The Connection Week 6 Term 1

Huapai District School 10th March 2022


“Oh, I just know it.”

I was chatting with a 5 year old about what her routine is when she comes to school. We were talking about how she walks in by herself, where she puts her lunch box, what she does for calendar maths and how she knows what to do when she’s finished with her alphabet work pages. She knew how to set up her work book, how to manage her reading folder, what was expected when the class was ready to line up and most importantly (in her view), was the rule that ‘the playdough stays in the wet area’.

When I asked her how she knew all this, she said “Oh, I just know it”. The truth is, her teacher has set up her environment in a way that helps her to be successful. The classroom is designed with learning and creativity in mind, the students are encouraged to be independent with their belongings and the expected behaviour is role modelled in class. Her parents have supported the school with the routines being created and her teacher has spent hours and hours reinforcing the routines and expectations every day.

While we sometimes assume our children will learn by osmosis; simply learning because they are in a space, the truth is that it takes a lot of effort by everyone involved in the child’s life to support this learning. What we think is obvious as an adult, often isn’t for a child.

We can all play our part by setting up the little things to help our children’s learning - talking with our Huapai School children about what they are learning about at school, taking an interest in the routines of school life and supporting the growth of independence at home through tasks that the child can learn to complete themselves. We often speak with out seniors about their screen time and how there is a need to switch off at night and rest. It is all these things that set up an environment for success.

Our hope is that when we ask our children as teens leaving Huapai District School how they know what the right thing to do is, is that they can say “Oh, I just know it”.

Maree Lloyd

Deputy Principal

Student Of The Week

Metellus (Year 6) says: “Huapai is the best school because we get to do a lot of stuff that other schools don’t. We can climb trees, ride bikes and scooters and there aren’t too many rules. My teacher is Matua G and he is really kind. I like doing maths at school and we have a great view from our classroom.”

Welcome To Our Classroom

Thank you to Layla and Indie for showing us around their Year 5&6 classroom.

COVID Update

Online is now operating. In each team we respond slightly differently as numbers become apparent. Some teams have hardly any away, whilst others have a reasonable number.

This graph shows the number of children currently off-site.

Currently, we have 32 children identified as positive. We have 11 students and 3 staff who have now returned, having completed their isolation. We have 1 staff member off-site testing positive.

School Donations

Thank you for your support in paying your school donations. This is so critical for our school - this year more than any other. To date we have received $18,600 - you can also see from the graph we are ahead compared with the previous two years. You can also see the impact COVID had in 2020. It’s nice to have a sense we are starting to turn the corner. We are still a long way from where we are aiming, but we are on our way to making a huge difference in our school - Thank you!

Please Help

We can not sustain the impact we are currently experiencing with requests from parents to get messages to their children. Parents are encouraged to establish expectations with their children before they arrive at school. Where there is a change, please phone the class directly using the extension option given to you when you call the school contact number (class extensions are provided below). Where a significant issue arises we will always help. Where the message is a change of plans, please phone the classroom directly and continue doing so if the class is not present or not answering.

The school day is 9am - 3pm. Unless necessary, we ask that you please wait until 3pm to pick up your child. If you do need to pick up your child earlier than 3pm, then please email their teacher, as well as the School Office, in advance.

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Delaying Puberty Talks (Years 6-8)

We will delay the class puberty discussions until a time when we have the majority of our students back at school. At this stage we are unable to predict when this will be but we will inform you a few days ahead of time to let you know.

Congratulations To Cameron Travers!!

Cameron entered a competition to have Multiple NZ champions and former world No. 2 Motocross rider Josh Coppins visit his class. Josh will visit the school and speak with our Year 3&4 team on Tuesday 15th March (next Tuesday) about his career. He will then speak with our Year 5&6 team separately.

We have balanced the risk of having Josh on site (fully vaccinated, healthy and outside) with the benefits of providing an exciting opportunity for our students during this difficult time.

Year 7&8 Science Start Right Workbooks

As a strongly encouraged and highly beneficial supplementary resource to our Year 7&8 science programme, a Start Right Science Workbook is available, payable through HERO ($17.50) with collection from your child's teacher.

The units in these workbooks cover the New Zealand Science curriculum in preparation for Year 9&10 science and fit in nicely with the topics covered in science at school as a pre or post-learning revision/consolidation. Though not compulsory, we will reference, mark and use this resource to supplement the school-based programme. As this book is an optional resource, it is, however, encouraged for our Year 7&8 students to have a copy.


As you know, we are a Positive Behaviour for Learning school. Our ‘Huapai Way’ focus currently is keeping our school environment tidy. Students have been involved in litter reduction efforts and caring for our trees by only climbing those with a pink spray painted ring.


Is your child keen to play winter hockey for school? Please open the attached google form to find out more and to register your child. Entries close in three weeks - Friday 11th March.

Is Your Child Keen To Play Netball This Winter?

Registrations are now open for Huapai winter netball teams. Each year we have several teams in the Kaipaira Netball Competition. The games are held on a Saturday morning at Helensville Netball centre.

This year, Kaipara has opened registrations DIRECTLY with them. Parents, please use the link below to register your child. Registrations close Friday 1st April. The club will then send the school a spreadsheet with names and teams are created from this. Games begin Saturday 7th May.

Fees are set at $45 by the club. The club also sets a fee of $140 per team for Years 5&6 teams and Year 7&8 teams. This is to pay a club umpire if needed.

A $5 uniform levy will be added to the account of all Huapai District School players.

A breakdown of cost is illustrated below for clarity.

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Soccer / Football

In this region, all soccer / football is run through clubs rather than the school. If your child is keen to play, please contact

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Science For Students Isolating At Home

Design a Boat.

Scholastic Book Orders

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Online Open Day: Montessori

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Music Lessons With MusiqHub

Our good friends at 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 1. 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 -

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -

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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 September

Term 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)

HERO Notifications

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:

  1. Click on your profile image

  2. Select EDIT PROFILE

  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.

Or please see the full instructions linked below.