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Enrolment Ballot Notice

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.

Stuff National Standards School Report

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.

You can visit the report on the Stuff site by clicking here, included below is a screen shot of our report.

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For further reading on how poor a lot of the analysis of the National Standards data by the media is, check out these informative posts on the matter by Keith Ng, Danyl Mclauchlan and Ben Gracewood.

School Donation and Stationery 2011

Lots of schools set their donations at high levels, then add further costs for uniforms and activities on top of that. At Matipo we work on keeping these as low as possible, especially in these tough economic times.


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.

Board of Trustees Election Results

Eleven candidates stood for the BOT triennial election. Any of the candidates would have made a positive and skilled contribution to the Board. There was a pleasingly high voter response.

The official count is;

Vanna Blucher = 106 votes
Julie Dobbie = 94 votes
Kate Eldridge = 97 votes
Lynn Holland = 32 votes
Amy Huizing = 29 votes
Donna Kopa = 96 votes
Jolyon Ludbrook = 55 votes
Amanda Magnus = 123 votes
Martyn Nicholls = 149 votes
Walter Payne = 150 votes
Faga Siaki = 113 votes

The six successful candidates are:

Vana Blucher, Kate Eldridge, Amanda Magnus, Martyn Nicholls, Walter Payne and Faga Siaki.

Thank you to all the eleven candidates who stood and to the majority of our parents who voted.

iPhone Site Viewing

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.

Board of Trustees Election 2010

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:

March 15th – Nominations open

April 23rd – Nominations close

April 28th – Voting forms posted out

May 7th – Voting closes

May 13th – Votes counted and results declared

Bi-annual Parent Survey Results


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
  • we have ran an email list for the newsletter for some years, or you can subscribe to our RSS feed.
  • more I.T. – we’ve spent hundreds of thousands over the years, and our current spend is done in a managed fashion.