November 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 7

Term 4

Huapai District School

November 23rd 2023

Senior Leadership Message

My favourite quote:

"To those who have struggled with them, the mountains reveal beauties they will not disclose to those who make no effort. That is the reward the mountains give to effort. And it is because they have so much to give and they give it so lavishly to those who will wrestle with them that people love the mountain and go back to them again and again… The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits.
- Sir Fancis Youngblood.

Last week I had the honour of attending our Year 8 camp based at Tongariro National Park. Outside of it being good for the soul, the delight was in seeing the attitude and commitment our young leaders show. To face the rafting, caving, tramps and (ultimately) “The Tongariro Crossing”! To stand on the summit and see the growth, confidence and strength gained by doing it together was just the best.

Experiences like this gives me a great deal of confidence for the future. Our children will not let us down.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 8th December - Carols On The Quad
  • Monday 18th December - End Of Year Junior Assembly (Year 0-4)
  • Monday 18th December - End Of Year Senior Assembly (Year 5-7)
  • Tuesday 19th December - Year 8 Prize-giving
  • Tuesday 19th December - Last Day Of Term 4

Staff Updates

As we head towards the end of the year, we would like to update you on a few developments.

After 22 years of service and commitment to our school library, Cathy Gray is stepping back. We will have some special activities to celebrate the impact this matriarch of the school has had.
We have also accepted the resignation of Diane Thomas (Teacher Yr 5 & 6). Diane is repositioning to support her husband now based in Wellington.
Neil Cameron (working part time in our Montessori team) has resigned to reposition to the South Island.

Ashley Ferkins - we have appointed Ashley to our Year 7 & 8 team. Ashley is currently on a teaching “sabbatical” in London, having taught at a North Shore Intermediate for a number of years. Ashley will bring some real complimentary skills and strengths to the dynamic team we have in the senior school.
Susan Boniface is joining our year 1 team. I first met Susan as an artist in residence at a previous school. Susan carries a great deal of creative and artistic strengths. Susan has been teaching for the last 5 years at Pinehurst in the junior school.
Vanessa Lumsden has joined our Ops team with responsibility for the Library. Vanessa is a parent of the school, has volunteered and helped in the school and will be a great asset to the school and library as we look to the next steps in making our Library even better.
Isabella Dunn will join the Montessori team working 3 days per week. Isabella is a trained NZ and Montessori teacher

Classes And Structure For 2024

We are in the incredibly strong position of having very little movement of staff for 2024 and so have been able to put a plan together which continues to build on the good things happening in the school.

Here is a summary of our plans for 2024.

Property Update

We have our hall roof being replaced at the moment. We will then replace roofing over Room 17 and the admin block. The roofs of Rooms 1 - 10 will be replaced in the term 1 break.

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.

Back To School Stationery – Order Now!

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make your back to school shop super easy. And if you order in December, you’ll go in the draw to WIN 1 of 5 $1000 cash prizes*.

Your child’s class list is already loaded. Just go to below) Simply add your details, check that you want everything on the list, then click and confirm — and OfficeMax will get your delivery underway with free delivery on orders over $70.

You can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. Laybuy* is also available, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free payments and still get your order right away. Plus you’ll be helping our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1.

So go ahead and beat the back to school rush, order today and give them the best start possible.

*Terms and Conditions apply, see for details. ^Exclusions apply, see for details.

Scholastic Book Orders

Issue 8 is now out and available to order via the LOOP parent online ordering system. Linked below.
This is the last order for the year.

Great holiday activities and gift ideas. Just indicate 'GIFT' when ordering and your order can be picked up from the School Office once it arrives.

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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