Newsletter Week 10, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Friday 8th July, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Another term down! It started off as a healthy one, but has sadly ended with many students and staff getting sick with the flu. For those of you still battling with coughs and colds, I wish you a speedy recovery over the holidays.

As we look forward, Term 3 has lots of fun events planned for our children included a Wig/Wacky Hair Day and the Colour Fun Run. More information about these events will be sent out early in the term.

We are wanting to get our roll numbers up a bit for 2023, and our ballot for Out of Zone students will open in September. If you know of anyone who has a child about to turn five, or a family moving close to our area, please encourage them to call or email the office to make an appointment to have a look around and grab an enrollment pack.

It has been a wonderful term! My highlight being the Puanga Celebration morning, and the lovely surprise the school made for me, writing and performing a song and presenting me with a gift and poem for Tumeke Tumuaki Week. I was totally overwhelmed! Thanks everyone!

Enjoy the two week break with your whānau, and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Board of Trustees Elections

Our Triennial election date is Wednesday 7th September 2022. We are looking for new members to join our team of dedicated parents to help guide our kura!

If you are interested in learning more about what being a Board Member involves, please click on this link:

On Thursday July 21st at 7pm NZSTA will also be hosting a Kōrari Question and Answers session. This will provide an opportunity for people ask questions directly from our regional advisors. This is a free event, anyone with an interest in the work of school boards can register online here.

More information about nominations will be out in our first newsletter next term. Board Meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to come along to see what a BOT meeting involves our next meeting is at 6pm on Thursday 11th August in Māhuri.

Huirangi Netball

A big thank you to you all for a fantastic 2022 netball season.

This year Huirangi School entered six teams in the competition and we must give a special mention and thanks to our super star coaches;

Huirangi Haze - Trish George and Hannah Johnson.

Huirangi Hammers - Mel Lane.

Huirangi Hightops - Nicola Jupp.

Huirangi Heat - Jo Alldridge.

Huirangi Hotshots - Louisa Clarke.

Huirangi Hoops - Kristy Hartley.

Please get all netball uniforms back to the school office in a clean and tidy condition :)

Year 5 and 6 Tough Kids

This was an awesome day out for our Year 5 and 6 Students. Hosted at Manukorihi Intermediate, we participated in a fun obstacle course with many challenges in amongst it. All of our participants received a Weet-Bix t-shirt and a medal and a feed of Weet-Bix once thy had finished. Huge thanks to Sport Taranaki, Sanitarium and Manukorihi for hosting such a brilliant event!

House Points

We have had this beautiful shield made to award the House Points winners at the end of each term. We are so happy with how this has turned out!

This terms House Points winner is: Kiwi House!

Their prize will be having morning tea with Mrs Looney in Term 3.

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students whos names were drawn out at assembly.

Blake Wissema - Kind to others; Katie Alldridge - Amazing presentation and being respectful and mindful of others; Hunter Elers - Awesome cleaning up; Ariana Morehu - Super manners on the mat; Ava Waiariki-Takarangi and Makani Topia - Working co-operatively with their buddies; Isaac Downer - being focussed on his work always x 2; Roxanne Ngatai-Amazing cleaning and sorting of the toys; Ziana Podevin-Great presentation and always willing to share ideas and make supportive comments; Aroha Morehu-Focussed and hardworking. Always gives 100%; Axl Hewson-Helping to clean up; Nataliya Comrie-Working and co-operating with her buddy; Sienna Caldwell-Being a great talk partner and being positive! Ella Tai-For the Otago Problem Challenge; Motu Timu-Great listening in assembly.

School Hoodie Orders!

Game Changer have opened up a link for hoodie orders, these close on Sunday 10th July. Please click on the link below to order yours!

Huirangi Home and School

  • Tickets are circulating for our Winter Getaway. This is an amazing prize valued at $700. If you would like more tickets to sell over the holidays, please come and see Mrs. Hunt in the office.
  • Thanks to everyone for supporting our fundraising lunch last Friday. It was a huge success! Massive thanks to the Home and School helpers for the hours they put into cooking all the kai!
  • We are on the look for new members! Come along to the staffroom at 2pm on Wednesday 27th July, and see if being part of our Home and School is something you would consider. All welcome!
  • Next terms major fundraiser will be the Colour Fun Run.

Can you help?

We are a Huirangi School Family urgently needing rental accommodation. Our rental is being sold. We have excellent references and are a family of four.

Please contact Miriam on 027 866 3269 .

Thank you


We have some harakeke (flax) that we are wanting cut back. If you use harakeke, or know of someone who would like some, please contact the office.

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.

Bertrand Road Bridge Turns 125!

You are invited to come and celebrate the Bertrand Road Bridges 125th Birthday.

Sunday 17th July at the bridge at 11:00am

Assemble on the west (NP) side of the bridge.

(If it is wet we will meet at the Huirangi Hall, Bayley Street, Huirangi)

The New Plymouth City Brass Band will perform while a parade of vintage cars cross

the bridge. There will be some brief speeches before we spread out to enjoy a picnic on the riverbank paddock.

A well-Illustrated booklet has been published detailing a lot of information about the bridge and will be available to purchase at $9.99.

There will be food available to purchase and tea and coffee will be available. Bring a

picnic rug or chairs to sit on. You are welcome to BYO food and drink if you wish.

There will be parking available on both sides of the bridge. This will be on private land so please respect the landowners generosity and treat their paddocks with care. Some of this parking may involve you in a short walk to the bridge.

Baking Required please.

Huirangi Home and School have the opportunity to do a fundraiser on Sunday the 17th July for the Bertrand Road Suspension Bridge 125th Birthday Celebration.

What we need is some sweet home baking delivered to Jo Alldridge, 139 Waitara Road, on Saturday 16th July by 4pm please.

Any questions please contact Jo on 021 402 538.

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

Monday 25th July - Start of Term 3

Wednesday 27th July-Home and School Meeting, 2pm in the staffroom

Wednesday 3rd August-Wig/Wacky Hair Wednesday (Raising money for the Child Cancer Foundation)

Friday 9th September-Cluster Cross Country

Thursday 29th September-3 Way Conferences (3-6pm)

Friday 30th September-3 Way Conferences/Teacher Only Day

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