MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER 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 was amazing to hear about the success of our Muritai Band - Metabolic Overdrive! If you didn’t catch their performance on our Facebook page, the link is provided for your viewing pleasure below - congratulations to the band and the whole team behind their success, with their recent second placing in the whole of Wellington region at this year's Bandquest!!

COVID Update and Thanks
Thank you for being a great school community and taking care of each other by wearing masks, sanitising and social distancing.   

Thank you for being cautious if you or a family member have any COVID symptoms by calling the Healthline for advice  - and/or getting tested if you or a family member have any symptoms. 

Tips for accessing our office during the school day 
After 9am the gates are locked for the day at school.  If you need to pick up your child or deliver something to your child please come to the school office.  Due to our current advice at Alert Level 2 we currently have no parents onsite in classrooms,  or onsite between 9-3 in our grounds where children are present. Should you need to pick up or drop off to us, you will need to come to the office - you can ring in advance on 04 562 8409 or on arrival to alert the office staff you need to be spoken with.  If you are required to come onsite you will need to sign in to the school office’s visitor register. We highly recommend you wear a mask if you need to come to school. 

We thank you for your ongoing support and assistance around our COVID response at Muritai School. 

Production  - Video is under construction!
We were very excited to complete the filming for the production last week, and cannot wait to share it with you all! We are impatiently waiting for the edited version of ‘Alice Returns to Wonderland’, and are looking forward to sharing the amazing performances of our Muritai children. 

School Consultation - Health 
At least once every two years, School Boards are required to produce a written statement about how the school will implement health education. The legislation requires schools to inform the school community about the content of the health education components of the curriculum, consult with members of the school community regarding the way in which the school should implement health education. 

We invite your thoughts and input around our current Health/Sport and Fitness curriculum - please click on the link to take part: 


Bec Power, Principal
 
 
FROM THE SCHOOL
 
School Band
Wonderful news to report on our school band - 'Metabolic Overdrive' !  They came second in the Wellington region for their entry in Bandquest as well as being awarded prizes for Best keyboard player and Rockstar Styles award!  They recorded their entry at 'Meow' in Wellington as live performances could not be done this year. The band is led by Charles Hazelwood (guitar teacher) and Ruth Hooke.
Check their performance out on the link below:
 
 
Scholastic Lucky Book Club
Issue eight of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2021, is now available. This is the last issue for the year. Orders will be closing on Monday the 29th November. 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.
 
 
 
Nourish Fundraiser
This Friday, 26 November, children can come to school dressed up as anyone they would like to be for the day, ie a movie star, a book character, a sports person, etc.  We will have a coin trail so please send gold coins with your children.  
 
Money raised will go to Nourish who provide support and care for local communities through providing nutritious food to families and school children across the greater Wellington region.  Their goal - we want all children, and their families, to have the food and care they need to live, grow and be healthy.   
 
 
Term 4 Policy Review:
We invite parents to assist us in our ongoing review of school policies. This term we invite parent feedback on:
Harassment, and Maori Education Success
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 4 CALENDAR DATES

22 Nov Abel Tasman Parent volunteers evening 6pm to 7pm
2 to 
7 Dec Abel Tasman Camp
8 to 
10 Dec Y7 Camp
8 Dec Starting School at 5 meeting - 10 to 11am
9 Dec Bot meeting at 6.30pm
14 Dec Year 8 Formal
16 Dec Leavers Assembly at 11am
16 Dec Last day of School - School closes at 1pm

TERM DATES 2022
Our Term dates have been agreed for 2022 as follows: 
Term 1  2 Feb to 14 April
Term 2  2 May to 8 July
Term 3  25 July to 30 September
Term 4  17 October to 15 December


Thursday 21 October


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 Term 4 at Muriati School! 


Teacher Only Day - tomorrow

A reminder that our final Teacher Only Day this year is tomorrow -  Friday the 22nd of October.  We have timed this to neatly add onto Labour Weekend for our school families. We thank you all for supporting our Muritai team with this Teacher Only Day. 



Wig Wednesday - Let’s have some fun!

Wig Wednesday is an annual fundraising event held across New Zealand to support the Child Cancer Foundation. Next Wednesday, October 27th, your child from Kororā, Tūī and Kererū teams are able to take part in a ‘Wacky Hair’ or ‘Wear a Wig’ to school day. Please send along a gold coin for this to your child’s teacher. The Charity Ambassadors from Year 7 and 8 will collect the donations for this cause. 

Please note that the Kāhu team (Year 7 and 8) will be having their Wacky Hair Day on Thursday October 28th instead. 



Production - the show will go on!

After considerable thought & consideration we have decided to move the live production performances on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 4 Term 4 to the filmed production - the Muritai Movie! This news is not what we wanted to share, as we were all looking forward to sharing this performance with you! I have been so impressed with the teachers' hard work and the students' amazing efforts that all have put into preparation for these evening performances…but the show will go on! We will film the production in week 4 and allow the children to still perform their production item. We will then turn the filmed items into a Production movie and make this available to whānau and children later this term. 

I know this may come as a disappointment, however this last year has taught us to be resilient and innovative in our approaches to what and how we do things at school and as a school community. We will continue to bring you updates on how the movie is shaping up, and our plans on how to view the production this year. 

We are also looking to see if there are people in our community with professional videography skills and equipment who would consider donating their time to create this movie.  

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please get in touch, we hope to hear from you over the next week. 

Thank you all for your understanding and continued support around our production.  The dancing assistance, prop / costume making and purchasing and providing will all add into the wonderful community feel of our 2021 Muritai Movie! 


Alistair Blair Trust:

We are so fortunate at Muritai School to be the holders of the Alistair Blair Trust.  Alistair was a past pupil of Muritai School who sadly passed away in a tragic accident after completing his schooling at Muritai School.  His family keeps his memory alive annually by supporting the children and families of Muritai school who may be facing financial hardship.  If you or someone you know is unable to take part in a school opportunity due to financial constraints, you may like to be considered as a recipient.  Please direct all queries to myself by emailing me at Principal@Muritai.school.nz

We as a school community once again thank the Blair family for their ongoing generosity to the children of Muritai School.   

I look forward to seeing you all next week, have a wonderful long weekend. 

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Have a good weekend

Bec Power, Principal

  

FROM THE SCHOOL

‘Share the Shake Out’ Tiritiria te Whakahaumaru 

On Thursday October 28th at 9.30 a.m. we will be having our annual Earthquake drill and Tsunami Hikoi practice which will involve everyone in the whole school. This practice is to make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an earthquake occurring during school hours and if there is a tsunami occurring following an earthquake.

Students will be practicing  ‘Drop, Cover, Hold’ first as if there was an earthquake and will then leave school and walk up McKenzie Road for the Tsunami practice. If we are in Alert Level 2 we will only be doing the earthquake drill at school.


Athletics

Next week we are having our annual athletics sports days for Years 3 to 8. Due to Alert Level 2, they are all being held on our school field and spread across different days and times. The Kāhu team (Year 7 and 8) will be holding their events on Thursday October 28th. The Tūī team (Year 3 and 4) will be participating in long jump and high jump following this on the same day. The Kererū team (Year 5 and 6) will have theirs on Friday October 29th, with the Tūī team completing the rest of their activities after that.  Sprints will be on Monday November 1st throughout the day.  Unfortunately at level 2 we cannot have parents on site during the day to watch children participating in the athletics.


Inter School - Inter Zone Athletics Update:

As the Wellington region is staying at Alert Level two for at least another week, LHPSSA is cancelling all Zone and Interzone events. 

This is very disappointing especially after the swimming events got cancelled in term 3 but unfortunately with the current situation LHPSSA need to make sure we stay on the safe side. 

The process to select athletes if the Regional Meet goes ahead will be discussed at the zone meetings this week.

 

Touch Rugby

We have 115 children playing touch this term. The season starts on Thursday 28th for Year 7/8 and Friday 29th for the other year groups. As we are still at Alert Level 2, there will be no spectators allowed at the games. Please arrange car pooling to get the children to the games amongst your team mates.

Please also don't forget to purchase your sports uniform from Jo in the office.

 

Term 4 Policy Review:

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

Harassment, and Maori Education Success

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 4 CALENDAR DATES


18 Oct First day of Term 4

22 Oct Teacher Only Day - School Closed

25 Oct Labour Day - School Closed

2 Nov Sue Allman Photos for rooms 2 and 3 and year 8 funny photo

26 Nov Mihi Whakatau

2 to 7 Dec Abel Tasman Camp

8 Dec Starting School at 5 meeting - 10 to 11am

16 Dec Last day of School


TERM DATES 2022


Our Term dates have been agreed for 2022 as follows: 

Term 1  2 Feb to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 8 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 December

  

2021 Term Dates:

Term 4 starting on Monday 18 October through to Thursday 16 December 2021

We have one remaining teacher only day tomorrow, Friday 22 October 2021.

This lines 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 4 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: active games, drama, music, writing, quiet grounding activities

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



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, 

Today is the final day of Term 3, and we wish you all a wonderful break over the next two weeks before we return for our very exciting term 4! We have so many fantastic things planned for our learners to take part in, and we are excited to get underway.  First though, a well deserved rest for all before the summer fun begins! 

Remember bucket hats are needed for outdoor play each day at school for all learners except our senior year 7/8 students who may wear a cap.  All learners must have a hat on to play outdoors, so please remember these for the start of term 4. 

Cross Country Success!

This week Elodie Dent has represented us at the Inter-regional cross country competition in Timaru, where the year 6 team representing Wellington placed 1st, and also won the coveted Phil Costley shield! Elodie herself came in 6th place overall against runners from across New Zealand - what an enormous effort.  Congratulations Elodie,  we are all so proud of you!



Production - the show will go on!

As mentioned in my last news update we are excited to share that we have secured a new date for the 2021 Whole School Production - ‘Alice Returns to Wonderland’. The production will now be in Term 4 Week 4, from Monday 8 November - Wednesday 10 November. If we are in Level 1, we will be able to perform to live audiences.  If we are in Level 2 or above, we will video the performance, and share a ‘Muritai Movie’ with you all to enjoy. 

Thank you to everyone out there who is sourcing costumes and helping with props and support (albeit mostly from afar) for their children’s classes.  I managed to capture a quick snapshot of one of our Kererū classes rehearsing today. I also spotted one of our teaching team taking the stage! 

The stage extension, stereo system and professional lighting will be set up over the holiday break, so it’s all starting to come together.  


Teacher only Day

A reminder that our final Teacher Only Day this year is on Friday the 22nd of October, which is the first week of next term.  We have timed this to neatly add onto Labour Weekend for our school families. 

Alistair Blair Trust:

We are so fortunate at Muritai School to be the holders of the Alistair Blair Trust.  Alistair was a past pupil of Muritai School who sadly passed away in a tragic accident after completing his schooling at Muritai School.  His family keeps his memory alive annually by supporting the children and families of Muritai school who may be facing financial hardship.  If you or someone you know is unable to take part in a school opportunity due to financial constraints, you may like to be considered as a recipient.  Please direct all queries to myself by emailing me at Principal@Muritai.school.nz

We as a school community once again thank the Blair family for their ongoing generosity to the children of Muritai School.   

I look forward to seeing you all next term, 

Kia pai tō wā whakatā - Have a good break

Bec Power, Principal

 

 

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

Visit the website http://muritai.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm

Enter the username (muritai) and password (muritaischool).

Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

Read the policy.

Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

Select the reviewer type "Board".

Enter your name (optional).

Submit your ratings and comments.


TERM 2 and 3 CALENDAR DATES







TERM DATES 2022

Our Term dates have been agreed for 2022 as follows: 

Term 1  2 Feb to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 8 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 December

 

2021 Term Dates:

Term 3 2021 finishes on Friday 1 October with Term 4 starting on Monday 18 October through to Thursday 16 December 2021

We have one remaining teacher only day on Friday 22 October 2021.

This lines 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 Sports

Get your friends together and enter a team into the Kelly Sports Summer Soccer Series.  Held on Friday's for children 5 years +.  A great way to introduce players to the sport in a fun, social environment.  Prize Givings after each round with "Player of the Day" certificates.  Come along and enjoy a family atmosphere!

Competition starts on 22nd October 2021 at Trentham Memorial Park in Upper Hutt.

Go to www.kellysports.co.nz/soccer2021 to register your team.

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 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 have loved being back all together at school and our Muritai learners have quickly settled into their classes and into learning on their return to school. Thank you to all parents who have been carefully following the Alert Level 2 guidance with regards to dropping off and picking up at the school gates, or if coming onsite, not entering any indoor spaces. 


This week has been Māori language week  - te wiki o te reo Māori, and although we are always using Te Reo Māori in and around Muritai School, this week we’ve all been making a conscious effort to increase our, and the students' use of Te Reo.  Some of the ways this has happened this week have been an increased focus on waiata (singing), using praise words in the classrooms (Ka mau te wehi = fantastic!), some classroom commands (Instead of saying "Come here" say "Haere Mai"), and starting each day with a karakia / whakataukī and waiata. 


This week we have also begun the creation of a Muritai School karakia, that will be unique and special to our kura.  I am working with our head student team alongside Whaea Hilary to begin our process, and next we will be seeking input and feedback from our learners schoolwide, as well as our parents who identify as Māori, and also our full parent community and local experts. We are excited to have our own karakia representing what is significant to us in our special school. 


Transport to and from school & parking around the school

We care deeply about our learners, and work very hard to eliminate any risks that could cause them to have an accident or an injury during the school day.  The one part of each day that we cannot monitor is the travel to and from school.  It concerns us when we see children and parents biking to school with no helmets on, and biking or scootering in an unsafe manner. Please do encourage your child to wear a helmet and to travel safely to and from school.  

We can all play our part in keeping our children safe - please do take care when parking around our school grounds, some of our children are very small, and can’t see around a car to cross the street safely if you are not parked in a designated area. 


Production - the show will go on!

We are excited to share that we have secured a new date for the 2021 Whole School Production - ‘Alice Returns to Wonderland’. The production will now be in Term 4 Week 4, from Monday 8 November - Wednesday 10 November. If we are in Level 1, we will be able to perform to live audiences.  If we are in Level 2 or above, we will video the performance, and share a ‘Muritai Movie’ with you all to enjoy. 


Teacher only Day

A reminder that our final Teacher Only Day this year is on Friday the 22nd of October, which we have timed to neatly add onto Labour Weekend for our school families. 


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 who 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. We look to have a large number of 5 year olds starting with us next year, so if you or anyone you know might be starting school in 2022, please do let us know.  


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. 


Lockdown Learning

We have continued to receive such lovely feedback and emails from many parents at Muritai around how the lockdown learning worked in your homes during our recent stint at home in Alert Levels 4 and 3.  I have included a short survey that I invite you to fill in, so that we at Muritai can check we are on track, and continue to refine what is on offer in the learning and the support that is provided should we happen to be providing distance learning once again. 

 

Please complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/GCySuhQWiRLgjoYK9

 

Bec Power, Principal

 

 

FROM THE BOARD

 

The Muritai School Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Tuesday 14th September. It was a very productive meeting which we were pleased to hold in person, under “level 2 delta” rules. We do have a few updates to share with you.


Student Achievement Data


Firstly, the Board would like to thank the Senior Leadership Team (SLT); Maureen Buckley, Jon Mackie, Jamie Power and Jess Richards for joining the board to present some Student Achievement Data and analysis of the data. The Board were impressed at how our Muritai learners are progressing overall and it was great to see the various strategies each syndicate has in place to support continued progression for all our learners. It was also particularly pleasing to see the mid-year maths Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) assessment analysis which shows all year groups to be achieving above the historic national average.  It is special to see results for our school’s vision for our learners to “Be the best we can be” being presented in an excellent visual way. Keep up the good work    


Please note, the data is always presented to the board in a manner, so as no specific individual child is identifiable.


Lockdown - Online Home Learning (Survey coming via email)


We were pleased to hear there was some initial positive feedback from parents and care-givers about the transition to online learning this lockdown. We also heard, in general, people were more relaxed nation-wide about the amount of online learning children did daily compared to last year’s lockdown.


Bec Power has put together a small survey (the link is above) asking just a few questions, to better understand what parents liked and what Muritai School could do more of in future when we are required to conduct online learning.  We appreciate you taking a moment to fill in the survey.

 

School Hall Project


We know you will all be pleased to hear, the board has received proposals and selected our preferred Architect firm to progress plans for updating our Muritai School Hall, including the kitchen area. We will keep you up to date with this exciting project regularly.


School Donations and Activity Fee – Reminder and Thank You


Thank you to those who have already made donation and activity fee payments for this year. The money does make a real difference and enables the school to operate and offer a wide range of activities that benefit our Muritai learners and help them be the best they can be.  


If you are yet to make your donations and school fee payments, please refer to your invoice for amount and bank details or contact the office if you require a copy of an invoice or further details.


Donations are eligible for a tax rebate, via the Inland Revenue website. We will provide you with a receipt that can be used to claim your rebate.  To make it easy there are a variety of ways to pay; in full or spread out, through cash, cheque or EFTPOS, online or by regular direct debit.


Again, the board thanks the community for making the donation payments to support the school and acknowledges gratefully all extra amounts paid which help to fund our operating costs for 2021.



Warm wishes 

Muritai School Board of Trustees

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

 

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


28 Sept

Starting School at 5 meeting - 10am to 11am



1 Oct

Last day of Term 3

18 Oct

First day of Term 4

22 Oct

Teach Only Day

25 Oct

Labour Day

26 Oct

BOT meeting at 6.30pm

9 Nov

Sue Allman Photos for rooms 2 and 3 and year 8 funny photo

26 Nov

Mihi Whakatau

2 to 7 Dec

Abel Tasman Camp

8 Dec

Starting School at 5 meeting - 10 to 11am

16 Dec

Last day of School



TERM DATES 2022


Our Term dates have been agreed for 2022 as follows: 

Term 1  2 Feb to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 28 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 December

 

 

2021 Term Dates:

Term 3 2021 finishes on Friday 1 October with Term 4 starting on Monday 18 October through to Thursday 16 December 2021

 

We have one remaining teacher only day on Friday 22 October 2021.

 

This lines 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. 



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."





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