Reporting to Parents: Mid Year Written Reports

Today you will receive your child's mid-year written report.  In this you will see comments made by their teacher about the learning they have been involved in so far this year.  The reports focus on progress towards the New Zealand Curriculum learning levels.  

This New Zealand Curriculum chart demonstrates that the Curriculum levels are across years and demonstrate a broader expectation of progress. The reports provide information on your child’s achievement of the curriculum level in Reading, Writing and Maths at mid-year of their year level. 

We provide this in all reports from year 2. In year 0 and 1, we have a small skill set of learning dispositions that are listed, and the reports provide information about how your child is settling into their schooling.

It is important to note that curriculum levels span over multiple year levels and may take children more than 2 years to complete. The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. 


The Muritai School Mid-Year Report is based on individual data and observations specific to your child.  The teachers have used a range of assessment tasks and observations in order to accurately indicate your child's achievements, next steps and progress of curriculum level attainment.  Once your child has gained most of the skills, knowledge and understanding of each stage they will progress to the next level. 

In this table it explains what the Progression Key terms Growing, Progressing, Achieving and Exceeding mean. 


The major focus for the reports are the personal achievements and next steps for your child, as well as comments written about them as an individual.  Within the report information is given about how your child is achieving mid-way through this year and how they are progressing towards their year's curriculum level. 

As always if you would like further information as to your child’s achievement or learning progress you are welcome to contact their classroom teacher at any time throughout the year.  

A huge thank you to all of the staff who have worked very hard over the past month to write these detailed reports. 

Bec Power

Principal




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


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tena koutou Muritai families, 

Welcome back to school for Term 3! The energy and buzz is back this week with our incredible learners returning after two weeks away. 

This term promises to be another exciting one with the school working towards our production that will be held during the week of the 20th September - week 9 of this term. We can’t wait to see what our amazing children and their talented teachers create for us all to enjoy!!

Reports

Our mid-year written reports will come home at the end of next week, except for Room 15’s which went home at the end of last term. We look forward to sharing the achievements and next learning steps of your children with you, and celebrating all of the progress they have made this year. 

Parking

Please be mindful of where you pick up your child/ren from when dropping them off or picking them up each day. During days of wet weather some drivers can pull over in areas that are not parks, and this is dangerous for those children crossing the roads around our school as their visibility is impaired, and cars can be in unexpected places.  I’d hate to report a traffic injury or worse - let’s all be careful around the school and protect our precious taonga that attend every day.   

Classes for 2022 - intentions of attendance

At this time every year, we are carefully tracking our early enrollment data from our early childhood providers and new people that have moved to our area.  We need this information to ensure we can fully staff our school for the following year and calculate our class numbers. 

Similarly, if you are moving out of Eastbourne, and/or intend for your child to attend a different school next year, it’s vital that you let us know ASAP - this includes any children finishing with us at the end of year 6.  Please email me at principal@muritai.school.nz with any further enrolment information by the end of next week. 

RSV

This week I have been made aware of the growing number of our Muritai children and their families who have contracted RSV and have been very unwell. We send them all our best wishes for a speedy recovery. 

To stop the further spread of RSV and other viruses, everyone should maintain good hand hygiene and stay home if they have any cold or flu symptoms.

Symptoms

If you or your child has RSV, the most common symptoms are:

a runny nose

coughing or sneezing

fever

wheezing and difficulty breathing

loss of appetite, or difficulty feeding due to breathlessness. 

Below is information on the RSV virus provided to us by the Hutt Valley DHB. 

Bec Power, Principal




FROM THE SCHOOL

Scholastic Lucky Book Club

Issue five of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2021, is now available. This is the fifth issue for the year. Orders will be closing on Friday the 13th August. Your order can be done on the following website https://my bookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx. 

The whole school order is processed on the closing date and it usually takes approximately a week for orders to be delivered. 

We greatly appreciate your support as the school is able to gain rewards through purchases you make which enables us to add books to our school library collection and also get sets of books for novel studies. 

 

SPORTS

Inter school swimming - Friday 27th August

We have selected a team to compete at the Inter school swimming event this term unfortunately we were only allowed to select two entries per race so if your child finished 3rd they sadly missed out this year.

Congratulations to all that qualified for the event and those that finished 3rd at our school event held in Term One.

If your child was selected you would have received an email with the event your child will be racing in.

Basketball

We are all go again this term, it's a new round and a new look for the grades our teams were put into. Good luck to our teams for another successful season.

Congratulations to Max Bentley who has made the Hutt Valley Basketball Under 13B team.  What an amazing achievement.  We wish him all the best in the upcoming season.

Netball 

We have a continuation of the season for our Netball teams. Fingers crossed for more good weather this term.

HOTDOG ORDERS

You can still order for the WHOLE TERM. 

https://forms.gle/RfAxZx42QWExu2wg8

If you just want to order for Friday, click this link.

https://forms.gle/pxDAmKSnNGwbh1Fd6

PAYMENT:

You can make one payment for all of your children. Hotdogs are $3.50 each. If you are paying for the whole term, there are 9 weeks left so please pay $31.50 per child for 1 hotdog per week or $63 for two per week and so on. 

Please pay online into the Home and School Account by 5pm Wednesday and put your CHILD’S NAME and HOTDOGS in the reference fields.

HOME & SCHOOL ACCOUNT DETAILS:

02 0544 0051332 00

PLEASE NOTE If your child is away on Fridays we can’t offer a refund. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for Muritai School.

If you have any questions you can email or ring me:

Tots Saunderson

totsandrew@gmail.com

021854128

School Disco

Muritai Home & School are excited to announce some changes for this year‘s upcoming Muritai School disco on Friday 20 August.

We’ve set ourselves the goal of reducing plastic waste from the disco. This is part of our commitment to being an Enviroschool, and also reflects feedback from the school community after previous discos  This means we won’t be selling plastic toys. Instead this year we’ll use black lights, generously sponsored by NW Group, along with fluro paints to hold a ‘glow disco’. 

More details will be coming out about the disco closer to the time, but we wanted to give families a heads up about our plans for the kids to decorate T-shirt’s to wear to the disco if they wish. 

Home & School will be working with teachers and senior students to offer all students the chance to decorate a T-shirt with non-toxic fluro paints. We’ll be running painting workshops during school time at the end of week 3 and start of week 4. 

To support this, we’re asking families to supply an old T-shirt that they’re happy for their child to paint. White or light colours glow in black light, so work well, but dark colours can also look striking. Cotton or cotton mix ‘T-shirt’ type fabric work best. It’s fine for T-shirt’s to already have print or patterns on them, as these may glow under black light as well. We’ll be asking for named T-shirt’s to be sent into school towards the end of week 2 or start of week 3, and will send out a reminder then. Painting a T-Shirt is optional, and children are welcome to wear any white clothes that 'glow' or simply to dress up as they prefer for the disco.

Home & School will provide the fluro paints, and families are welcome to bring a gold coin koha towards the cost of these.

If you have any questions in the meantime, you’re welcome to contact Kathy or Jen on kathy.longson@gmail.com or burje700@hotmail.com. 

Many thanks for your support. 

Home & School









Term 3 Policy Review:

We invite parents to assist us in our ongoing review of school policies. This term we invite parent feedback on:

Concerns and Complaints, and Behaviour Management

How to give feedback: 

https://www.muritai.school.nz/copy-of-school-information

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 "Board".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.


TERM 2 and 3 CALENDAR DATES

6 Aug Whole School Assembly

10 Aug Boostrix vaccination for Year 7’s

17 Aug Wellesley Sport Exchange

18 Aug BOT meeting at 6.30pm 

17 Aug Wellesley Sport Exchange

20 Aug School Disco starting at 5pm

20 Aug Whole school assembly

27 Aug Inter School Swimming Sports

3 Sept Mihi Whakatau

3 Sept Whole school assembly

8 Sept Starting School at 5 - 7pm to 8pm

14 Sept Artsplash rehearsal starting at 12 noon

14 Sept Artsplash performance starting at 7.30pm

14 Sept BOT meeting at 6.30pm

15 Sept Starting School at 5 - 10am to 11am

21 Sept Ki o rahi Yr 5 - 8

23 Sept PP Ki o rahi Yr 5-8

24 Sept Inter Zone Swimming Sports

1 Oct Whole school assembly

1 Oct Last day of Term 3

18 Oc First day of Term 4


TERM DATES 2021 

Our Term dates have been agreed for 2021 as follows: 

Term 1 4 February to 16 April

Term 2 3 May to 9 July

Term 3 26 July to 1 October

Term 4 18 October to 16 December

  

Our teacher only days this year are:

Friday 4 June

Friday 22 October

These days line up with HVHS teacher only days which may be of help to you as well as being the Friday prior to Queen’s Birthday holiday and Labour Day enabling a long weekend for everyone.  

Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children. 

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES - Please  Note the following notices have been requested to be published and are not necessarily  endorsed by us as a school.  In the spirit of community we include these digitally for you to peruse. 


Term 3 Lunch time French for kids at Muritai

Experience French learning the fun way! Children speak French from the first lesson

ages 5 to 10, lessons once a week, lots of interactive activities, crafts, active games and music

Free trial lesson.  

Includes a membership starter pack of materials to use at home

For more details contact Stefi on stefi@lcfclubs.co.nz  or 021 178 2099

see website www.lcfclubs.co.nz

 

Kelly Mini Sports

Get your little sports star off to a great start with Kelly Mini Sports. Our three entertaining programmes are specially designed to teach your toddler or preschooler essential skills and a lifelong love of sports. They're also a great place for parents to socialise.

Our programmes encourage your under 5s to love being active. Our trained coaches use a dynamic combination of fun and music to teach skills that are essential for physical and social development. Your kids will enjoy themselves so much they won't even realise they're learning

The sports we cover are Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Soccer and Basketball.

When and Where:

Wednesday's at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub

Thursday's at Hutt Indoor Sports, Moera, Lower Hutt

If you would like to find out more, head over to our website www.kellyminisports.co.nz"


Karate

As our 21 year old Dojo has lost a number of students during and after the Covid 19 outbreak we’d like to recruit and start a new class in Term 3.

We are looking for 10 to 12 girls and boys and their parents to join this beginners class so that there is a decent size group to  teach at any one time.

Children must be at least 9 years or older.

Classes are on Monday’s and /or Thursday’s from 6 to 7pm at the Muritai School Hall.

This is a really good opportunity for parents to participate with their children, rather than watch from the sidelines.

This aligns with the growing anecdotal evidence that parents are often so busy that they neglect to exercise themselves, so this provides that unique chance where they can enjoy a shared experience with their children and get fit at the same time.


Kelly Sports is running a Fun for Girls Programme. Our aim is to enable the girls to engage with each other in a positive and fun environment. Encouraging their enthusiasm for physical activity and life skills that such involvement brings - giving them confidence to join teams and sports clubs in the future.

Sports we are covering in Term 3 2021: Tennis, Volleyball, Athletics, Karate/Kick Boxing, Team Building

If you would like to find out more, head over to our website www.kellysports.co.nz/lower-hutt






Friday 9 July


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


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tena koutou Muritai families, 

It was wonderful to see so many of you here yesterday afternoon for our mid-year celebrations of learning - the children were so proud to share their learning from the first half of the year, and it was fantastic to see and hear the classrooms buzzing with colour, learning, and home and school connection. 

We feel so fortunate as a school to have such a strong connection with our parents, and our wider local community, and appreciate the richness our close connections enable - our children are lucky to have such supportive, caring parents that want to see them progress in their learning, their dispositions and living and learning values.  We thank you all for this important partnership. 

Matariki at Muritai School & Kapa Haka Hutt Fest performance

We have celebrated Matariki in many ways at Muritai this year, and I’ve attached a few examples below of the variety of learning opportunities that have occurred.  One of the highlights for many of our parents was our Hutt Fest performance by our Kapa Haka roopu.  

I popped up a few photos on our Facebook page the other day, and we have been so delighted to have so many of our parent community leave ‘likes’, lovely comments and messages of congratulations to our students and staff. As I mentioned on Facebook, we simply couldn't be prouder of our students, and also of our Kapa Haka tutors Whaea Hilary Bevin and Ruth Hooke.  We’ve enjoyed having great parent and staff supporters of the Kapa Haka group too - and I must mention Tueila Sellars and Brooke Davis who have been key supporters of our tutors and group. 

In the Facebook post  I also asked if anyone had taken a good video, and Oliver Seiler has sent me this link of the entire performance! Thank you Oliver, now we can all enjoy watching our Muritai children being the BEST they can be! 

Video of Hutt Fest performance: bit.ly/HuttFest2021

Isla is beginning to sketch out her recount of the Matariki story called ‘The Seven Sisters’. 


 






Room 16 have combined their learning about Maori art and shapes from nature, with their learning about multimedia to create vibrant Matariki art works. We also have been studying legends and learnt about Matariki. We learnt that the star formation has four main stars and three smaller stars and we incorporated this into our panels.  Lara B in Room 16 made this piece of art showing the seven sisters with Maori Koru. 





  

Room 14 and 15 made Matariki Kites. Kea has added a child looking through a telescope at the Matariki star constellations.


  








Room 14 learnt how to weave Matariki stars using cardboard and wool. Here are Mills and Darlene's stars. 


 






In Room 13 we learnt about harvesting during Marariki and made some Harakeke Putiputi flowers as part of our weaving unit.  


 








Room 13 and 14 made slices of cake as part of our 3D construction unit. We put all the cake together to make whole cakes. We loved this and how real they look! What better way than to celebrate Matariki with a piece of Cake! 



  





Room 11 used the book Matariki along with the art style of Vincent Van Gogh to create a Matariki version of ‘Starry Starry Night’.  They used paint to understand how to use expressive lines in the artist's style. The artwork here is by Billie Holmes and Dilyan Kusnadi


  




In Tui we have been learning about the Physical World and have looked into Sound, Motion, Gravity, Magnetism, Forces and a whole lot more. Here is our Marble Motion Coaster and how we learnt about magnetism and made a pin float using magnets. We can't wait to share our learning about the Physical World with you at next term's Production.  







Best wishes to you all for a wonderful term break - we look forward to seeing you back at school to start Term 3 on the 26th July. 

Bec Power, Principal

 

FROM THE SCHOOL


SPORTS

Basketball - Term 2

We had 10 teams represent Muritai School this term with some great results. All the teams did themselves proud, with massive smiles and great attitude throughout the season.

Special mention goes to the Year 8 team, finishing first in their grade and the Year 3 boys finishing 2nd in their grade.

We continue on next term with a new round of exciting games ahead. 

Thanks to Rodger and Brad from Hoop club giving us the opportunity for all our Muritai Teams to attend on a Saturday afternoon for their training sessions, this was a huge help and benefit to our teams at Muritai.





Cross Country - Term 2

What a busy term it has been for our long distance runners. 

We started off with our school event at the beginning of the term. This event was for all competitive runners to decide our school Cross Country team to race at Sladden in the South East Zone.

Muritai had 80 runners move through to the Inter-school event, we were one of the biggest schools and the results reflected this. 

We next moved onto the Inter Zone event at Trentham Memorial Park in Upper Hutt where we had 50 runners represent our school and Zone. 

Over all of these events we saw grit, resilience and perseverance. The children did themselves and our school proud.

Finally, 10 of our students qualified for the regional level of this sport. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to COVID levels changing.

These students were:

Elodie Dent

Zaiden Filemu

Lars Meyer Westfield

Edith Janssen

Luca Marshall

Lara Binnie

Tiago Meikle

Hannah Park

Hugo Thompson

Christian Catchpole





 

Off to Timaru

Muritai is so proud of Elodie Dent who has qualified for the National Cross Country event held in Timaru. She came 5th in an Invitational event held on Tuesday which qualified her to run in the Nationals. We wish Elodie all the best.


 


Netball

Fun first half to the season with 8 teams representing Muritai.

 

The teams battled against blustering winds, torrential rain and changing Alert Levels to

get on court  and produce some exciting netball. 


Great to see lots of new players working alongside existing members to develop their skills and 

help build a strong team environment.


Huge thanks as always to the teachers and families who coach, umpire and support the players.

 

Tino Pai ! See you on court next term for Round Two.

 

HOTDOG FRIDAYS ARE BACK!

Yes! Hotdogs are back on Fridays next term, thanks to all the lovely volunteers offering to help out.

To make it easier for you, we are taking orders for the whole of next term. So you don't need to remember to order and pay each week.

There is also an option to order week by week - an order form will be sent out on Mondays each week next term.

If you wish to order for the whole term, please click on the link below and fill out a separate form FOR EACH OF YOUR CHILDREN. 

You will also need to pay for the whole term up front online - this can be done in one payment for all of your children. Hotdogs are $3.50 each and the term is 10 weeks so please pay $35 per child for 1 hotdog per week or $70 per child for two per week and so on. 

Please pay online into the Home and School Account (below) by 5pm Wednesday 21st July and put your oldest child’s name and HOTDOGS in the reference field. Their order will automatically be added to the class order sheet each week.

HOME & SCHOOL ACCOUNT DETAILS:

02 0544 0051332 00

Please ensure you put HOTDOGS in the reference field as well as your oldest child’s name. 

PLEASE NOTE If your child is away one week unfortunately we can’t offer a refund. 

Here is the link to the order form:

https://forms.gle/RfAxZx42QWExu2wg8

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for Muritai School.

If you have any questions you can email or ring me:

Tots Saunderson

021854128

totsandrew@gmail.com


School Disco

This highly anticipated event is back!  This year children are asked to wear white clothing or other glow in the dark colours.  See below for details


Term 2 Policy Review:

We invite parents to assist us in our ongoing review of school policies. This term we invite parent feedback on

Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement

How to give feedback: 

https://www.muritai.school.nz/copy-of-school-information

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 "Board".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.


TERM 2 and 3 CALENDAR DATES

9 July Korora Whole School Assembly

9 July Last day of Term 2 

25 July First day of Term 3

17 Aug BOT meeting at 6.30pm 

17 Aug Wellesley Sport Exchange

20 Aug School Disco starting at 5pm

27 Aug Inter School Swimming Sports

3 Sept Mihi Whakatau

8 Sept Starting School at 5 - 7pm to 8pm

14 Sept Artsplash rehearsal starting at 12 noon

14 Sept Artsplash performance starting at 7.30pm

14 Sept BOT meeting at 6.30pm

15 Sept Starting School at 5 - 10am to 11am

21 Sept Ki o rahi Yr 5 - 8

23 Sept PP Ki o rahi Yr 5-8

24 Sept Inter Zone Swimming Sports

1 Oct Last day of Term 3


TERM DATES 2021 

Our Term dates have been agreed for 2021 as follows: 

Term 1 4 February to 16 April

Term 2 3 May to 9 July

Term 3 26 July to 1 October

Term 4 18 October to 16 December

 

Our teacher only days this year are:

Friday 4 June

Friday 22 October

 

These days line up with HVHS teacher only days which may be of help to you as well as being the Friday prior to Queen’s Birthday holiday and Labour Day enabling a long weekend for everyone.  

Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children. 

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES - Please  Note the following notices have been requested to be published and are not necessarily  endorsed by us as a school.  In the spirit of community we include these digitally for you to peruse. 


Kelly Mini Sports

Get your little sports star off to a great start with Kelly Mini Sports. Our three entertaining programmes are specially designed to teach your toddler or preschooler essential skills and a lifelong love of sports. They're also a great place for parents to socialise.

Our programmes encourage your under 5s to love being active. Our trained coaches use a dynamic combination of fun and music to teach skills that are essential for physical and social development. Your kids will enjoy themselves so much they won't even realise they're learning

The sports we cover are Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Soccer and Basketball.

When and Where:

Wednesday's at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub

Thursday's at Hutt Indoor Sports, Moera, Lower Hutt

If you would like to find out more, head over to our website www.kellyminisports.co.nz"


Term 1 Lunch time French at Muritai

Experience French learning the fun way! Children speak French from the first lesson

ages 5 to 10, lessons once a week, lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, active games and music

Free trial lesson.  

Includes a membership starter pack of materials to use at home

For more details contact Stefi on stefi@lcfclubs.co.nz  or 021 178 2099

see website www.lcfclubs.co.nz


Karate

As our 21 year old Dojo has lost a number students during and after the Covid 19 outbreak and now we’d like to recruit and start a new class in Term 3.

We are looking for 10 to 12 girls and boys and their parents to join this beginners class so that there is a decent size group to  teach at any one time.

Children must be at least 9 years or older.

Classes are on Monday’s and /or Thursday’s from 6 to 7pm at the Muritai School Hall.

This is a really good opportunity for parents to participate with their children, rather than watch from the sidelines.

This aligns with the growing anecdotal evidence that parents are often so busy that they neglect to exercise themselves, so this provides that unique chance where they can enjoy a shared experience with their children and get fit at the same.

 

Kelly Sports is running a Fun for Girls Programme. Our aim is to enable the girls to engage with each other in a positive and fun environment. Encouraging their enthusiasm for physical activity and life skills that such involvement brings - giving them confidence to join teams and sports clubs in the future.

Sports we are covering in Term 3 2021: Tennis, Volleyball, Athletics, Karate/Kick Boxing, Team Building

If you would like to find out more, head over to our website www.kellysports.co.nz/lower-hutt."





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


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tena koutou Muritai families

Thank you for your support with our shift to Alert Level 2. We all really appreciate our parents being mindful of signing in, and of staying out of the buildings during our current contact tracing requirements.  Together we can keep everyone safe.  Thanks too, to those who have kept unwell children at home - we acknowledge the past few days may have been very challenging in your workplaces, and possibly your households.  

We have had to postpone two key events this week: our Fun Fitness afternoon, and also our Kahū assembly. We have postponed our Fun Fitness until the weather warms up, this is now likely to be held during Spring, and the Kahū assembly will now be held next Friday, if we return to Level 1. 

Connected Curriculum - Announcing the Muritai School production for 2021!

What a great start we have had to the whole school connected curriculum inquiry this term, called ‘Paperback Patterns’ - which has a science focus in the strand of Physical World. We have had classes beginning to explore heat conductors, cogs, gears, levers, forces, transfer of sound, light and colour and plenty more. The children are really enjoying the class and team challenges, taking part in experiments, and getting hands on whilst growing their understanding of the concepts of the Physical World. 

We are excited to share what we have been learning for this Inquiry in our Muritai School Production later next term. We are in the process of writing the script and thinking about how the classes can share their Physical World learning with you. Please keep week 9 of next term (starting Monday 20th September) free and we will let you know more details early next term about dates, times and the production schedule. 

Staffing Update

Finally today I wish congratulations and farewell to one of our teachers Kelly Williams who has her final day with us today.  Kelly’s fiance Mike has won his first architecture position in Christchurch, and Kelly begins her new role at Christchurch East School  on Monday.  Good luck from us all Kelly and Mike! We welcome Charlotte (Charlie) Parson to join the Muritai staff team who returns to her home town of Wellington after working at Pinehill School in Dunedin. I know you’ll join me in making Charlie feel welcome to our special kura. 

Launching our Strategy - To be the BEST we can be!

As mentioned below in the Board update, we are proud to launch our new Muritai School strategy.  We are producing a short film (2mins) that will bring our new strategy to life and we intend to film in and around the school on Monday the 5th of July.  This film will be featuring some children in speaking roles whose parents will be contacted directly to gain permission to do so.  Other Muritai School students may be spotted in some background shots, some playing outside moments,  or even shots of learning in the classrooms. This video will be published on our school website and also shown at the start of our production each night.  Please let me know, if you would like your child NOT to be captured in this video by emailing me at Principal@Muritai.school.nz

Kia pai tō rā whakatā  - Have a great weekend!

Bec Power, Principal


FROM THE BOARD

Hello Muritai Families

The Muritai School Board of Trustees held its fourth meeting for 2021 recently. It was a very productive meeting and from that, we have a couple of updates to share.

We would like to firstly thank everyone who contributed to our 2021 – 2023 Muritai School Strategy.  As a Board we have spent a lot of time ensuring this reflects all our combined aspirations for our school over the next three years.

Our ultimate outcome for our children: Our school vision is to “Be the best we can be”

We will achieve this through:

Empowering – improving learner empowerment through our agentic approach

Partnership - our people will be their best through cohesive partnerships

Environment – our spaces are linked to enable learners and Kaiako to be their best 

We have included the illustration that communicates this visually: 


Another exciting announcement is around our official launch of our new strategy.  We are producing a short film (2mins) that will bring our new strategy to life and we look forward to showing you this at our production later in Term 3.

We have had a big focus on Maths over the past two years with fantastic outcomes.  Positive changes have been made in classroom practices because of this.  Thank you to the team involved in making this happen.

We will share some of this data with you next month.

Warm wishes 

Muritai School Board of Trustees

Kaye, Andrew, Bec, Jeremy, Kurt, Lisa and Felicity.


FROM THE SCHOOL

Term 2 Policy Review:

We invite parents to assist us in our ongoing review of school policies. This term we invite parent feedback on

Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement

How to give feedback: 

https://www.muritai.school.nz/copy-of-school-information

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 "Board".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.


TERM 2 and 3 CALENDAR DATES

29 June Starting School at 5 meeting - 7pm to 8pm

2 July Whole School assembly hosted by Kahu

5 July Hutt Fest rehearsal at 1pm

6 July Hutt Fest Kapa Haka Performance at 6pm

7 July Starting School at 5 meeting - 10am to 11am

9 July Korora Whole School Assembly

9 July Last day of Term 2 

25 July First day of Term 3

17 Aug BOT meeting at 6.30pm 

17 Aug Wellesley Sport Exchange

20 Aug School Disco starting at 5pm

27 Aug Inter School Swimming Sports

3 Sept Mihi Whakatau

8 Sept Starting School at 5 - 7pm to 8pm

14 Sept BOT meeting at 6.30pm

15 Sept Starting School at 5 - 10am to 11am

21 Sept Ki o rahi Yr 5 - 8

23 Sept PP Ki o rahi Yr 5-8

24 Sept Inter Zone Swimming Sports

1 Oct Last day of Term 3


TERM DATES 2021 


Our Term dates have been agreed for 2021 as follows: 

Term 1 4 February to 16 April

Term 2 3 May to 9 July

Term 3 26 July to 1 October

Term 4 18 October to 16 December

 

Our teacher only days this year are:

Friday 4 June

Friday 22 October

These days line up with HVHS teacher only days which may be of help to you as well as being the Friday prior to Queen’s Birthday holiday and Labour Day enabling a long weekend for everyone.  

Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children. 

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES - Please  Note the following notices have been requested to be published and are not necessarily  endorsed by us as a school.  In the spirit of community we include these digitally for you to peruse. 








Term 1 Lunch time French at Muritai

Experience French learning the fun way! Children speak French from the first lesson

ages 5 to 10, lessons once a week, lots of interactive activities, role play, crafts, active games and music

Free trial lesson.  

Includes a membership starter pack of materials to use at home

For more details contact Stefi on stefi@lcfclubs.co.nz  or 021 178 2099

see website www.lcfclubs.co.nz


Friday 11 June 2021

 

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

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tena koutou Muritai families, 

Thank you for your support with our recent Teacher Only Day. It was a brilliant opportunity for our full staff team to get together and explore the ways where we can ‘Be the BEST we can be’ in regards to meeting our students' needs and keeping up to date with current pedagogy and best practices.  

Thank you to our hard working Home and School team - this small and yet impressive team continually manages to find the means to support the school in many and varied ways. Thank you all as our parent community for supporting these initiatives! Please see an update from the Home and School team later in the newsletter. 

Mihi Whakatau
This morning we had a Mihi Whakatau to welcome all of our new whanau (families), tamariki (children), kaiako (teachers) or kaimahi (staff) to our Kura (school) who have started with us since our Term 1 Mihi Whakatau.  At Muritai School we follow the process of a Pōwhiri but it is less formal due to the nature of our context (being at school and not on a Marae), therefore the Pōwhiri is called a Mihi Whakatau.  

At our Mihi Whakatau our Mayor Campbell Barry was also in attendance,  and he spoke to the whole school about his job (including his recent ‘manu’ off of the Day’s Bay wharf!).  Following the morning tea for all new students and families in the library, the Mayor joined the students for a few games of the always popular court game ‘hand-ball’, and then met with the Head and Deputy students and I to discuss our school, our current annual plan and the Muritai School 3 year strategy, and how we are launching this with our wider community very soon! 



  


Our termly Muritai Mihi Whakatau event continues to be a very positive connection to our new school community members, we really appreciate them taking time out of their day to experience an official Muritai welcome! 

Well done to the whole Muritai team who made today such a success.  Thank you also to Kaye Sherwin, our Board Chair for taking the time to be with us as well. Our staff work hard behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Mihi Whakatau, and to enable the welcoming to be completely student-led - and I believe our students continue to improve in hosting this important welcome every term. 

Hall refurbishment  - What do you think?
Over the past month I have been meeting with and surveying  the Board, the Home and School Team and the staff on what we wish to achieve in the refurbishment of our Muritai School Hall. I now welcome you, our parent community to have your say on the Hall development survey.  The survey closes next Friday 18th June. 
Hall development - https://forms.gle/xifkNEtMDaVTXdCVA
 
Fun Fitness Afternoon
I am looking forward to our upcoming Fun Fitness afternoon where we can expect to have a great deal of fitness fun, and end up quite tired and possibly even quite messy! I know there is much excitement in the build-up for this day amongst the students and the staff! I’ll certainly be packing an extra change of clothes, and like the students, will not be re-entering the buildings and will be going straight home for a shower at the end of the day! Please read the notice included below for the details around how this will all happen. Remember - there will be an alternative internal path that the children can choose to take if they do not want to participate in some of the stations (especially the wet and wild and colour fun run). 

Muritai School Learning Conversations
Thank you for the fantastic attendance at the Learning Conversations earlier this term.  The teachers have been busy sharing children’s beginning of the year achievements with parents and some children. They have shared their learning next steps and celebrations. This has been a great time to connect with whanau about our children and all the amazing things happening around school to meet their needs. 

Thank you for working with our teachers to build that connection and explore the children's next steps and possible goals for 2021! We really value this time together and hope you got a snapshot of how your children have begun 2021. If you need anything from these conferences, can you please contact your teacher for further information. 

Mid-Year written Reports will be coming out at the beginning of Term 3 and will contain an overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ) of how your child is achieving related to their year levels New Zealand Curriculum expectations for Reading Writing and Maths, celebrations and next steps, connected curriculum comments, general comments and a student reflection of how they have begun this year. 

Term 2 Policy Review:
We invite parents to assist us in our ongoing review of school policies. This term we invite parent feedback on

Reporting to Parents on Student Progress and Achievement
How to give feedback: 
https://www.muritai.school.nz/copy-of-school-information
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 "Board".
7. Enter your name (optional).
8. Submit your ratings and comments.

Congratulations
Finally today I wish congratulations to one of our superstar writers Claire Bennett who won the national ‘Brain Bunny - Age 10 and up’, creative writing competition.  Claire received a prize of 4 books which I presented to her at the Kererū assembly on Tuesday.  I have attached Claire’s writing at the end of this newsletter for you all to enjoy.  

Kia pai tō rā whakatā  - Have a great weekend!
 
Bec Power, Principal



FROM THE BOARD

Hello Muritai Families

The Muritai School Board of Trustees held its third meeting for 2021 recently. It was a positive meeting and from that, we have a couple of updates to share.

It was great to have one of our Muritai parents attend the board meeting.  We are sure they enjoyed the conversations and agenda the board worked through. The board would like to remind our Muritai School Community that they are welcome to come along to our board meetings. Board meetings are held in public but are not public meetings. However if you wish to speak at our meetings please email our Board Chair to request a timeslot. As a Board we are always open to listening to, and considering the views and opinions of our community and welcome your participation. All meetings are listed on the school calendar on our website: https://www.muritai.school.nz/calendar 

While we are talking about the school calendar, we would also like to let you know that the “during the year” school holidays have all been entered into the calendar. This will help with planning for 2022. 

Lastly we would like to congratulate the teachers and parents for the success of the recent Learning Conversations. The feedback to the board was the parent / teacher engagements were very positive and the attendance was extremely high.  In fact the attendance rate of parents attending were: year 0-2: 85%, year 3-4: 89%, year 5-6: 92.5%, year 7-8: 91%. It is a privilege that our parents are so invested in their children’s success.
 
Warm wishes 
Muritai School Board of Trustees
Kaye, Andrew, Bec, Jeremy, Kurt, Lisa and Felicity.


FROM THE SCHOOL

Update from the Home & School Committee
The Home & School Committee supports the school by raising funds for extras for the school above what is funded by the Ministry of Education.  In the past year we have contributed $3,600 towards a computer to support the new library system, $20,000 towards the school playground with a further $5,500 pledged for the next phase of the new playground. This year we hope to fund $25,000 of STEM equipment (robotics, computers, lego technics etc) so we will be busy this year fundraising for that and also potentially to top up Ministry funding to ensure we get the result we want for the hall refurbishment.

Last year our fundraising was on hold with the uncertainty of Covid lockdowns, but we are back in business this year with the ever popular Pizza Mondays and Hotdog Fridays which will be back in term 3. We also have the ongoing Entertainment memberships on offer, so please consider purchasing a membership - it’s a win-win - you get great discounts on dining, family activities, travel and accommodation and we get a donation per membership. We will also host the school disco on Friday 20th August so pop the date in your calendar!

We are always looking for new members to help us achieve our fundraising goals so if you can help us out please do get in touch. We meet just once or twice a term and have a healthy committee so it’s not a big commitment. If you have a business and would be willing to donate items or vouchers for an auction or raffle we’d also love to hear from you. Please feel free to call Tots on 021854128 or email totsandrew@gmail.com for more information.
 
Muritai School Fun Fitness
We are excited to share with you the information for the Muritai School Fun Fitness afternoon next Thursday 17th June from 1:30pm - 2:45pm on the Muritai School field. 

It will be a fun afternoon where all Muritai children will make their way around the outside of the field walking or running through some fun stations. The children can make their way around the stations at their own pace and speed. Children will be encouraged to run with their buddies and give all the stations a go. There is an alternative internal path that the children can select if they do not want to participate in some of the stations. 

The stations will be
1. Wet and Wild - Make your way across the slippery tarp while dodging water pistol fire
2. Army Run - Moving through tires, under obstacles, and more! 
3. Colour Run - Running down a channel while being covered in powdered paint
4. Obstacle Course - Make you way over and under a range of obstacles 
5. Spider Web - Careful not to be caught up in the tangle of ropes 
6. Noodle Gauntlet - Bounce your way through the path of pool noodles 

Can all children please wear their house colours and clothes that they can get dirty, slightly wet and possibly covered in powdered paint!!

The purpose of this Fun Fitness afternoon is to develop children's fitness, engagement in physical activity and to have some fun as a whole school! Please come and watch and encourage the children to take part in the Muritai School Fun Fitness afternoon! 

SPORTS

Cross Country Inter Zones - Tuesday 15th 
Next week we have 43 children competing in the Inter-zone event at Trentham Memorial Park. These students qualified by running at the Inter School event last week and finishing top 15 in the South East Zone. They should be very proud of themselves.  Students will be catching a bus there and back and we wish them all luck in the next stage of the competition.
 
Basketball
We are half-way through an exciting season of playing basketball. The students are showing a huge improvement from the beginning of the year.
 
Netball
The students are really enjoying the games and the trainings that they take part in. Thanks to all the coaches and managers that keep this ticking along so smoothly/

Scholastic Lucky Book Club
Issue four of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2021, is now available. This is the fourth issue for the year. Orders will be closing on Wednesday the 16th June. Your order can be done on the following website https://my bookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx. 

The whole school order is processed on the closing date and it usually takes approximately a week for orders to be delivered. 

We greatly appreciate your support as the school is able to gain rewards through purchases you make which enables us to add books to our school library collection and also get sets of books for novel studies. 

TERM 2 CALENDAR DATES

14 June Pizza Monday
15 June Interzones Cross Country
17 June Muritai School Fun Fitness
22 June Inter Zone Cross Country 
22 June BOT meeting at 6.30pm
24 June Muritai School Fun Fitness postponement day
24 June PP Inter Zone Cross Country 
25 June Kahu Whole school assembly
5 July Hutt Fest rehearsal at 1pm
6 July Regional Cross Country
6 July Hutt Fest Kapa Haka Performance at 6pm
8 July PP Regional Cross Country
8 July Celebrations of Learning for whole school
9 July Korora Whole School Assembly
9 July Last day of Term 2 



TERM DATES 2021 

Our Term dates have been agreed for 2021 as follows: 
Term 1 4 February to 16 April
Term 2 3 May to 9 July
Term 3 26 July to 1 October
Term 4 18 October to 16 December
 
Our teacher only days this year are:
Friday 4 June
Friday 22 October
 
These days line up with HVHS teacher only days which may be of help to you as well as being the Friday prior to Queen’s Birthday holiday and Labour Day enabling a long weekend for everyone.  
 
Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children.  Please check their website:  https://www.kellyclub.co.nz/muritai


Under the Bed - Claire, Age 10

I’d like to thank my friend Siena M for the Mexican inspiration and my teacher; Miss Holli Williams, for encouraging me to give it a go and giving me lots of good ideas.
Claire B

“Charlotte! Dinner!” her mothers piercing voice rang through the house.
“Coming mum”... mumbled 11 year old Charlotte.
Down stairs her mum; Guadalupe, was busy with preparations for dia de los muertos: a mexican celebration. Her mum had been doing nothing else for the last three weeks. Charlotte's rickety, old traditional house had been transformed; it was now laden with beautiful flowers adorning the ceiling and door ways, the wonderful smell of cooking food wafted through the peeling rooms. Her family had lived in this house for generations, Charlotte had  never felt her mum's connection to the house; she hated sleeping under a leaky roof.

To Guadalupe, dia de los muertos was the most important time of the year! And with it only 2 days away Guadalupe was working hard to keep the tradition alive, Charlotte received a daily lecture about how important it is to remember her ancestors and celebrate their lives; otherwise their memories would fade from existence: their whole lives gone. Charlotte, however, felt quite the opposite about dia de los muertos; she would much rather hang out with her friends.

Charlotte reached out to some delicious looking food.
“No”! Her mum exclaimed and quickly pulled her arm away.
“Those are for your aboulo! Pozole was always her favourite.”
Charlotte huffed. What good was food to dead people?

Charlotte had her dinner; it wasn't nearly as nice as the pozole.
Then she got ready for bed, after brushing her teeth she popped the question: “ you look very pretty tonight mama”
“Thank you my hija, but get to the point.”
Charlotte sighed her mother knew her too well. “All right. I was… well… I was wondering if I could skip dia de los muertos this year?”…
Guadalupe stared at her daughter as if she had just suggested pigs could fly! “But querida… dia de los muertos is about family, it is a trad-”
“A tradition I know”. Charlotte stammered “but i want to hang out with-”
“Enough Charlotte!” her mothers tone Quickly became angry. “Us mexicanas have had this tradition for over 500 years. I will not break it for you to play with your friends!” Charlotte's eyes welled up and tears rolled down her cheeks. She ran upstairs to her bedroom, she buried her head in her pillow and wept.

When suddenly from under Charlotte’s bed sprung a silky black cat…
Just then her mum burst into the room, she opened her mouth to speak, her face flushing red but before she spoke Charlotte fled the room…

Charlotte had no were to go to. she ran and ran until she reached a cemetery; she collapsed on a cold stone bench and cried....
She had no clue why she was so upset over stupid dia de los muretos, then it hit her. She was just upset at her mother, angry, annoyed…
What had she done? She cried even harder. There was a chill in the air. Charlotte shivered in the cold.

“Don’t cry dear” a soft voice called from behind her
Charlotte was too shocked to scream! Standing right behind her was a figure of a person, not quite alive but fading softly, the shell of the person she; whoever she was, once was. She had grey hair and wrinkles, dimples appeared on her cheeks when she smiled.
She had warm almond shaped eyes,which somehow seemed familiar.
Charlotte stumbled backwards into the tree.
“Wh… who are you?” muttered Charlotte 
The ghost studied her. “Why I am your aboula, carino.”
Charlotte now knew where she had seen those eyes before; she saw the staring right back at her every time she looked in the mirror.
Just then Charlotte saw the silkey black cat slink by completely unaffected by the ghost. Her grandmother nelt down to pat the cat.
“Good gata”. The cat purred “Alma is very faithful, she led you here after all.”

Charlotte began to trust the old lady…
She explained all her problems and answered all her aboulas questions about the future and what had happened to her family after she left.
As they talked Charlotte forgot about being miserable.

The more time they spent together the more color came back to her aboulo. The color came back to her milky brown eyes.
 They talked for hours until Charlotte looked at her watch.
I have to get  back! She thought desperately, her mama would be worried sick!
“Aboula I have to go!” exclaimed Charlotte
“All right neita. But I want you to go back and celebrate dia de los muertos with your familia. Remember me… if there is nobody in the world left who does I will simply fade from existence.”
So that was why you were fading thought Charlotte.
“I will aboula I won't let you die twice.” but something else was on her mind… “will I ever see you again?” Charlotte asked “I never left you” replied her grandmother. Charlotte sighed “I’ll miss you all the same.”
“Goodbye carino.”
“Goodbye Aboula”. And with that Charlotte turned and left.
She glanced behind her waving; expecting to see her grandmother's cheerful face waving back… but she had disappeared into thin air.
Charlotte broke into a run.
There was so much to think about. If this was possible what else was? The spooky stories she and her friend told at sleepovers? The thought gave her shudders.

By the time Charlotte got home to her rickety old house her mum was on the phone with the police.
“Querida!!!!!” Guadalupe squealed as she hung up. Her mother grabbed her and pulled Charlotte into an enormous, bone breaking bear hug “I was so worried!”
“I’m so sorry mama! I should have listened to you!”
Charlotte would have said something else but her words were drowned out by her mothers tight embrace.
So Charlotte celebrated dia de los muertos with her familia but something was on her mind…
Just then a silky black cat slunk past, Charlotte could have sworn it winked at her...
 



COMMUNITY NOTICES - Please  Note the following notices have been requested to be published and are not necessarily  endorsed by us as a school.  In the spirit of community we include these digitally for you to peruse. 




Eatnibbles

Feeding kids healthy and convenient options is not always easy. Nibbles provides great lunchbox fillers or snacks on the go to help nourish your kids. Check it out today by visiting www.eatnibbles.co.nz

Thank you for supporting local. If you have any questions, please reach out to us on our social media pages or send us an email.




Friday 14 May 2021

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


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tena koutou Muritai families, 

Home Learning Review 

A discussion around home learning always draws out strong feelings for us as adults whether we are directly connected to schooling as educators,  or are reflecting on our own memories of homework in our younger days, or perhaps picturing a more recent time at the dinner table cajoling children into completing a task etc… Whether the thought of homework fills you with excitement or discomfort can be quite individual. One thing however that we’re becoming increasingly aware of is in our community our children are busy with plenty of afterschool activities and family fun and not all families are managing to get time to meaningfully engage with home learning. Alongside this information the research around homework at primary school age leans towards focusing on activities around developing capabilities and dispositions, or reviewing current learning rather than new learning tasks or projects for the sake of more learning. 

Since I wrote on home learning a few newsletters ago, I’ve had an increase in parents connecting with me around stories of homework struggles and that they’re pleased we’re reviewing our current practices. 

As part of our annual policy review we are looking into home learning at Muritai School and what this means for us moving forward. When we talk about home learning we are referring to what used to be known as ‘homework’, and not what we called Lockdown learning - which of course is quite different indeed. If we should again return to Covid Alert Levels 3 or 4, learning would of course continue to be offered for all students at Muritai School.  

I’ve attached a survey which I’d like you to share your thoughts on. It's helpful for us to hear as many voices as possible when creating our stance and policy around home learning at Muritai School.  Along with the parent voice, we are gathering staff thoughts, and student feedback.  

Please take a look at the research links and answer our questions in the parent survey, this way we can move forward together to ensure our children are the ‘Best that they can Be’! 

Home Learning Survey Link: https://forms.gle/AuSyBeTu1eJMmwr86


Wellbeing Group - (Repeated from earlier in the week - Survey due Monday)

I’ve been thinking on how we might bring some additional support to some of our students who are living with anxiety, negative thinking, bereavement and stress, amongst other childhood concerns.  In a primary school we don’t receive funding for staffing for school counselors, however I’ve been speaking with a local supporter of our school, and they have generously offered to fund this initiative for Muritai School for Term 2. 

I’ve engaged with Heather Dodge, the director of Kaleidoscope Solutions about hosting some groups here at Muritai School.  Heather’s work aligns closely with our vision for our learners at Muritai (being the Best we can Be), where Kaleidoscope’s vision is ‘empowering children to reach their full potential’. You are welcome to take a look at Heather's website at www.kaleidoscopesolutions.co.nz

Who will be in the wellbeing group? Due to a change in personal circumstances or the events of the past year, your child may be expressing feelings and emotions that they don't yet have the skills or tools to work through.  As well as what we observe here at school, (we may recommend children for inclusion in the group) you might be seeing some changes in your child at home.  I’d like to invite you to confidentially let me know if your child might benefit from being included in our wellbeing group.  

You are very welcome to phone the school and speak with me personally about this rather than filling in the form, especially if the information is highly confidential and sensitive.   I have created the form as an option to assist us in capturing the information as easily as possible.  The information you provide will be completely confidential to just myself and Heather.  

If you would like your child to be considered for this group, please fill in this google form by clicking here: https://forms.gle/NSucLV1hSpRd13cQ8

I am so grateful for the opportunity to offer this important programme and would like to thank this supporter of our school on behalf of all Muritai students and families. This incredibly generous support is offered on the condition that the family who has funded this programme remains anonymous.  I’m sure you will find this as touching as I did, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful wider school community. 

Please have all information with me by Monday 17th May so that we can get our group underway. 


Peer Mediators

In assembly today we launched the new Kereru Peer Mediator vests.  Keep an eye out for our peer mediators in the playground coming soon.





I’ll see you at the cross country on Monday, fingers crossed for good weather!  

Kia pai tō rā whakatā  - Have a great weekend!

Bec Power, Principal


FROM THE SCHOOL


Learning Conversations

The second of our Learning Conversations are on Wednesday 19 May from 3.10pm.  If you have would like to make an interview time with your child’s teacher, go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz, use the code gmzep and follow the steps.  If you have any problems with booking a time, please call Jo in the office.


Scholastic Lucky Book Club

Issue three of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2021, is now available. This is the third issue for the year. Orders will be closing on Friday the 21st May. Your order can be done on the following website https://my bookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx. 

The whole school order is processed on the closing date and it usually takes approximately a week for orders to be delivered. 

We greatly appreciate your support as the school is able to gain rewards through purchases you make which enables us to add books to our school library collection and also get sets of books for novel studies. 


TERM 2 CALENDAR DATES

17 May Pizza Monday

17 May Muritai School Competitive Cross Country Years 4-8

18 May Gardasil vaccination for Year 7/8 students

19 May Learning Conversations 3pm to 6pm

19 May Tui Te Papa Trip

21 May Pink Shirt Day

25 May BOT Meeting at 6.30pm

25 May South East Interschool Cross Country

27 May Muritai School Fun Run 

28 May Kereru Whole School Assembly

1 June Inter School Cross Country

3 June PP Inter School Cross Country

11 June Mihi Whakatau

14 June Pizza Monday

15 June Interzones Cross Country

22 June Inter Zone Cross Country 

22 June BOT meeting at 6.30pm

24 June PP Inter Zone Cross Country 

5 July Hutt Fest rehearsal at 1pm

6 July Regional Cross Country

6 July Hutt Fest Kapa Haka Performance at 6pm

8 July PP Regional Cross Country

9 July Korora Whole School Assembly

9 July Last day of Term 2 


TERM DATES 2021 

Our Term dates have been agreed for 2021 as follows: 

Term 1 4 February to 16 April

Term 2 3 May to 9 July

Term 3 26 July to 1 October

Term 4 18 October to 16 December

 

Our teacher only days this year are:

Friday 4 June

Friday 22 October

These days line up with HVHS teacher only days which may be of help to you as well as being the Friday prior to Queen’s Birthday holiday and Labour Day enabling a long weekend for everyone.  

Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children. 

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES - Please  Note the following notices have been requested to be published and are not necessarily  endorsed by us as a school.  In the spirit of community we include these digitally for you to peruse. 




Barnardos Eastbourne - open afternoon - Sunday 16th May

We are having an open afternoon on Sunday 16th May from 2.30-4pm at Barnardos Eastbourne Early Learning Centre, 199 Muritai Rd Eastbourne.  Everyone is welcome to come and see our new back playground, to sit on Jason’s seat (Jason passed away in March 2020) and to have some afternoon tea. We would love to see old friends and whānau of the centre and also welcome any new visitors too.  If it is raining we will postpone the open afternoon to Sunday 23rd May and post this on the Eastbourne Community Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there. 


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