October 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 3

Term 4

Huapai District School

October 26th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." - Mark Van Doren

Dear families,

What a typical spring Auckland week - four seasons in one day, every day! I have noticed nature awakening around us, not only in the flora and fauna, but so too in our staff as deep learning took place during our Teacher Only Day.

On Tuesday, our teachers were immersed in a journey of self-discovery and professional development. They delved into the very essence of education and explored the intricacies of the refreshed curriculum, rediscovering our core values, and reflected deeply on their teaching practices.

Mark Van Doran’s quote resonated with me as our teachers were learners on this day. A process was nurtured that helped them uncover their own paths of discovery, fostering an environment where curiosity and exploration were encouraged, and each journey of self-discovery was cherished and guided. This is something they strive towards in their own teaching approaches with your children.

As we embrace the vibrant energy of spring, we want to continue to encourage discovery in all we aim to do. We want this approach to guide us as we cultivate an environment where every student can flourish and grow, much like the blossoms which are growing in our surroundings.

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 27th October - Junior Athletics Day
  • Wednesday 1st November - Centennial Soccer
  • Thursday 2nd November - Senior Athletics Day
  • Friday 3rd November - St John Mufti Day
  • Tuesday 19th December - Last Day Of Term 4

Junior Athletics Day - Tomorrow (Years 0-4)

This will be held at school tomorrow, Friday 27th October.

Junior students are asked to wear sports mufti in their house colour.

Click the button below to view all the information including the timetable of events.

Leadership Awards

Any student who has completed their leadership award must meet with Maree Lloyd before Monday 30th October in order to meet this year’s deadline for leadership assembly. Leadership awards can be carried over to the following year and awarded retrospectively.

Centennial Soccer

We have rescheduled our annual Centennial Soccer match vs Taupaki for Wednesday 1st November. Kick off is at the domain at 3:30pm. The teams will remain the same as for the earlier scheduled event.

Senior Athletics Day

The date for our senior athletics is Thursday 2nd November. The event is being held at the Huapai domain. All students in Years 5-8 will take part in the day. They will wear house coloured mufti and walk with their teacher from school to the domain and back.
Please see the note attached for further information.

Looking Ahead To 2024

As a school, our primary focus is the wellbeing of your child. Staff spend weeks discussing the best placement for your child in 2024, taking into consideration the academic, social and emotional needs of your child as well as those of others.
If you wish to supply any additional information about your child as we work towards 2024, we encourage you to make use of this form.
Please note that the information provided here will be added to a much bigger picture to assist in the class placement process. We cannot guarantee that any / all requests will be able to be met.
This form will close Friday 3rd November.

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Do you need any uniform items for your growing child? We will hold a second hand uniform sale on Friday 10th November in Room 17 (by the sandpit) from 2:45pm - 3:15pm.
Jerseys are priced at $5 and all other uniform items are $2. Cash only.

Do you have any uniform items at home to donate? Please bring these to the school office before Friday 10th and they will be added to the sale.

Teacher Only Day Tuesday 24th October - Thank You!

Thank you very much for the support as we held this training day for staff on Tuesday. We used the day to focus on the new curriculum that schools are facing. There is a degree of caution within education at the moment with the change of Government and potential new emphasis and priorities within Education. The time was (however) well worth our commitment to build capability and understanding within the school.

St John Mufti Day

St John New Zealand is a charitable organisation that provides ambulance services, first aid training, event medical services and care for people in need. They support our communities in so many ways!

In appreciation of the incredible First Aid training they provided for us all last week, we will be holding a Mufti Day next Friday 3 November. Help us support this brilliant charity by bringing a gold coin donation next Friday and wearing an awesome outfit!

Colouring In Competition

Please find attached a digital copy of the colouring competition that went home today with some of our junior school students. The competition is open to ALL ages - even adults. This is being promoted by one of our awesome parents. Completed entries can be returned to the box in the School Office or scanned to the email address on the page.

Puberty Lessons In The Senior School (Years 5-8)

As part of our PE and Health curriculum we are legally bound to teach sexuality education. The topics covered in the sexuality education are:
  • Who am I? Ko wai au?
  • Relationships Ngā whanaungatanga
  • Staying safe Te noho haumaru
  • Growing and changing Te tipu me te huri o te tangata
The resources we use to guide these discussions are Relationships and Sexuality Education from NZ Ministry of Education and Navigating the Journey from NZ Family planning.
This unit will be delivered to our students in years 6-8 in week 7 and 8 of this term. We would like to invite you to attend a parent’s evening in the staffroom Thursday 2nd November at 5:50pm when Maree Lloyd will go through the content of the puberty lessons and answer any questions you may have.

Support Staff Employment Vacancy

Library & Resource Coordinator

We are advertising a position in the school to oversee and manage our School Library. Details are found on our school website, linked 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.

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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