May 2024 Edition
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The Connection

Week 2 Term 2

Huapai District School

May 9th 2024

Senior Leadership Message

Two weekends ago I went tramping with friends. The transport, hut booking, food, warm clothes, boots and packs were all sorted and we felt confident that we were off on a great adventure. About 45 minutes in, we were met with a rock face and a chain for us to use to climb. There was no alternative - we had to scale this obstacle to carry on our journey.

There were mixed reactions. Some talks were had. Some nerves were shared. A plan was formed. Together we found a way, supported each other and we celebrated our success at the top.

When we reflected on our weekend away in the car ride home, we all felt that the chain climb was a defining moment and one that we grew from in different ways.

It makes me smile when I see the way students, staff and community all come together at various times in the face of a shared challenge. There are always mixed reactions, talks are had, nerves are shared and plans formed. Together as a HDS community we find a way, we support each other and we celebrate our success. This term as we focus on our 6C Critical Thinking - Whaiwhakaaro with our students, we thank you for encouraging and role modelling for your children the ability to think of different strategies when faced with a challenge and to recognise the growth that comes from a challenge.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in school next Thursday afternoon, perhaps we can trade tramping stories?!

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 13th May - Board Meeting
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th May - Scholastic Book fair
  • Tuesday 14th May - Year 6 Bake Sale
  • Thursday 16th May - Open Afternoon & Senior Information Evening
  • Friday 17th May - Pink Shirt Mufti Day
  • Friday 31st May - Teacher Only Day

Station Road Closure

Station road, between SH16 and Schoolside road, will be closed for approximately 5 weeks from next Thursday 16th May. Fulton Hogan will be rebuilding the 200 metre stretch of Station Road beginning at State Highway 16 and ending just before Schoolside Road. To complete this work, we will need to fully close this section of Station Road for about five weeks beginning Thursday, 16 May 2024.

Teacher only Day Friday 31st May (Kings Birthday weekend)

Our apologies for this late notice.
On Tuesday 7th May schools were advised that two teachers only days were allocated to schools to assist in the curriculum changes and priorities of the Government. We were not aware of this and have been directed that this must occur between 27th May and 7th June. An additional day has been directed to occur between 21st October and 15th November.

6C Focus Critical Thinking Whaiwhakaaro

As you know, our guiding values are our 6Cs. Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Character and Creativity. For the first half of this term our school wide focus will be on Critical Thinking Whaiwhakaaro - growing skills to make connections, evaluate information and develop opinions.

Student Attendance: A guide for parents and caregivers

Every day counts towards your child’s learning at school.
Attending school gives your child the best opportunity to realise their full potential and do well in life.
Below is an informative guide for parents and caregivers.
To interact with the links in the screenshot below, and for more information, please click the button below.

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.

Whānau Survey 2024

We value each of you and your whānau and what that means to our school. Your voice is important and we want you to be a part of shaping the direction we take in developing our local curriculum. Please complete the attached linked below. Paper copies are available from the Office, Room 8, or Senior Studio. If you need help please see Kirstin Robinson in Room 8 or Stephanie Wales at the back of Room 10. Many thanks

Please click on the below video if you would like help translating the google form into a language of your choice.

Girls Got Game

Free basketball training for girls in school time - years 4-8

The Girls Got Game program at Huapai is ready to go starting next week.
Lulu Woods and Chris Vaughan from Harbour basketball will deliver these sessions.

The dates will be weather-dependent. If there's bad weather, we'll make the call 90mins beforehand, but the dates will be:

Friday 10th May - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Friday 17th May - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Friday 24th May - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Friday 31st May - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Friday 7th June - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Friday 14th June - 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm

At the end of the 6 weeks, all participants will receive a free basketball.

Please register your daughter by clicking below.
It helps us see where the need is for resources in the future.

Scholastic Book Fair

It’s that time of year again - time to come into our school library and be amazed!
Our book fair is open from Monday after school til Friday lunch time.
  • Tuesday - Friday before school 8:30am - 9am
  • After school 3pm - 4pm
  • Late night Thursday untill 5pm
All students in the school will visit the library during this week and may make purchases if they wish.
Eftpos and cash sales available.

Year 6 Bake Sale

Next Tuesday 14 May, we will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for our Year 6 Motutapu Camp later this year.

Cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats will be on sale, with all items priced $1 or $2.

Bring along a gold coin next Tuesday and help support our campers!

Open Afternoon

Thursday 16th 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 16th 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.

Pink Shirt Day Mufti Friday 17 May

On Friday 17th of May, our school will hold a mufti day supporting Pink Shirt Day.

In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation that aims to create schools and workplaces where people feel safe, valued and respected. It is a day to spread aroha and kindness, celebrate diversity and end bullying.

Next Friday our students are invited to wear pink to mufti day and bring a gold coin to donate to this worthy cause. We hope to see our school transformed into a sea of pink for Pink Shirt Day!

Kiddwinkles Annual Toy Run

Saturday 18 May 9am - 1pm.
Kiddywinkles in conjunction with The Salvation Army is running this event to receive donations of new or good condition pre-loved toys, all of which will be donated to Kids in Need.
Many families are having a tough time and we hope this will put a smile on the face of little ones who have been going without. Check out the flyer for more information.

Year 5-8 Castles House Tournament

Throughout the past seven weeks, Years 5-8 students have competed in our Castles House Tournament for House pride and the title of Castles Champion 2024.

Castles is a game of sporting skill, but more importantly, strategy. Throughout the tournament, our students demonstrated both and a huge dose of house spirit!
Eight teams…128 players…14 games and we now have our two champion teams!

Congratulations to YEARS 7 & 8 AKAORA and YEAR 5 & 6 NGAHERE, our 2024 Castles Champions!

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

Morepork donates $5 from each ticket sale to a local school, as chosen by customers. Last year our school won this and received $2,000, which we put towards the new astroturf you see around the school.

We have entered into the draw again for this years Morepork Memphis In May Festival fundraiser, and will put the funds towards new sun sails if we win again this year.

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.

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.

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:

Jedd & Harper Robinson

Jedd & Harper competed in the Oceania Jiu Jitsu competition during the holidays, the toughest of the Calendar. Jedd received Gold and Harper received Silver, although she lost with an illegal rear choke but as there was no video evidence the final places stood. They both moved up to Grey/White belts as a result.

Dylan Butt, Jake Weir & Teigue Killeen...

Dylan Butt, Jake Weir and Teigue Killeen, together with their Academy Black team, represented the West Coast Rangers in the Northern Rovers 9th Grade Football Tournament. Eight teams from the Auckland region participated in the tournament. Academy Black played a total of 5 games, each with skill, drive and determination. The team drew their final game for 3rd/4th place, which went into a penalty shootout and resulted in a win taking 3rd place in the tournament. Well done!

Celebrate Taupaki School 125 Years

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.

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  1. Click on your profile image
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  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.
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