10 February 2023

Week 2, Term 1

Principal's Message

Welcome to 2023!

Tēnā koutou katoa me ngā mihi i runga i ngā tūāhuatanga o te wā, kua hipa te tau | greetings to you all as we start a new school year.

We welcomed many new families to our school last week with a mihi whakatau and I trust you’ll all make them feel welcome and part of our school whānau. We also welcome Kelly Masters to Hautapu, Kelly is working in Tōtara class as a teacher aide.

We have all slipped back into our routines and the classrooms are full of exciting learning opportunities; this can be seen on display as well as in action. One of my favourite parts of my day is showing our many visitors around our school and witnessing the range of authentic, purposeful learning activities taking place. It is during these visits that I’m reminded how fortunate we are to have such well-resourced facilities. Prospective families are in awe of our beautiful pool, bike track, playgrounds, flying fox, tennis courts, courtyard area, spacious hall and well-equipped classrooms. We have our past and present Board of Trustees and the fundraising efforts of our PTA to thank for our inviting environment.

The Board of Trustees and I are currently working on our annual plan that aligns with the National Education and Learning Priorities (NELPs). Below is a snapshot of our draft Strategic Aims so far. We look forward to sharing the final document including our actions towards each goal in the next few weeks.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)

Tracey Bennett


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Parent Information

School hours

Start time is 8:30 and finish at 2:35

Morning tea break is 10:00 – 10:30

Lunch break is 12:00 – 1:00

School pick up and drop off

To avoid congestion at the end of the day, we will continue our staggered finishing times -

· 2:30pm - Junior students (Year 0-4) and their older siblings

· 2:40pm - Senior students (Year 5-8)

Signing your child in/out of school

There is a tablet at reception for you to sign your child in/out during school time for the following reasons:

  • late arrival (students will also need to take a blue late card to their class teacher)
  • leaving early
  • leaving/returning to/from appointments
  • all visitors


Stationary order can be ordered through Officemax, please go to the Myschool website and enter Hautapu School then select the class name: https://www.myschool.co.nz/


Hautapu School uses Kindo as our online system for payments. All payments including school fees & donations, class trips, Friday Pie Day, camp, etc are processed through Kindo. You can download the "myKindo" app from the app store on your phone, or you can go to the following website to setup your account: https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/index.html

Friday Pie Day

On most Fridays we sell pies and sausage rolls for lunch. Please make your orders through Kindo.

Your lunchbox

We are able to offer Your Lunch Box (https://www.yourlunchbox.co.nz/) at Hautapu School. This is a great, convenient way to have delicious & healthy lunches made fresh and delivered to your children at school at the click of a mouse. Orders will be delivered to school in the morning and children can collect their school lunch box from the office.


We have a number of different ways that parents and whanau can keep up to date with what is happening at our school.

You can download our school app (SchoolAppsNZ) via the android and apple store and this has been specifically designed for our school and our community. It allows us to send alerts straight to your mobile devices and it allows you to communicate absences to the school office from the app, as well as also providing a platform for you to contact your child’s teacher directly from the app.

We also have our school Facebook page which allows us to showcase some of the wonderful learning happening at our school. To keep up to date with all new posts please like and share our Facebook page (Hautapu School Community).

We also have our school website http://www.hautapu.school.nz/ as a place where parents and whanau can go to get information on our school.

2023 Term Dates

Term 1

First Day -Tuesday 31 January
No School - Monday 6 February (Waitangi Day)
Last Day - Thursday 6 April

Term 2

First Day - Wednesday 26 April
No School - Monday 24 April (Teacher Only Day)
No School - Tuesday 25 April (ANZAC Day)

No School - Monday 5 June (KIng's Birthday)
No School - Friday 16 June (Teacher Only Day)

Last Day - Friday 30 June

Term 3

First Day - Monday 17 July
Last Day - Friday 22 September

Term 4

First Day - Monday 9 October
No School - Monday 23 October (Labour Day)
Last Day – Friday 15 December (School finishes at 12pm)

Help Support Ms Reilly

Please help support Ms Reilly's acapella/barbershop chorus as they represent New Zealand in Louisville-Kentucky this year.

This fundraising band party will help us to cover registration costs and other expenses in the USA for the whole chorus. If you would like to support us but can't attend the dance, please email me reillys@hautapu.school.nz.

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Kit-Markin Construction

Multi award winning Master Builders Kit-Markin Homes will donate $5000 to Hautapu School when friends and family of the school choose them to build their new home or commercial building. New decks from the community will result in a $500 donation to the school. Contact Josh on 0279355435 or josh@kmh.co.nz

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Your Lunch Box

Want the hassle taken out of schoollunches? Struggle to think of somethingnew for the kids to have everyday? Well sayno more, ‘Your Lunch Box’ is here is help! Delivering delicious and nutritiouslunchboxes filled with fresh local ingredients direct to school everyday.

We offer different sizes for different appetites and ordering is easy peasy. Simply order before 8.00pm the nightbefore you would like the lunch box delivered and we'll take care of the rest! Visit us at www.yourlunchbox.co.nz or lookus up on Facebook


Cambridge Football Club

Registrations are open and we are holding a Muster for Children 7+ years on Wednesday, 7 March! This will be an opportunity for parents to come down and ask questions and meet the team, and maybe even volunteer to help! It will be at the Junior Club on Vogel St from 5 till 630.

For more information please see the links below






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