July 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 1

Term 3

Huapai District School

July 20th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

Welcome to Term 3.

Special welcome to our new students and just as importantly, our new families. We really hope you find connection and community within our school.

I often see Terms 2 & 3 as the “business end” of the school calendar. Last term we concluded with a fabulous celebration of our children's creativity with our art exhibition, which linked our theme “around us”. This term we focus on ”before us”, looking back in our history and making connections to what we have now. Next week we hold parent teacher interviews, having released our mid term reports. These interviews are really important as we set targets for the second half of the year.

Just a thought:
There is a real sense of momentum in the school. We are really seeing some great shifts and improvement in our core business of ‘learning’. We are seeing a strong culture building in the school that is releasing leadership, character and consistency. We are seeing opportunities come our way that seem at times almost unreal. Huge praise to our students who performed at the half time break during the All Blacks vs South Africa game. To have our students taking the lion’s share of the entertainment was just so exciting. Well done to those that performed and also to Stacey Watson for being the catalyst to this opportunity.

Have a great week.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 25th July - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday 25th July - School Finishes At 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 26th July - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday 10th August - School Cross Country

Parent / Teacher Learning Conferences

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July.

We are looking forward to meeting with you and your child next Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon for learning conferences.

Classes will finish at 12:30pm on Tuesday 25th July, when we encourage you to collect your child. Learning conferences will start at 1:30pm. Children who cannot be collected will be supervised in the hall. Huapai+ will continue as usual and the bus will operate at usual times.
Bookings for the Learning Conference can be made at the link provided and these will close end of school day tomorrow.

We encourage you to keep the conversations positive, focussing on the next steps for supporting your child to continue their success. If you require a longer conversation, please email your child’s teacher to arrange this.

Board Meeting - Cancelled

The Board Meeting scheduled for Monday 24th July has been cancelled.

School Donation Update

We continue to push towards our goal of 78% of parents supporting the school through their school donation. We start this term with 57.77% of parents on board with their donation. To date we have generated $58,839 of a potential (if we had 100% support) of $101,845.

We are 2% away from our first celebration target (60%) - a massive supplied school lunch.
Your donation is the equivalent to a coffee a week. We can do this!

Quiz Night

Saturday 5th August, 7pm

It’s coming up fast! There are a few tables left. Claim yours by popping into the office or booking through HERO. Have you got your theme? Who will win the trophy this year?

Raffles will be sold outside rooms 4 and the ILE Monday / Wednesday / Friday 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.


A reminder that correct uniform including black or navy socks and a school jumper is to be worn at school. New uniform items can be purchased from the uniform company or second hand uniform can be purchased from our School items for sale facebook page.
Leggings or hot-pants are not to be worn alone - a school skort / shorts must be worn over the top.
Please name all items, the lost property bin next to the front office is overflowing.

Cross Country

Thursday 10th August

This year our school cross country will be held on Thursday 10th August. The location for all courses is at the Huapai Domain. 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.

Tough Guy And Gal Challenge

Is your child keen to get muddy and challenge themselves? Please book using the link below.

The event is at Kumeu showgrounds and parents are responsible for arranging shared transport for their children. If you are unable to do this, please email Maree Lloyd maree.lloyd@hds.school.nz with details. We have a school booking for TUESDAY 1st August. Please tick “teacher to collect” to save a fluster at the event. A few days before the event school receives a list of entrants and further details will be emailed to you.

MUD RUN - We Need Your Help!


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. 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 the form below to register your interest.

A poster is 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! Room 9 and Studio 3 have earned their lunch - will your child’s class be next?

International Students

It is a pleasure to be able to reopen our school to four international students and their families this week. These students are in years 4-6. We welcome Dora, Aiden, Ella and Carrie.


Thank you to all the families who joined us for our inaugural Matariki celebration here at school on July 14th.

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.

All Blacks Performance

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Matariki dance item during the half-time show for the All Blacks vs South Africa match at Mt Smart Stadium.

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:

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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