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 email@example.com 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,
FROM THE SCHOOL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Dates for the next events have changed and are now June 28 (Interzone) and July 5 (Regional)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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