July 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 2

Term 3

Huapai District School

July 27th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

“The more certain kids are that someone’s got their back, the more confident and autonomous they can be.”
– Melinda Wenner Moyer

As we embark on the third term of learning, I think about the impact that support and encouragement have on our children's development.

Last term, we had a student join our school. Moving to a new environment can be daunting, especially for a young person, but this child faced it with great courage. On the first day, he seemed a bit shy and unsure of making new friends, but our wonderful students quickly embraced him, making him feel welcomed and included.

One lunch time, a group of students decided to play a game of soccer. The new student, who had a passion for the sport, eagerly wanted to join in but hesitated, fearing he might not be good enough or that others might not accept them into the group. It was at this moment that one of our kids, a compassionate and empathetic student, noticed the new student standing on the sidelines, looking a little dejected.

Without hesitation, the new student was approached and warmly invited to play. His eyes lit up, and he eagerly joined the game, feeling an instant sense of belonging. Throughout the game, the new student was encouraged, being cheered on and given high-fives for every effort, regardless of the outcome. It was a simple gesture, but it made all the difference in the world to our newby.

This story serves as a reminder of the powerful impact a supportive and caring community can have on a child's life. It is our collective responsibility, as parents, teachers, and staff, to create an environment where all children feel valued and supported, enabling them to grow into confident and autonomous individuals.

Let us foster this spirit of support and encouragement, making sure that every child knows they have someone who's got their back. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of our children and build a stronger, more compassionate community.

Thank you for being an integral part of our school family.

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday 5th August - School Quiz night
  • Friday 11th August - School Cross Country

NED Yo-yos

Yesterday 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 will have these for sale in the school office today, tomorrow and for all of next week before school and at morning tea. Payment can be made via cash or eftpos.

Quiz Night

Saturday 5th August, 7pm

IT’S NEXT WEEK!!!! There are a few tables left. Claim yours by popping into the office or booking through Kindo.

If you’re keen to join but there’s only one or two of you, please pop into the office to add your name to our mixed tables - a great way to get to know new people.

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.

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

The date was incorrectly advertised last week. Please note cross country will be held FRIDAY AUGUST 11th at the 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.

Mud Run

Tuesday 1st August
Our students are running the course on Tuesday 1st August. Please make sure you have transport arrangements made.

Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th August
We are marshalling the course - please check your emails for timings if you have said yes.
If you’re keen but haven’t registered your help yet, please email: maree.lloyd@hds.school.nz

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:

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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