Tuesday Times

Havelock North Primary School 22nd June 2021


Kia ora koutou,

It was quite nice hearing the rain on the roof for a change last weekend. It was certainly a good opportunity to have a lazy weekend and get a few of those inside jobs done.

It is great having the Waipukurau Construction team get underway with our Administration upgrade. Presently they are carrying out the demolition work, so the site might be a bit messy with diggers etc. for a period of time. The upgrade will consist of adding an extra 70m2 to the current block and renovating the school staffroom. We are hopeful that this work will be completed for the start of the 2022 school year. Thank you in advance for your understanding and tolerance over this period.

Whilst the internet is a great source of information, it is also a very vulnerable space for children. Netsafe has a very informative article for parents. I would encourage you to check out the link below.


A big thank you to the small group who were able to attend our Whānau Hui last week. There was some excellent discussion around a number of topics, including our upcoming Matariki week, which will take place in the last week of this term. More information about this will come out from classroom teachers. It was decided it would be best to delay the Hangi until the spring, so this will take place during Māori language week in Term 3.

Brendon White (Lucknow School Principal) and I have been appointed as co-leaders of our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning). This will involve Lucknow, Te Mata, Havelock Intermediate, Havelock High, Haumoana and HNPS working closely together on agreed achievement challenges. This is an exciting prospect and one which I'm sure will have significant benefits for our students, teachers and the wider community.

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed


Westshore School Appeal

Last week we were approached by Petra Christie who is one of our school Mums. Petra had been in contact with Westshore School after seeing the article linked below in the Hawke's Bay Today. Westshore School would love any good condition shoes and clothes. From tomorrow until Wednesday next week there will be a bin placed outside the school hall where items can be placed. Thank you, Petra for driving this excellent wider community initiative.

Hardship of Hawke's Bay's housing crisis spills into schools: 'Things have changed hugely'

Matariki Evening at Havelock North High School

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A special Matariki celebration involving HNHS, HNI, Haumoana, Lucknow, Te Mata and our school is being held at Havelock North High School in the quad area from 5.00 - 7.00 pm on Tuesday 6th July.

Our HNPS Kapa Haka is performing at 5.40 pm and these students are asked to be there by 5.15 pm to warm up. Kapa Haka students are to wear school uniform, please. We will provide headbands. We will be shown to the classroom where we can warm up with Whaea Robin, Mrs Field and Mrs Wilkins. Children can be collected from that room after our item is over.

At 5 pm there is a karakia to open the event.

Available from 5 pm onwards:

  • Food stalls (cash only - no eftpos) with sausage sizzle, hamburgers, Hangi, Haumoz scones, hot chocolate and slice
  • Artwork from all contributing schools will be on display in the library
  • Face painting
  • Telescopes

Parking will be available in the main school carpark, along the back of the school and street parking.

If it is wet, it will be held in the HNHS gym.

To give back to our community, we ask that students bring a can or any food item (non-perishable) to our school by next Monday so we can prepare a hamper to donate to Women's Refuge. Please bring these items to your class teacher and they will be collected from there.

We look forward to seeing you at the Matariki celebration at the high school next week!

‘Big night out tickets now on sale…only a couple of tables left’.

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Home and School Association

Books needed - can you help?

We are doing a collection to restock the library. If you have any books you no longer need at home and are happy to donate for others to read, it would be much appreciated. Any books welcome but with a particular interest in the following popular authors:

Morris Gleitzman

JK Rowling

Erin Hunter

Rick Riordan

David Walliams

Tom Gates

Cressida Cowell

P. G. Bell

Anna James

Andrew Clover - Rory Branagan detective

John D’ath

Bear Grylls

Roald Dahl

Amy Griffiths

Chris Riddell

Jackie Wilson

Jeff Kinney - Diary of a wimpy kid

Graphic novels or Comic books- any

Magazines - examples:

  • Forest and Bird / KCC
  • Fishing
  • National geographic

Please drop in to the library over the last week of term." A box is set up.


Also any stuffed toys as the kids love to read to a "buddy." Please email a pic to ddrake@hnps.school.nz so we are not inundated with hundreds of preloveds! They need to be in very good condition, please.

Thanks so much!

Maggie Poll

on behalf of HNPS Home and School Association

Whakataukī - Weeks 6-10

Resilience / Manawaroa :

Kia mate ururoa, kei mate wheke

Fight like a shark, don’t give in like an octopus

This whakataukī encourages us to not give up. When fishing, a shark will fight the whole time it is on the line. In comparison, an octopus will surrender once it’s been hooked. No matter how hard things get, let us fight like a shark.

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Values Medalists

Congratulations to this week's winners, Dominic Nilsson (Resilience), Bea Stewart (Relationships), Emerson Buckley (Respect) and Georgia Knofflock (Responsibility).

Thank you team for being outstanding role models in our school.

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Principal Award Winners

Congratulations to all our Principal Award recipients this week. We are very proud of you all.

SPORT Term 2 - please email through any action shots to sport@hnps.school.nz

HNP Tennis Success!

Congratulations to our HNP students who have had a successful season playing tennis for Tennis Eastern.

Hunter Reed's team won A Grade Interclub Championship.

Cooper Kinnear, Sophie Wedd, Sophia Morris and Hugo Wedd won the B Grade Interclub Championship.

Zoe and Gabi Kights team were runner up in the C Grade championship.

Sophie Wedd won the trophy for “Most Improved Junior Girl” and former HNPS student Harry Driscoll won the trophy for “Most Improved Junior Boy”.

This Week's STAC AWARDS Recipients

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

Barefoot 10s

Benny Stafford

Henry Cranswick

Waimaria Wainohu

Robbie Lewis

Eriez Bellamy


Brooke Gold

Imogen Bailey


Cooper Kinnear

Sophie Wedd

Gabi Kight

Zeta Harland

Lucinda Howard

Star Absolom

Ruby Jarvis

Kenzie Atkinson


Riley Roberts

Rowan Kirst

Thomasina Absolom

Cooper Hattingh

Isabelle Hickman

Sophia Morris

Max Parton

Canoe Polo

Imogen Bailey

George Dorward

Out and About

Te Mata Park Tree Planting Dates

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

Saturday, 26th June -Maintenance and planting day

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

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

27th August

Up Coming Events

  • Board Meeting - Wednesday 23rd June @ 5:30 pm
  • Home and School Meeting - Monday 28th June 7:30 pm
  • Balance is Better Sports Presentation for Parents - Monday 28th June 6:00 pm in the hall
  • Year 4 Camp Meeting Tuesday 29th June 5:30 pm Room 12
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 2nd July
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 9th July
  • Term 3 begins - Monday 26th July
  • Parent Teacher Meetings - 3rd and 4th August
  • Big Night Out - Saturday 7th August
  • Kids Sing Wednesday 25th August
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 27th August
  • HNPS Cross Country - Thursday 2nd September
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 1st October
  • Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day Friday 22nd October
  • Labour Day Monday 25th October
  • Peak Trail Blazer - Sunday 31st October
  • Blast in the Park - Friday 5th November
  • HNPS Athletics - Friday 12th November