Newsletter Week 10, Term 3

Huirangi Primary School, Friday 30th September 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Another term has passed us by! It is awesome to see almost 100% turnout for our Learning Conferences! Thank you for taking the time to celebrate your child's learning with their teachers. It certainly takes a village to raise a child, and having your input and sharing your aspirations towards the what, why and how of their learning has a positive impact. Thank you.

Thanks to the Menzshed in Waitara for their donation of the Cornhole game. This is becoming popular with the kids in the playground, and I am sure will be used many times during the summer months.

Have an enjoyable two week break with your children. I look forward to seeing everyone back fresh and energised ready for the last term of the year!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Family and Whānau Principal Awards

Our RAFT Award this term is for Family and Whānau: "For communicating and collaborating to build positive relationships with our Huirangi whānau."

Ka mau te wehi to the following tamariki:

He Puāwai: Arie'an Clarke-Pihama and Paxton Gopperth

Māhuri: Mahae Topia

Kōkihi: Indie Cragg and Autumn Featonby

Puawaitanga: Rose Weston and Harper Jupp

He Kākano: Lilah Elers and Ryley Jupp

Cluster Speech Finals

Last Wednesday evening our Cluster School Speech Finals were held at the Urenui Community Centre. There were three sections, with a finalist from each school (Urenui, Lepperton, Tikorangi and Huirangi) in each section.

Overall we competed extraordinarily well with Indy Watt coming third in the Year 4 section, Ryley Jupp coming 2nd in the Year 6 competition and Matilda Johnson, 1st place in the Year 5 category. A huge congratulations to the three of you!

Taranaki Cross Country Champs

Well done to the 9 runners we sent to Hawera to compete in the Taranaki Cross Country Champs on Wednesday. There were well over 100 runners in each race, and our kids did us proud!

9 Year Old Boys -

Angus Johnson: 67th

10 Year Old Girls -

Matilda Johnson: 4th

Katie Alldridge: 52nd

Kadynce Anglesey: 66th

Luca Webb-Podevin: 98th

10 Year Old Boys -

Lennox Mabey: 47th

11 Year Old Girls -

Emma Lane: 72nd

11 Year Old Boys -

Aiden Young: 110th

Ryley Jupp: 113th

For those of you that haven't returned the Huirangi School T-Shirts, can this please be done in the first week of next term.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

As part of the Health Curriculum we are delivering the NZ Police personal safety programme, Keeping Ourselves Safe. This will take place in the first four weeks of Term four.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • teach students a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with other people, both online and face to face
  • teach students how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and encourage students who have been or are being abused to seek help
  • prevent abuse by making parents and teachers more aware of their responsibilities to help students avoid abuse.

If you would like to look at the programme and learn more about what it entails, please click on this link. If you have any further questions, please contact me:

Health and PE Consultation

Every two years we ask for your feedback around the delivery of the Health and PE Curriculum. Your feedback guides our teaching of this area and is truly valued.

Please click on this link to complete a VERY short survey.


Colour Fun Run

Last Thursday was a great afternoon. The weather held up, and the colour was flying as our students raced around our Colour Run Obstacle Course. This is the second year in a row we have held this event, and again, it was a huge success!

A big thank you to Penelope, Luca, Blake, Coby, Sienna and Lilah from He Kākano, who worked with me in the lead up to the event, designing the course and setting it up on the day. They did an outstanding job!

Also, thank you to the Waitara Fire Service and the Police for providing free sausages for our students and water for the waterslide!

A great day was had by all. Thanks heaps to Tara Honnor for the fabulous photos!

The prizes ordered will be here in week one of next term.

Touch Rugby-Term 4

Please complete this Google Form if your child wishes to play Touch Rugby for Huirangi School in Term 4.

Basket Ball

Congratulations to the Huirangi Hawks on a great basketball season and a big thanks to the coach Greg Jupp, and the parents and siblings that stepped in to help. Thank you to those who have already returned their uniforms, can all outstanding uniforms please be washed and returned to the school office at the beginning of next term.


Naumai, haere mai to Scarlett Edwards! Scarlett has joined He Puāwai, coming to us from Merrilands School. We hope you enjoy your time at Huirangi, Scarlett.

Person of Character and House Points

Congratulations to the following students whose names were drawn out at assembly.

23 September 2022

Matilda Johnson - Good speech; Autumn Featonby, Kaliyah-Jane Lilly, Kererangi Kettle - Great homework; Harley Dean - Tidying up for the whole class; Aidan Young x 3 - Getting on with his work, Great tidying, Always focused.

Orange Card - Allie Pokere - Being a kaitiaki at our kura. Ka pai tō mahi!

29 September 2022

Max Weston x 2 - Coming to the mat quickly & His 4 X Tables; Ryley Jupp x 2 - Helping others with Maths and Kind and Focused; Aidan Young - Focused on his work; Lilah Elers - Kind to everyone.

Orange Cards - Sophie Brett - Thinking and using your phonics knowledge; Avva Tai & Alivia Williams - Super cleaning.

Congratulations to Kiwi House, who won this terms House Points.

Pets Day Craft and Stall Donations, PLEASE!

  • Empty shoe boxes
  • King-sized blocks of chocolate

Pets Day-Tuesday 25th October

Can you please fill out the form if you can help with the food stalls at Pets Day. All helpers will go in the draw to win a $50 New World Voucher! Pets Day Help

We are having a Men's Cake Auction on Pets Day. So all you budding male bakers out there, start thinking about the amazing creation you are going to bake for us to auction off at the conclusion of Pets Day. This will surely be the biggest money earner that Huirangi Pets Day has ever had!

Huirangi Home and School -

Cluster Cross Country and the Colour Run were great fundraisers for the school!

Next term our fundraisers will be:

  • Pets Day
  • Tea Towels
  • Disco and Bought Lunch

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 19th October at 2pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Tātarakihi Primary Schools Cultural Festival

Friday, Oct. 28th, 9am

Memorial Place

Waitara, Taranaki

Our Kapa Haka Group has entered Tātarakihi this October.

We will take ticket orders towards the end of this term for the early bird price of $3. Tickets will be available at the door on the day for $5.

The timetable for the event will be confirmed closer to the date.

You can also follow the Tātarakihi Facebook Page for further updates and information.

Children arriving late

If your child/ren arrive at school after the 9am bell it is important that they report to the school office before going to class. This is for Health and Safety reasons as we must know who is on site at all times.

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

Friday 30th September - 3 Way Conferences/Teacher Only Day, last day term 3

Monday 17th October - Term 4 begins

Monday 24th October-Labour Day, no school

Tuesday 25th October - Pets Day

Thursday 27th October-Manukorihi Orientation Day; Puke Ariki Library Bus

Friday 28th October-Tatarakihi

Thursday 3rd November-BOT Meeting, 6pm

Thursday 10th November-Parent Evening with Paul Rangiwahia, 7pm; Puke Ariki Library Bus

Thursday 24th November-Cluster Athletics

Monday 12th December-Reports sent home

Wednesday 14th December-Graduation and Final Assembly

School Timetable

9.00am Start of the day

11am -11.25am Morning tea interval

1.00pm - 1.45pm Lunch break

3.00pm End of Day