Friday 20 March 2020

Kia ora koutou

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

  • As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you.
  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.

We have paused all of our school trips, assemblies, and as of today, our weekly visits to Wainuiomata Intermediate for year 7-8 Technology, to reduce physical closeness and increased health risks.  

Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.

We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.   

The messaging remains clear – that if you are feeling unwell please stay home, and the same goes for your school children and other young people.  Please do stay away from school if you or your child has any symptoms of sickness. 

A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms. What it tells us is:
  • A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
  • Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus
  • If you or your child have any of these symptoms, we hope you will stay away from school to reduce the possibilities of others becoming unwell. 

Take care of yourselves and each-other
Noho ora mai rā

Bec Power

6th March 2020

6th March 2020

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


Tena koutou Muritai families, 

COVID-19 - What’s happening at Muritai School for prevention? 

There have been some concerns raised about what we can do at school to avoid the COVID-19 virus being contracted by students. Please read the following for an update on what we are doing at Muritai School, as at the 6th of March.  I continue to receive daily updates from the Ministries of Education and Health around COVID -19.  I want to reassure you that I will continue to bring updates of the latest information I receive.  

What are the current recommendations to avoid COVID-19? It continues to remain that the best thing to do is to practice good preventative measures, particularly good hygiene:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting all used tissues in the bin
  • Encouraging students to stay home if they are unwell
If you can assist us with the messaging around the hand washing, we will reinforce the messaging at school too.  We provide hand sanitiser and tissues in all classrooms and soap, warm water, paper towels/hand dryers in all bathrooms.  The current recommendation is for 20 second hand washing - here is a short video as an example:
We have agreed with our cleaning company to add to their cleaning system an additional weekly clean with an antiviral, non toxic, hydrogen peroxide cleaner HyperClean®  on all hard surfaces - this has an active residue time for 28 days and is very effective at killing bacteria, viruses and pathogens.  
We do have students and staff at Muritai School who have respiratory and other medical needs, and they may have further complications if they happen to pick up the virus.  We ask for your support in keeping children at home if they are unwell.  

For current, further information please check out the Ministry of Education link:

New Board Members
Congratulations to Lisa South who has been appointed as the new Board of Trustees’ parent representative and to Felicity Lovell appointed as our staff trustee.  Both Lisa and Felicity will take office at the next Board meeting on Tuesday 24 March.  We wish to thank Eric Janssen who also put his name forward in what was a closely run election.

Learning Partnership Meetings - (Final Week for feedback):

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


Activity Fees and Donations Requests
Donation requests and activity fee invoices are being sent out by post today.  These should be with you early next week.  You are able to claim a tax rebate of up to 33%, via the IRD against donations paid before 31 March 2020.

Swimming Sports - Years 5 - 8
It’s the turn of our older students to show their prowess in the water next week.  They will be going to Huia Pool on Friday 13 March with the first races starting at 9.15.  Feel free to come and watch and support your children.

Sun Hats
Children still need to be wearing hats during morning tea and lunchtimes, even though the days are getting cooler.  Please ensure they bring a wide brimmed hat to school and name them so that we can return them if they lose them during the day. Only Kāhu children in year 7 and 8 are able to wear caps to school. 

School Photos
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
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