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Thank You!

Thank you to the following parents who have so wonderfully supported the school with their voluntary service for sushi distribution and for road patrols supervision.

Sushi: Diane Berben, Nicky Beazley, Tanya Howie, Lisa Hamilton, Tania Bowen, Vanessa Preston, Amanda Lowe, Anita Corcoran, Kim Schriefer, Alex Yovich, Natasa Vujnovich, Alexia Santamaria, Linda Crombie, Karen Bosnich-Wood, and Tori Cotton-Everitt.

Road Patrols: Debra Stuart, Lisa Biesheuvel, Talia Pilalis, Libby Clark, Trudi Bragg, Luke Reid, Bea Traub and Julie Ellis.

Also a special thanks to Navin Ramachandran, who has been hosting computer programming classes voluntarily over the last three years.

We really appreciate your support.

Paul Wright appointed as new Principal of Matipo Primary

5th July 2017

Dear Matipo community,

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Wright as the next Principal of Matipo Primary School. Paul will lead the school from the start of Term 4 this year.

Paul has been Principal of Clayton Park School in Manurewa for the past 13 years. Prior to this he was Associate Principal at Lincoln Heights School in Massey and before moving to to New Zealand in 1997, Paul held a variety of school management and teaching positions in the United Kingdom. Paul’s leadership is well recognised for building and sustaining high levels of student achievement at Clayton Park. He is respected for his commitment to quality professional development and the way he models, supports and coaches teachers. He has a passion for diving, sailing, music and the arts. Families at Clayton Park speak of the way he develops deep personal connections with whanau and the community. Paul and his wife Cathy live in Titirangi and their family are confirmed Westies at heart.

The Board felt that Paul’s vast experience as a principal in managing all aspects of his school, his proven track record of innovation and strategic thinking, and his high level of qualifications made him the best fit for our school. This appointment is the result of a rigorous and thorough recruitment process, guided by an external education consultant. Following the final interviews of shortlisted candidates, our Board was unanimous in this decision.

Paul says “It is an absolute honour to be given Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of such a strong and vibrant learning community. I am excited and looking forward to building on the traditions and strengths of the school, to lead Matipo into the future.”

This is a time of major transition for Matipo, and we would like to once again acknowledge Wayne Bainbridge for his outstanding years of leadership at Matipo Primary and the rich legacy he leaves behind. Discussion is underway to find an appropriate way to farewell Wayne at the end of Term 3 and details for this will be shared soon.

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

Matipo History: Significant Events Last 30 Years

1988    School’s second fire destroyed the last classroom left from a permanent block roughly where the hall is.

1993    Major police issue around paedophile Peter Campbell. Security guards and police on site.

1994    Three new classrooms sank into the rugby field being delivered and had to be towed out by a bulldozer.

1995    Governor General Dame Catherine Tizard visited.

1998    Rt Hon Helen Clark visited to open new Admin Block.

1999    ‘Elvis’ Stankovich concert.

2000    Jonathan Hunt – Speaker NZ Parliament visited.

2002    Trip to Parliament to meet Speaker Jonathan Hunt who welcomed each child individually into the state dining room.

2006    Gold Coast Trip! Mrs Forgie taught every child to swim in the motel swimming pool.

2015    Hall fire!

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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