The Connection Week 4 Term 3

Huapai District School 18th August 2022


This has been a big week for our school with the a’thon, cross country and a powhiri welcoming new students and families. It is just great to be able to continue building normality back into the school. We recently conducted a review with students around well-being. It was good to see that COVID does not seem to present as a significant worry for children.

This is not to say it has not had an impact, I think it shows the manner in which it has been approached, dealt with and now reduced to a reality we manage. I also think it speaks volumes to the character and resilience of our children.

Thank you for the support we have seen this week with attendance at the cross country, the fundraising through our a’thon and the way you get behind your children and their teacher(s).

As a small note: In our review of the cross country we have identified we could do better with the food options at the BBQ’s - our apologies to those children who for various reasons were not able to eat the sausages provided - we will look for alternatives in future events.

Have a great week.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday 7th September - School Board Election Day
  • Friday 30th September - Last Day Of Term 3
  • Friday 14th October - School Quiz Night
  • Monday 17th October - First Day Of Term 4
  • Monday 17th October - School Photos

Student Of The Week

Reve (Year 3) says: “Our school is the best school ever! There are so many people and it’s easy to make friends. In class my favourite thing to do is writing. I really like “free writing” time so I can write about anything I like. I love to go on the bike track at school. Other kids should come here ‘cos it’s the best school.”


Thank you for the support you are showing your child by helping them learn their maths facts from the booklet. This week the children have been tested on what they know.

If your child has been collecting sponsorship money, you can now bring this into the School Office. Please ensure it is in a sealed enveloped or zip lock bag, with your child’s full name, room number and the total amount contained inside. Alternatively, you can also pay your sponsorship amount via our give-a-little page, linked below. Please state your child’s name when donating so we can see who the payment is in relation to.

Cross Country

What a fantastic day! It is always great to see children stretch outside their comfort zone and try something challenging. There is something really special about having our seniors step up to support our juniors to be independent and enjoy their successes. Thank you to the adults who were cheering on the sidelines. It is a great testament to our fantastic community when we have parents encouraging all the children to do their best, not just their own children. I think we may just have to have a parents cross country group too next year…watch this space.

Chicken Pox

We have had two cases of chickenpox in the last fortnight. Parents in the affected year groups have been emailed. This is very common in childhood, however as chickenpox is contagious from 1–2 days before the blisters appear, we do like to advise families.

People with chickenpox have small blisters (like a rash) on their skin. These can be very itchy.

Other symptoms of chickenpox are:

  • tiredness

  • fever

  • general aches and pains

Please take a moment tonight to check your child.

Quiz Night

It’s back and bigger than ever! If you came last year, you’ll know what an amazing community event this is. A great way to get to know families in the area, a chance for your business to shine and a fabulous evening out with friends and family. Tickets will sell quickly, so please start lining up your team members.

Tables will only be $300, seating up to 10 people.

Please enter the date into your diary now - Friday 14th October.

*Please note that tickets are not yet available - but will be soon!

Term 3 School Donation Sponsored Prize Draw

Thank you to all those who have paid their school donations this year. This is such a key element to the success of our school. Your donation is what moves our school from good to great!

As a means of thanking you, every family who has paid their school donation in full by Wednesday 31st August will automatically go into our 2nd smaller annual draw in Term 3, to recognise those families that are not able to pay in full for our bigger April prize draw. Families with more than 1 child who have paid the family donation will have 2 entries.

Prizes to include a 50% discount to our Huapai Plus programme to the value of $100 and bottles of wine.

You can pay your school donations through HERO, if paid in full.

Alternatively for part (or full) payments, you can pay via direct deposit to the school bank account as per your invoice or below:

Huapai District School

ASB 12-3659-0025306-00

Every dollar received through school donations will be used for resources that will touch the hands of your children.

2023 Term Dates

These are the Term Dates for 2023:

Term 1: Thursday 2nd February - Thursday 6th April

Term 2: Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October - Tuesday 19th December

There will be one Teacher only day and this will be held on Friday 2nd June (Queens Birthday weekend). This day will be for a combined schools teacher only day.

Out Of Zone Enrolments For 2023

Our school has a school zone. Currently we only accept out of zone enrolments for the Montessori class and siblings of children attending our school already. Each year (September) schools are required to advertise in local papers if they are taking out of zone students. We will not be accepting students beyond the above criteria. We are confirming there will be no ballot for out of zone places at Huapai in 2023.

Summer Cricket For Kumeu

Registrations opened on August 1st. Please click the link below if you would like to register your child(ren) to play summer cricket.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Big picture

Creative Matters - Term 3

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2022 at Huapai School! They will have some slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons in Term 3. If you're interested, be sure to get in touch to reserve your spot or ask any questions you may have. Contact details below:

Drums -

Guitar, Keyboard and Ukulele -

2022 Term Dates

Our 2022 Term dates are:

Term 1 - Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Friday 16th December

HERO Notifications

We use HERO to send classroom updates, to share regular learning posts and now for payment on all in-school costs. 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.