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Newsletter #20 June 29th

Warm Welcome To
Nathan Brunel-Morvan, Rosa Skellon and Justin Tran. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Nathan Brunel-Morvan, Mikayla Tombs, Ella Page-Wood, Rosa Skellon, Arthur Bell, Emily Stuart, Zac Wilson, Justin Tran, Eve Lambourn-Bennett, Henry Ramsay, Matthew Rockel, Carlos Cash, Ethan Clark, Billie Circuitt, Isabella Dodd and Aiden Sanderson.

Book Week
Last week we had the excitement of the Book Fair. A total of $11,500 worth of books were sold, of which $4,000 commission was earned for Mrs Knight to buy new books for the library. Thank you for all your support and especially to our volunteers Ally Gracewood, Kirsty Ibbotson, Merryn Robertson, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Ellen Williams, Karen Dobbs, Vanessa Preston, Jill Jessop, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Linda Crombie, Vicky Petley, Natalie Kennerley, Lisa Hamilton, Alex Yovich, Hollie Colegate, Joanna Holland, Kristie Penwarden, Janine Thomas, Amanda Lowe, Scott Faulder and Kelly Rarere.
Book Week concluded with a Book Character Parade presented by the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates. What a wonderful effort by children and staff. The overall winners for their costumes were Jacob Hallows, George Fisk, Brianna McMahon, Imogen Wroe and Cassandra Kinross. Photos of the parade can be seen on our Facebook page.

Term 3 After School Classes
Enrolments for Term 3 after school classes opened this morning. We have five after school classes to offer. Please see the enrolment form for more information.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 7.

Wanted
If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay. Also, any unused newspaper for our art room.

Soccer Field Day
There were many tired kids and satisfied parents at this week’s soccer field day. The boys A-team just missed the final finishing a credible 3rd place. The boys B-team won their competition. The NFF organised a non-competitive girls football tournament. The players of the day were Seth Stylianou, Josiah Tavita and Chelsea Doughty. Thank you Mr Simpson and Mr Nemaia for a great day, and to parents Bruce Ellis, Steven Bonkovich and Andrew van Dolleweerd for helping out. Also to the refs from Rutherford College, particularly three ex-Matipo students – Ryan Verney, Dylan McDonald and Joshua Smith.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm). If you are able to assist on any other day, we would love to hear from you.

Term Dates
June 30 School Speech Competition 11.30am
July 04 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
07 Term 2 Ends
24 Term 3 Starts

Learning Expo
Tuesday 4th July 9 – 10am
All classes welcome you to join them in this term’s Learning Expo.
This is an opportunity to visit your child’s class, look at their books, and see their work displayed. Each class will have a little experience planned where they will demonstrate their learning or talk about their learning outcomes.
We would love to see you there!

Newsletter #19 June 22nd

This week I would like to acknowledge the important and impressive role ‘Dancebeat’ play in our community. So many of our children get an introduction then the opportunity to develop skills of dance with Dancebeat. At Matipo, a number of teachers foster dance, notably Karen Verney. The Rutherford College dance teacher’s then take the children to a very high level with fantastic dance practitioners Patricia O’Brien (retired) and currently Peri Exeter. Congratulations for fostering dance in our community.

Warm Welcome To
Tamati Hoskins and Patrick Ngahere. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Alexander Ellis, Victoria Brandao Avila, Ryan Lee, Isabel Turner, Oscar Wilson, Molly Robertson, Alfie Cameron and Tamati Hoskins.

Book Character Parade
Tomorrow at 9.15am the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates will be hosting their Book Character Parade. This is an opportunity for children to dress up as a book character to culminate our very successful Book Fair in association with Scholastic. Thank you Vanessa Preston for the donation of prizes of tickets to the Weber Bros Circus. It has been great to see so much interest in books. Who remembers getting books for their birthday or Christmas? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to happen a lot any more.

Early Alert
Mid-Year reports will be emailed home on Friday 4th August. Please update your email addresses if they have changed. Parent teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 9th August between 2pm – 8pm. Children may participate in the interviews , sharing their progress, achievements and things they might need to work on. School will finish at 2pm on this day.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 2.45pm – 3.05pm).

Last Week
Phillip Simpson (Writing), Kathryn O’Reilly-Dodd (Maths), Cheryl Kearns (Junior Priority Learners) and Sarah-lee Oto (Pasifika) attended a Community of Learning Conference along with staff from eight other Te Atatu schools. They spoke very well about their programmes running within our school, and the achievement levels made. There were some very good presentations, with one participant talking about transitions to and between schools and spoke about an interesting point about parental anxiety and attitude transferring to children.

Wig Wednesday
Great participation from our children and parents saw $732 raised for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 16.

Winter Weather
A timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Wanted
If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay. Also, any unused newspaper for our art room.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
All Entertainment Memberships sold up until the end of June go into the draw to win 2 bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Term Dates
June 27 Soccer Field Day
30 School Speech Competition
July 04 Learning Expo 9am – 10am
07 Term 2 Ends
24 Term 3 Starts

Newsletter #18 June 15th

Last Sunday the Friends of Matipo organised a very successful ‘Kid’s Market’. The money made to hire a table was donated to the Kids Can children’s charity, raising $345. There was a big crowd in attendance and all stalls reportedly did good business. Thank you for your positive support.
Congratulations to the Travelwise Student Leaders who organised the ‘Funky Feet’ event last Friday to promote children walking to school. All the children thoroughly enjoyed this event.

Warm Welcome To
Reuben Lines. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Reuben Lines, Amelia Hamilton, Kiwa Hilliard, David English, Keenan Aickin, Noah Pirnia, India Kuka, Eden Howie, Oscar Duirs and Diana Raducu.

‘BOOKANEER’ Book Fair

Following the success of last year’s Book Fair, we are having the 2017 Book Fair in association with Scholastic from 19th – 23rd June in the Media Suite.
There will be an opening night on Monday 19th June at 7pm with two guest readers. The Book Fair is open for sales between 8am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm daily, and of course, will be open for sales on Monday evening between 7pm – 8.30pm.
On Friday 23rd June the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates are having a Book Character Dress Up Parade with a few prizes including tickets for Weber Bros Circus, donated by Vanessa Preston.
Thank you so much to parents who have volunteered to look after sales before and after school: Ally Gracewood, Kirsty Ibbotson, Merryn Robertson, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Ellen Williams, Karen Dobbs, Vanessa Preston, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Linda Crombie, Vicki Petley, Lisa Hamilton, Alex Yovich, Hollie Colegate, Joanna Holland, Kristie Penwarden, Janine Thomas, Scott Faulder and Kelly Rarere.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 8.

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 label your children’s clothing.

Wig Wednesday- NEXT WEDNESDAY
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ next Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

Winter Weather
A timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Wanted
If you have any spare pants for children, we’d love to have them for our sick bay.

Te Atatu Intermediate Open Night
Tuesday 1st August 6.45pm – 8pm. Parents come along with your child and feel free to walk around the school to see what’s on offer. Enrolment forms will be available on the evening. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport, and immunisation certificate. You can collect a copy of the enrolment form from Te Atatu Intermediate School, 8 Harbour View Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula. Please Ph (09) 834 5371 if you need any further information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
All Entertainment Memberships sold up until the end of June go into the draw to win 2 bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Newsletter #17 June 8th

The Kid’s Market is this Sunday between 12pm – 3pm in the school hall. Please come along and support our kids! There will also be the Cafe2U coffee van, a sausage sizzle fundraising for Matipo Netball, and a Fun Photo Booth run by the Junior Saints.
An enormous thank you to the Friends of Matipo organising committee for their hard work in organising three very successful events to date: Hollie Colegate, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Amanda Lowe, Jess Hallows, Kristie Penwarden, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Natasha Cook, Leeane Boyle and Natalie Kennerley.

WARM WELCOME TO
Samuel Hennah, Alice Shepherd and Quinn Faulder. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Alice Shepherd, Quinn Faulder, Mae Annan, Orla Hill, Ava Bradley, Greta Igusa, Mabel Watson, Ava Marsters, Amelie Pilot-Rowsell, Chardonne Villanueva, Mikael Garner, Esther Fonua, Joshua Murphy, Marlow Robinson and a Happy Belated Birthday to Samuel Hennah.

‘BOOKANEER’ BOOK FAIR
Following the success of last year’s Book Fair, we are having the 2017 Book Fair in association with Scholastic from 19th – 23rd June.
There will be an opening night on Monday 19th June at 7pm with two guest readers. The Book Fair is open for sales between 8am – 9am and 2.45pm – 3.45pm daily, and of course, will be open for sales on Monday evening between 7pm – 8.30pm.
On Friday 23rd June the Taonga, Aroha and Mana syndicates are having a Book Character Dress Up Parade with a few prizes including tickets for a special event, donated by Vanessa Preston.

NEW ENTRANT PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING
The next meeting will be held in the staff room at 7pm on Thursday 22nd June.

ASSEMBLY
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 17.

WIG WEDNESDAY
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ on Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

WINTER WEATHER
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed warmly and with a rain coat if possible. Please make a particular effort to drive carefully on the streets near the school and please do not park over neighbour’s driveways.
Also, a timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK 2017/2018
All Entertainment Memberships sold up until the end of June go into the draw to win 2 bottles of Evans and Tate Breathing Space Wine. For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

PLANT POWER COOKING CLUB
A proposal has been received for a vegan cooking club to be held at lunchtimes (either Monday or Tuesday) starting in Term 3. There would be a $20 fee for the term (10 weeks) and would be limited to the first 12 children to return the slip at the end of this newsletter. A fuller description of the proposal is on our school Facebook and website. If interested, please print off and return the attached slip.

Plant Power Cooking Club – Please return to office
Name: ________________________________________________ Room: ________

Would like to join the Plant Power Cooking Club.
Please find enclosed $20 for the term.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #16 June 1st

We have some exciting events coming up:

Book Week – 19th – 23rd June – Ashton-Scholastic Book Fair. This will include an opening night with guest readers (date TBC), and a ‘Dress Up as a Book Character’ Parade for Year 2 – 6 students on Friday 23rd June.

Wig Wednesday – 21st June – a charity fundraiser for Child Cancer Foundation. Wear a wig and bring a gold coin donation. See below for further information.

Warm Welcome To
Kate Donald, Ethan Howley, Harrison Chatfield and Keenan Sisnett. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Keilani Bentley, Harrison Chatfield, Aalia Rua, Keenan Sisnett, Seth Stylianou and
Joshua Teope.

Updated Education Act
There has been media publicity about children being able to start school at 4 years old. Schools (or local clusters of schools) will decide if children still start on their 5th Birthday, or start in cohorts, e.g. at the beginning of each term, and/or mid-term. The law change has not taken effect yet, and the earliest students could enter school under a cohort entry policy will be Term 1, 2018. Our school’s policy will be decided by the Board and the new Principal early in Term 4.

New Playground
Good progress is being made for the new playground, but it will not be ready for use until the soft fall is installed. We will keep you posted.

Winter Weather
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed warmly and with a rain coat if possible. Please make a particular effort to drive carefully on the streets near the school and please do not park over neighbour’s driveways.
Also, a timely reminder to please send your child to school with a change of clothes in their bag. With wet weather and lots of mud around, accidents do happen. If we don’t have the appropriate change of clothes, we will have to contact you to drop some off. Thank you.

Best Wishes
Best wishes to Charlie Preston who has a role in the National Youth Theatre’s season of Oliver. Well done and we hope you enjoy it.

Food Bank
The food bank drop-off continues to operate smoothly. Thank you for your continuing support. Any non-perishable donation is acceptable but pasta, rice, pasta sauce, canned meat or fish, and canned soups are really useful.

Queries, Compliments or Concerns
As always, if you have a query, compliment or concern, please address it to the teacher as soon as possible in person, or by email. If unresolved, take it to the syndicate leader, then to the Principal.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki & Aroha Syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 9.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
For purchases, see the office or visit: www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Wig Wednesday
We are excited to be taking part in ‘Wig Wednesday’ on Wednesday 21st June and fundraising for Kiwi kids with cancer. It’s easy to take part – just wear a wig on the day and bring a gold coin donation for Child Cancer Foundation. All funds raised by our school will help support Kiwi children with cancer and their families.
Prefer not to buy a wig? You can make a wig using a template from the Wig Wednesday website, or an original wig or headpiece of your own. Create wacky hair using ribbons, clips, temporary colouring or old-fashioned back-combing!

Pre-Enrolments
To provide clarity about classroom and teacher supply issues we invite in-zone enrolments for 2017, 2018 and 2019 in particular. If your child is starting with us in the next three years, and you have not already pre-enrolled, could you please contact the office and we will send you an enrolment pack.

Newsletter #15 May 25th

The new principal’s position has officially been advertised. The successful applicant should be known by the end of this term and following my retirement at the end of Term 3, will take over from the beginning of Term 4.

Congratulations to the Friends of Matipo team (Natalie Kennerley, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Hollie Colegate, Amanda Lowe, Jess Hallows, Natasha Cook, Jude Brunel-Morvan, Kristie Penwarden, and Leeanne Boyle), for a very successful ‘Quiz Night’ with a huge attendance and an abundance of prizes on offer.

Warm Welcome To
Katara Matthews-Witika, Leah McKean, Isabella Tran, Ebaadullah Khan and Ethan Howley. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Autumn Bell, Grace Haimes, Brooke Kearney, Porter Thompson, Thea Rockel, Ethan Howley, Eli Smylie, Ruby Masters-King, Grace Oloi, Jack Simpson and Toby Gibbons.

New Appointments
Mrs Kennerley and Mrs Foley interviewed candidates for the two maternity vacancies created by Mrs Brooks-Leijh and Miss Mitchell. We were very lucky to be able to secure the services of Mrs Delwyn Day (Room 5), and Mrs Elise Van De Ven (Room 21) who will take up their appointments at the beginning of Term 3.

Board of Trustees By-Election
The official count will take place on Thursday afternoon but the Returning Officer is obliged to inform all candidates of the outcome before it becomes public knowledge. We hope to make an official announcement on our school’s Facebook tomorrow by 10am.

Thanks
Many thanks to Kirsty and Simon Ibbotson for their generous donation of boxes of tissues for all our classrooms.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Taonga and Mana syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 20.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018 – We only have 5 books left
The Entertainment Book is on sale for $70. Entertainment Books feature many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, accommodation, attractions, with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers! Both the book and digital memberships are available. For every membership sold, $14 is raised for our school! For purchases, see the office or visit this link : www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show
This is a free Auckland Libraries NZ Music Month event. Great for the whole family. CD’s will be available. Koha would be appreciated.
When: Saturday 27th May at 2pm
Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Library

School Newsletter
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Newsletter #14 May 18th

Warm Welcome To
Eden Johnstone. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary School.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Eden Johnstone, Nazar Baranik, Alexandrea Dalay, Sophie McMurray, Marnia Pereira-Mauai, Peppa Bell, Zoe McLean, Alyssa Patten, Chloe Ellis, Noah Mitchell, Imogen Bosnich-Wood, Heidi Gibbons, Gaspard Midol and Egyptia Reihana.

Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show
Next Wednesday 24th May, the Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show is returning to Matipo. There will be two shows, the first at 11am for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, the second at 1.30pm for the Taonga and Manda syndicates. Please return the permission slip, along with $4 to the office at your earliest convenience.

Kid’s Market
Friends of Matipo is hosting a Kid’s Market on Sunday 11th June between 12pm – 3pm in the school hall. Pay $10 for a table to sell your wares. Sell old toys, books, shoes, fresh baking. The profit is for the kids. All table fees go to Kids Can. If you would like to book a table, please contact natalie@staff.matipo.school.nz.

Board of Trustees By-Election
Voting closes tomorrow, Friday 19th May at noon. Forms may be dropped off to the voting box in the school office.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, and will be hosted by Room 10.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Tuesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Room 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am).

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
The Entertainment Book is on sale for $70. Entertainment Books feature many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, accommodation, attractions, with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers! Both the book and digital memberships are available. For every membership sold, $14 is raised for our school! For purchases, see the office or visit this link :
www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

School Newsletter
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Term 2 Dates
May 20 Friends of Matipo Quiz Night
23 Room 22 & 23 One Tree Hill Trip
Room 24 Highwic House Trip
24 Rhythm Interactive Drumming Shows
30 League Field Day
31 Room 15, 16, 20 & 21 Alberton House Trip

June 01 Room 12, 13, 14 & 17 Alberton House Trip
05 Queen’s Birthday
11 Kid’s Market
12 Room 2, 3, 4 & 5 Highwic House Trip
13 Room 6, 7, 8 & 9 Highwic House Trip
19 Book Fair Week
21 Wig Wednesday
26 Matariki Week
27 Soccer Field Day
30 School Speech Competition

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Newsletter #13 May 11th

Several rumours are being spread about my absence from school – I’ve been suspended, fired, walked out. These rumours are from a very small group of people who are incorrect. Pretty much for the last week or more I’ve been 12 hours a day at North Shore Hospital with my wife who is quite ill and has been in the HDU unit. I will continue to be on leave for the remainder of this week at the least, but continue to keep up to date with school news.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Stella Anderson, Lucia Dawson, Lucy Ellis, Liam Clarke and Cruz Corrigan.

Term 2 Highlights
Shortly we will be advertising a Snowplanet trip for 55 Year 5 & 6 students. We have a Children’s Market Day coming up and the Quiz Night, both of which are being organised by the very active, Friends of Matipo group. We will have a visit from one of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra groups, and the school speech competition at the end of the term. Our inquiry topic this term is “Being a Historian” and all syndicates are off on various visits around Auckland.

Success
One of our ex-pupils, Alex Burns, is off to the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix, Arizona. A fundraising raffle for the trip is advertised on our school Facebook site. Good luck Alex!

Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show
On Wednesday 24th May, the Rhythm Interactive Drumming Show is returning to Matipo. There will be two shows, the first at 11am for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, the second at 1.30pm for the Taonga and Manda syndicates. Please return the permission slip that went home last week, along with $4 to the office at your earliest convenience.

Kid’s Market
Friends of Matipo is hosting a Kid’s Market on Sunday 11th June between 12pm – 3pm in the school hall. Pay $10 for a table to sell your wares. Sell old toys, books, shoes, fresh baking, the profit is for the kids. All table fees go to Kids Can. If you would like to book a table, please contact natalie@staff.matipo.school.nz.

Board of Trustees By-Election
You should have received your voting forms in the mail for the upcoming Board of Trustees by-election today. A strong field of eight nominations have been received for three vacancies – four men and four woman. Their candidate statements are included with your voting forms. Hopefully the successful candidates will be positive, supportive, and without personal agenda. Good luck to all candidates. Voting forms must be received by Friday 19th May at noon. Forms may be dropped off to the voting box in the school office, or mailed to the Returning Officer to PO BOX 17, Waitakere, 0660.

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

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
The Entertainment Book is on sale at $70. This year ‘Eight’ at the Langham, the Grove, and Euro are some highlights. If you use the book twice to go out you recoup your money. Entertainment Books feature many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, accommodation, attractions, with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers! Both the book and digital memberships are available. Digital membership puts the value of the Entertainment Book into your Apple or Android smartphone. For every membership sold, $14 is raised for our school! For purchases, see the office or visit this link : www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

Rapaki Place Parking
Residents are again complaining about people parking over their driveways and photos have been sent to Auckland Transport by one of the residents. Please be mindful and do not block in these residents.

Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Room 1 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am).

School Newsletter
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Newsletter #12 May 4th

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you enjoyed the Easter break and took advantage of the fine, sunny weather we got. As usual in the holidays, a number of maintenance jobs took place. All the air conditioners were serviced, a drain outside Rooms 22 – 25 was replaced under building contract warrantee, the subsidence under the green court was repaired, paid for by the Ministry, and preparation work for the new playground was undertaken.

Warm Welcome To
Cape Bowen, Rosie Gilbert, Nico Bentley, Stanley Zhong, Parerimu Marsden-Witehira, Cooper Thomson, Awa Lofley, Alexander Duggan, Eliza Hurst, Cameron Schofield and Braxton Gillard. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Zofia Blackie, Sylvie Hill, Dakota Kightley, Andrew Rosser, Ryan Thomas, Alexander Duggan, Mylo Bywater, Kalia White, Daniel McArthur, Sway Tantingco, Hazel Masters-King, Joshua Richardson, Connor Lancaster, Charlie Preston, Ruby Judd and Arwen Taipari. Also a happy belated birthday to Cape Bowen, Awa Lofley, Eliza Hurst, Cameron Schofield, Stanley Zhong and Braxton Gillard, who celebrated their 5th birthdays in the holidays.

School Donation Lucky Prize Draw
Congratulations to the Clews family (Archie of Room 15), who won the school donation lucky prize draw of the Sharp Fridge/Freezer which was hopefully installed during the holidays.

Thanks
Thanks for your tremendous and enthusiastic support of the Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter Hunt. Unfortunately, the weather intervened but the huge number of children who participated enjoyed the events enormously!

Donation
Thank you to the grandparents of Harper Shallard who have kindly donated an old ride on lawnmower as a static item for children to play on.

Board of Trustees By-Election
Nomination forms were sent out via post to all eligible caregivers on the school roll. Nominations forms must be received by Friday 5th May at noon. Forms may be dropped off to the school office, or mailed to the Returning Officer to PO BOX 17, Waitakere, 0660.

Term 2 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80
Mandarin Ray Chen Friday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 5 $60

Congratulations
Congratulations to Miss Anna Choi who is getting married in the weekend and to Miss Lise Ioane who is graduating with a B.Ed degree tomorrow.

Term 2 Assemblies
To keep within our hall capacity of 623 people, we need to split the school assembly into two. The Tamariki and Aroha syndicates will have assembly on the odd weeks, starting in Week 1, and the Taonga and Mana syndicates will have their assemblies on the even weeks. We will announce which assembly will be held in the weekly newsletter.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.15 pm in the hall for the Tamariki and Aroha syndicates, and will be hosted by Room19.

Term 2 & 3 Winter Hours
A reminder that in Terms 2 and 3, we permanently shorten the lunch hour by 15 minutes and school finishes at 2.45pm. Children who would normally get picked up at 3pm by their caregiver, can wait in the library under supervision until this time.

Entertainment Book 2017/2018
The Entertainment Book is on sale at $70. This year ‘Eight’ at the Langham, the Grove, and Euro are some highlights. If you use the book twice to go out you recoup your money. Entertainment Books feature many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, accommodation, attractions, with up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers! Both the book and digital memberships are available. Digital membership puts the value of the Entertainment Book into your Apple or Android smartphone. For every membership sold, $14 is raised for our school! For purchases, see the office or visit this link : www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/953×44.

School Newsletter
If you would like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Newsletter #11 April 13th

The last week of school is upon us. School finishes today and restarts on Monday 1st May. Remember that in Term 2 and 3 we revert to winter hours with lunchtime shortened by 15 minutes, and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children whose parents cannot pick them up until 3pm can be supervised in the library until 3pm.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Celeste Parsons, Jakob McCourt, Rylan Morpeth, Ryan Randhawa, Tyler Aickin, Leon Chapman, Rydar James and Leo Pickford. Happy Birthday over the holidays to Jasmine McCourt, Connor Wilmoth, Nathan Yovich, Tegan Coyle, Darcy Rarere, Olivia Davies, Piper Donaldson, Madison Smith, Mathilda Brem, Ruby Mitchell, Sofia Urlovic, Brianna McMahon, ShantiPushpal Ramachandran, Charlie Llewellyn, Harrison Avery, Jessica Lynch-Blosse, Daysha Williams, Isaiah Warren, Jah-Dane Murray, Jessie Holmes and James Lancaster.

Poetry Contest
Congratulations to this year’s poetry competition finalists and winners.
Year 1 Billie Circuitt Year 4 Charlie Preston
Year 2 Lylah Daros-Motta Year 5 Katija Luke
Year 3 Wyatt Scrimgeour Year 6 Julia Rosser

Update Contact Details
If you have recently changed any contact details including your current address or contact number, it is important that the office is aware in case of a situation where we need to contact you. Please advise the office if your contact details need updating.

Term 2 Assemblies
To keep within our hall capacity of 623 people, we need to split the school assembly into two. The Tamariki and Aroha syndicates will have assembly on the odd weeks, starting in Week 1, and the Taonga and Mana syndicates will have their assemblies on the even weeks. We will announce which assembly will be held in the weekly newsletter.

Term 2 After School Classes
There are currently still vacancies in the following after school classes:
Kids Yoga Te Atatu Yoga Tuesday 3pm – 4pm Years 1 – 6 $65
Chess Club Chess Power Thursday 3pm – 4pm Years 4 – 6 $80
Mandarin Ray Chen Friday 3pm – 4pm Years 3 – 5 $60

A BIG Thank You
Thanks to those magnificent parents who help with the road patrols at the busy intersection of Taikata and Matipo Roads: Debra Stuart, Julie Ellis, Luke Reid, Bea Traub, Lisa Biesheuvel, Talia Pilalis, and Libby Clark.
In addition, another big thanks to those parents who help with the sushi deliveries on a Friday. I think the record number of orders was 260. Without the help of these parents, we wouldn’t be able to have sushi orders: Nicky Beazley, Natasha Vujnovich, Lisa Hamilton, Diane Berben, Tori Cotton-Everitt, Tanya Howie, Tania Bowen, Stacey Jackson, Kim Schriefer, Bea Traub, Vanessa Preston and Sonya Parsons.
A special thanks to John Vujnovich from Harvey’s for a $500 donation from the successful sale of a house listed with him by a Matipo parent.
Lastly, a special thank you to Kelly Rarere, who for the past year, has been providing extra lunches for those children without. Thanks Kelly, you are a superstar!

Brownie Achievement
Special congratulations to Isobel Lamb who has been awarded her Gold Koru, the highest achievement badge a Brownie can earn. Isobel Lamb, Amelia Hamilton and Ruby Masters-King have also earnt their Brownie-Guide Link badge, joining them to their nearest Girl Guides unit in Henderson. Well done!

Congratulations to all children on a successful term, and very best wishes to you all for a lovely Easter break!!

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