Friday 28 February 2020


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 Tayla Matchet to Room 5 and Albie Sellars to Room 2


Tena koutou Muritai families, 

We have had another superb week at Muritai School with the Tūī and Kororā teams both having their swimming sports yesterday.  We enjoyed a warm and sunny swimming sports with huge parent attendance and support from the sidelines! 

Congratulations to all of our Year 0-4 swimmers on challenging yourselves and getting fully involved in the sports. We look forward to the Year 4-8 swimming sports which are to be held on the 13th March at Huia Pool.


Student Leadership 

Over the past weeks our senior students in the Kāhu team have been busy writing their applications for the coveted leadership roles for 2020.  

Our Muritai learners continue to impress me with their ability to connect well with others, to hold discussions with students and adults, to speak confidently in public, and to be admired and respected by their peers - these are just some of the many things we look for when we select our head students each year. It’s always a difficult choice, as the calibre of the field is consistently strong.  

This year was no exception, and after a rigorous selection process, I’m delighted to announce our head and deputy head students for 2020. 

From right to left: Sadie Devenport (head girl), Devon Reddaway (head boy), Ori Hoskin (deputy head boy), Macy Warbrick (deputy head girl). 

Introducing Sadie Devenport - head girl:

Kia ora Muritai! I’m Sadie Devenport, your head girl for 2020. 
I feel very privileged to have been given this role as it has been a goal of mine since I was five.  When I  was that age I looked up to the head girls and thought “that could be me someday.”  A big thanks to Mr Mackie and Mrs Power for giving me this opportunity.

I feel very privileged to be in this role because Muritai School is a special school. It is a great place to learn, has amazing values and of course has kind, caring people, just like you! Our values: explore, connect and contribute are really a big part in making our place special so I plan to continue to focus on these throughout the  year  so we can make our school a even better than it already is.

I know that this year is going to be exciting. Devon and I, along with Macey and Ori will bring a lot of great ideas for this year. I hope to get to know you all more throughout the year  so please feel free to come and talk to us and say hi.   

I hope to be a helpful head girl and assist you with any problem you may have. I plan to lead our school with kindness to all students and staff members. I hope to bring a lot of enthusiasm to this role and the school as well.   

My goal is to be a positive role model and inspire younger students to fulfil this job in the future, just like previous head girls have inspired me.

So although I may not be the tallest Head Girl Muritai has ever had, I know I can fill this big role by leading with confidence, enthusiasm and kindness…. You’ll just have to adjust the microphone down every time I come to speak!

I am proud to be your Head Girl for 2020 and I look forward to the exciting year ahead.

Introducing Devon Reddaway - head boy:

Kia ora Muritai school My name is Devon Reddaway and I am so excited to be your head boy for 2020. I’m in Rm 23 and I have also been at Muritai school since I was 5 on the dot. It went like happy birthday to welcome to school, here's your class. You know when I look around at all of your faces I see new ones, old ones, people I glanced at in the hallway and people I haven’t yet talked to but that's going to change i’m planning on meeting as many of you as possible. 

I am really enthusiastic for this year. I hope you are all as excited as I am, because I am super pumped for  many reasons, one being that I have a feeling that this year is going to be super fun and two, because we have a great bunch of teachers, staff and our lovely principal Mrs Power -all working together to make you have the best experience at school.
Most of you have probably seen your fair share of heads and deputies. But just because you have seen the old ones doesn’t mean you guys don’t have come up and see me and the others actually if I may speak on behalf of the others. I’m gonna say feel free to come up to us whenever we are around. Because we love your company.

Past Muritai Students - making a leadership impact
We have a proud history of our leaders once finishing at Muritai School, continuing to make an impact at their respective high schools - below you will find the names of previous Muritai students that two of our local high schools sent to us. Congratulations to our past students who are clearly continuing to demonstrate that they are the ‘best they can be’ beyond their time at Muritai School.

2020 Hutt Valley High School leaders from Muritai School:
Head Girl: Helena Cvitanovich
Deputy Head Boy: Tom Flynn
Junior school Captain: Alexander Cox-Turk
Sports Captain: Bridget Forsyth
Pukeariki House Captain: Matiu Inwood, Paige Schroder
Pukeatua House Captain: Ben Cass
Orongorongo House Captain: Lincoln Moffat
Liaison Students: Eva Bloomfield, Kieran Smith, Isabella Zabella
SLC Snap: Macy Caughley,

2020 St Oran’s College leaders from Muritai School:
Academic Captain - Sofya Dickson
Colombia House Captain - Zoe Alexander
Rutherford House Captain - Phoebe Evans
Deputy Sports Captain - Charlotte Goble
Peer Support Leader - Ella Burton-Wood
Peer Support Leader – Suzanne Taylor

Learning Partnership Meetings

Thank you for the fabulous attendance rates at our recent learning partnership meetings.  

If you were not able to attend either of the two afternoons, please contact your teacher directly to set up a meeting or perhaps a chat over the phone.  The learning partnership meetings are an important start to the home and school partnership that we grow over each year, and a chance for you to connect and develop a relationship with your child’s teacher.  

We value your thinking and opinions on how the learning partnerships ran this year - please click on the link to provide any feedback.

Termly School Policy Review:

Each term we review different school policies - this term we are seeking parent feedback on:
  1. Staff Leave
  2. Recognition of Cultural Diversity

Please follow the instructions below to have your input:
  1. Visit the website
  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.
  9. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Bec Power, Principal


With the lovely sunny weather we have been experiencing lately, please ensure that your child comes to school with a hat to wear outside.  Children need to bring a wide brimmed to wear during morning tea and lunchtimes.  Please name them so that we can return them if they lose them during the day.

School photos will be taken in the week 16 to 19 March.  Don’t miss out - get your orders in to Sue Allman by 1pm on Friday 13 March - all orders after this time will incur an extra $10 charge.  Click on this link to go to the order form

Once you click SUBMIT, check your inbox for an automatic email reply confirming your order has been received.  If you have any questions, please call Sue Allman on 021 988 632 

Term 1 2020 Dates
2 Mar
Pizza Monday
3 Mar
Y6 Cricket Competition
6 Mar
Tui led Assembly
10 Mar
Y6 Cricket Competition
12 Mar
Weetbix Tryathlon
13 Mar
Swimming Sports Y4-8
16-19 Mar
Schools Photos           
20 Mar
Kereru led Assembly
23 Mar
Inter Zone Rippa Rugby Tournament
24 Mar
Quick Rippa Rugby Tournament for Y3-8
26 Mar
PP day Quick Rippa Rugby Tournament for Y3-8
30 Mar
Pizza Monday
31 Mar – 3 Apr
Kereru @ Camp Makahika
3 Apr
Kahu led Assembly
6 Apr
Room 1 visiting East Harbour Kindy
7 Apr
Room 2 visiting East Harbour Kindy
9 Apr
Gardasil immunisations for year 8 students
9 April
Last day of Term 1
28 Apr
First day of Term 2

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

Our Teacher Only days in 2020 will be advised during term 1


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 6. 
The lessons are taken by Charles Hazlewood on Monday or Friday during school time with tuition being held in small groups according to ability and age. 
It is educational, and 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 is $12 per 30 minute lesson, multiplied by the number of lessons 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  
Enrolments for Term 1 will close on Wednesday 12th February.

Lunch time French for Muritai School children, starting in week 2
  • 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 or 021 178 2099
  • visit the website
Get in touch for more details.

Learn to play drums! There are a few spots open for weekly in-school drum lessons for years 4-8. For more info, contact our drum tutor Andy Russell at