We experienced quite a shake on Friday 16th August. It was very scary for the children but they were superb and put into action all the preparation work we have done in terms of drills and simulations. Firstly children went into a turtle to cover themselves and once the shaking had stopped we managed to file out into our safe zone on the field. We were very pleased with how the 'event' unfolded, particularly how the children were able to follow directions despite being very scared.
I would like to pay a special tribute to the senior students who act as assembly buddies and looked after our youngest children with maturity and courage. They were quite remarkable and contributed hugely to such a successful evacuation.
As we approach the middle of the term there is a lot going on. Our older children are in and out attending events and working towards their wearable arts show later this term.
We wish to acknowledge and congratulate Olivia Morphew for winning the ICAS medal for year 4 writing. This is a stunning achievement following on from Andrew Sutcliffe's medal earlier this year for year 6 science. It is remarkable that the 2 children will receive medals for topping NZ in the same year.
With Mikaela Cody (R4) and Rebecca Saker (R5) heading off on maternity leave at the end of this term we welcome Karen Houghton into room 4, and welcome back Hayden Ray into room 5.
Our next new entrant room starts in week 8 and Liz Sullivan will be teaching these children in Room 16. We welcome Annabel Smith back from maternity leave to work 2 days a week in room 3 for Maureen Buckley.
KEEPING OURSELVES SAFE
We welcome Constable Julie Orr who is working in the junior school at the moment with the NZ Police education programme called Keeping Ourselves Safe.
This year's major fundraiser is the Spell-A-Thon with the testing next Tuesday 3 September. This is a more healthy alternative to the chocolate sales which we have done in previous years. Please help your children collect sponsorship so that we can raise money for high interest readers for the junior school, specialist art supplies for the middle school, tents for the Abel Tasman experience and some IT equipment for the learning support department.
The Board is currently surveying parents of the school so would appreciate your thoughts and comments. Please click here to access the survey.
In the next day or so you will receive a letter from the Board of Trustees about the enrolment zone. This is to inform you of the zone and the process. It also invites you to comment if you would like to.
Thank you to our charity group for organising Pyjama Day. We managed to raise $470 for Kidscan.
The Senior School are looking to put bee hives into the garden behind the senior school. They need some technical support from an enthusiastic bee-keeper to help set up and look after any bee hives we purchase. If you are keen to help and have the necessary expertise, could you please contact Melissa Coton at firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD OF WEARABLE ARTS - LOST WORLDS
Children in years 5 to 8 have been busy making masks and their costumes for our Wearable Arts production and will soon be ready for their rehearsals. Shows will be at the following times:-
Tuesday 17 September Matinee at 1pm
Tuesday 17 September 7pm
Wednesday 18 September 7pm
Thursday 19 September 7pm
Tickets are on sale in the office - Adults $10, Children and Senior Citizens $7.50 each.
Our Artsplash choir is working hard with Ruth Hooke and they sound superb. They will be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre on Monday 9 September at 7.45pm and tickets are available at the school for $5 each.
Thur 29 Aug - Y8 students attending HVHS visit ; Y7-8 Mathswell team competes
Fri 30 Aug - Assembly 1.45
Tue 3 Sept - Spellathon
Wed 4 Sept - Junior school jump off - 1.30-2.40
Thur 5 Sept - Juniors trip to Musical Stars; Y5-6 Mathswell team competes
Mon 9 Sept - Artsplash rehearsal and show 7.45
Wed 11 Sept - Starting school @ 5 at 7
Thur 12 Sept - Assembly 1.45; Staff at Gail Loane PD after school
Fri 13 Sept - Wearable arts staging goes up; Huapai District School visit
Mon 16 Sept - Room 16 starts; Wearable Arts rehearsal + show
Tue 17 Sept - Wearable arts - matinee and show
Wed 18 Sept - Wearable arts - show
Thur 19 Sept - Wearable arts - show
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Food for Thought is delighted with the positive response from the Muritai school community! We now have a brand new website up and running www.fft.co.nz ! From here, you can access our weekly menu, order via email and pay via internet banking.
We are also happy to introduce our prepay 12 combo meal system for $80 (which means a saving of $4.00). If this system sounds more convenient for you, please visit the website or email us at email@example.com. Thank you for your ongoing support! Carmen and Megan
BIG BUDDY MENTORING TRUST
The Big Buddy Mentoring Trust matches male volunteer mentors with 7-14 year old fatherless boys. Big Buddy finds a male mentor for a boy who does not have a father or other male role model taking an interest in his life, fostering a long-term relationship similar to that of an uncle. If you would like more information on this programme, visit their website at 222.bigbuddy.org.nz.
EASTBOURNE MARKET SPRING FLING
The Eastbourne Market Spring Fling is on facebook.com/EastbourneMarket! Something for everyone, start your Christmas shopping early, gorgeous arts and crafts, books, clothing, and more..... Come hungry and enjoy the famous Rotary sausage sizzle or feast upon bacon butties, soups, chutneys and sweets. Like us
JUNIOR TENNIS REGISTRATION
Junior Interclub Registration and Coaching Enrolment will be on again this Saturday 31 August from 12.30 - 1.30pm at the Muritai Tennis Clubrooms, 356 Muritai Road.