Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Greetings, Malo e Lelei, Kia Orana, Bonjour, Nǐ hǎo, Hallo, Hola, Kon'nichiwa, Namaste, G’day mate
A warm welcome to Ivy Jurgens, Lauren Fanning, Tess McIntosh who have joined Room 2, Dylan Zhang and Alex Jacobs Room 3, Joanne Vallet Room 9 and Isabelle Van der Wilt Room 16.


Tena koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all

It's been a wonderful start back to our final term of 2107, with the weather warming up and summer sports getting underway.  We look forward to athletics happening on Monday the 30th October with weather conditions looking favourable for a great day of outdoor fun and competition.  
MADE Awards
One celebration I must share with you is hearing the news that 8 of our students have been named as finalists in the national Movie and Digital Excellence (MADE) Awards!

Congratulations to our finalists - there are only 5 finalists nationwide across each age group, so we are feeling very proud to have been so successful.  

Creative Digital Image photography finalists:
Finlay Lewis - “Metal Marks”
George Saunderson - “Basking in the Sun”
Tilly Saunderson - “I Spy in the Sky”
Ruby Fenwick - “Stepping Out”
Bella Diamond - “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”
Zac Walker - “Skylight”

Commercial finalist:
Room 11 - "Kick Booing into Touch"

Documentary Finalist:
Luke Butler - “Final Onesie Documentary”

The awards evening held in Tauranga is coming up at the end of week 4, so we will certainly let you know how our finalists go! Good luck to all.  
2018 Classes
At this time of year we begin the the intricate and delicate science of collating the 2018 classes.  This involves the advertising for teaching positions, communication with outside specialist agencies, talking with current teachers and listening to the voices of all stakeholders - including parent voice.  

Although at Muritai we do not take parent requests for class placements, if you have some information you think we would find useful about your child, you are welcome to provide us with this.  In order to ensure the timeframes are met within the process, we ask that any information that you want us to take into account is provided to me over this week - by the 3rd November.  You can email your thoughts to my address below, or call the office should you need to make an appointment.

See you at athletics day on Monday, - remember your hats!

Kind regards
Ngā Mihi

Bec Power

Improving student wellbeing
Community consultation last year indicated concerns about student wellbeing and a desire for better emotional-social support at Muritai.  After discussions with the board, which regards student wellbeing as a priority, teaching staff  interviewed every student 1 on 1 about how safe they feel at Muritai.

While most - 89 percent - did, 11 percent did not, in an emotional sense rather than physically.
Bec Power and Deane Mckay then visited three schools with different approaches: Petone's Wilford School and Porirua's Papakowhai School, which both run the Finnish preventative anti-bullying model KiVa; and Moera's Randwick School which uses a Postive Behaviour 4 Learning model based on restorative justice discussions when things go wrong.

Our senior leadership team is now drawing on different threads to develop a unique "Muritai model" of wellbeing, to add to existing initiatives like peer mediators and kahikatea leaders.

We hope this will be launched at the beginning of 2018, with professional development for staff, and intend to create a deeply supportive school culture for all students that we can all be proud of.


Muritai School has been chosen by Cookie Time to sell their very popular Christmas Cookie buckets as a fundraiser.  We will be sending out details in the next month or so on how you can purchase your Christmas cookies through us.
Home and School

The Senior School has been lucky enough to be donated some wonderful Christmas treats which the students have used to put together a raffle as a fundraiser for all the Year 8 students Abel Tasman camp.
Prizes include a unique 'Karen Chao' handmade Christmas doll, a $500 voucher for Specsavers - Wellington as well as numerous other Christmas goodies.
Tickets are $3 each and are on sale at the office before and after school from Monday 30th October until Thursday 23rd November.  The raffle will be drawn in our whole school assembly on Friday 24th November.
We really  hope you are able to support our Year 8 students with this venture!

Issue 7 is now open and orders can be made either online at or by filling out your form and returning it to the school office by Friday the 3rd of November. If returning your order to school please note that payment can only be made by cheque to Scholastic NZ. You can pay by credit card if you make an online order. We cannot accept cash payments.

Fantatsic representation for Muritai bythe following children:-
Oscar Zuijderwijk
Ana Zuijderwijk
Lily Heath
Lola Campbell (Winner)
Mia Campbell
Rosa Blair
George Baird (Winner)
Marcus Ruane (Runner Up)
Johnny Baird
Hugh Diederich
Charlie Fisher
All children played to their best.  They were awesome!  Lola, George and Marcus will now represent HVT at the Regional Finals in Palmerstone North on 8 November.

4 2017 DATES
23 Oct                Labour Day
26 Oct                BOT Meeting at 7.30pm
3 Nov                 Year 1 and 2 New Entrant Photos and 7/8 Funny Photo
6 Nov                 Y7/8 Epro 8 Challenge
7 Nov                 Y4-6 SE Zone Athletics
8 Nov                 Y7-8 Touch Tournament
9 Nov                 Y5/6 Epro 8 Challenge
31 Nov               BOT meeting at 7.30pm
3 Dec                  Y8’s off to Abel Tasman Camp
6 Dec                  Y7’s at Mt Holdsworth overnight
19 Dec                LAST DAY OF TERM 4
                            EARLY FINISH AT 1PM

Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
Term 2 - Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July
Term 3 - Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September
Term 4 - Monday 15 October - Tuesday 18 October

Eastbourne Cricket Club welcomes years 0 - 2 and their families to register for Superstar Academy. Kids learn bat and ball skills followed by a sausage sizzle.  Registration fee includes giveaway pack and photo.
Starts:  Friday 10 November 2017 5:30 – 6:30pm
            HW Shortt Park
Register at    Any questions contact
Kula Kids Yoga classes continue at Hot Yoga Lower Hutt.  We're enrolling now for Term 4!
Yoga and mindfulness build skills that increase a child's sense of well-being, boosts the ability to self-regulate and sustain focus. Kids yoga is fun!  Ages 7-12
Saturdays in Lower Hutt
October 21 - 25 November
6 weeks
$80 for 6wks/$55 for 4wks/ $15 casual
Jeanne at
Maranui Junior Surf season starts on SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2017.
Summer is approaching, so now is the time to register with Maranui Surf Life Saving Club. Junior Surf is a great way for children to make friends, be active and enjoy the beach in a safe environment. Come along to our Registration and Club Open Day on Sunday 29 October, 12pm - 3pm. See what’s happening at the club this season, meet coaches, lifeguards and athletes, have a look around the surf clubhouse, register and become a member, information on junior surf, seniors, becoming a lifeguard and information on hiring the club. We look forward to seeing you all. Or join Maranui SLSC today

Eastbourne Junior Cricket Club
2017/18 Registration Open for Year 1-8 players
Online Junior Cricket Registration has opened for the 2017/18 season. All the details and online registration can be found at

Speak Again Performance Development provides a playful and creative environment to nurture children’s speech and creative arts skills. We are excited to announce that Speak Again is taking limited registrations for Term 4. Small group coaching will be available to Muritai students; years 3 - 8. Each lesson will be 30 minutes and held at the school during the weekday lunch breaks. For detailed information and enrolment please visit or call Emily Keddell on 0211885106.

Our community Eastbourne Swim Club is looking for coaches and assistant coaches for the upcoming season (generally coaches are poolside and assistants in the water). We cater for all ages and abilities (5 to 12). The season starts mid November when the Eastbourne Pool opens and runs through to mid March when the pool closes. If you are interested please contact the club on

Fun French for kids ​at Muritai School at lunch time
for ages 5-12
  • Experience French learning the fun way,
  • Lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, active games and music
  • Free trial lesson
  • To register your interest please contact Stefi  on or 021 178 2099

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