Wednesday 17 November

Tena koutou te whānau o te kura Muritai.

Dear Parents / Caregivers of Muritai School

This week we welcome to the Muritai School family, James Hadfield (R23), Grace Manson (R4), Alistair Curtis-Walcott (R13), Shona Curtis-Walcott (R15), Fionn Theobald, Max Bird, Orlagh Riden, Daniel and Tom Brownsword (all room 16).

On Tuesday 9th November Room 16 and Years 1 and 2 participated in the annual junior athletics day. We were very fortunate to have fantastic weather, which along with the children’s wonderful attitudes towards having a go, made the day a great success.

Special congratulations need to go to all those students who placed in the top three for each event and to the parents who came to cheer the kids on. The athletics competition was finished off with class relays with room 4 taking the year 1 title and room 6 winning the year 2 race. Certificates for all first place getters will be presented at tomorrows assembly.

Last Thursday the 11th November our Year 3-8 students competed at our schools senior athletics competition at Petone Rec. The day was a wonderful success as we were able to host all the activities in the one area and provide all the children with the opportunity to experience being part of an authentic athletics meet. Special thanks needs to go to the Lower Hutt Athletics Club for lending us their equipment. Also congratulations to our relay winners this year:

• Winners of the Y3/4 class relay = Room 8

• Winners of the Year 5/6 class relay = Room 14

• Winners of the Year 7/8 class relay = Room 22

• Winners of the House Relay = Cook

The results from the day are being used to select a Muritai School team to represent us at the upcoming southern zone athletics meet on Tuesday 23rd November. (Certificates for all first place getters will be presented at tomorrow's assembly).

As we approach the end of the year our staff remains stable for 2011. We say farewell to twovery valuable staff members, Vita Collier and Holly Edwards, who will both be in the UK for 2011. Vita will be joining her partner Dan who is currently in the UK as a Ph.D candidate at Oxford University. Holly, and her fiance James, are returning to Edinburgh to get married and settle back around their families and friends.

This creates two opportunities for new staff and we have appointed Melissa Coton to year 5 and Pippa Grant to year 3 at Muritai School. Melissa worked in room 15 earlier this year and was a popular and well respected trainee teacher performing exceptionally well. Pippa, is a 'Wellington girl' who has just returned to NZ from working at an International School in Japan. Both Melissa and Pippa are terrific additions to our school.

Congratulations to Craig Griffiths who was the only candidate to stand at the recent Board elections and has been duly elected. Craig stood for the 3 year term and is elected until 2013. The Board will have a newsletter out shortly.

With just over a week to go Julie, Penny and the organising team of the carnival need to be congratulated for their wonderful dedication and hard work to put this year's carnival together. It looks as though it will be a fabulous day and we too need to support it to help make it as successful as ever. As always they are looking for helpers and you can access the carnival website to find details as to how you can play your part.

Our kapa haka roopu had their first performance trip this week performing at Maungaraki School. I felt very privileged to see this - and their performance will be on Muritai TV shortly. They were excellent and full credit to the team and Mr Chadwick for their hard work. They have a big week next week with a powhiri on Monday, at Days Bay wharf to powhiri Newlands College children with special needs on Tuesday, visiting Days Bay playcentre on Wednesday and opening the carnival on Sunday. I am sure they will perform with disctinction.

Staff are putting the finishing touches to their plans for the EOTC weeks. These will be in week 8 for year 1-2; week 9 for year 3-7 with the year 8 group heading to Abel Tasman on Sunday the 5th December. Team leaders will share details shortly and identify ways that you can be part of these fun events.

The Disco was once again a great hit with the students. This year the Home and School Committee sold extra glow bracelets, finger lights and flashing rings together with mini chocolate bars and juice. Children were glowing and had a great time!

As we go forward onto next year's event we need to reinforce that children need to be picked up from the school disco. Parent helpers and supervising staff feel the risk is too great to release children at night time, some as young as 6, to walk home or make their way to the Lifeboat Tavern, where their parents are waiting for them.

Huge thanks to our Home and School team who organized and ran the disco and to the parent and teacher volunteers who helped out on the night.

Room 1 and Room 16 New Entrants will be having their photos taken on Wednesday 24 November. If your child is in either of these classrooms and you would like to receive a class or individual photo, please complete the form sent out recently and return to the office by Monday 22 November. Extra forms are available from the office.


19th – School assembly
23rd – Y5-6 Zone athletics
24th – Starting school at 5/ New Entrant Photos
28th – Eastbourne Village Carnival
29th – Y0-2 EOTC week

3rd - School assembly
5th – Y8 at Abel Tasman
6th – Y3-7 EOTC week
7th – Y7 at Mt Holdsworth; BoT meeting
9th – Y0-2 Xmas concert
10th – Class lists/ Portfolios/ Reports go home
15th – Year 8 Formal dinner
16th - Year 3-6 Xmas Concert
17th – Final assembly and last day. School finishes at 1.00.

Stationery packs for next year are available for purchase via the school office. Forms have been sent out with all children and are due back in the office by Friday 26 November. These packs include good quality items at very reasonable prices. The school orders them at the end of this year with packs being delivered to children's classrooms ready for their first day back in 2011. One less thing for you to worry about buying over the Christmas holiday period!

Touch Rugby Wellington Reps Teams
Congratulations to Iman and Cahon Holden and to Ryan Sheridan who have recently been selected to the Wellington Reps Touch Rugby Teams. Iman will be playing for the Under 15's and Cahon and Ryan  for the Under 13's. Well done!

Eastbourne Swimclub registration night is tonight - Thursday 18 November, 5.00-6.30pm. $25 per swimmer for 2010/11 season (Thursdays term 4 and term 1, excl school hols). Swimming lessons for 5 year olds up, in a relaxed, social environment. Free swim on registration night. Contacts: Hayley Crawford 5627729; Meg Moffat 5626339; Karen Wilson 5682624

Strummer and Drummers
Steve Wren currently teaches Muritai students drums and guitar during school time. He will have vacancies next year for beginner music pupils. Any parents that are interested in their children taking up drum kit or guitar should email Steve at for more details.

Wednesday 3 November

Tena koutou te whānau o te kura Muritai.

Dear Parents / Caregivers of Muritai School

This week we welcome Seren Lewis to Room 16 and the Muritai School family.

From the Principals desk...

Next week we reach the mid point of term 4. Time is certainly flying by and as the weather is warming up, the school gears up for a strong finish.

The school is calm and focussed at the moment and in my travels around the school I see many wonderful things that the children are up to. Many of these things are posted on the classroom blogs, especially the use of experts to work with the children - some examples of this are the visit in year 7-8 by Jason from Industrial Research - view here - working with the children on 'Future Thinking'. Also year 3-4 had guest speakers Ross and Kathleen talk about life in Nepal - view here, as well as making animations showing how the Himalayas were formed - click here. Very interesting stuff as the children get well into their inquiry learning and do many things in different ways.

Last newsletter I commented on sharing your plans for 2011 if you are not returning. We think we have everyone covered going forward at this stage but please let us know if your circumstances change. In addition to this I encourage you to meet with your teacher if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's achievements at any stage. There is no formal interview this term BUT teachers are always available to meet with you to give you feedback on student progress.

Like the teachers I also keep a blog. My latest posting may interest you as Sir Ken Robinson, an advocate for creativity in education, speaks on 'Changing Paradigms of Education', and inadvertently puts some of New Zealand's recent educational policy against a global context, (not in a positive way). It is very interesting and the amazing animation makes it a very easy watch. His message is very relevant to the challenges facing schools today. Click here to view.

I hope you have all read the recent Board newsletter. Some things to remember are:-

  1. Board election nominations for the 3 available positions close this Friday.
  2. School survey closes this Friday - we have had 98 surveys so far - that is a 35% return rate.   Click here to complete the survey.
  3. School donations - Muritai has 3 extra teachers in place funded by the parents school donation to ensure class sizes are smallish. Currently we are short of our budgeted figure for the year. A reminder that the donation carries a tax rebate of 33%.
  4. Make sure you are playing a role at the Carnival and supporting the team.

Thur 4 Nov - Y0-2 visit to Ballet
Fri 5 Nov - School Assembly - 1.45
Tue 9 Nov - Y0-2 Athletics at Muritai School
Thur 11 Nov - Y3-8 Athletics at Petone Rec (postponement is Monday 15 November)
Fri 12 Nov - School Disco
Tues 16 Nov - BoT meeting
Fri 19 Nov - School assembly 1.45
Tues 23 Nov - Y5-6 Zone athletics
Wed 24 Nov - Starting school at 5 mtg 7.00
Mon 29 Nov - Fri 3 Dec - Y0-2 on EOTC week
Fri 3 Dec - School Assembly 1.45
Sun 5 Dec - Year 8 go to Abel Tasman
Mon 6 Dec - Fri 10 Dec - Year 3-6 EOTC week
Tues 7 Dec - BoT mtg - 7.00
Thurs 9 Dec - Year 5-6 Camp mtg for parents
Thurs 9 Dec - Y0-2 Xmas concert
Wed 15 Dec - Year 8 formal evening
Fri 17 - Final school assembly - school finishes at 1.00

Term dates for 2011
Term 1 - Wed 2 February - Friday 15 April
Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 15 July
Term 3 - Monday 1 August - Friday 7 October
Term 4 - Tuesday 25 October - Friday 16 December

 POTATO GARDEN AND POET'S WALK (By Emma Beevers, Samantha Morphew and Georgia Barrand.)
In room 10 we are growing potatoes in car tyres. First we found a place to put the tyres, [we are planting them near Room 2’s toilets.] Secondly we filled the inside of 2 tyres with soil and then put the potato seeds in. Then we covered the potatos with 5cm of compost, soil and lots of yucky stuff like: Rotten eggs, [shells]; plant seeds; baby worms and normal worms. When we are finished with the potatoes and they have grown high and strong we will have a Poet's Walk around the potato stacks when they are growing!

We are doing this because we want to make potato chips to eat in week 10! And also to make the school look like an even better Enviro school and to make it a more brighter and happier place for new entrants to be welcomed by!!!!

All our children are once again practising events for Athletics at the moment. Our junior sports will be at Muritai next Tuesday the 9th November and the year 3-8 sports will be held at Petone Rec on Thursday 11 November. Please note that children will travel to and from Petone Rec by bus and will need to wear appropriate clothing. If you are in the area, please take some time to come and cheer on your child/ren as they love to show their families what they can do.


It’s sleep, eat, breathe Carnival issues for the Committee and they really need our help. With just over 3 weeks to go to the big day we all need to get behind them and assist in any way we can. Please take time to read the notices posted in the school foyer or sent via e-mail.

Mandy Holmwood needs help with the Deli Store:-

Deli Store Update
Having just made some sweet smelling Lemon and Ginger Chutney and an outrageously delicious Carrot and Cardamom Jam, I am now off to buy aubergines for Brinjal Pickle and mint for Herb Chutney!!

How are yours going?? Need recipes or jars or any onions? Haven't heard from many people to date so would love to know what you are planning on making or have made. Call me, 5628102, for any of the above. Don't forget to add an item to the box at the school office for the Deli Raffle.

Happy cooking and thanks for your efforts.

Children have been making beautiful pieces of art to put on their calendars/diaries again this year. Order forms were sent out to all families recently. Please ensure that a separate order form and payment is made for each child (not per family) - it makes our ordering so much easier. Orders need to be returned to classroom teachers by Friday 5 November.

Room 16 and Room 1 will be having photos taken on Wednesday 24 November. If you have a child in either of these rooms and would like to order a photo, please ensure your order forms are returned to the office by Monday 22 November.

Year 5/6 Zone Cricket Tournament:
Superb weather and superbly behaved Muritai children (with excellent cricketing skills) made for an outstanding Zone Cricket Tournament. The tournament was held at the Petone Rec on Tuesday the 2nd of November. Muritai entered 3 teams who were so fantastic that they managed to secure the 'fair play trophy'.

The 3 teams were:

Muritai Flame (Year 5 and 6 girls). The Flame won 1, lost 1 and had a bye.
Muritai Strikers (Year 6 'B grade' boys). The Strikers won 2 and had a bye. These boys also came first in their grade.
Muritai Shooters (Year 6 'A grade' boys). The Shooters won 2 games and lost 1 game. Their last game came down to the last ball!

Many thanks to the parents who helped transport and support the teams. And a huge thanks to the players who represented Muritai very well.

Representative Training Squads
Congratulations to Molly McFarlane, Tessa McFarlane, Jack Griffiths, Georgia Crawford, Kenzy Cooper and Clara Lafont. They have all been selected for various representative training squads for football from District to Regional Rep Sides.

New Zealand Cricket
New Zealand Women’s Cricket National Development Officer Sara McGlashan and Wellington Blaze and White Ferns cricketer Lucy Doolan have been taking the White Ferns Roadshow throughout the country over the past weeks.

The Roadshow visits Wellington schools on Thursday, followed by an open invitation gala event for all primary, intermediate and Year 9 and 10 girls at Rongotai College from 4.00pm-5.30pm. The Roadshow visits Hutt Valley schools on Friday with an open afternoon at the Hutt Recreation Ground from 4.00-5.30pm. Both gala events will have a bouncy castle, spot prizes and giveaways and a sausage sizzle to finish. If wet, alternate venues will be posted on the Cricket Wellington website.

Experienced babysitter available to help look after your children - 15 years old. Please give Millie Hooke a call on 562 7003.