June 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 8

Term 2

Huapai District School

June 15th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

In our visioning for our school we developed this statement as part of our graduate profile…
I’m challenged by the thought of how do we promote a mindset and culture of being brave, determined and carrying a can do mindset. Last year, I spent a week in hospital and in talking with Lindsay in the neighbouring hospital bed, we settled on an idea of buying some unicycles to provoke that mindset of grit and determination. We now have four unicycles and not one student who can ride them! Developing determination, grit and a can-do mindset is harder than you think and not necessarily achieved with a trick like buying 4 unicycles!!
Still, I remain hopeful!

There are (however) some wonderful examples (known and unknown) where children have risen up with determination, with character and with a statement inside their hearts that quietly whispers “I am brave, I am determined and I can do this”.

A quote from Ruby Tui’s excellent book 'Straight Up':

"I’m going to do something with my life.
How dare I not try and be the greatest
I can be with this Tui name on my back?"

Have a great week.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 16th June - Bake Sale
  • Monday 19th June - Board Meeting 6:30pm
  • Wednesday 21st June - Art Exhibition Event
  • Friday 30th June - Last Day Of Term 2
  • Monday 17th July - First Day Of Term 3

Immunisation Record Update

Given the recent comments in media around the rise and concern around measles immunisation, we thought it appropriate to ensure we have an up to date immunisation register. The link below provides an opportunity for parents to update this information. This form is a one minute exercise.
*Our apologies that last week's link had some permission access issues.

Community Survey Feedback #3

Sharing a little each week from our community survey (ratings out of 10).
There were lots of positive comments around our communication. We believe this to be a real key area to our success and support from our community. There were a number who indicated a preference for one form of communication and the challenge to reduce the variety of platforms, we will review this. There were a few frustrated with some issues around HERO as our communication base. We have gone back to the owners of HERO sharing these.

For those that seem to be logged out of HERO, we have been advised the following could be the reason behind this:
1. The time on your device doesn't match the time HERO is synced to.
2. If you are inactive in the Hero app for more than 15 days, then HERO will automatically log you out.
3. Apple sometimes disconnects apps and if this is the case, then please email HERO directly with your name and email address your HERO account is registered under and they can fix it at their end.

Bake Sale - TOMORROW

Quiz Night

Saturday 5th August, 7pm
It’s time to start finding your team! What will your theme be this year?

Tickets available on KINDO now.

Art Exhibition

June 20th - 22nd with a special night event on Wednesday 21st June.

Is Your Child Keen To Play Basketball

Entries close tomorrow!

Season two for basketball begins at the start of next term. If your child wishes to continue to play, or to join a team for this season please use the form linked below to register.
NB. Registrations DO NOT automatically roll over from season 1, you must register your child again if you wish for them to play in season 2.

House T-Shirts

These t-shirts are available now for purchase from the uniform shop which can be accessed from your School App. These are compulsory uniform items for 2024. It was great to see so many students (and staff!) wearing them on Monday. Here are a few of the children who had them on.

Parent / Teacher Conferences - Half Day School

These will be held on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July. School will finish at 12:30pm (lunchtime) on Tuesday 25th July and conferences will start at 1:30pm through to 7:30pm. On Wednesday 26th July school will finish at the usual time and parent teacher conferences will begin at 3:30pm through to 5:30pm.
Please start planning for your child’s care on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th July. Any student unable to go home will be supervised in the hall.

NorthWest Rewards Schools Is Back!

Shop at NorthWest Shopping Centre and vote for Huapai District School to help us win a share of $6,000!
12th June - 16th July 2023.
Every $1 spent = 1 point for our school.
Just take your receipt to the Customer Service kiosk and submit your vote.

Tough Guy And Gal Challenge - Helpers Please!


Each year we have the opportunity to raise thousands of dollars for our school by providing marshals for the local Tough Guy and Gal challenge. These funds are directed into learning resources for your children. This year we require 20 adults - parent / granny / uncle / neighbour / garden club friend to help us each day. The role is standing and pointing. It can even be done from the comfort of your camp chair should you wish! If you are able to assist for a morning, please use this form to register your interest.
**there has been a duty change and we are no longer required to supply marshals for Tuesday 1st August (this is the day our school will send a group of children).
Next week a poster will go up in each classroom showing how many parent volunteers your child’s class has - first three classes to have 5 volunteers earn a hot chip lunch!

Congratulations To Moananui

The 2023 dodgeball champions!

This team will play the staff in the final week of term.

Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion

Each year we have the opportunity to trade in stickers collected from the Yummy apple range for sports gear. This is an annual promotion that has seen the school earn some great gear that is used across the school. It’s that time again to remember to collect the stickers.

A collection sheet is linked below, or each of the classrooms have one on their wall for use at school. Paper copies of the sheet can be collect from the school office should you wish.

Parenting Tween To Teen

Taupaki School has extended to our school an invitation to hear a guest speaker, Yvonne Godfrey. Yvonne focuses on parenting tweens to teens and has some great tips and tricks for parents to add to their toolkit. She also speaks about High School transition.
Taupaki have capacity for around 100 parents to come along and so have opened the invite to our community also. Refer to the promo below.

Moments From The Week

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Mondays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 10. Please book at the link below.

Aroha Skate

Aroha Skate are back for Term 3. Every Tuesday straight after school.
Please use the link below to register.

Also, on Wednesday 21st June Aroha Skate will be holding a demo session at lunch time here at the school that all students will be welcome to watch.

Brain Play

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 6pm in Room 10.
Brain Play teaches science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5-13, right across the country! We offer holiday programmes, online classes, in-person after-school classes, in-school classes, and free events for communities. Our topics include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials are also available for new students. This term we are in Stanmore Bay, Huapai, Parnell and Hobsonville (as well as online)! Check out our website to learn more about what's on at Brain Play & book in today.
Please book at the link below.

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2023 at Huapai School! They will have a bunch of slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons. If you're interested, be sure to get in touch to reserve your spot or ask any questions you may have. Contact details below:

Drums: paul.barry@musiqhub.co.nz

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele:

2023 Term Dates

These are the Term Dates for 2023:

Term 1: Tuesday 7th February - Thursday 6th April
Term 2: Wednesday 26th April - Friday 30th June
Term 3: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September
Term 4: Monday 9th October - Tuesday 19th December

Teacher Only Days:
Monday 24th April (the day before Anzac Day)
Tuesday 6th June (King's Birthday weekend)

HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates, to share regular learning posts and now for payment on all in-school costs. HERO sends push notifications or emails. You can now choose how you receive HERO notifications as well as manage devices that receive them.

To set your own notification preferences:
  1. Click on your profile image
  2. Select EDIT PROFILE
  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.
Or please see the full instructions linked below.

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