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									Bird’s Eye View
Tuesday 20th March
Volume 4

Dear Parents / Caregivers

We had a very busy week last week with lots of staff away at various times and events and thankfully things
should settle down for the last three weeks of term. Children are making steady progress and a walk
through the classrooms yesterday showed each class with a large degree of focus and children working
hard to make sure they were doing quality work.

Our sports teams and individuals have shown some excellent results over the last fortnight and represented
the school with distinction. Congratulations everybody and keep up the good work. Great start to the year.

We welcome our new students who have joined the Muritai School family recently – Phoebe Evans (Room
2) and Johanna Jacobson (Room 23). We are very lucky to have these wonderful additions to the Muritai

We say farewell to Kath Lodge who will be leaving us on a permanent basis. Kath is currently on maternity
leave looking after Oliver. Kath and her husband Rob have just bought a house in Dunedin and will be
moving down south shortly. Rob has been transferred down south for work and Kath is looking forward to
getting close to her family again. Kath has been an immensely popular staff member and we thank her for
her 5 years service at Muritai.

A big thank you to those parents who have put their names forward for the current election to be part of the
Board of Trustees. A big thank you to Gill Stotter who is standing down after 3 years on the Board. Gill has
put in many hours supporting the board, staff and school in a number of areas, most notably the area of
Health and Safety. Thank you Gill for your contribution.

Habits of Mind / Values
Our current Habit of Mind is – MANAGING IMPULSIVITY – Just being patient and reflective - taking
turns, allowing others to shine, taking time to do a good job, being patient, reflecting on things first, making
sure we have our jobs done first before moving off.
Our current Values are - Friendliness – taking an interest in people and going out of your way to make
others feel welcome and Co-operation – working together to get things achieved; working together for the
good of everyone.

Each class will work on defining these habits and values and the way they can work to make our classrooms
and school a better place to be.

We have received 6 nominations for the Board elections, so we are all go for the election. The nominees
are Steve Bielby, Tim Wake, Angela Littlejohn, Sharon McElwain-Wilson, Shelley Turner and Peter
Schroder. Voting papers were sent out on Saturday and you should have received these by Tuesday. All
voting papers are due back on 29 March at 12 noon. We will be holding a Meet the Candidates evening on
Thursday 22 March at 7.30 in the Library. This is a great opportunity for you to meet all our nominees and
ask some questions to make your decision easier.                           Sue Fieldes (Returning officer)

This term’s starting school at 5 evening is this Wednesday night at 7pm. If you know of any families with
children starting school soon please invite them to this event. We are happy to share our school philosophy
with all newcomers.

Parents are invited to join a school gardening group that intend to meet weekly at 8.45 on a Monday
morning for an hour a week to tidy and develop the gardens around the school. Under the guidance of
interested parents the school has made much progress over the last few years and we would like to
maintain the momentum. If you are interested in gardening in a team for an hour a week after dropping off
your children please meet Merryn Hedley in the junior school courtyard next Monday at 8.45. The school
has some equipment but secateurs and forks/trowels will be needed.

Our Year 5 – 8’s are having swimming sports tomorrow, Wednesday 21 March. Please ensure they are at
school by 8.30 for the roll as the buses have to leave at 8.40 to be at Huia Pool in time for the races. Races
finish at 11.00. It is a very tight timetable but the council pools are fully booked.

Last Tuesday the whole school took part in the Powhiri. We welcomed the Mahia Te Rehia Class from
Newlands College, Francesca Goodman-Smith and Lulu Carter performed the Karanga and welcomed our
visitors into the hall – thank you girls and well done. The children sang our waiata, Whakarongo Mai and
Newlands College returned a waiata and after the powhiri was completed Mahia Te Rehia performed for
Muritai. Everyone enjoyed the performance enormously. The Powhiri marked the beginning of our Kapa
Haka tuition with all the children having lessons on Wednesdays in their syndicate groups with Jacqui

Our Junior School recently attended some Arts Festival shows which included a man playing music on a
bicycle, puppets telling the story of the Selkie Bride seal and acrobatic acts and stilt walkers telling a pirate
story. Unfortunately the weather was not kind to them but this did not stop parents coming to join them for

This week the Years 5 and 6 syndicate are heading off to the Arts Festival and will be attending three shows
in different venues around the city. They include Hoop of Life, Spinning Mountain, Ship Song, Cycology and
Around the World on Wellington. Hopefully the weather is better for them as they are having lunch in the
Civic Centre at 12.15. Any parents who wish to join them for lunch in town are more than welcome.

Our year 7-8 cricket teams play this Thursday in the second round of the Milo Cup. Our boys are playing in
Upper Hutt and the girls are playing in Eastbourne. Best of luck teams.

The year 3 & 4 team will be creating some interesting and healthy sandwiches on Wednesday 4th April.
The children have been learning about healthy foods and the positive effects that these have on the brain
and body. This is a great way for the children to wrap up the ―Howie Learn‖ Inquiry that they have been
studying in class. Each class will be sent home an information sheet closer to the time with the details of
the morning.

We are gearing up to the netball season again with two teams over in the senior school and several teams
from Y4 through to Y6. Vanessa Milroy is currently running grading games to work out the senior teams and
Nikkie Andrews is organizing the middle school students into teams. Our intermediates will be playing at
Taita again this year with the middle school playing in the Pinehaven league. Coaches will be taking the
children for practices shortly and we look forward to hearing how well they do from May onwards.
27 children from year 4-6 went to the central zone swimming sports held at Huia Pool on Friday the 16th of
March. They represented Muritai School very well and we came away with some very good results. Each
event was timed and results are shown below. The children who had the fastest times from each event will
go on to represent the central zone at the inter zone swimming sports next week the 29th of March at
NaeNae Pool.

The Muritai School relay team that consisted of Sophie Martin, Levi Walton, Georgia Crawford, Scott
Manson, Harriet Walton and Barnaby Costello came a very close second place. The year 6 girls medley
relay team came in at first place. This team consisted of Megan Green, Rachel Vance, Lucy Stotter and
Holly Moore. The year 6 boys medley relay team also came in at first place. This team consisted of Gregor
Wilson, Luke Searle, Jordan Anderson and Curtis Mills.

                                                       Girls Open 100m Individual     Harriet Walton 3rd
Boys Open 100m Freestyle       Gregor Wilson 3rd
Girls Open 100m Freestyle      Rachel Vance 2nd
                                                       Yr 4 Boys 25m Breaststroke     McLeod Harrison 3rd
Yr 4 Boys 50m Freestyle        Levi Walton 2nd
                                                       Yr 5 Girls 25m Breaststroke    Georgia Crawford 3rd
Yr 4 Girls 50m Freestyle       Holly Cumming 1st
                                                       Yr 6 Boys 25m Breaststroke     Luke Searle 3rd
Yr 5 Girls 50m Freestyle       Georgia Crawford 3rd
                                                       Yr 6 Girls 25m Breaststroke    Rachel Vance1st
Yr 6 Boys 50m Freestyle        Gregor Wilson 3rd
                                                                                      Harriet Walton 2nd
Yr 6 Girls 50m Freestyle       Harriet Walton 3rd
                                                       Yr 4 Boys 25m Backstroke       Levi Walton 3rd
Yr 4 Girls 25m Freestyle       Holly Cumming 1st
                                                       Boys Open 25m Butterfly        Gregor Wilson 3rd
Yr 4 Girls 25m Freestyle       Sophie Martin 3rd
                                                       Girls Open 25m Butterfly       Lucy Stotter 2nd
Yr 5 Boys 25m Freestyle        Scott Manson 3rd
                                                       Boys 4 x 25m Medley Relay      1st
Y5 Girls 25m Freestyle         Georgia Crawford 1st
                                                       Girls 4 x 25m Medley Relay     1st
Yr 6 Boys 25m Freestyle        Jordan Anderson 3rd
                                                       School Relay                   2nd
Yr 6 Girls 25m Freestyle       Megan Green 1st

Touch rugby is going very well with only two more rounds to go this term. Results from Friday are as
The Muritai Eagles (under 9 mixed team) lost narrowly to Boulcott 3-2.
The Muritai Stormers (under 11 mixed team) lost to a very strong Waterloo team 6 -0.
The Muriati Speeders (under 11 girls team) had a very close and exciting 5-4 win over Chilton.
The Muriatai Hurricanes (under 11 boys team) had a convincing win over Boulcott 9-2.
The Muritai Blaters (under 13 mixed team) lost 6-0 to Hutt Intermediate.
The Muritai Machines (under 13 boys team) had a bye this week.

At the weekend, Kate Plimmer, Rachel Vance and Harriet Walton competed at the Wellington Junior Athletic
Championships. Their results were -
Kate and Rachel      Gold in 4 x 100 metre relay
Kate and Rachel      Silver in group medley
Harriet              Bronze in group medley

Finalists Overall:
Kate        5th long jump                   Harriet        4th shot put
            6th shot put                                   7th long jump
            6th100m sprint
            6th 200m sprint
                                School Diary – Muritai School – Term 1 2006.
March                                                  April
21st      Y5-8 Swimming Sports at Huia Pool            5th        Assembly
21st      Starting School at 5 evening                            Last day
22nd      Y5-6 out at Capital E                        23rd       First day back to school
23rd      Assembly                                     25th      Anzac day – public holiday
29th      Y5-6 Inter-zone swimming
30th      Grandparents day

Term 1    Wednesday 7th February – Thursday 5th April
Term 2    Monday 23rd April – Friday 29th June
Term 3    Monday 16th July – Friday 21 September
Term 4    Monday 8 October – Thursday 20 December

Wellington School of Cricket Holiday Programme
This is your chance to play like James Franklin and Stephen Fleming. Our popular school holiday programme is being
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run again from April 16 to 20 at Westpac Stadium and April 17 to 21 at Hutt Rec. For more details phone Asoka
on 471 2157 or 021 409 867

Roller Disco
School Holidays April Roller Disco 34B Goodshed Rd Upper Hutt. Monday – Friday of both weeks. 1:00 – 3:30 pm.
Entry $5 Blade Hire $3 Skate Hire Free Special Saturday night disco 12th May34B Goodshed Rd, Upper Hutt 7:30 –
10:00 pm Entry $7 for ticket sold before 12th May Door sales $8 No Refunds Blade/Skate Hire Free. Info Rink
9390507 Chris 5297551 Bruce 9388718 www.skatewellington.net.nz

Learn To Play Tennis - Holiday Programme For Primary School Children Supported by HVTA
Dates: Wednesday 18 April, Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April, 2007 (wet or fine ) Venue: Mitchell Park
(Mitchell Street, Lower Hutt)
Timetable: 9.00-10.00 am - Girls from 5-8 years old      10.00-11.00 am - Boys from 5-8 years old
             11.00-12.00 noon -Girls from 9 years +              1.00-2.00 pm -Boys from 9 years +
Cost: Only $24.00 for the 3 days. Money to be paid on the first day. Registration: Contact Gary Nelson –Ph.
5897178 or Email - anelson@xtra..co.nz By—Wednesday 11 April, 2007. EARLY ENROLMENT is advised as this
programme is very popular and the first 12 enrolments in each age group will be accepted.

Boredom Busters For These School Holidays
The holidays are here again, and Leisure Active once again have diverse and exciting programmes to keep youngsters
happy and occupied during the break. The programmes commence on Tuesday 10 April and run until Friday 20 April
and will be run at three venues in the city - Gracefield School, Dyer Street School and the Maungaraki Community
Centre. The programmes cater for children aged 5 – 14 years old and run from 8:00am to 5:30pm at a cost of $30 per
child per day. All programmes are OSCAR accredited and customers may be eligible for a WINZ Childcare and Oscar
Subsidy. Please contact WINZ on 0800 559 009 for further information. Registration information can be found the
bright green and orange Holiday Programme brochure available from Hutt City Council libraries and swimming pools or
downloaded from Hutt City Council’s website www.huttcity.info/schoolholidays. Bookings open on Monday 19 March.
Leisure Active on 577 8099 during business hours.

Moutere Downs Equestrian Centre
Moutere Downs Equestrian Centre, (www.mouteredownshorses.com) close to Levin, will be holding 4-day holiday
programmes in riding and horse management during the Easter break. Dr. Rhona Mackenzie the Operations Director
of the Centre is a qualified veterinarian and NZEF coach. The horses are well-trained, facilities are excellent and staff
are experienced and friendly. Moutere Downs operates under a complete care and safety manual. The courses will
run from Tues 10th-13th and 17th –20th April inclusive. Affordable accommodation close by can be arranged on
request. International students integrate well in these courses with kiwi students. Students with own horses welcome.
Call us on 06-367 9904 or email bramber@xtra.co.nz for information and bookings.

Guitar, Drum and Singing Lessons
In Home Service. A fast, fun and thorough way of learning. Please call Geoff Day on 389 8932 or 021 565 750

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