March 2023 Edition
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The Connection

Week 7

Term 1

Huapai District School

March 23rd 2023

Principal's Message

We do not remember the days, we remember the moments.
- Cesare Pavese

The first concert I ever attended was Boyz II Men. I was an eleven year old in awe of this American R’n’B group whom I knew every word to every song they produced.

My father was the lucky one who chaperoned me to Mt Smart stadium under The Big Top. I sat on the bleachers with the biggest grin, tapping my feet and singing out loud. I remember looking at the stage, mesmerised, then looking back at dad thankfully, knowing at that moment it would be one I would never forget.

Last week, I re-lived this experience by taking my son, at eleven years old, to his first ever concert, One Republic. I consciously took a moment and watched him. His eyes wide and sparkling, his gaze back at me looking to ensure I was living in the moment as well, his top-of-the-lungs singing, all sparked joy of being in an arena with 7000 people doing exactly the same thing. We will remember this moment forever.

In the school context, our goal is to create similar moments. Moments that will live in the heads and hearts of our students forever. I believe this year will bring those moments as we strive to be creative and innovative and at the same time bring a solid base of foundational skills.

Keryn Annan
Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 24th March - Powhiri
  • Thursday 30th March - School Disco

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.

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.

Damage To School

Over the last two weeks we have incurred damage to the school from having older children climbing on the roofs of our buildings. The Hall guttering was smashed a week back. That aside, it is not a safe thing to do. If you happen to see this occur after hours i.e. when walking through the school, a photo would be very helpful in tracking these people down and serving them with trespass notices.

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.

Powhiri Tomorrow

Friday 24th March
Tomorrow we welcome our new families to school. Email invitations have been sent to the families. We invite those adults to bring their children with them to the staffroom tomorrow morning when the 9am bell goes.

Go Zen

Over the past few years, we have noticed a rise in the number of students and adults who are dealing with anxiety. We have had many enquiries from parents asking for advice and strategies for their children. As a school, we are fortunate to be able to integrate the Go Zen program into our Health curriculum this year. Health coach Roz Ryan will be delivering the workshops alongside the classroom teachers throughout the school. Please find attached an information sheet for the course. More information can be found at Should you wish, Roz is available for 1:1 follow up sessions with you and your family. Please contact

Scholastic Book Club

Term one Issue 2 orders are to be placed by NEXT Thursday, 30 March :) Please use the online LOOP ordering system.

On the Look Out For...

Do you have a spare plastic 44 gallon drum lying around at home? We have a use for it here at school and would love to take it off your hands! Please get in touch with Garry or Maree:

Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion

Each year we have the opportunity to trade in stickers collected from the Yummy apple range for sports gear. This is an annual promotion that has seen the school earn some great gear that is used across the school. It’s that time again to remember to collect the stickers.

A collection sheet is linked below, or each of the classrooms have one on their wall for use at school. Paper copies of the sheet can be collect from the school office should you wish.

The Big Little Sponsorship Is Back

Winning takes teamwork, so let's get the whole community involved by nominating our school.
Teachers, students, parents, friends and whānau can all share the love and show their support for our school by nominating us at the link below.
Entries close 11:59pm Sunday 23 April 2023.

Check Us Out!

A few highlights of what each of the year groups have been up to this week.

Junior Swimming Champs

Congratulations to all our junior swim stars who competed in the Year 1-4 swimming champs last week. It is always brilliant to see students stepping up to a challenge.


Congratulations to Chase Hopping (Year 7) who represented both Huapai and the Northwest zone at the Auckland Swimming Championships held at West Wave this week. Chase was up against other top swimmers from across Auckland and placed 6th in his heat. Awesome work, Chase!
Congratulations to our Year 7&8 NW cricket team who won the Northwest zone day tournament this week. The team will now represent the region at the Auckland championships.

Thank You!

A huge thank you to Jamie Weir who has kindly donated a set of brand new cricket bats to the school. These will be used in the senior school.

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 TOMORROW - 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 TOMORROW - 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:

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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