August 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 3

Term 3

Huapai District School

August 3rd 2023

Senior Leadership Message

My mother died recently. She was a small lady, 90 years old and highly significant in relationships across our families and beyond. It was pretty special to celebrate both the memories and also the legacy she has left. Legacy is not measured in material things but more so the values and beliefs that percolate through the generations following. What you do as a family, what you value and where you place your focus is not just for now but also the future. The words you say, the memories and experiences you create, last. It got me thinking about our school. I know and understand that culture is legacy. Success is fostering success in others. To see the culture we have, to see valued, strong relationships, to see compassion and empathy evident in children and for them to be open to learning, is the legacy of our school. I know our children will move forward in confidence and self belief. Our school plays a part in this. What you do in your family and with your children is so important for both now and the future. Thanks for being part of our school and raising such great children.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 5th August - School Quiz night
  • Tuesday 8th August - Bake Sale
  • Friday 11th August - School Cross Country
  • Monday 14th August - School Lunch Day
  • Friday 18th August - Jump Jam 4 StarJam

NED Yo-yos

Last day to purchase these is TOMORROW (Friday) lunchtime.

Last week our school hosted a NED Mindset Mission assembly. Our school received this assembly at no cost because another school paid it forward to us. We can help pay it forward too by purchasing a NED messaged yo-yo. We have these for sale in the school office. Tomorrow is the last day these will be available. Payment can be made via cash or eftpos.

Quiz Night

Saturday 5th August, 7pm

This is being held Saturday night in our school hall. If you’d like a last minute table, we need to know by tomorrow at noon.
Claim yours by popping into the office or booking through Kindo.

Doors open at 6pm for table selection, decorating and socialising. Tables are circular this year.
BYO drinks and snacks.
There are two trophies up for grabs - Winners of the quiz and Best dressed team / table.

Raffles will be sold outside rooms 4 and the ILE tomorrow after school for one of 4 deluxe hampers. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
All funds raised go towards the resurfacing of the courts.
Auctions will happen throughout quiz night. You can still place a bid if you are not there. Email before the end of the day Friday with your top bid and bids will be placed on your behalf up to your top amount. You can team up with a group of friends for the party packs / fire engine / tank rides etc.

Bake Sale!

Our year 4 children are going to camp in November. We are having a bake sale next week on Tuesday 8th August during lunch to help us fundraise for this. Yummy, sweet items will be available to buy for $1 or $2 outside Rooms 3 and 4. We are looking forward to providing you with a sugar hit!

Jump Jam 4 StarJam 2023

Huapai District School is taking part in JUMP JAM 4 StarJam 2023 on Friday 18th August. This exciting event will help Huapai District School to raise awareness around disability and promote health and wellness in our community. Please show your support and donate a gold coin. Your child/ren will receive a cool StarJam wristband. All funds raised will go to StarJam so they can continue to help young people with disabilities to unleash their potential through the magic of music, dance and performance.

School Donations Update

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 78% of parents in 2023 supporting the school through school donation. Last week we passed our first target of 60% of parents supporting the school through school donation.

Our current status
62.59% have paid their school donation
$60 324 has been raised through school donations

Thank you so much for your support.

School supplied lunch Monday 14th August
As promised and communicated we will celebrate reaching our 60% target by a supplied school wide lunch. This will happen on Monday 14th August. Lunch will be hot chips and pizza. It would be wise to ensure your child still has some morning tea and perhaps some back up food. We have a school wide list of dietary requirements.

Station Road Safety

The traffic flow has dramatically increased with the temporary closure of Access Rd. We remain concerned with the pattern of walking children across the road rather than using the school manned pedestrian crossing.

Vaping Information Community Evening

Roz Ryan (Go Zen provider)

I invite you to be part of a transformative event that concerns the well-being of our most cherished assets – our children. Join us and be "VapeAware" Illuminating The Future, Safeguarding Our Generation" on 22 August 7pm.

This event is dedicated to addressing the alarming rise of vaping among teenagers and the urgent need to protect our youth from its harmful effects. As parents, your presence and active participation are needed in understanding the risks, learning preventive measures, and empowering our youth to make informed choices. Together, let's create a safer, healthier future for our youth. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the change – attend this "VapeAware" talk and take a stand for the well-being of our youth.

I look forward to seeing you there!

You can also bring your children/teens along with you as well if you wish.

A Koha would be appreciated and donated to Huapai District School for educational resources.
Click the link below to register.

Cross Country

Friday 11th August

We are looking forward to a great day next Friday. We know that many of our students have been out at the domain training after school with their parents. It’s great to see the commitment and enthusiasm. Our day runs in a way that both competitive and non competitive students can shine. As the races overlap, there is no child “running in last by themselves”. It is a safe way for our students to challenge themselves.

There is a sausage sizzle for each child after finishing their event.

Please click on the link to see the Maps and Information.

In order to purchase a house coloured top for your child (compulsory from 2024) please visit the School Uniform Company.

Teacher Absence and Cover

We are finding it increasingly difficult to secure cover for staff when absent.
We have a system in place to alert and contact our known relievers and then a larger broadcast to over 100 relievers. Where we are unable to secure cover from within or outside of the school we are forced to adopt out groups from the class to neighbouring classes. Please be assured when we do this, it is because we have exhausted all other options.

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.

Creative Matters

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

Brain Play

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 5pm 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:


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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