn next to do even better, then planning to make this happen. The sports coaching model is a good metaphor for this – think ‘personal best’ – always challenging oneself, and receiving encouragement and especially specific information from your coach. This is the root of the most powerful motivation. There are some other tools to help this powerful learning process – portfolios, conferencing and especially non-judgmental feedback
I have given our new house leaders three challenges – to organize a Tug-o-War tournament for next week, to take over the running of Monday morning assemblies, and to establish a house point system. All of our adults have also been assigned to houses and the student leaders will work with nominated teacher house leaders. We will elect more positions soon, we need lots of leadership.
Board of Trustees
Last night the Board held its business meeting. There is a great deal of information about how the school is developing in my Principal’s report to the Board. But I did not do this by myself. Deb Shaw, Natalie Kennerley, Sian Foley, Grace Smith, Marion Clark and Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd all reported in detail about Maths, Literacy, Special Needs, Enrichment, I.T., International Students, and how the teams are going. This will be posted on the website soon for everyone to read.
Congratulations to Lindsay Wills who is planning to take Maternity leave from the middle of the year. We are delighted for her and pleased she is so determined to return to us soon. I will let you know the arrangements for this period at the start of term 2, well before she leaves us.
Karen Verney has decided to step back from her class teaching role at the end of the term. She has given the school such wonderful service over a number of years, and we are very sad to lose her. Thank you, Karen for all you have done for so many students.
Car Boot Sale
Next week our Student-Led conferences take place on Wednesday (afternoon) and Thursday (evening). The Junior Saints will organize a car-boot furniture sale, putting out lots of old furniture on the top courts for you to look at. If there is anything you like, you can make a bid by placing a sticker with your name, contact details and bid on it. We would like as many items possible to be ‘rehomed’. Proceeds will be split between Junior Saints and financial support for EOTC so all our students are included.
We are organizing our camps for later in the year, and will write to you very soon with more information, dates, costs and so on.
Chinese Student Exchange
We will host a group of 10-13 year old Chinese children at Matipo from 2nd to 6th of July. Soon we will write to ask if you would be interested in providing a homestay for one or two of these visitors. The payment is $200 for the week, the experience is priceless.
I will be around throughout our Student led conferences. I hope to see you there.
Nga mihi nui
Happy birthday this week to:
Alex Traub, Tukaha Devery, Amelie Donald, Harper Shallard, Maya Shatura.
Gold Coins for Tonga
Dear parents and caregivers,
This Friday, the 16 th of February, can your child, please bring in a gold coin
donation for Tonga. They will keep this in their bag until we gather on the green court to start the coin trail Can they also please wear something RED.
Matipo school would like to donate the gold coins to Tonga to help rebuild the
houses that have been demolished by the cyclone.
Sincere thanks from Matipo school student leaders.
Chinese New Year Lessons at the Library
Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Te Atatu Peninsula library on Saturday 17th Feb. The Mandarin teacher Ray Chen will be teaching free lessons for kids to learn about Chinese Calligraphy, speaking Mandarin and making yummy dumplings! Please visit the website www.mandarinheroes.comor email email@example.com for more info.
Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League
Upcoming Muster / Carnival Day is on Saturday 17th February from 11am to 2pm at the Te Atatu Roosters Rugby League Club.
(Jack Colvin Park – 44 Titoki Street, Te Atatu Peninsula)
Dear parents and caregivers,
This Friday, the 16th of February, can your child please bring in a gold coin donation for Tonga.
They will keep this in their bag until we gather on the green court to start the coin trail
Can they also please wear something RED.
Matipo school would like to donate the gold coins to Tonga to help rebuild the houses that have been demolished by the cyclone.
BoT Agenda 14th February 2018
An opportunity to meet our newly-elected whanau leaders
Minutes of previous meeting
Dates for the year
· Grounds and Maintenance
· Security upgrade
· Triumph Vitesse
· Provision of toilets
Consultation re MoE Zone for Te Atatu Intermediate
Disposal of Assets
School day – stakeholder survey
School staffing structure
· LWOP request
· Audit 2017
· December Accounts for approval
· Draft Budget 2018
To all parents / caregivers,
Welcome back to Matipo Primary School for the 2018. We are starting the new year with a cashless office. Please see below for our bank account number, which you can load as a payee with your bank.
With this, you will be able to pay for your school fees and school trips throughout the year.
Code: Class Room number
Reference: What this is paying forExample:
Particulars: Smith Family
Code: Rm 1 & Rm 2
Reference: School Fees
Note: Please make payments for school fees separate to any trip payments to avoid confusion about what you are paying for.
School fees for one child are $70.00 and a family is $100.00.
When you want to make a payment for school trips and you have more than one child, please make one payment per child. Please see example below:
Particulars: J Smith
Code: Rm 1
Reference: Stardome Trip
Particulars: B Smith
Code: Rm 2
Reference: Zoo Trip
Term 1: Wednesday 31st January – Friday 13th April
Term 2: Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
Term 3: Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
Term 4: Monday 15th October – Friday 14th December
Other Important 2018 Dates:
Teacher Only Day – Monday 5th February (Term 1)
Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6th February (Term 1)
Easter Break – Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April (Term 1)
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 4th June (Term 2)
Labour Day – Monday 22nd October (Term 4)
We are excited to be offering a number of Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) opportunities in 2018. More details to come early in the year.
Camp Adair – Year 3&4 : 6th-8th June. approx $180 per child.
Tongariro Ski Trip- Year 5&6 : 10th-14th September. approx $550 per child.
Motu Moana Camp – Year 5&6 : 12th – 16th November. approx $170 per child.
Dear parents and friends,
After nine weeks at Matipo, I have learned hundreds of new names – only hundreds more to go! So many people have made me welcome and supported me through the changes that have happened. Thank you.
We haven’t quite reached the end of the changes though!
Haere Mai to Mia Wheeler who joins our staff team for 2018. Mia is currently teaching at Prospect School.
Thank you also to everyone for supporting our prize-giving and graduation ceremonies on Monday. It was wonderful that so many of you joined with us to celebrate the success and achievements of our tamariki. Several parents asked me about the Khalil Gibran poem I read out at the Graduation Awards. Here it is:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.
Getting reports out to everyone has been a little bit challenging! Our School Software management package is used by hundreds of schools, but it has let us down this time. Hopefully we have sorted it, and you have now received your child’s end-of-year report. If not then please email or call your teacher directly who can download the report as a PDF and either email it to you directly, or print it and send it out to you.
We have had a lot of problems with our wider IT system. We have worked with the Ministry and Telco Technology to audit it thoroughly. Over the summer we will install a new server, and engineer the whole system so everything is working smoothly and safely for the start of the new school year. We will install new online monitoring tools such as Linewize. We have arranged for ongoing peer review and external monitoring of our Internet safety and software systems from qualified and reputable external service providers. I will sleep a little more easily now!
On Tuesday the new Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced that “the Government has stopped National Standards and will instead focus on the progress and achievement of all children across the New Zealand Curriculum. Parents will still receive reports at least twice a year on their child’s progress and achievement in maths, reading and writing as well as across the curriculum areas. But this reporting will focus on childrens’ progress, rather than measuring them against arbitrary National Standards.”
The Perceptual Motor Programme is really effective in helping children in all sorts of ways, and we are lucky because many of our parents design and support this programme at our school, giving generously of their time and skills. I would really like this to grow even more, so more children benefit and for a longer time. I don’t think I expressed my appreciation very well in my last newsletter. Aroha mai!
We have a fantastic environment at Matipo. Over the holiday we will do some tree surgery, because some of our tress are growing very close to walls and buildings and undermining the foundations, or overhanging our gutters. The leaf drop blocks the gutter, the water backs up and drains into the building, so we get leaky and rotting buildings. But we will only do the minimum necessary, so we protect the leafy nature of the school. Sadly we will also have to remove the red triumph car from the roof, because it is not structurally sound. Next year we look forward to enhancing the environment with pottery and ceramic artwork from our Enrichment Programme.
Thanks to John Vujnovich for his generous support of the school. The latest donation of $500 will go directly towards our Fun Day held on Wednesday of this week.
The final Board Meeting of 2017 will take place on Monday 18th December at 6pm at the school. The agenda will be available at the school from Friday 15thNovember.
There has been a lot of talk about the comments I made about our EOTC and Camps for 2018, mainly because not everyone can afford optional ‘high-end’ trips like ski camps. As a school leader, I have come to believe that we have a duty to:
- offer the most enlightening and stimulating experiences to all children that we possibly can
- that we must do all we can to include as many children as possible
- and that no one should miss out on a memorable EOTC experience of some sort
Maybe the most important camps are the local bush camps and Noho Marae which are more affordable, and which all students can take part in, with a bit of support and determination.
We may be nearly at the end of the year, but there is still lots going on. On Tuesday we moved classes to set up for 2018. Wednesday was our Fun Day. Thursday is our ‘Merry Matipo Christmas’ and our hangi. Please note that this is an alcohol free event. On Friday we shift to our new classes at playtime, before our final farewell assembly in the afternoon. School finishes at 2:30 on Friday. Children who can’t be picked up at this time will be supervised until 3pm either by their classroom teacher or in the library.
I wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas from everyone at Matipo.
Happy Birthday Last Week to:
Julia Rosser, Emily Boyle, Gabby Aninion, Brooke Christie, Isabella Taihia, Tama Circuitt, Ian Lim, Taegen Hapeta-Byford, Nico Curran, Wyatt Scrimgeour and Sebastian Pua.
Happy Birthday This Week to:
Harry Moore, Kahu Kuchel-Barrales, Amelijha-Rose Rogers, Sarah-Jane Berben, Isla Bowen, Jude Hawkins, Edward Liew and Lylah Daros-Motta.
Happy Birthday over the holidays to:
Caylyss Anania, Jaxon Turner, Lui Joe, Cole Jackson, AJ Abdullah-Rogers, Louis Bacquet MacMillan, Tiaki Ngahere, Noah Petley, Tyler Foster, Charlotte Morpeth, Quinn Young, Olivia Hill, Rosalie Donald, Aston Johnstone, Ky-Marny Massey, Blake Findlay, Miles Debney, Ava Page-Wood, Emerson Foster, Torrance Reid, Dayton Wichman, Malalai Rehman, Kaia Diallo, Millie Furmenger, Joaquin Kightley, Lucas Adams, Kobe Antunovich, Luca Armitage, Tia Toki-Pangari, Alfie Davies, Skye McGill, Imogen Wroe, Casey Robson, Kaelee Coyle, Han Scott, Ryan Green, Auiden Maslen, Megan Richardson, Emma Nesbit, Shana Diallo, Theodore Kirk, Jacob French, Lyrical Lipsham-Symonds, Isaac Oloi, Liam Beazley, Nicolas Armitage, Grace O’Sullivan, Paige Jarvie-Otufangavalu, Kiara Fredericks, Holland Foster, Kyle Yu, Jazmine Nairn, Evie Atkinson-Burns, Ava Olley, Sophie Lamb, Lilah Faulder, Noah Kirk, Summer Bundock, Jun Yan Ooi, Charlie Kemp, Jack Hughes, Isabella Tran, Hannah Patel, Briar Field, Tegan McMurray, Dayton Te Tai, Rosie Gilbert.
A Merry Matipo Christmas
Don’t miss out on our Christmas event tonight – starting at 5pm on the field.
** Gold Coin koha entry ** Carols ** $2 sausage sizzle ** Cultural Performances **
** $2 Juicies ** Guest Band ** Hangi ** Christmas Raffle ** DJ **