Newsletter Week 10, Term 3

Huirangi Primary School, Friday 1st October 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Well here we are at the end of Term 3, and what a term it has been! I know I may sound like a broken record, but thank you for resilience and patience through another lockdown. Coming back to school we wanted to get back to 'business and usual' as quickly as we could, and I think we achieved just that! The children have all returned calm and happy. Having 3 weeks off being at school has not seemed to have had any negative impact on our students or their academic achievement. This comes down to the love and support they receive from you, and the time and care they receive from their teachers. It truly does "take a village to raise a child". Thank you.

This weeks newsletter is a celebration of all the awesome things we have been doing this term. Sorry it's a long one!

I look forward to seeing all our tamariki refreshed and ready to for Term 4 on Monday 18th October. Enjoy the two week break.

Take care.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Family and Whānau Principals Awards

This term our R.A.F.T focus has been on the value "Family and Whānau. This is awarded to tamariki who "communicate and collaborate to build positive relationships with their Huirangi Whānau".

Congratulations to the following ākonga (learners):

He Puāwai: Hunter Elers and Bronson Andrews

Room 1: Charlotte Gray and Ariana Morehu

Room 2: Allie Pokere and Harper Jupp

Room 3: Phillipa Andrews and Lilah Elers

Room 4: Jordan Anglesey and Maddeline Pearce

Cluster Speech Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to Matilda Johnson-Year 4 (The Olympics), Isaac Downer-Year 5 (Plastic Pollution) and Kane Alldridge-Year 6 (Phobias) for making the Cluster Speech Finals.

The finals were held at the Urenui Community Centre this week, with all 3 of our finalists competing with confidence, clarity and pride.

Matilda and Kane both received Highly Commended and Isaac won the Year 5 section.

Well done!

Huirangi Home & School Fun Run Crazy Colour Day!

What an amazing day this turned out to be! It was wonderful seeing the school buzzing with laughter and smiles! It was awesome to have the Police come along and provide a free sausage sizzle as part of the event and get involved too!

Thank you to all of you who supported your children in fundraising as part of this event. The total of the amount raised will be shared with you all after our next Home and School meeting.

Huirangi Pets Day 2021 - Change of date

We have made the decision to change our Pets Day to Tuesday 26th October with judging of calves and lambs beginning at 10am. There will be no other pets this year, sorry. This change is of course due the uncertainty around Covid levels.

If, at that date, we are still under Covid level 2, there will be a requirement of one parent only per child, with no other family or friends allowed. If however, we are in Covid level 1 we will be able to have a larger crowd outside.

Entries for calves and lambs has now closed.

Classroom creative entries have also been cancelled for this year.

Thank You!

A big thank you to New World Waitara for the donation of hand sanitiser refills! We will be using this at school as well as handing some out to families. Thank you to all the families who have contacted us and offered their sincere gratitude for this well meant donation. There will be more bottles of this sanitiser available for parents to collect at the school gate, early next term.

A big thank you too to Rena Kettle who nominated our school to receive 5 native plants from Te Uru Rakau - NZ Forest Service, for an arbour day plant up! Hopefully He Puāwai can add these to their native plant 'forest' behind their classroom!

Board of Trustees News

At a recent meeting Sanne Duntjer-Tebbens resigned from the Board. Thank-you Sanne for all your work with the Health & Safety/Property portfolio.

The current make up of the Board is:- Chairperson - Stephen Alldridge / Secretary - Sharon Williams / Community Liaison - Charmaine Sarten / Property - Adam Pearce /Staff Rep - Kristy Barnao / Principal - Natalie Looney. The Board holds 2 meetings per term, usually in Week 3 and Week 8, on a Thursday night at 6.00pm, or as advertised in the newsletter.

Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee:

A casual vacancy has occurred on the Board of Trustees for an elected parent representative. The Board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection. If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the Board, within 28 days of this publication, to hold a by-election, then a by-election will be held. Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the Board to hold a by-election should write to:- The BOT Chairperson c/- Huirangi School, RD 3 New Plymouth by Friday 29 October 2021.

Lion King Production

We are proud to let you know that our production will go ahead, and adheres to the Ministry of Health Guidelines. This won't be a live event, but a professionally filmed production. We will be continuing rehearsals and class dance practices, in the hopes to schedule Thursday 4th November for filming.

Person of Character

While we are not holding assemblies at present, we are still awarding, and drawing out POC cards for the children. The following children have received a Duffy book as a reward:- Ella Tai & Willow Chapman for managing their time well, Sophie George for great buddy teaching and support during Buddy maths, Isaac Downer for great work on his speech, Alexia Hartley for fair play and tidying up, Kane Alldridge, Zayde Lawrence & Max Barrett for super homework! Ka Pai!

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


Home & School Report

1] Meetings will resume when Covid levels allow, and we'd love to see parents pop in to these.

2] A big vote of thanks to Rachel Taylor for the recent Spring Time Family Portraits at Waitara Beach. We had 14 families take up this wonderful offer, and we can't wait to see the photos!

3] In term 4 there will be one or two Raffles. Ticket sheets will be sent home to each family to sell please - so far we have a trailer load of dry firewood kindly donated by the Pearce grandparents!

Junior Indoor Football

In Term 4, Action Indoor Sports is starting up a 5-aside indoor junior football league for ages 8-18. 5 a-side close quarters action, fun, fast paced, friendly competition! FOOTBALL OPEN DAY COMING SOON! Team entries OPEN NOW AT

Contact us today for all inquiries, entries and information! E: M: 027 572 4114

Daily absentees

A reminder to always notify us when your child is going to be away - the school app is the perfect way to do this. If you are intending on a family holiday, please contact the Principal by email to request this leave.

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.

Upcoming Events

Friday 1st October-Last Day of Term 3

Monday 18th October-Term 4 begins

Monday 25th October-Labour Day

Tuesday 26th October-Pets Day

Monday 8th November-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