FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2022

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Mānawatia a Matariki!

It is very exciting that tomorrow will be the first ever celebration of Matariki as a public holiday. Matariki is a time to honour the past, present and the future. At school classes have been involved in a wide range of activities related to Matariki and we are really looking forward to connecting with our families and our wider community next Thursday evening to share some kai and our learning together.  



There has been lots of learning about Matariki using STEAM all around the school which we invite you to come along and look at with your children. There will be learning displays inside the hall, library, junior classrooms, room 10 as well as outside hanging in the trees or in the window of the downstairs classes from 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursday June 30th.  You will be able to participate in some kite flying, use some PE gear and use chalk on the concrete to add to our cooperative Matariki picture. Students can bring torches too! Our Kapa Haka group has been working with Hilary Bevin, Ruth Hooke and Brooke Davis and will be performing at 5 pm during these Matariki Celebrations. Please bring some kai and a blanket as we will have a picnic in the hall or junior classrooms or if fine outside with your family and friends. At 6.30 pm there will be a whanau hui in the library which you are also welcome to attend. We hope as many of you can come to mix and mingle during this celebration!! Pop it into your diaries!

 

A warm welcome to Nikau Anderson-Budd to Room 2 and Finn Anderson-Budd to Room 13.

Parent evenings 2022

The Cyber Safety evening was the first parent evening that we have scheduled for this year. There was a huge turnout so thank you to everyone who braved the cold weather and came along. Rob and Zareen (Our Kids Online) were amazing presenters and their presentation certainly was thought provoking, confronting and insightful as a way to keep our students safe. 

Further information can be found on our website with an interactive PDF from Our Kids Online  This PDF contains a recap of the main points covered and tips and recommendations in relation to solutions.

We will be hosting another evening early in Term 3 to show the entire documentary that had snippets shown during the parent evening. Date for this is to be announced by the end of this term. 

Special thanks to the Home and School committee members who organised and served the refreshments on the night with funds raised going towards our new school kitchen refurbishment.

Gotchas

Over this year, our students have been earning ‘Gotchas’. Gotchas are given by staff members who observe students in both the classroom and playground demonstrating our values. We have both the living values - be kind, respectful, resilient and working together along with the learning values - being an explorer, connector and contributor which encourage our students to be the best that they can be. The student leaders in this photo are counting up which house has earned the most and in week 10 there will be a fun afternoon for all the students across the school to celebrate. The winning house gets to choose what activities the afternoon will involve.

 

Structured Literacy

Teachers have recently been observed teaching structured literacy spelling lessons by an outside provider from iDeal. The person was extremely impressed by what they saw the teachers and students doing in every classroom. There was high engagement by the students and all of them were focused on the powerpoint presentations containing lessons e.g. involved with long and short vowels. 

Information evening

Thank you to those parents who joined us for the ‘Starting School at Five’ information evening. Our new cohort of students have begun their school visits. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or flovell@muritai.school.nz 

School Assembly

Our full school assembly was hosted by Team Kororā who did a fantastic job sharing some of their great learning with us.Thank you to the parents and caregivers from Kororā who joined us today. We look forward to seeing what the Kererū team has been doing in the next assembly on the last day of this term. 

Thank you to Howard Grigg for giving up his time to repair our hall sound system recently. 

Learning around the school

Gymnastics



Each class around the school is taking part in gymnastics and learning new skills. 

 

Some students in the Kererū team have been doing some chemistry experiments and creating crystals while others have been experimenting with the digital microscope.

Chess has become a popular pastime with many students using both the board game or playing on a device. 

Artwork by Room 11 of Eastbourne Landscapes as part of their inquiry.

 



Room 10 learnt about the myth of Kupe and Te Wheke. 

 

125th Celebration 

We will be celebrating our school’s 125th year (2022) in early 2023.  Planning has begun (although stalled due to Covid) with our wonderful committee.  If you are interested in helping and would like to join the committee, please email me and let me know. We will be having a meeting early next term. 

If you have any questions regarding our school or your child’s learning please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful Matariki weekend with your family and friends. 

Ngā mihi kia koutou,

Maureen Buckley 

Acting Principal

buckley@muritai.school.nz 


FROM THE SCHOOL

Lost property 

Once again we have a mountain of clothing that needs to be returned to students. If your child has lost something, please send them to the library to have a look or pop in yourself. 


DIARY DATES:

23 June Whole school assembly hosted by Kororā syndicate

24 June Matariki Holiday

28 June Interzone Cross Country

30 June Matariki Celebrations

5 July Regional Cross Country

8 July Whole School assembly hosted by Kererū syndicate 

8 July Last day of Term 2

25 July First day of Term 3

17 August BOT meeting at 6.30

7 September BOT meeting at 6.30

7 September Starting School @ Muritai 7.30pm

13 September Inter-school Futsal competition

30 September Last day of Term 3


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. 


Term 3 Guitar Lessons at Muritai School

Charles Hazlewood is currently accepting enrolments for guitar lessons beginning in the first week of Term 3

Lessons available for pupils in years 3-8

Contact charleshazlewood1@gmail.com for more information, or phone 029-9392759 or 9342759

Hutt City Council would love to invite your school community to join us at Puanga ki Matariki in the Lower Hutt Events Centre and Town Hall on  Sunday 26 June.  The event starts at midday with a whakatau in the Town Hall, which is open to the public and will be livestreamed, followed by a kapa haka performance.

Throughout the day there will be arts, education, activities, kai and performances with special guests “Tomorrow People”.  A more detailed programme will be available closer to the time.

You might like to see the other events that have been planned across the city:

https://www.huttcity.govt.nz/people-and-communities/puanga-ki-matariki 


Matariki Glow Show - is at SHED 6 Wellington, June 25th and Lower Hutt Event Centre, July 11th!

11am show is for 0-5yo
1pm show is for the whole family

Babies 18 months and younger, on laps are free with paying adult. Please get in touch if you require further information!

Ngã Mihi Nui

KALEIDOSCOPE
Heather from Kaleidoscope Solutions provides tools and strategies for students and adults to navigate through everyday life whilst overcoming obstacles and challenges. She supports children to create a solid and secure foundation for future learning, wellbeing and development. If you are interested and want further information please go to her website www.kaleidoscopesolutions.co.nz  






 FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Naumai, Haere mai and Welcome 

What an amazing two weeks we have had. It’s certainly been full on with lots of fun and fabulous learning taking place.

A very warm welcome is extended to Hunter Bradshaw, Jeremy Amelung, Joshua Grigg, Sienna Martin, Ngahuia Barker and Ellie Lockyer (Room 3) our newest cohort of five year olds and their whanau as they start their school learning journey and join our school family.  We also welcome Harrison Rand (Room 13) and Imogen Rand (Room 8).  

We had our first Mihi Whakatau since last June today and it was so amazing to welcome 110 adults and students finally and officially to our school. A very warm welcome is extended to you all. Our Kahu students made us proud by leading the karanga, haka and speeches. Thank you also to Jon Mackie for his leadership in this. 

We are looking forward to the ‘Cyber Safety’ evening for parents and caregivers. Thank you to those of you who have emailed Jo bentley@muritai.school.nz or contacted her at the office for your seats to this evening being held on Tuesday June 21st from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in our school hall. Admission is a koha and all are welcome so please invite your friends along too.  Further details below or if you have any questions please contact me.













WOW week was wow with a fabulous array of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science) activities undertaken right across the school. We had visitors from other schools during the week and they were certainly impressed with our students’ work. The concept was Matariki and we are looking forward to sharing some of this great learning with our family and friends at our celebration on Thursday June 30th.



Buddy art about Matariki by Rooms 1 and 8

 





Every week our Year 7 and 8 students have technology either in Kahu or at Wainuiomata Intermediate. These photos are from Food Technology and these wonderful tables were made in Hard Technology. 










Our purchase of some wonderful decodable reading books to use as part of Structured Literacy programmes has finally arrived and we are looking forward to using them with our students.   





With this atrocious and unpredictable weather we have been experiencing lately one of our beloved trees on the deck was suddenly struck by lightning and split down the middle. It created great excitement along with pangs of sadness as both our current and previous students have loved climbing this tree. 



On Tuesday Room 2 had a visit from author and illustrator Kimberly Andrews. They listened to her read one of her books ‘Goose the Artist’ and were very excited to search for the spider hidden on every page. She then had them captivated further when she showed them how she does the illustrations.  



Elodie Dent (Year 7 Enviro leader) created this amazing poster with a very important message for us all. ‘We need to recognise the importance of our oceans and how our wildlife are affected.’




Tanya, our police officer, visited our road patrol students this week. She was very complimentary about the fantastic job that they were doing. She was also very impressed with their manners. She was, however, concerned about some students and adults who did not wait for the road patrol students to tell them it was safe to cross the road. There were also some students who rode their bikes or scooters across the crossing instead of walking them. Can you please re-enforce these safety messages at home as Muritai Road is a very busy road and we want to keep everyone safe.

Although some schools are having Teacher’s Only Day joined with the Matariki holiday we will not be doing this. Next week will be the last week that the Dental Van is on site.

If you have any questions regarding our school or your child’s learning please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ngā mihi kia koutou,

Maureen Buckley 

Acting Principal

buckley@muritai.school.nz 


FROM THE SCHOOL

SCHOOL PHOTOS

Sue Allman of Sue Allman People will be here taking school photos in the hall next week starting on Monday 13 June. If your child is away from school next week they will not be able to be accommodated in their class photo but they can have individual and family photos taken in early Term 4. 



STARTING SCHOOL AT FIVE EVENING 

Our Information evening for parents of preschoolers -  ‘Starting School at Five’ at Muritai is being held next week, on Wednesday 15 June at 7:30pm in room 3. This can be attended in person or online - we offer both.

It is an opportunity for parents and caregivers of preschoolers to learn about our school; the transition from early childhood to school, to become orientated with what your child will be learning at school and how you can support them. 

If you are attending or need the link please email Felicity Lovell on flovell@muriati.school.nz

DRUM LESSONS

Drum lessons will be available at school again shortly with Peter Elliott taking students for lessons for the rest of this term and in Term 3 on Friday. If you or your child/ren are interested in having drum lessons please email him and also let him know if your child/ren have had any musical experience previously. He will then email you details of the lessons and forms to complete. His email address is peter.shakhan@gmail.com

SPORT

Thank you to Greg Halford who is giving up his time to do skill sessions with our students in Kereru and Kahu over the next few weeks. 

CROSS COUNTRY 

Dates for the next events have changed and are now June 28 (Interzone) and July 5 (Regional) 


NETBALL

Warmest congratulations and well done to Muritai’s netball team who competed in the Hutt Valley’s Annual Intermediate Tournament. Three great wins and a very hard fought narrow loss meant Muritai played for the 3rd/4th placing. They re-found their earlier speedy form that they showed at the beginning of the day to notch up another win and secure 3rd place. This was the first time that Muritai has competed in a tournament and we look forward to more in the future. Thanks to the tournament manager Jen Burridge and all the parents for their support. 


LUCKY BOOK CLUB

Issue four of the Scholastic Lucky Book Club, for 2022, is now available. Orders will be closing on Friday the 17th June. 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.

BIODIVERSITY AND CHILD HEALTH STUDY

Jean Feary Mckenzie is the research coordinator for the research at Massey University, Wellington. She is conducting a study (funded by the Health Research Council) looking at whether exposure to biodiversity (particularly environments rich in plant diversity) reduces the risk of several childhood health conditions, including asthma and allergy.

Asthma prevalence in New Zealand is amongst the highest in the world, with one in seven children affected. This study is one of the first to look at the effects of biodiversity on the development of childhood asthma and allergy in New Zealand and involves inviting 900 children aged between 6-11 years and their parents from around the Wellington region to take part. If you are interested and would like more information please email me buckley@muritai.school.nz and I will be happy to send it to you.










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. 


MATARIKI GLOW SHOW is a giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show!

We'd love you and whanau to celebrate Matariki with us and to please send this attached panui out to your networks and or newsletters!

Matariki Glow Show - is at SHED 6 Wellington, June 25th and Lower Hutt Event Centre, July 11th!

11am show is for 0-5yo

1pm show is for the whole family

Babies 18 months and younger, on laps are free with paying adult. Please get in touch if you require further information!

Ngã Mihi Nui


KALEIDOSCOPE

Heather from Kaleidoscope Solutions provides tools and strategies for students and adults to navigate through everyday life whilst overcoming obstacles and challenges. She supports children to create a solid and secure foundation for future learning, wellbeing and development. If you are interested and want further information please go to her website www.kaleidoscopesolutions.co.nz  



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