The Connection Week 10 Term 2

Huapai District School 7th July 2022


It has been so good to be able to operate as a school onsite for a whole term!

As a parent (and as an educator) I have learnt the value in tagging things for children. When I see a child doing something without being asked I tag it “using your initiative”. When I see a child giving things a go I tag it “being a risk taker”. When I see a child show concern for others I tag it “empathy”. When I see a child fall and get up I tag it “grit” (or resilience).

I also believe our children are born full and our role as parents is to call out of them the qualities we see in them. What we see in measure in your (our) children is so impressive and encouraging. I find it inspiring to see the quality of children and the qualities within the children that we have at Huapai. Be encouraged - you’re doing great things for your children.

Further in the newsletter is a plea for help with the mud challenge. We are seeking to make the mud challenge a Huapai School branded event. We are wanting to have our school attached to this annually and benefit from this financially. We still need help. We need 20 adults each day for a 4 hour window. Please help if you can - refer below for the details.

Finally, thank you for all the support this term, the flexibility as we deal with sickness and work to keep the school open. I trust the holiday break provides some opportunities for you to enjoy time with your children.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 7th July - School Disco
  • Friday 8th July - Powhiri / End Of Term Assembly
  • Friday 8th July - Last Day Of Term 2
  • Monday 25th July - First Day Of Term 3

Welcome To Our Final Assembly Of The Term

We would like to invite you to join us for a powhiri to welcome our new Huapai families and to celebrate the term with some special certificates. The powhiri and assembly will start at 1:45pm tomorrow, Friday 8th July. If the weather is fine, we will be on the courts, if wet we will be in the hall. At the conclusion of this, there will be a sausage sizzle for everyone to enjoy.

School Board Parent Election 2022

Nomination round

Schools across New Zealand will be holding their Board elections shortly. This is a great way to serve the community and support the school. Please consider putting your name forward for this election. A Board has 5 elected community representatives and is for a three year term. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12noon.

Election day is Wednesday 7th September.

MUD RUN - Tough Guy And Gal challenge

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who are able to help with our mud run marshalling. We are nearly there. Please have a think to see whether you are able to help us with this. We require 20 marshals each day.

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Sports Corner

Here are some photos of the Huapai Rubies (Year 3-4) in action for the weekend’s game. They had another win, 12-4.

Players: Zoe Dennis, Mia Sharpe, Hannah Arthur, Ephesian Mohenoa, Anina Kruger, Avei Solomon, Rachael Claassen, Charlotte White, August Smith (absent from these photos).

The Rubies are undefeated so far this season and are having so much fun playing together as a team and learning lots of new netball skills.

A big thanks to Sophie (Coach/Manager) and Perry (Coach).

HDS Dodgeball Championship 2022

Nine weeks.. .eight classes.. .19 teams.. .140 players… 32 games… and two new champion teams for 2022!!

Our HDS World Championship Dodgeball Tournament has been epic! Every team has played with incredible sportsmanship and each team member has played with fantastic drive and determination. However, there can be only one champion at each year level and this year our Year 7-8 Champions are Studio 3A Team C and our Year 5-6 Champions are Room 6 Team A.

Congratulations to both of these amazing teams!

In the ultimate finish to this awesome tournament, our champion teams will now compete against each other for the title ‘Dodgeball Champion of Champions 2022’ and the chance to play against a team of teachers in the hopes of winning the coveted All-Stars Cup!

Good luck to our Champions!!!

Keen To Be In The Newsletter?

If you have photos to submit for the school newsletter of a Huapai student / students excelling, please send them through with a brief write-up to Maree Lloyd:

Disco Time!

Tonight!! Please see the poster below for more details.

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Breakfast Club - Parent Helpers Needed

HDS Breakfast Club runs every morning in Studio 2, from 8.30am- 9am.

It also provides an opportunity for children to meet and make new friends.

Would you like to be part of our breakfast club team?

Could you offer half an hour a week to help serve the children and clean up?

We’d love to hear from you. Please email Stephanie on or pop into Studio 2 for a chat.


This week your child will bring home a booklet for our annual “ATHON. This year we are focusing on maths facts. Your child will have a set of maths questions to learn over the next month and then they will be tested on them in Week 4. We are asking children to seek sponsorship over the next month. We are asking parents to work with their children helping them learn the facts and test them. Prizes galore! If your company is keen to sponsor any prizes or make a donation towards prizes, please contact: or

Website Of The Week

Food In A Minute

Are your children keen to cook? Do you fancy a night off? Perhaps these holidays, the children are keen to learn? This web site has meal ideas, baking and lunch ideas suitable for children to make. Some are very easy, some more complicated, but a great kiwi website to start from. We’d love to see some creations - send them in to with the subject “Watties food in a minute” and we will publish some in the next newsletter.

What’s On Our Social Page This Week?

Each week on our school facebook we highlight some of the wonderful happenings around school. This week, there was a Montessori planting day, a Year 1&2 fire truck visit and plenty more. Check it out at the link below.

Shop & Vote

NorthWest Mall 27th June - 24th July

If you are in the mall, please take your receipt to the information desk there and collect a ping pong ball to add to our container. Let's watch Huapai's tally grow!

Couldn't Make It To The Scholastic Book Fair?

Order online by using the Scholastic Book Club LOOP app.

Huapai Plus School Holiday Programme

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Aroha Skate School - Holiday Programme

Skate Lessons After School and Holiday Programme

Register at the link below.

Creative Matters - Term 3

*Please note the change of the 'In-person' session being on Mondays after school next erm instead of Wednesdays.

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Music Lessons With MusiqHub

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 2. 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 -

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -

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

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.