The Connection Week 10 Term 1

Huapai District School 7th April 2022


This morning, while drinking a coffee with my breakfast, I watched a clip on the internet about a group of lifesavers surf boat racing. (@orewaboaties on tiktok). The team launched at top speed from the beach, rowed out ferociously over the breakers to a buoy then charged back to the beach to finish. The passion and energy was palpable through the screen. The team were all on the same page with the same goal and they all played their part in achieving it.

The crew were being coxed by a powerfully encouraging voice. He knew when to push the team hard, knew when to look to the beach to sight the goal, knew when to look to the waves to prepare the team to dig in and work harder than ever, knew when to brace them if a wave was crashing. His voice was passionate and positive. On the way back to shore the team surfed a wave and while riding it, continued to work hard. The celebration on the beach was one of pure elation! They not only celebrated the result, but also the way they had worked so hard during the event. The cox shouts “This is our new standard!”

As we approach our own shoreline - the end of term, it’s time for us all to reflect on the way we have worked together as a team this term. As a school community we’ve used our powerfully encouraging voices to cheer our children on, to help them dig in and to work harder than ever, to brace them for the ever changing waves of Covid and the associated rules, and to keep their eyes set positively on the goal. While we are surfing the wave in, we are still working incredibly hard and it is now time to celebrate not only the results of the term, but also the way our community has worked together so amazingly well. We have dug deep and we can all feel proud. “This is our new standard!”

We are excited that we can now all be together again and look forward to seeing you back in school. Please see below a special invitation for ALL Huapai families to celebrate.

Maree Lloyd

Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 11th April - Board Meeting
  • Thursday 14th April - Whole School Community Celebration
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day Of Term 1
  • Monday 2nd May - First Day Of Term 2

Whole School Community Celebration

Thursday 14th April

We would like to invite all of our school families to come and celebrate the term with us next Thursday afternoon. Classes will be open from 1:30pm if you would like to come in and spend some time with your students in class. This will be followed by a full school powhiri to welcome new students, their families and new staff members. At the conclusion of this powhiri, we will crank up the BBQ and have sausages available for everyone to enjoy.

Student Of The Week

Marley (Year 5) says: “I love Huapai, it’s a really great school. The teachers and the playgrounds are really good. My favourite thing to learn about is maths because maths is a puzzle and I like puzzles. I enjoy playing rugby during the break times with my friends.”

Board Meeting

Monday 11th April - 6.30pm

This meeting will be held in the school staffroom.

Parents are welcome to attend.

We Open at 8:30am

Please note that school does not open until the 8:30am opening bell. We respectfully request that you do not arrive before this time. The classrooms are not open until 8:30am. If you would like to meet a teacher earlier than this, please use their email to arrange a meeting.

School Donation Draw

The deadline for this was Tuesday 5th April. All of those that paid the school donations in full by that date will be automatically entered. The draw will take place on Tuesday 12th April and the winner(s) will be notified directly.

Road Patrol

We are very keen to restart our road patrol monitors from Week 1 of next term. We are still needing adults who are able to work alongside the children in the morning. Our students are unable to be on road patrol without an adult. The timing of road patrol is from the 8:30am school open bell until 8:50am. If you are able to assist here, or your child is keen to join the team, please contact as soon as possible.

Mud Run Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Please register your child for this event. If your child is keen to be involved in the mud run this year, please use the following link to register the children directly. Entry options are open for students years 3-8.

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Afterschool Softball Sessions

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The registrations have now closed. Teams have been created and families advised. We have one place in year 1-2 team and one place in a year 5-6 team. If your child is keen to fill these places, please contact as soon as possible.

Huapai +

Our before and after school programme is owned and managed by the school. Any profits are used for the school. Under the great leadership of Huapai + from Luke Kearney, we have a well established programme and brilliant reputation.

We are struggling to find staff for our growing programme. This could be a good option for senior students (must be 16 years or older) and also for parents or contacts of our school community. This could be during the school tremor over the holiday break.If you can assist in suggesting our programme for casual employment to anyone that you think might be suitable, we would appreciate this.

Please contact:

Scholastic Book Orders Have Moved Online!

Please follow the directions to download the Scholastic app today.
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Year 7&8 Science Start Right Workbooks

As a strongly encouraged and highly beneficial supplementary resource to our Year 7&8 science programme, a Start Right Science Workbook is available, payable through HERO ($17.50) with collection from your child's teacher.

The units in these workbooks cover the New Zealand Science curriculum in preparation for Year 9&10 science and fit in nicely with the topics covered in science at school as a pre or post-learning revision/consolidation. Though not compulsory, we will reference, mark and use this resource to supplement the school-based programme. As this book is an optional resource, it is, however, encouraged for our Year 7&8 students to have a copy.

Huapai Plus Holiday Programme

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Aroha Skate School

Skate Lessons After School

Term 2 weekly after school skate lessons.

Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm at Huapai District School.

Lessons are suitable for beginners to intermediate skaters.

Register at the link below.

Creative Matters - Term 2

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Music Lessons With MusiqHub

Our good friends at MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2022 at Huapai School! They will have some slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons in Term 1. If you're interested, be sure to get in touch to reserve your spot or ask any questions you may have. Contact details below:

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Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -

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2022 Term Dates

Our 2022 Term dates are:

Term 1 - Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Friday 16th December

Additional to this there are two planned Teacher only days:

  • Friday 4th March

  • Friday 3rd June (making Queens Birthday a 4 day option)

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.