The Connection Week 3 Term 2

Huapai District School 19th May 2022


I was watching a great youtube clip highlighting the story of a Thai soccer team (not the Cave soccer team). It highlighted how an idea became a reality against the odds. They wanted to play soccer but lived in a village based on the water. Check it out (linked below).

I find these types of stories inspiring and encouraging. We are inclined to get swamped with the reality of what we see in front of us, we lower our vision to our feet and lose the perspective of the horizon. Right now, we are dealing with increased levels of sickness (students and staff), the burden of getting our children back up to speed and operating at the success levels we expect and managing staffing to keep things happening.

It does seem we are facing an increase in student absence (we have gone from our average of just over 40 children away each day to over 80 per day). Whilst this is well short of what we experienced last term, it is concerning. We will continue to communicate with parents as staff and children within your child’s class present as positive. If your child tests positive please let the school know. Currently we have only 7 children on our records as positive.

In the short term we will seek to manage classes by covering as well as we can. This may involve ”adopting out” children across other classes as we seek to keep the school open. If our staff absences continue we may have to look at other options. We have so appreciated the support of our community and are determined to do all we can to make a difference for our children and keep our school operating at “normal”.

We look forward to seeing you next week at our parent teacher conferences.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 25th May - School closes at 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 25th May - Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday 26th May - Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th May - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday 30th May - Senior Athletics (Year 5 - 8)
  • Tuesday 31st May - Junior Athletics (Year 0 - 4)
  • Friday 3rd June - Teacher Only Day

Student Of The Week

Bostyn (Year 5) says: “Huapai District School is cool because we do heaps of work but heaps of play too. I like reading and writing the best. I like to spend time in the library with my friends. Huapai School is better than other schools because we get to order lunch and have bake sales and sausage sizzles.”

Teacher Conferences

These will be held on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May.


If you are unable to arrange care for your child for the afternoon, they will be supervised here at school.

  • Huapai+ will remain open for after school bookings

  • Buses will remain with the existing structure

  • Times - Wednesday 1:30pm - 7:00pm & Thursday 3:30 - 5:00pm

Please click the link here for more information about booking these. The cut-off to book is 12pm Tuesday 24th.

HERO Learning Graphs

You are able to see your child’s progress report online using the HERO app. To get a better understanding of what the graphs and curriculum levels mean, please click on the “About this page” link above the graphs. This will take you to a comprehensive explanation outlining the information shown.

Pink Shirt Day - TOMORROW

Tomorrow is national "Pink Shirt Day" in New Zealand. At school we will be holding a non-uniform 'Pink Shirt Day' for everyone. This is in support of the Mental Health Foundation's "Stand up to bullying" message.
We are encouraging everyone to wear pink tomorrow.
Please send your child to school with a gold coin where possible. Donations will be collected and given to the Mental Health Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Farewell For Angela Trimmer

We would like to invite you to join us for a full school farewell to Ange next Friday 27th May. Our Poroaki will start at 2:30pm on the courts. If it is wet, we will relocate to the hall.

Teacher Only Day 3rd June

Reminder that the school has a teacher only day on Friday 3rd June. This is positioned to allow the option of a longer weekend with Queens Birthday on Monday 6th June. This day will be used by staff for planning and assessments.


This year our athletics days are being held at the end of May. Years 5-8 Monday 30th May at the Huapai Domain. Years 0-4 Tuesday 31st May here at school. Please see the attached information below.

Scholastic Book Fair - Next Week

Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th May

It’s here!! Every student in the school will have the opportunity to visit the book fair next week. This is being held in our school library and is always a very popular event. You are most welcome to pop in at any time during the week starting from Tuesday. Cash and eftpos options available.

Can't Make It To The Scholastic Book Fair?

Order online by using the Scholastic Book Club LOOP app.

A Date For The Diary - Year 1s

We would like to invite ALL our year 1 parents into school for an information evening Monday 30th May 5:30-6:30pm. This evening is a chance for parents to meet all the teachers together, to chat with senior leadership staff, to meet the parents of new friends and to learn a little more about life at school and expectations in the Year 1 zone. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Road Patrols At Station Rd And Trigg Rd

We have students and parents assisting in the safe crossing of children. There is a developing pattern of parents crossing children across the road in places that are not the crossing. This can be quite discouraging to our volunteers offering their time to man the crossings. Please use the crossing. It is a legal requirement to use the crossing if there is one available. The patrollers have a dialogue they must complete but the key phrase to listen for is “Cross now” before you step out.

No Dogs On School Grounds Please

We are seeing an increasing number of dogs on school grounds. While a lot of people love dogs, we are conscious that not everybody does. We ask that all dogs please be kept outside school grounds. Please also ensure that if you are waiting to pick up your child(ren) outside of the school gates, that your dog is on a lead at all times.

Volunteers Needed

Tough Guy And Gal Challenge. Can you help?? More details coming soon.

Montessori Open Day

Saturday 11th June 10am - 11am.

Want To Join Our Huapai+ Team?

Huapai Plus is after some awesome new staff to join our team. We are keen to hear from anyone interested in working with children or just after a little extra income.

We have the following positions available:

· Programme Assistant manager - over 20 years old

· Programme leader – 16 years or older

· Van driver – over 20 years old with full licence

Flexible hours, discounts for staff with children.

If you would like some more information or are interested please email:

MusiqHub - Have A Go Day

Our good friends at MusiqHub are super excited to be back on our school grounds and providing their awesome Drum lessons in Term 2! They'll be hosting a "Have-a-Go!" day on Wednesday May 26th before school (8:15-8:45) and at morning tea, where students can come and have a little bash and meet Nick, our awesome tutor! Parents are welcome to come along too to meet and ask questions! Feel free to get in touch with to get signed up or to ask any questions.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Aroha Skate School

Skate Lessons After School

Term 2 weekly after school skate lessons.

Thursday 3:30pm - 4:30pm at Huapai District School.

Lessons are suitable for beginners to intermediate skaters.

Register at the link below.

Creative Matters - Term 2

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 -

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -


A major sponsor in this year's School Donation sponsorship prize draw. Generously donating a $600 voucher which was won by our first place prize draw winner.

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.