Newsletter Week 9, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 27th June, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

What a special morning we had last Thursday, to celebrate Puanga and the new classroom names and signage! It was an absolutely stunning morning, and it was awesome to see so many of our families brave the early start and the cold weather to attend. The glorious morning enabled us to see Puanga so clearly, and Damon Ritai was an excellent MC.

Thanks again to Jo Alldridge, Alicia Lepper, Rhonda Caldwell, Tara Honnor and their amazing team who cooked and cleaned all morning! A big thanks also to New World, Waitara and their suppliers for providing the kai. Everyone left warm, full and happy.

I am sure you will all agree our tamariki did us proud on Thursday morning with their speaking and performing. I am sure they were very tired that evening!

I left school on Thursday feeling so proud of our entire community. It was great to be able to assemble together again, after what has felt like a really long time!

Only two weeks left until the end of term! I am sure they will go fast!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Year 5 and 6 Tough Kids

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRY CHALLENGE is coming to Manukorihi Intermediate, and our Year 5 and 6 students have been invited!

The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon and Sport Taranaki team will be coming to Manukorihi on Wednesday 6th July to take part in the first Taranaki in school TRY Challenge event.

Our tamariki will be completing an obstacle course with lots of surprises along the way! The goal of the TRY CHALLENGE is to encourage Kiwi kids to get active, more often and have fun.

All students taking part in the event will receive an official TRYathlon t-shirt and be awarded their Champions medal as they cross the finish line. Thanks to the Weet-Bix TRYathlon Foundation and Toi Foundation the event will be put on free of charge!

Weet-Bix lunch will also be provided. A transport notice will be coming home today.

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students whos names were drawn out at assembly.

17 June 22

Otis Paul - Showing kindness to new classmates; Luca Webb-Podevin - Great talk partner; Alivia Williams - Homework; Phillipa Andrews - Helps others when hurt.

Orange Cards - Rakeiora Nagle - For having the best week of kind interactions and focussed learning; Evie Wilson - Choosing to improve on maths skills and showing accountability; Jake Hine and Nova Kemp - Awesome transition into Māhuri; Jimmy Pokere - For helping his friends and being a good role model.


Individual and class photos are ordered directly from Photolife.

Choose Online Order and enter your childs Keycode. If you are unsure of the code, the school office has a list of them sent through from Photolife so just give us a ring or email and we can provide it for you.

House of Science

Volunteers needed – House of Science

This term your children are experiencing a new, fun way to learn science with the engaging and hands-on science kits provided by the House of Science. House of Science are a non-profit who develop and create resource kits with the vision of every NZ child being scientifically literate.

We are looking for volunteers who could help us deliver and collect the kits to schools in the local area on alternate Monday and Thursday mornings. All mileage is reimbursed. We also need volunteers who could spare a few hours a week on a Thursday or Friday to help us top-up the kits ready for the next group of kids to start their learning!

If you might be able to help and would like to find out more, please contact Deborah Jones at the House of Science or call 021 027 14105. Thank you.

School Hoodie Orders!

Game Changer have opened up a link for hoodie orders. Please click on the link below to order yous!


Each newsletter this term will have a spotlight on a different kopa (classroom). Māhuri is our Year 1 and 2 class, taught by Mrs. Woodward. The whakatauki for Māhuri is: “Te māhuri tororangi ~ The way a sapling is nurtured determines how the tree will grow.”

In Māhuri this term we have been investigating water quality and the impact that humans can have on whether our waterways are healthy or not. Although we have not yet been able to go on a trip to a local river, we have been testing samples from our school swimming pool, the water we drink at school, water collected from waterways near our houses and the creek in the farm next to our school. Māhuri have looked at some of the creatures that live in natural water and have also been investigating the pH and nitrate levels of our water samples. We are happy to report that our tap water has a pH of 7.0 and nitrate levels at zero, which makes it super safe to drink!

Student Success

Katie Alldridge (Year 6 in He Kākano) recently travelled away to represent Gymnastics Waitara, in the Step 3 competition. She did amazingly well!

In Hamilton she placed:

1st in Beam

2nd in Vault

6th Floor Routine

6th in Uneven Bars

She came 1st overall for Step 3 and her team came 3rd.

In Hastings she placed:

3rd in Beam

2nd in Vault

2nd in Floor Rountine

5th in Uneven Bars

She came 1st overall for Step 3 and her team came 1st too.

He whetu koe (you are a star) Katie! We are so proud of you!

Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby

Our Year 5 and 6 Ripper Teams headed to the Champion of Champions at Tikorangi last week.

It was an absolutely freezing day and these kids toughed it out, representing our school with pride!

Congratulations to both teams, in particular the Huirangi Hammerheads who won their section 10-11 right on full time!

Thanks to Melissa Young and Michael Gee for managing the teams on the day, and to all the parents who provided transport. Could those of you who haven't please get the Huirangi School tops back to the school office.

Huirangi Home and School

  • Keep an eye out for our fantastic 'Winter Getaway' raffle, it is one you won't want to miss!
  • A HUGE thank you to Bunnings who donated our school this BBQ! We are truly grateful! The BBQ certainly came in handy last Thursday!

Children arriving Late

If your child/ren arrive at school after the 9am bell it is important that they report to the school office before going to class. This is for Health and Safety reasons as we must know who is on site at all times.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our fabulour sponsors!

Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Newsletter Sponsorship


Huge thanks for your support to help us produce the newsletter this year.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday 6th July - Year 5 and 6 Try Kids event at Manukorihi Intermediate.

Friday 8th July - End of Term 2

Monday 25th July - Start of Term 3

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