June 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 10

Term 2

Huapai District School

June 29th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

Shot Putter Jolien Boumkwo competed in the 100-meter hurdles at the European Athletics Team Championships, in Chorchow, Silesia, Poland, this weekend, answering her team's call for help in securing two points in the competition.
This news article really made me smile this week. (Link to video) Jolien goes on to say later that she would do it again. This act of kindness, generosity and sense of team speaks volumes to the character of this Belgian athlete.

It made me think of all our teams involved in our own team - Team HDS. We often have parents, staff, students and community members jumping into situations well outside of their norm, feeling out of their depth but doing it anyway - for the team. What a powerful statement of the culture of HDS - We work together to find a way to make it happen.

This week is national support staff week, a week when we publicly acknowledge our amazing Teacher Aides, Librarian, Ops Team and Groundstaff. These people are always amongst the first to “jump in” when the need arises. I think we can all agree that you too, are counted amongst our support staff - so thank YOU for all YOU do to jump in and support our school. Helping in the classroom, driving students places, offering business company support, school donations, mud run marshalling, art exhibition, putting books away, it is appreciated.

As another term rounds out, we reflect on all the achievements of the term and look forward (after a few moments of quietness) to the term ahead. It is certainly one filled to the brim with opportunities to jump in.

What lengths are you prepared to go to, to support the team?

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 30th June - Powhiri
  • Friday 30th June - Non-Uniform Day
  • Friday 30th June - Last Day Of Term 2
  • Friday 14th July - Matariki Celebration at HDS
  • Monday 17th July - First Day Of Term 3

Thank You

Thank you for all your support this term.
Thank you for the effort put into partnering with the school for your children.
Thank you for the attendance, purchasing and bidding in our art exhibition
Thank you for the help, the transport, the ideas, the feedback.

There’s a great sense of purpose, focus and direction in the school.

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.

Please use either the QR Code or blue button link to book your Parent Interview / Learning Conference now.

School Donation Update

We continue to push towards our goal of 78% of parents supporting the school through their school donation. We close out the term with 55.98% of parents on board with their donation. To date we have generated $57,014 of a potential (if we had 100% support) of $101,845.

We are 4% away from our first celebration target (60%) a massive school lunch.

Our donation is the equivalent to a coffee a week. We can do this!

Grocery Item Raffle Donation - TOMORROW

Friday 30th June
Tomorrow, Friday 30th June, we are holding a non-uniform day. There is no cost for this event, rather the donation of an unopened non-perishable grocery item is appreciated (can, packet, cosmetic item, voucher etc). These will be collected and made into a raffle for our school’s Annual Quiz.

Matariki Event Here At School

Friday 14th July, 6am
This year Matariki falls during the school holidays. We are excited to invite you to school for our first annual Matariki celebration.

Quiz Night

Saturday 5th August, 7pm

Please pop into the office to secure your table for our upcoming annual quiz. Tickets are also available on KINDO now.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club now meets in Room 10 every morning from 8.30am to 9.00am. It is a relaxed, welcoming environment where children can socialise with their friends and come and make new friends. It’s a great way to start the day!
All children need is permission from a parent / caregiver (this can be done via Kindo).
We would love to have some more helpers join our friendly breakfast club team. You only need to offer us half an hour a week. It does not have to be a long term commitment - even a term would be fantastic! Please contact stephanie.wales@hds.school.nz

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!

NW Zone Day Hockey

Our four teams did so well in yesterday’s hockey tournament.
Our Year 5&6s came 2nd, 7&8 mixed team came 6th, 7&8 girls 3rd and our Year 7&8 boys team came 1st!

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.

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.

Support Staff Week

This week our sparkling support staff have been celebrated with sparkly hats, cake and cupcakes, singing and cards. We are so inspired by the calibre of people we have and what they bring to our school!

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.

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:

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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