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 Keira McKeagg and Tui Jensen in Room 2 this week.


Tena koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all

On the final day of the term I want to take the opportunity to celebrate the exciting  learning already had in term one, and to thank you all for your support and engagement with our school as we head into the term break.  

Wahine 50th Commemorations
Our ‘Muritai Museum’ has been an incredibly popular way for us to share our learning from Term 1!  We enjoyed hosting many visitors from far and wide over the past 10 days and have felt immensely proud as a learning community of what we were able to achieve.    The feedback that we have had from many parents, past students, community members and the rescuers and the survivors themselves from the Wahine, will stay with us for a long time. The children have been able to play a role in a significant historical event, and we as a staff are delighted to have designed the learning activities and opportunities to enable them to do this.    

We thank you all for your support in allowing us to host the special and rare dawn service and remembrance commemorations here at school on Tuesday, and appreciate you making alternative arrangements so that we could allow the near on 500 attendees to enjoy the school library and facilities for the early morning event.  

On behalf of us all, I wish you a wonderful, safe and refreshing term break, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on the 30th April, to begin the term two learning adventure.  

Nāku noa, nā

Bec Power

Speak Again will continue teaching performance development to Muritai students this coming term. We will focus on performing through character and script with a chance for students to show their work at the end of the term. We are happy to accommodate eager new students to our small groups' Wednesday, half hour sessions. Years 3 - 8 only. If interested please register at


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 Moritz Seiler in Room 2 this week.


Tena koutou katoa, warm greetings to you all

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter break, it was a delight to have an Easter break
with such good weather! I hope you enjoyed plenty of choccy and relaxation.  
Thank you for your attendance at the Learning Conversations over the past two evenings.  
We value the home and school connection and believe it has an enormous impact on children's learning when there is cohesion between the classroom and home.  

A huge thank you to our teachers who hosted these over the last two nights, your time and energy preparing for and hosting these conversations is very valued by our whole school community.  

Wahine 50th - Later start to the day (April 10th is at 10am)
Our ‘Muritai Museum’ is  looking incredible! It is open from 8:30 - 3:30 pm Monday to Thursday next week.  As well as our Library, there are many special spots around the school that are infused with the students artefacts and responses to our inquiry learning, do pop in for a look around.  

As I mentioned in the last newsletter the Hutt city Mayor has asked to use our school facilities to host a very special event for those who survived the Wahine many years ago and we are happy to oblige due to such a significant event.  Please note on Tuesday the 10th of April, we ask that you assist us with the later start to the school day of 10am.   We ask this so that the survivors (some of whom are elderly), and may be returning to Eastbourne for the first time in 50 years, are able to use the very hall and facilities they may have been rescued and evacuated to.  We want to ensure a calm, safe environment with adequate parking, for them to take some time to experience, reflect and remember. We thank you in advance for enabling this to happen.

No After Drop off Walk and Talk Next Week
Please take note, there is no Walk and Talk on Tuesday next week due to the Wahine Commemorations.  

Nāku noa, nā

Bec Power


Next Friday, the 13th april, there is going to be a onesie day to celebrate Autism awareness week. We are holding a fundraiser to support people with autism and to celebrate their talents and skills.There are people in our school living with autism everyday, so wear your onesies to school to celebrate them.

Your fundraising will enable Autism NZ to provide vital support to people and their families affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We aim to encourage people to create an autism friendly environment so that people with autism can be accepted in the community and provide them with the opportunity for them to have a better future.

Thank you  
Elsie Wilson
Charity group leader.

Our Year 5 and 6 students returned back from a week at Makahika Camp on Friday.   Although there were a couple of wet days, the children had a ball! A huge thank you to all the parents who helped look after them all and, of course, to our wonderful teachers and the instructors at Makahika Camp.  

Muritai Thunder mixed touch team won the Year 3/4 mixed touch group 3 final on Friday 23 March against Gracefield Jets.  The game was very exciting with a tie at full time 7-7, extra time was played 3 v 3 players with Max Longley scoring a length of the field try to win the game.  MVP went to Jac Hayes and rookie of the year to Oscar Beck. All players were massive for the team and players the school can be very proud of. Massive thanks to Hannah Park and Claire Bennett for helping out in the final they were awesome.  

Team members: Jac Hayes, Seb Bodden, Max Longley, Finlay Lewis, Oscar Beck, Sam Cathie, Fergus Smith, Joanne Vallet, Hannah Park, Claire Bennett.

The Muritai Sharks won the Year 3 / 4 mixed touch group 2 final against the Gracefield Rabbitohs.  It was a very tough game but they persevered, played with a lot of intensity and determination and managed to pull off a 4-1 win!   Izzy Lewis was our Most Improved Player for the season, and Thomas Keenan was our most Valuable Player.

Following on from their recent success in the South East Zones tournament, our year 5/6 Rippa Rugby teams played in the Interzone tournament earlier this week.  

The Muritai Canes and Muritai Lions played amazingly well with the Muritai Lions placed 4th overall and the Muritai Canes placed 2nd overall after a tense extra time final.  It was great having both teams finish in the top half of the tournament.

Our lost property bins are overflowing once again.  Please come and take a look and claim anything that belongs to your child/ren.  

Term 1 - Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
Tuesday 10 April - School Starts at 10am
Term 2 - Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July
Term 3 - Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September
Term 4 - Monday 15 October - Tuesday 18 December


April school holiday basketball skills camp
  • Wellington Basketball is running a Hoop Kids Autumn Camp from Monday the 16th to Wednesday the 18th of April at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. I already know of a good number of Eastbourne Year 4-8 children who are attending to have fun and improve their basketball skills.
  • The camps are for both beginners and players with a little experience, run by quality coaches and well supervised.
  • Register now and don’t miss out – they’re very popular

Missing from school since Friday 23rd March, a new (un-named) pink & blue MGP scooter.  If you see it or have popped it away for safe keeping please contact Trudy on 021955873.  Thank you!

Holiday Events at Hutt City Libraries
Join us at Hutt City Libraries during the April school holidays for FREE splashtastic events for tamariki.
Super stories, splashy art, Lego fun, watery music, and lots more! Check out our School Holiday Events for more information.
Find out more at or pop into your local library!

At Eastbourne Library on Friday 20th April at 11am
Listen to stories that make a SPLASH before working together to create a BIG submarine.

At Eastbourne Library on Friday 27th April at 11am
Help us add a SPLASH of colour to the library!

Burdan’s Gate twice yearly beach clean up is on tomorrow, April 7th, from 9:00am-noon.
Meet at Burdan’s Gate and wander south down the coast by foot or bike.
All welcome. Bags and gloves provided. Rain or shine.
For more info contact Sarah Pettus: or text 021 024 04667