Newsletter Week 1, Term 4

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 18th October 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

I trust you all had a lovely break and are ready to start our last term of the year! The two week break was an enjoyable one in our household, catching up on gardening and spending time with family.

We are looking forward to term 4, which is a nine week term. It is an especially important term for our Year 6's as they prepare to move onto the next stage of their learning journey.

There will be some questions around COVID-19, and events that parents and whānau can attend. The landscape is continually shifting here, but I can assure you that every decision we make as a school will consider the health and safety of our children, our staff and our community.

Below is our latest information from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. They are our ONLY sources of information.

Because education providers must now be vaccinated by 1st January 2022, this is not a conversation we need to have. Only vaccinated staff and support personnel will have contact with children and students.

Schools are now required to maintain a COVID-19 vaccination register. From 1 January 2022 education services must only allow those that are fully vaccinated to provide onsite services.

What about school drop-off and pick up?

  • This will occur the same as it currently does here at Huirangi-outside the school gates, face coverings worn when parents are out of their vehicles and physical distancing retained.
  • Parents and whānau are not required to be vaccinated or tested in order to pick up or drop children off.

Let's control what we can control, look for the best in everyone and from everyone.

The remainder of the year is what we make of it. Let's make it great! Please contact me if you have any concerns.

Remember next week is a short week, with Labour Day on Monday. School will be closed.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


I am (SO) worth it!

We have been very fortunate to have been donated some artwork by Tu Tama Wahine. The art is titled "I AM (so) WORTH IT" by Taranaki artist and public speaker, Paul Rangiwhia. Our Year 6's have been invited to hear Paul speak about wellbeing at St. Joseph's School, Waitara tomorrow.

Thank you Tu Tama Wahine for your generous donation to our school. We look forward to using it to reinforce mental wellbeing for all tamariki at Huirangi.

Thanks to Adam Pearce, Jo Moore and Kristy Hartley for taking transport.

Huirangi Pets Day 2021 - Tuesday 26th October

Judging of both calves and lambs begins at 10am, so please have the calves in place no earlier than 9.45am.

Calves will be tied up next to the child's 'name plate' in the appropriate farm area. This is to keep calves from different farms away from each other [Mico Plasma Bovis regulations]

Lambs will be tied up by the swimming pool, next to the child's 'name plate.

Judging will start at 10am and calves and lambs will be judged simultaneously.

This year there won't be a 'Grand Parade'

Please Note: ONLY ONE adult per child please on this day, and all animals are to be taken home as soon as the prizegiving ceremony is over. Please remember to sign in at the gate and wear your mask at all times.

Children with animals do not have to come into school first that morning, just come along at 9.45am with their animal.

All other children come to class as usual. If your child is going to be late on this day, for any reason, please drop them off at the letterbox and they can walk up the driveway and into class. After 9am there will not be any entry to school in the usual drop off gate.

Please contact school if you require any clarification !!

Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy

Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee:

A casual vacancy has occurred on the Board of Trustees for an elected parent representative. The Board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the Board, within 28 days of this publication, to hold a by-election, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the Board to hold a by-election should write to:- The BOT Chairperson c/- Huirangi School, RD 3 New Plymouth by Friday 29 October 2021.

Lion King Production

We are proud to let you know that our production will go ahead, and adheres to the Ministry of Health Guidelines. This won't be a live event, but a professionally filmed production. We will be continuing rehearsals and class dance practices, in the hopes to schedule Thursday 4th November for filming.

Home & School Raffle

Today the eldest or only child in the family will bring home a raffle sheet for a trailer load of dry firewood, kindly donated by the Pearce family. Please do your best to sell these tickets and help make a great start to fundraising for the term!

Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee - Taranaki Anniversary weekend March 12th & 13th 2022.

Registrations are open! Please click on the link below to register. Please pass on this link to anyone you know who has had children at the school, attended the school themselves or lived in the district. We'd love everyone to be able to attend the celebrations!

If you, or someone you know, are not 'computer savvy' REGISTRATIONS can also be made by phoning school [weekday mornings] where your details will be recorded.

Huirangi Stories:
If you have any awesome, inspiring family stories that could be added to the Jubilee Book:

Peter Wilson


Mitre 10's BIG Pumpkin Contest is BACK!!

For all keen gardeners out there!

Mitre 10 will have two plant drops this week and 1st week of November. These will be available at both stores (Mitre 10 MEGA & Mitre 10 St Aubyn Street) for only $2.99 and each Pumpkin Plant will come with instructions on how to get yourself entered in the 2022 competition. As the Pumpkin Contest commences, growing tips, tricks and updates about the BIG Weigh In will be sent to you. Weigh in is in April 2022.

Click on the link below to register!

Daily absentees

A reminder to always notify us when your child is going to be away - the school app is the perfect way to do this. If you are intending on a family holiday, please contact the Principal by email to request this leave.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our 2021 Duffy Books in Homes Sponsors. Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Public Health Nurse

Gill Boyce can be contacted on 06 7546680 or 027 4064822 if your child has any health issues.

Upcoming Events

Friday 1st October-Last Day of Term 3

Monday 18th October-Term 4 begins

Monday 25th October-Labour Day

Tuesday 26th October-Pets Day

Monday 8th November-Teacher Only Day

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