Tuesday Times

Havelock North Primary School 10th August 2021

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Kia ora koutou,

A big thank you to Bridge Hansen and the Big Night Out organising team for what was a really positive community night on Saturday. Well done to MC's Ben McLeod and John Allen as well as auctioneer Pete Maidens. I hope the vocal cords have recovered gentlemen. Thank you to those who attended and the very generous sponsorship we received.

This term we say a big welcome to our new students. Well done to Oliver and Callum L'Hoste for making such a positive start to life at Havelock North Primary.

Thank you to parents, teachers and students for the very successful Learning Conferences that were held last week. We saw approximately 85% off all families which was a fantastic turnout. Please contact your child's teacher if last week did not suit, as it is important the learning dialogue between home and school is ongoing.

Last Friday was a busy old day for extra curricular activities in the Mahuri team. Well done to our Chess team who competed in the Hawke's Bay Chess championships with a number of notable achievements. A big thank you to Toni Te Whaiti and the amazing supporters. Please see Toni's report below.

We also had the Year 5 & 6 Greenmeadows (Greenlock) sports exchange. I always enjoy this exchange, as it is always played in a fantastic spirit. HNP took out the tie 4-1 with our netball team suffering their first loss of the season against a very slick Greenmeadows outfit. A huge thank you to Mrs Cooper for coordinating this event and our wonderful coaches and supporters who made this opportunity available for our tamariki.

Campbell Street is still closed to through traffic. I had hoped that it would be open by now. We will update you with information when it comes to hand.

A reminder that next Wednesday, 18th August from 5:30 pm -6:30 pm, we have a Hui to organise our Hangi which will take place in week 8. We would love to have people along to help plan this event. Thank you to those wonderful people who have already offered a range of produce which will mean we can provide free samples to our students.

Have a great week everyone. After a tough start to the week on the weather front, it looks like we may enjoy some spring like temperatures later in the week.

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed


Random Act of Kindness

Kindness is a key part of our school values system. Recently Guy Sowman was the recipient of a random act of kindness and he decided to "pay it forward". Guy's act of kindness was to buy Ms Washington and Mr Reed a cup of coffee. Guy decided that it would be great if every person in our school could have a "pay it forward" card so they too could do something kind for someone else. As a result of this, we are currently getting a "pay it forward" card designed so we can have this as an annual fixture on our school calendar. We were so impressed with Guy's kind thoughts, which align so well with our school values, that we wanted to share this message with our school community.

Chess Championships

The initial nerves of the first round soon turned into competitive excitement in the second round. From there, it was all on between the B-grade teams. At the end of each round, there was a mad scramble to view the updated scoreboard. Debates about how the scores were calculated ensued. The comradery between the teams increased with each round. Then, in the fifth and final round, all three B grade teams were in the top three on the leaderboard. A gasp of horror was heard when the final draw showed that two of our teams had to play each other and the realisation that someone wouldn't win. As they settled into their games the students displayed the HNP values, supporting those who didn't win.

The A grade team showed exactly why they were in the A grade. Players returned from playing their game in less than a minute to have won in only 4 moves. A great day was had by all. Who knew chess could be such an adrenaline rush!

A Grade - 3rd place

Samuel Drysdale Y4
Griffin Bellamy Y4
Eriez Ballamy Y5
Arlie du Plessis Y6

B Grade - 4th

George Dorward Y6
Hugo Jones Y6
Dario Rotondo Y6
Adrian Herman Y6

B Grade - 1st

Lachlan Mackay Y6
James Barrett Y6
Nicholas Gleeson Y6
Rueben Buckley Y4

B Grade - 2nd

Louis Howie Y6
Marshall Jeffries Y5
Ethan Evans Y6
Ben Fergus Y6

Big Night Out

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to the Big Night Out on Saturday. Hopefully a fun night had by all!
A huge shout out to all the amazing sponsors who supported us and generously donated items for our auctions! Together we raised around $25k for the school, so a great effort!


Entries are now open for the Peak Trail Blazer 2021. You can enter online HERE https://eventplus.net/PTB21

The Peak Trail Blazer is one of our main school fundraising events and is a lot of fun for our kids and families.

This year we are selling the t-shirts online through the entry website page and we have several package deals available for families. The Peak Trail Blazer T-shirts can be worn as school uniform in the fourth term and will be handed out to classrooms on the first day of term four. So please get entering and ordering your t-shirts. The support is much appreciated.

We are running a t-shirt slogan competition again this year.

The Peak Trail Blazer is a fundraising event, which supports the school and a charity in the community. Over the past 11 years, the event has raised over $200,000. This year 70% of the fundraising will go towards upgrading our school turf and the other 30% is going to support Re-Source, which is an amazing charity that keeps recyclables out of landfills and gives them to families in need in our community. Re-Source is growing by the day and they need help with storage and shelving, so the Peak Trail Blazer is getting right behind them. So please support the Peak Trail Blazer and ENTER now! Remember entries for the Tainui Trail are capped and sell out, so we encourage you to enter early.

If you would like to help support the event in any way please contact Catherine Wedd on 0212886770 or peaktrailblazer@hnps.school.nz

For more information about the charity we are supporting please visit their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/resourcehb

Peak Trail Blazer T-shirt update

This week the slogan competition opened for our very popular Peak Trail Blazer t-shirts. We are excited to offer the students at HNPS the opportunity to come up with a winning slogan which will be printed on the front of 500 t-shirts which are worn as school uniform in term 4 and also by the Peak Trail Blazer competitors. This year the t-shirt will be navy blue and we are looking for three words, three syllables to print on the front. So we hope the kids will get their creative juices flowing and we look forward to seeing some super cool slogans. The competition will close next Friday and the winner will be announced at assembly the following week. Entries for the Peak Trail Blazer have been strong since entries opened last month. Remember member entries are capped on the Tainui Trail so we do encourage you to get your entries in early if you don’t want to miss out. We have some great package deals this year for families. You can enter at https://eventplus.net/PTB21

Best Regards,

Catherine Wedd

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Term 3 Sport

What's happening in sport this term?

REX GRAHAM - Friday 20th August

This exchange is looking a bit different moving forward, and will now be a full day tournament between a number of the Havelock North and surrounds schools. This year we are lucky enough to be able to send two teams for the following sports Netball, Hockey, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer and Rugby.

A HUGE thank you to the volunteers in the form of coaches, managers, teachers, parent transport help and supporters who are giving up their time to make this happen for the kids.

HNP School Cross Country - Thursday 2nd September

Super Sixes - Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th September

Sport News - email to sport@hnps.school.nz

S T A C Awards for Term 3, Week 1

These are the students who are not only displaying our school values out in the sporting arena, but have been selected as they are demonstrating

S - Sportsmanship T - Teamwork A - Attitude C - Coachability


Billy Kerr

Mila Paewai-Robinson


Ruby Jarvis

Ellen Wagstaff

Ruby O'Sullivan

Bea Stewart

Sophia Morris

Carys Seccombe


Florence Reid

Sophie Wedd

Tessa Reid

Olivia O'Callaghan King

James Barrett

Georgia Kavana-McGhie

Caro Gannon

Victoria Dorward

Ethan Evans

Barefoot 10s

Logan August

Cam Wagstaff

Sam Cranswick

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Out and About

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Term Dates and Teacher Only Days 2021

Term 3 2021

26 July – 1 October

Term 4 2021

18 October – 16 December

Public holidays this term are Hawke's Bay Anniversary - Friday 22nd October and Labour Day – Monday 25 October

Teacher Only Day

27th August

Up Coming Events

  • BOT meeting - Wednesday 11th August - 5:30pm
  • Home and School meeting - Monday 16th August -7:30pm
  • Hangi Hui -Wednesday 18th August 5:30pm
  • HNI Open Evening -Thursday 19th August
  • Rex Graham Cup - Friday 20th August
  • Kids Sing Wednesday 25th August
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 27th August
  • HNPS Cross Country - Thursday 2nd September
  • Senior Cultural Show Arts Performance @ Peak Vision Church - Monday 22nd September
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 1st October
  • Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day Friday 22nd October
  • Labour Day Monday 25th October
  • Peak Trail Blazer - Sunday 31st October
  • Blast in the Park - Friday 5th November
  • HNPS Athletics - Friday 12th November
  • School Year finishes - Thursday 16th December