The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Matipo Primary School for next year.
Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.
Please phone or visit the school office for details of enrolment applications.
The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4th September 2013.
Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school.
The board has determined that 10 New Entrant places are likely to be available for out of zone students next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.
Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority:
a. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school.
b. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.
c. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.
d. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.
e. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
f. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants
If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required it will be held on 11th September 2013. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.
Recently the Stuff website published the National Standards dataset they obtained via Official Information Act requests. While it’s important to remember that this raw dataset is incomplete and unmoderated which makes it not very useful for comparing between schools, in the interests of clarity we have no problems publishing our results.
The school fee donation is $60 per child or $90 per family if paid by the end of Term 1, or alternatively $20 per child or $25 per family if paid by the term.
All donations paid in Term 1 also participate in a lucky prize draw for a Sharp Microwave from our school sponsor, Sharp Electronics.
Our fees have remained the same for 15 years and translate to $1.50 per week.
By buying from school, all children have standardised, good quality stationery. Some cheaper stores don’t have as many pages as do the school supplier. The small profit we make per pack ($1 – $1.50) goes to support your child’s school.
New Entrants / Juniors $16
Middle /Senior $17
Parents may pay by cash, cheque, Eftpos or Visa/MasterCard. Fees will be separately receipted. School Fee Donations are Tax deductible.
We’ve just upgraded our website to allow for iPhone friendly viewing. This will also work on iPod Touch and most other smartphones. Viewing through a normal computer browser you will see nothing different, but if you view through an iPhone you will see the mobile site.
If you add a link to your home screen, you will even get a proper App Icon.
Every 3 years a postal election is held to elect a new Board of Trustees. Any parent of caregiver is eligible to stand for election (with some conditions relating to bankruptcy, mental health or criminal background). Board members meet monthly and receive a $55 meeting attendance fee per meeting attended.
Board members should not have a particular personal agenda but be committed to supporting the overall vision and direction of the whole school. In house training is provided. More specific information will come later, but the key dates to look ahead to are:
There were 76 responses. Several responses indicated they had no idea what ‘syndicate’ meant – these are the three divisions of the school – junior, middle and senior. When we put ‘good’ and ‘average’ numbers together we get generally high satisfaction
99% for school communication
100% for facilities and appearance
97% for meeting children’s needs
99% for achievement standards
100% for extra curricula
97% for ‘is your child happy’
97% for ‘would you recommend this school to others’.
Syndicate and class communication falls down a bit and homework is the area of greatest concern.
I will undertake to get each area of the school to provide a short statement about homework provision early next year.
A number of people made general comments but there was no commonality to them. But some specific replies;
there is a ‘new pupil’ enrolment handbook for new entrants
senior homework under review
yes, we should have used the shelter during cross country
year 1 children should be getting a book each night
Parents are encouraged to be involved in classes and school.
End of year fundraising done earlier – fair point
List of events for term are included in newsletters
any school trip requires at least 7 days notice in advance