Wednesday 18 February 2015

Kia ora koutou katoa,

We welcome Lars Meyer-Westfeld and Rafferty Theobald who have joined Muritai School in room 1.

We have had an excellent start to the year. The children have settled extremely well into their classes and are very busy already. Finished work is making its way onto the walls as teachers and children aim to put some 'life' into their classrooms.

The month of February at school is very much focussed on getting systems operational in the classroom and building class culture for the new 'learning' year. Each year classes are shuffled around to allow different working relationships to form and with a new teacher there is always a 'bedding' in period where everyone needs to get used to each other. Classes explore treaties (just like our Treaty of Waitangi) that set expectations, to enable everyone to do their very best and sets a productive and safe learning and social environment.

At assembly on Friday we spoke about the key value of respecting others, in particular thinking about how we conduct ourselves around others. We talked about greeting, smiling, kind hands, opening doors for adults being a good friend to others and looking after property.

Classes have settled quickly and are well into the business of learning. 

Building work
We are very close to completion on the building project - there are just some surface features to complete. One task later this term will be to 'renovate' our garden areas around the library and deck, so we will be looking for a team of parents/children to assist a lead team at a working bee. Once the weather cools we will be calling out for volunteers for 'one big day'.

Parents / Teachers
We encourage parents to keep in touch with teachers if there are any concerns or you want to find out how your child is 'doing' at school. We formally report at the end of term one, the middle of the year and the end of the year both in writing and face to face and of course your children will report on a daily basis on how they are at school. From time to time a 1:1 is profitable and if this is required we encourage you to email your child's teacher and find a suitable agreed time to meet to discuss progress.

It is good practice to ensure that the children arrive at school on time. This sets them up well both for the day and for future years. A reminder that children should be at the school at 8.30am.  Our first bell at 8.40am means 'go to your classroom'. The classroom programme starts at 8.50am with greetings and formalities.  If you are arriving at school after 8.40 the children will struggle to be ready for the day. Around 8.30ish is a good time for the children to arrive - it gives them a chance to place their bag on the hook, get things ready for the classroom and chat with their friends. This year children who arrive after 8.50 will be issued a pink slip 'late ticket' at the office which, after a very small 'grace period', will qualify the children for a 15 minute 'extra' duty. We have about 20-30 children who are late each day which is just too many and is disruptive to the class programme.

Butterfly Garden
The children have really enjoyed the Butterfly garden this year. It is a captivating feature of our school for both young and old and it has been so pleasing to see how kind and gentle our children are with the butterflies. 

Bike to School Day
This was a huge success with around 320 bikes at school for 'Bike to School' day last week. We have about 50 bikes at school each day and as many scooters which is healthy for the environment.

Swimming Sports
Our Year 3-8 swim sports are on at Huia Pool next Thursday afternoon from 12 - 2.15pm. Buses leave Muritai at 11am and we will be running a very tight timetable to be back at school by home time.

Hot Dogs, Term 2 & 3
The Home and School Committee would like to offer hot dogs again for Muritai students every Wednesday during Terms 2 and 3. This is a hugely popular fundraiser and all proceeds go directly back to the school for the purchase of extra resources.  In order for us to offer this fundraiser, we require a parent to act as co-ordinator who can organise the volunteer roster and weekly food purchases.  There are detailed instructions available for all required tasks including suppliers’ details.  It is not a huge time commitment to act as hot dog co-ordinator so if you are able to help us with this role, please contact Pauline Davies on or speak to Jo / Carole in the office. 

Home & School Committee
Muritai Home and School Committee are an enthusiastic group of parents who support the school throughout the year by organising fundraising and social events.  Last year the committee successfully raised over $16,000  for the purchasing of extra resources for the school.  We would love to add some new parents to the team and get ideas and activities flowing for this year so please consider joining us.  This is a fantastic way to not only support the school but also meet other parents socially and have an active role in your child's education.   Meetings take place once or twice a term, generally during the evening.  If you are interested in joining the committee then please contact Pauline Davies on

20 Feb             Boostrix Immunisation Education Session for Year 7’s
                        Junior School Assembly at 1.30
26 Feb             Swimming Sports for Years 3-8
27 Feb             Assembly
2 Mar               Seaweek
9 Mar               Year 1’s visiting Pataka
10 to 13 Mar    Year 5/6 camp at Forest Lakes
10 Mar             Junior School Swimming Sports
11 Mar             Festival of the Arts – Juniors
13 Mar             Assembly
16 to 20 Mar    School Photos
18 Mar             Year 4-6 Central Zone Swimming Sports
                        Year 2’s visiting Pataka
19 Mar             Year 7/8 Festival of Arts
                        Year 3/4 Festival of Arts
23 Mar             Parents Interviews for Years 1-8
24 Mar             Parent Interviews for Years 1-8
25 Mar             Year 4-6 Interzone Swimming Sports
27 Mar             Assembly
                        Year 8 Girls Gardasil Immunisation
                        Year 7 students Boostrix Immunisation
31 Mar             Year 1-8 Cross Country
2 April             LAST DAY OF TERM 1
20 April           FIRST DAY OF TERM 2


Play football this season for the Eastbourne Football Club
Online registration for all Junior Eastbourne Football Club teams for the 2015 will open on Saturday 21st February and end on Monday 2nd March via our website

Registration fees (which include a team photograph, socks and membership to the Eastbourne Sports & Services club) are as follows:

·             First Kicks (4-6 years of age) - $85 (registration fee also includes a ball)
·             Fun Football (7th and 8th grades) - $95
·             Mini Football (9th to 12th grades) - $110
·             There is a $10 discount for each additional child registered per family.

If you are unsure which grade your child will play in, the grade is based on the age that they turn this year (i.e. if your child has turned or will turn 8 this year they will play in 8th grade).  Girls have the option of playing one grade below their age if they wish.

The season for all Junior teams will kick-off on Saturday 18th April and will conclude on Saturday 29th August.  As ANZAC Day falls on Saturday 25th April all games on this weekend will be played on Monday 27th April.

Boys Hip Hop Dance Classes
Tuesdays 4:30-5:15pm
St Ronans Hall, 234 Muritai Rd
To register call Pump Dance Studios on (04) 384 7867 or visit

Kids Go Free at Staglands on Children’s Day
Staglands Wildlife Reserve will be celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday 1st March by offering FREE ADMISSION into The Reserve for ALL CHILDREN.  In addition to their usual attractions visitors can enjoy free off-road tractor-trailer rides plus a special performance from The Major Minors Children’s Choir.  So if you are looking for a fun Children’s day outing for the whole family meet at Staglands and connect with nature on 1st March.

Kids' Yoga in Eastbourne! 
Kula Kids' Yoga is a creative and fun yoga class just for kids!  We weave story, song and games into the ancient art of yoga.  Classes include the physical poses that develop strength, balance and flexibility and simple mindfulness activities while we move from stillness to activity and back.  Email Jeanne at for more information, and check us out on facebook.

Thursdays, February 12 - April 2
Ages 5-9, 3:45-4:30 pm
Ages 10-13 4:45-5:45 pm 
8 weeks for $80
51 Oroua Street, Eastbourne, just down the street from Muritai School! 

Jeanne Balding-Weinstock is certified through Yoga Alliance with specialty training in Kids' Yoga.  She has teaching experience in Early Childhood, and teaching Yoga in private schools, clubs, and studios in California, US.  References available

Eastbourne Community Fitness is dedicated to improving your fitness, posture, strength, balance, co-ordination and general health and well-being. Whatever your gender, age or fitness level we have result-based classes to suit. Please call Silva Noakes on 021 175 4081."

Silva Noakes (Dipl.Ex.Sc)  Group Fitness Instructor, Nordic Walking Instructor, Nia Instructor, Personal Trainer, Exercise Therapist
Tel:  (04) 562 7671
Mobile: 021 175 4081

Want to learn Irish Dancing?  The Kerry School of Irish Dancing holds beginner classes in Lower Hutt and Porirua each week.  Contact Sharon at or Ph 027 352 8304.  Enquires welcome.

Wanted aprox two days per week. Childminding a ten year old boy from afterschool wed til between aprox 7-10 pm, every 3rd Friday same hours.  May suit teenager, your home or mine  ph 0275086667, ph or txt thankyou
Kirsty J Colvin.

Monday 2 February

Kia ora koutou

Naumai e te whanau o te kura Muritai
Tena koutou katoa

Dear Parents / Caregivers

Welcome back to Muritai School for 2015. I trust you had a delightful holiday and enjoyed the family time in the amazing weather we have had this summer. We start the year with 405 children and 17 classrooms in operation.

We welcome Mia Sclater, Grace Thompson, Orlaith Clitheroe, Rory Marsden, Ben Hollard, Thomas Neilson, Chloe Hammond, Maya Schanzel, James and Ben Allcock, Isabella and Siena Pitman and Miles Futter to Muritai today. I am sure your time here will be enjoyable, engaging and full of growth.

We also welcome Shelley Frith (R13) and Carl Woodhams (R15) to Muritai as classroom teachers this year. Staff have been here for a over a week and both Shelley and Carl have settled into the teaching team very smoothly.

We had a tremendous year last year and through the newsletters, celebration assemblies, performances, and the school’s website the school celebrated and recognized the many successes of our children who achieved in a variety of academic, sporting and cultural activities. The positive celebration of our successes throughout 2014 reflected well on the school’s vision statement “to be the best that we can be”. It was certainly a pleasure to say “thank you” to our large group of parents who support our school and who have been actively involved throughout the year. I am sure 2015 will be similar as we continue to grow as a school to best meet the needs of our students in their 21st century learning environment.

We concluded the year with another outstanding ERO report - which the staff are extremely proud of. The report reflects well on the hard work and dedication of our people - the staff, Board of Trustees, our children and parent community, to the task at hand and how we 'do things around here' to make Muritai a successful school for our children. Consecutive 4-5 year ERO returns places us in a select group of 2% of schools across NZ who have managed to do that. The report will be formally available for public access shortly.

Much progress was made on the building work over the break and we are very close to opening up the deck and the new entranceway. We are just awaiting the seating for the deck and the gates.

What is on top...

Meet the teacher
This Wednesday is the meet the teacher evening starting at 3pm. This is to enable parents to share information with the new class teacher about their child.

This starts this week and your teacher will have emailed you the details. The swimming instructors start next Monday for swimming tuition. This is covered in the activity fee.

Sun Hats
All children are required to have a wide brimmed hat at school. Please make sure it is named. Children without hats will be under the shade cloth. We will be limiting 'outside time' during the hours of 11am onwards. We strongly suggest you apply sunblock before your child leaves in the morning.

At the end of last year we farewelled students who played a big part in our school culture at Muritai School. All our leavers from 2014 had many diverse qualities and strengths. They should be proud that they have tried their very best and leave with an appreciation of their peers, their teachers, and themselves. I just wanted to put into writing our congratulations and our thanks to them and their families, for the contribution they have made to Muritai School. We wish them all the best as they head to High School this week..

At prize giving at the end of last year the following cups and certificates were awarded –

·       Abel Tasman Cup – Shannon Humpris
·       Improvement in year 8 awards – Grace Ogilvie and Felix Ford-Robinson
·       Board of Trustees Cups for 'Endeavour' – Ella McKay and Todd Wellwood
·       Board of Trustees Cups for 'Academic Excellence' – Lauren Redpath and Todd Wellwood
·       Jacobson Cups for ‘Mathematics’ – Briana Kirkham and Soren Matthewson
·       Debbie Bertaud Memorial Cup for ‘Commitment to Science and Technology’ – Hannah Moffat
·       Fortescue-Willis Environmental Leadership - Earthcare Award – Willow Forbes
·       Broadbent/O'Brien Literacy Prize - Excellence in Literacy – Sally Bird
·       Reliability Prize – Jasmine Stock
·       Swain Cup for ‘Leadership and Contribution in Sport’ – Ella McKay
·       Nicholas Bahler Award for Empathy – Hannah Moffat
·       The Malama Family Cup – Visionary award – Mia Treadwell-Burke
·       Beck Family Cup for ‘Best all round sportsperson’ – Mia Treadwell-Burke and Jake Murphy
·       Mills Family Cup for ‘Contribution to the Arts’ – Anna Rodgers
·       Eastbourne Community Trust Cup for ‘Leadership’ – Charlotte Barclay and Freya Neal
·       Principal’s Prize - determination, resilience and loyalty – Beth Brodie
·       Teachers Cup for ‘Being a joy to teach’ – Mary Heath
·       Kirsty and Isabella Clarke Cup for “Positive contribution to Muritai School” – Lily Griffiths
·       Newton Family Cup for ‘Service to Muritai School’ – Mia Treadwell-Burke
·       Stotter Cup for ‘Dedication, commitment and all round achievement’ – Emeline Gray
·       Class of 61Cup - “Outstanding Contribution to Muritai School” – Sally Bird
·       Booth Family Cup ~ “The Student’s Student” – Lily Griffiths and Hannah Moffat

The Board of Trustees have set the term dates for 2015. Please note the following - 

Term 1 - Monday 2 February –Thursday 2 April – 43 days
Term 2 - Monday 20 April - Friday 3 July - 53 days
Term 3 - Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September   - 50 days
Term 4 - Monday 12 October - Thursday 17 December – 47 days  

There are 2 teacher only days in 2015 - these are the Tuesday of Queen's Birthday and the Tuesday of Labour Weekend.

Please note in 2015 Anzac Day has been ‘Monday-ised’ and so Monday 27 April is a holiday.


  • Wednesday 4th February - Year 7-8 at Days Bay / Meet the teacher 3pm
  • Friday 6th February - Waitangi Day - school closed
  • Monday 9th February - Swimming instruction starts
  • Tuesday 10th February - East Harbour Kindy visiting room 3
  • Friday 13th February - Assembly 1.40pm
  • Tuesday 24th February - Yaer 5-6 Camp meeting
  • Thursday 26th February - Year 3-8 Swim sports - Huia Pool (afternoon)
  • Friday 27th February - Assembly 1.40pm
  • Monday 9th March - Year 1 visit to Pataka / Year 5-6 Dinosaur experience
  • Tuesday 10 - Friday 13 March - Year 5-6 camp at Forest Lakes
  • Tuesday 10th March - Year 1-2 swim sports at Eastbourne Pool
  • Friday 13th March - Assembly 1.40pm
  • Monday 16th - Friday 20th March - School photos
  • Tuesday 17th March - East Harbour Kindy visiting room 3
  • Wednesday 18th March - Year 2 to Pataka
  • Wednesday 18th March - Year 4-6 Zone swim sports
  • Thursday 19th March - Year 3-4 and Year 7-8 Festivals of the Arts
  • Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March - Parent Interviews - student progress
  • Wednesday 25th March - Y4-6 Inter-zone swim sports
  • Friday 27 March - Year 8 girls Gardisal immunisation
  • Friday 27th March - School assembly 1.40
  • Tuesday 31st March - Whole school cross country at Eastbourne Rec
  • Thursday 2 April - Term 1 ends at 2.55pm
Kindest regards

Andrew Bird
Principal/ Tumuaki


Issue 1 of the scholastic book club should be arriving home with your child shortly. You will have noticed this is a new design from scholastic with just one all age catalogue for you to make your book choices from. When making your order simply fill in the form as you have in the past but with the addition of writing the book title, which will help us to ensure we order the correct book. 

Orders should be at the school office no later than Wednesday the 25th of Feb.  Orders can only be paid by credit card or cheque made out to Scholastic NZ please. We cannot accept cash orders. If you have a $2 voucher that you received with your last order this must used in issue 1.  

We greatly appreciate your support of the scholastic book club as your order helps enable the school to purchase new books for our library for everyone to enjoy. 

Days Bay Play Jabberwocky and Jumblies - Painting Poetry for ages 7-12
Sign up now for a fun term of imaginative illustrations. Class will run after school on Mondays for six weeks, staring 16th February. Check out the details at or email
Fencing at Hutt Valley Swords Club for all school age students, and for adults as after-school classes.  Holiday sessions are also offered.
Contact Susan Tel: 04-9383090, Mob: 021-0276 1922, Email:
Susan is an experienced teacher and fencing coach. The sessions are fun and participants always achieve growth in personal development while developing excellent fencing skills.

Fun French for kids ​at Muritai School for ages 5-12
· Experience French learning the fun way
· Lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, fun games and music
· Free trial lesson
· To register your interest please contact Stefi  on or phone 562 8211
· visit the website

Eastside Fitness - Now that the kids are back at school, its time to do something for yourself! Make 2015 the year that you get fitter, stronger and healthier! Eastside Fitness is a fully equipped gym in the Eastbourne village. Open 7 days from 5.30am-10pm. We are offering a summer special - 3 months full membership for only $250 - this includes programme set up & consultation. We also offer free 1 week trials. To take advantage of these offers, please call 562 7776 or

Rich Nutrients - NEW Superfood online store - One of the keys to achieving good health is to use the power of healthy foods to positively affect how you feel, how much energy you have, and the length and quality of your life. We offer a huge range of "Superfoods" that you can incorporate into your daily living. Check out the products on offer at