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 Romeo Meyer-Westfield and Frankie Duffy-Searle to Room 4 recently and Torin O’Neill to Room 8 and Noelle O’Neill to Room 14.


Kia ora koutou, welcome back to school! I hope you had an enjoyable two week term break.  Our students and staff have returned re energised, refreshed and raring to go!

This week we’ve had a focus each day on our new Muritai School values - Explore, Connect and Contribute!  We have had learning opportunities and fun every day that relate to each of the values, including a fun house afternoon yesterday when our students were able to connect with their housemates from around the school.  Ask your children about the new values, and ask them to explain how they can demonstrate being an explorer, a connector or how they contribute. 

Kereru Team spelt out the letters and then took a photo of the team spelling them out:

Tui Team were lucky to have Leo (in Room 10’s) ‘Uncle Matt’ use a drone to take photos of their activity.  

The Tui syndicate children had to make letter shapes out of their bodies. We started with 1 person one letter and moved to 40 people one letter.  The children ended by making the E for Explorer, C for Connector and C for Contributor.  We will be displaying these in the Tui Classrooms.

Shake Out 2018
We had a very successful ‘Shake Out’ practice this week where we practiced for an earthquake and then evacuated for a Tsunami drill.   We were pleased to meet some of our Muritai parents and community members up beyond the blue tsunami lines who were also taking part in the nationwide Shakeout18 drill.  

You may like to practice the Stop Drop and Hold routine at home and then discuss your tsunami evacuation as a family so you are prepared.  Check out the WREMO  preparedness guide here:

Mrs Ryan - Retiring from Muritai - Remember our assembly next week:
Barbara Ryan has been a teacher at Muritai School for the past 26 years.  She will be moving to Tauranga to retire in the sun in her newly built house!  Barbara has been a wonderful teacher at Muritai School for the past 26 years and will be sorely missed by us all. We will be having a farewell assembly for Barbara at school on Friday October 26th which I do hope you will be able to attend.

Building Projects
The old dental clinic has begun its transformation and the team of builders we have on site are making short work of the task ahead!  You will have also noticed the main school staffroom quad outside of Rooms 4, 5 and 6 is fenced off for the staffroom extension to begin.   Please take extra care around the construction site entrances.

Teacher only Day - Term 4 2018
In Term 4 we have our final Teacher only day of 2018.  This will be Friday the 23rd November, and school will be closed.  Our final Teacher Only Day this year will be used by teachers for professional development together as a whole staff, and also a portion of the day as administration and report writing preparation time for teaching staff.  

Bec Power


The school athletic sports day for our Year 3-8 students is going to be held on Thursday 25th October. The first rotation is set to begin at 9:15am and the relays, which is the final event of the athletics meet, is set to finish at approximately 2:30pm

The children will need to come well prepared on the day. They will need:
Appropriate clothing and footwear
Warm jersey/jacket to put on if it is cool
Plenty of healthy food to eat for morning tea and lunch
Large drink bottle 

We are looking forward to a fine day and plenty of sunshine!

Yr 7 EOTC week will be held the week of November 26-30 with Information and permission slips coming home via email today so please keep an eye out for this in your inbox.  Any questions around this week can be directed to Carol Algar via or Jon Mackie via

Kororā (Junior school) will be having a wheels day on Friday 2 November and Athletics day on Monday 10 December.  They will also be holding their Christmas concert and after tea on Tuesday 11 December at 1.30 pm.  More information will be coming out regarding these events later in the term.  

Lucky Book Club issue 7 is now open. Please either fill in the form in the catalogue and return to the school office with a cheque made out to Scholastic NZ or go to to make an online order. Orders need to be made by Friday the 2nd of November. If you are choosing items as gifts and do not want the order to be given to your child, please select the gift option and you will be notified when these are ready to be collected from the office.

Registrations and payment due by Friday (19 October).  Games start on Monday 29 October. Groups of friends are welcome to enter (they don’t need to be entered by a school), no uniforms are needed but matching t-shirts are helpful.  We have these grades on offer, with spaces still available in all:
  • 7v7 Intermediate aged teams
  • 7v7 Year 6 teams – having a go at 7v7 before intermediate next year
  • 6v6 Year 5 teams (with a few Year 6’s)
  • 6v6 Year 4/5 teams – Year 4’s having a go at 6v6 netball before next season

Twilight is fun, social netball played on Monday afternoons with these Junior grades at 4 or 5pm.  Team entry for Juniors is only $80 for the 6 week season (umpire additional $120 if you need to book one via us).  More information on our website under ‘Social’ and registration is

Make sure you have purchased your Muritai School sport uniform by next week. First touch game is Friday 25th October. All children playing for Muritai must wear the school t-shirt and the shorts.  

We still need children’s tracksuit pants or leggings for our sick room.  We seem to have lost a few over the past few months and need to replenish our stocks for children who need to have a change of clothes.  Anything up to about a year 10 would be much appreciated.  We have plenty of tops!

Abel Tasman fundraising
Our year 8 children are heading off to Abel Tasman at the end of the year for their final Muritai camp and have been fundraising to help with the cost.  Available in the office are some Reusable Produce Bags - great for taking to the supermarket and filling with your fresh produce.  You will be helping the environment by not using plastic bags for all your fruit and veges, whilst also helping the year 8’s with their fundraising.  They cost $22.50 for a pack of 5.

26 Oct
29 Oct
School Athletics Day
1 Nov
BOT Meeting
2 Nov
Kororā  Wheels Day
5 Nov
SE Zone Athletics
9 Nov
11 Nov
Starting school at five information evening at 7 p.m.
23 Nov
Teacher Only Day
26-30 Nov
Year 7 EOTC Week
2-7 Dec
Y8 Abel Tasman Camp
6 Dec
BOT Meeting
10 Dec
Y8 Gardasil
Kororā Athletics Day
11 Dec
Kororā Christmas Concert and afternoon tea
13 Dec
Year 8 Formal
18 Dec
Last day of the year
Leaving Assembly

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 - Please note: Friday the 23rd November - Teacher only Day

Please note our term dates for next year - 2019
Term dates for 2019 have been confirmed by our Board of Trustees as follows:-
Term 1             Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April
            Teacher only day on Friday 15 February
Term 2 Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4 Monday 14 October to Thursday 19 December


Kula Kids Yoga classes improve strength, flexibility and balance. They teach important mindfulness practices to improve concentration and reduce anxiety and stress.  But we know, kids want it to be fun! After school classes for Term 4 in Newlands, Lower Hutt and Eastbourne 23 October through 10 December.  Find timetables at

Summer is coming which means Eastbourne Swim Club will be starting soon too! Swim club has been running at the Eastbourne pool for many years. Classes are held on Thursday's starting when the pool opens (mid-November) until it closes (mid-March). We  are always on the lookout for coaches (poolside) and assistant coaches (in the pool). If this is something that interests you, please get in touch with the committee at:<>
Registrations for swimmers will open end October.