The Connection Week 1 Term 2

Huapai District School 5th May 2022


It is so good to start the term and see the “groove” of back at school and into learning so readily embraced. Special welcome to our new families and our new children here at school. We are hopeful and fully expectatant in having a solid and uninterrupted term - fingers crossed.

I believe at the heart of a teacher is this innate desire to ‘make’ a difference in the lives of the children in their care. I believe the heart of our school leadership and direction is to position our school, our programmes and our approach to enable teachers to ‘be’ the difference. Right now we are burdened by the reality of where our children are at, against where we think they should be. I know this is a nation wide conversation happening across all schools in light of the impacts of Covid and interruptions.

Our hope and desire is that by bringing forward our reporting to parents, we can open the discussions early and work together to make and be the difference in accelerating the learning and success of our children. Please look for the details further in this newsletter to book a time to discuss this with your children's teacher. From next week you will be able to access your child’s report and progress charts using the HERO system.

Looking forward to a full on and powerful term!

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 25th May - School closes at 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 25th May - Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday 26th May - Teacher Conferences
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th May - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Friday 3rd June - Teacher Only Day

Student Of The Week

Mason (Year 6) says: “I love being back at school because I like playing with my friends. At Huapai we are always learning new things, which is cool. I enjoy maths most of all. Everyone at Huapai is really inviting. You can play with anyone.”

We Open At 8:30am

Please note that school does not open until the 8:30am opening bell. We respectfully request that you do not arrive before this time. As the weather is getting colder, this becomes more important as the classrooms are not open until 8:30am. If you would like to meet a teacher earlier than this, please use their email to arrange a meeting.

Teacher Conferences

These will be held on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May.


If you are unable to arrange care for your child for the afternoon, they will be supervised here at school.

  • Huapai+ will remain open for after school bookings

  • Buses will remain with the existing structure

  • Times - Wednesday 1:30pm - 7:00pm & Thursday 3:30 - 5:00pm

Please click the link here for more information about booking these. Bookings will open tomorrow at noon.

Scholastic Book Fair Is Coming!

We will be hosting this event in a few weeks time. Monday 23rd - Friday 27th May in the school library. It will be the same week as learning conferences so parents will have a chance to pop in too!

Staff Changes

Sadly we have accepted the resignation of Ange Trimmer.

Ange is the face of so much of our school and our Operations team. Ange is the person most people meet when enrolling and dealing with school office issues. It's Ange that knows every child and is able to offer such great care and concern. Ange and her family are shifting north.

Our school has planned for this possibility and is expecting to be able to confirm Ange's replacement next week. Ange's last day will be the end of May.

HFN - Huapai Family Network

Are you keen to be involved in our school life a bit more? Everyone in our school community is part of the HFN - Huapai Family Network. We have a core group of people and then we have a wide net of helpers who jump on board with opportunities as they arise. This year we are looking to host two large fundraising events. One is our Annual Community Quiz in term 3 and the other is a new annual opportunity in connection with the Tough Guy and Gal challenge. If you are interested in being involved in either of these opportunities or are keen to be a part of the core group PLEASE get in touch with our HFN president Katie Lean:

Ice Pops

Tomorrow (Friday 6th May) our HFN will be selling ice pops at the Station Road gate at 3pm. These ice pops will be $1 each.

Road Patrol

Our school road patrollers have started again this term.

Mud Run Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Please register your child for this event. If your child is keen to be involved in the mud run this year, please use the following link to register the children directly. Entry options are open for students years 3-8.

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Apples For School

Each year we have the opportunity to collect Apple stickers in order to “cash them in” for Sports gear through the Yummy Apple Sticker Promotion. Here is a link to the website for more information:

The stickers are found on the Yummy branded apples and there are also cut out labels on the bags of apples. Each classroom has a sticker chart for the apple stickers if the children bring them to school. A copy of the sticker chart for home use is also available online or by popping into the front office.

Please return full sticker sheets to the front office.

Afterschool Softball Sessions

Is your child keen to play softball after school? This term we are hosting after school training sessions with Harbour Softball.

Please use the link below to register directly with Harbour Softball.

Touch Rugby

Congratulations to all our 2021/22 touch rugby teams. The attitude and effort that you showed was outstanding. A huge thank you to all the coaches, managers and parents involved in the smooth running of the teams.

It is now time to return your singlets. Please pop them in a named bag or attach a note with your child’s name on and bring them to the School Office.

Barbarians' Rugby

Is your child keen for a fun day of rugby with the opportunity to meet the Blues and Barbarians?

Click the link below for more information and to register you child(ren).

Bricks 4 Kidz

Aroha Skate School

Skate Lessons After School

Term 2 weekly after school skate lessons.

Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm at Huapai District School.

Lessons are suitable for beginners to intermediate skaters.

Register at the link below.

Creative Matters - Term 2

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

Our good friends at MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2022 at Huapai School! They will have some slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons in Term 1. If you're interested, be sure to get in touch to reserve your spot or ask any questions you may have. Contact details below:

Drums -

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -


A major sponsor in this year's School Donation sponsorship prize draw. Generously donating a $600 voucher which was won by our first place prize draw winner.

2022 Term Dates

Our 2022 Term dates are:

Term 1 - Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Friday 16th December

Additional to this there are two planned Teacher only days:

  • Friday 4th March

  • Friday 3rd June (making Queens Birthday a 4 day option)

HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates, to share regular learning posts and now for payment on all in-school costs. 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.