The Connection Week 8 Term 3

Huapai District School 16th September 2021


To our students, our families and our community - just to say your children are doing really well. Our staff constantly feedback on the effort they are seeing in your children and the attitude they are bringing to this lockdown challenge. Well done and thank you.

To our fabulous staff - the attitude, innovation and effort you are going to, to connect, support and inspire the children of Huapai - we thank you.


John Petrie

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday 17th September (tomorrow) - Virtual Assembly

How Can We Help?

When I started watching New Amsterdam on Netflix, the thing that hooked me was the main character’s catchphrase - “How can I help?”.* As the director of the hospital he could well have been hidden away in his office but he is out on the floors, looking for ways to help his patients and staff. He has creative, sometimes polarising ways of trying to meet the needs of those he serves. I know it’s only a show, but the power of those words stretched out from the tv screen and spoke to me. As staff at Huapai, we are always looking for ways to better serve our school and its students. We are willing to try, our staff go far above and beyond to ensure that they listen to the needs of the collective as well as the individual and adapt accordingly. Our doors are always open (at the moment figuratively) and we appreciate the way you communicate with us when you have an idea, positive feedback to keep us on track or thoughts on how we could do better.

Covid has delivered all of us uncertainty and we are all learning to navigate the road ahead to the best of our ability. We truly are proud of the way our school runs and the calibre of the people connected to it. Thank you for all you do.

We are always seeking your thoughts - this is your school! So in the words of Dr Max Goodwin - “how can we help?”

*ok, it may have also have had something to do with his good looks!



Alert Level 3

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The exception to the above is those very few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Alert Level 3 and therefore their house has no appropriate caregiver nor do they have someone who they can ask to ‘bubble share’ and care for their children.

Children will be supervised at school to participate in their online learning. We will not be running a separate programme. Children will remain distanced within their bubble also. These bubbles will be supervised by our Huapai + staff and also some of our Teacher aides. Our playgrounds are closed.

Information about the details of Level 3 will be sent out following any level change announced by the government on Monday.

Virtual Assembly

We are thrilled to invite you to our school assembly on Friday at 2pm. Please join us using the link below.

Student Of The Week

Ethan (Year 1) says: "I love Huapai School because it is lots of fun. I like playing with a ball my friends George, Daniel and Benjamin. My favourite things to learn are maths and reading".

Getting To Know...

Jenelle Sutherland

Hi, I’m Jenelle Sutherland. I’ve been at Huapai District School for the last five years and I currently teach year 3. I have two children at Huapai, Ayla is in year 5 and Cohen is in year 7. I have two dogs, Marley and Delta and I really enjoy playing with them. I have loved being able to slow down a little during lockdown and spend time with my husband and children.


Entries are now open for summer sport. These close October 1st 2021.

Kaipara Touch Rugby

If you would like your child to play in a Huapai team for Touch Rugby at Helensville on Friday nights please visit the website to register your child. Games begin Friday 29th October and fees are $30 per player. Years 0-8.

Kumeu Touch Rugby

If you would like your child to play in a Huapai team for Touch Rugby in Riverhead on Thursday nights please use the google form to register your child. Games begin 28th October. Fees are $35 payable to school once we finalise teams. Years 0-8.

Summer Hockey

If you would like your child to play summer hockey this year, please use this google form to register your child. Games are played on a Monday or Tuesday night depending on the team grade (info can be found on the form). Fees are $20 - $30 depending on grade, payable to school once we finalise teams. Years 0-8.

Summer Soccer (updated from last week's newsletter)

This year the West Coast Rangers Football Club is running registrations for summer soccer slightly different to usual.

We can organise our own team of school students. Leagues are open for mixed teams of boys and girls for ages: 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs and 11-12yrs. Games for juniors are always on a Friday night at Fred Taylor Park, on Fred Taylor Drive, Massey. Please use this google form to register your child. Fees for school based teams are $30 per player, payable once teams are formed.

Lockdown Learning

Make It Or Bake It Challenge

Thank you for the wonderful entries for our “make it or bake it” school wide challenge this week. It is wonderful to see our students using their creativity at home.

School Holiday Programme With Huapai Plus

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HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates and to share regular learning posts. HERO sends push notifications or emails. You can now choose how you receive HERO notifications as well as manage devices that receive them.

To set your own notification preferences:

  1. Click on your profile image

  2. Select EDIT PROFILE

  3. Scroll down to My Devices and select your preferences.

Or please see the full instructions linked below.