June 2024 Edition
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Week 9 Term 2

Huapai District School

June 27th 2024

Senior Leadership Message

46 years working in schools, 26 years as a Principal, and now I have one term left!
I suspect my newsletter comments over this final term are going to get pretty reflective.

Of all my time, these last 5 years have been my proudest. Not because of achievements (as such) but of the people and culture we have built at our school. I have always believed that teachers work best and schools perform best when the school is characterised by loose connections structurally and tight connections culturally. I have seen teachers fly when given room, support and trust.

I am incredibly proud of the culture we have at Huapai, and the level of commitment to children and learning. My greatest joy (and this is where legacy kicks in) is in the rise of leadership and influence across the school by so many!
He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata!
It is people, it is people, it is people!

Have a great week

John Petrie

Attendance Update

In April 2024, the Government announced a regular attendance target of 80 percent of students to be present for more than 90% of the term by 2030. Another key area we could improve is in getting to school on time.

Here is where we are tracking based on last weeks data:

New Zealand Weekly School Rate is = 91.3%

Huapai District School = 77.8%

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 27th June - Matariki Holiday (school closed)
  • Monday 1st July - Math-a-thon Testing Complete
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Y7 Kumeu Planting
  • Wednesday 03rd July - Yr 5-6 Game On Expo & Y3-4 Science Expo
  • Thursday 04th July - Jnr assembly 9:30am-10:30am, Snr assembly 1:45pm-2:45pm
  • Friday 05the July - Last day of term


Leaving Staff

At the end of this term we will be saying farewell to Jo Redman, Deidre Neill and Briarna Williams.

Jo Redman (Studio 7A) has been with the school for 8 years and has been a tower of strength and confidence in our junior school. Jo is leaving to follow a real strength and interest. Jo will be working for the Ministry of education assisting parents who are struggling to transition their children to school from pre school.

Deidre Neill (Studio 1A) is relocating to Pukekohe to be closer to family. We have really appreciated the skill and depth Deidre has brought to the school.

Briarna Williams (Studio 1B) will be taking maternity leave from the end of the term.

Susan Boniface (Studio 6A) has had to take extended leave and will not be returning.

New Staff

We welcome Kath Owen, Amanda Heileson, Jacqueline White and Franska Harris to the school from next term.


Tuesday 30th July 1:30PM-7:30PM (Half Day)
Wednesday 31st July 3:30PM-5:30PM (Full Day)

On Tuesday 30th July school will finish at 12:30pm (lunchtime) and conferences will start at 1:30pm through to 7:30pm.

On Wednesday 31st July school will be as usual and parent teacher conferences will begin at 3:30pm through to 5:30pm.

Please start planning for your child’s care on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th July. Any student unable to go home will be supervised in the hall.
Booking code: 32zxy


Mud run volunteer update

Thank you to everyone who has registered to be a marshall. We are thrilled to say we are making great progress towards our goal.
We are still on the hunt for 3 more people for Tuesday 6th August, 12 people for Wednesday 7th and 7 people for Friday 9th August.
If you are able to help, please click the button below


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 “teacher to collect” as this links all our registrations together.


Just a reminder that the fundraising competition closes on Wednesday 3rd July. All donations need to be in before that date. We have been blown away by our community generosity so far. One last push could see us topping $27,000 which will directly go into classrooms to enhance Maths and Literacy programmes, as well as our sport uniform upgrades.


Rylee Vollebregt

Winner of the 2nd Major spot prize - ear pods.

Zara Chisholm, Albee Semenoff and Max de Villiers

Winners of a smaller spot prize.
All prizes will be given out at the prize giving assembly.

Who will win the wheels?


Last week outside my classroom of Room 10, the children noticed a stray cat, who needed some love and support. We had not seen him before, and he snook away shortly after. But as I returned after school from a meeting, I was blown away by the number of families who came back up to school with treats and care to find this little kitty who needed some help. One of our amazing families took the little one to be checked at the vets.
As a teacher, I am always energised by the kindness, generosity and love we receive from our community. Huapai School families are a special crew. We are lucky to have you.
And if you were one of the families that came back to help, thank you, to you and your amazing child who alerted you to the fact that someone needed help that day. Louise


We just want to give a big shoutout to everyone who bought Chocky Fish and helped raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand during CF Awareness Month.

In May, one of our amazing school families set up shop at the school gates, selling those delicious Chocolate Fish.
With lots of hungry customers, they managed to raise over $200! Thanks to everyone who bought a fish and donated some extra $. We can't wait to do it all again next May!

Find out more about Cystic Fibrosis: https://www.cfnz.org.nz/



Kalia Alsweiler
Former student Kalia Alsweiler is a member of the Selwyn Artistic Swimming team. They shined in Queenstown at the South Island Championships and came home with 35 medals. After a brilliant performance, the Selwyn team, and its 18 athletes, won 23 golds, 8 silvers and 4 bronzes! Well done Kalia and the Selwyn team!
Sophie Santos Costa
Sophie participated in a fundraiser for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, under 10 years old first timers competition, at Tu Kaha Jiu Jitsu. Sophie tried her best, overcame her fears and came 3rd place in her category.
She is currently enrolled at The Combat Centre, and Jiu Jitsu has been a great out of school activity for her.

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
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  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.
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