Spotlight on Staff – Teresa Marshall

Kiaora!  You may recognize me as the new face of the Matipo office.

I joined the Matipo team in January this year, and am loving being part of such a cool school.

I am married with six children – our oldest Penrhyn who is 22, and our youngest Amaranth has just turned one. They keep me very busy as does having a second job and helping my husband out in his new hair salon.

Prior to working at Matipo I worked in many areas from transport manager, customer services and accounting.  I enjoy coaching netball and this season I have taken one of our Matipo teams – the Matipo Maereoro  who are Yr5&6.

Spotlight on Staff – Tori Cotton-Everitt

Tēna koutou katoa!  My name is Victoria Cotton-Everitt (Tori) and I co-share the teaching in Room 9 with Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd.


I studied a BA in Social Anthropology at Auckland University learning about people and cultures and then I went on to study a Masters of Social Work at Massey Uni in Auckland.  After completing the first year of the two year Masters, and working at Women’s Refuge for 6 months, I decided primary teaching was a better career choice for me. I completed the Graduate Diploma at Auckland Teachers College and went on to teach in Mangere East for three years.

I have returned to full time teaching after taking a hiatus to travel through Europe for a few years and then starting a family back in New Zealand.  I have two boys at Matipo who are in Room 24 and Room 1 and I think they are getting a world class education at Matipo.

I love Literacy and just devour reading books in my spare time.  I am on first name basis with all the local librarians who know I am constantly over my card limit of issuing books! I like walking, bike riding and yoga and dancing when no one is looking!

I love seeing the expressions on children’s faces and excitement about learning new things and it’s fantastic when they teach the teacher something new as well.

Please say hi when you see me around the school and I hope your children have a fantastic learning experience during their time at Matipo.

Spotlight on Staff – Whaea Vashti

Tēna koutou katoa!

Ko Te Tuarātapu-o-Te Rangihaeata ngā maunga.
Ko Manawatū te awa.

Ko Tangata Tiriti te iwi.

Ki te taha o tōku pāpā, no Pōrana ōku tīpuna.

Ki te taha o tōku māmā, no Ingarani ōku tīpuna.

Ko Tymkin tōku whānau.

Ko Neil tōku tāne.

Ko Vashti tōku ingoa.

Hi! I’m Vashti, and I’m teaching Ruma 20 this year. I’ve been teaching for ten years. I worked at Westmere School, te kura o te Rehu. I was the Cultural Responsiveness facilitator and the Living and Learning facilitator. That means I enjoyed helping teachers to include different cultures and different kinds of learners. I especially liked helping kids learn about the history of their neighbourhood, and te tiriti o Waitangi.

Before I was a teacher, I worked as a teacher aide, and as a shop assistant, and as a kayak instructor. I used to play a sport called Canoe Polo for New Zealand, but now I like yoga, falling off my surfboard, and reading Scandinavian Crime novels.

I studied English and linguistics in my Bachelor of Arts, and I especially liked learning writing at the University of Auckland. I love literacy! I also love science. When I was younger, I studied science for two years. Next, I studied electronics. After that, I studied sports science. I like a lot of different things! It took me a long while to become a teacher. My favourite thing about teaching is learning alongside children, so I think I’m in the right job.

I am still learning. I learn te reo Māori at te Wānanga o Raukawa, and I am also studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Guidance at Massey University.

If you see me at school, please say kia ora! I look forward to meeting new people and finding out all about Te Atatū. This is an amazing community, and I am very proud to have been asked to work here.

No reira, tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tena koutou katoa.

BoT Statement

Dear Parent and Caregivers,

The Matipo Road School Board of Trustees would like to update you about a series of historical concerns.

Once these concerns were identified, the Board requested assistance from Ministry of Education (MOE) and New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) to assist the Senior Leadership Team to investigate these irregularities. Independent investigators were employed by the board, who confirmed that the risks had already been removed from the school  and that no children had been directly affected.

The Board decided  that further action was required and referred the matter on to the Education Council and the Police. We can confirm that these are historical matters and no current staff are the subjects of the investigation. There is also no risk to school operations or ability to deliver quality educational outcomes for our children.

We would like to acknowledge the integrity and professionalism of our Principal Paul Wright, the senior management team and investigators during this time. We will continue to be actively engaged with MOE and NZSTA to ensure appropriate action is taken.

If you have any concerns please contact the Board at

Vanna Blucher (Board Chair)

Term 2 Staff News

Sad News…

Deborah Shaw has given long and loyal service to the school over a long time. I was very sad to learn that she has been seriously ill for a while now, and has had to resign her position for health reasons. Deborah has been a tower of strength through the recent changes in the school leadership structure.  I will personally miss her dedication, compassion, expertise, kindness and loyalty very much indeed. I am sure the Board and Community will want to acknowledge Deborah and contribution when the time is right, and I will let everyone know as soon as possible.

In the meantime we are arranged for Natalie Kennerley to take over as class teacher in Room 15, taking over from Mrs Forrest at the start of week 2, on Monday 7th May. Grace Smith will remain class teacher in room 26.

Mrs Kennerley and Mrs Clark will lead Aroha Syndicate.  Mrs Smith and Ms Oto will lead Mana Syndicate.

 I have also arranged for John Brandon to work with us for three days a week for this term. John has recently retired as a deputy Principal, and will help to manage some of the changes were are dealing with, partially  our communication systems and special needs.

Ski Camp Information Evening

Ski Camp Information Evening

We will be holding a parent information evening for our up coming Ski Camp in September.

This information evening will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of May 7pm in the hall.

Please email to let us know if you will be attending this information evening. If you are unable to attend we will be able to provide the information for you.

Please note that if you did not return an expression of interest note last year, you are still more than welcome to come along to our information evening to find out about the camp.

The children who will be attending the ski camp will be placed in a special ski camp enrichment next term.

We will be needing to confirm numbers by the end of week 2 next term in order to confirm our bookings.

Regards Paul, Grace and Mia

Important Dates Term 2

Monday 30 April – Term 2 begins

Tuesday 1 May – Matipo Friends & Whanau Movie Night

Wednesday 9 May – Sausage Sizzle Fundaiser (Mana camp)

Thursday 10 May – Learning Based Play Meeting 7pm

Wednesday 16 May – Board of Trustees Meeting 7pm

Tuesday 22 May – Cross Country

Wednesday 23 May – Bake Sale Fundraiser (Mana camp)

Wednesday 23 May – Mana Camp Meet & Greet Evening (TBC)

Tuesday 29 May – Rugby Field Day (yr 5&6 representatives only)

Monday 4th June – Queen’s Birthday (no school)

Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th June – Mana Camp

Tuesday 12th June – Cross Country Field Day

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd June – Book Fair

Wednesday 20th June – Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday 26th June – Football Field Day (yr 5&6 representatives only)

Thursday 28th June – Mid Year Reports

Saturday 30th June – Matipo Friends & Whanau Quiz Night

Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th July – Student Led Conferences

Friday 6th July – Term 2 Ends