Newsletter Week 5, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 30th May, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

You may have seen or heard the governments budget for 2022 in the news over the past two weeks. Looking at it through an education lens, it was disappointing that there was no long-term commitment to fix the under-staffing issues we have been discussing for years. But there are some positives to take from it:

The government is introducing an equity index. This will replace the current decile rating system of schools. This index will be the tool that is used to allocate schools with resourcing to ensure all learners in Aotearoa are supported to achieve their full potential. If you want to know more about the equity index, you can find information on the Ministry of Education website.

There has also been an increase to 3.8% of spending allocated towards education in Aotearoa. This increase still however puts us behind the OECD average of 6% equity funding. I predict this will be something schools will want addressed in the 2023 budget.

Tomorrow we welcome the Education Review Office for their tri-annual review of our school. This is a time where we can celebrate and showcase all of the amazing work that our staff and BOT put into our kura. Although this can be a very hectic time for our management team, it is always great to get some feedback on our teaching and planning.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Puanga and Unveiling Ceremony

On Thursday 23rd June at 6.30am, we warmly invite you and your whānau to school for a special ceremony that will welcome in the Māori New Year, and unveil the new signage and murals at our school.

The morning has been planned to be a very special event for our school, and will be followed by a cooked community breakfast in the hall.

More information will be sent home with your child next week.

If you are able to be our ringawera/helpers in the kitchen, cooking bacon and eggs, please contact us at the office.

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students who's names were drawn out at assembly.


Lochlan McAnelly for sitting respectfully. Bronson Andrews for being respectful and responsible. Tyler Hendry for listening and not talking through assembly and an orange card for keeping Puawaitanga tidy by packing up others mess. Katie Alldridge for being well organised and focused. Kadynce Anglesey for being focused on her work. Seth McAnelly and Ziana Webb-Podevin (Orange cards) for the Otago Maths Challenge.


Hunter Narayan for sitting respectfully at assembly. Phillipa Andrews for being a good talk partner. River Caldwell for outstanding behaviour on the mat. Matilda Johnson for not getting distracted. Ava Waiariki-Takarangi for homework. Ella Tai for being a responsible class member and for working hard at tables. Tane Hall for spelling stamina. Riley Longstaff and Axl Hewson (orange cards) for being superstars and helping with whatever tasks Mrs Thomas needed help with!

Teacher Only Day

A reminder that this Friday (3rd June) is a Teacher Only Day. The teachers are working on the further development of our Local Curriculum and Inquiry Learning tools with Donna Davies from Sharpe Kinane.

Netball and Basketball 2022

We are still looking for another basketball referee to help with our Tuesday games. If you can help please contact Greg Jupp or the school office.

Please subscribe to Sports; Netball and/or Basketball 2022 under the Alert Subscriptions tab on our school app. This will enable us to send alerts to you for your childs specific groups.

Year 5 and 6 Netball and Basketball Fees are due.

Huirangi Hawks Basketball - $8

Huirangi Hammers and Huirangi Haze - $35

Thank you to those who have already paid.

Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby

We have two teams entered into the Waitara School's Champion of Champions event on Friday 17th June, 9.30am-2.30pm. We need one more volunteer to supervise a team. We will not enter if we don't have parent support. The job will involve subbing children on and off the field, and ensuring you turn up to your games on time. If you are free to support, please contact the office.


Each newsletter this term will have a spotlight on a different akomanga (classroom).

This week it is Puawaitanga (Room 3). Puawaitanga means: "A seed that's blossomed". The whakatauki for Puawaitanga is:"Te puawaitanga nga hua o te kura. The fruits of our school".

What we’ve been doing in Puawaitanga:

We have been creating art to celebrate the upcoming Māori New Year, Matariki. We have been inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night painting, and have created our own sky-scape. The yellow swirls in the sky represent our Matariki constellation and our landscape image at the bottom is something significant from Taranaki. We only used blue and white, practising blending techniques to get different shades of blue. We then used pastels for the dashed. This created the swirling movement of the art, which is what Van Gogh is so well known for.

Huirangi Home and School

  • Coming up later this term will be a bought lunch. Forms will be sent home in a few weeks time.
  • Keep an eye out for our fantastic 'Winter Getaway' raffle, it is one you won't want to miss!

Children arriving Late

If your child/ren arrive at school after the 9am bell it is important that they report to the school office before going to class. This is for Health and Safety reasons as we must know who is on site at all times.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our fabulour sponsors!

Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Newsletter Sponsorship


Huge thanks for your support to help us produce the newsletter this year.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday 31st May -Wednesday 1st June -ERO

Friday 3rd June-Teacher Only Day

Friday 10th June-Kiwi House Reward

Thursday 23rd June-Puanga Celebration and Unveiling Ceremony, 6.30am

Friday 24th June-Matariki (Public Holiday)

Friday 8th July - End of Term 2

Monday 25th July - Start of Term 3

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