March 2023 Edition
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Week 6

Term 1

Huapai District School

March 16th 2023

Principal's Message

When I was in Standard 2 we were set the task of drawing a dinosaur. Drawing is not my strong suit. I drew the best T-Rex the world had ever seen. I was sooo proud of him, his head shape was perfect, I’d taken time to check the teeth shape matched those in the book, I committed to making his eyes look realistic and the arms took me a whole week to get right. I was even allowed to do it on “the good cartridge paper” - (if you know, you know). Everyone said it was great.
When I was about ¾ of the way through, my teacher said “he needs to fill the whole page”. She didn’t even mention anything about the amazing jaw. I was thrown. But I had a plan. I rubbed out his feet and quickly made his legs about half a page long.

The end result was a disaster. He no longer looked any good and I was devastated. The teacher told me the legs looked funny. I can still see the image in my head. I can still remember that feeling.

I am SO glad our school recognises and celebrates the effort and learning journey of our students. We celebrate not only the big wins, but also the small wins along the way, the individualism and creativity of children, the way they have courage to step outside their comfort zone, their communication skills, their effort and resilience, their growth in academic or sporting ability. This is a school of which I am so proud to be a part.

Our school celebrates the effort of well drawn T-Rexs… whether they fill the whole page or not!

Maree Lloyd
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 20th March - Board Meeting
  • Friday 24th March - Powhiri
  • Thursday 30th March - School Disco

Teachers Strike Day

Our thanks to our teachers who were willing to sit in that middle ground teetering between pushing (striking) for improvements for teachers and schools, and the needs right in front of us - for our children and community. Our thanks also to the Teachers Union (NZEI) who recognised there are some communities and some schools that could be exempted from the strike action.
I think our school walked this pathway well.

John Petrie

School Donations

Last week we sent promotion emails to our parents as we seek to see parents helping the school by paying your school donation. This partnering with the school is a key part to our success and ability to resource our school and children. Thank you to those who have already responded. Remember, your school donation attracts a 30% tax rebate. Payments need to be made by 31st March to get this refund.
As of Wednesday this week we have had 19.9% of our families partnering with us by paying their school donation. Our goal is 78% partnering with the school.

House T-Shirts

They're back!
We are excited to advise that we now have house t-shirts! Perfect for sports events and house mufti days. These will be a compulsory part of the school uniform this year as children enter our school and for the full school from 2024. The t-shirts are $25 each and are available in a range of sizes from our normal uniform provider. Want to get one now? You can shop at the link below.

School Disco

Our HFN is holding a disco for the students on Thursday 30th March. Entry will be $5 per child at the door. (Please bring this in small notes or coins for faster entry.) The theme is BEACH.
Juniors (Year 1-4) will be 5:30pm-7pm and Seniors (Year 5-8) from 7:30pm-9pm.
Lots of glow in the dark items, chips, drinks and sweets to purchase inside.

Bike Track Upgrade

Our reach out to our parent community to help with machinery to upgrade our bike track was responded with offers from Logan Ennis and Jackson Winters. This Saturday we will see our bike track upgrade thanks to their skills and machinery.

Ice Blocks

Our HFN will be selling ice blocks 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 Bush 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.

Huapai Plus School Holiday Programme

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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