22ND MARCH 2012
In the weekend, we entered our first Rotary Soapbox Derby. Congratulations to our driving team of Tayla-Lee Bainbridge, Jett Heremaia, Liam Smith and Max Pearce, and pit crew of Luci Winterton, Hannah Lovrich, Tadhg Miller and Max Sigley, and reserve crew Sophie Koosache. The pit crew become next year’s drivers.
Congratulations on a great effort. Huge thanks to our sponsor Te Atatu Westpac, to Mr Nemaia for giving up so much of his time and to a very enthusiastic and supportive group of parents. Jett Heremaia made the final 12. We won the best support prize and best sponsor prize. Thanks also to our strong parent supporters Andrew, Marc, Julia & Cindy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO
Rita Hart, Lavinia Paea, Christine Yu & Isaac Igusa.
WARM WELCOME THIS WEEK TO
Isaac Igusa. We wish you a long and enjoyable time here at Matipo Primary.
SCHOOL COUNCIL SAUSAGE SIZZLE
Friday 23rd March – $2 each
Pre-Orders to the office by Thursday 22nd March. Purchases can now be made on the day. The School Council are fundraising to continue our sponsorship of a child in Bangladesh.
BEGINNING NEXT TERM
A weekly Mandarin lesson for each of our junior classes. We are starting at this level in the hope that we will be able secure a Mandarin teaching assistant in years to come and the lessons will continue as the child moves up the school. (Teaching of foreign languages is part of the government education policy).
BIKES AND SCOOTERS
These cannot be ridden in the school grounds for safety reasons and must be walked. If not, there will be one warning, followed by a week’s ban for a second time and permanently banned a third time. Bikes must be ridden with a helmet and only by children in Year 4-6. Younger children must be accompanied by a parent.
Dogs are no longer allowed in the school grounds due to the potential for an incident involving a child.
We don’t really have too many school rules but there are a few important ones.
1. Cell phones need to be handed into the office in the morning for safe keeping and picked up in the afternoon. If not, and they are lost or stolen, then the school takes no responsibility at all.
2. Girls may only wear stud type earrings, not dangly earrings.
3. Boys may not have radical hair styles like “carvings” or rat tails. If so, they will be asked to have this removed.
This is about our school having standards and expectations and I ask for the co-operation of all parents in this regard.
Is a Christian values programme run at lunchtime on Wednesday. Only children who have a signed permission slip may attend. Other children wanting to go need to collect a permission form from the office. If there is no parental permission, the child cannot go.
NETBALL ENROLMENTS 2012 – CLOSE TOMORROW!
Last day for enrolments and fees is tomorrow, Friday 23rd March.
Fun Ferns – Year 1, 2 & 3 – Thursday evenings – Starts Thursday 26th April – $50
Future Ferns – Year 4, 5, & 6 – Saturday mornings/afternoons – Starts Saturday 28th April – $60