The Connection Week 6 Term 2

Huapai District School 10th June 2021


Please read these sums aloud:

1+1 = 2

2+2 = 5

3+3 = 6

4+4 = 8

5+5 = 10

Chances are you noticed the mistake. It’s human nature to find the faults - we all do it. No matter how well we do and how many wonderful things we are successful at, our brain is programmed to focus on our weaknesses and the faults we make. We often neglect the fact that we have done many things well. Have you ever heard yourself saying “It was fine, but I mucked up this bit” or “It tasted ok but it was a bit overcooked” or something similar when you have completed a project? Our children are no different. A mistake or weakness does not need to overshadow the wonderful things that are happening.

Science shows us that it takes 5 positive comments to outweigh one negative comment before our brain starts believing the positive. Our staff work so hard to encourage and support the success of children. We are a PB4L school which means we focus on and celebrate the positive behaviour choices a child makes. We celebrate when a child tries to be their best in class and on the playground. We actively name and celebrate effort and success, no matter how small. This is why we focus on celebrating the learning journey for each child, for it is just that - a journey.

Later in the term we have the opportunity to invite you in to speak with your child’s teacher about your child’s learning and their wellbeing. We will be focusing on what each child can do, and their next steps along the journey. We encourage you to notice the wonderful things that are happening here at school for your child and to name them (and to remember that your cooking is appreciated!)

Kind regards,

Maree Lloyd

Upcoming Events

  • Quiz Night - Friday 18th June
  • Learning Conferences - Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th June

The Inside Scoop

On Tuesday evening we had our monthly board meeting. I invited a couple of colleagues to share the role and responsibilities they hold within the school and it occurred to us all that we need to be sharing with you, our community, some of the amazing things that go on behind the scenes at our school, or explaining concepts that makes us who we are. Each week, you will learn about something that makes us tick - this week, it is the concept of 'DEEP LEARNING’.

You would have heard these words being used often, but what does deep learning really mean? In essence, deep learning is all about quality learning that sticks for life. It’s about learning that is meaningful, purposeful and unleashes potential in EVERY student. Deep learning is about constructing experiences that are relevant for our students at their age and stage in life. It changes outcomes and focuses on what is going to be imperative for our children to be global citizens who will step up and be the change makers our future will depend on.

So when you talk to your child tonight, ask them what learning stuck for them today? If the learning has been deep, you will be presented with responses of excitement and quite often a wondering they pondered upon which engages their curiosity to find out more. That is what deep learning is all about.

Keryn Annan, Acting Principal.

Student Of The Week

Cailyn says, "Huapai is the best school because I love learning. I love reading and writing and maths and playing with my friends."

Getting To Know...

Anna Peterson

Hi, I’m Anna. I’ve been at Huapai for a few years now and my three children attend our school. I’m currently teaching Year 3&4 students in room 10. I love sports, music and dance. I really enjoy coaching sport at school and I play touch rugby and netball myself.

In my spare time I love walking my two dogs.

Learning Conferences

This term we are excited to invite you in for a parent / teacher learning conference. We have listened to your feedback and this time the conferences will be a 10 minute bookable time for you and your family to sit with the teacher and discuss your child’s learning journey. Our teachers will support students in preparing learning to show to you. This should focus on their learning journey and progress across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to attend these conferences.
The conferences will be held over two evenings - Tuesday 29th (3pm - 7pm) and Wednesday 30th June (3pm - 5:00pm). Bookings can be made at the link below.

Please note that the booking system will close on Monday 28th.

Booking code: hw67q

Sports For The Sports-Challenged!

If you have been wanting to get a bit more active, but think that running is pointless (it is) and sports clubs can get too competitive (they can), then how would you like to get together with some other mums, dads and caregivers for a bit of casual sports on a Saturday afternoon? It will be low-key and relaxed (read: low skill, NOT competitive) - just a chance to hang out, have some fun, and feel a bit better about the bag of chips we binged in front of the telly the night before! We will have the astro turf available for soccer, or the basketball court for some hoops.


Time: Saturdays at 2pm

Where to meet: Huapai School Astro Turf

Be sure to register your interest so we know if we have enough people to make it happen. Email Hamish ( if you are keen to get into it!

Quiz Night

Grab your friends and get in quick. Tables are available to purchase through Kindo and are selling fast. Lots of raffles and auctions for amazing items throughout the night.

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Prizes Galore

Raffle Tickets

We also have our raffles for sale. Tickets for this are $5 each. For each ticket there are 21 chances to win! A list of the amazing prizes is linked below, with a copy located in the Office. Please look out for sellers after school and also at the local supermarkets.

Quiz Night Auctions

Our community quiz next Friday evening is also in support of the library renovation. There are a few tables left - please pop onto Kindo on our school web page to purchase tickets or pop into the school office. We have an extensive list of auction items, check them out below. To place a bid on these items please contact Kelly:

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This year we are in full fundraising mode in order to be able to renovate our school library. We have our school wide readathon and we are so grateful for all the sponsorship that your child is collecting. Forms and information are linked below.

There will be prizes for the child in each year level who reads the most books or raises the most money through sponsorship. These prizes will be vouchers from North West or the Warehouse. There will also be a $100 voucher for the child who reads the most books overall and for the child who raised the most money overall through sponsorship. These prizes will be given out at an assembly in week 9. All sponsorship through our Give A Little Page will be in the draw for spot prizes. These will be presented at the same assembly.

School Sports

School Sport is well underway for the winter season. This week we have a photo of our Year 3&4 netball team, The Huapai Sapphires. If you would like your school sports team to feature in the newsletter, please send the photo through with the team name to Maree Lloyd at:

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Gumboot Day

A big thank you to all of the people who donated to the ‘I Am Hope Gumboot Day’. Together we raised $164.80 for this amazing charity.

It was great to see all of the gumboots around the school on this day, worn in support of this awesome cause. Well done Huapai!

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You Could Win A Big Little Sponsorship For Our School

Be in to win a $10,000 sports grant for Huapai District School

AA Insurance are giving one North Island and one South Island primary school the chance to win one of two $10,000 grants. It can be spent on whatever will help the kids tackle their sporting dreams. It could be new turf for the rugby field, extra coaching sessions, bus hire to get all the kids to a game, or even new boots and bibs for all the players. It's game on!

How to enter:

Winning takes teamwork. So spread the word and ask colleagues, parents, friends and the whole community to nominate our school at the link below.

Entries close Saturday 19th June 2021.

Support Staff Week

This week is National Support Staff week. While we are always so thankful for our support staff, this is a week where we stop to celebrate everyone who help our school run so smoothly. We are so grateful to our support staff for their ever shining smiles and all the extra miles they go to, to ensure our children have the very best time here at school.

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