Tuesday Times

Havelock North Primary School 18th May 2021


Kia ora koutou,

What a busy weekend it was in the Bay with the Hawke's Bay Marathon. We had a number of staff and parents competing, which was great to see. From our staff, Mr Gray took out the 21km walk in his age group and well done to Miss Denny and Mrs Cranswick who also did very well.

Room 2 are currently at Guthrie Smith and are the last of our Year 5 camps this year. Last week Room 1 & 4 ventured up to Lake Tutira and had a great time. Room 4 showed plenty of resilience coping with plummeting temperatures and rain. Well done to Mrs McNeill, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Wilkins and the team! A big thank you to all our Year 5 parents who have assisted on camp. The teachers have been glowing in their reports. You were a wonderful support to both staff and students. Thank you!

A special welcome to our new student Annabelle Newman. Well done on making such a positive start to school Annabelle.

This is the last week for Bounceboard orders. Please see further details in the body of this newsletter.

A reminder that Chugs (Running Club) takes place every Friday morning with Hannah (one of our awesome mums). They meet at 7.20am at the school hall, ready to run at 7.30am. Everybody welcome, including parents.

National Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying) is this Friday 21st March. We look forward to supporting this very worthy cause. We ask students wearing a pink shirt to please provide a going coin donation which will be sent on to the Mental Health Foundation.

A reminder that all local Primary and Intermediate state schools have a Teacher Only Day on Friday 4th June. On this date, Havelock North Intermediate, Lucknow, Haumoana, Te Mata and Havelock North Primary will be doing some collective curriculum development work.

Thank you and have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed


Hawke's Bay Lit Quiz

Well done to our three Lit Quiz teams who competed in the Hawke's Bay Year 6-8 competition at Napier Intermediate on Friday night. These students enjoyed themselves and competed strongly. At the end of the night, HNPS Number 2 team (Star Absolom, Amy Martin, Dario Rotondo and Ben Fergus) were first equal in a four-way tie. These teams had a playoff and eventually it came down to St Patricks and HNPS. Well done to St Patricks who prevailed in the end. Congratulations to our three teams who can be very proud of the way they represented our school.

A big thank you to Mrs Cameron who has trained our teams over the past few weeks and our amazing parents for their support.

Go Room 13!

This term we have been reading The Witches by Roald Dahl. Each week we read some chapters and follow up with some work related to the story. We have also been taking part in Friday Twitter chats with schools all across the country. These chats are run by Chapter Chat - a Twitter book chat for New Zealand school kids. This week we created posters all about The Grand High Witch. We had to draw a picture of her, write words to describe both her appearance and her character, and write sentences about her. Guess what! The photo of our finished posters was chosen as Task of the Week by Chapter Chat! We are so proud of ourselves and our work. Have a look at our photo and let us know what you think. You can also like our work on Chapter Chat both on Facebook and Instagram.

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Uniform Shop

We are in search of another lovely volunteer to join the uniform shop on a Wednesday morning from 8.30-9.30. Email Suz on uniform@hnps.school.nz if you can help please. Thank you.

Home and School Association News (Home and School is same as Friends of the school / PTA etc in other schools)


Did you know there is a HNPS Home and School Facebook page?

Make sure you follow this page as it has lots of info on upcoming social/fundraising events, uniform shop, Sushi Fridays etc.

This is different to the school Facebook page that has info about the school day. Both can be found via the school app.

Next Home and School Assoc Meeting

Monday 24th May at 7:30 pm in the school staff room (above the office). Anyone welcome to come along. Great way to have a say about fundraising for the school, find out what is happening in the school and meet other parents.

Sushi And Pie Fundraiser – This Friday!

Fancy a day off lunchboxes this Friday? Sushi and Pie Fundraiser - with the addition of sausage rolls and meatballs 😀
Go to lunchonline.co.nz
Menu - choose HNP Home and School
Delivery date – 21st May
ORDER BY 9:00 am THURSDAY - thanks for your support.

Yummy Stickers

Please collect the Yummy Fruit stickers until the end of term three. Either cut-out labels from apple and pear bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and/or collect the individual Yummy stickers on the fruit.

The more we collect, the more share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool we get from the lovely folk at The Yummy Fruit Company. So get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now!

If you want to stick your own sheet on the fridge – print out one from the Yummy Fruit website (see below link), collect a sheet from the office, or just bring them into the classroom in the lunchbox. Thanks!


Home and School Express

From monies raised from the Sushi Fridays, we have again donated money to each classroom this year. They have purchased various items for the children. These items are cherry on the top. Items they would not otherwise have eg lego, games, play equipment, aquarium items, robotics etc etc. Each classroom / teacher decides what is needed. Ask your classroom teacher what they got this year if you are interested.

Uniform Shop

If you can't make it to the uniform shop, did you know you can order via email?

1. Email your order to uniform@hnps.school.nz

2. Pay online into HNPS account 12-3439-0017857-00

3. Then the items can be dropped in to your child's class during normal uniform shop hours.

Sooo easy!

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SPORT Term 2

Please send any HNPS sporting action shots to sport@hnps.school.nz

HNPS sports this term

STAC AWARDS recipients for Week 1/2 of Term 2 Sports

S = Sportmanship T = Teamwork A = Attitude C = Coachability


Charlotte Crowther


Allegra McGowan

Hannah Horne

Teagan Parker

Olivia Holder

Cooper Bain

Tilly Harper

Canoe Polo

Louis Hook


Ellen Wagstaff

Dominic Nilsson-Wenham

Ruby Herridge

Zeta Harland

Ethan Evans

George Dorward

Mrs Cranswick spied some deserved STAC action at netball on Thursday

Ruby Jarvis - great attitude and resilience

Thomas Mill - excellent sportsmanship at the end of the game

Brooke Gold - helping the opposition team with what to do

Lucy Coltart - great resilience and always has a smile on her face

Bea Stewart - great can-do attitude

Hawke's Bay Marathon

A huge congratulations to all the members of the HNPS community who took part in the HB Marathon this weekend - students, past students, teachers, parents, caregivers and a VERY special mention to our very own Mr Robin Gray who nailed the Half Marathon walk in a time faster than many could have run it!! Well done Mr Gray :)

HB Orienteering Long Course

Well done to the HNPS students who took part in the HB Orienteering Long Course Championships - Arlie Du Plessis, Albert Green Thom, Sophia Morris and Aoife Rafferty. A special mention for Arlie who placed 3rd in Boys Primary Championships, and Albert who placed 6th. Ka mau te wehi!


HNPS has partnered with Bounceboards NZ to promote this fun and exciting game. Known by many parents of the '80s & '90s as 'Gutterboards', Bounceboards have been causing plenty of excitement around the school grounds recently. Purchase your fully styled Batman, Superman, or plain Bounceboard today. If you are interested, please contact Richard at twn@hnhs.school.nz. Payment available through bank transfer 01-0533-0401309-00. Boards are $39.99 each with collection from the school office. Thank you.

Out and About

Te Mata Park Tree Planting Dates

All volunteer days will run from approximately 9am to 12pm.

Saturday 22 May – Tauroa Forest (weeding in recently harvested area)

Sunday 30 May – Rongoā garden – planting day

Saturday 5th June – Tauroa Forest planting day

Sunday 20th June – Te Kahika planting day

Sunday 27th June– Rongoā garden

Saturday 3rd July – Maintenance and planting day

Sunday 18th July– Te Kahika planting

Sunday 25th July- Rongoā garden

Sunday 8th August– Planting day

To stay up to date with our volunteer events, go to our website: https://www.tematapark.co.nz/current-park-info/

Or sign up to receive our volunteer newsletter for regular updates: https://www.tematapark.co.nz/get-involved/#donate

Another option is to donate trees. At $10 a tree, they make a wonderful gift, and each donation helps to fund our planting projects.


For more details or to register your attendance, please get in touch with me.

Thank you so much for your time, and please consider joining us and becoming kaitiaki of our maunga.

Ngā mihi nui,

Sara Shaw

Communications & Education

Te Mata Park Trust

027 233 6099


Term Dates and Teacher Only Days 2021

Term 2 2021

3 May – 9 July Public holiday this term is Queen’s Birthday – Monday 7 June

Term 3 2021

26 July – 1 October

Term 4 2021

18 October – 16 December

Public holidays this term are Hawke's Bay Anniversary - Friday 22nd October and Labour Day – Monday 25 October

Teacher Only Days

4th June

27th August

Up Coming Events

  • Pink Shirt Day - Friday 21st May
  • Board Meeting - Wednesday 19th May @ 5:30 pm
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 21st May
  • Home and School Meeting - Monday 24th May @ 7:30 pm
  • Year 1-2 -Structured Literacy information evening - Wednesday 26th May 6-7 pm
  • Teacher Only Day 4th June
  • Queen's Birthday - 7th June
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 11th June
  • School Photographs - Thursday 17th June
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 2nd July
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 9th July
  • Big Night Out - Saturday 7th August