Newsletter Week 3, Term 4

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 1st November 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

The warmer weather is approaching and we only have 7 weeks until we finish for the year!

It was awesome to still have some form of a pets day last week. A huge thank you to all of you for supporting and following our health restrictions. It certainly gave the event a very different feel from previous years, but we managed, and we did well!

We are gearing up for the filming of the Lion King on Thursday. We had our dress rehearsal today and I am truly blown away with the standard of singing, dancing and acting! This would not have been achieved without the dedication and time that Mrs Woodward has put into this. Even when COVID-19 tried to stop events like this from happening, Amy found a way to do it. I'm sure you will all be as eager as I am to see the Lion King when the final edit has been made. Further information regarding the download of the movie will be shared with you as it comes to hand.

A huge thanks to all of the teachers and parents who have helped with face painting and prop making. Also a massive thanks to Linda Kennedy who dedicated hours of her time to making the amazing costumes for our students to wear. They look incredible. Thank you so much!

This term our R.A.F.T. Value is Thinkers. "I will be curious and have a 'can do' attitude to enjoy my learning". Each class will be discussing Thinkers in-depth to understand what curiosity and resilience look like in learning and why they are an important attribute to develop.

Reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day this coming Monday. School will be closed for all students. The staff will be onsite continuing the development of our Huirangi Curriculum.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


School Swimming Pool

The school pool is now ready for our students to swim! So, each day until the end of term, children can bring their togs and towel [named please] for a swim. Instructional swims will begin early in Term 1, 2022.

We are awaiting information from the Ministry of Education regarding the pool being open to the public. So, the Board of Trustees have not yet made the decision regarding this. We will inform our community as soon as possible but at present, it is only available to our students during school hours.

Huirangi Pets Day 2021

Our Pets Day last Tuesday was held in a mixture of sun and light drizzly rain. However, the children and their calves and lambs performed very well in front of a 'one adult per child' crowd. Congratulations and well done to all the children who presented animals for judging. We had a total of 20 calves and 21 lambs.

The results are:

JUNIOR LAMBS - Leading, 3rd Avva Tai, 2nd Bronson Andrews, 1st Carlitos Monroy Felix

- Calling, 3rd Bella de Waard, 2nd Brayden Taylor, 1st Avva Tai

SENIOR LAMBS - Leading, 3rd Isaac Downer, 2nd Indi Ryan, 1st Bella Hall

- Calling, 3rd Lennox Mabey, 2nd Indi Ryan, 1st Isaac Downer





JUNIOR CALVES - Leading, 3rd Evie Wilson, 2nd Bella de Waard, 1st Avva Tai

- Rearing, 3rd Evie Wilson, 2nd Avva Tai, 1st Sinea Aldridge

SENIOR CALVES - Leading, 3rd Ella Tai, 2nd Kaylee Lepper, 1st Penelope Pearce

- Rearing, 3rd Ella Tai, 2nd Paige Mabey, 1st Taya Tai






Huge thanks to Brenda and Peter Honnor, and Colleen and Aaron Hodges for giving children the opportunity to work with a calf on their farm.

Grateful thanks to Brenda & Peter Honnor and family for helping set up the gates on the field and to Brenda and Brooke who were stewards on the day, along with Ray & Judy from school.

Thanks goes to Rachel Taylor for her photography skills. Once again, we have some beautiful memories to treasure.

An last but certainly not least, our thanks to Ian McCaul who managed to judge both the calves and lambs this year after our lamb judge got stuck in Christchurch during the long weekend!

Huirangi Māori Community Collaboration

On Thursday 11th November all of our school whānau who identify, or have tamariki who identify as Māori are invited to a community collaboration evening. Last week everyone who has identified on our roll as Maori should have received their letter of invitation to this evening which shows full details. Please RSVP asap for catering purposes.

This will be a very relaxed night, where we will share the work we have been doing as a school redesigning and updating our curriculum to be more inclusive of our Māori whānau and celebrate the rich history that we have here in Huirangi. We have invited a guest speaker, Tanya Anaha who is the General Manager of Why Ora. She will speak about career pathways for Māori.

Children are welcome to come along and we will have a movie playing in Room 4 for them to watch.

We promise the evening will take no more than one hour, and we will provide fish n chips for those who attend.

We hope to see as many whānau here as possible. We value your input towards the education of all tamariki at Huirangi School.

Term 4 Policy Review

Our Term Four Policy that is up for review is Māori Educational Achievement.

Please click on the link below to read and review our policy for this.

Home & School Raffle

Thanks to the families who have sold all their raffle tickets, and come back for more!

If you don't want to sell them [or are having difficulty] please return the ticket sheet as another family may be able to sell them!

This Wednesday [3rd] is the very last day to return the sheets and money.

Gift Exchange

One of our lovely traditions is the annual gift exchange for all the children. These gifts are exchanged with their House Buddy. The gift is to the value of $10 [NO more] and are to be wrapped up nicely and labelled, for example..... 'To 'Jim' From 'Bob' PUKEKO House'

Next week the eldest in the family /only child will bring home a note stating which child they are buying for, as a reminder. In some cases there are 3 children 'buddied' together, so please note which buddy your child is buying for. If you have any queries, give the office a call.

The gift exchange takes place at school towards the end of the term, so please send the wrapped & named gifts into the school office by FRIDAY 10th December.

Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee - Taranaki Anniversary weekend March 12th & 13th 2022.

Registrations are open! Please click on the link below to register. Please pass on this link to anyone you know who has had children at the school, attended the school themselves or lived in the district. We'd love everyone to be able to attend the celebrations!

If you, or someone you know, are not 'computer savvy' REGISTRATIONS can also be made by phoning school [weekday mornings] where your details will be recorded.

Huirangi Stories:
If you have any awesome, inspiring family stories that could be added to the Jubilee Book:

Peter Wilson


Mitre 10's BIG Pumpkin Contest is BACK!!

For all keen gardeners out there!

Mitre 10 will have two plant drops this week and 1st week of November. These will be available at both stores (Mitre 10 MEGA & Mitre 10 St Aubyn Street) for only $2.99 and each Pumpkin Plant will come with instructions on how to get yourself entered in the 2022 competition. As the Pumpkin Contest commences, growing tips, tricks and updates about the BIG Weigh In will be sent to you. Weigh in is in April 2022.

Click on the link below to register!

Daily absentees

A reminder please always notify us when your child is going to be away - the school app is the perfect way to do this. If you are intending on a family holiday, please contact the Principal by email to request this leave.

Also, please note down the actual reason your child is away:- simply saying 'I am keeping ** home today' is NOT a reason and the child will be marked truant.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our 2021 Duffy Books in Homes Sponsors. Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Public Health Nurse

Gill Boyce can be contacted on 06 7546680 or 027 4064822 if your child has any health issues.

Waitoriki School Enrolment Scheme

Enrolment Scheme – Waitoriki School

You may be aware, that the Waitoriki School Board have been working collaboratively with the Ministry of Education to develop an enrolment scheme for their school.

As part of this process, the Ministry are asking for public submissions from the wider community on the proposed scheme. This can be done via the Ministry of Education website link below.

All submissions are confidential and will be considered as part of the final report. Submissions close on 24 October

Thank you for your help.

Darryl Leath (MOE)

Upcoming Events

Thursday 4th November- Lion King Production Filming

Thursday 4th November-BOT Meeting

Monday 8th November-Teacher Only Day

Thursday 11th November-Māori Community Collaboration Hui

School Timetable

9.00am Start of the day

11am -11.20am Morning tea interval

1.00pm - 1.40pm Lunch break

3.00pm End of Day