April 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 9

Term 1

Huapai District School

April 6th 2023

Principal's Message

Dear families,
As we come to the end of this term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what has been an eventful and exciting few months. Despite a disrupted start, we are proud of how our students have adapted and thrived in their learning and extra-curricular activities.
Our swimming events were a highlight, as our students displayed impressive skills and sportsmanship in the pool. We also enjoyed interacting with our local retirement home, continuing to foster a sense of community among our students.
Our sports teams have been established and are already showing great potential, while our music lessons and participation in NW sporting events continue to develop our students' talents and confidence.
We were thrilled to hold our school picnic, a wonderful opportunity for families and staff to come together and enjoy each other's company. The students only just won the annual soccer match!
Our Strength to Strength program has helped students build resilience and develop important life skills, while immunisations were completed to ensure our students' health and wellbeing.
We ended the term with a fun-filled disco, which was a great way to celebrate our students' hard work and achievements. We also launched our Go Zen program, which will provide valuable support and resources for our students' mental wellbeing.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in your child's education this term.
As the term comes to a close, we wish you a wonderful two weeks with your children and look forward to welcoming everyone back for another exciting term. We wonder who’s training already for the parent race at athletics….

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 24th April - Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 25th April - ANZAC Day
  • Wednesday 26th April - First Day Of Term 2

Teacher Only Day

Monday 24th April
A reminder that Monday 24th (the day before ANZAC Day and usually our first day back for Term 2) is identified as a Teacher Only Day. The school will not be open on this day.
Term 2 will start on Wednesday 26th April
Our focus with staff will be on the new curriculum.

School Donation Update

Thank you to all those who have got behind the school already and paid their school donation. Currently we are sitting at 29%. Our goal is 78%

Safety Concerns

We are noticing a pattern of safety concerns increasing at our school gate:
  1. Crossing the road and not using the supervised pedestrian crossing.
  2. Entering and riding bikes up the school driveway rather than using the student entry points.
  3. Parking across driveways.
  4. Driving into the school (the school driveway is for permitted vehicles only).
Please work with us in following our safety and good practice expectations.

School Athletics

Our school athletics will be held early next term.
Our seniors (year 5-8) will be at the Huapai Domain on Tuesday 9th May and our juniors (years 1-4) will be here at school on Thursday 11th May. We welcome all parents to enjoy this event. Yes, there are parent races…

House T-Shirts

They're back!
We are excited to advise that we now have house t-shirts! Perfect for sports events and house mufti days. These will be a compulsory part of the school uniform this year as children enter our school and for the full school from 2024. The t-shirts are $25 each and are available in a range of sizes from our normal uniform provider. Want to get one now? You can shop at the link below.

School athletics is in term 2 and this is a great time to order your House shirt now to have this in time!

Leadership Booklets

Thank you for you patience as we digitise our leadership awards. These will be ready to launch week 1 of term 2. Parents and students will be able to access the awards at home from HERO and upload evidence directly. We are excited about the change and look forward to seeing lots of great achievements.

Risky Tech

As a school we are committed to continually improving our cyber safety education here at school. Jenn Byrne, a parent of the school, is undertaking her doctorate with the focus on risky tech and what we can all do to help our students/staff/community navigate this rapidly changing cyber environment. Jenn is looking for a focus group of 6 parents from across the school to discuss current knowledge around cybersafety. If you are keen to be involved in this group, please see the poster and contact Jenn directly. We are excited about where this investigation will lead us.

Breakfast Club

Our breakfast club is going from strength to strength thanks to an awesome team of volunteers.
We are keen for some more parent volunteers in Term 2.
If you can spare half an hour from 8.30am to 9.00am once a week, please contact Stephanie Wales.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Scholastic Book Club Online

Scholastic Book Club are now online.
Please download the app and place your orders via LOOP.

Property Update

Our bike track has had a fantastic upgrade.

Our school hall interior will be painted over the break.

The window winding gear of Rooms 1 - 10 will be repaired and replaced over the break.

Please note: Huapai + will be based in the studios over the break whilst the hall is being painted.

Netball Fun Festival Day

Netball fun festival day during the holidays
Please see attached flyer

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.

The Big Little Sponsorship Is Back

Winning takes teamwork, so let's get the whole community involved by nominating our school.
Teachers, students, parents, friends and whānau can all share the love and show their support for our school by nominating us at the link below.
Entries close 11:59pm Sunday 23 April 2023.

Soccer / Football

We have had several enquiries regarding school football teams. In this region, all soccer is played through clubs. Our local club is West Coast Rangers based out of Huapai Domain and Fred Taylor park. Registrations are now open via their website.

Check Us Out!

Huapai Plus School Holiday Programme

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Mondays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 17. 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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