Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Greetings, Malo e Lelei, Kia Orana, Bonjour, Nǐ hǎo, Hallo, Hola, Kon'nichiwa, Namaste, G’day mate


Kia ora koutou,

This week we have our year 8 students enjoying a long held tradition at Muritai - the Year 8 end of year Abel Tasman Camp.  Although at times during the camp the students are well out of cell phone range, through the wonders of modern technology they have sent us daily updates of their whereabouts and more photographs of the paradise that is the Abel Tasman National Park.  
(This photo was taken on Monday by Carole Lowe in Kaiteriteri)

We are looking forward to welcoming our weary travellers back late this afternoon where they will have a well deserved rest over the weekend, before gearing up for one of the highlights of the Muritai school year (for students and staff) next week - the Year 8 formal on Thursday evening.  

Here’s one last photo of our campers taking part in their Formal Dancing practice(dressed in togs on the beach)
(Photo courtesy of Lisa Daniel - camp parent)

Next week we have a very full week here at school with each syndicate being extremely busy taking part in end of year EOTC learning and fun adventures.

We also invite you to join us for our final Celebrations of Learning evening on Tuesday.  We would love to see you, please drop in to your child's classroom anytime from 3-6pm.

Other events on next week:

Korora:  Athletics Day - 9am - 1pm

Kereru: Santa's Workshop Rooms 8 & 15 in Room 9
10 am - 12.30pm

Reports come home
Korora: Christmas Concert and afternoon tea - 1.30pm - 3pm

Kereru: Santas Workshop Rooms 7 & 16 in Room 9
10am - 12.30pm

Tui:  Days Bay Picnic

Kereru: Triathlon - Eastbourne Pool & Bishop Park

Kahu: Year 8 Gardasil Immunisation
Tui:  Timbernook visit - Room 10 & 11

Kereru:  Weta workshop visit - Room 7 & 16

Tui:  Timbernook visit - Room 14 & 13

Kereru:  Weta Workshop visit - Room 8 & 15

Kahu:  Days Bay Day
7pm BOT Meeting
3-6pm Celebration of Learning - Whole School

Year 8 Formal

Parent Helper Morning Tea
We would like to invite our parent helpers  to a morning tea on Monday the 17th December at 10:30am in the library.  If you have helped us out in any way small or large this year, we’d love for you to join us.

Bec Power


Over this year children and teachers have been busy transforming their learning programmes with the use of Digital Technology. Part of this the children were creating digital outcomes. To celebrate the amazing photos, movies, music videos, graphic designs iBooks, coded games etc  we entered some of these into the New Zealand MADE Awards (Movie And Digital Excellence), an outlet that enables students to share their work with a much wider audience, to be proud of their efforts and to share their learning.

Here are the MADE Awards finalists for this years Muritai entries:
Photography - Down The Drain  Cooper Halford     
Photography - Always Looking Up Johnny Baird
Graphic Design - Disney Reality - First the Ice caps Charlotte Claridge
Music Video - Sing a Rainbow Room 3
Music Video - Ants Go Marching Room 1
Music Video - Onesie Day Luke Butler
Documentary - Deforestation Year 3 Room 11
Documentary - Sustainable Minecraft Hunter Chapman, Finn Johnstone, Archie Mackenzie
Story Telling - Little Red Riding Hood - A New Ending Little Red Animators Room 5
Story Telling - The Gingerbread Man Gingerbread Man Animators Room 5
Open (iBook) - Brody the Rock Fraser Neilson
Open (Coding) - Why You Shouldn't Lie on an Active Volcano as it Might Erupt Lochie Cook

I was lucky enough to attend the MADE Awards this year alongside two fantastic finalists that represented the school  - it was a pleasure to see Muritai School awarded the following places:

Year 1 - 3 Digital Image Photograph
2nd Place - Down The Drain  Cooper Halford

Year 1 - 3 Graphic Design
2nd Place - Disney Reality - First the Ice caps Charlotte Claridge

Year 4 - 6 Music Video
2nd Place - Onesie Day Luke Butler

Year 4 - 6 Documentary
3rd Place - Sustainable Minecraft Hunter Chapman, Finn Johnstone, Archie Mackenzie

Open Category
Most Outstanding - iBook Brody the Rock Fraser Neilson
Most Outstanding - Coding Why You Shouldn't Lie on an Active Volcano as it Might Erupt Lochie Cook

Well done to all children that entered the MADE Awards this year and congratulations to all that received either a finalist or place in this years MADE Awards.
Jamie Power

2-7 Dec
Y8 Abel Tasman Camp
6 Dec
BOT Meeting
10 Dec
Kororā Athletics Day
11 Dec
Kororā Christmas Concert and afternoon tea
12 Dec
Yr 8 Gardasil
13 Dec
Year 8 Formal
18 Dec
Last day of the year
Leaving Assembly

Term 4 - Monday 15 October - Tuesday 18th December (1pm finish)

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

Community Notices

Join us for an Afternoon of hARTspace Creativity

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get some valuable Xmas Preparation done, and give your kids some Xmas fun at the same time.
Also support our young adults as all profits will be split between them, encouraging innovation, team work and independence.

Where…….    Satori space, Rimu Street, Eastbourne.

When…….     Saturday, 15th December, 12:30 – 4:30pm

What ……      Six young local adults, (supported by Clare Leniston from hARTspace,) will be leading a variety of creative activities, using a range of medium from wool to plasticine and everything between.

Cost …….   $50 for the 4-hour session including materials and light afternoon snack of muffin and fruit. Please bring own drink and sun hat for a run around break at 1:30 at bishops Park.
Please be sure your child has eaten lunch prior to arriving.

Who …… Primary aged children preferably 8+yrs.  Younger children considered if they are focused and art and craft enthusiasts.

A family discount for more than one child in a family will be offered on request.

To make an enquiry or secure a place on the art afternoon,
Email Clare at
or txt message 021 057 4487