The Connection Week 3 Term 4

Huapai District School 3rd November 2022


“None of the doors around here open or close because of me. They open and close because of all the little people who come here.”

This quote comes from Brendon Morrissey, the Kaitaia School Principal. His words sum up the essence of a school. The students are the heart of a school. Everything we do is for the children. Without them, we have no school. We are guided by their passions, needs and interests.

Education is our core business, but learning does not always happen only in the classroom. This week we have been lucky enough to have a whole team of staff members and adults wrapped around our production of Annie Jr. Through the skill and guidance of this team, our students are nurtured and able to shine. The level of learning, growth and leadership that these amazing students have experienced by being involved in a school production is incredible.

When the stage curtains open each show, it is because of all the little people who come here. We thank you for sharing your children with us.

Maree Lloyd

Deputy Principal

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 10th November - Senior Athletics Day
  • Friday 11th November - Quiz Night
  • Friday 2nd December - Gumboot Friday
  • Friday 16th December - Last Day Of School (School finishes 1pm)

Student Of The Week

Maddison (Year 0) says: "I like my school. The best thing is making new friends. I like playing on the bike track and on the playground. It’s hard to make my mind up which is the best. I love Maths."

Quiz Night - Friday 11th November


We are loving hearing the themes that people are using for their group.

Would you like to come to our annual event but don’t have enough people to make a table? How about joining one of our year level tables and spending the evening with a group of adults who have children the same age as yours?

Please use KINDO or call into the office to purchase tickets at the following tables:

Year 1 adults

Year 2 adults

Year 3&4 adults

Year 5&6 adults

Year 7&8 adults

Tickets are selling fast!

We will have LIVE auctions on the night - check them out below.

Gumboot Friday

Friday 2nd December

Although this day is traditionally tomorrow, we will hold a non-uniform day to raise money for this cause in week 7. We ask you to hold your gumboot wearing until this day.

Here's A Great Story...

These are the sunflowers Georgia has grown at home from the sunflower seeds she received in her kete from Powhiri when she first started school.

What Might 2023 Look Like For Your Child?


As we move towards the end of the year, we begin the long process of finalising student placements for 2023. Each year we are funded by the Ministry of Education for teachers by the number of students we have. Then we best shape our class structure using these numbers.

Our 2023 school structure is as follows:

Year 1 - 3 classes

Year 2 & 3 composite - 5 classes

Year 4 - 2 classes

Year 5 & 6 composite - 4 classes

Year 7 & 8 composite - 3 classes

If you would like to provide any additional information that you think the school should consider when placing your child, please use the form linked below. Please use this official form instead of conversations or emails directly with your child’s current teacher or other staff members.

This form will close Friday 4th November.

If you are no longer intending to remain at Huapai School in 2023, please advise the school office ( as soon as possible, so this can be taken into consideration when creating classes.

Senior Athletics

Thursday 10th November

As we were unable to hold our senior athletics day earlier in the year due to inclement weather, we are delighted to be able to advise the new date of Thursday 10th November. Please click the link below for more information.

Leadership Booklets

If your child is currently working on these, the final date for submission of completed workbooks is the end of week 4 this term.

Sun Hats And Sunscreen For Term 4

It is our school policy that all students must wear a school hat during Terms 1 and 4 (from labour weekend) every year. Please ensure you are sending your child(ren) to school with a school uniform hat. These can be ordered through the School Uniform shop or purchased at the School Office.

Please also ensure you are applying sunscreen to your child(ren) each morning before they come to school. Summer is on the way and the sun is getting hot!

Spring Spruce

Thanks to the funds raised through our Math-a-thon this year, as part of our Spring Spruce we were able to upgrade our school pool changing rooms. The floor tiles were removed and the concrete grinded and sealed with a non-slip coating. New toilets were installed and new toilet doors. This is of benefit to all our students now that we are back in the swimming season.

Creative Matters - Term 4

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 -

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.

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.

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