The Connection Week 5 Term 3

Huapai District School 25th August 2022


“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them how to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realisation that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” - Sloan Wilson.

I’ve recently taken up a new sport - golf. Well, let's just say, I’ve taken up a new sport of hitting a golf ball with a club. I’m loving it and it is something I can do with my boys. Taking them to the driving range has been a big lesson of knowing when to support them in learning a new skill, and when to give them freedom to just play in order to be successful.

As I watched the boys swing and miss, I tried telling them what they needed to do. This did not go down well at all and the frustration grew for both myself and the boys. Mr. 10 made the comment, “Mum, don’t tell me what to do… you don’t even know what you are doing yourself!” And he was right.

I stopped the advice and enabled them the freedom to just hit the ball, to get the feeling of the clubs and their body position, while having fun. And then it happened… when given the freedom, the boys later gave me the opportunity to support with the advice and little knowledge I actually had, and then they flew!

I could say it was all about my amazing coaching skills, but in all reality, it was about the support and freedom they were given to learn at their own pace, and the realisation that I needed to allow that.

So next time there is a new skill your child wants to learn, see what happens when you give them the freedom and support to be ‘shaky’ like the first time on a bicycle. They have more grit, resilience and tenacity that we will ever know if given the opportunity.

Keryn Annan

Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 7th September - School Board Election Day
  • Monday 12th September 9am - Calendar Art Orders Close
  • Friday 30th September - Last Day Of Term 3
  • Friday 14th October - School Quiz Night
  • Monday 17th October - First Day Of Term 4
  • Monday 17th October - School Photos

Student Of The Week

Amreen (year 0) says:

"I love this school. It’s my school. It has three playgrounds and you can play in all of them. I like learning about dinosaurs - we are learning about when they were born and how they died. My favourite thing is swinging in the basket swing!"


We would like to thank you for your efforts supporting your children with their recent Math-a-thon. It was great to see the children sharing that “Mum helped me with my maths” or “Pop and I had a maths quiz and I bet him!”

It’s now time to tidy up the sponsorship side of things. Please return your fundraising money / donations as soon as possible. This should be returned to the school office or finalised using the Give - a - little page linked below.

Quiz Night

It’s back! We are excited to announce the date for our annual community quiz. Last year was a fantastic evening. Now is the time to save the date, grab your friends and start planning your theme!

Tables are $300 and seats up to 10 people. Tickets are limited and are now available on Kindo or at the school office.

Calendar Art Work

It’s that time again!. Your children have been working hard this term creating masterpieces for their calendar artwork.

Orders are made online directly through Kids Artworks. Ordering closes on Monday 12 September at 9am.

Keep an eye out for the order forms that will be sent home with your child/ren over the next few days.

Mask Wearing Update

Mask wearing remains strongly recommended whilst we remain at “Orange”.

We committed to lifting our expectations and management of this for the first four weeks of this term. Our view until directed or mandated will be...

“We continue to supply and encourage mask wearing, however the school's stance will be mask wearing is recommended but not required”.

Term 3 School Donation Sponsored Prize Draw

Thank you to all those who have paid their school donations this year. This is such a key element to the success of our school. Your donation is what moves our school from good to great!

As a means of thanking you, every family who has paid their school donation in full by Wednesday 31st August will automatically go into our 2nd smaller annual draw in Term 3, to recognise those families that are not able to pay in full for our bigger April prize draw. Families with more than 1 child who have paid the family donation will have 2 entries.

Prizes to include a 50% discount to our Huapai Plus programme to the value of $100 and bottles of wine.

You can pay your school donations through HERO, if paid in full.

Alternatively for part (or full) payments, you can pay via direct deposit to the school bank account as per your invoice or below:

Huapai District School

ASB 12-3659-0025306-00

Every dollar received through school donations will be used for resources that will touch the hands of your children.

2023 Term Dates

These are the Term Dates for 2023:

Term 1: Thursday 2nd February - Thursday 6th April

Term 2: Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October - Tuesday 19th December

There will be one Teacher only day and this will be held on Friday 2nd June (Queens Birthday weekend). This day will be for a combined schools teacher only day.

Out Of Zone Enrolments For 2023

Our school has a school zone. Currently we only accept out of zone enrolments for the Montessori class and siblings of children attending our school already. Each year (September) schools are required to advertise in local papers if they are taking out of zone students. We will not be accepting students beyond the above criteria. We are confirming there will be no ballot for out of zone places at Huapai in 2023.

Summer Cricket For Kumeu

Registrations opened on August 1st. Please click the link below if you would like to register your child(ren) to play summer cricket.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Big picture

Creative Matters

Aroha Skate Lessons

Aroha Skate is back again in term 4. Register your child below for the weekly after school sessions.

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 3. 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.