Dear Parents / Caregivers
Welcome to our new students - Eva Oliver (R8), Esme Daley (R1), Sarah Caddis (R1), Blaine Knapman (R1) to our school community. Thank you for settling into our school so quickly.
Well we are nearly 75% through the 2010 year. We have a very busy term planned for term 4. Much of the initial work for staff next term is processing key assessments in reading, writing, spelling and maths to inform National Standards, measure improvements of children from the beginning of the year to the end of year. This enables us to report to the parents and children about achievement growth as well as to the Board about meeting our strategic targets.
The key of course is to keep the children at the heart of the matter and all our organisation focuses on ensuring our children grow in their learning environment. In the interim we all hope that the holiday season will be pleasant for all our families and children return well rested and ready to face the challenges ahead.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
There has been some change at Board level. We have received 2 resignations of late - Krista Huber and Peter Schroder who have served on the Board for 5 and 4 years respectively. We thank them for their commitment and enthusiasm towards governing Muritai School. Krista's resignation has seen Stuart Stock assume the Chairperson's role. Stu will have a Board newsletter out shortly informing the school community of the recent achievements and about the opportunity for parents to be on the Board.
In week 2 next term we will host the Education Review Office. ERO visit schools every 3 years or so to review the quality and value of education provided through our teaching and learning environment. At the conclusion of the review they will report their findings to the Board and then publish this report for the school community. Muritai has a history of successful reviews and we are approaching our next audit with confidence.
THE LIFE OF RILEY
Our production is over and I think it would be safe to say we all enjoyed the show. It was a wonderful example of the school working together to achieve a quality outcome. Thank you to the Home and School for organizing the drinks and nibbles. Ex-parent Stephen Press filmed the show and we will have the DVD for sale next term once we have printed off copies.
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
We have just heard from Hanmer Springs where Gus Reece, Matthew Sutcliffe and Maya Hahn are competing in the NZ Primary School cross country champs. Gus and Matthew finished 6th, with Maya finishing 12th in their respective grades. What an amazing achievement - congratulations to all involved.
and CONGRATULATIONS TO.....Georgia Crawford who is representing Wellington in gymnastics in Hamilton this weekend along with Natalie Dunn, who left Muritai last term.
The Board is currently conducting its annual survey. We would appreciate it if you could take the time to share your thoughts about the school with the Board - it all helps to form trends and patterns around the school community. You can complete the survey by clicking here!
Next term we welcome our new new entrant class into room 16 with Margs Mills-Smith. We will also welcome Annabelle Capper into room 2 as a replacement for Mikaela Cody who will be going on maternity leave in week 3.
We have been very fortunate to have a succession of excellent teacher trainees at Muritai this year. Our last group - Melissa (R15), Gina (R1) and Aaron (R22) have been superb. We thank them for their contribution, especially being part of the Muritai School production - not easy at any time.
WHACKY HAIR DAY - FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
We are fundraising money for Ferndale School in Christchurch which had severe structural damage during the recent earthquake. Looters broke in and stole laptops and other equipment which was used for special needs children. In talking with Ray Farrelly, principal of Ferndale, he has suggested we may be able to purchase special eating and drinking equipment as the children are significantly disabled. You can find out about the school by clicking here.
We have had approximately $400 donated from parents so far and Kadima Furniture - big supporters of Muritai School have donated $100. Children are also encouraged to come to school with whacky hair on the last day of school, Friday 24 September. Please help us by donating as much money as you can to this worthwhile cause. We have estimated that we need at least $2 from each child to help get over the $1,000. We are hoping that some of the Ferndale children will visit Muritai when they come to Wellington as part of their EOTC programme next term.
MURITAI SCHOOL SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Holiday Programme brochures are available from the school office, the green room and on our After School Care blog, on the school web site. Please fill out your enrolment forms and take to the school office with payment to secure your child's place on our fun filled Holiday Programme. Great staff, awesome activities.
Limited spaces are available and, unfortunately, we cannot accept bookings after the end of term this Friday, 24 September.
The organisation of this year's Carnival is well under way with our wonderful Home and School Carnival Commitee working hard behind the scenes. Keep your eyes open for notices coming home with requests for help from our parent community.
Plant and Vegetable Stall
The Carnival will be running their successful Plant and Vegetable Stall again this year but need your help. David Williams especially needs people to grow some vegetable seedlings or, if you can spare some from your gardens, he would love to receive them. Vegetables and flowers are good sellers including Rhubarb, Strawberries, herbs etc.
David needs seedling trays, pots, old or unused garden tools, anything garden related he is happy to pick up or they can be dropped off anytime at 185 Muritai Rd. Please contact David on 027/5565981 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carnival Couch
Our good friends at Kadima have once again donated the Carnival Couch for auction. You can view the couch in our school office and if it is of interest to you it will be part of an online auction. Thank you again to Kadima for their generous support to our school.
Yesterday was the last day for hot dogs this year. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Home and School hot dog fundraiser these past two terms, by ordering a hot dog on a Wednesday for lunch. We would also like to particularly thank the following parents who gave their time to organise and prepare the hot dogs this year: Barbara Griffiths, Silva Noakes, Gudrun Fegert, Louise Goble, Gabrielle Heath, Lynne Simnett, Aliman Aiychi, Jo Salisbury, Robyn Flynn, Libby Palmer, Rachel Armstrong, Ester Cova, Ali Brown, Dawn Statham, Kathy Juriss, Julie Parker, Karen Cochrane and Fiona Blacker. Without your tremendous support we wouldn't have been able to offer hot dogs each week and we are truly grateful for your time and commitment.
Y3-Y8 ATHLETIC SPORTS
To help you plan your diaries this year we are holding the year 3-8 athletic sports at Petone Rec on Tuesday 9th November (with postponement Thurs 11th). This helps us to keep all the children together.
Mon 11th – First day of term
Mon 18th – ERO arrive – here til Thursday
Fri 22nd – School assembly
Tues 26th – BoT mtg
Fri 5th – School assembly
Tues 9th – School athletic sports
Tues 16th – BoT mtg
Fri 19th – School assembly
Sun 28th – Eastbourne Village Carnival
Fri 3rd – School assembly
Sun 5th – Y8 goes to Abel Tasman
Tues 7th – Y7 to Mt Holdsworth
Vikings and Dragons - These school holidays read the book 'How to train your dragon' by Cressida Cowell, then join us for some Viking and dragon adventures! Go on a dragon quest, play whacky ball, create a Viking ship or a dragon and much more!
Eastbourne Library Tuesday 28 Sept 11am, Tuesday 5 Oct 11am. For more details see http://www.library.huttcity.govt.nz/ or phone 570 6633.
Piano Lessons with Vanessa Tindle (ATCL, BSc, dipTchg)
Vanessa teaches at school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s during the school term. She has vacancies for Term 4.
If you would like your child to learn piano with Vanessa please contact her directly to discuss. Ph 562 7663.
Kick Start Music Studio is currently taking enrolments for lessons in Guitar Bass Drums and Ukulele for term 4, Enrolments due by 1st October ph 0800 ROCK ME or go to http://www.kickstartmusicstudios.co.nz/.
Hutt Valley Gymsports Open Day
Hutt Valley Gymsports are holding an Open Day on 10th October 2010 (last Sunday in the holidays) from 11am to 2pm. We will have coaches to take groups of children on the equipment. Lots of fun activities on the floor. Invite your friends and family. It is FREE, so come along and enjoy the fun. Hutt Valley Gymsports, 31-33 Bell Road, South Seaview.
Local girl available to look after your children during the school holidays and/or babysit in the evening. (Was a nanny overseas and has local babysitting experience). Trained lifeguard so has first aid training. Call Caiti Hanson on 5627430 or text 027 4658783
EHock is coming - a new game!
Family fun - try it. All you need is a pair of soft shoes. Anyone can play. Tuesday 28th Sept, 10.30am - 12pm for Children and Youths; Thursday 7 October 2pm - 3.30pm for Children and Youths, Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9pm open to All. At Eastbourne Indoor Sports Centre, Tuatoru Street. Contact: Derek Wilshere 562 7920 or email@example.com. Generously supported by Pak'NSave (Petone).
Child care needed for 5 1/2 year old after school wed till aprox 10pm or over night, and every second friday same deal, while mum works. Suit confident and capable teenager in my home or anyone else if they don’t mind in their own home. Phone Kirsty 04 589 2494 or mob 027 3709071