20 February 2013

As we work through week 3 the school is very settled. Timetables are up and running and children are starting to get their teeth into some good learning. Teachers are well planned and the full width of our curriculum is up and running. A reminder that despite considerable national importance placed on literacy and maths we operate a full curriculum with eight learning strands that we squeeze into the 25 hours contact time.

Thank you for your attendance at the parent interviews last week. These short interviews are a nice opportunity to touch base with the teacher and start the parent/teacher relationship for the year. 

At all times teachers are available to meet with you to discuss any issues you may have. Please be respectful regarding times however, especially with pop-in chats after school. A teacher's week is a busy week. On Monday teachers attend a weekly staff meeting where we collectively work on school development. On Tuesday each team meets to discuss student performance and team organisation. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday book work is marked and assessed and the following week is planned and organised, plus teachers' individual school-wide responsibilities are adhered to.

I would like to offer our thoughts to the school communities in Christchurch regarding the Minister's announcement on Monday of closures of schools and mergers between schools. There has been and will be considerable change in Christchurch going forward but we at Muritai are aware of how important a role Christchurch schools play in their local communities, and in particular their remarkable response in the immediate aftermath of the February 22nd earthquakes. For many children, parents and teachers Monday was a very tough day for education in Christchurch.  

Last Friday many of the staff and students attended the funeral of our colleague Ann Harris. Ann was a wonderful friend to us all and had spent the last 2 years in the senior school working with children needing learning support to prepare them for college. Our thoughts go out to Ann's family at this difficult time

A reminder about road safety around our school premises. We need to be so careful in everything we do around our school as our children can be very unpredictable in their decision-making around the roads.  The police will be visiting our roads at school time once a week and tickets will be issued if your are not following the laws of our roads. Please model good behaviour at all times and please, please support our road patrollers -
  • Speed limits around school are 40kph
  • Please use the crossing on Muritai Rd
  • Please do not park in the disabled car park - that is specifically for our children with disabilities
  • Please do not double park 
  • Please do not park in the bus stop between 2.30-3.00
Please note there will be no Muritai Munchies on Friday 8 March and Monday 11 March as both Sandra and Francie will be away.

This week we host Sue and Silva who are taking the school photos this year.

Touch starts this week. The draw(s) will be available on the schools sports blog: http://muritaisports.blogspot.co.nz/. Good luck to the 9 teams representing Muritai School this term. 

The Home and School Committee are meeting next week, Wednesday 27 February in the school Library at 7.30pm.  If you would like to meet new people in the community and have ideas for fundraising, please feel free to come along.  Our Home and School Committee are a fun and sociable group who are always looking for fresh ideas.  If you are unable to attend but are interested in joining the Home and School Committee, please contact Narelle via email ferrier@vodafone.co.nz

The Senior School had a great time at Te Papa last week learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. It was really interesting learning about why the Treaty was signed, the differences between the English and Maori translations  and the differing opinions people have about it now. The students of Room 22 were also lucky enough to visit the National Archives and view the original Treaty document! A special thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day.

Fri 22 Feb                             School Photos for Rooms 8 and 7
Mon 25 Feb                          School Photos for Rooms 9, 4 and 6
Tues 26 Feb                         School Photos for Rooms 23 and 2
Fri 1 Mar                                School Assembly at 1.45
Tue 5 Mar                             Year 5/6 Camp Meeting in the library
Tues 5 Mar                           Years 3 and 4 Swimming Sports at Eastbourne Pool
Fri 15 Mar                             Years 5-8 at Capital E Arts Festival
Tue 19 Mar – Fri 22 Mar     Year 5 and 6 at Forest Lake Camp
Thur 21 Mar                          Year 3 and 4 at Capital E
Wed 27 Mar                          Year 4-6 Zone Swimming
Friday 29 Mar                       Good Friday
Mon 1 April                           Easter Monday
Tues 2 Apr                            School Easter Holidays – no School
Fri 5 Apr                                School Assembly at 1.45
Wed 10 Apr                          Year 4-6 Inter-Zone Swimming
Thur 11 Apr                          Year 8 Gardasil immunisaction
Fri 12 Apr                              School Assembly at 1.45
Wed 17 Apr                          Parent Interviews – Student Goal Setting
Thur 18 Apr                          Parent Interviews – Student Goal Setting
Fri 19 Apr                              Last day of Term 1
Monday 6 May                     First day of Term 2  

For future dates, check the School Calendar.

Saturday 23 March 2013 - 8.30 am to 5.00pm, Springvale Stadium Extension, London Street, Wanganui.  Registration ends Thursday 7 March 2013.  Great Events!  All Time Prelims will take place on Saturday morning.  Stacks & Stacks of Events for all ages - from U5 to 59+.  Lots of Stacking Records on the line.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Awards!   Only $15 per person.  


One of our school families is looking for tenants to take over a lease they have on a 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 living, warm, dry, spacious (great storage) property in Rona St.  They bought a house just after signing another one year’s lease so are looking for a family who need a place until December 2013 (or they can take a year’s lease from when they sign).   Rent is $575 a week.  Please ring Katherine on 562-8619 if you are interested.

Days Bay Play is an extension of Days Bay Playcentre that offers creative play-based education opportunities to all families in Eastbourne. Days Bay Play has a number of exciting creative arts classes and adult workshops organised for Term One 2013, which will be run by local artists and specialist teachers. Take a look at what we are offering and enrol now to secure a place!  www.daysbayplay.blogspot.co.nz

Fun French classes are starting up again.
Tuesday:  les Grands -  for year threes and up
Wednesday:  les Petits - for year one and twos
Lots of games, fun activities, games crafts, music to help learning.  
The best way for kids to learn a language is through play.  Free trials are available.  I still have some spaces.  For more information or to register ring Stefi Plimmer-Blattner on 562 8211,  email stefi@lcfclubs.co.nz , Website: www.lcfclubs.co.nz 

100% Natural headlice solutions, made in NZ.  Salon Treatments or do it yourself at home.  Visit www.nitsypixies.co.nz or call 0800 nitsypixies (648 797)
Enter our school name when purchasing and 10% goes back to our school community.

Zumba Classes
Are you interested in Zumba class on Monday nights at 7.30pm or Tuesday mornings 9.30am, or do you know of anyone else who is or might be? Please advise as we could start next week, numbers allowing.

If you can't start next week but are still interested, please contact me, as well!  Melissa - 021 2534499 - missy.lee62@yahoo.com

February 4th 2013

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to the school year for 2013. I hope you and the children all had lovely holiday breaks. We start the year with 407 children and 17 classrooms in action. Mrs Ryan's new entrant class will start shortly. 

We started the year with an assembly and we talked about the year ahead, in particular discussing our school values and how they heavily influence our ability to do well at school. Our school values are - commitment, respect, self-confidence, resilience, curiosity, excellence, kindness and integrity. Our goal is to show high levels of commitment to seeing these values in place.

We also talked about obstacles and how they are tough to overcome. They can overwhelm us at times but we all know there are things we are good at, and not so good at; or things we enjoy or don't enjoy. We talked about being determined to do our best and be courageous in the face of adversity.  

Many of the children would have been very nervous on Monday morning. Much of this year will be a challenge to all our children and the next few weeks is very much a settling in process where the children develop relationships with their new classmates and teachers.

Next week parents will have the opportunity to meet their child's new teacher at Parent/Teacher interviews.  These interviews are on next Wednesday 13th and run from 2.00 until 8.00. School will finish at 1.50 to allow the interviews to be completed on one evening. You can book your interview by clicking here and entering the code GJEHC. Alternatively you can call Carole or Sue in the school office to book a time.

We have 28 new children joining the Muritai family today. Welcome to our new children - I hope your time at Muritai is a huge success :-
Year 8 - Raven Cassidy
Year 7 - Blair Kuchenbecker, Todd Wellwood, Hailey Cooper-Penn, Javaan De-gaia, Soren Mathewson, Alicia Mitchell-Barker, Brianna Kirkham
Year 6 - Alessandra Ryan, Angelina Hardy
Year 5 -Roan O'Sullivan, Laura Hardy
Year 4 - Molly Mathewson, Ming Bao, Joshua Apaapa-Preston
Year 3 - Noah Kirkham, Joshua Ryan
Year 2 - Sage Pettus
Year 1 -  Finn Johnstone, Ori Hoskin, Macy Warbrick, India Farndale, Solomon Khawaja, Lauren Mitchell, Sarah Hester, William Harrington, Elle Morrison and Joss Patel.

Back to school BBQ
This Friday we will hold a back to school BBQ. It is a chance to catch up with friends that you haven't seen for a while.  Kick off is around 5.00...bring your picnic.  We will provide sausages at $2 each.  

All children need to have a hat at school in term 1 and term 4. This provides some protection in our intense summer heat. Please make sure hats are named.

Swimming starts this week with our KiwiSwim coaches. Teachers will notify you of your child's swimming days and this information will be on the class blog which I suggest you visit if you haven't already. Next Friday the 15th our year 5-8 swim sports will be held at Huia Pool.

School term dates for 2013
Term 1 - Monday 4 February - Friday 19 April - 51 days
Term 2 - Monday 6 May - Friday 12 July - 48 days
Term 3 - Monday 29 July - Friday 27 September - 45 days
Term 4 - Monday 14 October - Friday 20 December - 48 days

Easter holidays are Friday 29 March - Tuesday 2 April
Teacher only day 1 - Friday 31 May
Teacher only day 2 - Friday 25 October

Term event dates for your diaries
Tuesday 5th - Swimming starts
Wednesday 6th - Waitangi Day
Friday 8th - Back to School BBQ - 5.00pm
Wednesday 13th - Meet the teacher interviews 2.00-8.00; school finishes at 1.50
Friday 15th - Year 5-8 swim sports at Huia Pool - 9.30-12.00
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd - School Photos
Friday 1st March - Kiwi swim coaching finishes

Community Notices

Underground Market @ The Dowse. 
Second Sunday of every month 10am-3pm. Feb 10th and March 10th. 

Looking for that something different? Experience one of Wellington’s most exclusive shopping destinations brimming with beautifully made gifts and treats. Meet the designers, artists and crafters and 'unearth a little treasure' from our distinctive collection of market-only goodies.

Enjoy live music while you browse with friends, bring the family, or take time for yourself. Discover a unique array of locally made designer homewares, clothing, craft creations and gourmet food products.

Mid-Week Tennis at Muritai Tennis Club
Take some time out for yourself!!  Tuesdays 9.30am at 356 Muritai Road.  Summer & winter! Primary School Terms.  Women & Men welcome - Beginner to Advanced.  Regular or casual.  Dress informal.  Small playground for pre-schoolers.  Lessons available through club.
Just turn up! Morning tea supplied.  Enquiries: Merryn 562-0236 or Carol 568-5360