The Connection Week 1 Term 3

Huapai District School 29th July 2021


Welcome to Term 3!

Welcome to the 13 new children and families that started this week.

Welcome Jason McKearney and Kirstin Robinson to our teaching team.

For me personally, it is so good to be back in school. I had last term on leave with a grant to take a sabbatical and do some study. I visited schools, attended some courses, read lots and researched the work from Gallup into strengths based leadership. It is (however) great to be back with the staff and your children. Special thanks to the team we have here that covered me during this time.

Whilst visiting other schools, it is so interesting how this can point you back to your own backyard. You’re inclined to look afresh at lots. From environment, to tone and culture, to resources and direction. NZ education and the educationists we have leading our schools is something to be proud of. I left many of the schools impressed with what they were doing but also very thankful and confident in what we have within our own school. It was great to measure ourselves against other schools and also test our direction and thinking against other educationalists. My overall impression is “we’re doing good stuff and where we are going is even better”.

Nice to be home again.

Have a good week.

John Petrie

Upcoming Events

  • Bake Sale - Thursday 5th August
  • Whanau Breakfast - Thursday 5th August
  • Board Meeting - Tuesday 10th August
  • Cross Country - Thursday 19th August
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 27th August

Student Of The Week

Grayson says, "I’ve made so many great friendships here at Huapai. Our environment is amazing and we have really good playgrounds. My favourite thing to do is to hang with my friends and play all sorts of different sports."

Getting To Know...

Joseph Du Plooy

Hi, I’m Joe du Plooy. I have been teaching at Huapai since 2009 and this year I am teaching year 7&8 - I love it! I want to make a difference for every child, no matter what their abilities or interests are. I have two children and live with my wife Rita as a “true Westie” now in Swanson. I love sport and I’ve really enjoyed getting into fishing!

Board Meeting

Tuesday 10th August

The next school Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th August at 6.00pm.

Parents / caregivers are welcome to attend. Meetings are held in the staffroom.

Whanau Breakfast

Thursday 5th August: 8:30am – 9am

We would love to invite you to join us for an informal open morning, for you to come in and see what your children have been up to.

Tea, coffee and scones available in the staffroom!! Please feel free to collect one on your way to your child’s classroom.

Tough Guy And Gal Mud Challenge

If your child is competing in this event next week, can you please complete the form linked below.

Cross Country

The school cross country will be held on Thursday 19th August (Week 4 Term 3).

The event will be held at the Huapai Domain, same as last year, and we welcome all families to join us for the event and lunch. Please see the document linked below for everything you need to know.

Congratulations To Our U7 Huapai Thunder Basketball Team

This team had a great season and played fantastically all season including in their final.

The team finished the season 2nd overall. What a great result for such a hardworking team.

Leadership Assembly

Congratulations to our latest recipients of our school leadership awards and a thank you to their families for their support. We already have our next group of children ready to receive their awards. Once your child has completed their entire booklet (which can be found online in your child’s google classroom or by asking the classroom teacher), they bring it to the front office to arrange assembly celebration details.

Keen To Be An Active Member Of The HFN Team?

All Huapai families are members of our school Huapai Families Network. The facebook page is linked below.

This means that you are all invited to join our school wide community events. If you are keen to be a more active member of the team by coming along to a termly meeting and helping to plan events, please get in touch with our chairperson Katie Lean:

We are aiming to hold a meeting in the next week or so.

Montessori Bake Sale

Thursday 5th August. Outside Studio 1 at lunchtime.
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Hockey Opportunity

We have a couple of spaces in a year 5&6 hockey team if your child is keen to play. Games are on a Monday night and so far have mostly been at 6pm. The games are held at the National Hockey Stadium on Bush Road, Albany. No experience is required. If your son or daughter is interested, please email as soon as possible. Hockey sticks can be provided.

Flipperball - Huapai Hammerheads

We would love a few more Year 5/6 players for our amazing Huapai Hammerheads Flipperball Team. We play on Sunday afternoons at the Te Atatu Peninsula Primary School pool. No experience needed! In summer we train in the school pool, over term 3 we'll organise 1 or 2 trainings at Westwave. Email Michaela ( if you're interested or have any questions. We'd love to have you on our team!

Bricks 4 Kids

Does your child love Lego? We are pleased to be able to offer an after school wider opportunity this term. If your child is interested, please contact the Bricks 4 Kidz team directly to register.

These sessions will be in Studio 2 on Tuesday afternoons. There are limited spaces. Suitable for ages 6+.

Yummy Apple Stickers

We have 8 weeks to get our apple stickers back to school. If you have any Yummy brand apple stickers, please collect them and send them into school. We send these away later in the term and earn our school free sports gear.

Driving On School Grounds

The school driveway is reserved for emergency and staff vehicles only. We have noticed an increase in cars driving onto school grounds recently, especially at drop off and pick up times. This is a health and safety risk. We therefore request that you please park on the road when dropping off or collecting your child(ren).

We also ask that you please refrain from parking across the school driveway, even for a short period of time, as this prevents authorised vehicles from entering or exiting the school.

Massey High School Open Night

Monday 9th August

3:30pm - 5:30pm or 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Meet in the Bruce Ritchie Performance Arts Centre for the Principal's address.

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.