Friday 13 May 2022


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora Koutou 

What a busy start we have had to Term 2! 

Lots of wonderful learning opportunities have been occurring right across the school with our students taking part in all areas of curriculum demonstrating our school values of exploring, connecting and contributing. Now that we are at Orange we are beginning to reintroduce some activities that weren’t possible under Red. We are pleased that today we can finally have our first school assembly together in over a year. This is hosted by the Kahu team where they have showcased some of what has been happening over the road.

We have been excited to have everyone meeting their buddies in person (instead of via a screen).This has certainly been a highlight as well as having the Kahu students come from over the road at lunchtimes to reconnect with their peers.

We are delighted that Room 3 has now opened and a warm welcome is extended to our new teacher, Miss Elena Forlong and the six new students and their whanau who have just joined us - Ari Dewilde, Florence Macintosh, Raffie Gould, Annabelle Parker, Jett Grant and Theo Thomsen. Welcome also to Daniel McDonald who has joined us in Room 21 and his family.  We hope your time at Muritai is enjoyable. 

We are also glad to have Molly Schuler join us to do her professional practice towards her Graduate Diploma of Teaching. She is teaching in Room 8 over the next six weeks alongside Miss Dalziell. 

The Kahu leadership groups are underway with lots of projects having been started.  Currently the Sports Ambassadors and Art Ambassadors are working on the Cross Country and Buddy Fun Run while the Charity Ambassadors are preparing for the Pink Shirt Day. The Year 7 Lunch leaders are supporting the junior school students while they eat their lunch and our Year 8 leaders added the poppies to the fence for ANZAC Day.

The Kereru Leaders and Peer Mediators are out and about in the playground at lunchtimes organising sports games and the P.E. trolley for all our students. The goal posts and basketball hoops have been well used already as has the sandpit. 

It has been great to see that Kapa Haka for our older students has started on Wednesday mornings and the winter sports teams are already practicing and having games. 

Learning grids continue to come home each week to support your child’s learning either through your child’s Seesaw or Google classroom accounts. These complement what is occurring in the classroom currently.

As you know Covid remains present in our community so we are continuing to follow protection measures for our students and staff. We strongly encourage face masks to be worn indoors as we have been advised that this is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19. We practice the handwashing techniques and hand sanitizing, cough/sneeze into the elbow, suitable distancing, ensure all windows and doors are open to keep classrooms well ventilated and we continue to do a lot of our learning outside throughout the day. Thank you for supporting these measures especially by keeping your child at home if they are unwell. 

This year the Muritai School staff is participating in professional learning around Structured Literacy. As a result of this professional development, our teaching practices will transition over time to align with this teaching approach in spelling, reading and writing. Please read further information about Structured Literacy in this newsletter. 

Thank you for supplying your favourite recipes for the Home and School Recipe book and supporting their first fundraising project for this year. I have had a sneak peek and there certainly are some delicious recipes that have been sent in. The next stage is for the students to decorate their page to complement their recipe and this will be made into a book available for purchase later in the year. 

I am looking forward to seeing you dressed up at the Cross Country and Buddy Fun Run next week supporting the efforts of every child participating. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Ngā mihi kia koutou,

Maureen Buckley 

Deputy Principal


FROM THE SCHOOL

Learning Conversations 

Thank you to those parents and caregivers who have already booked a time to meet with their child’s teacher on either Tuesday May 24th or Thursday May 26th between 3.10 pm and 5.50 pm.  If you have not yet done so, please book a time by going to the School Interview website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz  insert the code SE5BS and follow the instructions.  We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing the learning that your child has done so far this year.


Cross Country

You may have seen the children out practicing their running for the Muritai School Cross Country/ Buddy Fun Run which is in our calendar for Thursday 19 May at HW Shortt Recreation Grounds (postponement date Friday 20 May for competitive runners only.)  Please make sure your child/ren come to school with comfortable shoes for running.  


Our competitive Year 4-8 runners will have the opportunity to compete to be selected to represent Muritai School at the Year 4-8 Inter-school Cross Country competition on 24 May.  Alongside this we will be running a whole school event challenging all children in years 0-8 to take part in a fun circuit of activities.  

Times are as follows (approximately):

Welcome 9.30am

Y8 Girls and Y8 Boys 9.40am

Y7 Girls and Y7 Boys 10.05am

Y6 Girls and Y6 Boys 10.30 am

Y5 Girls and Y5 Boys 10.50am

Y4 Girls and Y4 Boys 11.10am

Buddy Fun Run Y0-8 11.30am

Finish                         12.30pm

We are really wanting to celebrate coming together for the first Muritai whole school event for 2022 and are encouraging children to dress up in their house colours, get motivated to take part and support our runners and challenge themselves in the Buddy Fun Run activities.  

If you would like to help, either as a marshall or helping staff with the Buddy Fun Run activities, please contact Trish Theobald on theobald@muritai.school.nz.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Rec, dressed up in your child’s house colours and ready to support/take part in the Buddy Fun Run.  

Pink Shirt Day 

Next Friday May 20th will be ‘Pink Shirt Day’ as we Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora - Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! On this day, your child can wear items of pink clothing and bring along a koha to support the Mental Health Foundation. Our Year 7 and 8 Charity Ambassadors have been organising this event working together to ensure that everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

Structured Literacy 

Structured Literacy is an evidence-based approach that is grounded in the Science of Reading. As a school, we have partnered with Learning Matters and have been accessing the iDeaL platform to ensure our teachers are well supported with this transition and the approach becomes embedded and sustainable across our school.

The findings from the Science of Reading have taught us some very important lessons that we cannot ignore. This body of research findings has been a welcome addition to the education sector, and we are proud to share with you that we are certainly taking heed of these.

Key takeaways from the Science of Reading include the following:

  • Reading is not a natural process. Previously, we believed that learning to read was as natural as learning to speak.
  • We now know about the skills that good readers implement and the parts of the brain that are involved in the reading process.
  • Likewise, we know what aspects we should assess and teach to students who are not progressing in reading and spelling.
  • We now know that all brains learn to read in the same way and that these areas of the brain can be trained and developed.
  • A Structured Literacy approach to learning to read and spell is necessary for all and crucial for some.
  • A Structured Literacy approach is the most efficient teaching and learning approach for dyslexic children and those with reading difficulties.
  • The teaching of spelling in a systematic and explicit way enables students to become capable readers and writers.

In time, as we are resourced, we will use decodable texts for reading in junior classrooms and catch-up readers with older students.

As a parent, you may wish to learn more about this approach and the Science of Reading. If you have questions, please feel free to find further information at:

Lifting Literacy Aotearoa  https://www.liftingliteracyaotearoa.org.nz/ 

Learning MATTERS https://www.learningmatters.co.nz/ 

iDeaL Approach https://learningmatters.rocketspark.co.nz/ideal-landing-page/

It is important to remember that your child’s teacher and our school are on a learning journey. This transition will take dedicated time and specific resourcing. 

You are possibly wondering how this will affect your child’s home learning. Some key aspects are as follows:

We will be implementing a very explicit approach to the teaching of spelling. You will notice a much more systematic sequence to the practicing of spelling words. Teachers may, in time, send home tips to help you understand and support the learning of the spelling concept that your child is practicing.

The spelling concept may also align with the reading focus for your child and in time, they may bring home what is known as a ‘decodable reader’. In these books, the letter representations relate to the sounds and letters that your child is learning through a set teaching order.

As the year progresses, we will continue to update you via our school newsletters and parent information sessions where relevant.

If you have any specific queries about Structured Literacy, please make email contact with the Structured Literacy Team- 

Brenda Nisbet and Jess Richards 

(bnisbet@muritai.school.nz     jrichards@muritai.school.nz) 

Dental Van

Next week the dental van arrives and will be parked in the school grounds for the next four weeks. Your child will be seen by the dental nurses during this time with notices coming home for your attention if they need any treatment.

SPORT

Netball

Great start to winter netball!! All Muritai's five teams were eager to get on court and get the season underway. Some amazing individual skills and teamwork were on show. 

Welcome to all our new players. Fantastic to have you with us!

Years 7 and 8 were given a special treat on Saturday, getting some top tips from Pulse and Silver Superstars Kelly Jury and Erikana Pedersen.

Good luck to our Year 7s starting their umpiring course this weekend and as always, a huge thank you to Miss Dalziell and all the parent coaches, managers and transport helpers.



Lucky Book Club

Issue three of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2022, is now available. Orders will be closing on Friday 20th 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 both our Resource collection and school library collection.

DIARY DATES:

2 May           First day of Term 2

13 May        Whole School assembly run by Kahu syndicate

19 May        Dental van at Muritai School

19 May        Muritai School Cross Country and Buddy Fun Run 

24 May        Learning Conversations from 3.10pm to 5.50pm

24 May        Inter School Cross Country

25 May        BOT meeting at 6.30pm

26 May        Learning Conversations from 3.10pm to 5.50pm

6 June         Queen’s Birthday Holiday

10 June        Mihi Whakatau

13-17 June    School Photos

14 June         Interzone Cross Country

15 June        Starting School @5 meeting at 7.30pm to 8.30pm

19 June        Muritai School Cross Country

22 June        BOT meeting at 6.30pm

23 June        Whole school assembly hosted by Kororā syndicate

24 June        Matariki Holiday

27 June       Whole school assembly hosted by Tūī syndicate

5 July          Regional Cross Country

8 July         Whole School assembly hosted by Kererū syndicate 

8 July         Last day of Term 2


TERM DATES 2022:

Term 1  2 February to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 8 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 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. 




Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

Welcome to Term 2. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and have enjoyed spending time together with your children. We are all really looking forward to welcoming them back to school for another busy term ahead. Teachers have been busy planning some wonderful learning experiences for them to be engaged in and are looking forward to getting underway. 

With regard to Covid settings, we wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for Muritai School. 

Our continuing focus is on the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students at Muritai School. The announcement from the Ministry of Education has removed some of the restrictions that we have seen previously at the Red level response to COVID 19. It is highly advised that many of our protection measures are maintained in the operation of day to day schooling. We will continue to keep other appropriate health and safety measures and protections in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can, CO2 monitors and Air purifiers in each classroom and, most importantly, staff and students staying at home if sick. 

Covid remains present in our community.  Our measures for protecting our students, staff, parents and wider community members are at the heart of all decisions made.  Whilst there is never a perfect fit for these protection measures for all members of our community, we have continued with what we believe offers due care under the current guidelines and also enables us to begin to offer some additional activities of connection and togetherness.  

At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However, public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. 

Even though face masks are no longer required at school, we are advised that wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. Therefore…

We strongly encourage face masks to continue to be worn by children and staff in Years 4 and above when indoors. All students, including Years 1-3 are supported to wear a mask if they would like to. 

We also ask that your child (if they are Year 4+) continues to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a time.

All students 12 years and older must wear masks on all buses, including public and school chartered buses. 

Visitors, including parents and caregivers, are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when coming indoors.

We are pleased to invite you back on our school site before and after school each day, and we know you’ll be keen to step back into the grounds!  One of the positives that we’ve been made aware of from many parents over the past two years, are the comments around the independence and self management children have demonstrated by being dropped and picked up at the school gates - or even making their own way to school each day.  We encourage you to do what is right for you and your whanau, however we do strongly encourage you to wear a mask when coming into Muritai School. 

With Orange having no limits of indoor group numbers we are excited to be having Muritai school planned events this term, such as assemblies, Learning Partnership meetings, Matariki celebrations, buddy classes etc. Children will be able to mix across classes for team and whole school assemblies, EOTC events and we welcome the Kahu team back across the road during lunchtimes. 


Here are some Muritai School events for Term 2 

Learning Conversations Term 2

Early in Term 2 we will hold our ‘Learning Conversations’.  These are meetings 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.

Date Week 4 Tuesday 24th / Thursday 26th May from 3:10 - 5:30

Please check your emails for details of how to book 


Competitive Cross Country Term 2

Children will be spending time over the next 3 weeks building their fitness through daily PE and running. We are excited to be running the Competitive Cross Country on Thursday 19th May from 9:30am-12:30pm. The Year 4-8 South/East Zones Cross Country event will be On Tuesday 24th May week 4. More information will come home in the following weeks about these events.

 

Whole School Assemblies 

We are thrilled to be able to have whole school assemblies this term and look forward to meeting you and celebrating all the amazing learning happening around school. Here are the dates for each of the whole school assemblies this term.

Week 2 Friday 13th May 1:45pm - 2:30pm - KĀHU

Week 4 Friday 27th May 1:45pm - 2:30pm - TŪĪ

Week 6  Friday 10th June 10:00am - 10:30am - Mihi Whakatau (Welcoming any new students to Muritai) 

Week 8 Thursday 23rd June 1:45pm - 2:30pm (Friday Matariki) - KORORĀ

Week 10 Friday 8th July 1:45pm - 2:30pm - KERERŪ

To be able to manage the amount of people in attendance we will invite the parents and whanau of the team leading the assembly only to be audience members. We strongly recommend that masks are worn for these assemblies

 

A Moving World Inquiry #1

We will be carrying on with the current inquiry for another 4 weeks of Term 2 before we hold our WOW Week and launch Inquiry #2

Please keep your eye on the school newsletter for any upcoming events!

We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.

 

Ngā mihi,

Muritai School Senior Leadership Team 


DIARY DATES:

2 May         First day of Term 2

19 May         Dental Van at Muritai School

25 May         BOT meeting at 6.30

6 June         Queen’s Birthday holiday

13-17 June School Photos

22 June         BOT meeting at 6.30

24 June         Matariki holiday

8 July         Last day of Term 2


TERM DATES 2022:

Term 1  2 February to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 8 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 December






FRIDAY 14 APRIL

Kia Ora Muritai Whānau


FROM THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

It is the end of our first term of learning in 2022. It has been one to certainly keep us on our toes, whilst we have been used to moving into lockdowns in the past, starting the year with restrictions has certainly brought a whole new dimension to teaching and learning at Muritai School. We are pleased with the announcement of the move to the Orange setting and are currently looking into the directions from the Ministry of Education that we received last night. We will be reviewing their recommendations carefully before making decisions around changes to our day to day practices and will inform you of these changes in our COVID response plan later in the holidays ready to be implemented on the first day of Term 2.

Our students are to be commended for their ability to be flexible in their learning spaces; home, school or in a different class and/or different teacher over this past term. They have enjoyed a wide range of learning opportunities some of which have been shared with you via Imovies, newsletters, or Google Classroom and Seesaw platforms. We are so very lucky to have such a wonderful community who have put their trust in us to manage their tamariki’s learning whilst under the Red traffic light system. A big thanks also to our teachers and support staff for all the adaptations and changes to the ‘normal’ way of teaching and learning that have occurred to ensure that we have been able to maintain a business as usual approach during these unusual times. We really appreciate everything that they have done for each of the children at Muritai School as well as look after each other. 

Like you and your family, we are all very much looking forward to the Easter break, to enjoy company with our own families and friends, and to recharge for the coming Term 2 start. We are particularly proud of the work that our teachers and students have done over Term 1. We are definitely in a great place to start Term 2 with the essential groundwork having been done to ensure a positive teaching and learning focused programme continues throughout the rest of the year. We are also very aware of the need to balance this with social well being as we truly believe in a holistic approach to education in the primary years. 

We welcome Elena Forlong who will be teaching our newest cohort in Room 3 from next Term.  Elena is looking forward to joining our Korora team.  We also welcome Christiana Indarto and Sydney MacBeath as teacher aides who joined our support team recently.  We thank Susanna Anderson and Pip Wareing for supporting some of our learners and wish them all the best in their new ventures.

ANZAC day once again falls during the holiday break and, whilst there is no scheduled ANZAC parade this year, you may have noticed that we have the poppies on the gates and fences around the War Memorial. These were placed on the gates by our newly appointed head and deputy head students. 

Introducing - Our new Year 8 head students …


Head Students - Mackenzie Reddaway and Tom Neilson

Deputy Head Students - Bodhi Kane and AJ Durant 

Our warmest congratulations to Kenzie, Tom, AJ and Bodhi; we look forward to working with you throughout the year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our community for the support of the ANZAC poppy donations. 

We wish everyone a fabulous Easter break and holiday and look forward to our students and staff returning with fully charged batteries on Monday May 2nd. We hope that you keep well and safe and enjoy some special family time along with not forgetting the odd Easter treat. Please do not hesitate to contact us, via email if you have any questions with respect to your child’s learning. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Ngā mihi nui


FROM THE SCHOOL

Slippers at School

Please send a pair of slippers to school for your child/ren next term to be worn during Terms 2 and 3.  We ask that they put these on when they come into the school and after break times.  This is to save the cleaners from having to clean up mud throughout the school after they have been out on the field.  It also keeps their toes nice and cosy during the colder months.  Please name them as we will have a lot of slippers on the racks!

New Soccer Goals

Our soccer goals have arrived and are now up on the school field.  Children were enjoying games of football almost before we could get them set up on the field.  Many thanks to Jamie Power, Jon Mackie and Michael for putting them together and also Kurt Renner who instigated this project.  We look forward to seeing lots of children playing football over the holidays.













BasketBall Hoop

You may have noticed that we are missing a basketball hoop as this was damaged at the end of last year.  It has taken us a while to get a new basketball hoop and backboard but they have finally arrived.  We will be putting these up as soon as possible, however, we are having problems with the supports and it is taking us longer than we hoped.  

Home and School Recipe Book

The Home and School Committee will be fundraising to purchase new and improved kitchen appliances for the school hall refurbishment.  The first fundraiser for this year is a Muritai School Recipe Book.  See below for details:


DIARY DATES:

2 May First day of Term 2

19 May Dental Van at Muritai School

25 May BOT Meeting at 6.30

6 June Queen’s Birthday holiday

13 – 17 June School Photos

22 June BOT Meeting at 6.30

24 June Matariki holiday

8 July Last day of Term 2


TERM DATES:

Term 1  2 February to 14 April

Term 2  2 May to 8 July

Term 3  25 July to 30 September

Term 4  17 October to 15 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. 






FRIDAY 1 APRIL

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

Welcome to our new students in Room 2 - Georgia Ledingham, James Stewart, Emerson Livingston, Lula Bates, Sky Paulsen and Jack Phipps.


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora Muritai Whānau, 

We hope this email finds you safe and well - We realise we continue to have some learners and staff currently isolating and/or Covid-19 positive, and it will have been a very challenging time in your household over the last few weeks. We are thinking of you all and offer our support should there be anything that we can help you with. 

We continue to have small amounts of daily Covid-19 case numbers across our students and staff and this continues to be slow and steady, which is exactly what we’ve been working so hard to maintain.  

We have been prepared for this phase, and our learners continue to be adaptable and resilient, at times needing to visit a new class or to have a new teacher. We equip our learners to handle change by teaching them about having a growth mindset and being resilient.  

Here is a breakdown of the Muritai School Stages of Response so you are clear on our decision making process and how this will affect our staff, children and whanau. 

Stages of response to COVID at Muritai 

With COVID present in our community and within Muritai school we have to prepare our response to the amount of children and teachers we have available. Here are our four stages and responses to different possible scenarios at Muritai School. During this time when we have active covid cases present in our school, we thank our parents for continuing to drop children off at the school gates, and avoiding coming on site during school hours. 

Stage 1 

School runs as normal under Red Restrictions. Some classes will have another teacher, 

Stage 2 

School runs as normal under Red Restrictions with some minor changes to classroom programmes. Some classes will have another teacher, some classes may have to join together, Children at home who are well, can complete the home learning or team learning grid activities. 

Stage 3 

When we have unmanageable class sizes due to teacher absence or the situation arises that we have large numbers of students away and working from home in isolation, then we would move to ‘hybrid learning’. This is where children will complete a specialised grid that can be accessed from home or school. Adaptive measures will be put in place to allow staff to manage the hybrid learning, to connect online as well as run classes here at school. An example of this might be some classes are merged, while one teacher is released to connect with learners at home, Some teachers may be doing this whilst isolating at home.

This is what Hybrid Learning looks like for our teams:

Year 0-4 (Korora and Tui): Hybrid learning will be an extension of the our Home Learning Grids via Seesaw, with the addition of online meetings (Yr3/4 Google Meets  and Yr0-2 Zoom), pre-recorded learning media with a range of engaging learning tasks that can be completed at home or school.

Year 5-8 (Kereru and Kahu): Weekly learning is directed by our Hybrid Learning Grids. The extension on this would be the addition of regular online meetings to support and guide our learners through material being delivered. 

Stage 4 

School is closed when there is not enough staff at school to provide learning programmes and all learning will therefore be completed from the Hybrid Learning Grids from home. Providing our staff are well and isolating at home, this stage may also include online Zooms for Year 0-2 and Google Meets from Year 3-8. 

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we all do need to be prepared, should we unexpectedly have many staff and students away at once, and have to move to Stage 3 and hybrid learning for a period of time.  This would mean that your child was learning from home similar to a ‘lockdown’ as we’ve experienced over the past two years.  As a staff we have prepared for this and are ready for this should the need occur. With our health and safety measures in place of carefully monitoring all cases of Covid throughout the school,  mask wearing, excellent ventilation, our CO2 monitors, air purifiers now installed in every classroom and along with our usual hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, we are doing all that we can to keep learning as ‘normal’ as possible under the current conditions. 

With the new changes that have been announced and the removal of vaccination mandates for the education sector as well as changes to come for QR code posters and vaccine passes, you may be wondering what that might look like for us at school, and what that might mean for you as parents. We are very conscious that you have been ‘outside of the gates’  for some time now, and we are hoping to welcome you back into the school soon.  Our plans for now are around continuing to manage the active cases inside our school, in the successful way we’ve had all along - by being careful.  We will review these measures in early Term 2, and are starting to plan our reconnection in person with the hope of being able to plan some fun school events for all in the near future.  Our plan is to have a slow and steady integration back to ‘normal’, with the health and safety of all, guiding all decision making. 


FROM THE SCHOOL

It has been another busy start to our year at Muritai School. Whilst we have had to deal with issues that the pandemic has thrown our way, we have mitigated this and had many successes to start 2022. Our Get Set Go units have allowed us to build class and team cultures to ensure learning success across the school. 

We have had 3 Essemblies (electronic assemblies) to celebrate the work that students have done in the initial stages of the year. These Essemblies will become live to allow parents to join and view from Term 2, to continue to find ways for us to connect with each other and celebrate all of the amazing things happening at Muritai School. 






All beginning of the year academic testing has been completed to ensure we have a good understanding of students' development stages and staff have started their professional development on structured literacy, which is being delivered to all classes across the entire school. We are really excited to be offering this to all students across the school and are all beginning to explore the content and learning material. We will have updates in future newsletters about our progress and celebrations with this new learning approach to literacy achievement. 





Recently we ignited the current unit of inquiry called “A Moving World” which is tied to the new history curriculum that will be coming out in 2023. We are focusing on Change as our overarching concept with a focus on the need to “adapt to survive and thrive”. Each syndicate, once again, has planned around these themes to meet the needs of developmental age appropriate for understanding. Each team will share a Team newsletter next week outlining some of this term's celebrations and information. 

As we approach the end of the term, we will be working towards a natural conclusion on some of our learning goals for Term One, whilst others like Inquiry carry over to Term 2. We continue to discuss ways that we can involve our community in our learning culture. We are pleased to announce a community and whanau engagement group as one of our staff theme teams for 2022. This team is one of many staff teams that are working towards our school wide goals tied to our strategic plan under the headings of ….

Empowerment in Learning 

Partnership in Learning 

Environment in Learning  

Our other theme teams that will be meeting regularly are….

Structured Literacy- Our professional development focus.

PB4L - Positive behaviours for learning

Community and Whānau Engagement (as discussed above)

Wellbeing- Staff, Student and Community

E-Learning- supporting the curriculum in the digital world

Muritai Curriculum - Inquiry process 

Writing Progressions- Understanding students’ writing progressions to allow for well established goals and development schoolwide. 

Muritai School Spaces- making the most of our environment, inside and out. 

We look forward to updating you on the growth that we make in these areas later in the year. 

As always we are only an email away, please do not hesitate to make contact with your child’s/children’s teacher. We take our role of creating a child centred approach to learning seriously, making all decisions in our teams with the children at the forefront of our minds. 

Kindest regards,

Muritai School Senior Leadership Team

Bec, Maureen, Jon, Jamie and Jess


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.

Home & School

This year the Home & School Committee is fundraising to purchase new and improved kitchen appliances for the school hall refurbishment. If anyone has access / contacts for discounted kitchen appliances, please contact Gen Packer genevievepacker@icloud.com. 

 

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. 















World Series Indoor Cricket

You’ll love It and your cricket skills will go to a whole new level

Indoor Cricket played Saturday afternoons over the winter months

Check out our website and see what Amelia Kerr has to say about World Series

www.worldseriescricket.co.nz

 

Come and join your local family club for a season of soccer!!  Register your children to play for Eastbourne Football Club

The EFC Club Committee is excited to announce that registrations for the fast-approaching 2022 soccer season are open! 

Junior Season Dates are: 7 May – 10 Sept 2022

For more information about how to sign up, please email Morag (Houston) at info@efc.org.nz or T. 021 150 7997.

For more EFC Club information, see: http://efc.org.nz/; or www.facebook.com/eastbournefootballclub.

For Junior enquiries, contact Jeremy Field or Morag Houston.



FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2022

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

 

Welcome to Libby Harty Rm 5, Matilda Harty Rm 1 and Flynn Harty Rm 14 who have recently joined us all at Muritai School

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora Muritai Whānau, 

I hope this email finds you safe and well - I realise we have some of our readers currently isolating and/or covid-19 positive, and it may have been a very challenging time in your household this week.  We are thinking of you all and offer our support should there be anything that we can help you with. 

This week our small amount of daily covid-19 case numbers across our students and staff have been slow and steady, which is exactly what we’ve been working so hard to maintain.  We’d certainly prefer to have no cases at school whatsoever, but I’m pleased to report that our first students and staff who tested positive for covid-19 are now returning to school fully recovered and eager to be back.  

I’d like to send an enormous thank you to all families who have been keeping us up to date with your covid-19 testing results and trusting us with this private health information.  It really helps us plan ahead for teaching and learning when we know who will be at school each day.   

I would like to acknowledge the incredible work of our Muritai staff team who have been working separately and distanced from one another since the school year began, to enable continuity of teaching and learning, and care for our learners each day.  They are simply superstars and as a school community, I know you’ll be feeling as grateful as I am that every one of our staff are helping towards our successful community covid-19 response.  I can’t express to you enough what a privilege it is to lead this amazing team. 

Much like you may have experienced in your own workplaces, we are experiencing a small number of our staff being unwell or needing to isolate themselves as household contacts.  Some of these staff are symptom free and are able to work from home, whilst others will have a period of being unwell.  Due to this, we are seeing more relievers than usual at school, and sometimes your child will have a different teacher, or the students may even be combined with another class where the numbers of present children allow.  

We have been expecting this, and the children have been adaptable and resilient around visiting a new class or having a new teacher. We equip our learners to handle change by teaching them about having a growth mindset and being resilient.  We will be continuing with this flexible approach over the next weeks where our staff continue to be adaptable and care for children beyond their usual classes. 

We all do need to be prepared, should we unexpectedly have many staff and students away at once, that we would move to online or hybrid learning for a period of time.  This would mean that your child was learning from home similar to a ‘lockdown’ just as we’ve experienced over the past two years.  We are ready for this should the need occur, however with our health and safety measures in place of tracking cases, mask wearing, excellent ventilation, our CO2 monitors, air purifiers now installed in every classroom and along with our usual hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, we are doing all that we can to keep learning as ‘normal’ as possible under the current conditions. 

Thank you all once again for keeping a very close eye on your children, and not sending them to school if they have any symptoms.  Please, if symptoms develop, get your child and your family tested and do let us know if you are isolating.   

New isolation Timeframes - 7 Days

You may have seen in the news that the isolation timeframe is now shorter, with a 7 day isolation period now required.  Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to be away from school for the following seven days.

Day 0 is the day symptoms began or the day the test was taken (whichever came first). Cases isolate for a full seven days and are free to return to school on Day 8, if they are symptom free. Household contacts are required to isolate for the same seven days as the positive case. Household contacts take a rapid antigen test (RAT) on Day 3 and Day 7 of the isolation period. 

Household contacts can return to school on the same day as the first case in their household, so long as all test results have been negative, and they have no symptoms.

Also remember to check out our FAQ COVID-19 Website link, which will have our most up to date Covid-19 information.  https://www.muritai.school.nz/covid-19

Remember - we are here to support you in any way we can, please don't hesitate to connect if you need us. 

Take care, and kia kaha!

Ngā mihi

Bec Power

Principal


FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2022

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

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora Muritai Whānau, 

This week we have had our first Covid-19 cases at Muritai School. Firstly, I’d like to say a big thanks to our entire Muritai whānau for keeping their children away from school when unwell, and for getting unwell children and household members tested…that's how we can slow the spread, by identifying cases and isolating. Secondly, I’d also like to say that our thoughts are with the families who have advised us that their children are unwell with Covid-19, and we hope that the road ahead is a smooth one for you all. 

Thank you to our wider community for the lovely messages of support and well wishes sent, they’ve been so appreciated by us all. 

Our Covid-19 cases will continue to slowly grow each day. These gradual growth trends are to be expected, and we know that numbers will eventually climb.  This can be concerning for us all so I’d like to go over two things that may go some way to alleviate some of your concerns:

1. The measures in place at Muritai School. We have really tight systems at school…right from the moment children enter the grounds. They sanitise their hands, they head to their class which is supervised each day from 8:30am.   Classes don’t mix beyond their classroom members indoors, all staff are vaccinated, staff and year 4-8 students are all mask wearing and our classrooms have wonderful ventilation. All classrooms at Muritai School have CO2 monitors and this is important…the higher the CO2 the higher the chance of transmission. And speaking of transmission…evidence from both New Zealand and Australia shows that transmission inside schools can be lower than outside of schools. School is as safe as any other place, and that face-to-face teaching can’t be beaten. Thanks to the generous donation from Kurt Renner and Bronwyn Barringon half of our classrooms now also have air purifiers.  Our Home and School team have agreed to match this donation, and soon every class in our school will have air purifiers in them! Thanks again to Kurt, Bronwyn and of course our Home and School team for this additional layer of defence against Covid-19.  

2. The virus affects people in different ways, but in general it is mild in children. We certainly do not intend to downplay Covid-19, but the vast majority of children affected show little or mild symptoms. This video from Starship Hospital explains it well, and gives some great suggestions for parents to help care for children who do contract the virus. https://youtu.be/2lmxecRzH-s

Some of you may have wondered ‘Why doesn’t the newsletter say which class/syndicate the cases are in?’ Under Phase 3, schools are not required to contact trace, as close contacts are deemed to be only those in the household setting as the person/s with Covid-19. 

We will not single out class numbers or identify syndicates as there is a real risk of not being able to maintain privacy of those who are currently living with Covid-19, and have privately shared this with us.  Another key reason not to focus on which classes may have active Covid-19 cases is that this may play a part in creating a false sense of security, unintentionally prompting parents and all of us to let our guard down. e.g. ``We can relax, it’s not in my/my child’s class''.  Case numbers throughout the country will continue to rise, so unfortunately it is likely that every class within every school will have some connection to a case or cases in the coming weeks.  Some students may even come to school asymptomatic or unaware that they have Covid-19; fortunately recent studies have revealed the actual spread within schools is low (around 4%) due to good hygiene measures and high compliance.  The bulk of the spread (approx. 96%), is occurring outside of schools, where rule compliance may waver or drop off. Furthermore I am mindful that we will not necessarily be notified of every single case of Covid-19 in our school community/environment, which further rules out the effectiveness of room identification.

The key to Phase 3 is for us to be calm yet vigilant.  Covid-19 is in our school environment, so we are asking all parents to be on the lookout for Covid-19 symptoms, regardless of which class or syndicate your child is in.  Keep sending your year 4-8 children to school with a mask (and perhaps a spare),  keep your child home if they are sick and get them tested if you are worried that they might have Covid-19. Take the health precautions you deem necessary.  We will also of course send home any staff members who are unwell, or are showing covid-19 symptoms.  

Over the past few days I have been grateful for the questions I’ve received from parents and staff, and we have used these to begin a Frequently Asked Questions part of our school website.  This will continue to grow and evolve, so if there is anything you’d like to know, please feel free to connect with me.  Your question might be useful for others too!  Also remember to check out our FAQ COVID-19 Website link, which will have our most up to date Covid-19 information.  https://www.muritai.school.nz/covid-19

A reminder of the symptoms to look out for - I’ve been surprised when chatting to families this week who have let me know of Covid-19 in their household, as to what symptoms they are seeing in their family members.  The key response I’ve had is that everyone can show slightly different symptoms, even within a household!  Some children have had a high temperature, some a sore tummy, or vomiting,  some a runny nose, some a cough, and some a headache, some with no appetite, and some pale and tired -  not one has been exactly the same and not one has had all of these symptoms.  This makes all of our jobs of spotting unwell children so much more difficult, and we are relying on you as parents to keep a careful eye on your children.  Please  let us know if your child tests positive for Covid-19. 

We are here to support you in any way we can, please don't hesitate to connect with us if you need some support. 

Best wishes for a lovely weekend to all.   

Ngā mihi

Bec Power

Principal


FROM THE SCHOOL

Home & School

The Home and School Committee met recently and we are very pleased to inform you all that Gen Packer is now the new Chair of Home and School which is very exciting.  Gen has a background in design and has lots of great ideas for the coming year.  If you are interested in joining the Home and School, please contact the school and we will share your contact information with Gen.  


One of the fundraisers that H&S are still working on this year is the Entertainment Books.  H&S are looking for someone to take on the role of liaison for the Entertainment membership.  The contact person will liaise with the Entertainment company and pass on promotions from them to the school community via the school newsletter and the facebook page.  It is a very small role requiring very little time but contribute to the H&S fundraising effort each year.  Please contact Virginia Saunderson if you are interested in helping the H&S with this.  You can contact her on totsandandrew@gmail.com or 021 854 128.

 

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. 

 

Come and join your local family club for a season of soccer!!  Register your children to play for Eastbourne Football Club

The EFC Club Committee is excited to announce that registrations for the fast-approaching 2022 soccer season are open! 

Junior Season Dates are: 7 May – 10 Sept 2022

For more information about how to sign up, please email Morag (Houston) at info@efc.org.nz or T. 021 150 7997.

For more EFC Club information, see: http://efc.org.nz/; or www.facebook.com/eastbournefootballclub. 

For Junior enquiries, contact Jeremy Field or Morag Houston.

 

 

 



FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2022

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

We extend a warm welcome to all our new students:

Maukau Meister in Rm 9; Levi Lagas and Molly Carroll in Rm 23; Ben Neilson Rm 10; Zach Neilson, Mason Kereopa Rm 22; Lennox Carroll Rm 15; Lutzie Zandi, Amelia Kereopa and Keilan Cross in Rm 11; Oscar Evans Rm 8; Olive Wintringham Rm 6; Douglas Wilkie Rm 9; Eleanor Wilkie Rm 14; Cash Cross Rm 15;

Leo Maritz, Ramon Medina, Dylan Hayward, Wade Brooker, Emily Peterson, Florence Taylor, Arlo Drager, Rmy Andrew and Emily Halley in Rm 2 and Matai Webby Rm 1


FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora whānau

As we come to the end of week 3, I feel so much pride when I tell you just how well our learners and staff have adapted to our new health and safety procedures at RED.  Our year 4-8 learners are wearing their masks well, and I appreciate the messages you are delivering at home too around us all helping keep our Muritai team as safe and as well as can be by masking up, keeping our rooms well ventilated and our usual clean hands and cough and sneeze etiquette. 

Thank you to all of our parent community who have been an enormous help by dropping children to the gates and staying out of the school unless absolutely necessary to drop children to the classroom door.  Please do remember during ‘RED’ to not enter any classroom or space at school.  This helps keep our interactions with staff and students to a minimum, and keeps us very clear on who our close contacts are if we need to report these at any time. Please note that all of our restrictions and processes follow the Ministry of Health and Education guidelines at all times.  We appreciate your support with this. 

Learning Partnership Meetings Term 1 2022

The start of the year is a key time in our classrooms as the class culture is developed and relationships are created amongst our classes.  A key relationship too is the relationship between teachers and whānau.  This term we are going to need to do things a bit differently than our usual get togethers in Term 1.  The teachers will create a personalised movie introduction about themselves and the class, and we will send this to you in Week 5.  Our usual learning partnership sheet about your child will be sent to you to complete.  As always, please feel free to connect with the teachers via email if you have any questions or concerns anytime throughout the year.  

Communications Focus Group - 2022

This year I would like to invite parents who are interested to join me in a consultation/focus group to assist with thoughts and ideas around having effective communication with our school community.   Feedback from parents in the past has shown that either there is too much communication from the school,  or that there is not enough communication from the school.  We would like to consider ways of improving and perhaps streamlining our communication, to ensure it is meeting the needs of our parent community -  especially in a year where we are likely to spend some of it distanced, as we are at present.  If you would like to be included in my focus group, please email me at principal@muritai.school.nz I look forward to hearing from you, and setting the date for our first (online) meeting.  

Structured Literacy

Our successful years of Maths Professional Learning as a staff have come to an end,  and Muritai staff are now moving on to a new venture together.  For the next few years our professional learning focus is going to be on literacy.  This year all of our staff including all teachers and teacher aides began our journey learning about Structured Literacy. 

The Science of Reading is a vast body of evidence-based research that has been collated from various disciplines, e.g. cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, education, linguistics, neuroscience, etc. The SoR has demystified how we learn to read and what our instruction should look like to complement this. 

Structured Literacy approaches are aligned with the SoR. Structured Literacy approaches are diagnostic, systematic, and cumulative in nature, with explicit instruction being used.

As a staff we are excited to find out more, and we will bring you updates as we progress.

CO2 Monitors and Air Purifiers

Once again I am blown away by the talents, assistance and generosity of our parent community! Over term 4 and the summer break I was pleased to connect with a parent, Oliver Seiler, who has built and installed bespoke and effective CO2 monitors in every single one of our classrooms and spaces.  These have provided us with an additional layer of safety as we ensure our classrooms and spaces have good air ventilation and along with opening our doors and windows, help to slow the spread of COVID in our school community.  Thank you so much Oliver - what a talent! I’d also like to acknowledge a new parent, Dr Caroline Shorter, who has provided expertise and assistance to me around CO2 and ventilation.  Thank you Caroline  for your help!

Lastly, a very special thank you to Kurt Renner and Bronwyn Barrington, who have very generously donated some air purifiers to school as another extra layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19.   WOW!

Not every school has the talents, resources and generosity that we are privileged to have from our Muritai parent community. We are so lucky.   Thank you to Oliver, Caroline, Kurt and Brownyn for your thoughtfulness and assistance in helping us ensure we can add extra layers of protection to our response, and keep working together with extra layers of protection for the betterment of all of us at Muritai School.  

COVID-19 - RED Phase 2 Update

This ‘RED Phase 2’ update is to set us all up for success for the next weeks to come, as the effects of Omicron are beginning to impact our community.  Please note we are not the health experts, however I understand there may be delays in gaining information from the Ministry of Health in the coming days and weeks. 

We do not have notification of a positive case here at Muritai School, but we should prepare ourselves since this is unlikely to continue to be the case. This information is to offer advice as to what to do should someone in your household be affected.

If someone in your household tests positive to COVID-19 (Positive Case notification):

Regardless of vaccination status, all household members need to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days

Household members must get tested for COVID-19 on Day 3 and on Day 8 following Positive Case notification

The isolation period ends after 10 days following the Positive Case notification if no one in your household has COVID-19 symptoms and if everyone's Day 8 test was negative

If someone in your household has been identified as a Close Contact:

Regardless of vaccination status, the close contact needs to stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days

Close contacts must get tested for COVID-19 on Day 5 following Close Contact exposure

The isolation period ends after 7 days following the Close Contact exposure if no one in your household has COVID-19 symptoms and if everyone's Day 5 test was negative

If someone in your household has been identified as a Secondary or Casual Plus Contact:

If symptom-free, there is no requirement to self-isolate or to be tested

Please watch for symptoms of COVID-19:

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain or confusion/irritability. These almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms: 

new or worsening cough

sneezing and runny nose

fever

temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

sore throat

shortness of breath

If you are worried, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.  Healthline is a free service available 24/7 and has interpreters available. To find your local testing station visit Healthpoint

Please be assured that we will communicate with you directly should there be a case in the Muritai School community, and we will provide further information at that time via email. 

We’ve created two diagrams to summarise all of the information - the first diagram ‘School Community Plan’  includes  the likely steps for when we have a positive case at Muritai - noting that the change under ‘RED - Phase 2’ is that parents now inform the school, we will now not hear about any positive cases until you tell us. The second diagram has FAQ’s that might be useful if you are faced with a personal exposure notification in the coming weeks.  

Please note that these are current as of today, and we will update information to you if there are any changes. 

Once again, I thank you all for your continued understanding and support as we all work together in doing our very best to keep our Muritai School community well, and I thank you all for assisting us to launch another wonderful albeit slightly different year at Muriati School. 

Ngā mihi

Bec Power

Principal



FROM THE SCHOOL

Home & School

The Muritai Home and School committee is an enthusiastic group of parents who support the school by organising social events and fundraising for things not covered by Government funding. We meet once or twice a term so joining the Committee is not a big commitment and is a great way to support the school community while also getting to know a great bunch of parents. We are always keen for new ideas for fundraisers and ways to connect the home with school via family social events.

The Home and School Committee will be meeting on Thursday 24 February in the Still Room at 7.30pm.  All are very welcome.  We look forward to meeting you.



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. 


Come and join your local family club for a season of soccer!!  Register your children to play for Eastbourne Football Club 

The EFC Club Committee is excited to announce that registrations for the fast-approaching 2022 soccer season are open! 

Junior Season Dates are: 7 May – 10 Sept 2022

For more information about how to sign up, please email Morag (Houston) at info@efc.org.nz or T. 021 150 7997.

For more EFC Club information, see: http://efc.org.nz/; or www.facebook.com/eastbournefootballclub.

For Junior enquiries, contact Jeremy Field or Morag Houston.








27 January 2022

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, tēnā koutou katoa i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

Welcome back after what we hope has been a wonderful summer for your whānau.

Our team is feeling refreshed and ready to go for the 2022 year and can’t wait to welcome our learners back next Wednesday.

In regard to COVID-19 we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all of our school and kura activities and events this year. You will be familiar with all the health measures we will have in place and it is good to know that at Red setting, we are able to support everyone’s learning onsite.

Our 125th celebrations are now going to be held in 2023. This is an unfortunate consequence of the current conditions we have with the global pandemic. We hope to announce dates and further details closer to the end of this year. Thank you to all that have shown an interest in attending. 

Please find some key reminders below on our school organisation under RED and ensure you are familiar with these prior to the return to school on Wednesday.  

The biggest change for many of us is of course the mandate for staff to be wearing masks, and now students in years 4-8 to be wearing masks.   We will have plenty of breaks outside, where masks are not currently required for students.  Children in years 0-3 can wear masks if they want to (& can manage this safely).

For those of you with children who might be reluctant to wear a face covering, there is some helpful advice from Michigan Health https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/childrens-health/5-ways-to-get-young-kids-to-wear-face-masks?amp, including using simple explanations about why they need to wear a face covering, adults being the role models, providing small rewards for wearing them, or letting them choose the mask.

It is really important that you chat through some of this with your child/ren in a manner that prepares them, without causing any anxiety. We appreciate your help with making this a smooth transition into a new way of working for us all.  

𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 (𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵).

While we know that this is an unsettling time for many, rest assured, our supportive team are here to help you and strive to ensure the safety of our tamariki, whānau and school community. 

At all times we are required to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Education & Public Health Order.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself at principal@muritai.school.nz

Noho ora mai - stay well/look after yourself

Bec Power

Principal







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