April 19, 2010

We welcome Mila-Rose Daniel-Oakshatt, Rory Moffat, Kaya Wylie, Lucy Mirfin-Newman and Henry Bearman-Riedal and their families to the Muritai School family. I am sure you will make the most of all that is on offer.

Upcoming events :
Fri 23 Poppy day (gold coin); School assembly 1.40
Mon 26 Year 8 girls immunisation; Board of Trustees meeting 7.00
Wed 28 Year 5-6 zone table tennis
Fri 30 Literacy Quiz teams in town

Term 2 is a gritty term with 11 weeks.  Teachers are thrilled to have the children for that length of time and we see this term as very much a 'progress' term. Staff are well prepared and have used the break to consolidate, regroup and prepare learning programmes that match the children's needs, abilities and interests (as well as the essential things they have to learn!)
This term there is a science focus to our integrated learning. Students will be investigating their scientific world under the umbrella of ' learning from others', which is our overall theme for this year. Each team will be communicating to you specifically via their respective newsletters on their blogs.

At the end of this term we will be reporting student progress to parents. We are still working to develop time efficient reporting to parents using the National Standards. It would be safe to say there won't be too much deviation to what you are used to - portfolio, written report and interview. What is key to this process is developing strategies going forward and this is where the parent-teacher -student-partnership really kicks in. By working together we can achieve so much more and often time spent by parents playing a game, reading a book, talking about science, or even exploring is the only 1:1 attention they will get during a day - the power of this is immense and can make a real difference to a child's achievement. If you would like information on your child's progress as always you are most welcome to make an appointment with your class teacher to discuss any concerns. It is appropriate to do this through appointment instead of arriving and requesting information. The parent community is generally very respectful of this.


You may have noticed our new website. We have tried to make things as clean and fresh in our presentation as possible. Essentially it is a home base for staff to host their blogging as well as sharing key information about the school. I hope you find it useful.

What is new to view in the website
Please click on the links to see our new pages in our school website
Visual Art
Mantle of the Expert
Junior School
Year 5-6
Senior School

Sarah Richardson's learning support blog is a real smorgasbord of ideas about helping children to learn. You may like to view this to get great ideas about supporting the learning at home.

We welcome Margs Mills-Smith into room 1 and Hayley Crawford, Ruth Holmes, Liz Sullivan and Michelle Hollard into part-time release teaching.

We welcome Priya Gain who is running the year 3-4 enrichment programme The 'Mantle of the Expert' for 15 children. You can read all about this interesting programme and what the children are undertaking at the Muritai Mantle blogsite.

We welcome Anne Harris who will be working with students on literacy development in the senior school this term.

We also welcome Dawn Statham and Carolyn Murphy onto our support staff working in room 3.


Students from our Senior School will be collecting donations for Poppy Day this Friday, 23 April. Please give your child a gold coin, for the Returned Services Association, to enable them to receive their poppy.

This Friday we are having an ANZAC assembly at 1.40. Friends of the school are most welcome.

Our kapa haka group is contributing to our Eastbourne Anzac parade on Sunday.

Nomination forms are due back in to the office by NOON this FRIDAY 23 APRIL. You can view the latest Board newsletter which has been produced with comments from our retiring Board members on being part of the Board of Trustees.  You may also like to view Tim Wake, Chairperson, being interviewed as part of Muritai TV. If you would like any further information on being a Board member, please feel free to contact Andrew Bird.

Muritai School is pleased to announce the Entertainment Book fund-raiser. The brand new 2010/2011 Entertainment™ Book features many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, hotel accommodation, attractions, and activities for families… all with valuable 25% to 50% off and 2 for 1 offers.
Purchase an Entertainment™ Book and receive over $15,000 in valuable offers that you and your family can use all year – from now, until June, 2011! The Book is filled with leading businesses including: ٠Logan Brown ٠The White House ٠Arbitrageur ٠Boulcott Street Bistro٠Wagamama ٠Chocolate Dayz ٠The Tasting Room ٠The Flying Burrito Brothers٠McDonald’s ٠Burger King ٠Co Bar ٠Bordeaux Bakery٠The Hurricanes ٠SkyCity Cinemas ٠Wellington Zoo ٠N.Z.S.O. ... and hundreds more! The best part is that for only $60.00, you’ll be helping us fund-raise, with $12.00 from every Book sold contributing towards school sports uniforms. Books will be sent home to families on Thursday 22 April 2010. Entertainment™ Books provide important funds for our school and valuable savings for our families. Please take the time to look through the Book when you receive it, and take as many orders from your work colleagues, friends or relatives. For further details, please contact the school office.


Hot dogs are now on sale again on Wednesdays through Terms 2 and 3. If your child would like a hot dog, please place $3 in an envelope marked with your child's name, how many hot dogs they would like and whether they would like sauce or not. Children should hand these into their teacher, not the office.

As you are likely aware, 2010 is (hopefully) a carnival year once again! Everyone knows the Carnival is a fabulous community event and a hugely lucrative school fundraiser (More than $50,000 in 2008!). Everyone wants it to happen and assumes that somehow it will happen again. Unfortunately, yet again the Carnival is in jeopardy of being called off due to lack of commitment to help.People may be hesitant to put their hand up for fear that a huge job will fall on too few shoulders. No one wants that stress, however, and the carnival will simply not go ahead unless there is a sufficient team of people, particularly those willing to be part of the core team in charge of the ongoing planning and preparations. The beginnings of a fun and competent Carnival team are meeting tonight (Wednesday 21 April) at 7.30 in the staff room to make a decision about whether they have the support required to get started. They would love to see you. If you would like to be involved, but are unable to attend Wednesday, you could email Julie Parker at wattersparker@yahoo.com who will pass that happy news onto the team on Wednesday!

Thank you to parents and caregivers who responded for our call for volunteers to help with this fantastic reading programme for students in Years 1 to 4. We still need more people to help. If you have some time this term and would like to work with our youngest children upskilling them in reading, writing and spelling, please email me or contact Maureen Buckley as soon as possible so that she can complete the roster.

The Shaffer's Huge Garage Sale
Lots of exciting things have just arrived from America at the Shaffer's house. Lack of space to store them means that we are holding a garage sale to get rid of things at 11 Kotari Road, Days Bay. Garage sale will start at 9am through to 3pm on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May.

Eastbourne Village Market - 23 May 2010

The market will be holding some competitions this time round:-
Giant Atlantic Pumpkin
- bring along your best effort. Five different categories.
Sponge Making Competition
- show off your baking talents. A challenge for all age groups.
Make a 'Mr Autumn'
- Get creative. Use as many natural materials as possible to create a person who stands or sits in the garden. All age groups.
Produce Stall
- A stall has been set up to sell produce on your behalf. Small quantities are welcome. We will take 10% of what you make or you can donate time to the stall and keep all your profits. Please bring all items individually priced.

Solway College Open Day

The Solway College Open Day gives prospective students and their families and our community the opportunity to see what Solway College, in Masterton has to offer. Join us to see the exciting educational opportunities that await your daughter. Meet the teaching staff and board, take a student-guided tour, join us for lunch, see classroom activities, explore the boarding house. Saturday 1 May from 10am to 2pm.