September 2023 Edition
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Week 8

Term 3

Huapai District School

September 7th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

Monday morning saw 60 of our Year 6’s and almost as many parents in the hall waiting to board both bus and then boat to attend their camp at Motutapu Island. The week prior we had a group of maths wiz kids delivered home very late having competed in the Auckland Mathex competition. We have so many examples of staff going above and beyond to see opportunities for children. Again, supported by the strength and confidence of our community. Thank you for all the support you bring to the school. Talking about support… we are well on the way to our target of lifting our support rate of school donations. Our current status is (as at 5th September) 63.31%. I remain hopeful we will reach our next goal of 70% before the end of the term - we have promised a pet day!!! I remain hopeful we will continue seeing the support rate rise through the remainder of this school year. Giving our goal of 78% a real shot!!

Thank you for all the support you bring - it makes a huge difference not only financially but also to the culture in our school.

Have a great week.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 14th September - Back2School Project Mufti Day
  • Thursday 14th September - Junior Maths Parent Workshop
  • Friday 22nd September - Last Day Of Term 3
  • Monday 9th October - First Day Of Term 4
  • Thursday 12th October - School Photos
  • Tuesday 24th October - Teacher Only Day

School Photos

Thursday 12th October
Our school photos are happening Week 1 of Term 4, on Thursday 12th October.
Sibling photos are taken between 8:30am - 9am on the same day. If you would like to have sibling photos taken, consent forms are available at the Office for parents/students to come and collect.

Te Reo Māori Interest

We've had some expressions of interest from members of our staff and the wider community around opportunities to learn and practise Te Reo Māori. We've been brainstorming some options around how we might be able to start a regular hui for those who are interested. At this stage, we do not have dates or times, and we are looking to connect with anyone interested in joining us on this journey. Please email Kirstin Robinson at:

Junior Maths Parent Workshop

In this workshop, we will look at a practical breakdown of number learning for Year 0-3 children. It will focus on learning all basic facts, and the order in which they are best learned, as addition and subtraction sums to 20. It will be an opportunity to ask questions, see how you can implement quick activities at home, and a chance to pick up a few free resources to use with your children.

Please feel free to email Louise, ( if you have any questions.

General Property Update

We are about to sign a contract to replace much of our existing school roofs. The funds from this is part of monies we receive to manage our buildings.
We have an arborist booked over the break, trimming and reviewing our trees. This was motivated to ensure the health of the trees and also check the safety of the tree area.
We are waiting for dry weather to get contractors on-site to put drainage in the central playground - which is a constant mud-pit at the moment.
We are hoping to sign the astro turf upgrade project before the end of this term.

Day One: Back2School Project Awareness Mufti Day

Thursday 14 September

As a school, we will be participating in Day One: Back2School Project Awareness Day, next Thursday 14th September.

Back2School Project is a non-profit organisation that strives to ensure all primary students, no matter who they are or where they’ve come from, have their exact stationery to start school confident and with a smile from their first day. They are gearing up to help 600 students for the 2024 school year.

In efforts to spread word of the work they do and to support them in their goals, our school will be holding a Mufti Day next Thursday 14th September. On this day, students are asked to EITHER bring in a NEW item of stationery to donate OR a gold coin donation. Items of stationery can include pencils, pencil cases, whiteboard markers, highlighters, pens, rulers, erasers etc…

So, please join us next Thursday and help us to support this amazing charity organisation!

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.

These are due in by the beginning of Week 1, Term 4 (Monday 9th October). Please hand these in to the School Office.

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

Student Medication

If you child needs to have medication administered while they are at school (antibiotics, asthma inhaler, epi-pen, hay fever tablets etc), please ensure you are dropping these directly to the School Office. As per school policy, we will also need you to complete our Medication Consent Form.
No medications are to be stored in your child's school bag.
If your child attends Huapai Plus in the mornings, please complete this form with them when you are dropping your child and their medication off.

Last School Donation Prize Draw Of 2023

This year we set a pretty ambitious goal of 78% of parents supporting the school through school donation. Our current status (as at 5th September) is 63.31%. We remain hopeful we will pass our next goal of 70% before the end of the term.

As a final incentive, we are offering a Huapai Plus 50% credit voucher to the value of $100 (i.e. book $200 worth of care and only pay $100) AND 6 bottles of NZ wine, with an additional separate prize of 6 bottles of NZ wine. (Bottles of wine sponsored by FujiFilm).

The final prize draw applies to all families who have paid their donations in full by Friday 13th October, with the prize draw notification occurring on Thursday 26th October - just in time for Huapai Plus Christmas holiday bookings and the festive season.

Thank you so much to those that have already paid their school donation for the 2023 school year. Your contribution to the school is very much appreciated.

If you are yet to pay your school donation, you can do so at the link below.


Congratulations to our Huapai HotShots! This team has had a fantastic season and came 3rd overall in the competition. We certainly have some potential Blacksticks in our school’s future.
A huge thank you to Blair and Kylie Hopping for coaching and managing this great team.

Come Give Tennis A Go AND Battle Mrs Lloyd

Love Tennis
Waimauku Tennis Club.
Sunday 10th September 10am – 4pm.
Come and give tennis a go! You can also battle Mrs Lloyd.

Riverhead Athletics

Open for registrations now. Please see the link below.
Note: Early bird pricing ends on 11th September.


Summer Hockey

Is your child interested in playing summer hockey? This fun summer sport is the perfect introduction to hockey if you’ve never played and is a fabulous way to maintain winter skills. It’s relaxed, fast paced and great fitness! Open to payers Year 0-8. Please use the link here for more details.

Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24th October

Schools were allocated two (2) curriculum days this year and a further 2 in 2024 for curriculum development.
We are proceeding with this and have set this for Tuesday 24th October.
Our thinking is this may present opportunities for parents and also may give some options to alleviate Labour weekend traffic wows.
NB: Labour Weekend is Monday 23rd October.
Huapai + will run a programme on this day for parents requiring support.

Huapai Plus - School Holiday Programme

Please see below for the Spring Holiday Programme.
Bookings can be made through Enrolmy, at the link below.

Term Dates 2024

The Board have confirmed the following dates for our 2024 school year:

Term 1: Wednesday 7th February through to Friday 12th April
Term 2: Monday 29th April through to Friday 5th July
Term 3: Monday 22nd July through to Friday 27th September
Term 4: Monday 14th October through to Friday 20th December

Please note this is a later than usual start and finish.

Sports X

In Term 4, Sports X will be running the following after-school sports program at our school. Please see the flyer for more details.

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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