March 2023 Edition
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Week 5

Term 1

Huapai District School

March 9th 2023

Principal's Message

My primary school days were spent at a small three teacher school, AND we had a school pool almost identical to our Huapai school pool! Funny it seemed so much bigger when I was child. We held our school swimming sports in the school pool, just like we have done at our pool this week.

There are so many things about our school that still holds fast to our kiwi school traditions. It makes our place pretty special. An unsettling issue we have surfaced this year is how many children were hesitant to participate in a swimming race even in our little pool. I suspect this is a reflection of lack of opportunity over the last few years. We need to address this and promote higher levels of instruction for these children. Water is such a strong element to our kiwi traditions.

Have a great week.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 16th March - Junior Swimming Sports
  • Monday 20th March - Board Meeting

Possible Teachers Strike Action Thursday 16th March

You may be aware that teachers and principals are currently in negotiations around their respective collective employment agreements. To this end, teachers are currently voting to determine whether they will take strike action in support of their claim and to encourage the government to provide the resources that will enable them to undertake their responsibility to children, their parents, and the wider community effectively.
If teachers and principals vote to strike, this action will occur on Thursday the 16th of March. Whilst it is hoped that this will not occur, this information is provided to allow you time to plan to care for your children should the strike action take place.

There is an announcement expected today at 5.00pm. If this is to proceed, we will clarify in separate communications the levels to which we will be able to remain open. It is my personal hope that given the level of interruption experienced locally, that strike action does not proceed.

John Petrie

Shining Bright For Muriwai

Thank you for your generosity last Friday. We raised an amazing$1185.50 to support our Muriwai neighbours.

School Uniform - Are You Wearing The Correct Uniform?

We are focussing on setting the children up properly for the year with the correct uniform. A reminder that footwear must be plain black, flat-heeled school shoes or sandals. Boots, jandals, ballerina shoes, slides, crocs and high heels are not permitted. The colour of socks, stockings or tights must be plain black or navy. Footwear must be worn to and from school. Tights may not be worn in isolation without the school skort / shorts on top.
Need to order new uniform? The link to our School Uniform shop has been linked below. We have also linked our School Uniform Policy.
Should you be in a position where ordering uniform is not possible, please contact the School Office.

Cupcakes For A Cause

There will be a bake sale outside room 9 tomorrow at lunch time (Friday 10th March). This is a student organised sale to raise money for Muriwai. Items are prices between $1 and $3.

Ice Blocks

Our HFN will be selling iceblocks and drinks for $1 each at the school gates after school tomorrow (Friday). The funds raised through this ongoing project will go towards camp fees for students who are unable to otherwise attend.

Hockey Registrations

If your son or daughter is interested in playing netball this season, please use the link below to register them. Games are played on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon at the National Hockey Centre on Busy Road. Registrations close Friday 24th March.

Netball Registrations

If your son or daughter is interested in playing netball this season, please use the link below to register them. Games are played on a Saturday at Helensville Rugby and Netball Club. Registrations close Friday 24th March.

Football / Rugby Boots

We have a limited number of small sized rugby / soccer boots available for students to own for the season. The sizes are most suited to years 1-4 students. If you would like to try a pair for your child, please contact Maree Lloyd to make arrangements.

Senior Swimming Sports

Two hugely successful days of senior swimming on Monday and Tuesday. It was fabulous to see so many students getting involved. We are taking a group of 20 swimmers to NW zones day on Monday at WestWave.
House winners for Senior swimming sports 2023 is AKAROA!!! All students in Akaroa house are able to wear PURPLE next Tuesday to school.

Aroha Skate School

Aroha Skate are back for 2023. Skate lessons are after school on Thursday, 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Please use the link below to book.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Mondays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 17. 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:

DRUMS At Huapai School!

Come and check out the MusiqHub 'Have-a-Go on Drums' Day on Thursday, March 23rd!
Is your child interested in trying out the drums? Maybe they'd like to enrol in some awesome lessons held onsite each week during school hours? If so, please come along to the music room at 8:30am on Thursday 23rd March or at Morning Tea to get some sticks in their hands and see what they think of it. You can also meet the tutor and ask any questions you may have.
For more info email

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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