Newsletter Week 5 Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, 31st May 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

The days are getting colder, but it has been awesome to see some sunshine over the past two weeks!

Things here at school are always busy, and I love visiting the classes every day to sit and talk with our tamariki about their work. I know you will all agree how lucky our kids are having such outstanding teachers! I had the privilege of teaching in He Puāwai last Friday. It was awesome to see how well the youngest members of our school whānau manage themselves in both their learning and in play.

Last week we said farewell to Devy and Nikau Kettle. We wish them all the best for their time at Mimi School.

In response to the feedback I have received from the School Hoodie Survey (88% yes), the Year 5 and 6 students have been doing some creative thinking designing possibilities for what our hoodies will look like. Last Thursday I took a group of 4 budding young designers to Game Changer in New Plymouth to meet the team that will be in charge of our hoodie project (see photo). The girls and I learnt so much about the processes involved in fashion and graphic design in getting ideas from 'start to finish'. We are continuing to work closely with Game Changer and will hopefully have a final product to launch in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Every term our Board reviews our policies. This month one of the policies is Reporting to Parents. See the link below to familiarise yourself with this policy:

If you have any comments please contact me:

Please remember that this Friday is Teacher Only Day. School will be closed for all students, and will sadly remain open for the staff to do some hard mahi!

Kia pai to wiki (have a great week)!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Person of Character

At assembly last week the following children had their names drawn out from the many Person of Character cards:- Alivia Williams for beautiful drawing, Brayden Taylor & Harper Jupp for super tidying up and Autumn Featonby for completing homework tasks. They all received a Duffy Book as a reward. Congratulations !

Photo Shoot Keys

Each child will bring home today their individual 'shoot key' which is the access keycode you use to view and order school photos online. Please note there is a 'free delivery' time in which ordered photos will be sent to school and sent home to you, free of charge. After this time, you can still order photos but will have to pay for the postage.

3 Way Conferences

Parent, Teacher, Student conferences will be held on Monday July 5th and Tuesday July 6th.

We aim for 100% turnout as it is vital that we are able to touch base in person with parents to celebrate successes and discuss next steps and goals.

A time preference form will be sent home shortly. This is for you to indicate which day and 'time block' you would prefer and we will try to set appointment times to suit everyone!

If you cannot make any of the proposed dates, please contact your child's teacher directly via email, to make an appointment, otherwise, return your preference slip to the school office by 9am Monday 28th June.

Huirangi School Reunion

The next organising committee meeting is set for Wednesday June 2nd - at 7.00pm in Room 3 at school. The confirmed day and date for the reunion, along with how to register will be advised shortly.

Quiz Night!

Friday, July 2nd, 6:30pm

Huirangi Hall

Cost: $10 per person

Team Size: Maximum of 6 adults [no children, sorry]

Bring: Your own nibbles and drinks

Available on the night: Dumb Dots [maximum of 10 per team at $1 each] and Joker Cards [$10, max 1 per team]

No Door Sales: please register your team with the office

Hosted by the Huirangi Home and School.

More Home & School News

ANDERSON PIE ORDERS - Forms for these yummy pies will come home to you on 14th June. Last year this was an awesome fundraiser for the Home & School - so, lets make it awesome again this year!

LAST DAY OF TERM BOUGHT LUNCHES - Friday 9th July - Dominos pizza slices and hot chocolate drink. The prepay/preorder forms will come home to you on 28 June, to be back at school by 9am Thursday 8th July

Rippa Rugby

The annual Waitara Schools Year 5 and 6 Rippa Tournament is being held on Friday 18th June. The teams are having a coaching session with the TRFU this week, and I am looking for a couple of keen parents who would be willing to help coach our two teams please.

Contact me at school if you can help out:

Paid Union Meeting

Our teachers will be attending a paid union meeting on the afternoon of 23rd June.

The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say.

While there will be some impact on the usual school programme that day, we have adjusted the programme to minimise disruption. School will close at 1pm. If you have a problem collecting your child at this time, please contact the school.

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.

Updating Contact Details

Please remember to keep the office up to date with any changes to your addresses, and contact numbers. You can either phone the office, or email to

Please keep the 'schoolapp' absences tab for absences only, not for any queries you may have as this is read only - we cannot reply via this method

Upcoming Events

  • Reunion Committee meeting - Wednesday 2nd June
  • Mobile Library Bus - Thursday 3rd June
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 4th June [school closed]
  • Queens Birthday -Monday 7th June [school closed]
  • Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby Tournament - Friday 18th June
  • NZEI Paid Union Meeting-Wednesday 23rd June (School Closes at 1pm)
  • Board of Trustees Meeting -Thursday 24th June at 6.00pm
  • Home & School Meeting - Wednesday 30th June at 2.00pm
  • Mobile Library Bus - Thursday 1st July
  • H&S QUIZ NIGHT - Friday 2nd July
  • 3 Way Conferences-Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th July
  • Bought Lunches - Friday 9th July
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 9th July

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