December 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 9

Term 4

Huapai District School

December 7th 2023

Senior Leadership Message

Special Edition: A Farewell and New Beginnings

"You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love – who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

Dear Huapai District School Community,

As I write this message, my heart is filled with a mixture of emotions. Today, I announce my resignation from the vibrant and inspiring community of Huapai District School. This decision, though difficult, is a step towards following my true passion and dream: to become an educational professional development facilitator, presenter, and events manager.

My journey at Huapai District School has been nothing short of extraordinary. It has been a place of growth, learning, and countless cherished memories. To each student, parent, and colleague, I extend my deepest gratitude. Your support, encouragement, and unwavering belief in my abilities have been the wind beneath my wings.

A special thanks to John, Maree, and the entire leadership team. Your guidance and mentorship have been pivotal in my professional journey. You have been more than leaders; you have been my mentors and friends.
To the Ops team, your dedication and hard work behind the scenes have made our school a better place for everyone. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work alongside such a fantastic team.

And to the wider staff at Huapai District School, you are the unsung heroes. Your commitment to our students' education and well-being has been an inspiration. I am proud to have been part of a team that puts the needs of its students first.

As I embark on this new chapter, I carry with me the lessons and memories from Huapai District School. Though I am moving on, the spirit of this community will always be a part of who I am. I am excited about the future and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that await.

In closing, I leave you with this: never stop believing in the power of your dreams. Follow your passion, embrace change, and remember that the courage to pursue your dreams is the greatest courage of all.

Thank you, Huapai District School, for everything.

Warm regards,

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Huapai District School: Where Dreams Begin And Leaders are Made.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 8th December - Carols On The Quad
  • Monday 11th December - Board Meeting
  • 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)

Board Meeting

This being held on Monday 11th December at 6:30pm in the Staffroom. Parents are welcome to attend.

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.

Class Placement For 2024

We are in our final phases of curating the class groupings for 2024. This is a process that takes hours and hours of work to ensure we are setting the best environment for your child and others to thrive. You will be able to see which class your child has been placed later next week in Hero. Students will have an opportunity to visit their new classes on Friday 15th and spend time getting to know their classmates and 2024 teacher.

Carols On The Quad

Let’s finish the year together!
Join us this Friday at 5pm outside the studios for Carols On The Quad. There will be items from students, staff and the team at the Country Club. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase a pulled beef burger and drink for $10.

Mowatt Cup 2023

Throughout the past eight weeks, our Year 5 to 8 students formed house teams and competed against each other in our annual Mowatt Cup tee-ball tournament.

Each team played with drive, determination and discipline in every game, in the hopes of becoming Mowatt Cup champions for their year level and earning the chance to be named the Champion of Champions winning team. Congratulations to our new 2023 Champion teams, Year 5-6 Moananui and Year 7-8 Moananui!

These two champion teams then competed against each other in a Champion of Champions game. The game was action-packed and adrenaline-filled, ending in a first-ever draw. This meant a second Champion of Champions game had to be played, and after another incredible display of skill and strategy, the game ended in a 10-7 win to our Year 7-8 team.

This strong and talented team will now go on to play against a team of teachers for the coveted All-Stars Cup. Good luck Year 7-8 Moananui!

Book Character Dress-Up Day

Tuesday 12th December

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.

Huapai Plus Summer Holiday Programme

The amazing Huapai Plus Holiday Programme is running these school holidays. Check out the exciting programme and book at the link below.

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:
Congratulations to our U11 Huapai Storm basketball team for winning their grade this season!
Congratulations to the Double Dribblers who placed second in Division A U11 Junior Basketball League in their finals at Massey Y! The team has five players from Huapai (Benjamin George, Carter Winiata, George Wells-Rode, Max Sidler, and William Tonner) and they moved up to A Grade this season after placing second in Division B earlier this year. It was an awesome effort in a hard-fought final against the top-ranked, unbeaten, (and very tall) team from St Paul’s. Well done Dribblers! And a big thanks to coach Michael Winiata (a.k.a. Carter’s Dad) for all his work this season.
Over the weekend Chase Hopping, Tyler Hopping, Ingle Wood, Lucas Eastgate & Benji Eastgate partook in the Tag Nationals at Bruce Pullman Park.

Ingle, Tyler & Lucas played together in a U10 team, Chase in an U12 team and Benji in a U8 team. They each played 6 games over the 2 days.

They all had a fantastic weekend despite the rain! Mixed results all around but loads of fun times with their teammates is what it was all about.

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

Sports-X is back for 2024 and now offering Soccer and Basketball focused programs. Click the links below to register with them.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for 2024. Bookings open for Term 1 of 2024 next week.

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2024 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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