The Connection Week 7 Term 1

Huapai District School 17th March 2022


There’s a simmering unrest - certainly in me and I’m pretty confident I can see it across the school. I’m finding I am going back to my roots of education at the moment. Mainly out of frustration of living and managing in the now, when I really want to get our collective school teeth into the why. I'm tired of “playing school” and want to get back into “living school”. Right now we are managing, reacting and doing everything we can to keep things stable, safe and secure. The future of education (and certainly our vision), is about building into authenticity of learning, seeing a rise in creativity and building strong connections - what we call deep learning.

I feel we are doing well in spite of, but I’m wanting to see the shift to seeing kids doing well because of…

Because the collaborative culture within the class brings out the best.

Because the focus on individuality produces innovative practice.

Because the passions of the teacher are undeniable and totally evident.

Because learning is real we see colour and magic.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s great things happening, which is a credit to the calibre of our staff - I’m just restless to see the colour, the magic and the noise of great learning. This is where our vision points.

Thanks for being on the team!

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Monday 21st March - Board Meeting (via zoom)
  • Thursday 14th April - Last Day Of Term 1
  • Monday 2nd May - First Day Of Term 2

Student Of The Week

Oliver (Year 3) says: “Huapai School is the best school ever because there are lots of kind and caring people. My teacher is really nice. We are learning about healthy eating. My favourite thing to do is play in the middle playground with my friends.”

Getting To Know...

Katie Lean

Hi, I’m Katie Lean and I’ve been teaching here at Huapai for the past four years. I mainly teach in the junior school but I do also relieve in many other classes here. It’s great to be able to get to know children across the whole school. I love learning new things and I love the collaborative environments here at Huapai. I have four children, three of whom are at Huapai District School and one who is in kindy. She’ll be joining school at the end of next year. I love to play lots of sports and keep fit. I try to bring this into my teaching.

Board Meeting

Our monthly Board meeting will be held on Monday 21st March 7.00pm. This meeting will be held online. Parents are welcome to attend. The zoom meeting link is linked below.

Masks Are Still Required

Years 4 - 8 students are still required to wear a mask while at school. Please ensure your child(ren) are coming to school each day with their own mask.

Please also remember that all adults are required to wear a mask while on school grounds. Unless of course, you or your child has a mask exemption.

Welcome To Our Classroom

Let’s visit our Year 1 zone.

St John In School Program

Each year, as part of our PE and Health curriculum, each class has the opportunity to have a First Aid session with a St John officer. We are pleased to say that these sessions will happen next week. The provider is double vaccinated and boosted, and will wear a mask at all times. The sessions are in class groupings. A summary of what will be covered can be found at the link below.

We have chosen the “emergency response” sessions this year. There is NO COST to the sessions, however we will hold a non-uniform day at a later date to raise funds for a koha to give to St John, in order to keep this program as an option for us each year.

School Donations

Thank you again for your support through paying the school donation. This week we added a further $3560.00 to our funds (24.74% support rate). We have a long way to go but are ahead at the moment. Please be aware you can claim back 30% of this as a donation in your tax claims (end of March). We have sent statements out today as a further reminder. Please note donations are voluntary and really appreciated.

Wheels At School

We are proud of the culture we have at school where children can bring their scooters, bikes, skateboards or skates to school to use during break times. The children can use these on the pump track and the bike track. Students must wear a helmet and must only use their own wheels. Wheels MUST be walked in all other places, including the driveway, before and after school for safety. We ask that you help us with this by speaking with your child about where they can use their wheels at school.

JCR Althern MotoX Visit

Thanks to Cam Travers, our Years 3-6 students were lucky enough to have multiple NZ champion and former world No. 2 Motocross rider Josh Coppins visit. Josh spoke to the children about setting goals, dreaming big and working hard even when it’s tough. If your child would like to be in to win a PW50 motorcycle, all they need to do is head to the below link to enter.

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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Our winter hockey sign ups have closed. However, we have a few places available for our year 5&6 team. If your son or daughter is interested, please contact Maree Lloyd: as soon as possible. No experience is needed and a hockey stick can be provided.

Team details will be sent out early next week.

Scholastic Book Orders Are Moving Online!

Please follow the directions to download the Scholastic app today.
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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.

Huapai Plus Holiday Programme

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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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Skate Lessons

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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.