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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

July 07 Term 2 Ends – 2.45pm

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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!!

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 #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: ____________________________________________________