The Connection Week 1 Term 2

Huapai District School 6th May 2021


Welcome back to term two. As explained last term, this term, John Petrie is not at school as he is on sabbatical.

Over the holidays I was lucky enough to go to Adrenalin Forest just out of Tauranga with my family. Heights are not my favourite, but I am always up for fun and keen to role model grit for my children. All was going well until I got stuck at 16m with no way forward and no way back. A swing forward hadn’t returned back the full way and I had no way of reaching it. The last trapeze had swung back to the previous tree. I was well out of my comfort zone and unsure. It took some serious self talk (and a few tears) to find a way out of my situation. Up there, I was reminded of the joke “what do a woman and a tea bag have in common?” The answer is “you don’t know how strong they are until they are put in hot water”. Now that I am back at school, I feel that we could extend this joke to be “What do Huapai kids and a tea bag have in common”. We are often tempted to help our children avoid the hot water, avoid the challenge in the hopes to keep them safe. But our Huapai children are so much stronger than we give them credit for sometimes. I encourage you to talk with your children this term as so many opportunities arise for them to dip their toes into the unknown, to take up the challenge, to be brave and to grow.

Our first full school opportunity for this is at athletics next week. Seniors are Monday at the domain and juniors are Tuesday here at school.

So as Keryn and I roll up our sleeves ready for a big term, we want to thank you for being our support crew!

(As for the trees, I climbed up the tree even further and jumped to grab the little pulley rope that would bring the swing closer to me - there’s always a way.)


Maree Lloyd

Upcoming Events

  • Senior Athletics - Monday 10th May
  • Junior Athletics - Tuesday 11th May
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 4th June
  • Board Meeting - Tuesday 8th June

Appointment of Staff

Due to health concerns, Nigel Bacon is regretfully stepping back from full time teaching. It is with much sadness that we have accepted Nigel’s resignation. Nigel will remain within the school as a priority reliever. Alisha Arasmus will be teaching this class full time for the remainder of the term.

Student Of The Week

Anina says, "I love being at school. The best part of Huapai is we have three playgrounds! I love writing at school."

Athletics Days

This year we have moved athletics to Term 2. This is for two reasons. 1) To reduce the sun exposure for our students as there is limited shade and 2) to hopefully free up time in Term 4 to run a school triathlon. The dates for athletics are:

Seniors years 5-8 Monday 10th May at the Huapai Domain and Juniors (years 1-4) Tuesday 11th May here at school. The rain dates for these events are the Monday and Tuesday of the following week. If we are unable to hold the athletic days in Term 2, we will look to run them in Term 4.

Do You Have A Child With Neuro-Diverse Learning Needs Or Know Someone Who Does?

If so, come along to the first HDS Neuro-Diverse Whanau Support Group and meet other parents/caregivers who know what it’s like to raise a child with Neuro-Diverse needs. The group will be a place for parents to share their experiences and ideas, and to gain support from one another.

Date: Tuesday 18th May, 2021

Time: 9.00am

Location: Huapai District School Staffroom

If you would like to come but cannot make this time/date, please contact Kelly Charteris:

We will look at picking dates and times that work better in the future for people who want to attend.

HDS Breakfast Club

Breakfast club is up and running. This is to give children an opportunity to meet and make new friends. We provide the children with a breakfast of cereal and milk, bread and spreads (margarine, honey, peanut butter and vegemite). All food will be provided by the school.

Please speak to your children about this, and let us know if your child/children are interested in being part of it. We will require you to give permission via KINDO, and notify us of ANY allergies or special food requirements your child might have.

No child can attend the breakfast club until consent has been given on KINDO.

The breakfast club runs from 8.30am each morning, for approximately 20 minutes in Studio 2.

If you would like to be part of the team and could roster on one morning to help serve the children, that would also be much appreciated.

Please email for more information.

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Bake Sale - Thursday 13th May

As a fundraiser for the Mental Health Foundation, a few of our senior students have organised a bake sale. Baked goods will be available for purchase outside Studios 3 and 4 at lunch time, Thursday 13th May.
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Yummy Apple Stickers

It’s time to start collecting the apple stickers again! Every year we collect these stickers and bag cut outs, which count towards a share of $200,000 free DG sports gear. There is a printable form attached to this newsletter, or children can collect one from the office. Sticker sheets should be returned to school when they are complete.

School Building Improvements

You may have noticed that we have had the outside of the office block, science room, library and rooms 6-10 painted. We are working hard to give your children an environment of which they can feel proud. Our next step in our plans is to upgrade our library. We will be asking for your help with this as we seek to raise funds for a refurbishment of the library through a readathon this term. Details of this will be sent home next week.

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all our mothers a very happy Mother’s Day for Sunday

HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates and to share regular learning posts. 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.