November 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 8

Term 4

Huapai District School

November 30th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

What a fantastic community we have!

Last Friday, with the threatening email schools received, will go down as one of the more bizarre days in our school life! To the credit of our community we had every child collected, accounted for and off site by 10.40am. What a massive interruption! What a huge impact on our parents and how unsettling it was for our children.

It is so annoying that a single act could have such an impact on so many schools, workplaces and parents. As much as everything inside us told us to ignore this threat, we had to take it seriously. It was only as the day unfolded were we able to understand how widespread and ridiculous it was.

Our review and reflection of this was, should it occur again (and we had fine weather) we would reposition school outside for the day or until things were resolved. Thank you for your support.

We seriously value how our community can get behind the school so quickly and so effectively.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 8th December - Carols On The Quad
  • Tuesday 12th December - Book Character Dress-Up Day
  • 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 (Closing at 12:30pm)

Station Rd Upgrade

We have been advised that the upgrade in Station Rd is scheduled to start on Monday 4th December. The first phase of work, they will be working on the southbound lane of Station Road. Traffic will be down to one lane only travelling southbound from State Highway 16. This means that there will be no northbound traffic on Station Road from the school gate. Signs and staff will be onsite to direct cars to the surrounding roads. There will be limited parking in Station Rd.

Our school Station Rd gate will be closed and locked to reduce cars using the school to skip the detour.

Last Day Of School For 2024

Tuesday 19th December (Closing at 12:30pm)

Our final day for school is Tuesday 19th December. The school day will conclude at 12:30pm lunch-time, following our full school guard of honour for our graduating Year 8 group.

Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. We ask that you make arrangements for your child’s care after this time. Huapai+ will be available for an afternoon booking should this be required.

Personnel Update

Sineaya Harknett has tendered her resignation. Sineaya carries a release role in the school. Sineaya has resigned due to health reasons. We wish Sineaya all the best and thank her for her time at Huapai.

Property Update

Our hall roof is now replaced and complete. The roofs of Rm17 (by the entrance to the school) and our admin block will be replaced shortly. The roofs of Rooms 1-10 will be replaced during the term 1 break next year.

Book Character Dress-Up Day

Tuesday 12th December

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.

This Week:
Students from HDS competed in the Central North West Relay Champs on Sunday 26th Nov at The Trusts Arena.

Athletes aged 5 & 6 experienced their first Athletics Meet, competing in 4x25m Relays while, Athletes aged 7+ took part in 4x100m, 4x200m as well as some in 4x400m.

Outstanding results all round which included Riverhead Athletics 8yo Girls team (Feat. Harper Curtis, Kassie Lean & Piper Stagg-McLeod) taking the win in both their 4x100m and 4x200m races.
Special mention to Harrison Bristow who stepped up from 9yo Boys to help the 11yo Boys complete their 4x400m team.

Incredibly proud of all the results and efforts the kids put in during the event.

Most of these athletes will be competing in the Auckland Relay Champs at Mt Smart this Saturday 2nd December.

Term Dates 2024 - Next Year

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.

Sports-X Term 1 2024

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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