Newsletter Week 3, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 16th May, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

We are settling into term and everyone is busy and happy. It is awesome to hear of so many of our tamriki involved in winter sports teams this season. Our Huirangi School Netball and Basketball teams got off to a great start last week. Thank you to all of our coaches, managers and referees who are volunteering their time to assist our kids in getting out there and being active.

He Kākano and Puawaitanga walked down to the Bertrand Road Bridge last Thursday. It was a lovely day to get out of the classroom and learn about this important historical structure that holds real significance in our community. For a few, it was their first time seeing the bridge, and for many was a first to walk across it. This trip is part of our schoolwide inquiry about Wai/Water.

You may have seen on our Facebook page that we are currently seeking feedback on our Term 1 Learning Conferences. If you haven't done so yet, I would really appreciate your voice on how you felt the Term 1 talks with your teachers went. There is always room for improvement! Please click on this link: or go to our Facebook Page and you will find the link there to participate.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


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.

Life Education

This week we welcome Harold the Giraffe and Donna from Life Education to Huirangi School.

Each class will be having two sessions in the education truck learning about health and wellbeing. I am sure there will be some great conversations had at home about what the tamariki learn from Harold and Donna!

Pink Shirt Day-Friendship Week

This week we are focusing on being a great friend. Discussions will be taking place in classes about inclusion, sharing and manaakitanga to ensure everyone at Huirangi School feels safe, valued and respected.

We will finish the week with a Pink Shirt Day on Friday. It would be awesome to see everyone wear something pink to celebrate all we have learnt about being a great friend!

Netball and Basketball 2022

Please subscribe to Sports; Netball and/or Basketball 2022 under the Alert Subscriptions tab on our school app. This will enable us to send alerts to you for your childs specific groups.

Year 5 and 6 Netball and Basketball Fees are now due.

Huirangi Hawks Basketball - $8

Huirangi Hammers and Huirangi Haze - $35

Thank you to those who have already paid.

Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby

We have two teams entered into the Waitara School's Champion of Champions event on Friday 17th June. We are seeking a coach/manager for our two teams please. the job will involve subbing children on and off the field, and ensuring you turn at to your games on time.If your child is involved and you are free to support their team, please contact the office.

We will not be taking teams to this tournament if they don't have parent support.

He Kākano

Each newsletter this term will have a spotlight on a different akomanga (classroom).

He Kākano-Originally Room 4, translated means 'the seed'. “E kore e ngaro te kakano i ruia mai ia rangiatea ko te hua nei na to matua te kore ~ I shall never be lost for I am a seed sewn from rangiatea, a seed of all potential.” Each class, along with its new name will have a whakatauki (phrase) that helps to define it. This whakatauki for He Kākano helps the learners to identify with a plant having fully grown and created new seeds, is now ready to spread forth and sew themselves out in the wider world.

What we’ve been doing in He Kākano:

In Term 1 we focused on the topic of ‘Whakapapa’ which involved researching our family trees and looking at the ways in which history and narratives are recorded. We decided to extend this into Term 2 by looking at Ancient Greek myths and monsters! We have learnt about the adventures of Jason, Achilles and Hercules. We role played the story of Paris to find out how the Trojan War began. We learned about Medusa, the cyclops, the hydra and many other mythical monsters which inspired us to create our own. We have even learned how to spot if an English word has a Greek origin!

Last week we planned our own Greek myths and are in the process of writing them using Google docs. As part of this, we are learning how to use paragraphs and speech marks - as well as how to describe gory battle scenes!

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students who's names were drawn out at assembly.

06 May

Makani Topi for fantastic subtraction at Maths, Zayde Lawrence for getting stuck in and cleaning up, Ollie Podevin for trying super hard at letter formation and Co-operative play, Conner Alldridge for super tidying up, Tyler Hendry for working quietly in a literacy circle, Hunter Elers for homework, Lennox Mabey for being respectful and listening at assembly, Allie Pokere for helping to teach a friend a new skill, Lewis Young for sitting nicely at assembly.

13 May

Rose Weston (orange card) for persaverance, teamwork and following instructions. Bridge build winners, miharo! Makani Topia for sitting and listening to others while they speak in assembly. Librius Clarke-Pihama Amazing reading. Avva Tai, Ariana Morehu and Benji Williams-Meston for super homework. Ryley Jupp (orange card) for being on task. Jake Hine Super tidying skills. Kererangi Kettle and Carlitos Monroy Felix (orange cards) for problem solving.

Huirangi Home and School

Our Home and School warmly invite new members to the team! Their next meeting, which will also be their AGM, is on Wednesday 18th May at 2.15pm in the staffroom.

All welcome!

Naumai, Welcome!

Last week we welcomed Myla Tai to our Huirangi Whānau, and into He Puāwai.

Bayley Street Road Works

Please continue to take extreme care in driving up to school. We are unsure how long this work will take. Your patience is appreciated!

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.

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Upcoming Events

Monday 16th -Wednesday 18th May - Life Education

Wednesday 18th May-Home and School Meeting, 2.15pm

Thursday 19th May - BOT Meeting, 6.00pm

Thursday 26th May - Māhuri and Kōkihi River visit

Tuesday 31st May -Wednesday 1st June -ERO

Friday 3rd June-Teacher Only Day

Firday 10th June-Kiwi House Reward

Friday 24th June-Matariki (Public Holiday)

Friday 8th July - End of Term 2

Monday 25th July - Start of Term 3

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