The Connection Week 6 Term 2

Huapai District School 9th June 2022


This week has been one of many recently that has highlighted the power of team.

Overseas military troops can often have trade skill sets so refined and individualised that if a single person is taken out, the others have no knowledge of how to perform the task and the operation comes to a halt while a new specialist is shipped in. NZ military personnel are rotated regularly through trades in order to avoid this very situation. Wide skill sets are developed and the team can pull together to be able to continue.

Over the past few weeks, we are so proud of the way our school community team has been able to continue operating despite members of the team being out. Student teams, teaching teams, support staff teams, the senior leadership team, parent teams, sports teams - not one of these Huapai teams has escaped the impact of having a “man down”. Despite, or at times, because of these situations, the team pulls together tighter and we “find a way”. I believe that it is often during these times that new skills are found, new talents are realised and new levels of awesomeness are reached. It is very hard to mentally go back to the way things were before.

We’ve had glitching technology, students without their regular support, classes without their usual teachers, students missing half their project group, teachers supporting relievers on both sides of their own classroom, parents bringing half their street to school, teams without subs, teaching staff operating the office phone system on their break - through this all we have been able to continue operating at an extremely high level.

Thank you to every member of our school community who has stepped up and into a role they would not usually be in. Together we are a very powerful team; one with wide skill sets and one that we can all be very proud to be a member of.

Maree Lloyd

Deputy Principal

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday 24th June - Matariki

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Tomorrow we will hold a preloved uniform sale. All jumpers are $5 and everything else is $2.


2:45pm - 3:15 in room 17, next to the sandpit playground on Station Road entry.

Matariki - School Closed

Friday 24th June

In Māori culture, Matariki is both the name of the Pleiades star cluster and of the celebration of its first rising in late June or early July. This marked the beginning of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar.

In New Zealand, 2022 is the first year Matariki is being recognised with a public holiday. Therefore please note, the school will be closed.

Disco - Save The Date!

Are you ready to get your glow on??

Our HFN are excited to announce a date for the school disco - Thursday 7th July. More details to come out next week.

Emergency Lockdown Training

Last Friday we put our leadership and Ops team through an Emergency Lockdown training exercise. Emergency Lockdowns (as opposed to COVID lockdowns) can occur for all sorts of reasons. Primarily it is about securing the site to ensure student safety. Situations such as wild dogs on site, a weather situation, or a situation or activity that we want children excluded from that is close by i.e. car accident, domestic situation and in the worse case - an armed event. We will be running an emergency lockdown practice with students later this term. This will involve parents in testing our communication processes also. We will advise parents when this will occur.

We Need Your Help!

This is our new annual school fundraiser. Taupaki has the fireworks, Riverhead has the rampage, Huapai now has THE MUD RUN! (and our annual Community Quiz).

We need to find 20 helpers each day:

Wednesday 3rd August

Thursday 4th August

Friday 5th August

Please use the link below for more information and to register.

** The first class to get 4 parent entries = hot chip lunch. One class has only 1 more registration to go!

Couldn't Make It To The Scholastic Book Fair?

Order online by using the Scholastic Book Club LOOP app.

Late Or Absent Students

If your child(ren) are arriving at school after the 9am bell has gone, please ensure they are signing in as late at the School Office.

If your child(ren) are not going to be attending school for the day, or for a period of time, please register their absence via the HERO or SchoolApps app.

Website Of The Week

Top 10 Playgounds In Auckland

A fun way to spend a day is to do a playground crawl. You could level this up by having the children rate each one and make notes on your favourite to redesign with lego at home.

Montessori Open Day

Saturday 11th June 10am - 11am.

Massey High School Open Night

Monday 20th June.

Looking For Something To Do During The July School Holidays?

Shrek The Musical

July 12th - 16th

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Bricks 4 Kidz

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

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 -


A major sponsor in this year's School Donation sponsorship prize draw. Generously donating a $600 voucher which was won by our first place prize draw winner.

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.