Newsletter Week 7 Term 3

Huirangi Primary School, Tuesday 7th September 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Return to Alert Level 2 –

Information for Parents, Caregivers and Children

Yesterday the Prime Minister advised that Auckland will stay in Level 4 Covid 19 restrictions and the rest of the country will move back to Covid 19 Level 2 Restrictions.

What Huirangi School looks like at Alert Level 2. Please note that these procedures have been developed with the safety of staff and students in mind. Under Alert Level 2 we will continue to follow the guidelines and advice set out by the Ministry of Education and Health.


  • Hand sanitiser will be provided in every learning space. Hand sanitiser stations will be set up at a designated entry/exit of each classroom and students and staff will use this as they enter or exit a room.

  • Additional disinfectant/cloths will be available in classrooms for children and teachers to sanitise spaces throughout the school day as required.

  • Contacting teachers is best through email

  • Our best email contact is :

At Pick-Up & Drop-Off

  • Under Alert Level 2 parents and caregivers will not be allowed inside the school buildings. We wish to encourage a drop-off and pick-up only approach to restrict the number of ‘adults on-site’. Where possible there should be one person designated for pick-up and drop-off. Please be respectful of this. Ideally you should have arrangements in place for your children so you do not need to enter the school grounds at all.

  • Parents must maintain 1-2m distance from other parents and children. Be aware of this when waiting out the front of the school

  • We encourage students to arrive at school as close to 9 a.m as possible

  • Do not stay with children after school to ‘play’. Please do not congregate at the end of the day. All families and children should have left the school by 3.10pm.

Class Numbers - Distancing

  • There is no ‘class bubble concept’ at Alert Level 2 so there are no restrictions on groups of students mixing with others on-site.

  • Break times will be as normal. Morning Tea and Lunch will be eaten in classrooms initially.

  • Children and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.

In The Playground

  • Physical education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds. Students will complete hand sanitation after using shared equipment.

  • Drinking fountains will be turned off. Students will all need a named drink bottle at school.

Managing Attendance / Contact Tracing:

  • Students and staff will not attend school if they are unwell. Students and staff who become unwell during the school day are required to be sent home. If people are sick, they must stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have flu-like symptoms).

  • Please contact the school if your child is away. Unexplained absences will be recorded as truant as the office won't always have time to chase up unexplained absences.

  • In school our contact tracing is a combination of timetable, attendance register and visitor register. These provide good information to health authorities if they need to contact people that might be considered a close contact of a confirmed case, and determine whether they will need to self-isolate. The Government Covid 19 APP QR Code is displayed at the main gate and office

  • During Level 2, Parents are not allowed to enter buildings to limit the track and trace practicalities and responsibilities. Parents will ideally have arrangements in place so they do not enter the grounds at all.

  • All parents who have to enter the grounds must ‘check in’ filling out the contact tracing sheets provided and / or using our QR code provided.

Cleaning & Hygiene

  • Students and staff will use hand sanitiser when entering and exiting learning spaces and before and after break times.

  • Cleaners will complete daily cleans in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

  • At Alert Level 2 we will continue to follow good hygiene practices (coughing into elbows, handwashing / sanitiser and drying hands).

  • FACE MASKS- Our latest information from the Ministry of Health states face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

Gatherings/Visits/ Sport

School gatherings can include groups of 100 only in outdoor settings

  • We will follow the guidance of local sporting codes on organised sport and keep the community updated with any announcements.

  • We will err on the side of caution with events so that the health and wellbeing of our students and community is placed at the top of any decision making.

  • New Entrant visits will be put on hold.

  • Assemblies are on hold

  • Playground, sports equipment use remains available at Alert Level 2.

School Devices

All school devices and chargers that were loaned to families must be returned to school on Thursday.

In the meantime we’ve done this before and our systems and processes are robust and have been authentically trialed. Apologies if we over communicate with you in the next day or two, but when we hear something so will you.

As always we will be guided by the Government, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

If you are not sure what all the rules are for alert level 2 when you are out and about, then the following information may be useful to you: COVID-19 Alert Levels summary table COVID-19 Alert Levels detailed table

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Teacher Only Day

This was initially scheduled for this Friday. It has now been postponed to Monday November 8th.

Huirangi Home & School Fun Run Crazy Colour Day!

We are still looking forward to seeing students get involved in this amazing school event. A new date will be made when we can.

Fundraising for this has now closed and prize orders have opened! If your child has participated in the fundraising, prizes need to be selected by Monday 13th September.

Out of Zone Enrolments for 2022

HUIRANGI SCHOOL Out of Zone Enrolments for 2022

Under our Enrolment Scheme guidelines, the Board of Trustees has determined that 10 places are likely to be available for ‘out of zone’ students who will be starting school in 2022. Priority will be given to New Entrant students starting school. The exact number of places available will depend on the number of enrolments received from students who live within the school ‘home zone’.

Applications for enrolment for an ‘out of zone’ student is to be made by completing an enrolment form available from the school office. The deadline for receipt of this application is FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2021

Parents who live within the ‘home zone’ and intend enrolling their child in 2022 should also apply before this deadline to allow the school the opportunity to plan for the 2022 year.

If the number of ‘out of zone’ applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required, it will be held on Monday 27th September 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome within three school days of the ballot being held.

The Board of Trustees

Huirangi School

Please Note - as mentioned in past newsletters, if you live out of zone, and if you already have a child/children at this school, and you have a younger child starting school next year, you still have to make application [hand in a completed enrolment form] on or before the date advertised above. So, please be aware of this. Don't hesitate to call school to clarify this if need be.

Cluster Schools Cross Country

Unfortunately this event has been canceled for 2021.

Huirangi Pets Day 2021

We have decided to NOT have chickens for our Pets Day.

A decision on how Pets Day will look for calves and lambs will be shared with you as soon as possible.

Lion King Production

Our production has been postponed. Again, a decision about this will be shared with you as soon as possible.

Ninja Warrior

This event for Years 5 and 6 students has been postponed.

Term 3 Policy Review

Term 3 Policies that are up for review are: Behaviour Management and Concerns and Complaints. If you wish to review these and provide any feedback, please follow the following steps.

  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the username (huirangi) and password (raft).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.
  9. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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


Spring Time Family Portraits

The Home & School is excited to offer family portraits! Beautiful pics of you and your loved ones, including your pets if you wish!

The photos will be taken at the Waitara Beach on Saturday 18th September [weather postponement date Saturday 25th]

Waitara Beach is down past the Motor Camp and Beach House Cafe i.e. on the New Plymouth side of the river!

The cost: $10 sitting fee [payable on booking] for a printed family portrait [8x10] You can also purchase your individual family package [at least 5 high resolution fully edited photos] for $100.

These photos are very kindly being taken by Rachel Anna Portraiture with all the profits going to Huirangi Home & School.

Appointment times will be every 30 minutes from 9am through to 5pm. Please arrive 10mins before your allotted time.

Please contact the school office: to make your appointment and then pay the sitting fee to the Huirangi Home & school account:-

15-3945-0291373-00 with your name and 'portraits' as the reference.

This is our very last chance to have this wonderful offer from Rachel, so please give it your support. These portraits make beautiful memories and great gifts!

Person of Character

At our last assembly prior to the lockdown the following names were drawn out from the POC cards issued during that week:- Roxanne Ngatai & Avva Tai for completing their homework, Angus Johnson & Nova Kemp for great cleaning up! Well done guys...

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.

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