November 2023 Edition
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Week 5

Term 4

Huapai District School

November 9th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

Being a parent is like being a gardener nurturing a plant. As a gardener, you provide the soil, water, sunlight, and nutrients that your plant needs to grow and thrive. You also try to protect it from the harsh weather conditions. This is sometimes a double edged sword - if a plant lives its whole life in a glasshouse, it can become weakened to the outside conditions and fails to thrive when replanted.

Here at Huapai, we try to provide a balance of both for our children. We take pride in providing a nurturing environment, where children are protected, supported and guided along their journey. We also take pride in equipping our children to face challenges which help shape them into students who can stand strong in the face of adversity. This week our Year 4s have pushed beyond their comfort zone, into the growth zone where challenge brings success and empowerment. Next week our Year 8s are off to Tongariro where they will learn many skills to help them on their new path towards adulthood. Our Year 2s are planning a sleepover here at school. All these students will be supported with the right conditions to thrive, but ultimately it is them who learn that even without the glasshouse they can stand strong in the face of adversity.

Whether we recognise it or not, our plants grow in their own unique way, and we can't control every aspect of their development. We have to trust in the process and enjoy the beauty and surprises that come with each new stage of growth.

Huapai District School ‘gardeners’ (parents, staff, community) are some of the very best and we are so proud of the children we are helping to grow together. Thank you for being a part of the team!

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 10th November (tomorrow) - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Monday 20th November - Board Meeting
  • Friday 8th December - Carols On The Quad
  • Tuesday 19th December - Last Day Of Term 4

Second Hand Uniform Sale - TOMORROW

Friday 10th November
Do you need any uniform items for your growing child? We will hold a second hand uniform sale tomorrow, 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.

School Photos

PhotoLife has sent out your unique keycode and a link to view/purchase your child/ren's school photos. Please check your spam folders if you haven't received this. Orders made by midnight Sunday 19th November will receive free delivery to school. Orders can still be made after this date but will be delivered to your home address with a delivery fee.

Kids Artworks Calendar Art Orders Close On Monday

This is a reminder that orders for Calendar Art close on Monday, 13th November.
Each product is made from your own child's art.
These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.

Follow these instructions to place your order online:
1. Go to the website linked below
2. Use the Entrance Code: KZ873
3. Enter your child's room & name

Orders are open until Monday 13th November.
Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

No Data? You Can Still Access Our School Website

Thanks to you can access our schools website for information even if you have no data. There are a wide range of websites accessible using this system. Please visit to see what is available.

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.

This Week's Stars Are:
Congratulations To Huapai Old Boys
Ethan McKolskey and Mathew Mihaljevich for their Prefect Leadership roles at Rosmini College for 2024.
Ethan will be the co-Deputy Head Boy of Rosmini College for 2024. Mathew is Head of Sport at Rosmini College for 2024. Both of these boys over the years have excelled in all they do, demonstrating and upholding the Huapai Values they acquired while at Primary School.
Well done boys! Your Academic, Leadership, and Sporting achievements are some to be proud of!
Starlight Dance
Congratulations to all the Starlight Dancers who performed beautifully at their annual concert on Sunday. They sat exams in June and gained fantastic results. The students have been practising for the concert since.
Former HDS pupil, Kylie Hopping, has been running dance classes in the community for over 25 years. Two years ago Kristie Willians joined the team bringing many years of experience and expertise! We are both very proud of the girls’ performance on the weekend.

What’s Happening Around The School?

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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