September 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 9

Term 3

Huapai District School

September 14th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

"Change is the end result of all true learning." - Leo Buscaglia

Dear families,

As we approach the end of another successful term at school, I am reminded of this quote as it leads me to reflect on the various ways we, as a community, have grown, evolved, and changed as a result of our collective and individual learning experiences.

Most weeks I am in the Year 7 & 8 space, teaching for a day. Last week, I noticed a student intensely scribbling down notes on a piece of paper. Curious, I approached her and asked what she was up to. With bright eyes, she shared her new insights into themes of ‘injustice’, a topic they are currently learning about. What struck me was not just her enthusiasm, but how she mentioned that she was writing down these facts to go home and talk about them with the rest of her family, so they could “know about the injustice that has happened in the past”.

This seemingly small moment was a testament to how learning can change our perspectives, passions, and even our roles in the lives of others. This student had moved from being a student of themes of injustice, to a teacher, all within the span of a week.

Our mission is for students to be the best they can be, whether it is through a newfound respect for a subject, a change in behaviour, or even the blossoming of a new passion – learning is at the core.

I urge every member of the Huapai community to embrace the changes that come with learning, to celebrate them, and to continue being curious. Let's strive to make every day a chance to evolve, grow, and better ourselves.

Thank you for being a part of our ever-changing, ever-growing Huapai family. Here’s to many more days of true learning and the wonderful changes that come with it!

Wishing Sports Camp students all the best for next week!

Warm regards,

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 14th September (tonight) - Junior Maths Parent Workshop
  • Monday 18th September - School Board Meeting
  • Friday 22nd September - Last Day Of Term 3
  • Monday 9th October - First Day Of Term 4
  • Thursday 12th October - School Photos
  • Tuesday 24th October - Teacher Only Day

Board Meeting

This is being held Monday 18th September 6.30pm in the school staffroom. Parents are welcome to attend.

Parents’ Cars On-Site

We have two parent car parks auctioned each year. These are the ONLY parent cars that should be driving on site between 8:30am-3:30pm. Please use the parks outside the school or one of the many parks at the domain. There are lots of children who walk each day to the domain to be collected.


Last Chance!
Our grocery raffle is being drawn tomorrow, Friday 15th September, at 3pm. There are three huge hampers of groceries up for grabs. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Please consider sending coins with your child tomorrow to the School Office to buy a ticket.

Junior Maths Parent Workshop - TODAY

In this workshop, we will look at a practical breakdown of number learning for Year 0-3 children. It will focus on learning all basic facts, and the order in which they are best learned, as addition and subtraction sums to 20. It will be an opportunity to ask questions, see how you can implement quick activities at home, and a chance to pick up a few free resources to use with your children.

Please feel free to email Louise, ( if you have any questions.

Sports Tops

This top was found at the local Op shop for sale. Please note THESE TOPS ARE SCHOOL OWNED. Any and all tees and singlets that look like this need to be back at school after your child has worn them for their sport season or tournament day.
Thank you to the family who purchased it back for us!

Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion

Each year we have the opportunity to trade in stickers collected from the Yummy apple range for sports gear. This is an annual promotion that has seen the school earn some great gear that is used across the school.

These are due in by the beginning of Week 1, Term 4 (Monday 9th October). Please hand these in to the School Office.

A collection sheet is linked, or each of the classrooms have one on their wall for use at school. Paper copies of the sheet can also be collected from the school office should you need one.

Last School Donation Prize Draw Of 2023

We are currently at 63.8% of our goal of 78% of parents supporting the school through school donation.

As a final incentive we are offering a Huapai Plus 50% credit voucher to the value of $100 (i.e. book $200 worth of care and only pay $100) AND 6 bottles of NZ wine, with an additional separate prize of 6 bottles of NZ wine. Bottles of wine sponsored by FujiFilm.

The final prize draw applies to all families who have paid their donations in full by 13th October, with the prize draw notification occurring on 26th October - just in time for Huapai Plus Christmas holiday bookings and festive season.

Thank you so much to those that have already paid their school donation for the 2023 school year. Your contribution to the school is very much appreciated. If you could like to pay your school donation now, please do so at the link below:

Making Posters To Celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Is Your Child Interested In Playing Squash?

Kumeu Squash Club are offering a free session for Juniors (18 years and under) this Thursday, September 14th and next Thursday, 21st September.
This have-a-go session is 4:30pm - 6pm. All gear is supplied.

Riverhead Athletics

Open for registrations now. Please see the link below.

Summer Hockey

Is your child interested in playing summer hockey? This fun summer sport is the perfect introduction to hockey if you’ve never played and is a fabulous way to maintain winter skills. It’s relaxed, fast paced and great fitness! Open to payers Year 0-8. Please use the link here for more details.

School Photos

Thursday 12th October
Our school photos are happening Week 1 of Term 4, on Thursday 12th October.
Sibling photos are taken between 8:30am - 9am on the same day. If you would like to have sibling photos taken, consent forms are available at the Office for parents/students to come and collect.

Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 24th October

Schools were allocated two (2) curriculum days this year and a further 2 in 2024 for curriculum development.
We are proceeding with this and have set this for Tuesday 24th October.
Our thinking is this may present opportunities for parents and also may give some options to alleviate Labour weekend traffic wows.
NB: Labour Weekend is Monday 23rd October.
Huapai + will run a programme on this day for parents requiring support.

Huapai Plus - School Holiday Programme

Please see below for the Spring Holiday Programme.
Bookings can be made through Enrolmy, at the link 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.

Sports X

In Term 4, Sports X will be running the following after-school sports program at our school. Please see the flyer for more details.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 10. Please book at the link below.

Brain Play

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 5pm in Room 10.
Brain Play teaches science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5-13, right across the country! We offer holiday programmes, online classes, in-person after-school classes, in-school classes, and free events for communities. Our topics include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials are also available for new students. This term we are in Stanmore Bay, Huapai, Parnell and Hobsonville (as well as online)! Check out our website to learn more about what's on at Brain Play & book in today.
Please book at the link below.

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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