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!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any further enrolment information by the end of next week.
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.
If you or your child has RSV, the most common symptoms are:
• a runny nose
• coughing or sneezing
• 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.
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.
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.
We have a continuation of the season for our Netball teams. Fingers crossed for more good weather this term.
You can still order for the WHOLE TERM.
If you just want to order for Friday, click this link.
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:
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 email@example.com 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"
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