Board Notices

Powhiri for Mr Wright
Parents and whanau are invited to attend to our full school Powhiri welcome for Matipo’s new Principal, Mr Paul Wright, on his first day of term.
Following the ceremony, there will be entertainment from Matipo and Clayton Park cultural groups, followed by a morning tea.  All welcome.
Monday 16 October, 10.30am on the green courts.
Board Meeting
The next Board of Trustees meeting is on Monday 16 October, 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Wayne Bainbridge Hall

Thursday afternoon the Matipo Board of Trustees renamed the hall to honour Mr Bainbridge as he retires after 28 years of hard work and dedication as principal of Matipo.
Two representatives from each class attended the ceremony as well as BoT members and Cara on behalf of Wayne who couldn’t make it. Local MP Phil Twyford officially renamed the hall, and Rev Tahu Williams blessed the newly named Wayne Bainbridge hall.

Matipo School Hall renaming ceremony from Vanessa Preston on Vimeo.

Newsletter #30 September 21st

Many thanks to our school art team and all those who helped, for collating the bi-annual school Art Show. Congratulations to all the children and classes who had pieces exhibited. The People’s Choice Winner from our invited guest artists was Sue Butler, whose theme was the Fibonacci sequence. Many thanks to the artists of the Waitakere Arts Centre who donated twelve pieces of art to our school’s collection this year, we appreciate your continued support!

Warm Welcome To
Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama. Also, a very special belated welcome to Cohen Holster. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jaimie Booth, Ava Foster, Kees Wierstra, Sophia Litvinchuk, Lucy Wallace, Isaac Lee Sang, Katija Luke, Kelly Alker, Cooper Marris, Lucy Stylianou, Samuel Taylor, Jamie Thomas, Jett Bernard, Hongrae Noh, Te Arepa Taiaroa, Maya Frampton and Mia Gilbert. A Happy Belated Birthday to Erica Powell, Jakob Learmonth, Cohen Holster and Japhet Mugisha-Mukama.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Friday afternoons. Thanks to Libby Clark who has been volunteering her time to fill this position. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 if you can assist (3.00pm – 3.20pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

Learning Expo – Date Change
This term’s Learning Expo will be held next Wednesday 27th September, between 9 – 10am.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 2.

Lost Property
Lost Property will be on display outside the staffroom this afternoon and tomorrow. Any unclaimed items after the end of school on Friday will be passed on to charity. We make every effort to return named items to children. Please remember to name your children’s clothing.

Te Atatu Intermediate Year 6 Testing
Testing Date for Year 6 Students: Monday 30 Oct – 9.15am to 12.15noon. A bus will collect and drop off students to and from school. Please ring the TAI Office (09) 834 5371 if you wish to receive more information. Only students who have enrolled can sit the test.

SKIDS School Holiday Programme
Book now for the Term 3 School Holiday Programme. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, ‘Flippin’ Fun’, ‘Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to Rock’, ‘Ceramic Painting’ and ‘Kids Fair’. Onsite excitement including ‘Stone Age Party’, ‘Burgers and Drinks’ and much more! WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please contact Sapna on
818 5955 or 027 565 5251, or email

Brickworks Drama School
School Holiday Drama Workshops with Brickworks Drama School. Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th October at The Chapel, Te Atatu Peninsula – 9am – 3pm each day. Single day bookings available – $45 a day. For more information visit or email:

West City Baseball Club – Have a Go Day
September 30th and October 1st between 1pm – 3pm. Registration and ‘Have a Go’ for all grades: Kiwiball, under 11, under 13, under 16 and Senior. McLeod Park, Te Atatu South.

Medical Considerations
We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for one of our students on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken.

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Tamariki Syndicate need your help!


The Tamariki Syndicate need your help! To finish our Taniwha we need plastics tops. Tops from milk, cream, drink, yoghurt etc and in many different colours especially yellow, orange, green, Gold Schweppes and red Coke ones. Share this Kaitiakitanga call-out with all your whanau.

Either take them to the containers in the hall and check out the art show or deliver them to any Tamariki class.

Thank you in advance and Kaitiakitanga.

Board of Trustees Newsletter Term 3

Matipo Board of Trustees
TERM THREE NEWSLETTER 19 September, 2017

Dear Matipo community,

Firstly, thank you to everyone who came along to our Meet the Board evening at the start of this term. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with Matipo parents, whanau and staff in a relaxed environment. A special thank you to our two students Lola Harris-Dennerly and Mia Hor’vath who shared their winning speeches with us, and Mr Ray Chen who provided the entertainment. Both were a real treat. Your board is committed to engaging with you – our community – so you can expect to see more of these types of events in the future. Please come along!

End of an era
The end of this term marks an auspicious occasion in our school history – the retirement of our Principal Wayne Bainbridge after 28 years of leading Matipo. Wayne started at Matipo Primary School in 1989 and the school has grown from strength to strength under his leadership.

Under Mr Bainbridge’s leadership, significant tree planting was carried out at Matipo, computers were introduced, and a school hall was built in 1991, extended a few years later, and again in recent years. The Media Room, the Arts Suite, a large covered court, two ‘Tiger Turf’ netball courts, and a new four class permanent block have all been built during Wayne’s time, which reflects the changing needs and growing population of our community. Kayaks were purchased in 1992-1993 and are still in use today, and there has been an ever increasing collection of sculptures in the school grounds. In November 2014 the Ministry of Education identified Matipo as the top performing school in Te Atatu, and the school received a glowing ERO report in 2016. Under Wayne’s guidance, the school was an early adopter of Information Technology, a leader in Inquiry Learning, and has become an Asian Aware school.

Wayne has requested that we do not hold a formal farewell event for him, and the Board of Trustees will be respecting his wishes in this regard. However, he was able to hold a special farewell event with the children and staff at the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ day on 13 September, and the Board will be honouring Wayne’s outstanding contributions to Matipo Primary by renaming the main school hall the “Wayne Bainbridge Hall”. Later this week we are holding a small ceremony with Phil Twyford, MP for Te Atatu, where the official renaming will take place. The memory of Wayne’s era as Principal and his passion for the visual and performing arts will live on at Matipo. We wish him all the best for his retirement.
If you or your children wish to contribute your own message of farewell, memories or well wishes please feel free to drop these into the school office by this Friday.

New beginnings
Our new principal, Mr Paul Wright, will start on Monday 16 October – the first day of Term 4. Matipo will be holding a full Powhiri ceremony to welcome Paul to our school, and we are excited to share that his previous school, Clayton Park School, will be sending all their pupils and staff to attend this Powhiri as our guests. It is very meaningful to Clayton Park to gift Mr Wright to Matipo as their taonga (treasure) and we will be honoured to host them. This will be a very special occasion with cultural performances from Matipo and Clayton Park, food and games. Parents and whanau are warmly invited to attend.
Save the date: Mr Wright’s Powhiri, Monday 16 October 10.30am

Finally, our thanks to all parents and whanau who have helped or volunteered at school this term, and our gratitude as always to our wonderful teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. We look forward to new beginnings with you all.
Wishing you all happy and safe school holidays and we hope to see you on day one Term 4.

Nga mihi nui,
Vanna Blucher (Chair) and the Matipo Board of Trustees

Newsletter #29 September 14th

Yesterday we had our Bright and Beautiful Celebration with a number of events for children including the APO Brass group, lunch time sausage sizzle, Junior and Senior Discos, and a big prize giving.

Warm Welcome To
Jonathan Mayow and Izaac Sanderson. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jonathan Mayow, Izaac Sanderson, Cassidy Conway-Ford, Phoebe O’Dwyer, Edie Annan, Ciana Gilbert, Stacey MacAllister, Caleb Murphy, Arlo Franich, Remy Franich, Lorenzo Pearce, Mia Yates, Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu and Monty Tichborne.

Matipo Netball
The 2017 netball season has come to an end. Congratulations to our Matipo Junior netballers in the Year 1-4 competition who participate to enjoy netball, learn fair play skills and understand the fundamentals of the game. Additionally, congratulations to Matipo Senior netball teams who braved the weather every Saturday demonstrating commitment, passion and reliability. Thank you to all our coaches who volunteered their time to help grow our school as a netball thriving community. This year we had all four of our Senior teams make ‘top four’ of their grade. These are excellent results and a testament to our coaches. Special mention to Matipo Magic Year 5 team placing first in their division and the mighty Matipo Royals Year 6 team for also placing first in their division.

Art Show
This year’s theme is ‘Patterns’. Within this theme, children have created art works using a range of techniques, media and artist models. Come by and view our students’ art, as well as art created by local artists, especially for this event.
Opening Monday 18th September 3.00pm – 4.00pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Open 8.00am – 3.30pm daily.

Thank You Kelly!
Thank you so much to Kelly Rarere for spending her birthday money on 16 sets of OgoSports throw and catch disks which will greatly assist hand eye coordination for younger kiddies. Thank you so much Kelly for such a generous gesture and we hope you had a great birthday!

Learning Expo – Date Change
This term’s Learning Expo will now be held on Wednesday 27th September, between 9 – 10am.

Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 21.

SKIDS School Holiday Programme
Book now for the Term 3 School Holiday Programme. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips, ‘Flippin’ Fun’, ‘Rockstar Party-Professionals are coming to Rock’, ‘Ceramic Painting’ and ‘Kids Fair’. Onsite excitement including ‘Stone Age Party’, Burgers and Drinks’ and much more! WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please contact Sapna on
818 5955 or 027 565 5251, or email

Board News
The next Board Meeting is Monday 25th September at 7.30pm in the staff room. All welcome.

APO Adventures West Concert – Free Concert
Saturday 14th October at the Trusts Stadium – further details to come. This is the last Saturday of the term holidays.

Roosters Softball Club – Have a Go Day
Come along to our ‘Have a Go Day’ at Hobsonville War Memorial Park on Sunday 17th September between 10am to 12noon. All welcome! Meet the club and learn about the game. Free sausage sizzle for all participating children.

Photo Frames
Have you ordered school photographs that you might want to give as gifts or display at home? Two Matipo Mums are selling some gorgeous, custom made key ring and magnetic frames for the smaller sized school photos. They are a perfect way to share your child’s photos with loved ones. Also, for every order placed the school receives a $1 donation for fundraising! Pop into the office to see a sample and collect an order form, or alternatively email Moana or Keryn at

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Art Show

Monday 18th September – Thursday 21st September

Open for viewing in the School Hall
Opening Night – Monday – 3pm – 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Open 8:00am – 3:30pm daily

Our Visual Arts theme this year is ‘Patterns’. We would love to celebrate by displaying a wide range of artworks from across the school. All parents and whanau are welcome to come and view the artworks during these times. Children should be supervised at all times please.