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Newsletter #10 April 6th

A parent has contacted me about the amount of sweet foods coming into the school. I have reminded staff about using lollies as a reward, but need to also ask parents for your child’s birthday, not to send complete birthday parties to school including cake, treats, drinks, lollies, etc. Just a small cake if anything. Some children have medical conditions which prevents them from eating certain foods. Alternatively, you could think about healthier options. Thanks for your consideration.

Warm Welcome To
Tiaki Ngahere, Patrick Ngahere and Rebekah Bell. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Dylan Chapman, Iosua Simona, Mia Joe, Alana White, Khalone Tanoa-McPherson, Chad van Dolleweerd, Rebekah Bell, Kael Brown, Blake Cotton-Everitt, Leigh Petch, Scarlett Dawson, Aimee Lines and Jessica Stevenson.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Jacob Wilson and Ashlee Nemaia who finished 4th and 5th in the Waitakere Soapbox Derby and have qualified for the Nationals to be held in Whangaparaoa this Sunday. Thanks to Mr Nemaia, for the tremendous amount of time and enthusiasm he puts into the Soapbox Derby.

BOT Email Address
bot@staff.matipo.school.nz

Seeking Information
If you want to know something about the school or a school event, please ask the school directly, or see the school’s website or Facebook page for the correct information.

Easter Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade
On Wednesday 12th April, Friends of Matipo are hosting two events. The first is the Easter Bonnet Parade starting at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the parade. The second is an Easter Hunt from 2pm. As part of the Easter Hunt, we are seeking donations of small prizes including, erasers, pencils, wrapped Easter Eggs, pens or other suitable gifts. Thank you to those that have already brought something in, we are overwhelmed by your generosity.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 22.

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.

Medical Considerations
As previously mentioned, we have a child at our school who is diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox, measles, typhoid, mumps or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for a person on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken.

Term 2 After School Classes
Attached with this newsletter is the enrolment form for Term 2 After School Classes. Enrolments for these are open tomorrow, Friday 7th April from 8am. Enrolments need to be accompanied with payment, and places are filled on a first in, first served basis.

Skids Matipo Holiday Programme
Spaces available for the Term 1 Holiday Break. Fun indoor and outdoor activities including field trips. WINZ subsidy available. For more information, please call Sapna on 818 5955 or 027 565 5251 or email matipo@skids.co.nz.

School Newsletter
From the start of Term 2, we are transitioning over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, please fill and return the slip below.

School Newsletter – Please return to Office
⃝ I would still like to receive a paper copy of the school’s weekly newsletter.
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Newsletter #9 March 30th

450 children attended the NZ Opera production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. It is rewarding to expose children to something new and getting such a great response from the kids.
Thanks so much for your generous donation of prizes for the Quiz Night, and your donation of various Easter treats for the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade.

Warm Welcome To
Kaedyn Tumahai-Fox and Nicolas Monroy. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Riley Jacobs, Jack Bonkovich, Daniel Wroe, Serina Nepia, Asher Howie, Daniel Yovich, Nicolas Monroy, Taj Taka, Timon Boyack, Sefton Gillard, Jack Oliver, Noah Smylie, Blaze Edmonds, Ethan Leslie and Kael Ripley.

Term 2 Starts
Term 2 starts on Monday 1st May, and we change to winter hours with a shortened lunchtime and school finishing at 2.45pm. Children who would normally be picked up at 3pm, may wait in the library, under supervision until 3pm.

Learning Expo
Due to the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, we have postponed the Learning Expo to next term, when classes will have more work to display and share with you.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 23.

School Zoning
There was a big story in the NZ Herald this week about school zoning. People query the schools about implementing zones, but it is the Ministry of Education who direct schools to impose a zone, and also define the boundaries of these zones. In Te Atatu, both Peninsula and Matipo Primaries have school zones. Te Atatu Intermediate is introducing one in the course of this year. Rutherford Primary has no zone, which means anyone in Te Atatu Peninsula or wider afield may enrol there.

Zone Athletics
The athletics team had a great day at the Trusts Stadium last Tuesday. A total of eight schools attended, competing in track, discus, shot put, long jump and high jump field events. Matipo had great success, coming first overall in the field events, and third overall in the track events. Thank you to the teachers and family supporters who came along to cheer us on. Congratulations to the following children on their outstanding achievements:
Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu
1st Year 6 Girls Long Jump
1st Year 6 Girls High Jump
1st Year 6 Girls 60m
1st Year 6 Girls 100m
3rd Year 6 Girls Discus

Grace Oloi
1st Year 5 Girls Shot Put

Brooke Flavell
3rd Year 5 Girls High Jump

Hailee Panui
2nd Year 5 Girls Long Jump

Madden Smith
1st Year 5 Girls 60m
1st Year 5 Girls 100m

Nixen Smith
3rd Year 5 Girls 100m

Cruz Jacobs-Oto
1st Year 5 Boys High Jump
1st Year 5 Boys Long Jump

Blaze Edmonds
2nd Year 6 Boys Shot Put

Ismaeel Williams-Stehlin
2nd Year 5 Boys Discus

Lucas Adams
2nd Year 6 Boys Long Jump
2nd Year 6 Boys High Jump

Rio Taka
3rd Year 5 Boys Shot Put

School Donation
The Lucky Prize Draw for the school donation will be drawn on Thursday 13th April 2017. This year’s prize is a Sharp Stainless Steel Fridge/Freezer valued at $1,099, delivered to your door. The school donation is $70 per child or $100 per family, is voluntary and tax deductible.
School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #8 March 23rd

In our ERO report last year, we were complimented on the quality and amount of communication to our school community. We have our school website and Facebook page, syndicate websites, weekly newsletters and individual notices. The Friends of Matipo group now have a new steering committee, Board representative and have an exciting number of events planned both for children and parents.

Warm Welcome To
Our four international students Chanakan, Orrin, Thapanee and Nantanat, who are visiting our school for four weeks from Thailand. We wish you an enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Isaac Igusa, Johnny-Rakai Whitwell, Lathan Gilmour, Reuben Lee Sang and Tristan de Thierry Simpson.

Athletics Champions 2017
Congratulations to the following champions of athletics.
Boys
Year 1 Tony Zhong & Nathan Yovich
Year 2 Riley Jacobs
Year 3 Noah Petley
Year 4 Tane Keereweer-Taia
Year 5 Cruz Jacobs-Oto
Year 6 Michael Stuart

Girls
Year 1 Mila Curran
Year 2 Ashlee Hari
Year 3 Marnia Pereira-Mauai
Year 4 Ava Marsters
Year 5 Grace Oloi
Year 6 Grace Jarvie-Otufangavalu

Next week’s newsletter will include a recap of the Te Atatu Athletics Zone Day.

Impetigo (School Sores)
There has been reported cases of Impetigo (school sores) within the school. Impetigo is a common bacterial skin condition. School sores start from a break in the skin through an insect bite, cut or graze. If the sore is not treated it will cause further skin problems. The sores can be anywhere on the body but most often occur on the face (near the mouth and nose), hands, arms or legs. School sores are spread through contact with the blisters, fluid from the blister or scratching around the sore. People are infectious for as long as there is fluid weeping from the sores. They are no longer infectious when the sores have healed or 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment. If you think your child may be developing any school sores, please take them to the doctor as soon as possible and inform the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

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. Remember that your concern is often an opportunity for us to do better. We also remain (as far as we know), the only school in NZ who offers a money-back guarantee on the school donation. If you feel we haven’t performed to your satisfaction, on the 1st December, ask for a refund of your school donation, no questions asked.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 24.

Community of Learning
Together with Peninsula, Rutherford, Edmonton, Tirimoana, Freyberg, Te Atatu Intermediate, Rangeview Intermediate and Rutherford College, we are members of the Te Atatu Community of Learning. Its purpose is schools collaborating to raise the standard of writing for all children, but particularly for children at risk of not achieving the National Standard. We have four in-school staff who have release time to work with children, and one across-school staff member who works with Rutherford Primary and our school with Pacific children.

Lost Property – Includes Items from Camp & Athletics
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 name your children’s clothing.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
Next Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.
NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Matipo Newsletter #7 March 16th

The ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme is well underway with our school community officer Constable Paul Stanko and staff delivering lessons to each class.
Tomorrow will be Athletics Day with the Te Atatu Zone Athletics to be held on Tuesday 21st March at the Trusts Stadium.
Next week another four teachers will be undergoing a kayaking training course.

Warm Welcome To
Tyla Airey and Aiden Lim. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Aiden Lim, George Paul, Rio Taka, Ayla Hambrook, Iyla Taipari, Eli Bourne, Patuone Mitchell, Krystal Wileman and a Happy Belated Birthday to Tyla Airey.

Matipo Netball Club – FINAL NOTICE
A reminder that TOMORROW, Friday 17th March, is the last day for enrolments and fees. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office. The netball coordinators will be finalising teams during the weekend so any late enrolments cannot be accepted.

Assembly
As it is Athletics Day tomorrow, there will be no assembly.

Scholastics
Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Lucky Book Club Issue 2 is available online until 22nd April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Easter Bonnet Parade
Friends of Matipo have announced their first event for the year…
Easter Bonnet Parade
Wednesday 12th April at 9am. All children are invited to create an Easter themed hat and join the Easter Bonnet Parade. Families welcome! Lots of prizes to be won.

Term Dates
March 17 School Athletics
March 20 Rooms 2, 3, 4 & 8 – Waterview Trip
March 21 Athletics Zone Day, Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 9 – Waterview Trip
March 24 Taonga Camp Day
March 28 NZ Opera ‘Our Pasquale’
March 29 Aroha Syndicate Poetry Final 1.30pm
March 31 Mana Syndicate Poetry Final 9.00am, Taonga Syndicate Poetry Final 11.30am
April 03 Tamariki Syndicate Poetry Final 9.15am
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
April 11 Learning Expo
April 12 Easter Bonnet Parade 9am
April 13 Term 1 Ends
May 01 Term 2 Starts – Winter Hours 2.45pm Finishes

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. Please see the reply notice below.

NZ Opera ‘Don Pasquale’ – Please return to Office
Name: ____________________________________________________ Room: ________
Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.
⃝ $4 is enclosed.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #6 March 9th

The good times continue with the Firewise programme and a shiny red fire engine rolled out for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates this week. We also have St Johns due to visit all classes later in the term with their ‘Responding to an Emergency’ programme. At the recent Meet-the-Teacher evening, an impressive 76% of parents attended, and $16,000 has been contributed to date in voluntary school donations. Thanks all for your support.

Warm Welcome To
Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Caleb Cotton-Everitt and Zachary Doyle. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Emma Ngau, Jack Smith, Abigail Boyle, Jay Smith, Caleb Cotton-Everitt, Zachary Doyle, Curtis Hall, Jakub McEntee, Madden Smith, Nixen Smith, Paul Amerika and Keavarni Caffery.

Matipo Camp Week
The Mana syndicate had a very successful and well-supported camp this week. Thanks to staff and parent helpers for making this happen. The Aroha syndicate overnight camp has been postponed until next Wednesday 15th March. Any overnight camp really means 24 hours on call so I am grateful to all concerned.

Behaviour
I have circulated a list of school rules to all children and families. Be assured, we are the same as any other school in New Zealand, in both definition and consequences of serious misconduct.

Athletics Day
Whole School Athletics is next Tuesday 14th March. A full schedule was sent home earlier in the week and is also available on our school website.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Matipo Netball Club
A reminder that the last day for enrolments and fees is next Friday 17th March. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 13.

Scholastics
Scholastics Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. A separate notice is attached with this newsletter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe – Parent Meeting Tonight
Biannually, we run the NZ Police programme ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. This is a unit taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko. ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. A parent and caregiver meeting to learn more about the programme is being held TONIGHT at 7pm in the staffroom.

Strep Throat
A few cases of strep throat have been reported at school. Strep throat, an infection of the throat or tonsils, is common in young children. Symptoms can be sudden onset of fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache and abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may occur with several cases. If your child does not appear well or develops any of the symptoms, keep him/her home and consult a doctor. It usually takes 13 days from the time a person is exposed until symptoms develop. The contagious period is at least a full 24 hours after treatment begins. Strep throat is diagnosed by taking your child to the doctor for a throat culture. This is done by swabbing the throat to see what germs grow. If the culture shows strep throat, treatment includes antibiotics taken for a full ten days. This treatment prevents the more serious illnesses. This illness is usually not serious; however, if this illness continues without being treated, it can develop into rheumatic fever or kidney disease.

Newsletter #5 March 2nd

Happy Birthday This Week To
Sydney Carswell, Charlotte Visser, Amelie Blackie, Eden Hickman, Harmony McGee, Nia Rua, Jannae Hargreaves, Luella Whitwell and Haivyn Williams.

Cricket Field Day
In sweltering conditions, Miss Wills and Mr Simpson took a girls and boys cricket team to the Cricket Field Day. Congrats to the girls who came 3rd overall and the boys who came 5th. The children had a great day. The boys player of the day was Jack Bonkovich. The girls best fielder was Niamh Dines and best batter was Emma Wilson. Well done to all the children who participated! Thanks to all the parents who turned up to support and special thanks to John Vujnovich, Steven Bonkovich and Luke Wilson for their help with umpiring and scoring on the day.

Thank You NZ Police
Thank you so much to the Blue Light Disco staff for their time in putting on last week’s Junior Disco which was enjoyed by the children of the Tamariki & Taonga syndicates. Some of the police staff finished their 7am – 3pm shift and came straight to the school, others gave up their time before starting their 11pm – 7am shift. Lots of staff stayed on after their work week finished. Blue Light has some funding which allowed free sausages for all. There was a miscommunication over the drinks, but I was happy to pay for free drinks for all my little friends so that no one missed out. It was a hugely successful event that the kids absolutely loved!

Athletics Day
Save the date – Tuesday 14th March. A full schedule will be available next week.

School Newsletter
This year we are looking to transition over to an e-newsletter as opposed to a paper copy each week. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our school newsletter using the following link: http://matipo.school.nz/newsletter/subscribe/. Our school newsletter is also available on Facebook and our website. For those without this facility, a paper copy will be available for those who wish to opt in. More info to come.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 25.

Thank You Parent Wardens
Many thanks to Luke Reid, Bea Traub and Julie Ellis for offering your assistance with the road crossing, and of course to Debra Stuart, Libby Clark and Lisa Biesheuvel for your continuing support. Without you, this crossing would not be operational. Thank you all so much!

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.

Matipo Netball Club
Netball registrations were sent home last week. A reminder that the last day for enrolments and fees is Friday 17th March. Extra enrolment forms are available from the school office.

Scholastics
Scholastics Lucky Book Club Issue 1 is available online until 1st April.
Visit scholastic.co.nz/parents/lucky-book-club/ and register with LOOP to start ordering.

NZ Opera in Schools ‘Don Pasquale’
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The show will be held at school for all the children at the subsidised cost of $4 per child. A notice will come home next week with more details.

Keeping Ourselves Safe
Biannually, we run the NZ Police programme ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’. This is a unit taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko. ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. A parent and caregiver meeting to learn more about the programme is being held on Thursday 9th March at 7pm in the staffroom. Please return the reply slip below if you are able to attend.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent & Caregiver Meeting – Please return to Office
Child’s Name/s: ____________________________________________ Room/s: ________

⃝ Yes, we will be attending the Keeping Ourselves Safe meeting on Thursday 9th March.
No. Attending: _________

Newsletter #4 February 23rd

On Monday, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates had a lovely visit from the Ronald McDonald Road Safety Show. Tomorrow they are being treated to a Blue Light Disco.
We continue to get a strong response to our unstructured play and other requests including a donation of rabbits and their hatch from the Wileman family. We have one wooden packing crate, but we’re still looking for more.

Warm Welcome To
Maya Shatura and William Barnard. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Jude Brem, Arlo Powell, Tyler Pukepuke Anthony, William Barnard, Brooke Hari, Harmony Toia, Lucia Skellon, Erica Learmonth, and a happy belated birthday to Maya Shatura.

Future Leaders Day
On Monday Mrs. Clark and nine Year 6 children went to Waitemata Rugby Club for a Future Leaders Day run by Sport Waitakere. The children were given a chance to experience different kinds of leadership and work together learning new skills. They thoroughly enjoyed it and came away buzzing! Watch this space for where this may lead them!

Teacher Aide Position
We are seeking a teacher aide to assist two of our students between 9am – 10am, Monday to Friday, for terms 1 & 2 (with the possibility of this extending into terms 3 & 4). If interested, please call Cara in the office.

Homestay Students
Occasionally homestay placements are sought after for international families attending Matipo for short periods of time (one – four weeks). If you are able to assist with homestay placements, and would like us to contact you if the opportunity arises, please email office@matipo.school.nz. You would need to provide a room and meals inclusive of $200 per week, per person.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 26 with Mrs Kennerley standing in for the principal.

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
This Friday 24th February 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Term Dates
February 24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 01 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 2, 3, 4, 8)
02 Tamariki Kayaking (Rooms 5, 6, 7, 9)
6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
07 Tamariki Syndicate Water Play Afternoon
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
09 ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ Parent Meeting 7pm
10 Taonga Syndicate Camp Day
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2017 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #3 February 16th

We had a huge response to our request for unstructured play items. We have had donations of tyres, rope, cardboard tubes, cable drums, timber, pallets, lampposts and giant Lego blocks to name a few. An old ride on mower is on its way and we now have three boats. We are still seeking large packing crates if you can help. Thank you all!

Happy Birthday This Week To
Magdalene Rockell, Harper Shallard, Alex Traub, Amelie Donald, Riley Biesheuvel and Jordan Breen.

LAST NOTICE – URGENT – Parent Wardens Wanted
We have heard of some parent concerns in regards to the Taikata & Matipo Roads intersection crossing. We are still seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. This is the last notice seeking help, if we cannot get the adult supervision as per Auckland Transport policy, we will need to shut the crossing down. 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 or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 27.

Meet the Teacher
‘Meet the Teacher’ evening will be held on Wednesday 22nd February between 2pm – 8pm. Please come and meet this year’s teacher. It is particularly useful to hear of your child’s interests, sports, hobbies, strengths, fears and aspirations. If you can offer help in any area to the class or school, please let the teacher know. School will close at 2pm on this day, if you are unable to collect your child at this time, they may wait in the supervised library until 3pm. Please return the slip below to the office, with your preferred time slot acknowledged.

Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
Name: _________________________________________________ Room: ________
2.10 – 3.00 ⃝ 6.00 – 7.00 ⃝
3.00 – 4.00 ⃝ 7.00 – 8.00 ⃝
4.00 – 5.00 ⃝

Junior Blue Light Disco
For Tamariki & Taonga Syndicates Years 1 – 3
Friday 24th 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Free admission
Free sausage sizzle – Free Drinks
Children must be dropped off and picked up from the hall

Long Shot
Does anyone have a rabbit, guinea pig or birds they might like rehomed to the school. Details to Cara please if you can help.

Term Dates
February 22 Meet the Teacher 2pm – 8pm
24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of Term One, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. We believe we are the only school in NZ to offer a money back guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our school performance, on December 1st, ask for your money back. Please see the reply slip below. Payment available by cash, cheque, Eftpos & credit card.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ________________________________________________ Room/s: ________

Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #2 9th February

Apologies for the delay in publishing this newsletter online – it was completely my fault, it escaped my to-do list! – Kris

School has made a smooth start with lots on for the children. On the second day of school, the Tamariki and Taonga syndicate had a free show from the ‘Duffy Books in Homes’ tour. Yesterday, the Aroha and Mana syndicates had a Vector Electricity Safety Show and also ‘Bike West’ bicycle safety lessons over a number of days. On Friday 24th February, there will be a free disco for the Tamariki and Taonga syndicates. More info to come.

Warm Welcome To
Daisy Brown. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.
Happy Birthday This Week To
Harley Breeds, Daisy Brown, Archie Clews, Ella Hamilton, Michael Schriefer, Eli Hiini-Neilson and Oliver Vertongen.

Spellathon Proceeds
The proceeds from last year’s Spellathon have been well spent over the holidays on two 3D printers (two for the price of one deal), a new video camera and tripod, a drone with camera and additional iPads. Thank you again for your generous support.

Medical Considerations
We are soon to have a child join our school who has been diagnosed with cancer. We request that you please contact the school as soon as possible if your child comes into contact with chickenpox or measles or develops them. These illnesses can have serious implications for a person on treatment for cancer and we need to inform the parents so that appropriate action can be taken. Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration.

Wanted
We are on the lookout for items for children’s play such as wooden packing crates, cable drums, an old dinghy, clean wooden planks etc. Please let us know if you can help. We are able to collect these. Thanks in advance.

Urgent – Parent Wardens Wanted
We are seeking parent help at the busy corner of Taikata & Matipo Road crossing urgently. Please call the office, 834 6909, or see Mrs Clark, Rm 26 marion@staff.matipo.school.nz if you can assist (8.00am – 8:45am or 3.00pm – 3.20pm).

School Costs
There is always a lot in the media at this time of year about school costs. Many schools have a $400 plus school donation, stationery costs of $100 – 180, and ‘compulsory’ activity fees for photocopying, I.T. fees, consumables etc. I am proud that our stationery is $20 a pack, and our voluntary school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family.

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Te Atatu Library
Join Mr. Chen for an awesome learning experience in wrapping dumplings and Chinese Calligraphy to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Held at the Te Atatu Peninsula Library this Saturday 10am – 1pm. Open event to the public. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Assembly
Tomorrow’s assembly is at 2.30pm in the hall and will be hosted by Room 1.

Term Dates
February 22 Meet the Teacher 2pm – 8pm
24 Tamariki & Taonga Free Disco 3.30pm – 5.00pm
28 Cricket Field Day
March 6-8 Mana Syndicate Piha Camp
08 Aroha Syndicate Overnight Camp
14 School Athletics
21 Athletics Zone Day
April 07 School Poetry Final 11.30am
11 Learning Expo
13 Term 1 Ends

School Donation
Our school donation is $70 per child, or $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of term one, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. Please see the reply slip below.

School Donation – Please return to Office
Name/s: ____________________________________________________ Room/s: ________
Please find enclosed $70 / $100 for 2016 School Donation.
Signed: ____________________________________________________

Newsletter #1 February 2nd

A big welcome back to 2017 and a special warm welcome to children and parents who are new to our school. Marc, Reece and Mark have done a superb job getting the grounds neat and tidy. Cara and Shelley have the office routines well established and the stationery ready to rock and roll from the library. Kris works behind the scenes updating all the I.T. equipment. Many teachers have been in preparing for this year over the last three weeks prior to school starting. We welcome Lise Ioane and Mitchell Osborn as new teachers to Rooms 12 and 14.

I am planning to retire in the course of the year, and the school will welcome a new principal. As such, some events may not be happening, as I cannot commit a new principal to organisation that will be their decision to make. I have been overwhelmed with messages of support and best wishes, and also with trepidation, concern and tears from some. I have had messages from families who have told me they bought houses in our zone specifically to come to our school. I anticipate a large number of experienced applicants will apply for the position as principal of one of the best primary schools in the country, and that the school will be in good hands.

Warm Welcome To
Welcome to the following new pupils starting at our school. We hope you have a really enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary: Kiwi Hilliard, Benjamin McArthur, Matilda Foley, Alice Carter, Miles Debney, Ava Page-Wood, Torrance Reid, Emerson Foster, Dayton Wichman, Malalai Rehman, Hannah Patel, Briar Field, Tegan McMurray, Dayton Te Tai, Ella Beazley, Daisy Brown, Jakob McCourt, Ana-mei Taumata, Jane Louie, Mikael Garner, Emma Nesbit, Jonathan Louie, Jasmine McCourt, Georgia Preston, Charlie Preston, Serina Nepia, Chase Page and Sarah Chen.

Happy Birthday This Week To
Chase Page, Ella Beazley, Neil Amerika, Talesha Thompson, Jacob Petley, Zachary Petley, Alexia Stan and Lola Yates.

School Donation & Stationery
This year our school donation remains at $70 per child and $100 per family. It is voluntary, tax deductible and if paid by the end of term one, puts you into a lucky draw for a Sharp fridge/freezer valued at $1099.99. The money raised is spent on your children.
Our stationery is amongst the cheapest of any school around – just $20 a pack. It is possible to buy cheaper books at The Warehouse, but they are of lesser quality. Buying at school means all kids have standardised, good quality books. All classroom programmes start in full next Tuesday, so if you do not have stationery, please purchase it from the library.

Lunches
Like most schools, we are litter free and ask that children take their lunch scraps and packaging home. Many lunch boxes have compartments so you can put in lunch items without the packaging.
Sushi Ami is continuing Friday lunches for $5 starting Friday 10th February. Thank you to those parents who assist with distributing the sushi on Fridays. Without your help, this venture would not be possible. Please carefully read the instructions below on how to order:
− Options are six-piece sushi or chicken katsu on rice for $5.
− Order forms are available in the office and should be completed by an adult with $5 enclosed in a sealed bag.
− Exact cash is required. No eftpos or change facility is available.
− All orders need to be delivered to the ‘Sushi’ box in the office no later than 3pm on Thursday afternoons.
− Orders can’t be changed or cancelled once placed.
− Delivery will be in time for lunch, so you will still need to supply brain food and morning tea.

Reminder: School Policy and Procedure
1. Please notify the office by 9am if your child is not going to be at school.
2. Children arriving late or leaving early must be signed for at the office by their caregiver.
3. Only children Year 4 and above may ride their bikes and scooters to school and must wear a helmet. Younger children may ride if accompanied by a caregiver.
4. All bikes and scooters must be walked within the grounds at all times.
5. Hats are to be worn in Term 1 and Term 4 during interval and lunch.
6. Wearing of makeup, dangly earrings and extreme hair styles such as mohawks, ‘carvings’ and rats tails are not allowed.
7. The school grounds are to be cleared by 3.15pm. The school grounds are also closed in the weekend.
8. Any medication needs to be given in at the office, not held in classrooms.
9. Cell phones should be given to the office in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. If they are taken to the classroom, we accept no responsibility.
10. Please don’t let the children bring expensive items or items of sentimental value to school as again, we can take no responsibility for their loss.

In the main, these all relate to child safety.