Week 6, Term 1 2019

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


Kia ora koutou

Immunisation Records
The current situation in Christchurch is a timely reminder for us to ensure we have all immunisation information in our database up to date.  I have asked the staff to ensure their immunisations are up to date.  Our procedures state that in cases of outbreaks of infectious disease, we will follow the advice of the Ministries of Education & Health.  Please be aware that in serious cases of outbreaks, this may include requiring children who we don’t have full immunisation records for, to stay  home.  Please ensure we have up to date information about your child’s immunisation status.

More information is available on:

•       Regional Public Health - www.rph.org.nz
•       Ministry of Health - www.health.govt.nz
•       Immunisation Advisory Centre - www.immune.org.nz


Next week, primary teachers and principals around the country who are NZEI Te Riu Roa members are heading to meetings to vote on whether to accept or reject the latest collective agreement offers from the government. They will also be voting on whether to take strike action should the offers be rejected.

We are remaining open during the time the teachers will attend these meetings, however your child may be placed in a different class on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon from 1:30 - 3 pm so that their teacher can attend one of the local meetings.

These meetings are a crucial part of the ‘Kua Tae Te Wā - It’s Time’ campaign. They’re an opportunity for teachers and principals to come together to discuss the offer and decide next steps.
We want to ensure teaching is an attractive profession for people to join and stay in, and we have asked that the government provide for better staffing to reduce class sizes and give us more time to teach and time to lead.
The offers received are only minimally different from what was offered (and rejected) last year. This is because the government has refused to increase the amount of money available.  
Already, many schools are having to make sacrifices because of the difficulty in recruiting teachers and relievers, and we must take bold steps to turn this around.
We really appreciate your continued support. If these offers are rejected, it is the voices of parents and the wider public that will be key to forcing the government to listen as we continue our campaign to ensure every child gets the best possible education.
For more information, please go to http://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/ or talk with your child’s teacher.

Policy Review - Term 1 2019
Through our School Docs portal there is one policy for parents to review over this term.  All of our policies are available at any time via our school website here: https://www.muritai.school.nz/copy-of-school-information

This term parents are reviewing:

Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Harmful Substances
  1. Visit the website http://muritai.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2. Enter the username (muritai) and password (muritaischool).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Kind regards
Ngā Mihi

Bec Power

School Photos will be taken next week, starting on Monday through to Thursday.  The schedule of times is below:

18th March
19th March
20st March
21st March


Room 2 x 16
Year 1

We may call for the children from Room 10 who are having portraits

Room 3 x 19
Year 2

We may call for the children from Room 11 who are having portraits

Room 5 x 26
Year 2

We may call for the children from Room 13 who are having portraits

Room 6 x 26
Year 1

We may call for the children from Room 14 who are having portraits
Morning Tea


Room 11 x 28
Year 3+4

Room 12 x 26
Year 3+4

Room 13 x 26
Year 3+4

Room 14 x 28
Year 3+4


Room 7 x 28
Year 4+5+6

Room 8 x 27
Year 4+5+6

Room 15 x 26
Year 4+5+6

Room 16 x 25
Year 4+5+6


STAFF PHOTO for teachers and teacher aides years 1+2, 3+4

STAFF PHOTO for  teachers and teacher aides
 years 5+6, 7+8

STAFF PHOTO for Bec and office staff.
Last opportunity for staff.


Room 23 x 30
Year 7+8

Room 21 x 30
Year 7+8

Room 22 x 31
Year 7+8

110 children
108 children
106 children

Year 7+8 at Wainui in the morning
74 children


Movie Fundraiser
Muritai Home & School are very excited to bring you our Movie Fundraiser: “Celia” a documentary about the late Celia Lashlie by Amanda Millar
Hugely popular at last year’s NZ International Film Festival, one reviewer from the Celia Movie Facebook page said "one of the best movies I have ever seen. so many powerful messages and layers to this film. everyone must see this!”

Monday 18th March 8:30pm
Lighthouse Cinema Petone
Tickets $20 available from school office from Monday or by email:
Tots: totsandrew@gmail.com
Kaye: KSherwin@xtra.co.nz
Belinda: teamtito@xtra.co.nz or 027 253 3773

18-22 Mar
School Photos
19 Mar
Makahika Camp Meeting - 6.15pm
20 Mar
Starting School at Five Information Evening at 7pm
22 Mar
Whole School assembly - Tui
26 Mar
IZ Rippa Rugby Tournament - Y3-6
2-5 Mar
Makahika Camp for Kereru syndicate
5 Apr
Whole school assembly - Korora
12 April
Last day of Term 1
29 April
First day of Term 2

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

Welcome to the 2019 Eastbourne Football Club Season!  
The 2019 season kicks off for our Junior grades on 6 April 2019.
Registrations are now open on our website; www.efc.org.nz
You'll find everything you need to know about this coming season and instructions on how to register via MyCOMET.

We've also put some FAQs together which you'll find here; http://efc.org.nz/PDFs/EFC-FAQs.pdf

If you have any questions, contact us at info@efc.org.nz

We welcome back our returning players and look forward to meeting new ones.

Guitar Lessons at Muritai School Do you want to learn to play guitar?  I am now accepting enrolments for Term 1 for pupils in years 3 to 8. The lessons are taken by Charles Hazlewood on Mondays or Fridays during school time. The tuition is held in small groups according to ability and age. It is educational, and normally a lot of fun!
The school has guitars to use at lesson time, but you will need a guitar to play at home. I am a very experienced music teacher currently teaching at several schools in Lower Hutt.

The cost will be $12 per 30 minute lesson, multiplied by the number of lessons to be held during the term. Usually there would be 8 lessons, so the term fees would be $96.
Please call Charles on 04-934-2759 or 029-9392759 or charleshazlewood1@gmail.com

Drum lessons available for Muritai students between years 3 and 8. Please email our drum tutor Andy Russell at andyrussellmusic@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

Fun French for Muritai School children lunch time

Special class available for juniors on Thursdays. Class for older students on Tuesdays.
· Experience French learning the fun way! Children speak French from the first lesson
· Lessons once a week, lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, active games and music
· Free trial lesson.  After that $14.50 per lesson, plus a membership starter pack of materials to use at home, siblings 10% discount
· To register your interest please contact Stefi  on Stefi@funlanguages.co.nz or 021 178 2099
· visit the website www.lcfclubs.co.nz
Get in touch for more details.