April 2024 Edition
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The Connection

Week 10

Term 1

Huapai District School

April 11th 2024

Senior Leadership Message

Thank you for your involvement and support over this term. It is a real delight (and an element of real pride for me) to see how your children engage in both the school culture and their learning. We can learn a lot from our children.

I think there is going to be an interesting debate in the coming months as schools seek to respond to and review attendance expectations. I thought I would share with you the data we have.

The NZ-wide data shows 45.9% (Term 3 2023 data) of students met the criteria for regular attendance i.e. going to class 90% of the time. This amounts to 1 day a fortnight away. At our school, our data was 49.6% attending (Term 3 2023) - previous terms it ranged from 50.4% to 53%.

Of the 49.6% of students not reaching the target of attending 90% of the time, 59% was due to sickness, 23% was due to holidays, 3% justified absence and the balance (15%) were unexplained. Truancy is not an issue for our school. Holidays are a big part of our data. If you widen the data to include students who are here 80% of the time this equates to 84% of students. Our comparative data shows our school is the same as other Auckland schools. Our overall attendance is 88.3%, i.e. on any given day we have an average of 88% of our children present.

Given the current comments and media releases regarding student behaviour, student achievement, and now student attendance, I think this is going to draw us all into discussions around what value we place on education.

I trust you manage to find some time over the school break for your children.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 11th April - Movie Night
  • Friday 12th April - Last Day Of Term 1
  • Monday 29th April - First Day Of Term 2


Sponsored by Lagerwall Physiotherapy

This is proceeding however we will now hold this indoors in our School Hall.

Come along from 5:30pm to get settled, making a picnic in the hall.
The movie will start at 6pm (90 minute showing). We will have sausages & chop suey for sale as well as drinks, lollies and popcorn. Let’s join together to celebrate the end of term together.
This year’s movie is ENCANTO.


Please advise school if you’re interested by the end of term. We have to submit paperwork and meet the cut off for school registration in order for you to go.

Does your child excel strongly in a sport? Are you interested in them participating in the National Aims Games? In the past we have had swimmers, mountain bikers and a basketball team enter.

Competitors must be over 10 years of age and under 13 years of age, as at 31 December the year before the tournament year. Competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation. For the 2024 Zespri AIMS Games, this means the accepted birth years are: 2011, 2012 and 2013. The link below will take you to the 2024 Aims Games booklet.

Please note, the school does not send a staff member to this event, arrange transport or accommodation. ALL associated costs with this tournament are up to individual families. If you wish to register your child for an event, please contact maree.lloyd@hds.school.nz

Staffing Update

This week we announce the departure of Ashley Dalrymple, a key member of our Ops team in the School Office. Ashley’s last day is tomorrow.
We welcome Natasha Jones to the Ops team. Natasha started with us recently and some of you may have already met her. Welcome Natasha!

School Donation Update & Major Prize Draw Incentive

Thank you for the support through your school donation, with this year’s support rate already better than last year. We are currently at 30% - with our first goal / reward for the children is set at 50%.

Congratulations to the following families on winning the prize draws for school donations paid in full by 3rd April:

  • 1st prize to the family of Oscar Knoesen: 1 full terms tuition, sponsored by NumberWorks'nWords Tutoring NorthWest & 4 bottles of wine sponsored by FujiFilm.
  • 2nd prize to the family of Emily Barber: $100 credit (50% off on $200 value booking) sponsored by Huapai Plus & 3 bottles of wine sponsored by FujiFilm.
  • 3rd prize to the family of James Wiseman: 3 bottles of wine sponsored by FujiFilm

Tough Guy And Gal Challenge

Our school enters a large group each year. This year we will participate in the event held on TUESDAY 6th August. Please use the link below to register your child online. Please indicate on the form for “teacher to collect” as this links all our registrations together.

Massey High Info Evening

On Wednesday 1st May at 6:30pm Massey High School is coming to Riverhead School to hold an open evening (or an information evening) for families to attend to find out a bit more about Massey High.

They will be highlighting what's on offer at Massey and their music department will be holding a small showcase and the food department is providing nibbles.

Please see the attached flyer. If you could please RSVP to the address noted on the flyer as soon as possible.

School Holiday Programme

Click the link below to book the School Holiday Programme with Huapai Plus.

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 office@hds.school.nz with the subject line “Beyond the school gates” and we will add it to the weekly newsletter.

This week:
Cam Travers competed in a big motocross event called King of the North which was out of all the North Island on Saturday.
He raced his heart out and walked away with 1st place on his 65cc motorbike and 1st place on his 85cc motorbike in very very muddy conditions.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for 2024.

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:

Drums: paul.barry@musiqhub.co.nz

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele:

2024 Term Dates

These are the Term Dates for 2024:

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

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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