Tuesday Times

Havelock North Primary School - 8th November 2022

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Kia ora koutou,

Here's hoping for a fine day on Friday for the Blast in the Park. Steve and the committee are all set to go so all we need is for the weather gods to be on our side.

Community Consultation

Tomorrow a survey will come out asking our community some questions about the school and ideas for continuing to improve what we offer. The Board would value your feedback to help inform strategic planning.


Well done to the HNPS chess team who enjoyed a great day out at the Hawke's Bay District Chess Tournament last Friday. A special congratulations to Reuben Buckley who took out second place in the Year 5 section. Thank you to Mrs Burrough for managing the team and to the parents who supported us too.


Well done to our Robotics Team who competed for the first time in the regional competition held at Lucknow School over the weekend. Adelaide, Brooke, Lucah and Alex did a fantastic job finishing a very creditiable 8th = out of 26 teams. A special thank you to Mr Harman who gave up his Saturday to coach the team. Thank you also to the parents for their support.

Classes 2023

Student Placement Considerations for 2022

While we do not encourage parent requests, if there is something specific that we may not already know about your child that could impact our class placement decision making, please contact me on principal@hnps.school.nz by Friday 18th November. A list of teacher placements for 2023 can be found below.

Our teachers spend a lot of time and consideration in placing students and they are the ones who know the students the best in the classroom setting. Sometimes teachers see a need to break up combinations of students. It must be remembered that it is good for children to learn to make new friends and broaden their horizons. It is in fact an important social skill.

Parents also need to remember that all classes need an equal number of boys and girls where possible and an equal number of learning and behavioural needs too. It is quite a complex process. We would never leave your child in a class for an extended period of time where they were unhappy. Sometimes we just need to give things a go. Thank you for your understanding.

Quote of the week

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed


Classroom Teacher Placements 2023

Please note the teacher placements could be subject to change depending on confirmed numbers of students for 2023.

Māhuri Team

Lisa Robson Year 6 (Team Leader)

Rhys Harman Year 6

Tara Wilkins Year 6

Toni Te Whaiti Year 6

Fiona McNeill Year 5

Courtney Hall Year 5

Emily Cooper Year 5 (Monday-Thursday) Sue Dunn (Friday)

Te Rito Team

Rebecca Northe (Co-Team Leader) & Melissa Holm (Thursday-Friday )Year 3

Mari Lamborn Year 3

Kate Thorburn Year 3

Karen Duligall (Co-Team Leader) Year 4

Rose Gill Year 4

Shelley Washington Year 4

Sue Jarvis Year 4

Pakiaka Team

Amanda Allen (Team Leader) Year 2

Ellen Denny Year 2

Julie Strand Year 2

Ashley Baker Year 2

Te Kākano Team

Annie Boyd (Team Leader) Year 1

Ruby Brett Year 1

Helen King Year 1

Kathy Watson & Leigh Whitfield Year 1

There are several new staff next year.

Lisa Robson worked part-time last year and takes on the team leader role in Year 5 & 6. Lisa comes with a wealth of expertise and experience having been Deputy Principal at Haitaitai School in Wellington.

Courtney Hall comes to us from Napier Intermediate and has a range of strengths. More recently she has been a maths leader in her Napier Schools Kahui Ako (Learning community).

Ruby Brett joins the junior team as a beginning teacher. Ruby has worked alongside Annie Boyd as a trainee teacher this year. She has been really impressive and has wonderful relationships with all stakeholders.

Melissa Holm joins us from Heretaunga Intermediate and will work two days a week to release Rebecca Northe while she advises our local schools on curriculum matters as part of her Kahui Ako across school leader role. Melissa has strengths in core curriculum as well as a passion and expertise in music.

Nick Stygall has resigned from full-time teaching to undertake postgraduate study, although he will do release work each Monday.

Marty Curran will be the new caretaker from 2023 with Robin Gray retiring at the end of this year. Marty is currently the caretaker at Mahora School.

FREE INFORMATION EVENING….Understanding & Managing your Children’s Behaviour!

The Home and School Committee would like to invite you to a free information evening for parents of the school, with registered psychologist and Director of ‘Little Ninjas’, Anita Johansen.

She will help provide parents with an understanding of why children behave the way they do and will discuss a range of practical strategies to help manage challenging behaviour in a positive way.

When: Tuesday 22nd November,

7pm start

Havelock North Primary School Hall

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The StockCo Blast In the Park is Hawke's Bay's biggest and best annual fireworks event!

Held in the Havelock North Village at Anderson Park, this family community event is run by Havelock North Primary School as one of their main fundraising events.

It's a night of live entertainment for the whole family with picnics, food trucks, fun stalls for the kids, bouncy castles and a magnificent Fireworks display at 9 pm!

Click here to purchase your tickets online now: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/blast-in-the-park/havelock-north

Peak Trail Blazer

We are just over a week away from the Peak Trail Blazer on the 20th November and the organising committee is in full swing.

It’s been great to see the Peak Trail Blazer T-shirts being worn around school. We have a few extra t-shirts in certain sizes, so if your child missed out and would like a t-shirt, please get in touch.

We are looking for volunteers who can help marshal on the morning of the event, 20th November, or help with registration on November 19th from 12 - 2 pm. We would really appreciate the support so if anyone can lend a hand, we would be very grateful.

Entries have been going strong and we aren’t too far away from selling out the Tainui Trail, so please make sure you get your entries in so you don’t miss out.

If you can help, please contact Catherine Wedd on 0212886770 or peaktrailblazer@hnps.school.nz

Kind Regards,


Catherine Wedd, Hilary Wagner, Jess Cranswick, Vicky Morris

Cultural Corner

Te Kura Karanema HNP School Song


Our Focus for the next few weeks is... Around the school

  • We are respectful of our belongings - focus on school uniform

Our school uniform guidelines are:

  1. Royal blue polo shirt or blue and white performance polo – short sleeve with the school logo

  2. Navy shorts/ skort/ trackpants. Canterbury navy blue shorts are acceptable as well.

  3. School Fleece or Jacket (with logo).

  4. Gingham School Dress.

  5. Navy tights – optional and worn under gingham tunic or skort.

  6. Navy, black or white ankle socks.

  7. Navy merino/ polyprop/ thermal – only to be worn for extra warmth under the shirt.

  8. Navy Blue School Logo Beanie

  9. Jewellery - plain studded earrings or a wristwatch.

  10. Nail Polish is not permitted.

  11. Taonga permitted

If your child is missing a piece of uniform then please send a note along so that the teacher is aware of this.

The uniform shop is open Monday and Wednesday 8:30 am - 9:30 am and Thursday 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm should you require any new items of uniform. The Lost Property box is usually overflowing so check there first.

Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following students for their wonderful work and for consistently displaying our school values. Tu meke!

Values Medals

Congratulations to Olivia (Resilience), May (Relationships) ), Theia (Responsibility), and Isla (Respect). Thank you for being superstar kids!
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Enviro School Update Term 4 Week 4

The Environment Centre is helping us ensure that ‘Blast in the Park’ is a Zero Waste event.

Thank you Togia and the Environment Centre, you Rock!

Good Caps -Thanks everyone for continuing to collect 2 and 5 plastic, metal and aluminium caps. Please clean/sort them accordingly and place them in the collection boxes outside the hall.

Look at these amazing children sorting the caps out in their lunchtime ready for Waste Management.

New School App

Please contact Kerin at admin@hnps.school.nz if you are having trouble with the app.

Please remove the old school App from your phone.

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Sports at Havelock North Primary School

A HUGE thank you to those that have volunteered their time this term to coach and/or manage. It is much appreciated and our team sport couldn't happen without people like you.

If you have any queries, sports news or photos please email Erica Cranswick at sport@hnps.school.nz

S - Sportsmanship T - Teamwork A - Attitude C - Coachability

The coach and/or manager get to choose one or two awardees for each game. They then email the players names to me and their names are published in the Tuesday Times, AND they go into the draw to win a brand new ball of their choice!


Robbie Lewis, Thomi Absolom, Hannah Wedd, Elouise Smith, Olivia Oertel


Blake Hyndman


Dan Schnell, Jake McCarthy, Carson Creswell, Leo Moriarty, Robbie Lewis, Seb Dempsey, Harry Maher, Harry Mchardy, Hugo Dooney


Georgia Kavana-McGhie, Emma Barrett, Sofia Sampson


Sophie Horn


Charlotte Every, Frankie Spriggens, Flynn Webber, Isabelle Hickman, Ben Hunt, Lolo Streeter

Bizzy Bodz After School Care Programme at HNPS

Find out more about Bizzy Bodz before and after school care programme.

If your child is absent and not going to be attending Bizzy Bodz on a particular day please communicate by phoning us on 06 825 6088, or emailing Grace admin@bizzybodz.co.nz. Or you can text the programme directly if it is after 2 pm on 021 837 795.

Out and About

Term Dates 2023

2023 Dates

Term 1 - 1st February - 6th April

Term 2 - 24th April - 30th June

Term 3 - 17th July - 22nd September

Term 4 - 9th October - 15th December

Up Coming Events


11th - Blast in the Park

13th - HNP Tennis Tournament

16th - Year 3-6 Athletics

18th - Year 4-6 Triathlon

20th - Peak Trail Blazer


7th - Year 6 Leavers' Assembly

12th - Final Assembly

14th - Last day of the school year - 1 pm close