October 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 2

Term 4

Huapai District School

October 19th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

In our house there is always a race to the diary - whoever’s event gets in there first, wins, the other has to sort the rest of the household. At this time of year the race is even more hectic. There is summer sport starting, there are end of year school prizegivings, there are work events, social events and there are family commitments. If we didn’t write it down, events would be lost and things would be forgotten. It is the same here at school. This is a term where we wind up and up and up as we approach the end of year and there is a LOT of important information as families that you need so as to ensure you don’t miss anything.

There is a real buzz around the school. The blossoms on the tree remind us that the seasons are changing, there is chatter about swimming and sunshine and end of term plans already. It is time to hunt out a school sun hat and keep the drink bottles full. This week the entire school has been involved in First Aid lessons with St John and we will hold a non uniform day in a few weeks time to donate the funds back to St John in order to keep these fantastic sessions free for our students Our school pool opens next week and your child will spend time in the pool weekly learning about water safety. Athletics for the full school is fast approaching as is the Big Sing event. Throw in a few camps, some Christmas events and sporting days and the term is full to overflowing already. We know there is a lot going on and it’s all great stuff! Please keep reading the newsletters as this is our primary means of communication.

Good luck for your race to the diary in your household!

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 23rd October - Labour Day
  • Tuesday 24th October - Teacher Only Day
  • Wednesday 25th October - Puberty Parent Info Evening
  • Friday 27th October - Junior Athletics
  • Wednesday 1st November - Centennial Soccer
  • Thursday 2nd November - Senior Athletics
  • Tuesday 19th December - Last Day Of Term 4

Looking Ahead To 2024

As a school, our primary focus is the wellbeing of your child. Staff spend weeks discussing the best placement for your child in 2024, taking into consideration the academic, social and emotional needs of your child as well as those of others.
If you wish to supply any additional information about your child as we work towards 2024, we encourage you to make use of this form.
Please note that the information provided here will be added to a much bigger picture to assist in the class placement process. We cannot guarantee that any / all requests will be able to be met.
This form will close Friday 3rd November.

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.

Junior Athletics Day

This will be held at school on Friday 27th October.
Click the button below to view all the information including the timetable of events.

Centennial Soccer

We have rescheduled our annual Centennial Soccer match vs Taupaki for Wednesday 1st November. Kick off is at the domain at 3:30pm. The teams will remain the same as for the earlier scheduled event.

Lockdown Practice Last Week

The practice went well last Tuesday. Parents can feel confident in our ability to manage both lockdowns and evacuations. One key point we would make is that we send a message via Hero to parents alerting parents and pointing them to our school website for updates when a real incident occurs.

Leadership Awards

Any student who has completed their leadership award must meet with Maree Lloyd before Monday October 30th in order to meet this year’s deadline for leadership assembly. Leadership awards can be carried over to the following year and awarded retrospectively.

Notice from NZ Rail

Over the next few months KiwiRail staff and contractors will be working on slip remediation on the North Auckland Line (NAL) between Swanson and Whangārei. This means there will be a high presence of rail vehicles travelling on the tracks and through level crossings.

Rail vehicles are specialised dual-mode vehicles that can operate on both the rail tracks and on the road.

Our key safety messages are:
  • Always expect rail vehicles from either direction and at any time.
  • If you are in a car, always slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing and be prepared to STOP.
  • Look out for rail vehicles at all times, and obey signs and signals.
  • Stay off railway tracks and only ever cross the railway at approved level crossings.

Can You Help?

We are on the lookout for hands for the following upcoming HFN events:

Ice-block Sales
Who: 2 people each afternoon (any that work for you)
When: 2:50pm - 3:15pm
What: Collect ice-blocks, scissors and cash box from office and sell them at the school gate then return unsold ice-blocks, scissors and cashbox to office.

Uniform Sale
Who:4 people
When: Any one afternoon that works for the group, 2:30pm - 4pm
What: Collect uniform from Maree Lloyd, sort into groupings and sell from Room 17. Cash only sales.

Christmas Carols
Who: Small group
When: Preparation / help on the evening
What: Sourcing and cooking meat for pulled meat sliders. Selling these on carols evening.

Christmas Parade
When: Friday 1st December
What: Do you have a truck we could use as a float vehicle?

If you are able to help with any of these events, please contact maree.lloyd@hds.school.nz or katie.lean@hds.school.nz

School Hats Compulsory In Term 4

School sun hats are compulsory in Term 4 from after Labour weekend. Please hunt through the backpacks at home to see if you can find them or pop into the office to buy one. Orders can be placed online through the uniform shop (link below).

Support Staff Employment Vacancy

Library & Resource Coordinator

Would you like to join our support team? Please click on the link below to know more.

Massey High School Enrolments

Enrol Now For 2024!

A warm reminder that Massey High School 2024 Enrolment forms are open online.

15th November is their final enrolment evening for 2023. They have appointments available between 3.30pm and 5:45pm.

Visit www.masseyhigh.school.nz/enrol to complete the online enrolment form.

If you are having trouble completing the online enrolment form, please contact them directly to discuss this further - 09 831 0500.

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:

Drums: paul.barry@musiqhub.co.nz

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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