Matipo History: Famous Visitors

Darren Liddel – Weightlifter
Eroni Clarke – All Black
Bob Harvey – Mayor
David Fane – Actor
Chris Carter – MP, Minister of Education
Debra Wai Kapohe – Soprano
Harry Ngata – Soccer Player
K-Lee – Singer
Oscar Kightley – Actor
Danny Hay – Soccer player
Noah Hickey – Soccer Player
Cindy Kiro – Children’s Commissioner
Winton Rufer – Soccer Player
Tamati Coffey – TV Presenter
Robert Rakete – Mai FM DJ
Jay Jay Feeney – The Edge DJ
Yvonne Willering – Netballer
Patrick Ah Van – Warriors Player
David Tua – Boxer
Louisa Wall – MP
Paul Ifill – Soccer Player
Ronald Suniula – USA Rugby
Mahe Drysdale – Rower
Sarah Couley – Olympian
Alfred Ngaro – MP
Siona Fernantez – Olympian
Maria Tutaia – Netballer

Term 3 After School Classes 2017


  • All enrolments must go through the office. Office hours 8am – 4pm daily.
  • Enrolments need to be accompanied by payment – cash, cheque, visa or eftpos – and are non-refundable.
  • Places are filled on a first in, first served basis. Places can’t be held pending payment.

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Newsletter #19 June 22nd

This week I would like to acknowledge the important and impressive role ‘Dancebeat’ play in our community. So many of our children get an introduction then the opportunity to develop skills of dance with Dancebeat. At Matipo, a number of teachers foster dance, notably Karen Verney. The Rutherford College dance teacher’s then take the children to a very high level with fantastic dance practitioners Patricia O’Brien (retired) and currently Peri Exeter. Congratulations for fostering dance in our community.

Warm Welcome To
Tamati Hoskins and Patrick Ngahere. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Alexander Ellis, Victoria Brandao Avila, Ryan Lee, Isabel Turner, Oscar Wilson, Molly Robertson, Alfie Cameron and Tamati Hoskins.

Book Character Parade
Tomorrow at 9.15am the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates will be hosting their Book Character Parade. This is an opportunity for children to dress up as a book character to culminate our very successful Book Fair in association with Scholastic. Thank you Vanessa Preston for the donation of prizes of tickets to the Weber Bros Circus. It has been great to see so much interest in books. Who remembers getting books for their birthday or Christmas? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to happen a lot any more.

Early Alert
Mid-Year reports will be emailed home on Friday 4th August. Please update your email addresses if they have changed. Parent teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 9th August between 2pm – 8pm. Children may participate in the interviews , sharing their progress, achievements and things they might need to work on. School will finish at 2pm on this day.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm).

Last Week
Phillip Simpson (Writing), Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd (Maths), Cheryl Kearns (Junior Priority Learners) and Sarah-lee Oto (Pasifika) attended a Community of Learning Conference along with staff from eight other Te Atatu schools. They spoke very well about their programmes running within our school, and the achievement levels made. There were some very good presentations, with one participant talking about transitions to and between schools and spoke about an interesting point about parental anxiety and attitude transferring to children.

Wig Wednesday
Great participation from our children and parents saw $732 raised for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 16.

Winter Weather
A timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay. Also, any unused newspaper for our art room.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
All Entertainment Memberships sold up until the end of June go into the draw to win 2 bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. For purchases, see the office or visit:×44.

Term Dates
June 27 Soccer Field Day
30 School Speech Competition
July 04 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
07 Term 2 Ends
24 Term 3 Starts

Homestay Placements Term 3 2017

Dear parents,

We would like to warmly invite you to a wonderful opportunity of experiencing a new culture in your own home.

In term 3 we have students between the ages of 7-12 travelling from China to study at Matipo Primary.

Therefore, homestay placements are needed for these students for 2 weeks between 31st July – 11th August..

You will need to provide :

* Pick up/drop off to school
* Morning tea + lunch for school + all other necessary meals outside of school
* Bed/Beds depending how many children you’d like to host
* Internet available for the kids to contact their parents

The hosting rate will be $400 per student for the 2 weeks of hosting.

If you are interested, please email for more information.

Kind regards

Ray Chen

SKIDS Term 2 Holiday Programme



Spaces available! Book NOW to avoid any disappointments!
•Fun indoor and outdoor activities including lip-smacking food
•Safe Environment
•Field trips “Rock Climbing”, “Bowling & Mini Golf” & “Movies”
•Onsite excitement “Backwards Day”, “Pizza Party”, “Minecraft & Lego Fun” and much more!
For more Information, please call Sapna on
09 8185955 or 0275655251
or email to