9 April

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to our new enrolments who join the Muritai School family -  Zali (R13) and Ella (R9) Young, Samuel Jamieson (R3) and Edith Janssen (R3).

Our long term one is drawing to a close and what a successful term it has been. There is a lovely energy within the school and classrooms and books are filling up with quality work. Certainly the finish of daylight saving and the turn of the weather has changed our outlook considerably.

This week parents of year 3-8 children have been receiving feedback from teachers about children's achievement and progress. We are very lucky at Muritai with such excellent parent attendance at the conferences, which runs at around 90%. Research shows that when parents have good engagement with the school, in particularly the classroom teacher, it helps children progress with their learning. One thing we try to do when we make contact is to make sure you know exactly how children are progressing. Children are all built differently and we know that learning is tricky for some children.  Understanding children’s progress and what they find challenging or difficult, helps to set their goals to achieve.

We are very sad to accept the resignations of Kirsten Berry (R14) and Hayden Ray (R7). They have accepted positions in the teaching team at the Epuni Residential Care Facility. This is very different from what they are doing now and both Kirsten and Hayden are excited about this new challenge in their teaching career. They have both provided excellent service to the school and will be sorely missed by the children and their colleagues. We are currently in the process of recruiting replacement teachers and an announcement will be made shortly.

Road safety
We do need your help in providing a safe environment around Muritai School. There is an increasing amount of cars double parking outside the school entrance on Muritai Rd. This completely blocks the view of our 10 year old children operating the road patrol looking south down Muritai Rd and forces cars to move across the middle line to go round them. Coupled with parents frequently walking across the road with their children to their cars parked on the other side of the road, we see the road safety programme we do annually in the junior school with the children completely disestablished. It is frustrating really. Please don't double park, and please use the crossing.

School Donations
Thank you so much for your contributions so far this year. As always the Board is running two extra classrooms than allocated by the Ministry of Education and this is paid for by the school donation (additional teacher subsidy). Remember there is a 33% tax refund on this donation. At this stage of the year we are tracking appropriately and we are pleased with the increasing amount of families taking the AP option to contribute across the year for the time their children are at Muritai School.

In addition to this, one of our parents, Jon Harris has won a book prize pack for the Muritai School library. This was part of the Telecom Foundation’s Back to School campaign with Telecom parents able to double their donation to their child’s school through the payroll giving and matching programme. At Telecom, parents are encouraged to pay their school donation via their payroll system and then their donation is matched dollar for dollar (up to $1,000) by Telecom. In addition, Telecom committed to donating 20 prize packs of books to schools that Telecom people have donated to.  The schools were randomly selected and Muritai was one of the lucky ones.  Thanks Jon and thanks Telecom!

As we come into winter, children will need to keep a pair of slippers at school to wear inside the classrooms.  Can you please ensure your child/ren bring a pair to school at the beginning of Term 2.

Our goodwill ambassadors have done a great job organising rainbow day yesterday. There was lots of additional colour added to a very gloomy day. The children raised $497.20 for KidsCan which will assist with the distribution of jackets, shoes and lunches in KidsCan schools.

We are once again asking for donations of jackets and shoes to give to less fortunate children in schools around the Hutt and Wellington Region not assisted by the KidsCan charity.  If you have any jackets or shoes in good condition, please bring them to the office.  At the end of this term we will forward them to a school with a number of children in need.

The second of our big school events is on next week with the Cross Country for year 3 to 8 children. The big race is next Tuesday the 15th with postponement day on Thursday 17 April. The rough order of events looks like this:-

11.00am  - Year 3-4
11.40am  - Year 5-6
12.10pm  - Year 7-8

We have gone for a change this year with children running a new course at the Eastbourne Recreation Ground to enable students to run along a flat track and provide a better viewing platform for spectators. This means that our elder children can be seen as they run their competition. We also have two grades, an open grade and a championship grade, which is for our fastest runners wishing to qualify for the zone events.

After a successful field trip to Government House last month, some of our Year 8 Leaders were invited back on Monday to be a part of the official welcoming ceremony for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We were very honoured to attend this special occasion. It was touch and go as to whether the event would take place due to the dicey forecast. It was well worth the long wait in the wind and rain to get a glimpse of the the famous couple. After avery powerful powhiri, the National Anthem and 21 gun salute, the Duke and Duchess made a beeline for us!  We had a lovely chat about the weather and the plans for the upcoming holidays. One of the most exciting parts of the day was being interviewed by the masses of media from around the world covering the event. Once again our leaders demonstrated exemplary behaviour and were outstanding ambassadors for our school.

Sausage Sizzle
Home and School are running a Sausage Sizzle on Wednesday 16th April. Notices are being sent home and are required to be returned by Friday 11th April.  Cost is $2.00 per sausage.  If you can spare 2-3 hours next Wednesday to help, please contact Briar Bloomfield on justinandbriar@xtra.co.nz

Hot Dogs
The Home and School Committee would like to offer hot dogs again for the children every Wednesday during Terms 2 and 3.  This is a very popular fundraiser for the school.  All of the proceeds go directly to the school benefiting our children.  The children love getting their economical hot lunch every Wednesday ($3).

In order for us to offer this option, we need parent volunteers.  Last year, volunteers were only on duty one or two times per term.  Being on duty is very simple.  There are detailed instructions, and volunteers with less experience are partnered with someone who has done it before.  The time commitment is minimal from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

If you would be willing to volunteer during Terms 2 and 3, please email Gwyn Morphew at gocinema@yahoo.co.nz .   Unfortunately, if we don't have enough volunteers, we will not be able to continue this important fundraising event for our children.
Gwyn Morphew

Thursday 10 April - Y3-8 Parent/ teacher conferences. School finishes 2.15
Friday 11 April - School assembly 1.40
Tuesday 15 April - Y3-8 Cross country 11.00 onwards
Thursday 17 April – Cross Country postponement day
Thursday 17 April - Last day of term
Monday 5 May - First day of term 2
Monday 12 May - Y1-2 Parent conferences
Tuesday 13 May - Y1-2 Parent conferences

A reminder that we have teacher only day on Friday 30 May, which is the Friday of Queen's Birthday weekend.

Enrolments are being taken now for the Muritai After School Care Easter Holiday Programme.  Forms are available from the school office or you can book online at www.muritaiafterschoolcare.blogspot.co.nz (go to the 'book online' tab to enrol).

Activities will include some great days at school such as the Clowning Around day, Crazy Colours and Dress Up Party.  There are also some outings to The Movies, Junglerama and Frank Kitts Park, to name a few.  Come join us for some guaranteed fun these holidays!


Last Thursday the year 5/6 boys’ cricket team played their final pool match against Our Lady of the Rosary. The boys set an imposing total of 117 with the bat and successfully bowled Our Lady of the Rosary out for 67. The boys now go on to defend the Matthew Bell Trophy they won last year in the semi-finals.

The netball season is almost upon us and we have had strong interest across the school this year with 9 teams representing Muritai from Y3-Y8. A special thank you to all of the coaches and managers who are helping out this year, we can't do it without you! Coaches have been in touch with teams and are organising training times. We wish all of the teams the very best of luck this season.
The Netball Team 

Touch Rugby
Finals are over and all the teams should be proud of their efforts. Thank you to all the parents and students that made it all possible. A big congratulations to Muritai United for coming first in their grade, well done girls.

Students in our swim team have done superbly over the last fortnight or so.
Firstly our zone team finished 4th overall in the zone sports with the following places:

Alexandra Irvine - 2nd Y4 girls 50m free, 2nd Y4 girls 25m freestyle
Abigail Miller - 3rd Y4 girls 50m free
Myles Caughley - 3rd y4 boys 24m freestyle
Emily Jones - 2nd Y5 girls 25m backstroke
Kahu Rolfe - 2nd Y5 boys 50m free
Joshua Apaapa-Preston - 3rd Y5 boys 50m free
Ryan Mahoney - 3rd Y5 boys 25m freestyle
Abigail Brownsword - 2nd Open 100m freestyle, 3rd Y6 girls 50m freestyle
Georgie Allan - 3rd Open 100m freestyle
Samantha Woolley - 2nd Y6 girls 25m freestyle
Hamish Daziell - 2nd Y6 boys 25m breaststroke
Renee Caddis - 2nd Y6 girls 25m backstroke

Muritai also placed third in each of the boys and girls medley relay and the school 25m freestyle relay

From there place getters were selected to represent the Central Zone in the Hutt Valley Inter-Zone Swimming champs last week. Congratulations to the following students on their results:

Alexandra Irvine - 3rd Y4 girls 50m free
Kahu Rolfe - 3rd Y5 boys 50m free
Hamish Dalziell - 2nd Y6 boys 25m breaststroke
Emily Jones - 2nd Y5 girls 25m backstroke
Renee Caddis - 1st Y6 girls 25m backstroke
Alexandra Irvine - 1st Y4 - 4x25m (team) mixed freestyle relay
Kahu Rolfe - 1st Y5 - 4x25m (team) mixed freestyle relay
Samantha Woolley - 1st Y6 - 4x25m (team) mixed freestyle relay

The Central Zone Swim team won the overall competition.

Since the beginning of January this year the solar panels on the senior side of the school have been quietly converting the sun's energy (photons) into electricity we can use at school. In the past 3 months the solar panels have generated 730 kWh of electricity, which is enough electricity to power a light bulb for 10 months!

The Eastbourne Market is on Sunday 13th April from 11am - 2pm. This "pre-Easter" Market is being held at The Pavilion, Days Bay.  There are some fabulous clever crafty folks showcasing their talent with over 30 stalls.  Come along to find some lovely Easter treats, have a coffee and let the kids have fun on the bouncy castle. Check our website for current updates www.eastbournemarket.co.nz

Would you like to host an Overseas Exchange Student
Learn about another culture, learn a new language or perhaps improve your culinary skills. Student Exchange is looking for host families across New Zealand to welcome  overseas students into their home
or call 0800 440 079  for more information

First Aid Training
The Rotary Club of Pencarrow with financial support from the Eastern Bays Community Trust is organising first aid training courses for residents of the Eastern Bays.

The preliminary plan at this stage is to offer a 4 hour program covering basic first aid.
This would cover.
·How to assess and respond to an emergency medical situation
·How to do CPR
·The use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
·How to respond to a choking incident.
·How to recognising and responding to a Heart Attack.
·How to deal with bleeding injuries.

This would give participants competence in unit standard 26551 related to basic first aid.

We are planning to run 2 courses. One on the morning of 7 June and the other a week later on 14 June.

We would like to hear from residents in the Bays who are interested in participating in this so that we can gauge the interest and finalise the details.

The training would be provided at no cost to the participants.  For further information please call Mark Rutherford on 04 562 7638.

Introduction to Fencing with Hutt Valley Fencing Club
Try something new these holidays - for fun & fitness.
2-day into course - only $100
Wednesday, 30 April & Thursday, 1 May:  9am - 3pm
Most suitable for 8+ years.
Email huttvalleyfencing@gmail.com
Ph: 021 916 911

Rathkeale College Information Evening
Open Evening will be on Tuesday 15 April at 7.30pm at St James' Church Hall, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.  Rathkeale College Open Day will be held on Wedneday 14 May 2014.  For more information and to register, visit www.rathkeale.school.nz

Scots College
Scots College will be holding a Hands-On Open Afternoon for current year 8 students who may be interested in attending Scots College in 2015.  This will be on Friday 9 May 2014 commencing at 12pm and finishing at 2.30pm.  Transport to and from Scots College will be arranged and all boys will be provided with lunch.  Please telephone Sharon Brown on 803-0592 or brownsh@scotscollege.school.nz by Friday 2 May.

Sunday Dividing Programme
Due to popular demand: Wellington High Performance Aquatics SUNDAY DIVING Sessions are back this term! If you’ve watched the divers at Kilbirnie pool & thought you’d like to give it a try….now’s your chance!
· Time: 2.30-3.30 pm
· Place: Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre
· Cost: $5.00 per session plus your pool entry
· Meeting Place: Enrol at the 5 metre end of the pool
· Dates: Sunday 25 May, 1, 15, 22 and 29 June
· For more information contact: Luvaine McDonald - Diving Director Ph: 021 443-984 info@whipa.org.nz www.whipa.org.nz

Synchronised Swimming Start-Up Programme
By popular demand Wellington Synchronised Swimming together with WHiPA have a new SYNCHRO START-UP programme kicking off next term! This is a really fun introduction for kids to an artistic sport that is growing in popularity in New Zealand.
· Time: 2.30-3.30 pm (arrive at 2.15pm)
· Place: Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre
· Cost: $65.00 for 6 sessions plus your pool entry
· Dates: Sundays 11 and 25 May, 1, 15, 22 and 29 June
· To enrol or for more information: Contact sueedwards@clear.net.nz or Wellington.synchro.swim.club@gmail.com