August 24

Tena koutou te whānau o te kura Muritai.
Dear Parents / Caregivers

A big welcome to Emma Miller in Room 1 who has started at Muritai in the last fortnight.

School Production
The school has been a hive of activity as staff and students busily choreograph and rehearse performances in preparation for this term's school production. Although many of our students are natural performers there are some students who will find performing to a live audience both challenging and exhausting. Staff are working very hard to ensure all 400 students have their time on stage. This is most easily achieved with group performances working together to tell a story. A quick acknowledgement to Kirsten Berry who is this year's Production Director for her excellent leadership and outstanding organisation. If you have yet to purchase tickets I recommend you get in quickly as we only have a limited number of performances. To purchase tickets please see Sue and Carole in the office - Adults $7.50, Seniors and Children $5.00 and Pre-schoolers $3.00. Finally a big thank you to all those who have either offered or who have been assisting teachers in preparing sets, backdrops and costumes.

Sarah Drinkwater is off on maternity leave at the end of next week. We wish her and her husband Dougs the very best of luck for the safe arrival of their first born. Taking over from Sarah in Room 9 will be Jess Savage. To help Jess settle in to her new role she will be working alongside Sarah from next week to learn routines and get to know the children. We are all looking forward to meeting Jess and would ask that you all welcome her to Muritai.

ArtSplash and DanceSplash
Recently we had a large number of our Y4-6 students involved in either the ArtSplash or DanceSplash performances. These shows are held every year at the Michael Fowler Centre and provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved in the performing arts together with other schools in the Wellington area. A huge thank you to Ruth Hooke for her continued dedication and hard work putting together these fantastic performances. A special thanks also to our former student teacher Sabeshan Gnanan for all his inspiration and expertise in choreographing and teaching the Bollywood item performed at DanceSplash.

Cycling Safety
Finally, a quick reminder about cycle safety for our students. It would be greatly appreciated if you were able to take some time to talk to your child/children about cycle safety and the dangers presented when biking on the footpath. Recently we have had a number of near accidents with cars coming out of driveways and pedestrians having to jump out of the way as students cycle to and from school on the footpath. Children old enough to use the road should do so or, if using the footpath, they need to slow down and take greater care considering possible dangers and people using the footpath.

On Friday 27 August, senior school students will be selling fabric daffodils in the foyer. Please bring a gold coin donation to receive a daffodil and support this worthy cause.


Several of our students have recently taken part in the ICAS exams. Here are our top results:

Year 5:
Credit - Harry Crawford, Margarita Montes de Oca, Matthew Sutcliffe, Oscar Sykes

Year 6
Disctinction - Liam Abercrombie
Credit - Kieran Cotter

Year 7:
Credit - Caleb Anderson, Finn Janssens, Clara Lafont, Claudia Langley, Meg Sykes

Year 8:
Distinction - Finnegan Fahey, Zoe Lovell-Smith
Credit - Sofija Cvitanovich

Other results will be published as we receive them and children receive their certificates. Well done to all the children who participated.

Last week the Year 5 and 6 Team invited some speakers to assist them with their social inquiry process. On Wednesday Nancy Barclay explained how she was involved in the process of widening the footpath between Windy Point and Days Bay. They learned about the need for consultation between different groups in the community. On Thursday two members of the Eastbourne Community Board, Derek and Ian shared their plans to upgrade the village. The Year 5 and 6 students discovered that plans take a lot of time and cost a lot of money before they become reality.

On Monday 16th August the Year 0, 1 and 2’s took part in a Junior Duathlon (run and bike, or scooter). The students were split into year levels and gender race groups.

The students were enthusiastic participants starting with a run around the outside of Muritai School. Thank you to the fantastic Year 7 and 8 students and parent helpers marshalling the run. Once the runners entered back inside Muritai school, Mr. Bird, Mr. Skilton and some parents assisted the children in putting their bike helmets on and giving the students a push start around the muddy bike track.

Students were timed on their race for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters, with everyone receiving a participation award. Teachers and spectators were very proud of the positive attitudes we saw on display during and after the event. Well-done Juniors!

1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters and times were:

Year 0 Boys: 1st Myles Caughley (3:10); 2nd William Carian (3:15); 3rd Rory Moffat (3:30)

Year 0 Girls: 1st Ruby Schroder (3:22), 2nd Poppy Neal (3:42); 3rd Alexandra Irvine (3:48)

Year 1 Boys: 1st Maui Morrison (2:10); 2nd Oliver Day (2:15); 3rd Jack Evans (2:23)

Year 1 Girls: 1st Chelsea Summers (2:18); 2nd Evie Wilson (2:25); 3rd Elizabeth Edwards (2:43)

Year 2 Boys : 1st Flynn Healy (2:22); 2nd Patrick Mackinnon (2:27); 3rd Chevron Crawford (2:32)

Year 2 Girls: 1st Lea Pummer ; Samantha Woolley (2:45); 2nd Sophia Cave (2:52); 3rd Ruby Wells (2:55)

Home and School will be serving nibbles and providing drinks at the school production. They need some help with preparing and serving the food. If you are able to help in any way, either on the night or with preparations, please contact Lisa Langley on 562 7784, email or leave your name with Carole and Sue in the school office.

NumberWorks'nWord hold a competition each year with winners of local centres being put through to the Australasian Creative Writing Competition. Henry Broadbent, Year 7, has made it through to the finals with his story "Revenge".

Winners in each age category are decided by voting. You can vote once per story by clicking on the number of stars you want to award a particular story. The more you enjoyed the story the more stars you award. The top three entries in each age category will go to the independent judge Gordon Dryden who will select the ultimate winner. Below is a link to the stories:

Waterpolo and Flipperball
The Waterpolo and Flipperball competitions are coming to an end with both our teams finishing first in their grades. They are playing in the Finals tonight - good luck everyone.

Our two Intermediate teams, three Year 5 and 6 Teams and three Year 3 and 4 teams had their final game for the season on Saturday 21st of August.

THANK YOU to all the coaches who spent their own time after school teaching and reinforcing skills and game play tactics. I know the girls thoroughly enjoyed their practices and improvement was evident in Saturday games. Thank you to the parents who supported their child's team by attending and cheering from the sidelines, you did well, especially on those very chilly Saturday mornings!

Thank you to Maureen and her team of umpires for umpiring our games and those helpful reminders you gave the Year 3 and 4 teams while umpiring.

Round 2 Year 5-8 Results:
Muritai 1 = 3 Wins, 2 Losses
Muritai 2 = 2 Wins, 1 Loss and 1 Draw
Muritai 3 = 4 Wins, 1 Loss
Intermediate 1 = 3 Wins, 1 Loss and 2 Draws
Intermediate 2 = 2 Wins, 3 Losses

Congratulations to the following teams for round winners:

Primary 4 a - 1st Muritai 1 and Koraunui 1
Primary 7A - Muritai 2

Primary 8A - 1st = Muritai 3 and Boulcott 3

St James Sea Scouts Jamboree Fundraiser
Aged Sheep Manure. A natural, slow release fertiliser for your garden. Accumulated over several years at a Wairarapa sheep yard. $12 per 25kg bag (or 5 for $50). Free Home Delivery. To order while stocks last phone 562 7751 or 027 211 7388.

Scout and Guide Gang Show – Myths, Tales and Legends
Fun musical theatre and great family entertainment. Featuring our very own Meg Sykes and Oscar Connor - 20 – 25 September at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre
For tickets call: 0800 SCOUTS

Have Fun - Play Cricket THIS Summer
Sign up Online at or at the clubrooms, HW Shortt Recreation Ground. Senior and Junior Registration Saturday 11 September 2-4pm, Thursday 16 September 7-8pm. Phone Phil Sisson 562 8771/027 470 8079

St Augustines Cub Group Petone has spaces available for new cubs 7 1/2 - 8 years old, both girls and boys. The group meets on Tuesdays 6.00-7.30pm in the Scout Hall, Udy Street, near Kensington Avenue.

We do a lot of fun and learning activities , such as crafts, games, conservation, outdoor walks, good turns, camps, and earning badges for skills such as first aid, cooking, swimming, art, pet care etc.

For more information contact Jan Simmons 568 7943 home, or 027 480 7206

Pilates Class
Mondays 6.30 to 7.30. Council rooms above Eastbourne Library. Suitable for all levels. $10 per class. Phone Sarah 027-311-5600. All welcome.

Jasmine Jansen
I live in the Eastbourne area. I am available to look after your children. Please give me a call on 562-7009 or 022-676-5581. My hourly rate is $10.

Bubble Dome
Have you ever wondered how computer games and 3D movies like Toy Story are made? Learn the latest in 3D Animation and Games Design on a Bubble Dome School Holiday workshop these school holidays. For students aged 6 to 16 years. Tel: 0800 GET BUBBLE (438-282) or email: or Visit:

Piano Lessons with Vanessa Tindle (ATCL, BSc, dipTchg)
Vanessa is teaching at school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings this term. She has one vacancy left for this term.

If you would like your child to learn piano with Vanessa please contact her directly to discuss. Ph 562 7663.

August 11, 2010

Tena koutou te whānau o te kura Muritai.

Dear Parents / Caregivers

A big welcome to Muritai School to Ruby Schroder (R1) and Kia Jewell (R13) who have started at Muritai in the last fortnight.

Nice to see the sun again as we near the mid point of the term.
Life Education Trust
Next Wednesday the Life Education bus will be based at Muritai for 8 school days.Life Education is a wonderful resource based around health education and you can find out more about it by visiting their
website by clicking here. We are lucky to have ex Muritai teacher Jo Manks as our resource teacher and Jo will be holding an information session for parents at 9.00 on Thursday 19th August. You will be able to visit the mobile classroom and see how things worked.

Teams have contacted you and you may like to touch base with your classroom teacher if you have any issues. All classes have 2 sessions and the teams will looking at the following modules - (click on the link for more information.)

Juniors -
Food for energy
Year 3-4 -
Happy and Healthy
Year 5-6 -
Seniors -
From the shadows
An invitation from Te kura o Muritai e whanau -

Hui for the upgrade of the PouThursday 19 August 2010
Time: 5pm
Venue: Meet at the pou
Location: The pou are situated near the junior playground.
The itinerary for the hui:
Karakia and mihi.
History of the pou.
Upgrade of the pou discussion.
Brief update on Maori Te Reo at Muritai.
Brief update on Whanau Group matters.
Karakia and waiata

The team will be meeting next Wednesday the 18th at 7.30 in the staffroom for a catch up over a glass of wine.

The team are meeting Monday the 23rd at 7.30 in the staffroom to catch up on progress for the carnival on 28th November. Check out the carnival website by clicking here.

Your help is needed!!!!!!!

Just to let you know that we need your help in providing produce for the Deli Store. We would like ANY:
Chutney; Pickles; Jellies; Relishes; Sauces; Oils; Mustards; Jams and Marmalades

We can provide labels and jars if you need them. I NEED to have some help with the ongoing organizing of Deli produce, some team cooking, and ideas for the stall so give me a call if you feel that’s you! Contact: Mandy Holmwood 5628102 or
FOR THE ADULTS (and maybe children)
With a savvy IT staff we are constantly finding new online tools to assist the way we do things at Muritai. We came across a particularly cool thesaurus/dictionary recently. Called Visuwords linguists amongst you will enjoy clicking here.

Approximately 80 of our Year 4-6 students will be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre on Thursday 19 August at 5.30pm in the Artsplash Choir Festival. These children have worked hard to master the repertoire and sound fantastic. Muritai School have also been invited to model some wearable and will be performing to the accompaniment of Chilton St James, the outstanding drum corps.

If you have not yet purchased tickets for this show, please buy them as soon as possible from the school office - $4 each.

As part of the Artsplash Festival, a visual art exhibition is held in the Renouf Foyer with Muritai displaying some of our students' work. If you are in town, it is well worth your while popping in sometime next week and looking at the quality work from schools in the Greater Wellington Region. It is outstanding.

A reminder to parents with children in the Choir, there will be a rehearsal on Wednesday 18 August at the Michael Fowler Centre. Children need to meet in the school library by 8.45 as the bus will be leaving promptly at 8.55. All children will be issued with a school t-shirt to wear to the performance. They must wear black or dark coloured shorts, trousers or skirt. Please ensure t-shirts are returned to school as soon as possible after the performance.
Room 14 will be performing a Bollywood Dance taught to them by Sabeshan Gnaman (Mr G) whilst he was at Muritai on teaching practice earlier this year. They are one of 14 items being performed at the 8 o'clock concert on Monday 16 August. Tickets for this show can also be purchased at the office at a cost of $4 each.


Fri 13 - School assembly

Fri 13 - Y 7-8 at Indoor sports

Mon 16 - Dancesplash – Y5/6 Bollywood at Michael Fowler

Mon 16 - Duathalon for y1-2 children
Tues 17 - Y5-6 Tackle Rugby/ Y7-8 Netball

Tues 17 - ICAS Maths

Wed 18 - Artsplash choir rehearsal at MFC

Wed 18- Life education visiting next 10 days

Thur 19 - Artsplash choir 5.30

Thur 19 – Whanau group hui 5.30

Tues 24 - Y5-6 Zone Hockey

Tues 24 - BOT Meeting

Wed 25/Thur 26 - NIWA science fair (Y7-8)

Mon 30 -Jess Savage starts in room 9


Wed 1 -Y8 Maths team at Mathswell

Fri 3 - Sarah Drinkwater’s last day; school assembly
Tues 14 - Dress rehearsal for School production
Wed 15 - School Production evening performance

Thurs 16 School Production evening performance

Fri 17 School Production Matinee performance

Tues 21 BOT Meeting

Fri 24 School Assembly – LAST DAY OF TERM 3

Netball Zone Competition
What an amazing day it was at the Year 5 and 6 Zone Netball Tournament. I had so many comments about the weather and how it was very unlike Taita to have such a lovely day at this time of the year! Anyway, to netball...

We had 6 teams attend the netball and they all had a fantastic time. The schools we were competing against were: Chilton, St Peter and Paul's, Eastern Hutt and Boulcott. While Muritai did not come away with the winners cup (Eastern Hutt did), we did come away with the 'Fair Play award'.

Well done to all players, it was a spectacular event. A very special thanks to Miss Edwards who passed on her expertise to many of the players, and to the many parents who turned up to support and supervise the teams.

Yr 6 A Grade Winner: EHS (1), Runner Up: St P&P (1); Yr 6 B Grade Winner: EHS (2), Runner Up: St P&P (2); Yr 5 Grade Winner: EHS (3), Runner Up: EHS (4)
Boys Grade Winner: Boulcott Titans, Runner Up: EHS
Overall Winning School: Eastern Hutt, Runner Up: Sts Peter & Paul
Fair Play Cup: Muritai
Soccer Tournament
Last week and this Tuesday SportZone Soccer ran 3 football tournaments for our junior, middle and senior students. The students were put into teams of 5 to 8 players and played 16 games of soccer!! The students displayed a range of skills in dribbling and kicking the ball.

The umpires were impressed with the team work and positive participation they saw! Well done students! We were particularly thankful of the role that our older children (Y5-8) played in the success of the younger soccer tournament - they were great encouraging our children to be the best that they can be.

Flipperball and Waterpolo
Both teams are thriving and doing very well. They are both at the front of their grades. Well done teams!Year 7/8 Underwater Hockey
Underwater Hockey Mini League is played on 5 Saturday nights throughout the year and provides Year 7 and 8 students with an introduction to the sport of Underwater Hockey. Our Year 7/8 Underwater Hockey team recently played and did extremely well coming third in the competition. Congratulations to Finnegan Fahey who was named Most Valuable Player.


Speech and Drama with Jan Avison
Jan is teaching Speech and Drama after school in room 24 on a Wednesday afternoon. Jan's classes aim to - assist your child with their spoken language, enthusiasm, fluency and effectiveness, develop clear and audible speech and their confidence. If you are interested - contact Jan at

Midnight Madness at Butterfly Creek
This years Butterfly Creek Night Time Madness is coming and is an ideal event for Cubs, Scouts. Ventures, Leaders and Parents to take part in.

Butterfly Creek Nighttime Madness is set for this Saturday 14 August 2010. It’s a fun race for all fitness levels and all ages [7 years to 95 years]… All taking place in some of the wonderful tracks in the Eastbourne area at NIGHT!What is so special about this event? - You need to race in pairs; there are categories for youth, adults, and parents with children to race together and of course walking or running categories.

Registration is now open, just go to you can register online or download the form and post it back to Luke. All the information about the event is on this site.

Orphans of Nepal
The Orphans of Nepal is having a fundraiser at Hangdog Climbing Place on Monday 23 August. It will be from 6-9.00pm and all ages are welcome.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children aged up to 12 years old. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please leave a message for Karen Jones at the school office.