The Connection Week 1 Term 3
Huapai District School 28th July 2022
Welcome to Term 3.
Welcome to our new families and children.
It has been fabulous to hear from the children about the various things they have done over the break. Just getting out and doing stuff helps so much in normalising the essence of what it is to be a kid, a family and just being human. Just those special moments with you - well done for investing in what’s important.
Our school is in such good heart. We have good people doing great things, we have children at the centre of our decision making and we have some really powerful curriculum and programming initiatives coming through. We have a great leadership team, we have solid and progressive systems and processes, we have staff influencing education beyond our school and we have staff bringing colour and opportunities for our children.
I can think of no better time to put your hand up to be part of our school. We have school board elections coming up and nominations closing next Wednesday. Please consider putting your hand up to add to what we are doing and where we are going - details below.
As you will have seen we are back with masks, we have a good supply of these for children and are encouraging them to swap these out regularly throughout the day. It does seem this coming term may present some challenges in managing COVID, sickness and absence but we are up for it and we have got this in hand. We are promoting and encouraging the use of masks from Year 3 and up. Thank you for the support we have here. Details below if you wish for your child to be exempt from wearing a mask.
Have a great week.
School Board Parent Election 2022
Get your nominations in NOW.
Nominations Close Next Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon.
Our school is undertaking a parent election for our School Board. This process has already started with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community.
We are required to employ an outside company to undertake the election process and we have employed CES on our behalf.
You will have already received an email directly from CES on the 15th of July (it will appear in your inbox as sent by "noreply", titled, "CES 2022 School Board Elections - Nominations Now Open").
In this email there was a nomination form and full instructions about how to place nominations into our school’s election website. If we don’t have your email address in our records, then you would have received this information by post.
Please check your spam folder (or deleted emails) in the first instance. Nomination papers will also be available at the school office if you are unable to retrieve the email. We will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.
You are able to nominate yourself or someone else.
Election day is Wednesday 7th September.
We look forward to your participation in this process.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our school by dropping a ping pong ball into NorthWest Shopping Centre.
What an amazing community! Together our school earned $1000.
If your child has an exemption card, a letter from their health provider, or you have advised the school that mask wearing is not practicable for them, we will support this. For matters relating to mask exemption, please contact email@example.com.
IMPORTANT Change To Your Kindo Account Holder Terms
As per the email Kindo sent out on 25th July, please note that as of 31st July Kindo will no longer be able to return unspent funds/credit to you in ‘cash’.
What do you need to do now?
If you've got plenty of time with children at our school - you can choose not to do anything. As our school uses ezlunch, any credit can be used to purchase lunches throughout their time here.
If you're about to move on to a non-ezlunch, non-Kindo school AND you have a credit balance - plan to spend it before you leave or withdraw it before the terms change on 31st July. You can withdraw using the 'top up account' page.
Moving forward, only top up what you need for each transaction and remember to stop any direct credits.
Reminder: We now use HERO for all in-school related costs, eg. school camps, school donations etc. So please do not plan to use any credit towards these costs, as we can not
Mud Run Volunteers
A huge thank you to everyone who is helping the school next week on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. It is really appreciated. Emails will be sent out to you with arrival time details.
Here are our Huapai Hotshots Hockey team. The team has worked hard this season and is committed to giving their best each week as they go from strength to strength. Congratulations on an awesome season, team! Many thanks to Samantha Jackson and Hamish Taylor for managing and coaching the team.
This year our annual a-thon is a “Math-a-thon”. Students have been given either a paper or digital copy of the maths questions they will be tested on in three weeks time.
Your child’s teacher will be able to let you know which stage your child is working on. Below is a link to a digital copy of the booklet.
We would like to give a huge thank you to Burnett Septic Tank Services and Truman Trucking Ltd who support the school by registering their companies with Northfuels’ “Fuel for Schools” program. If your business or farm would like to register for this program please contact 0800 4 THE KIDS (0800 484 3543) or visit northfuels.co.nz.
Can You help Us?
We are currently looking for a few more adults who can stand with our road patrollers in the mornings as they operate the signs. The times are 8:30am-8:50am, so just 20 minutes. If you are able to help on any day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (please note, your child does not need to be a road patroller).
Breakfast Club - Parent Helpers Needed
HDS Breakfast Club runs every morning in Studio 2, from 8.30am- 9am.
It also provides an opportunity for children to meet and make new friends.
Would you like to be part of our breakfast club team?
Could you offer half an hour a week to help serve the children and clean up?
We’d love to hear from you. Please email Stephanie on email@example.com or pop into Studio 2 for a chat.
100 Days At School
This Thursday marked 100 days at school. This is a wonderful reason to celebrate - especially given the last few interrupted years we have had. There were lots of little old men and little old women here at school. Thank you to the Year 2 teachers for driving this initiative. It is one we hope to introduce as an annual event. Thank you to Jenifer Anne photography for taking some stunning photos!
Bricks 4 Kidz
This is a company who brings buildings to life with lego type bricks.
They will host a display in Room 17 on Monday at lunchtime.
If your child is keen to attend after school classes here at Huapai, please see their web site linked below.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele - email@example.com
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
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
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Or please see the full instructions linked below.