The Connection Week 8 Term 4

Huapai District School 9th December 2021


This is our final newsletter for the year.

I wanted to thank you again for all you have done through this unprecedented and challenging year.

Much of what marks our end of year (assemblies, prize giving, celebrations and sharings) are not happening this year, which makes the finish even more unusual.

I would like to acknowledge your children. The attitude and the resilience they have shown is a great statement of their character and testament to the support, care and lengths you have gone to to help - thank you.

I thank our staff. Our school is made up of so much more than teachers, it’s also about our support staff and operations staff. We have a tremendous team here who have risen to the challenge of COVID and remained steadfast in their commitment to children.

All the very best for a holiday and safe break over January. Here’s to hoping we have a settled and more typical year in 2022.


John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 14th December - Year 8 Prize-Giving (via Zoom)
  • Wednesday 15th December - Last Day Of School

Twas The Week before Holidays...

Twas the week before holidays

At Huapai School,

We’re back with our friends,

Now isn’t that cool?!

The school shoes are flung

On the field without care,

In the hopes that St Nick

Might bring a new pair.

The children are happy,

The teachers are too

But all so tired,

And ready to be through.

In a year like no other

With lockdowns galore,

None of us could guess

What covid had in store.

Now zooming, now distance,

Now scanning, now masking,

Go parents! You’ve done it!

So much multitasking.

But as the weather warms up

And we must say goodbye,

We’ll remember 2021

With more than a sigh.

‘Cos through all the chaos

And unsettling fear,

We’ve seen grit and resilience

In our students this year.

They’ve shown courage and laughter

They’ve given their best

So happy holidays to all,

And to all a big rest!!


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News In Brief

Class lists 2022

Your child’s classroom and teacher were shared with you yesterday, Wednesday 8th December, via Hero.


These were shared with you on Wednesday 8th December, via Hero.

Stationary Lists 2022

Stationery lists for 2022 can be found on the school website here.

Huapai +

Our holiday programme resumes 10th January.

Last day 2021

School finishes 12.00pm Wednesday 15th December.

School Class Photos

These can be purchased online using Kindo. Purchases close sharply at 3pm Friday 10th December. These will be distributed to the children at school next week. If your child is not at school, please call past the office on Tuesday afternoon to collect.

Year 8 End Of Year Prize-Giving

Tuesday 14th 2021

This year our year 8 prize-giving will be only for students. Parents can watch the ceremony at 1:30pm using the link below.

Meeting ID: 885 2112 9598

Passcode: 917475

Leadership Awards

Congratulations to all our leadership award recipients. This term we were unable to hold an assembly so we celebrated with each class separately.

Personnel Changes 2022

We farewell the following staff at the end of this year:

Alisha Erasmus, Emily Soong, Esther Young, Jason McKearney, Jenelle Sutherland

We welcome to the team: Kayla Matthews, Sineaya Harknett and Tracy Taylor.

These teachers are creating a welcome video for their new students next year to share a little more about themselves. We are so excited that you have joined the Huapai Team!

School Bus Arrangements For 2022

If you intend for your child to be catching the bus in 2022, or if you have any queries about our school transport, please contact

Eligibility For School Transport Assistance

We often get questions about whether students qualify for school transport assistance. The Ministry of Education has three criteria that students must meet in order to qualify for school transport assistance. They are:

  1. The student must attend their closest state or state-integrated school

  2. The student must live more than 3.2km from the school

  3. There must be no suitable public transport options

Medals And Certificates

If your child has not collected their medal and certificate from lockdown, please call into the front office to collect it. We would like to present all acknowledgements this year.

Last Day of School For 2021

The last day of school for 2021 will be Wednesday 15th December. The school will close at 12pm on this day.

Huapai Plus is available for those that need after school care until the end of the day.

All bookings can be made on Aimy Plus:

2022 Term Dates

Our 2022 Term dates are:

Term 1 - Thursday 3rd February - Friday 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)

Carols With The Country Club

On Tuesday evening, a group of young students took part in a carol concert at the Huapai Country Club. It was a fabulous event! Thank you to Stacey Wheeler, Karen Hook and Katie Lean for providing the children with this opportunity.

Online Learning - Year 0-4

We have had a great time with our online class over the past few weeks. Sharing holiday traditions, doing science experiments, decorating our Christmas trees, and dressing up for zooms are just a few of the highlights. Friday 10th December will be our last day for online learning as all school devices need to be returned at the latest by Friday, if not earlier. Thank you to all the parents who have supported their kids online learning - it has been a blast!

Sports Tops

If your child has a school sports top at home, now is the time to return these to avoid being charged. Please pop it into a named bag or attach a note with your child’s name and bring it to the front office tomorrow. We will then remove your child’s name from the spreadsheet.

Huapai Plus

Our school operated before and after school care programme will be open again from Monday 6th December for both before & after school care. We will also be opening from midday when school finishes on Wednesday 15th December for those who require care.

Our Holiday programme will be running from Thursday 16th December until Thursday 23rd Dec & again from Monday 10th Jan 2022 until Wednesday 2nd Feb. We are closed over the Christmas/News Years period. Check out all our fun activities below.

All bookings can be made on Aimy Plus:

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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HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates and to share regular learning posts. 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.