Newsletter Week 1, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 2nd May, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had some time to relax and refresh over the past two weeks! The weather was brilliant, and I must admit I enjoyed a lot of time outside!

Relationships are an integral part of education, and it was great to see such an awesome turn out to meet with your child's teacher on the last day of Term One. For your child to have a voice at these initial meetings is important, as is yours. Some great conversations were had, and learning goals set for the next two terms.

I know that some of you couldn't make your session due to COVID. If you wish to book an appointment to meet with your child's teacher please do so this week. If you have any questions or concerns or wish to have a follow-up, please contact me.

As we are now under the ORANGE traffic light settings, we do still encourage mask wearing, and visitors to sign in and out of the office.

I am really looking forward to an exciting term ahead!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Renaming of our Classrooms

With the development of our Local Curriculum, we have been exploring renaming our classrooms. He Puāwai was named back in 2016, with the intent to rename the other classes too, but as time went by this was put aside.

With over 12 weeks of discussions and meetings involving all staff and the BOT we have decided to name our classes with reference to the growth/lifecycle of a plant, which is reflected in the stages of our learners. We also wanted the new class names to tie in with He Puāwai, which means 'to blossom'.

The new names will take a lot of time and practice for all of us to grasp, but we feel it is timely for this to happen. These names will be part of the new signage we will be getting later in the term.

A huge thank you to Mrs.Thomas and Charles Hunt who created this concept. Their links with Huirangi School goes back generations, so it is very fitting that their input into this ended up being significant. Ngā mihi nui ki a korua.

Our class names are:

He Puāwai-New Entrants/Reception class. Young learners blossoming into their school journey.

Māhuri-Room 1. The learners are being nurtured to grow.

Kōkihi-Room 2. The learners are beginning to grow into all aspects of school life.

Puawaitanga-Room 3. As fruit is the result of a healthy tree, the learners have developed into strong and healthy individuals.

He Kākano-Room 4. The fruit has grown and has created seeds, which are the learners, who are ready to move on and thrive in the world.

We will be sharing a classroom focus/spotlight in the coming newsletters this term.

Naumai, Haere Mai! Welcome!

This week we welcome Mrs. Joanne Alldridge to the staff. Mrs. Alldridge will be a teacher aide in the Junior School. Welcome, Jo! Mrs. Hunt begins her role as Office Administrator today.

We are very excited to have Ray and Jo in these roles. Both ladies come with a vast variety of skills and expertise, and we are very lucky to have them on our staff.

Today we also welcome Carter Alldridge to the Huirangi Whānau. We hope you enjoy your time at Huirangi School, Carter!

Term 2 Inquiry Learning

Term Two learning is focused around 'Wai/Water' with the link to our pepeha: "Ko Waitara te awa, Ko Tokomaru te waka". Each class will approach this topic differently, with the curriculum areas of Science and Technology being the key driver in the learning. If you, or someone in your whānau have any experience in working in water quality, traditional fishing methods, or have stories from our awa to share please contact your child's teacher. We are going to incorporate a walk to the Waitara River and the Bertrand Bridge in the coming weeks.

Term 2 Fundraising

Value Timber in Inglewood have offered to donate 25% of every load of firewood ordered to our school! This is a great opportunity to grab yourself some firewood and donate money to the Home and School at the same time.

If you are interested in ordering a load, please email:, or call the office: 06 752 0606.

Orders for firewood close on Friday 13th May at 1pm.

Waitara Junior Basketball

Basketball is due to start on Tuesday 10th May. We are looking to make up a team or two anyone interested from within our Year 5 & 6 students. We are also required to supply 2 referees. Refs referee one game per evening either directly before or straight after their schools game. So please think about taking up the whistle ! Without referees we cannot register a team.

We won't be sending home a written note - so please talk to your child tonight and contact school via email or by phone by TOMORROW morning so we can register our teams.

School Photos

Photo Day is Monday 9th May 2022. As usual, photos will be available for you to purchase online a few weeks after the photo shoot day. You will recieve an email with a 'key code' which will allow you to view and order your child's photos.

Anyone wanting siblings photos need to request a form from the school office prior to the day. Team photos for Netball [and hopefully Basketball] will be taken too - so coaches/managers/ referees need to bring in their team's uniforms to school that morning, and hopefully, stay to be in the photo!

Bayley Street Road Works

During the holidays we have been advised that the road to school will be widened and resealed as part of the current Waitara Road pavement works. Please take extreme care in driving up to school. We are unsure how long this work will take.

Head Lice

Please check your child's hair regularly as we are again having a bit of a surge in reported cases.

These pesky critters do transfer easliy from one head to another by jumping onto hair that is dangling and touching the hair on another person.... this is why we encourage all children to tie their hair up and clip fringes back - [BOYS and GIRLS]

If you do find head lice, please treat their hair before they come back to school and keep checking for nits [eggs] and combing them out. Check all other household members too please.

We have a Facebook Page!

We now have a Facebook Page to celebrate the great work and awesome events we have here at Huirangi School! We will still be using the School App as our main communication tool.

Please do not message us via Facebook. We prefer email or phone.

School Mobile App

Please let your wider whānau know about our free school app ! Access this on your mobile phone by downloading the app SchoolAppsNZ and search for 'Huirangi'. Subscribe to the group you wish to get notifications for and you're done!

You will then recieve all alerts/ updates and fortnightly newsletters.

This is the best way we can effectively communicate the same message to all parents, at once.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our fabulour sponsors!

Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Newsletter Sponsorship


Huge thanks for your support to help us produce the newsletter this year.

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Upcoming Events

Monday 2nd May - Term 2 Begins

Monday 9th May - School Photos

Monday 16th -Wednesday 18th May - Life Education

Tuesday 31st May -Wednesday 1st June -ERO

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