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, 

Term 2 is off to a wonderful start! 
 
Muritai School Cross Country 2021 - Next Monday!
Over the past year we have been looking at a variety of ways to run our annual school Cross Country event. After collecting student voice and looking at best practices in other schools too, we have developed a revised approach to this event from 2021. 

We will continue to offer the Competitive Cross Country for Years 4 - 8, as children who take part are eligible to attend the Zone Cross Country later this term. Children in years 4 - 8 will have a choice to attend this competitive event or not. Some of us excel in Cross Country, others in swimming, others in climbing trees,  or even in public speaking. We all shine in and enjoy different activities, and these opportunities will continue to be offered at Muritai school, however we continue to listen to our learners, and seek to offer best current educational practice.  Allowing the children the agency and choice to participate creates ownership, excitement of the challenge ahead, and for many others - a sense of relief. 

We will be running a Fun Fitness afternoon for the whole school later this term, as we value developing all children’s fitness, a love for being active, having enjoyment of sports, and developing healthy wellbeing. More information on this will come out around this fun event in the coming weeks. 

Here is an outline for the Year 4 - 8 Competitive Cross Country in Week 3 on Monday 17th May 2021 at the HW Shortt Rec grounds and beach. 



If you are interested in helping as a course marshall can you please let Jamie know at  jpower@muritai.school.nz ASAP!

Muritai School Spotlights
As part of our new Muritai School Strategic Plan we are currently putting together a range of pages unpacking our beliefs around our school practices. These pages are called ‘Spotlights’ and are a play on the Pencarrow Lighthouse as the key icon of our new strategy, and the casting of it’s light on a particular focus.  Each Spotlight will include information around - what it is, why it is important, and what it looks like at Muritai School. We will also include links to current research, learning dispositions, and any other relevant information that will support you to understand our Muritai School practices. It is great to be able to share these Spotlights with you and celebrate the amazing practices we believe in and things we do to be the best we can be! 

We have been extremely lucky to have been working with our Maths Advisor Julie Roberts over the past two years. Our contract is coming to an end at the end of this term and all teachers have been introducing current pedagogy and practices into their maths programmes and finding new and interesting ways to support, guide, challenge, and engage our learners. 

Here is our first Spotlight called ‘Spotlight on Maths’. 



 
Wellbeing Group 
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. 

I look forward to seeing you all at the learning conversations over the next two weeks.  

Ngā manaakitanga,
 
Bec Power, Principal



FROM THE SCHOOL

Learning Conversations
Learning Conversations begin tomorrow from 3.10pm and continue next Wednesday 19 May.  If you have not already made an interview time, you can do this now by going 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.

Nuts
We have an increasing number of students attending our school who are severely allergic to nuts.  We are an inclusive school and want to provide all students with a safe school environment.

To support us with this, please could you consider the items that your child has in their lunchboxes for morning tea and lunch. 

We ask that you do not send any peanut, cashew, brazil or obvious nut products e.g. peanut butter with your child.  If your child has eaten these before coming to school, please ensure that their face and hands have been thoroughly washed before they arrive at school.

These precautionary measures will help us ensure that the students with these allergies have less of a chance of exposure to nuts thus avoiding a life threatening reaction and meaning all of our students are able to be safe.

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

12 May Learning Conversations 3pm to 6pm
17 May Pizza Monday
17 May Muritai School Competitive Cross Country Y4-8
18 May Gardasil vaccination for Year 7/8 students
19 May Learning Conversations 3pm to 6pm
21 May Pink Shirt Day
25 May BOT Meeting at 6.30pm
27 May Muritai School Competitive Cross Country
1 June Inter School Cross Country
3 June PP Inter School Cross Country
11 June Mihi Whakatau
22 June Inter Zone Cross Country 
22 June BOT meeting at 6.30pm
24 June PP Inter Zone Cross Country 
6 July Dance Festival Year 4-8
6 July Regional Cross Country
8 July PP Regional Cross Country
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. 
 


Friday 15 April 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, 
 
The end of Term 1 is upon us and there is so much to celebrate as we head into our term break! 
 
Learning Conversations Term 2:
Early in Term 2 we will hold our ‘Learning Conversations’.  These are meetings booked to meet with the teacher to  continue to build a connection between whanau and school,  and to share beginning of the year achievement and progress, share any celebrations and needs,  and together come up with goals for the year. Pop a note in your diary  for the dates  - an invitation will come out to you in Week 1. The conversations will be held in Week 2 Wednesday 12th May and Week 3 Wednesday 19th May.  

Teacher Only Days
We have two teacher only days in 2021 which we’ve lined up with HVHS teacher only day 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.  

During these two teacher only days the staff will be working together on the Muritai curriculum and current pedagogy in teaching. 

Our teacher only days this year are:
Friday 4 June
Friday 22 October
 
Kelly Club will very likely have holiday programmes for these Fridays for people who need care for their children.
 

We are the World Inquiry 
Over the past 5 weeks the children have been learning about the diverse cultures and identities of people within our community, and exploring their own cultures and cultural practices in our first inquiry called ‘We are the World’. As a school we are learning to share ideas, our customs and culture, and respect others' way of being, and how we are moving forward as culturally capable students. 

Some of the big questions the children have been exploring this term are 
“Who am I and where have I come from”
“How are we the same and how are we different?”
“Are we responsible for our ancestors’ decisions and actions”
“Does culture have to be related to where you come from”

Across the school children have been exploring shared cultural kai, looking into cultures around the world, sharing their cultures traditional clothes, art, languages, celebrations and a whole lot more! 
Next term we'll be continuing this inquiry for another 4 weeks and making connections with other people’s culture and how people connect to it, looking into how we celebrate the diversity in NZ and contributing to the diversity of Muritai School/Eastbourne and beyond. 
   
The teachers are really impressed with how open the children are at accepting that we have cultural differences and acknowledging and celebrating the diversity within our school. 








Home Learning Review 
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 have been chatting to quite a few parents and hearing from teachers too, that there are growing numbers of parents who prefer home learning focused on learning and living capabilities and dispositions, rather than task style activities to complete, and also many who request no home learning at all.  This has caused us to reflect on home learning  ourselves,  and we have begun exploring research that has really got us thinking.  This term the staff and senior leadership have started looking at a range of current research, reflecting on current practices and discussing what is best suited to our children, their learning and behaviour needs and goals. 

I’ve attached one of these readings below, John Hattie and his Visible Learning Research, a synthesis of over 800 Meta analysis relating to what adds to children achievement. https://visible-learning.org/2014/09/john-hattie-interview-bbc-radio-4/ Professor John Hattie (NZ), ranks homework 95th out of 150 factors that influence student achievement.  He rates its effect size as 0.29.  By contrast self-reported grades/ student expectations scores the highest effect size of 1.44. A Study of 18,000 school children finds 'no relationship' between working hard at home and better results.

Currently at Muritai School each team sets a range of learning tasks that mirror the learning happening in class. We continue to use learning grids that we set up last year during Lockdown, and will communicate this through Seesaw Year 1 - 4 and Google Classroom 5 - 8. 

We are looking forward to digging deeper into Home Learning, gathering staff, student, parent voice and looking at current research to assist in developing our new Policy. 

Please keep your eye out for further research links and a parent survey coming home early next term where you are able to share with us your thoughts about Home Learning, our current practices, and ways we can move forward together to ensure our children are the ‘Best that they can Be’! 

ANZAC Commemorations 2021
This year the Eastbourne ANZAC Commemorations will once again be at the Muritai Memorial Gates.  The commemorations begin at 10am on ANZAC day (Sunday 25th April) as the parade arrives at the Memorial Gates at Muritai School. 

Over the past weeks our Kahū syndicate has been preparing for our annual ANZAC day commemorations.  They have been preparing our haka to respond in challenge to the official Eastbourne ANZAC parade at the Muritai Memorial Gates, and a beautiful waiata ‘He Hōnore’ to be sung by our children to the crowds attending. Our Head and Deputy students will also be laying a wreath on behalf of all of the children of Muritai School. 

As part of the learning around the commemorations, Kahu have completed some learning artefacts in response to the significance of the poppy.  Some of these pieces will be on display  at the RSA on Sunday the 25th of April and I have selected some excellent examples to share with you below.  Please also read two moving pieces of writing that are shared at the bottom of this newsletter for you to enjoy. 
          

Soldier and Poppy Art - AJ Durant

Lest We Forget Mixed media on canvas - Giselle Hotop


 
 
Crocheted Poppy and Words - Max McHugh

 

New Muritai School members: 
I am so excited to introduce you to two new members of our Muritai whanau - our teachers Whaea Hilary and Mrs Maritz have both had their babies this term! 
Congratulations to Hilary and Josh for your gorgeous new son Tom, and congratulations to Kea and Paul for your new beautiful daughter Chloe! We hope you both pop in and visit us again soon!
  
Chloe Maritz

Tom (and big brother Paddy) Keenan


  
Have a wonderful term break all, we look forward to seeing you all back in Term 2!
 
Ngā manaakitanga,
 
Bec Power, Principal

 
 

FROM THE BOARD

Muritai School Board of Trustees Update April 2021

Hello Muritai Families,

The Muritai School Board of Trustees held its second meeting for 2021 this week. It was a positive meeting with a full agenda as always and from that we have a couple of updates to share.
Donation and extra contributions

Donations play a very important part towards the financial side of running our school and the Board wishes to thank those who have already made your donation payment. It is also really pleasing to see that the option added this year, to make an additional contribution, has been taken up by some of our wonderful parent and caregiver community and an extra big thank you goes out to you (you know who you are 😊) 
 
Playgrounds
The playground refurbishment is looking awesome, and the good news is, more playground development has been ordered and now awaiting installation. It’s really cool to see this project coming together and even more pleasing to see our Muritai children enjoying using this space.


Longest term of the year 
As we head towards the end of the longest school term of the year, 11 weeks to be exact along with the extra challenges of jumping between Covid levels 1 and 2, the Board would like to thank you, our wonderful parent community, and the staff at Muritai School for your continued positive energy you bring to the school. It really does make the environment here at Muritai School a fantastic experience for our learners, which helps them be the best they can be.

We hope the upcoming holidays give you and your families time to relax and recharge and for those getting away and exploring our own backyard and possibly across the ditch, please do enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing you in term two which starts Monday 3 May.
 
Warm wishes 
Muritai School Board of Trustees
Kaye, Andrew,  Bec, Jeremy, Kurt, Lisa and Felicity.


FROM THE SCHOOL

Choir
Just a reminder that the Choir will continue to meet at 8.30 in the Library on Monday mornings.

Kapa Haka
We had a wonderful turn out for the Kapa Haka Ropu this Wednesday with well over 100 children and some of their whanau taking part.  This will continue next term on Wednesday mornings at 8.30.  A big thank you to Whaea Hilary for doing such a great job with such a large group and to Ruth Hooke for assisting her.  

Makahika Camp
Camp Makahika was a fantastic experience for our year 5 and 6 students with lots of highlights through the week.  The children were able to take part in all activities (despite the occasional rainy weather) and even managed to stay in the bush huts this year.  

They lived our school values of connecting, exploring and contributing, overcoming many challenges through the week such as staying away from home for the first time, sleeping in a cabin or tent for the first time, trying out food that they had never had before to doing all of the activities that were on offer at camp even if they were a little unsure at first.  We’re very proud of our children for ‘giving everything a go’ - something the staff at Makahika commented on.  I’m sure parents would confirm that they went home exhausted but happy.   

We would like to thank the parents who gave up their time to assist with camp who contributed so much to the happy vibe at camp (as you can see below) and also our wonderful teachers for all their hard work in preparing for camp and ensuring 
everything ran smoothly.  





  

Te Papa Trip - Years 7 & 8

Since the arrival of our new inquiry, we have been learning all about cultures around the world.
The kahu syndicate was privileged enough to be able to visit Te Papa, and learn more about New Zealand, and other cultures. For example, Learning about immigrants coming from all over Great Britain, New Zealand's highs and lows, and the people who are suffering in other countries. Since the late 1800s leading into the early 1920s, imigration has been a crucial part of New Zealand's history, and almost around the whole entire world. We talked about the push and the pull factor e/g why someone would want to leave their country  and why they would want to come here. In Te Papa, we learnt many things, and came back knowing so much. Our knowledge has expanded  beyond limits previously thought by ourselves. 

There were three sessions total, one being the education center. In the Education centre we learnt about New Zealand's history over the years, and  the way our country used to be advertised as something like paradise for most people, and how the families of English immigrants functioned. We were learning about immigrants from all over the world, and how they lived their lives. 

For session two we got a booklet, asking you questions about culture, people, and objects. You would need to look around for the answer in the given area you were in, and to maybe draw, or write your answers. The next session was a similar one to the second session, talking more about the culture in New Zealand. 

When we had finished all our sessions, some classes looked at other exhibitions, like the amazing Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition, and some looked at the extraordinarily huge spider web of time. It was so fun that I bet some people would love to go again and look at it over and over and over. But, in the end we learnt so much, we wouldn’t need to.

Luca Tokeley and Emily Diederich

Fundamental Sports Day
On Wednesday last week Team Korora had a wonderful time at Hutt Park participating in a Fundamental Sports Day along with a number of other schools from the Hutt area.  The children had the opportunity to learn some new games developing their ball handling skills as well as hand-eye coordination.  They also had the chance to challenge themselves on some fun gym equipment.  The teachers were all really proud of how well our tamariki participated.  Thanks to all those parents who came to help and make this such a successful day!






   

TERM 1 and 2 CALENDAR DATES

16 April Kahu whole school assembly at 1.30
16 April Last day of Term 1
11 May National Young Leaders Day
12 May Learning Conversations 3pm to 6pm
17 May Pizza Monday
18 May Gardasil vaccination for Year 7/8 students
19 May Learning Conversations 3pm to 6pm
21 May Pink Shirt Day
25 May BOT Meeting at 6.30pm
27 May Muritai School Competitive Cross Country
1 June Inter School Cross Country
3 June PP Inter School Cross Country
11 June Mihi Whakatau
22 June Inter Zone Cross Country 
22 June BOT meeting at 6.30pm
24 June PP Inter Zone Cross Country 
6 July Dance Festival Year 4-8
6 July Regional Cross Country
8 July PP Regional Cross Country
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 day 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. 



 
ANZAC Writing 

ANZAC Day
By Scott Barlow.

“Buzz, Buzz.” My alarm clock’s ringing jolted me awake. I looked out the window to see that it was still dark. “That can’t be right,” I muttered, “Must be broken.” I looked at my alarm clock to see what time it thought it was. It read five in the morning. I shook my head, but then I looked at the date. 25th of April. ANZAC day. I smiled grimly. Who would want to remember that day?

As I reached for my wooden leg, my grand-child, Flynn, came into my room. “Grandpa,” he asked, then stopped, and handed my leg to me. He waited for me to strap it on before resuming: “Why do we have to get up so early every year?”

“Well Flynn, it is to commemorate those who died fighting in WWI against the Turkish. They landed on the wrong beach and faced the impossible task of storming the enemy’s base when the opposition had the high ground. I can still remember the doubtful looks of my fellow soldiers as we approached Gallipoli . . .”



The ship creaked and groaned as we sailed towards our target. I cast a look around at my brethren. Some were excited for the chance to kill, others who were forced to fight had either grim determination or terror on their faces. The Aussies from the countryside looked pale and some even had their heads overboard, giving their breakfasts back to nature, obviously not used to being on a ship. 

Our task was a simple yet very important one: take the Turkish base overlooking a narrow passage so that our ships could sail through, unimpeded by cannon fire. This was a critical mission, as if we would succeed, then the British could sail through to the Russian army and jointly attack the Germans, to end the back-and-forth of trench warfare and start a major offensive campaign. And who better to do this high-death chance mission than with the lowly Australian New Zealand Army Corps.

“Sir,” the navigator called, “In two-hundred meters, take the next left onto Gallipoli Harbour.”
“Very well,” general Ford said. “We are approaching Gallipoli! Get yourselves ready for a fight,” he bellowed to the army. The shout echoed from the command vessel, reverberating off the rough seas. Over dozens of ships, soldiers got ready to fight. The clanking of guns, the roar of the boats, the war cries of the men, it was deafening.

As the beach came into view, I could not believe how hard it was going to be to take this fortress. It was placed on the top of a steep hill well over one-hundred meters tall. It had makeshift fortifications all over the mountain, including gun posts, barbed wire and land mines. The outpost itself had machine gun holes scattered throughout it’s two meter high fence. Even though it was not even dawn, they almost had half as many sentries as we had troops in our division. And undoubtedly, they had many more troops inside. They would cut us down before we reached them. 

As I was worrying, I saw that many other fighters were feeling the same way. We all thought that there was no hope. One private, Louie Turner I think his name was, asked the captain if this was the beach we were meant to be at. It was what we were all thinking, however we all knew captain Smith had a short fuse. We all tried to hide our smirks as he got shouted at. Then, an alarm sounded and a spotlight illuminated our ship. . .

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I looked out the window of the car as my son drove my family and I to the ANZAC parade. A possum ran away from the car, seeing it through the dim glow of the street lamps as they flickered in the dawn light. A slight drizzle of rain bounced off the Ford pinto’s roof as it rattled around like a shaker. 

After we pulled into a parking spot, I got out of the car and went over to the boot. My son, Mathew, pulled my wheelchair out and set it up in front of me. While helping me into it, he noticed my sombre expression. “Dad,” he asked, “are you all right?”
“Yes, it is just that it could have so easily been me that was killed at Gallipoli and. . .” I looked at my feet and sighed.
“I know,” he replied comfortingly.

Half an hour later,  a military general called into action the march. Mathew pushed me along the slippery road, going at the speed of the rest of the parade. The rhythmic sound of the marching feet keeping in time with the director-general’s calls is rather ironic, I thought, considering how messy and chaotic an actual fight is.

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I shielded my eyes from the brightness of the stoplight while I tried to block the blasting sound of the siren as it pierced my ear. I saw Smith barking orders at me, but I could not hear him. Then, a missile streaked through the air, leaving a long trail of smoke, and hit the ship next to us. It detonated and all but one aboard were killed immediately. He was shot into the air, his bloody face screaming in terror. He landed in the water with a sickening crunch. His lifeless body sunk to the bottom of the ocean, with all of his air rising to the surface in bubbles. As I stood awestruck, another ship exploded, but this time only a few died. The rest tried to swim towards us, but they got killed by machine gun fire.

“You have seen what the enemy can do when we are here in the sea, like a group of sitting ducks, ” captain Smith barked, “get onto the beach as fast as possible!” We all spun into action to get the ship moving and onto solid ground. The engine revved, and we sped ashore. Smith yelled directions at us as the boat slided up the sand: “Get the weapons, get out in a reverse V forma-” He was cut off mid-sentence by a bullet erupting through his thigh. He collapsed to the ground, and with his final breath, passed the command onto me. A silver lining to this horrible war. I gazed across the battlefield, assessing the best move. “Take cover in the trees, minimise our losses.” I have already seen enough bloodshed. I made a promise to myself: As long as I live, I will remember the fallen, and remember this day.
 

I Miss My Mum
By Ben Hollard 

I miss my mum. 

I thought that I was brave. I thought that lying about my age was a good idea, so that I could come to the war. I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. I thought it would be finished quickly. I thought I could handle it. I thought I was prepared. I thought I was a grown up. But I miss my mum. 

My friend John said that I would be a coward if I did not sign up.
He lied about his age too. I miss John as well, even though he put pressure on me to sign up. 

I watched John die. He didn't even get to shore. As soon as he jumped out of the boat, BANG! He was immediately shot. We were best friends since we were four. He had wanted to see the world, but I’m not sure now that this was the best way to do it. 

All around me I see and hear gun fire. They seem to be closing in. I’m used to the stink of rotten food and dead bodies now. I feel cold, miserable and soaked, sitting in the wet clay trenches. Apparently we got dropped at the wrong place? I don’t know. My geography isn’t great. 

The stars are different here. They are moving between the clouds. Or maybe that’s me hallucinating. 

I want to go home. I want to sit at the kitchen table and have hot warm cocoa with my mum. I should have stayed for the two years I still had before I was 18. I took my home in the Eastbourne hills for granted. I want to be there now. 

I miss my mum. 

 
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. 

Circa Theatre “Seasons”
If you are looking for something to do with your young children, you may like to look at taking them to see “Seasons” (suitable for children up to Y5).  You can view further information at https://www.circa.co.nz/package/seasons-capital-e/





Friday 26 March 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, 

We are now at the end of week 8,  of an 11 week term.  This term has the unusual addition of Easter being within the term, and not tacked onto the school holidays as it does most years.  All schools are closed on Easter Friday, Monday and Tuesday. 

This time exactly one year ago, I was writing to you with new information about school closures and the imminent ‘Learning at Home’ as we began our Alert Level 4 Lockdown.  I’ll never forget the moment of locking up the school for the final time before lockdown. It was silent, eerie,  and felt like a bizarre historical act to be undertaking. I believe it was the first time the school had been closed for a substantial length of time since the school closures during the Spanish Flu. I’m sure you’ll all remember your final tasks too, before we locked down. 

It’s hard to believe it's been a whole year since then! It seems a world away from the current abilities we have to continue with life in a manner that’s pretty close to being back to normal.  I have been reminded of this over and over during the past weeks as we’ve felt so fortunate over and over to have held many different sporting events, assemblies, Board meetings, Home and School meetings, our mihi whakatau welcoming ceremony for new learners, parents and staff,  parent meetings for camp and for our new entrant ‘Starting school at 5’ parent education meetings.  Thank you all for the part you continue to play in signing in with the digital Covid tracing app when you enter the school grounds, we really appreciate the effort our community continues to make to keep us all safe. 

We wish Kererū well as they head off on camp on Monday, and when they return next Thursday it will be just in time for our Easter break.  I hope our children, teachers and parents enjoy their Makahika outdoor adventure, fingers crossed for wonderful weather for your all. 
 
Our playground repairs have been completed, and we thank those parent volunteers who came down and collected some top soil, and especially those who helped to carry and rake out the new loads of soft fall bark across all playgrounds, now it’s time to enjoy! Thanks to our caretaking team Kevin and Dan who have worked hard over the past weeks in getting the play space ready to launch! The playground is open to all ages, and we invite you to come and have a go yourselves, I can highly recommend having a go on the slide…although it was a little faster than I’d anticipated! Enjoy!
 
Ngā manaakitanga,
Bec Power, Principal


FROM THE SCHOOL


                      Kapa Haka
We are starting a school kapa haka rōpū for any student who would like to join.  Sessions will be from 8.30 am to 9.30am in the school library every Wednesday from Term 2 and run by Hilary Bevin and Ruth Hooke.  This is an opportunity to learn Te Reo, waiata-ā-ringa (action songs) hīmene (hymns) and kēmu (games).  Whānau are welcome to participate also.  There will be performance opportunities (Hutt Fest, etc) during the year.

Notices have been given to children who are interested and extra copies are available in the school office.  These need to be signed by parents and returned to the office. 

Capture the Flag
On Tuesday a group of approximately 70 students from years 5-8 went to Hutt Park to participate in the Capture the Flag tournament. The students had a great time playing in the sunshine! All teams did extremely well and showed a real sense of sportsmanship and team work! A special mention goes out to Max Bentley and Meg McIntosh for receiving individual spirit awards. Well done to everyone who participated in the day!







Basketball
Basketball registrations are open.  Click on the following link to go to the registration page.  Please read the form for all information before registering your child   https://forms.gle/ZMR5hLZisBzjt1mE6

TERM 1 CALENDAR DATES

29 Mar to
1 April    Kereru camp at Makahika
1 April Tui whole school assembly at 1.30
2 April Good Friday - school holiday
5 April Easter Monday - school holiday
6 April School holiday (Tuesday after Easter)
9 April School Assembly
13 April Room 2 visiting East Harbour Kindy (TBC)
13 April BOT Meeting at 6.30
14 April Room 1 visiting East Harbour Kindy (TBC)
15 April Cohort 3 School visit 9.30am
16 April Kahu whole school assembly at 1.30
16 April Last day of Term 1


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
 
 
 
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

For all ages, 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

 




Anyone for Tennis?
 
How about making some Me Time and joining us for Mid-Week Tennis on a Tuesday morning?
When? Tuesdays 9.30am – 12 noon (all year)
Where? Muritai Tennis Club, 356 Muritai Rd
Who? Women and Men of any age or ability
 
Why? Because it’s fun!
 
How? Try before you buy! Just turn up – casual attire.
 
Morning tea provided!!
Lessons available
 
Enquiries: Carol 568 5360 or Merryn 562 0236
 

‘Girls Got Game’ is a fun and friendly basketball programme for girls in Year 1 – 8. Basketball is a fantastic sport for girls, helping to develop movement and thinking skills in a fun social team environment. 
 
Girls Got Game aims to grow sporting competence and self confidence to help young girls lead an active and healthy lifestyle. The programme focusses on developing three key areas including: Fundamental Movements, Basketball Skills and Traits of Great Players. 
 
Open to girls across Lower Hutt. Coached by experienced and accredited youth basketball coaches from Capital Basketball. 
 
When: Tuesday’s in Term 2, starting 11 May
Where: Chilton St James, 124 Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt
Times: Year 1 – 4: 3:30pm – 4:15pm,  Year 5 – 8: 4:15pm – 5:20pm
Cost: $30pp
Register via email: adennehy@chilton.school.nz
 
For any questions please contact Scott Richardson from Capital Basketball on: training@capitalbasketball.org


 




























Friday 5 March 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, 

It’s hard to believe that next week we will be half way through term 1!  The term is flying by, and although we are currently under Alert Level 2 conditions, there have been plenty of wonderful learning experiences and opportunities throughout the week. Thank you all for your cooperation, kindness and support with the requirements to sign in and/or remain outside the school gates.  Please do also remember to not enter the classrooms under Alert Level 2, as this is a key component of our COVID-19 safety strategy.   Thank you all for the many warm smiles, happy emails and waves from afar as we keep our school gates closed during school hours. 

I will update you if our Alert Levels change over the weekend, I know we all have our fingers crossed for Level 1!

Several parents have mentioned how much the self management and independence of our students has grown with the drop and pick up at the gates - do feel free to continue with this system regardless of the Alert Level if it works for your child, as we here at school also see an increase in student self management under Level 2!

Head Students 2021

This afternoon we have announced our Head and Deputy student leaders for 2021.  

There were so many outstanding candidates who bravely put themselves forward for consideration this year, and it was a very difficult decision for us to make.  I congratulate all candidates for their thoughtful applications and also their confident and poised answers throughout the interview process.  We have such a depth of talent this year, it’s going to be an exciting group to watch as our Year 8 students take on other leadership roles such as School House Captains, Learning Ambassadors and Sport Leaders which will be selected and announced next week. 

The students we have selected as our Head & Deputy student leaders this year have a very diverse range of skills, talents, experience in leadership and energy to burn! They are passionate about Muritai School, about making a difference and about making a positive impact in their final year with us.  I am delighted to introduce to you from left to right: Luca Marshall Head Girl, Isobelle Fogerty and Jemima Tito Deputy Head Girls, Scott Barlow Head Boy and Max Bentley Deputy Head Boy. 

Home and School Meeting

Come along and connect with our great group of parents who assist the school with fundraising and community connection opportunities at the Still Room  on Tuesday the 9th March at 7:30pm. 

Road Safety - Let’s keep all of our children safe

Please do take note of the yellow lines around the school when you are parking or pulling over at drop off or pick up times.  I have had parents emailing me very concerned about some driver behaviour recently and I ask you all to be cautious, considerate and careful to keep our children safe.  

Firewise

Our Kororā and Tūī teams have been learning about being Firewise and as part of our ‘Village People’ WOW week we weren’t able to get out and about as much as we’d like, however we were able to welcome some of our local firefighters into the school today, along with their fire engine! 

 


Thank you to our ‘village people’ who have given their time to make our week of learning such a success!






Farewell Deane Mckay

Thank you to those who were able to join us last Friday as we farewelled Deane.  We had a wonderful farewell assembly and after school we held a present and past staff and Board farewell function and BBQ with Deane and his family. Today is Deane’s final day with us at Muritai School, and we wish him the best of luck in his move to Hamilton to begin his new role with Sport Waikato this weekend! All the best Deane!

Playground Repairs

Our playground is nearly back in action! The repairs are completed and we now await the dirt removal and arrival of soft fall bark before we open it back for use - hopefully by the middle of next week.  Thank you to all who have contributed to fundraising efforts over the past two years in order for us to repair and further develop our playground. 

Have a wonderful weekend, all and enjoy this lovely sunshine!












Good Quality Topsoil Available - this weekend only 

Do you need any topsoil? We are having the excess playground topsoil professionally removed on Monday, however if you would like to bring a car and a trailer (or a wheelbarrow and bucket!) into the school over the weekend please come on in anytime and take whatever you need.  We have removed the bollards so you only need to open the unlocked gates and drive on in. Please leave the bollards out for the next person. 



 

We ask that you please do not go onto the new playground or allow children onto the new playground as it is not yet safe without the soft fall bark underneath the equipment.  It is clearly fenced off with orange safety netting. 

 


 

Have a wonderful weekend, all and fingers crossed for Level 1 next week!

Ngā manaakitanga,

Bec Power, Principal

 

FROM THE BOARD

Hello Muritai Families,

The Muritai School Board of Trustees held its first meeting for 2021 this week and wish to update you on the outcomes.

Playground Update

You will have noticed that the playground refurbishment is well underway with the repairs being undertaken, and the addition of spin bars, the Pencarrow lighthouse and a fantastic new slide in place.  It is wonderful to see the children's design taking shape and we know they will be excited to get in there and try out the new equipment. We hope to have all of the soft fall bark delivered early next week, and to have the playground opened once this is placed under all equipment.  We will continue to further develop this space, with more additions and inclusive equipment that the children designed. 

Donation Information

You will be receiving your school donation and activity fee communication soon. As you are aware last year was very challenging for many families and continues to be so. This year we are introducing an option to make an additional contribution and any help you may be able to give will be greatly appreciated by the Board of Trustees and the wider school community.

Achievement Targets 2021 - Mathematics

Maths continues as our key focus area for 2021 both in professional development and as our achievement targets to closely monitor.  We continue to monitor all children’s progress in Reading, Writing and Maths, however for 2021 we will be looking closely at Mathematics with our targets as follows: 

1. Our goal is to accelerate the 17% of our students in Year 2-8 that are not yet achieving their end of year expectation in Maths  (65 students)  

2. Our goal is to accelerate the 27 % of our students in Year 4,  and the 28% of our students in Year 8 that are not yet achieving their end of year expectation in Maths (Year 4 = 14 students/Year 8 =  13 students)

3. Our goal is to accelerate the 30% of our students who identify as Māori in Year 2-8 that are not yet achieving their end of year expectations in Maths (9 students)

4. As part of our strategy in achieving these targets the teaching staff continue to work hard on their own Mathematical knowledge, understanding and practice too! An outline of the professional development focus with our teaching staff in Mathematics in 2021 is: 

  • Upskilling our new and part time teachers in Term 1 
  • Further building staff ability to connect knowledge into their classroom lessons
  • The Maths team sharing examples of collaborative planning 
  • The Maths team looking into Video analysis of maths practice for teachers
  • Staff setting new maths goals for term 1 from the ‘Muritai Maths Teaching Matrix’
  • Staff further developing their strand concept knowledge 
  • Using the Maths Progressions created in 2020  to guide our own practice and use them alongside children to allow them to have knowledge of what they have learnt, what they are learning and what they are still to learn. 
  • Noticing and Responding - Capturing progress and the effective use of formative assessment


Election of Board Chair

At the start of every year we elect a new Chair to act as our presiding member - except for the year when there are Board elections.  This year we congratulate Kaye Sherwin as she takes the role as our new Board Chair.  As our Board elections will take place next year, Kaye will remain our Chair right through until the new trustees take office.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Saunderson who has been our Board Chair for the last twelve months for his service and contribution to our school. Andrew will now be our Deputy Chair.  

Finally, although the year has started with some uncertainty we wish to acknowledge the calm and confident way the Muritai Staff have navigated the transitions in and out of Level 1 and 2. We are so fortunate to have such an amazing team at Muritai School who are working very hard to develop positive, supportive learning environments. It is a good time to reflect on how lucky we are here in New Zealand and respect the guidelines of the levels to keep our community and country safe and healthy. Above all remember to look out for one another - be kind.

Warm wishes 

Muritai School Board of Trustees

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

 

FROM THE SCHOOL

MURITAI SPORTS

 

Non Stop Cricket

Non Stop cricket will now be held on Tuesday 9th March (fingers crossed).  Our teams have been selected with two Year 3/4 teams, two Year 5/6 teams and two Year 7/8 attending. We wish these teams good luck.

Capture the Flag Year 5-8 on 23 March

Notices went out this week and the cut off was today for the capture the flag teams. Unfortunately we are only allowed to select one team from each syndicate. We will be in touch if your child gets chosen.

Touch Rugby - Friday nights

We have had two weeks of Touch rugby. Muritai has 11 teams representing our school. This week was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID  except the Year 7/8 grade but hopefully the other years will be back next week. Touch teams at Muritai are put together in Term 4 and they play both Term 4 and Term 1 of the following year.

Winter Netball

Registrations are now open for winter Netball for Muritai. This competition is for Year 3-8. Please fill in the form if your child is interested in playing.

https://forms.gle/3tqYug7FXNg1RMHq8

 

TŪI AND KORORĀ SWIMMING 

What a great start to the year with Tūi swimming where children have developed their stroke technique and water confidence.  We celebrated the end of swimming this week with Tūi classes having some informal races and pool games! Children all had a blast and were excited to be able to do this at Level 2. 

Yesterday we ran the competitive Year 4 races. The children were amazing and were cheering and supporting each other during each race! Here are the places for the competitive races. 

Congratulations to all the children who took part in swimming this term. We look forward to the end of the year when we have lessons with the swimming coaches. 


 Team Kororā held their annual swimming festival this Wednesday at the Eastbourne Pool. The swimming festival celebrates the end of our swimming lessons and the events focus on water confidence and moving in the water. Classes went down to the pool one at a time and children participated in events in the junior pool. Children pushed a ball with their nose as they ran across the pool, they jumped along using pool noodles, kicked with a flutter board and dived for objects. Team Kororā did a fantastic job and had a lot of fun! Thanks to the junior teachers for a great event.





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 2021 Teacher Only Days are still to be set.

 

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. 


½ Price Kids Entry at Staglands on Children’s Day

 Staglands Wildlife Reserve will be celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday 7th March by offering ½ PRICE ENTRY into The Reserve for ALL CHILDREN.

In addition to their usual attractions visitors can enjoy free off-road tractor-trailer rides.  So if you are looking for a fun Children’s day outing for the whole family; meet at Staglands and Connect with Nature on Sunday 7th March.

*Offer is not available with any other offer.   Children (0-16 years) must be accompanied by paying adult.

For more information visit www.staglands.co.nz

 

Term 1 Lunch time French at Muritai

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

For all ages, 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


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