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 Alex Jacobs in Room 22, Lorenzo Caratori Tontini in Room 16,
Chloe Hammond Room 13 and Georgia Gellatly, Freddy Gulliver, Emreis Armstrong,
Max Fahey in Room 3.


Tena koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all

I’m delighted to announce our School Leaders for 2018.  This is never an easy decision-making process,
however I know that the outstanding applications by students and the careful consideration from teachers
has meant that this year’s school leaders have been thoroughly put through their paces in becoming elected!   

Please join with me in congratulating the following students:

School Leaders
Head Girl and Boy - Seren Lewis and Cameron Bentley
Deputy Head Boy and Girl:  George Walker and Abby Miller

Charters House Captains – Ella Szikszai and Luca McKay
Cook House Captains – Ollie Fastier and Alex Irvine
Sanson House Captains – Mila-Rose Daniel-Oakshatt and Blaine Knapman
King House Captains – Fraser Belliss and Harriet Travers
Assembly Hosts – Petra Tilley, Olivia Ogilvie, Emma Miller, Lily Heath, Abby McPhee, Amelia Swift,
Jasmine Leder, Emmylou Nickel, Ana Zuijderwijk
Charity Organisers – Elsie Wilson, Hazel Devenport, Emmylou Nickel, Poppy Neal, Alex Irvine and
Lucy Mirfin-Newman
Enviro Leaders – Imogen Twose, Petra Tilley, Elsie Wilson and Lachie Cook
Muritai TV – Javier Perez-Benet, Ruby Barton-Vivian, Clara Archibald, Dylan Mitchell, Ollie Faster,
Artemisia Walcott and Imogen Chappell
Sports Ambassadors – Olivia Ogilvie, Luca McKay, Elodie Bain, Noah Kirkham, Barney Cass, Lachlan Buchanan,
Blaine Knapman, Aren Coley and Rory Moffat
Kapa Haka Leaders – Barney Cass and Seren Lewis
Art Ambassadors – Artemisia Walcott, Poppy Neal, Esme Daley, Dylan Mitchell, Lily Heath, Elsie Wilson,
Hazel Devenport and Imogen Twose
Learning Ambassadors – Mila Bowling, Theo Thompson, Imogen Chappell, Solomon Tito, Cameron Bentley,
Esme Daley, Harrison Allen, Ruby Barton-Vivian, Barney Cass as well as Jemima Tito and Max Bentley (Y5)
and Joseph Keenan and Ishbel Cook (Year 6).

The school Head and Deputy students have already represented us at the opening of the Eastbourne Heritage
Trail last Sunday, where they joined with some senior students in singing a waiata to open the event to all of
us in attendance. If you have not yet seen the Heritage Trail stands, do take a look at them as you walk
around Eastbourne, they are a wonderful asset to our community.   

I was proud to attend the Eastbourne Community Board Awards last week where one of our own teachers
Mrs Buckley was given a special award!

Maureen was acknowledged for her long service at Muritai School  and as the award states “Mrs Buckley is a
wonderful teacher, loved by generations of Eastbourne School children and their families”.  

We firmly agree with the ‘Eastbourne Order of Excellence’ and congratulate Mrs Buckley on a well deserved

One of our Muritai parents were also acknowledged at the Eastbourne Awards - Sally Bain was recognised for
her work with all of her environmental efforts and involvement over a long period of time in Eastbourne and
Bays.  Congratulations Sally from all of us at Muritai!

Nāku noa, nā

Bec Power

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 18th December


Sunday 4 March 2018
Now's the time to sign up with your area or bay!  Events to suit the whole family.
Visit eastbournegames on Facebook to find a full schedule of events and registration forms.
Or contact your team leaders directly:
Point Howard - Kate Lynskey - 02102409589 Lowry Bay - Julie Parker - 0211139230 York Bay - Lian Butcher -
021905203 Mahina Bay - Joe Prebble - 0211305902 Days Bay - Bridget Penney - 0211570213
Rona Bay - Annette Sliper - 02102707886 Muritai - Carolyn Littlefair - 02102779369
Also, if you have old eastbourne games tshirts that no longer fit (or you've moved and now have the wrong
colour!) we'd love to have them back.  Please drop to the box in the school foyer.
See you there!

Fun French lessons for Seniors at Muritai School
·  We will be speaking French from the first lesson
·  Lots of interactive activities, role play, active games and music
·  I can start a class as soon as we have enough interest (5-6 students)
·  One group lesson a week, maximum 10 students
·  Time of lesson will be confirmed, either Tuesday after school or Thursday before school
·  To register your interest and for more info please contact Stefi  on
or 021 178 2099                                     

Sport Wainuiomata Triability Triathlon
$5 per child on Saturday 17 March  

The TriAbility Triathlon is an inclusive multisport event that supports people of ALL abilities in a competitive
environment. Distances to choose from:

Super Sprint: 300m swim, 9km cycle and 3km run/walk/wheel

Super Sonic: 50m swim, 2km cycle and 400m run/walk/wheel (for children, but open to all)

Kids Go Free at Staglands on Children’s Day
Staglands Wildlife Reserve will be celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday 4th March by offering FREE ENTRY
into The Reserve for ALL CHILDREN.
In addition to their usual attractions visitors can enjoy free off-road tractor-trailer rides.  So if you are looking
for a fun Children’s day outing for the whole family; meet at Staglands and Connect with Nature on
Sunday 4th March.
*Offer is not available with any other offer.   Children (0-16 years) must be accompanied by paying adult.
For more information visit


A warm welcome to Daniel Tucker, Lilian Tucker, Theo Longson, Leila Grenside, Julia McKay, Sebestyn Szabo and Sebastian Tubbs in Room 3, Oliver Jensen-Marshall in Room 8, Emmy McIntosh in Room 13, Quaid Hotter & Harper Calder in Room 14, Leo Schollum in Room 10, Estelle Jensen-Marshall in Room 16, Lucy Mirfin-Newman in Room 21 Orlagh Riden, Maya Houthoofdt and Elio Tavernet in Room 23.  


Tena koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all

Welcome back to school for 2018! We hope you all had a safe, fun and relaxing summer and holiday season packed with plenty of beach time and spending time with your nearest and dearest.  It has been nice to have a couple of short weeks to begin with children easing into a term filled with learning adventures! We hope you all had a fantastic extended Waitangi Weekend and took a moment to be thankful that we live in such a special country!

Thank you for supporting us with the extra day on Monday which we used as a Teacher Only Day with the entire staff -  office staff, support staff, library and teaching staff all spent time looking into the vision, mission and values of Muritai School. We were working with Mark Osborne, a well known education consultant as we began to dig into our future thinking for Muritai School. It’s really important to gather all voices, and your voices will be heard too, as we are now confirming dates with Mark to meet with our parents and our Board of Trustees later this term.  

 We have had an absolutely wonderful start to the term and year with the return of our energetic tamariki. Thank you for welcoming our new students and staff to Muritai - we are delighted to welcome the following staff to the Muritia whanau: Kate McLean (teaching in Room 10), Holli Williams (teaching in Room 14), Jenny George (teaching in Room 21), Gretchen Campbell and Hannah Watkins (part of our support staff superstar team).  

Safety Message from the Community Constable:
Please see the flyer below around tips for child safety brought to us from our friendly Community Constable.  We encourage you to go through these as a start of year organisation reminder of getting to and from school.  We are so lucky to live in such a safe environment, however empowering children with the knowledge of what to do if something unusual is occurring is incredibly important.  

Alistair Blair Trust:
We are so fortunate to be the holders of the Alistair Blair Trust.  Alistair was a past pupil of Muritai School who sadly passed away in a tragic accident in his early adulthood.  His family keep his memory alive annually by supporting the children and families of Muritai school who may be facing financial hardship.  The Trust Account is managed by our Board of Trustees and all recipients are highly confidential.  If you or someone you know are unable to take part in a school opportunity due to finances, you may like to be considered as a recipient.  Please direct all queries to myself
In 2017 the Alistair Blair Trust donated $400 to enable a child to attend the Abel Tasman camp.  We as a school community once again thank the Blair family for their ongoing generosity to the children of Muritai School.   

Learning partnership survey:
It was excellent to see so many of you at the Learning Partnership Meetings this week.  If you were unable to make the times available, please do take the time to connect with your child's teacher around your thoughts and goals for 2018.
We would love your feedback on the Learning Partnership Meetings - please take a moment to share:

Bec Power

Issue 1 of Lucky Book Club is now open. If you did not receive a catalogue it can be viewed at:
Orders can be placed either online at or by filling in the form on the catalogue and returning it to the office no later than Friday the 23rd of February.
All orders are delivered to the school approximately a week to ten days after the closing date and will be passed onto the students.
Online orders can only be paid by credit card. If you wish to pay by cheque please make it out to Scholastic NZ and return with the paper form to the office. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash orders.
We appreciate your support in making an order with Scholastic, as provides points for our school enabling new books to be purchased for our library.

Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April (NOTE: Teacher Only Day - 5th February - the Monday before Waitangi Day)
Term 2 - Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July
Term 3 - Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September
Term 4 - Monday 15 October - Tuesday 18 December

COMMUNITY NOTICES you want to learn to play guitar?  2018 Guitar Lessons at Muritai School
There are places available for new pupils from Years 3-8
Lessons will begin on Friday 9th Feb or Monday 12th Feb
The lessons are 30 minutes long, and will take place in groups of up to 4 pupils
The cost is $12 per lesson, and there are 8 lessons scheduled for Term 1
Pupils will need a guitar to use at home, and a clearfile to bring to school
Please contact:
Charles Hazlewood
(04) 934-2759, 029-9392759

Do you want to learn to play the Drums?  2018 Drum Lessons at Muritai School
There are places available for new pupils from Years 3-8
Lessons will begin on Thursday 15th Feb
The lessons are 30 minutes long
Please contact:
Andy Russell

Art Classes with Meg Prebble
Small group after school art classes for ages 7-12. I have a few spots open in my art classes for term one. Call me on 027 407 5098, or email

New Year, New Habits!
Kids and Teen Yoga classes for Term 1 begin in February in 3 locations - Lower Hutt, Johnsonville, and Eastbourne. Come to one of our ‘Taster’ classes and give it a go!
Yoga is a form of movement that can be gentle or athletic and is non-competitive. It builds strength of body and mind, balance and flexibility.  The yoga teachings include principles of compassion for self and others, discipline and self-study. Kula Kids Yoga classes are playful, imaginative and weave games, song, and story into the practice of the poses.
Yoga for older students fosters positive self-awareness and teaches tools to safely manage stress.  
Contact Jeanne of Kula Kids Yoga with questions or to book

The Eastbourne-Bays Community TYrust and Historical Society of Eastbourne would like to invite everyone to attend the Opening Ceremony of the new Eastbourne Heritage Trail.  This will be held at the Eastbourne Sports and Services Club at 11.30am on Sunday 18 February 2018.  All attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments in the Eastbourne Sports and Service Club after the opening.  

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
·  visit the website