Friday 9 July

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


Tena koutou Muritai families, 

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:

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




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.



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.



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.


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:

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for Muritai School.

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

Tots Saunderson


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:

1. Visit the website

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

3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

4. Read the policy.

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

6. Select the reviewer type "Board".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.


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


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"

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  or 021 178 2099

see website


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"

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