Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, 14th June 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

The long weekend was very timely! I hope you all enjoyed it. Things are busy at school at school right now. Please take note of all the extras in this weeks newsletter, as it is full of interesting information and important dates that are coming up!

I am VERY excited to share with you our new School Website! It is linked to our SchoolApp, and can also be found at I have been working with the web developer from SchoolApps since the beginning of the term, and am very proud of the finished product! Please share it with your family and friends. A calendar has been added to the webpage too, so you can keep tabs on upcoming meetings and events in our community.

Our Junior teachers and students have been involved in a new literacy programme launched by the Ministry of Education this term, and they received a very rewarding visit from Professor Jo Walker last Thursday. She raved about the wonderful teaching that was happening in our Junior classes, and also commented on the enthusiasm of our students when it came to their literacy learning.

As you will be aware, auditions for our school production 'The Lion King' will be taking place soon. Mrs Woodward will be directing the production, and Mrs Adriana Thomas will be teaching in Room 1 each Thursday to release Mrs Woodward so she can fulfil her directing duties. Welcome Adriana!

Last Friday we said farewell to Aylah Kettle in He Puāwai. We wish her all the best at Waitara Central.

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:

Kia pai to wiki (have a great week)!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


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 with the oldest or only child today. 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.


Below is an updated visual of our school RAFT Values. Using the community and student consultations that were conducted last year and early this year, our staff have re-designed our RAFT Values.

Schools' Visions and Values must truly reflect a school, and should be 'living and breathing'. In time, these visions and values change to suit the community and its learners.

Looking at the feedback from the consultations that were held (before my time at Huirangi), Family and Whānau and Thinkers clearly stood out as changes we needed to make to RAFT to make it meaningful to our learners at this moment in time.

Fair and Trustworthy are still definitely part of our day to day practice at school, and are imbedded into the values of Respect and Accountability.

Thank you to those of you who shared your voice in helping us to re-design our school values. Your childs' teacher will share more about these with you at 3-Way Conferences in July.

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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. Children need to be collected from school at 1pm. If you have a problem collecting your child at this time, please contact the school.

Person of Character

At assembly the following names were drawn out and the children's good deeds celebrated:- Maddeline Pearce for showing RAFT values, Carlitos Monroy Felix for completing homework tasks, Madison Drinkwater for focusing well on her work, Brayden Taylor for super tidying up, Marcus Sheehy for being helpful to others, Elise de Ward for being a tidy kiwi, Zayde Lawrence for fabulous homework, Allie Pokere tino pai te korero Maori, Sophie Brett for being amazing at assembly with a 'silent' cheer and Charlotte Gray for excellent reading and writing, and Ziana Webb-Podevin for passing spelling list 1, after both receiving an orange 10 point card. Congratulations everyone.

Rotary Dictionaries

Last week our 17 Year 5 students were presented with a dictionary each, courtesy of a Rotary initiative in conjunction with Farm Source and Fonterra that has been operating for many years now.

These dictionaries are beautiful and I know the children will treasure them for years to come.

Support Staff Week

Each year NZEI holds a 'support staff week' in which support staff in schools are celebrated and acknowledged for the vital work they undertake. So huge thanks to Michelle, Ray, Colleen & Judy for all your work. Thanks guys - you are amazing!

Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee. March 2022.

A message from Peter Wilson, author of the Jubilee Book:

With the 150th Jubilee coming up in March 2022 I would like to collect some stories from more recent generations to add to the stories that are in the 125th Jubilee Book.

  • What were your childhood dreams?
  • Did your Huirangi childhood influence your adult accomplishments

Huirangi was a battle field in the 1860's. While this is part of out history a number of residents and ex-residents have had their own battles in life and I thought it could be a unifying theme to ask people to share some of the battles they have had to face in life. For some it is a personal struggle against an illness or an accident, maybe a physical or mental struggle to cope with a work problem, or a battle to achieve a particular goal. Some aspects of these situations could be very personal and I do not want to pressure anyone into sharing stories you do not want to make public, but sharing some insights you have gained in the 'battles' you have faced would give Huirangi a story of courage and resilience - give us a positive outlook in the face of adversities people and the country at large has had to face.

For further information or questions please contact:

Peter Wilson


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 today, 14th June. Last year this was an awesome fundraiser for the Home & School - so, lets make it awesome again this year! Orders are to be paid either by cash to school, or direct debit to the Home & School account noted on the form. Only ONE payment per form please.

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 date for the Waitara Schools Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby Tournament has now changed to Monday 21st June. This event is being held at Clifton Park, opposite Waitara High School.

The children involved have been practicing hard with the support from Te Waiti Mareikura from the TRFU, Ms Southee and Mrs Looney, and are really looking forward to a fun day of rippa!

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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.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby Tournament - now Monday 21st June
  • NZEI Paid Union Meeting-Wednesday 23rd June (Early finish,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

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

Head Lice - Hair Management

A reminder to everyone the importance of your child having their hair tied up while at school. This applies to both boys and girls! We do have some reported cases of children being who are being treated for head lice at present, so please be vigilant in checking heads. If your child has head lice, please treat their hair thoroughly before they return to school.

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