Friday 27 September

Kia ora koutou,

Naumai e te whanau o te kura Muritai 
Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to Sofia Johnson in Room 6, Connor Gatward in Room 5, Macy Bodden, Ava Walker, Jemima Tito, Elizabeth Bourke and Clementine Kircher in Room 16 who have all joined the Muritai School community. We end the term with our roll sitting at 459.

We finish Term 3 with the holidays coming at just the right time. The children and staff are in good during the holiday break!

The last 2 weeks have been very busy. Those of you who attended the Wearable Arts shows last week will have been amazed at how this journey finished up.  The trials and tribulations in putting the show together came together superbly for what was a wonderful exhibition of Muritai talent and performance.  I am constantly amazed at the quality of the Muritai show every year and the school community should be very proud of the quality that the team produces annually.  A huge effort is required and once again thanks to Kirsten and the teaching staff for shaping the show, the home and school for their support, and parents and families for taking so much time to help our children be their best.

As we head into term 4, staff are prepared and organised for an exciting term ahead. Again we have lots of learning to do and plenty of extra events to keep the variety as part of our school environment. Term 4 passes quickly with a very full schedule but always reflective of the fun and highly engaged environment that we strive for at Muritai.

The Year 5/6 syndicate have been working on speeches this term.  The quality of speeches this year has been superb, with many students spending a lot of time crafting and practising their speeches.  It was great for those students who made it to the finals to stand so confidently in front of the class and in front of parents and judges.  With such a great variety of speeches it was a hard choice to pick students to advance through to the finals. 

The final results were:
Y5 Winner – Evie Richardson (Blue Footed Boobies… the bird)
Y5 Runner Up – Cameron Skilton (Gaming)

Y6 Winner – Phoebe Evans (Are teachers real people?)
Y6 Runner up – Andrew Sutcliffe (Punctuation)

The overall winner was Phoebe Evans

This has been an amazing success. We have raised over $16,000 for resources in the school through this fundraiser and we are so grateful for your support.  We are hugely grateful to the Home and School committee for their energy, enthusiasm and time commitment to put this together. Their hard work has really benefitted our school financially.  In addition, just about every Eastbourne business has made a contribution so your continued support of them would be most appreciated.

Many children and their families have got right into this and raised substantial sums of money. We acknowledge that some people had extra contacts through workplaces but every dollar counts when it comes to raising money for the school and we appreciated every dollar raised. Our special assembly and prize draw is this Friday at 11.00. 

Today we say goodbye to our 6 teacher trainees who have been at Muritai this term.  Emma, Aimee, Rob, Polina, Belinda and Julie have very quickly become part of our school culture and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work within Muritai School. We have benefitted so much from their input and I am sure the children have been very grateful for their teaching this term.  We wish them all the best of luck with the final phase of their studies and success finding work

Rebecca heads off today on maternity leave and is expecting her baby in the next month. We would like to congratulate Mikaela on the birth of her lovely baby girl Zara, who was born yesterday!  We wish them both a safe time in the next wee while and hope that everything goes to plan. Their replacements Hayden Ray and Karen Houghton have been in the classrooms recently familiarising themselves with the class to ensure a smooth transition.

Although the holidays are often viewed by children as time off school, please try and keep the learning going.  Regular reading, or reading to, games and outside activities and mathletics just help keep the momentum moving in the right direction.  Remember you can take out as many books as you like from the community libraries and a variety of reading material - fiction and non-fiction, comics and magazines is preferable to retain interest.

A reminder that school will be closed on Friday 25 October (the Friday of Labour weekend). Staff are attending a whole day professional development session on Inquiry learning with Kath Murdoch.

With the roll so strong it is helpful to let for us to know if your children will not be returning in 2014.  We will be shortly be completing the preparation for our 2014 organisation and so this information is crucial for planning how many staff we might require.

Thank you for supporting our friends Natone Park School with their sausage sizzle. This is part of the charity group’s 'Pay it Forward' programme and will help assist the children from Natone Park to compete in a Waka Ama regatta they have qualified for.

The junior school has worked hard this term looking at ways to keep themselves safe. We have really appreciated having Constable Julie Orr in the school assisting the teachers with the programme. The Police Education programme is an excellent resource and Julie has such a great way with the children.

The Home and School Committee would like to sincerely thank all the parent helpers who served on Hot Dog Duty throughout Terms 2 and 3.  The children really enjoyed getting their hot lunches every Wednesday, and the hot dogs were a weekly treat.  As you may know, this fundraiser helps Muritai School in many ways which benefit all of our children.  It cannot occur without your help, so thank you again.  Have a great holiday.
Gwyn Morphew on behalf of the Home and School Committee.

Today's Dominion Post has an interesting article which explains how Matt Strawbridge, a year 10 dyslexic student from Scots College has taken the initiative to pass on his positive attitude about his learning difference. You can read the article by clicking here.

The article explains how Matt has created an excellent website about living with dyslexia ( ) with the help of a website designer. It includes video tutorials, learning exercises and confidence-building content. The website success saw him win both supreme and gold prizes at Karori Youth Awards. Matt   is running a live course for Dyslexic kids at the Karori Community Centre in the school holidays on October 11th from 9am - 12 midday.

We have received notification from Regional Public Health that in the last week there have been two people ill with meningococcal disease in the Wellington region, a primary school pupil and a university student.  There is often an increase in meningococcal disease in spring and when there is a lot of respiratory illnesses in the community.  Now is a good time to make sure you are aware of the signs of meningococcal disease and when and how to seek medical help.  The disease may start with a flu like illness and then rapidly progresses to a more serious illness with fever, headache, drowsiness, vomiting, stiff neck, a skin rash like blood spots under the skin and sensitivity to bright lights.

Remember that it can be very hard to tell this disease from other illnesses in its early stages so check on sick people frequently.  If a sick person has the symptoms above or you are worried, call Healthline 0800 611 116 for free health advice from registered nurses, 24 hours a day, or contact your Doctor or an after hours medical centre urgently.  

The following steps will help prevent many types of illnesses from being spread in our community:
  • Prevent the spread of germs by making sure everyone covers their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing and sneezing and put used tissues in a covered bin or a plastic bag.  If there are no tissues available, cough or sneeze into your supper sleeve and always wash your hands afterwards.
  • Encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.  

Fact Sheets for Parents and Caregivers are available in the school office.

Mon 14 Oct                  First day of Term 4
Thurs 17 Oct               Year 7 Boys and Girls Boostrix Immunisation
Fri 18 Oct                     Assembly 1.45
Thurs 24 Oct                BoT mtg 7.30
Fri 25 Oct                    Teachers Only Day - Kath Murdoch workshop
Mon 28 Oct                  Labour Day
Fri 1 Nov                      Assembly 1.45
Mon 4 Nov                   Y3-8 Athletic sports
Wed 6 Nov                  HRSA Touch Tournament
Thur 7 Nov                  Year 8 Testing @ HVHS


Wellington Youth Choir will be making an appearance at St Alban’s Anglican Church on Sunday October 6th to present its concert ‘Storytime in Eastbourne’. The concert is a culmination of the year’s work, focusing on songs that tell a story or evoke a strong message. Included in the lineup are English folksongs, contemporary choral works, and film soundtracks, all designed to take our listeners on a unique musical journey.
Concert Details
Venue: St Alban’s Church, Ngaio Street, Eastbourne
Date: Sunday October 6th
Time: 2.30pm
Adults $10, Students & Senior Citizens $5 (Door Sales)
For more information please email or phone Greg Maxted 021 739 575.

Fun Lunch time French
Term 4: Special Advent and Christmas activities: 
Une Fête de Noël, 8 sessions
Classes held on Tuesday or Thursday
Lots of games, fun activities, games crafts, music to help learning.
The best way for kids to learn a language is through play.
For more information or to register ring Stefi Plimmer-Blattner on 562 8211
or email me:

For Rent - Fantastic Family Home
Excellently presented and spacious Eastbourne home has room for all the family.Four double bedrooms plus fifth bedroom, two bathrooms, two living areas, modern kitchen including dishwasher, gas hob, electric oven. Twoheatpumps, HRV and woodburner. Large garden for the children to play in and  maintained by the Landlord. Single garage with separate laundry room. $795 pw available immediately. or call Ken Jones 04 562 6309 or 021 0828 7279

Starting Term 4 - October 14th at St Albans Church
Mondays at 7.30pm or Wednesdays at 9.30am 
9 classes for $90 upfront, a 5 trip concession ticket for $60 or casual on the night $13 per class.
Please contact Melissa on 021 253 4499 or email with queries or to register your interest.

Knack-cessories night market,
 6-8pm Friday 20/9 - Sangria, hot drinks, desserts, Italian soups and fresh focaccia, warm salads, great original music by Gillian Henderwood
spring knack 9.30-1.30 21/9 - fresh coffee, baking, genuine handmade Italian pizza, Syrian food, barbecue options, hot and cold drinks

Great gifts, treats and shopping, kids' entertainment, plenty of parking, and we have eftpos! For information: Justine -,
(04) 972 4099 or 027 381 3409 knack craft market now on Facebook

FENCING – Fun, Fitness and so much more

Don’te get bored in the holidays.  Have a go at fencing with our junior team on Thursday 3 October or Tuesday 8 October, 1-4pm, $20 per session.  Email or call/text 022 091 7450.  Spaces are limited.  Suits age 9+

Wednesday 11 September

Kia ora koutou,

Naumai e te whanau o te kura Muritai 
Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to Luka Tokeley, Emily Diederich,Thomas Delaney and Charlea Salisbury-Metcalfe in Room 1, Milla Press in Room 5, Asher Press in Room 13 and Zac Hallam in Room 4, who have joined the Muritai School community . Our roll is currently sitting at 452.

As we approach the end of the term it is a very busy time at the school. Students are very active with their learning at present working through their learning programme and completing tasks that help them be the 'best that they can be'.

We do understand that term 3 is a busy term for children, teachers and families. It is the same every year, especially with our annual school production, which this year is the Wearable Arts and our busy arts programme . We do set the bar very high and our productions are always well received so we don't want to take any shortcuts to reduce our high standards. At the same time children are very busy with their normal learning.

These activities enable the children to work across levels and with different people and staff. It really is a challenging time but with this challenge comes growth. You can see the confidence lifting as the days go on and I am sure that the show will see the children at their very best. We have had huge support along the way, particularly from the parent community who are heavily involved in helping their children complete their own creative designs for 'The Lost Civilisation'. This support is much appreciated.

We had a strong return from Muritai students from the ICAS English exam results with 3 High Distinctions, 10 Distinctions and 14 Credits. Congratulations to...

High Distinction - Cella Connell, Evie Richardson, Lauren Redpath
Distinction - Finlay Clark, Olivia Morphew, Margarita Montes de Oca, Dan Walker, Rachel Vass, Alexander Cox-Turk, Pablo Montes de Oca, Samantha Morphew, Andrew Sutcliffe, Isobel Cochrane
Credit - Lucy Harris, Erin O'Shannessy, Mia Schoenborn, Oscar Zuijderwijk, Georgie Allan, Charlotte Humphries, Shannyn Thompson, Samantha Woolley,  Emma Beevers, Macey Caughley, Callan Hughes, Harry Crawford, Seth Patel, Gabriella Turner

We had an excellent return for Muritai students in the ICAS Writing exam. Olivia Morphew was named as a medal winner with the top year 4 piece of writing in New Zealand which is a phenomenal achievement. Overall the children performed superbly with 3 High Distinctions, 5 Distinctions and 10 Credits. Congratulations to...

High Distinction - Margarita Montes de Oca, Seth Patel, Olivia Morphew
Distinction - Harry Crawford, Maya Hahn, Rachel Vass, Eliza Schaffer, Evie Wilson
Credit - Kirrin Robinson, Emeline Gray, Samantha Morphew, Charlotte Goble, Helena Cvitanovich, Evie Richardson, Finlay Clark, Esme Cochrane, Amy Schoenborn,  Oscar Zuijderwijk


Following a visit from GNS Scientist Julian Thomson, the Year 3s and 4s set about recreating fossils of a modern age. Head over to Room 15s blog to see how to make fossils in 60 minutes rather than 60 million years and have a browse through some of the amazing discoveries that were made, changing the history of science forever! 

Firstly a huge thank you to all those students who have returned their Spell-A-Thon folder and sponsorship money.  We are tracking extremely well and will be able to provide the school with some great new resources - some tents, iPads, high interest reading books and specialised art supplies.

Just a reminder, the date for the sponsorship early bird draw is this Friday, so if you want to have a chance of winning some great prizes, please return your money by the end of school this Friday 13 September.

We would love a couple of people to help with counting money on Friday.  If you are free, please let Carole and Sue in the office know.  
Narelle Ferrier, Home and School

Thank you to the families who have responded to the community survey. The Board appreciates getting feedback on how successfully the school is meeting the needs of the students. We have had about a 30% return rate from families which is the norm. The Board will work through the information and feed the results back to the community 

All Lucky Book Orders are due back on Monday September 16th. PLEASE do not send cash. You can pay by credit card or cheque made out to Scholastic NZ Ltd.

Students and teachers are busy with rehearsals for our Wearable Arts performances next week.  Costumes being brought into school are just amazing.  Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out by buying yours now.  Adults are $10, Children and Seniors are $7.50

Performances are:
Tuesday           1pm (Matinee)
Tuesday           7pm
Wednesday      7pm
Thursday          7pm

Drinks and nibbles will be available from the hall kitchen from 6.30pm.  Come along early to get a good seat and enjoy a glass of wine, beer or juice before the show starts.

Our school choir performed on Monday night at the Artsplash Festival at the Michael Fowler Centre. Well tuned by Ruth Hooke, they sang a variety of songs ranging from Mary Poppins to the BeeGees in what was a fun, lively concert. John Woodnorth had a central role with his ukelele and Rosie Owles was part of a dance group that performed on centre stage.

Staff Wanted
Muritai After School Care are looking for someone to work on a casual basis as part of our After School Care and Holiday Programmes.  If you have an interest in working with children aged between 5-12 years, have a sense of fun, are responsible and think you would be a great role model for the children, please contact Mel Dowdall for more information.  
Ph: 5627718  Mobile: 027531772 Email: 
Previous experience in working with children is preferable.

Holiday Programme
Enrolments forms for the Muritai After School Care October Holiday Programme are available from the school office or online at (go to the 'book online' tab to enrol).

Activities will include some great days at school such as our 'Foam Fun Day' where children will make their own foaming snakes, pictures and volcanoes, a Whacky Dress-up and Crazy Games Day, PJ Party, Sports Day, Masterchef and a Drama Workshop Day.  We will also be going on outings to The Repertory Theatre to see Snow White, Carluccci Land Mini Golf, Te Papa and The Movies.  Come join us for some guaranteed fun these holidays!

Muritai Netball
We are pleased to say that Muritai Netball has had a very successful  2013. Of the eight netball teams, the Year 6 and Year 5 teams both won their grade in round two and the Year 7-8 B team won their grade in round one. Our Year 7-8 A team were also very successful, playing very competitive netball in Intermediate grade 2. The highest grade a Muritai team has ever competed in!

On behalf of Andrew and the team at Muritai, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the coaches and managers who worked tirelessly throughout the season spending many hours improving the girls’ skills and ensuring the teams ran smoothly on the day.  Without your help the girls wouldn’t be at the level they are today so THANK YOU!
Narelle, Jess and Hayley (netball coordinators

Congratulations to our Year 5-6 Hockey team who returned from their Zone tournament with the champions trophy. Coached by Mr McMillan over the last few weeks, and managed by a group of parents on the day, both the boys and girls teams we able to consistently deliver the goods across the day to finish top of the table. Excellent news.

Last week our Year 8 students visited Hutt Valley High School to check out what life was like as a high school student. We had a fantastic time observing chemical reactions in the science labs, creating photograms in the darkroom of the art department and playing multisport in the gymnasium. 

A big thank you to our Year 9 class for showing us around and Amanda Gibbs for organising our day. Our year 8s can't wait to get there - not long now!


LOST - ONE GUITAR.  Can you please check your children's guitars as Sofya Dixon's guitar has gone missing from school.  It is distinctive as it is blue.  If you have picked it up by mistake, please return to the school office.  

Eastbourne Market
This is on this Sunday the 15th starting at 10.00 at the Muritai Senior School. Plenty of local stalls and things to buy.

Point Howard Playcentre Fundraiser
Limited tickets left for a pre- screening of Mr Pip on Thursday 26th September. Please ring Tamar on 021 670 004 if interested

Eastbourne Junior Cricket Registration - Year 1-8
Junior Cricket Registration will be held on Saturday 21st September from 1000-1200 at HW Shortt club rooms. Players can also register  at www.

FREE school holiday programme for 5-12 year olds
Get moving! Join our FREE sports sessions these school holidays at a park near you.

Active Kids in the Park is a free programme for 5-12 year olds. Over two hours kids will learn a range of sports skills and then apply them by games that include touch, long ball, American kickball, two-ball soccer, bullrush, dodge ball, t-ball and more.

In our area the programme is being run on Thursday 3 October from 10am-12pm at CL Bishop Park, Marine Parade, Eastbourne.

Kids need to take snacks and water with them as well as an adult to supervise. Get some friends or family together, pack a picnic and enjoy yourselves on the side-lines while the kids run around and learn new skills

Lower Hutt Athletics Registrations Open

Is the next Valerie Adams or Nick Willis living in your house? Lower Hutt Athletics Club can help you find out. Registrations for the 2013/14 track and field season are now open. Learn basic movements and skills for throwing, jumping and running events. Compete with children from other parts of Wellington and New Zealand.

Registration is on Wednesday 25 September from 6pm, at the upstairs long room, Hutt Rec Grandstand. Or go to

Children’s  Pottery  Classes
4 mornings (10-12 pm) or afternoons (1-3 pm) on the 7th, 9th ,10th, 11th October, at Wellington Potters Rooms, Thorndon 4 x 2 hour sessions. $85.00 includes clay and firing.  Maximum  9 students, ages 7 to 14 years.   Phone 233-0003 Rosemary O’Hara, Potter and Registered Teacher.

Kids ½ price at Staglands weekdays of October school holidays
Staglands fantastic spring holiday special is back! – All kids get ½ price entry every week day of the October school holidays.  Why not make the most of the longer days and warmer weather? Come up and meet the cute new arrivals, bring a picnic or BBQ and enjoy a great family day out.

Offer valid:  9.30am – 5pm every weekday of school holidays (Monday – Friday)
28th September - 13th October (excludes weekends)

Adults $20
Children (4 – 15 years) $4
Children (3 and under) Free

(Note: offer is not available in conjunction with any other special group rate or offer). 

The 2013 NZ Sport Stacking Championships
21 September 2013
Arena 3, Pascal St, Palmerston North
Registrations forms can be downloaded from:

Fun Spanish for children - A great opportunity has just opened up in Thorndon, Wellington.  Spanish lessons are being run from 4 to 5pm with a good teacher, for ages 5 to 12. Don't miss this great opportunity.

Lots of interactive and communicative activities – role play, crafts, activity sheets, lively games, board games, songs and drama.  For more information or to register please contact Stefi Plimmer-Blattner on, or phone 562 8211. Visit the website