25 October 2019

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

A warm welcome to Abigail Durant to Room 8, Ruby Sissons Room 3m Ben Sissons Room 12, Isaac Trinh Room 5, Henry Ledingham and Isla Lee to Room 1.


Tena koutou Muritai families, 

MADE Awards
We have once again had great success in getting into the national finals for the Movie and Digital Excellence Awards!  We have 5 finalists across year 5-8 this year which was no easy feat as the closing date was during our ERO visit last term in week 9 (well done teachers!).
  • Reihan Kusnadi for his documentary on ‘Ramadan’
  • Quincy Buckley for  his documentary on ‘How my passions evolved’ 
  • Hunter and James (The Give Backs) for their photograph titled ‘Nature’s Gift’
  • Emily Ebskamp for her photograph titled ‘Pop’
  • Team L.O.A.F (Lochie, Ollie, Alex and Fraser) for their commercial ‘Library Odyssey’
A HUGE congratulations to all entries, and a special ‘well done’ to our national finalists above! We look forward to finding out the results in November. 

Mihi Whakatau
This morning we held our termly welcoming ceremony - a mihi whakatau which was to welcome our new students for Term 4.  We also welcomed our newest teachers, Kea Maritz, who joins us in working with our final group of new entrant learners alongside Jess in Room 1.  

Each term we make improvements to our ceremony welcoming our new students and teaching staff.  We now invite our parents of students to attend the mihi whakatau alongside their children and have donated some books to the library as a koha from the families joining our school.  We enjoyed hosting the parents of our new students after the welcome in our staffroom for morning tea.

2020 Classes
Each year at this time we are underway with the intricate and complicated science of collating the following year’s classes.  This involves advertising for teaching positions, communication with outside specialist agencies, talking with current teachers and listening to the voices of all stakeholders - including parent voice. 

Although at Muritai we do not take parent requests for class placements, if you have some information you think we would find useful about your child, you are welcome to provide us with this.  In order to ensure the timeframes are met within the process, we ask that any information that you want us to take into account is provided directly to me over this next week - and before 3pm on the 6th of November, as we will then begin putting the classes together.  (If you send information after this due date it is impossible to ensure it can be taken into account - as once we begin, it is a little like a spiderweb of childrens names and information that cannot be easily changed.)  

After the 6th November we then set about using information ensuring a balance to each group of learners with needs and abilities in social and emotional skills, academic strengths and needs, behavioural needs , etc etc as well as working to a formula of ensuring all children have a social group and classes are particular sizes to fit that year’s formula.   Once again - please do not send important information after this date, as we may not be able to meet any of your recommendations once the classes have been put together.  

If your child will not be with us in 2020, we would appreciate knowing this asap!

You can email your thoughts and important information to my address - Principal@Muritai.school.nz

Enjoy the long weekend all - see you next Tuesday for our annual athletic sports!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Bec Power, Principal


Hello Muritai Families 

The Board of Trustees wish to inform you that one of our elected members Marni Stevenson has tendered her resignation from the Board due to personal circumstances. We wish to thank Marni for her service and wish her all the best for the future. 

We will discuss our next steps as a Board at our next meeting on the 7th November. 

Kind Regards
Muritai Board of Trustees 


A group of year 5-8 students  had a grand time yesterday at Holy Cross School in Miramar, playing and singing with a group of 120 students from schools in the Wellington region. The Kiwilele festival has been going for many years in Auckland and today they launched it in Wellington.

Our guys were awesome! They performed ‘Old Town Road’ and got a mighty response from the crowd.

As we move into our summer months, we need to be mindful of the sun and being sun smart.  Children must have a wide brimmed hat in Term 4 and Term 1 next year (no caps in year 0-6 please).

What: An evening of information, fun, challenge and learning about how we teach maths at Muritai School. Come and hear from our Maths Advisor Julie Roberts and the School Maths Team about maths best practice and pedagogy, then see it in action where the children will share with you some knowledge based maths games. 
When: Week 5 Wednesday 13th November, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
How: 5:00pm - 5:30pm Sausage in bread outside the hall, 5:30pm - 5:45pm an introduction to Muritai Maths with Julie Roberts and the Maths Team, 5:45pm - 6:15pm showcase of maths in classrooms (student led), 6:15pm - 6:30pm collection of your Bangers and Math goody bags full of fun maths games and activities for home :) 

An invitation will be coming home in the next few weeks with more details. 

So please add this into your calendar and come and see some of the great things Muritai School is doing relating to Maths. 

Nourish was previously called Hutt Hamper Elves and Muritai has supported them in previous years.  They connect with primary schools in the Hutt Valley and Porirua region in the lead up to Christmas and provide the opportunity for families in need to receive a large hamper of nourishing food.  Each family receives a hamper filled with pantry staples as well as Christmas treats.  This year they have had requests for over 500 hampers and need to fundraise over $75,000.  

To this end, our Year 8 Charity Ambassadors have organised a fundraiser 'Bake Sale' for Nourish next Friday1 November.  Children can bring coins to purchase some lovely food for morning tea. 

The whole school successfully took part in 'Shakeout New Zealand' on Thursday October 17th.  All children did an earthquake drill first and then went up McKenzie Road for the Tsuanami hikoi. Everyone was calm and the process went smoothly.

Issue seven is now available and orders will be closing on Monday the 4th of November. Your order can be done either online at this link https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx or by filling in the paper form in the catalogue and sending it with the payment back to the school office. Please make payment by cheque to Scholastic NZ as unfortunately we do not accept cash payments through the school. 

Thank you to all the students who attended our Disco last term. You were dressed up, ‘glowing’, dancing and having a great time. The Home & School team raised $1859.94, a FANTASTIC effort! This year the money will go towards library computer resources to support our wonderful librarian Sue to manage this great asset.

Home & School would like to thank the teachers and parent helpers who assisted with the hall set-up, kitchen and foyer duties on the night.
A special thanks to Sinead from Tommy’s Real Estate for donating the ice-blocks.

Thank you for supporting Home & School at Muritai!

Take the thinking out of Christmas ideas this year!  The perfect gift to give for Christmas to friends, family and colleagues.

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Available from 18 November.

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A percentage of proceeds will go towards Home & School fundraising at Muritai School.

More details to follow in November!

Term Dates 2020
Term dates for 2020 have been confirmed by our Board of Trustees as follows:-

Term 1   Wednesday 5 February to Thursday 9 April
Term 2   Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July
Term 3   Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4   Monday 12 October to Thursday 17 December

29 Oct
Year 3-8 Athletics Day
29 Oct
Abel Tasman Camp meeting 6-7pm
31 Oct
Tui Trip to Lakes
1 Nov
Whole school assembly - Tuī led
5 Nov
SE Zone Athletics
7 Nov
 Postponement day for SE Zone Athletics
7 Nov
BOT meeting at 6.15pm
15 Nov
Whole school assembly - Kororā led
19 Nov
Inter Zone Athletics
21 Nov
Postponement day Inter Zone Athletics
26 Nov
Wellesley Cricket exchange Year 5’s
27 Nov
Starting School at 5 Information Evening 7-8pm
29 Nov
Whole school assembly - Kererū led
1 Dec
Abel Tasman camp for year 8’s
3 Dec
Regional Athletics
4 Dec
Postponement day Regional Athletics
10 Dec
Y8 Gardasil vaccination
11 Dec
Kererū Triathlon
11 Dec
BOT meeting at 6.15pm
17 Dec
Year 8 Formal
19 Dec
Leavers Assembly at 11am
19 Dec
School closes at 1pm


Registrations for the Eastbourne Swim Club are open! Our first club night is Thursday 14th November and we will run to 19 December, then resume after the holidays on the 6th February to 5th March. Our club meets at the Eastbourne Summer Pool. 
Click here to register.
Alternatively, we will be at the pool from 10am-12pm when it opens on 9th November to take registrations and answer questions. Pool entry is free this day so come along for a swim!
As always, classes are allocated on a first in first served basis.

Eastbourne Swim Club runs affordable lessons for children aged 5-12 years on Thursday’s during term time over the summer months. It’s a local club run by a committee made up of volunteer parents. The club would benefit from a few more committee members and swimming coaches, both poolside and assisting in the water. If this is something you would be interested in finding out more about we would love to hear from you.
We are looking forward to a fantastic season this year and hope to see you all there.
You can email us at eastbourneswimclub@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page.

Eastbourne Swim Club Committee

Lower Hutt Amateur Athletics Club  
We are a summer track and field club, with the season starting Wednesday 16th of October and running through to October. Club night is held at Hutt Rec, Wednesdays 6pm – 7:30pm.

The Lower Hutt Amateur Athletics Club provide a fun environment with a mixture of games for ages 5 and 6, and for ages 7 – 15 years old a mixture of Skill based activities and track and field events. Keen athletes can access specialist coaching and represent Lower Hutt by competing in Interclub events and other competitions through the season.

For more information including details on online registration, visit the website https://www.sporty.co.nz/lowerhuttaac

Whitby Collegiate Open Days and Year 9 Scholarship for 2020
Open Day
From the beginning of 2020 Marsden Whitby will become Whitby Collegiate. You are invited to view Whitby Collegiate during our Open Days on  Friday 18 October and Friday 15 November.  The school will be open for guided tours between 10am and 2pm.  There will be staff and students to talk to and our students look forward to showing you around.

Scholarships- Whitby Collegiate invites applications for Year 9 Scholarships in 2020. Applications can be submitted online on our website - whitbycollegiate.school.nz.  If you have any questions or would like a personal tour, please contact Lorraine Rose on 04 234 1070.

Transport - There are easy transport links to Whitby Collegiate and our school buses bring students from the Hutt Valley, Johnsonville, Churton Park, Tawa and Aotea, and connect with the train for students travelling from the Kapiti Coast.