November 2023 Edition
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Week 4

Term 4

Huapai District School

November 2nd 2023

Senior Leadership Message

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast."

This famous quote from Peter Drucker reflects what we have worked so hard to achieve and are now enjoying the benefits of. We are seeing the culture we value outworked across the school and our community. We see this in the manner children interact with each other, the fact that we are more so, a responsibility driven school than a rule based school - the tone and manner we see in our (your) children and the way things are done. Culture pervades!

I spent a good portion of my last weekend attending a friends family funeral. She is Samoan and 90% of what was said and done was in Samoan. All I could do was watch culture at work. It was a real honour. The way we do things speaks volumes, even more challenging is shifting culture from the way and the what we do, to who we are. I know we have crossed that line when I hear staff and children say either “we don’t do that here” or better still, “that’s the way we do it here”. I’m so grateful for the support, engagement and culture we have at our school. Thanks for being part of our school.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 2nd November (Tonight) - Puberty Lesson Info Night
  • Friday 3rd November (Tomorrow) - St John Mufti Day
  • Friday 10th November - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Friday 8th December - Carols On The Quad
  • Tuesday 19th December - Last Day Of Term 4

St John Mufti Day - TOMORROW

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 tomorrow Friday 3 November. Help us support this brilliant charity by bringing a gold coin donation tomorrow and wearing an awesome outfit!

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

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.

School Donations Update

Thank you for the support we receive from school donations. As we close out the year please be assured your donation makes a huge difference. We set a lofty goal of 78% support rate. We currently sit at 66.07% ($68,430). This is just 1% short of our previous highest support rate reached in 2019. We remain hopeful we will exceed this (67.23%) by the end of the year. We really appreciate the support we have from our community.

School Spirit Coming Out Strong

Our very youngest touch rugby players supporting from the sidelines with the end of our school haka.

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Friday 10th November
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.

Carols On The Quad

Let’s finish the year together!
Please add the evening of Friday 8th December into your diary for an evening of singing and celebration. Bring your family picnic and join together as a whole school to sing, dance and be entertained. 5pm-7pm.

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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.

Beyond The School Gates

This is a new section of our newsletter that is driven by you, our HDS community. While we know some of the amazing things our students get up to, we don’t know everything and this is where we need you to tell us. Do you have an HDS child / team / group that you would like to celebrate in the newsletter for an achievement? Please email 100 words or less and a photo to with the subject line “Beyond the school gates” and we will add it to the weekly newsletter.

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:


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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