Term 1





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GOOD LUCK TO THE Y6's GOING TO THE ATHLETIC ZONES TODAY!!


JUST DANCE FOR FITNESS!

***NEW ATHLETICS DATE!!!***
Matipo Primary School Athletics Friday 17th March 2017
Proposed programme of events

a) Athletics Day Organisation
9.00am Roll Call – Students to be sat in year and gender.

9.15am – 10.30am Session 1
Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only - Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

10.50am – 12.30pm Session 2
Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only - Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

1.15pm – 2.30pm Finals of Track Events

b) Supervision
Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers. Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.

c) Parents / Toddlers Races
These will be held after the last Final of Track Events – toddlers race, parents races are for under 35 & over 35, teachers etc.

d) Learning to be Good Supporters
We are teaching the children to be good supporters. Please do not take your child early on the day. If absolutely necessary, you must sign them out at the office.


Matipo School Rules 

1. Walk bikes and scooters in the school grounds. 
2. Helmets must be worn. 
3. Children under year 4 must be accompanied by a parent when riding to school. 
4. No running around corners. 
5. No one inside at break times without a teacher. 
6. All lunch scraps should be taken home. 
7. No yoghurt (as we are a fully carpeted school). 
8. Respect all school property and trees. 
9. Line up outside rooms after breaks. 
10. Walk in two straight, quiet lines around the school. 
11. Only use the playground for each specific year level. 

12. No knives, dangerous weapons or things of value are to be brought to school (cellphones to be handed into office for safe keeping). 
13. No use of bad language or any form of violence at any time. 
14. No leaving the school grounds without being signed out. 
15. No hitting or abusing of staff. 
16. No sexualised behavior of any kind. 

Note: Items 12 – 16 are considered to be serious instances of unacceptable behaviours and will result in parental contact and possible referral to outside agencies. 

Children committing serious breaches of school rules will not be able to represent the school at outside events. 

Lastly, clear the school grounds by the last bell at 3.15pm.

 


Matipo Primary School Athletics Tuesday 14th March 2017
Proposed programme of events

a) Athletics Day Organisation
9.00am Roll Call – Students to be sat in year and gender.

9.15am – 10.30am Session 1
Junior Boys Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Girls Only - Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

10.50am – 12.30pm Session 2
Junior Girls Track (Years 1 & 2)
Senior Girls Track (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Junior Tabloids Top Field (Boys Only - Years 1 & 2)
Senior Boys Field Finals (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

1.15pm – 2.30pm Finals of Track Events

b) Supervision
Please note this is a school day and at all times children are to be with their classes, under the supervision of their teachers. Interval and lunchtime are the exceptions and the times for these breaks might be subject to change.

c) Parents / Toddlers Races
These will be held after the last Final of Track Events – toddlers race, parents races are for under 35 & over 35, teachers etc.

d) Learning to be Good Supporters
We are teaching the children to be good supporters. Please do not take your child early on the day. If absolutely necessary, you must sign them out at the office.




Dear Parents and Caregivers,
On Tuesday 28th March there will be a performance from the NZ Opera in Schools touring company of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale here at school in the hall. This will be the second year NZO has performed at our school, after their very successful 
performance of The Elixir of Love, positively received by the kids last year.

‘We meet Donald Pasquale, a rich bachelor, at home on his large farm near Balclutha. He wants his sole heir, his nephew, Ernesto, to marry the woman he has chosen for him – a rich widow from the farm next door. But Ernesto is refusing to play ball – he has fallen in love with local girl, Norina. His uncle is appalled, as he thinks Norina only wants to be with Ernesto for his money. So, Pasquale decides to get married himself – that way he can cut his nephew off without a penny.’

There is a subsidised cost of $4 per child to attend this opera. Please return the slip below with $4 attached at your earliest convenience – DUE Friday 24th March 2017.
Return to the Office

Name: _______________________________ Room: _____

Has permission to attend the NZ Opera Don Pasquale performance on Tuesday 28th March.

⃝ $4 is enclosed. Signed: ___________________________________



 We're off to CAMP! 
Stay tuned for PHOTOS!

Working hard during Boot Camp at Fitness Time!

FUN AT PE TIME!!

March 2017

Over the next few weeks in your child’s class we will be teaching the unit Knowing What to Do; Me Mōhio Kia Pēhea. This is part of the personal safety programme Keeping Ourselves Safe.

Keeping Ourselves Safe has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse.
It has three overall aims:
to develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people;
to support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults;
to make teachers and parents more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.

Knowing What to Do; Me Mōhio Kia Pēhea will be taught by your child’s teacher, with help from the local Police Education Officer, Paul Stanko, as required.

To be successful, Keeping Ourselves Safe needs your help and support. Your child will have Home Book Activities to work on with you.
It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages the school is giving, and help your child to use his or her new skills with confidence.

A parent and caregiver meeting will be held as follows:
Date: Thursday 9th March 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Matipo Primary School Staffroom

Please contact the school if you would like a pamphlet about the programme.

Please return to the Office – Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent / Caregiver Meeting

Child’s Name: ____________________________________________________

⃝ Yes, we will be attending the Keeping Ourselves Safe meeting on Thursday 9th March at 7.00pm.

No. Attending: ____



  Piha Mill Year 6 Camp 6-8 March 2017 
On Monday 6th March, all children need to bring their bag(s), sleeping bags and pillow to Rooms 26 and 27.
We would like to head off to Piha Mill at 9.15am. If you are helping with transport park your vehicle on the back field and meet us in Rooms 26 and 27 no later than 8.45am.

On the Tuesday, parents are more than welcome to come and help us between 9.00 and 4. (Our activity times). However, we ask, please bring your own morning tea/lunch and cold drink. Please confirm with Leanne if you will be coming out.

On Wednesday 8th March, our plan is to leave camp at approximately 10.30am. If you are helping with transport, meet us at the camp no later than 10am please.

Piha Mill’s Address is:
64 Glen Esk Road
Piha

In case of emergency, we will have our mobiles with us
Leanne 021 2642141
Ray 0211318169

We are all really looking forward to the camp. We have lots of fun activities planned, like bush skills, outdoor cooking, a scavenger hunt, orienteering, archery, swimming in the water hole and much more!

Please email us if you have any queries.
Leanne Siaki and Ray Chen

TERM ONE MANA NEWSLETTER

Welcome back to what should be a rewarding and exciting 2017 school year. 
We look forward to making a positive start to the school year with children having covered stationery by next Monday if possible.

The Mana Syndicate:
Due to the changing numbers of students as they progress through the school, the Mana Syndicate will have 2 classes in 2017. The teachers and their rooms are...
R 26 – Leanne Siaki (Syndicate Leader) – leanne@staff.matipo.school.nz 
R 27 – Ray Chen – ray@staff.matipo.school.nz

Expectations:
It is most important that the Mana pupils project a very positive and responsible image around the school and we have a consistent approach for encouraging this and modeling appropriate standards.

Homework:
This year we will be running a YEAR 6 HOMEWORK CHALLENGE

Term Topics:
Literacy - The students’ reading and writing will be tailored to their individual levels, with the reading groups using a range of suitable texts and encouragement to use the library. The writing groups will focus on working towards being a Level Three/Four writer and working on various skills to help them achieve this. As always, we strongly encourage regular reading practice at home. 
Mathematics – In the Mana Syndicate, we will continue using the Prime Maths Programme that was introduced to the children last year. We have also grouped our children for Maths according to their needs. 
Inquiry – This terms topic is “I am a Safety Expert” 
Flexi Day – Our Flexi Day is Tuesday. On this day we have Library, P.E. and ICT.

Absent Children:
It is important that we are aware if children are away from school. It would be most helpful if you could either email us or text us first thing in the morning (or the night before) and we will relay the information to Cara in the office 
Leanne - (021) 2642141. 
Ray – (021) 1318169 
If this is not possible, please ring the school office.

Important Term One Dates: 
Waitangi Day – Monday 6th February 
Meet the Teacher – Wednesday 22nd February 2-8pm 
Cricket Field Day – Tuesday 28th February 
Mana Camp - Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th March 
School Athletics – Tuesday 14th March 
Zone Athletics – Tuesday 21st March 
School Poetry Competition – Friday 7th April 
Learning Expo – Tuesday 11th April 
Term 1 Finishes – Thursday 13th April

Donations: 
We always welcome donations! At the top of our "most wanted" list is Felts and Coloured Pencils. Some other items include: Glitter, pencil sharpeners, rubbers, tissues, highlighters, hand sanitizer, old board games, glue sticks, pegs for hanging up work…

Please feel free to pop into the classroom anytime and check out what your wonderful children have been learning. We have an open door policy and welcome your help and support. We will endeavour to update the Mana and class webpages each week, so stay tuned for all the wonderful achievements your children are making. 

Thank you in advance.
 
The Mana Syndicate Team

School starts Thursday 2nd February at 8.50am.
We'll meet you in the classrooms before we go the hall for assembly!

If you are ordering from EZCover, these are the quantity and sizes you’ll need:
9 x EZ5; 1 x Notebook and  1 x Scrapbook size
Stationery is available to be purchased from the office from Monday 23rd January 2017.

December 2016
 Welcome to Room 26 and 27, our new and improved classes for 2017! 
Congratulations for joining our awesome Year 6 Syndicate, known as the Mana Syndicate. 2017 will be an exciting year! 

In Inquiry Learning we will be looking at the following topics: 

Term One - “I am a Safety Expert” - Health, Term Two - “I am an Historian” - Social Sciences, Term Three - “I am an Investigator” Technology and Term Four - “I am a Scientist” - Science

We have our own website. www.matipokids.com “Mana Syndicate”. It is a place where we showcase what we have been doing within our syndicate and we will have links to Homework, Spelling and any other important information. We keep in contact with parents regularly via email . So please email either Leanne (Rm 26) leanne@staff.matipo.school.nz or Ray (Rm 27) ray@staff.matipo.school.nz so we can add you to our rooms address book! 

In addition to the stationery that is purchased, we always welcome donations! At the top of our "most wanted" list are FELTS and COLOURED PENCILS! Some other items include: glitter, wiggly eyes, coloured paper or card, pencil sharpeners, rubbers, baby wipes (for quick clean-ups), tissues. Anything! 

In the Mana Syndicate, we will be using the iPads and netbooks within our classroom programme. To ease distraction in the class, it would be awesome if each child could bring their own headphones/ earphones to leave in their desk.

We would love to see what fun things you are up to during the Summer Break! Please email your teacher any messages and/or photos and we will add them to our website so everybody can see what you’re doing!


Lastly, you will be aware of our Year 6 Camp that we have planned for Term 1, 2017. This will be a fun and exciting time for the Syndicate to bond and we have lots of fun activities planned. All money should have been paid to the office by now to allow us to finalise the booking. I will be in touch with parents very shortly who will be helping out. Early in Term One another notice will go out with a Gear List. Feel free to email Leanne if you have any queries or need more information.

If you have any questions please pop in and see us or email us. Otherwise have a great holiday & we look forward to seeing you next year!
Leanne Siaki and Ray Chen


The Senior Syndicate is made up of two classes.
Rm 26 – Leanne Siaki leanne@staff.matipo.school.nz (Syndicate Leader) 
Rm 27 – Ray Chen ray@staff.matipo.school.nz 
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