The Connection Week 4 Term 2
Huapai District School 26th May 2022
This has been a big week for parents and staff as we connect and work together in our reporting of student achievement. I thought I’d make a few comments.
Every school, every Principal, every leader we have spoken with is finding what we have found - post COVID student achievement data is down. We seem to be around 30% less than where we usually would be. There are so many contributing factors here, and no one thing or magic quick fix to recover this lost time and achievement. We do know we will get there, but it will take time and commitment.
Our observations of learning habits, resilience and the tenacity to push on and into learning, also highlights there is considerable work to be done. We are finding rebuilding the learning muscle and learning habits challenging.
Below the surface we see in our children there remains levels of uncertainty and anxiety.
Our strategies in addressing this involve:
Normalising school as much as we can
Focussing on acceleration rather than remediation
Working with parents to lift and address specific needs
Maximising learning opportunities
Supporting staff to strengthen further their programmes
We are also delighted to say we have taken a unique step by employing a trained paediatric occupational therapist to work within our school assisting groups who are identifying areas of concern i.e. anxiety. We believe this will be a really significant and helpful option and one I am really proud of our school board for making happen.
Our school is being impacted by staff sickness at the moment. Where staff have not been able to meet for parent teacher interviews we will reschedule times. Thank you for your understanding.
Student Of The Week
Zade (Year 7) says: “Huapai is a great school. The uniform is really comfy and the education is great. I enjoy maths the most and if you need help, you just ask for it and get help.
I like it that at break times we play first and then we eat afterwards. You can make heaps of good friends here.”
This year our athletics days are being held next week. Years 5-8 Monday 30th May at the Huapai Domain. Years 0-4 Tuesday 31st May here at school. Please see the attached information below.
A Date For The Diary - Year 1s
We would like to invite ALL our year 1 parents into school for an information evening Monday 30th May 5:30-6:30pm. This evening is a chance for parents to meet all the teachers together, to chat with senior leadership staff, to meet the parents of new friends and to learn a little more about life at school and expectations in the Year 1 zone. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Basketball For Girls
There is an initiative from Harbour Basketball to promote females playing basketball. They are keen to run a training program for our female students here in school. Students don't need to have played before, it's about giving things a go! The 6 sessions are during school lunch times, one day a week and once they have been to all the training sessions they will receive a basketball to keep. The best part is IT'S FREE! If you are keen to be in this group, please use the form linked below to submit your interest. At this stage it is only open to Years 5-8 female players. The sessions start Thursday 9th June.
Students have had this link at school, entries close tomorrow.
Website Of The Week
Introducing a new section where we will highlight a great website each week for families to look at. There may be educational help, fun ideas for families, links to services that may be useful for your family. This week’s website is:
This website delivers the news in a student friendly manner. There are local and global news articles, quizzes, videos, sport info and even some homework tasks if your child is keen.
We Need Your Help!
This is our new annual school fundraiser. Taupaki has the fireworks, Riverhead has the rampage, Huapai now has THE MUD RUN! (and our annual Community Quiz).
We need to find 20 helpers each day:
Wednesday 3rd August
Thursday 4th August
Friday 5th August
Please use the link below for more information and to register.
Road Patrols At Station Rd And Trigg Rd
We have students and parents assisting in the safe crossing of children. There is a developing pattern of parents crossing children across the road in places that are not the crossing. This can be quite discouraging to our volunteers offering their time to man the crossings. Please use the crossing. It is a legal requirement to use the crossing if there is one available. The patrollers have a dialogue they must complete but the key phrase to listen for is “Cross now” before you step out.
No Dogs On School Grounds Please
We are seeing an increasing number of dogs on school grounds. While a lot of people love dogs, we are conscious that not everybody does. We ask that all dogs please be kept outside school grounds. Please also ensure that if you are waiting to pick up your child(ren) outside of the school gates, that your dog is on a lead at all times.
Farewell For Angela Trimmer - Tomorrow
We would like to invite you to join us for a full school farewell to Ange tomorrow, Friday 27th May. Our Poroaki will start at 2:30pm on the courts. If it is wet, we will relocate to the hall.
Want To Join Our Huapai+ Team?
Huapai Plus is after some awesome new staff to join our team. We are keen to hear from anyone interested in working with children or just after a little extra income.
We have the following positions available:
· Programme Assistant manager - over 20 years old
· Programme leader – 16 years or older
· Van driver – over 20 years old with full licence
Flexible hours, discounts for staff with children.
If you would like some more information or are interested please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking For Something To Do During The July School Holidays?
July 12th - 16th
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Music Lessons With MusiqHub
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 2. 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 - email@example.com
Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 SeptemberTerm 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)
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:
Click on your profile image
Select EDIT PROFILE
Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.
Or please see the full instructions linked below.