Newsletter Week 1, Term 1

Huirangi Primary School, Tuesday 1st February 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

I hope you all have had a fabulous summer break and your children are all fresh and ready to begin the 2022 school year in a somewhat different fashion.

An alert went out last week via School Apps to inform you all and keep you updated on how Huirangi School will be operating in Alert Level Red. If you have not yet downloaded School Apps, I highly recommend that you do. This is our main portal for communication, and we are looking at using the app for permission slips and booking parent interviews this year too. Please also check you are registered to the classes your children are in, so you are getting all the notifications that are pertinent to your child.

The main points to remind you of how we are functioning in Alert Level Red are:

  • All children, teachers and support staff who work with children in Years 4-6 (rooms 3 and 4). All other students do not need to wear masks, but may do so if they choose to. The Government is also now requiring that a face covering be an actual mask. That means no scarves, bandannas, or t-shirts pulled up over the face, for example. This is to ensure that it is a mask designed to cover your nose and mouth properly.

  • To keep everyone safe please do not enter the school grounds unless absolutely necessary, without appointment. Either phone the office, or email:

  • Physical distancing protocols will be carried out when and where appropriate.

  • Get vaccinated
  • If you are sick or feeling unwell, stay home.

  • We will continue with our strict hygiene practises
  • Our classrooms will be ventilated and we will use many outdoor spaces for learning.
  • Drop off and pick up will be at the gate only, and parents are NOT to enter the school grounds. Please follow the distancing protocols in the school carpark and WEAR A MASK if you intend to get out of your car, especially when around children
  • Our morning tea and lunch times will be staggered to begin with.

We truly appreciate your understanding and patience. Remember these rules have been created in conjunction with the MOE and MOH and all schools in Aotearoa have been advised to do the same as us.

Our teachers and support staff have worked hard over the past week to ensure that school will remain safe, upbeat and as fun as possible for all children.

Let's start the year as happy and positive as we can possibly be!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


2021 Awards

Our End of Year Awards Ceremony for our leaving Year 6's was a very intimate evening, and was a great celebration for our leavers.

At the end of 2021 we said farewell to the Pearce, Kumar, Flay, Drinkwater, Copper Funnell and Mounsey families.

Below are the Award winners who all took home trophies at the end of the 2021 school year.

The big winner of the evening winning the major award for the year was Alisha Kumar, who was awarded the Pearce Fairhust Memorial Trophy.

  • Nicky Tapp Cup for the Arts-Boston Cooper Funnell and Alisha Kumar
  • Spelling Trophy-Kane Alldridge
  • Writing Cup-Paige Mounsey
  • Language Cup-Kane Alldridge
  • Cultural Cup-Rawinia Andrews
  • Mathematics Cup-Kane Alldridge
  • Sports Boy-Jordan Angellsey
  • Sports Girl-Rawinia Andrews
  • Most Improved Student-Jordan Angellsey
  • Roly Webber Trophy for being a great buddy to others-Madison Drinkwater
  • Pearce Fairhurst Memeorial Trophy for all round and consistent display of the R.A.F.T Values-Alisha Kumar


This year we welcome Mrs Adriana Thomas and Mrs Carly Douglas to the teaching team.

Mrs Thomas will be teaching every second week in Room 3, and Mrs Douglas will be continuing the role of Learning Through Play Coach in the Junior School from Week 7 onwards.

We also welcome Roman Narayan to Huirangi School. We hope you enjoy your years with us on your Learning Journey!

This term, Mrs Woodward is on sick leave due to having back surgery until Week 7. In her absence, Ms Southee will be teaching in Room 1. We wish Mrs Woodward all the best for a speedy recovery.

2022 Year 5 and 6 Camp

Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th February [Week 2] has been locked in for our bi-annual camp at Okoki.

A letter went home to our 31 2022 Year 5 and 6 students last year, outlining basic information for the camp. If you didn't receive information regarding this, please contact the office before Wednesday afternoon.

We have had many offers of help from parents, so a selection will be made early this week. Parents who have been selected will be phoned tomorrow.

A camp meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd February at 3.10pm for the parents who have been selected. This meeting will be on the deck outside Room 3 - please wear your mask.

A big thank you to other parents who have offered help, but unfortunately we can't take everyone!


We will continue to offer Swimming Lessons as part of our curriculum. We have been sponsored by Todd Energy once again to employ a swimming coach who will be working alongside every class three days a week. Class swimming will occur every day, and times will be staggered to ensure the changing rooms are clear of students from other classes before your child enters the pool area.

Please send your tamariki along each day with their togs, towels and swimming caps [all clearly NAMED please]

Let's Go! Scooter and Cycle Skills

On the 14th-16th February the Let's Go Educators from the NPDC will be at school taking each class through a scooter skills and safety session (He Puāwai, Room 1 and Room 2), and Grade 1 of cycle skills and safety (Rooms 3 and 4). A permission slip for this will be coming home with your child this week.

Music Lessons

Joe Smither provides guitar & keyboard lessons at our school each Thursday. These are private lessons, but are in school time. He does have a space or two available, so if you think this might be what your child would like to do, please contact Joe directly via email:-

He will discuss times/costs etc with you.

Stationery Fees

We are fortunate to be able to keep our stationery costs per child at the same level as past years.

The fee for each child is $30. Please make this payment as soon as possible. All fees need to be paid by the end of March please. You can either send money with your child to hand into the office [follow this up with an email or phone call !] OR make an internet payment to:-

153945 0210342 00 with the reference 'Stationery' and your family name

Home & School Fundraising & Meetings

The meeting that was scheduled for next week has been postponed until next term. Covid-19 Alert Level Red means that we are severely limited to public events, so there will be no meetings, or fundraising events on school grounds this term.

Next Term there is a planned Anderson Pies fundraiser which we think will still go ahead .......

Property Update!

At the end of 2021 I was very excited to receive two amazing phone calls in the space of two days!

Firstly, we won a nationwide competition with Speedy Signs in New Plymouth winning $10,000 worth of signage for our school. We are currently in the process of designing what these signs will look like and where they will be placed around our school. I will share the final designs with you when they are complete.

Secondly, Methanex offered to sponsor two murals which are currently being painted on the ends of Room 4. I worked with Michael Montgomerie (a well know artist, originally from Waitara), to come up with tow meaningful designs to beautify our school. The BOT and staff decided we wanted our House Birds and the Māori Art that is on our school hoodie as the pieces of art that Michael will create. The children will get the chance to work with Michael in the next few weeks, adding touches to the artwork. I am so proud and very excited!

Thanks Methanex and Speedy Signs!

Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee - POSTPONED!

Due to the current COVID climate, the Jubilee Committee has decided to postpone our 150th celebrations until Taranaki Anniversary Weekend, 2023.

Registrations will reamain open! Please click on the link below to register. Please pass on this link to anyone you know who has had children at the school, attended the school themselves or lived in the district. We'd love everyone to be able to attend the celebrations!

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd were our 2021 Duffy Books in Homes Sponsors and are continuing this support in 2022. Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

If you or your business would also like to contribute in this way, please contact the office.

Newsletter Sponsorship

Each year we pay $300 to deliver this wonderful newsletter via the school app, to our whanau. Would you like to help with sponsorship towards this ?? If so, please contact us at school. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Contact / Personal Details

Please let us know if you have made any changes to any of your contact or personal details - this includes address/ mobile phone numbers/ email addresses/ landlines, or custody arrangement changes.

It's important we have have current information at all times.

Public Health Nurse

We are unsure at this point who our Public Nurse will be after Gill finished at the end of last year. If you need help contact can still be made on 06 7546680 for your child's health issues.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 1st February 2022-Term One 2022 starts

Monday 7th February-Waitangi Day school closed

Wednesday 9th-Friday 11th February- Year 5 /6 Camp, Okoki

Monday 14th-Wednesday 16th-Let's Go! Scooter and Cycle Skills

Friday 11th March-Huirangi School Swimming Sports

Monday 14th March-Taranaki Anniversary Day school closed

Monday 21st-Friday 25th March-Bike Week

Tuesday 22nd March-Science Roadshow (Years 5 and 6)

Friday 25th March-Huirangi Triathlon

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March-ERO Visit

Thursday 14th April- 3 way conferences (ALL DAY)

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