May 2024 Edition
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Term 2

Huapai District School

May 02nd 2024

Senior Leadership Message

Welcome back to Term 2!

A special welcome to our new families, it is just a real delight to see your children join our school confidently and settling quickly into the culture of their class.

We often speak in the school of being a place of hand, head, and heart, and balance this with the phrase “we choose to build in the heads and hearts of our people”. Our head phrase references the theories of our teaching practice, whilst our heart phrase points towards the values, beliefs and strengths of the individual ie their passions.

Our school is very much a school of head and heart. There’s colour, focus on the individual, and room to bring this to the classroom. I was giving a blood sample recently, and the promotion on the wall said “We see people”. Too often we are caught up in the urgent task. Keeping children at the centre of what we do, is so important.

We are looking forward to a great term in front of us.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 13th May - Board Meeting
  • Monday 13th - Friday 12th May - Scholastic Book fair
  • Thursday 16th May - Open Afternoon & Senior Information Evening


  • Are you a DJ? Or perhaps simply someone who’s happy to put together a playlist and bring the vibe as a vibrant host!
  • Do you own / have a great contact for some disco lighting?

Scholastic Book Fair

Our annual book fair is set to be held on Monday 13th - Friday 17th May this term. The library will be open from 8:30am - 3:30pm during that week. Eftpos and cash sales are welcome. There will be a late evening open till 5pm on Thursday 16th May.

Open Afternoon

Thursday 13th May 3:30-5pm

We are delighted to invite you to spend time in your child’s classroom to discuss your child’s learning. The session will consist of a presentation of key elements of your child’s classroom, as well as a student led showcase of learning. Please book your preferred 30min time slot (3:30pm, 4pm, or 4:30pm) using the link below.

Life As A Senior Student At HDS Info Evening

Thursday 13th May 5:30-6pm

We would like to invite our school community to an information evening to find out more about school life as a senior student at HDS. What makes us special and what opportunities are available for your child here at HDS. Please RSVP using the following link.

Staffing Update

Nikki Hoffmann joins our school as a Year 1 teacher in Studio 5 this term while Lissa Elliot recuperates at home from a head injury.

Join Huapai District School in supporting Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

May marks Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and HDS would like to invite our wonderful community to support Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand (CFNZ) by purchasing some yummy Chocolate Fish. This is a cause especially close to our hearts as one of our families is personally affected by this condition.

How to buy your Choccy Fish

When: Friday 10th May at 3pm
Where: Station Road gate by the crossing
Cost: Gold coin donation

The funds raised will be handed over to the Auckland branch of CFNZ to aid families living with CF. We appreciate your contributions. Together, we can make a difference.
Enjoy your Chocky Fish!

What is Cystic Fibrosis?
You can find out more on

MOREPORK - Memphis in May Festival Competition For Schools

Our school has entered into the draw for the Morepork Memphis In May Festival competition for schools. This is hosted by the Morepork restaurant and bar in Kumeu.
The more tickets that sell, the more money there will be in the pot for a school to win!
Kids 12 and under will receive free entry.
Head to the Morepork website for more information.

Breakfast Club Update

Thanks to your continued support of our breakfast club, we have enough honey to last the whole term, if not longer!
If anyone wishes to donate this term, we would welcome jam or peanut butter or small quantities of fruit if you have an oversupply.

We are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to join our amazing breakfast club team. Please email Stephanie Wales

For new families, breakfast club is open every morning in Room 5 from 8.30 to 8.55.
All welcome!

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.

Road Safety - Crossing The Road

We have had concerning reports from our community around the safety of our tamariki and parents when crossing surrounding streets and not paying attention to oncoming cars.

Here are some precautions to take when crossing the road:
  • Look towards oncoming traffic.
  • Never assume a driver has seen you when you are about to cross the road, its your responsibility to save yourself.
  • Avoid crossing the road where drivers may not be able to see you.
  • Wait for a suitable gap in the traffic flow before crossing the road.
  • Use the pedestrian crossing where available.

Photos From Around The School

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:
Maya Manoj successfully completed the 8.3km marathon for Round The Bays 2024, Auckland and received a medal for completing the marathon. Well done Maya!!
Leah Avard won the the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Nippers 2024 U7 girls club championships on the 7th of April. It is her first year of nippers with Muriwai Surf Club and she loves it!
Her favourite part of participating in nippers is the beach sprint and flags.
Well done Leah!!
HDS Sapphires Netball Team attended a NetFit development clinic over the holidays

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:


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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