Tena koutou katoa
Naumai e te whanau o te kura Muritai

Welcome to term 3! The students have come back refreshed from their holiday break and have settled in quickly to their learning. We warmly welcome Zaiden Filemu, Toitu Singh, Jorja Chunga and Freddie Sclater who join room 2 and Phileas Keller in room 8 and Libelle Keller in room 24 and their families to our Muritai School family.

We also welcome Raewyn Roberts in room 3, Robyn Wellwood in room 24 and Heather Mawby in room 8 to the Muritai School staff. Our Kapahaka group gave a wonderful performance at the Powhiri on Monday to welcome them.

Government House

It was a great privilege to be invited to Government House to meet with our Excellencies The Governor-General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae last night. Deane McKay, our Head Boy Tom Griffiths, Head Girl Emma Littlefair and myself attended the reception which was to thank selected schools for their support over their Excellencies term. Sir Jerry gave a speech and then Their Excellencies both spoke with us and discussed some of what their role entails and leadership qualities.  Our students spoke eloquently and were excellent role models for our school which made us feel very proud. This occasion will be a lasting memory for them. During the reception we also visited different rooms around Government House and met the staff and students from 11  schools along with the staff who work at Government House. The refurbishment of the House was a major undertaking and is indeed one that we can all be very proud of. There is a Visitors Centre that offers regular tours of Government House for the public, community groups and also schools all free of charge. If you would like to go there please visit their website for details or phone the Visitor Centre team on 04 382 0837 or email

Walking around the school this week I was pleased to see, the Juniors in their maths classes focus upon the numbers to one hundred.  Throughout the year the children eagerly look forward to ‘100 days’ at school. This Wednesday, Rooms 1,4,5 and 6 celebrated this by doing a myriad of learning about the number 100 in a wide range of curriculum areas.

The New Zealand Playhouse group did an amazing performance for the students from Year 0 to 4. It was entitled ‘The fairest one of all’ and was a 21st century version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Year 3 and 4 began their ‘Football in School’s’ programme on Thursday and this will continue throughout the term.

Years 0 to 6 have started their Inquiry programme which involves different aspects of the upcoming Olympic Games. Year 5 and 6 have also begun their inquiry but are focussing upon different cultures in New Zealand and from around the Pacific using a variety of legends. Year 7 and 8 have started learning about debating and what this involves. Their major inquiry this term involves the internet and its uses.

As we begin our search for a new principal, the newly elected school board would like to invite you, the school's community of families, to come and share your thoughts on what qualities are important to you at Muritai.  This, along with consultation with staff and students, will assist and guide us in our search for the best person to lead Muritai into the future.
We hope to see you at the school library on Thursday August 4th for an hour or so over wine & cheese from 6.30pm


We will be holding our bi-annual Carnival this year on Sunday 27 November.  For all our new families, this is our biggest Fundraiser and we usually raise about $50,000.  This is extremely important funds for the school as in the past we raised almost $200,000 towards the new library and have raised another $100,000 to buy new IT equipment.

It takes the whole school to make the Carnival work!  We need volunteers to man the stalls, prepare and cook food, families to make goods for sale on the day, set up and take down stalls - you get the picture.  We will be sending information out to you as we go asking for donations or for you to put your name against a job.

Clothing Stall
Cleaning out your clothes drawers? Have got clothes that are way too small for your family and you are unsure what to do with them?
As part of the Muritai School carnival, we are selling both adults and children’s clothes to help fundraise for more equipment needed for the school. If you are having a clean-out we would love to sell your clothes!! Please drop all your old/used/too small clothes to school reception at anytime.

If you or your family have a business that can donate products or vouchers that we can raffle or auction for the carnival, please contact Virginia Saunderson (Tots) on or 021 854 128. The raffle is a big part of the fundraising for the carnival so we would really appreciate any offers no matter how big or small. Thanks.

The latest catalogue is out now, packed with a great variety of books and activities.  Please make your orders either online or hand into the office by Friday the 19th of August. Please note that we cannot accept cash payments and cheques need to be made out to Scholastic NZ if making an order through school.  We receive a percentage of sales towards books for our school library. Thank you for your support.

Hot dogs will continue throughout Term 3 on Wednesdays.  If you would like your child to have a hot dog for lunch on a Wednesday, please put $3 into an envelope - write their name, room number, number of hot dogs required and whether they would like sauce or not.  Please hand the envelope to their teacher before school on Wednesday mornings.

Unfortunately, Friday FOOD FOR THOUGHT lunches are not available in Term 3. Our chef is taking a break. Keep an eye out for our new Spring Menu coming soon! Contact us at or email

Please note pick up procedure  all children must be picked up by a parent/caregiver after the disco from the hall door opposite room 3 no child will be allowed to leave the hall unless accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

As you can see above, the Home and School will be running the annual school disco on
Friday 12 August.  To make this run smoothly we need some parent volunteers to help throughout the evening.  If you are available and happy to lend a hand, please email Carolyn Littlefair on indicating which disco session you would like to be involved in. (see times above).
Many thanks and regards
Hannah Watkins, Muritai Home and School Committee

DIARY DATES (staff may contact you with more details about these events)

Thur 4 Aug World of Waste Trip
Parent community meeting at 6.30
BOT Meeting
Fri 5 Aug Assembly
Year 8 Girls Gardasil immunisation
Tue 9 Aug Y5-6 Zone Netball
Thurs 11 Aug Y5-6 Rugby/Soccer v Wellesley
PP date for Y5/6 Netball
Thur 18 Aug BOT Mtg
Fri 19 Aug Assembly
Thur 25 Aug Otago Problem Solving
Wed 31 Aug Artsplash Choir Evening Show
Thur 1 Sept Y7-8 NIWA Science fair
Fri 2 Sept Assembly
Y3-6 Zone Basketball
Mon 5 Sept Production Rehearsal
Tues 12 - Production - Matinee on Tuesday
 Thur 15 Sept Production - Evenings
Mon 19 Sept Y1-2 Parent Conferences
Tues 20 Sept Y1-2 Parent Conferences
Y1-2 Jump Rope for Heart ‘Jump Off’
Y5-6 Zone hockey
Wed 21 Sept Room 5 Parent Conferences
Thur 22 Sept PP Y5/6 Zone Hockey
Fri 23 Sept Assembly


Term 3 = Monday 25 July - Friday 23 September
Term 4 = Monday 10 October - Friday 16 December

We have a teacher only day at Labour weekend.
Teacher only day two = Tuesday 25 October


Eastbourne Rugby Club ‘After Match’ Party
Get your babysitter booked, glad rags and dancing shoes out and join us at the local party of the year on Saturday 3rd September at the 2016 Eastbourne Rugby Club 'After Match’.  Held at the Muritai School Hall from 7-midnight we have the brilliant Wellington covers band ‘Hipnotics’ playing three sets through the night.
Tickets are $75 and include food through the evening (nibbles, dinner and sweat treats) as well as bubbly on arrival and two complimentary alcoholic drinks (followed by a cash bar which will feature a selection of good wine from and craft beer from the Sprig and Fern).
And if that’s not enticing enough - the After Match is a fundraiser. All profits from the evening will go towards the refurbishment of the Eastbourne Share Services Club facilities (the RSA, Rugby, Football and Cricket club)  
Everyone’s welcome. Tickets are limited and selling fast so get yours now from the Muritai school office.

Winter is a great time to work on the flexibility, strength and balance that yoga can offer in a warm dry studio, just a block from the school.  I’ll even pick up your 5-9 year old from Muritai school in our ‘walking schoolbus’!
Wednesday or Thursday
27 July - 15 September
Ages 5-9: 3-4 pm
Ages 10-13: 4:15-5:15 pm
8 weeks for $90
Contact Jeanne with inquiries or to enroll

An Armenian woman studying for a PhD at Massey University is looking for family live-in, willing to look after children and the house in exchange for free accommodation.  Arriving in September for ???contact ???

Private Occupational Therapy Services
If you have any concerns about your child’s development such as fine motor and gross motor coordination, handwriting, sensory processing, self-regulation or attention skills, please visit or contact

BALLET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at St Alban’s Church Hall. Tippy Toes for 2yr olds through to RAD Grade 1. It’s free to trial a class! Contact : Hannah Scott-McNeill ARAD RTS ex RNZB p: 021 207 6757 e:
Fun French for kids at Muritai School for ages 5-12
  • Experience French learning the fun way!
  • Lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, active games and music, and cooking
  • Free trial lesson
  • To register your interest please contact Stefi on or phone 562 8211
visit the website

This is to advise that my company, Central Districts Pest Control Ltd. will be carrying out possum control work in the Moores Valley (Wainuiomata) area, from late August 2016 and work through to the end of January 2017.  If you would like further information, please contact our office:

Would you like your daughter to have fun and learn skills as a member of an up to date organisation? If so, we have units meeting in Petone now accepting new members to start now.
We cater for –
  • Pippins 5 - 6 year olds
  • Brownies 7 – 9 ½  year olds
  • Guides 9 – 12 ½ years and
  • Rangers 12 ½ – 17 years

Our programmes are modern and the girls get input into the activities they do whilst learning skills to help them become successful in our communities.
We would also be happy to hear from volunteers who would be interested in helping with leadership.

For more information please call 0800 663466 or go to


Tena koutou katoa
Naumai e te whanau o te kura Muritai

Welcome to Zack McRobbie and Stirling Tito who joins the Muritai School family in room 2 this week.

I write this newsletter from the transit lounge of Houston airport on way to Boston for the first part of my Woolf Fisher Fellowship.

The board has notified the community of my resignation following my recent appointment to Kelburn Normal School. Sometimes with these things it is difficult to get perfect alignment with the in and out of the process. I am excited by the challenges that await me at Kelburn and feel really good about the state of Muritai School to pass onto the next principal. After 15 years service to the Muritai and Eastbourne community I think it is time for a new person, a fresh perspective and for someone else to have a turn at the helm of this fantastic school.
I feel Muritai has all the foundations in place for the next steps – a skilled and competent new Board of Trustees, a clear strategic plan and direction, a wonderful experienced and stable staff and awesome children. It is a great recipe for success and Muritai is positioned well to reach greater heights.
Maureen Buckley is now acting principal as previously mentioned and I will be back after the Fellowship to support her in this role. The Board has activated the recruitment process and will keep you informed as they go along.
This newsletter brings an end to term 2. We are now half way through the school year and the children have been simply wonderful so far this year. The mid year reports read so well, the children have shown they are making good progress and the celebrations of learning were a huge success – the school was buzzing. Thank you for taking part in those and allowing your children to show you their quality work.
We farewell Hayley Skilton from Muritai School, and indeed the whole Skilton family. Matt, our previous DP, has won the position of principal at Tahatai Coast School in Papamoa and the family is heading north. Hayley has been at Muritai for 10 years – starting as a part-time teacher and finishing up as our associate principal for year 3-4 and a big part of our senior management team. Hugely respected internally by our teaching staff and by the children and parents as well – we thank Hayley for her contribution to Muritai for the last decade and wish Matt, Madia and Cam a safe trip up north!
We also wish Melissa Coton every success as she takes up her Royal Society teaching scholarship at Zealandia for the next 2 terms.
We welcome Richard Dobson into the Y3-4 AP position leading that team and Heather Mawbey into room 9. Robyn Wellwood takes over from Melissa in room 22.


Congratulations to the 8 finalists of the Senior School Science Fair:
  • George Travers (1st place)
  • Yasmin Kerr (2nd place)
  • Emma Littlefair (3rd place)
  • Chloe Bothwell
  • Nina Owles
  • Lea Pummer
  • Dan Walker
  • Tilly Potter

A huge thanks to all those who attended the senior school Cybersafety gathering after our Celebration of Learning last night.  It was exceptionally helpful to get your thoughts and suggestions for our Term 3 Cybersafety focus as well as the strategies parents may use to help keep their children safe online.

Congratulations Muritai student for raising $3405.10 so far for World Vision Famine. The money is going to make child friendly spaces. These spaces provide a place for children to play games, sport and participate in art for children who have had to leave their homes and find a new life in a refugee camp in a foreign country. They have left friends, family, school and all their favourite things behind. The child friendly places give the children access to the things they have lost along with a sense of security and safety and hope for a better future.
These kids have lost everything and we are helping them to be kids again! Well done.

Maureen Buckley has been taking stock of our junior readers and it appears that we are missing quite a few.  If you have any Muritai School books, can you please drop them into the office.

There are still a few entertainment books out in the community.  Please return yours as soon as possible.  Any outstanding books after next week will be followed up personally by the office.

As it is the last week of term next week we will be putting out the lost property on the deck. Our goal is for all of it to be claimed by Friday so please if you are missing some key clothing items I hope you find it next week!. Please make sure clothing is named and then things can be returned if found.

Maureen Buckley is looking for adult volunteers for her valuable Hooked on Books Programme. The adults can be parents or grandparents of children at the school or from within our community.  If you would like to do this on a weekly or alternate weeks for approximately an hour in the afternoon, please contact Maureen Buckley  


Muritai's 1st XV went down today, not without a fighting spirit though. They played a much bigger group on a very small field which made for a tight 'battle' up front. Well done to our opposition, Eastern Hutt. Our boys held their heads high, were gracious in defeat and showed good sportsmanship. Kia Kaha!

The Y5/6 Muritai School Rippa Rugby team have won their way to the National Rippa Rugby tournament being held in Wellington next term.  They have managed this great feat by winning the final at the WRFU Rippa Rugby qualifying tournament in Johnsonville today.  The team won their 2 pool matches (against Tairangi and Rangikura), semi final (against Ngati Toa) and then the final against Tairangi School.  It was a huge effort by all and I am very proud of the way they conducted themselves throughout the day.
The Team: Jack R, Barney C, Ben D, Tom B, Daniel B, Elodie B, Mia C, Lola C, Rosa B and Greta W.

Our team is pictured with the other finalists, Tairangi School


Term 3 = Monday 25 July - Friday 23 September
Term 4 = Monday 10 October - Friday 16 December

We have a teacher only day at Labour weekend.
Teacher only day two = Tuesday 25 October


Winter is a great time to work on the flexibility, strength and balance that yoga can offer in a warm dry studio, just a block from the school.  I’ll even pick up your 5-9 year old from Muritai school in our ‘walking schoolbus’!
Wednesday or Thursday
27 July - 15 September
Ages 5-9: 3-4 pm
Ages 10-13: 4:15-5:15 pm
8 weeks for $90
Contact Jeanne with inquiries or to enroll