Newsletter Week 7, Term 2

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 13th June, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

It has been an extremely busy few weeks!

I am so proud to share that we received an amazing ERO Review. The official document is still in its draft form and will be shared as soon as I receive it. As you all know, our teaching and support staff are passionate about their role as educators, and this has truly come through in the report. I am very proud to be leading this amazing school!

Last week five of our kaiako and support staff spent two days down at Oeo Marae near Normanby completing the Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori course that they have participated in for the past 14 weeks. This course has been of true value to our staff and will be having an ongoing positive impact on our students. Ka rawe ngā wāhine! Your passion for learning is admirable.

Congratulations to Kiwi House who won the House Points Reward for term one. They had pizza and donuts for morning tea with me last week.

The school grounds are looking fabulous! A huge thanks to Mr. Wayne Havard, our caretaker, for the amazing job he is doing!

Over the next few weeks we learning about Puanga-Māori New Year. If you have any expertise in weaving, or other Māori arts and crafts, please get in touch with your child's teacher.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Support Staff Week

This week is the nationwide Support Staff Week. Due to the amount of staff we have had away, we will be celebrating our support staff next week. We have an amazing team of support staff here at Huirangi. I am sure you would all agree that our support staff are worth their weight in gold; supporting our learners, supporting our teachers and supporting our community.

Thank you all so much for all that you do!

Puanga and Unveiling Ceremony

On Thursday 23rd June at 6.30am, we warmly invite you and your whānau to school for a special ceremony that will welcome in the Māori New Year, and unveil the new signage and murals at our school.

The morning has been planned to be a very special event for our school, and will be followed by a cooked community breakfast in the hall.

Notices were sent home last Friday with further information. Please collect one from the office if you didn't get one. Please note: School will finish at 12pm, due to the 6.30am start.

Junior School Literacy and Learning Through Play Information Afternoon

This Wednesday, the 15th June at 2.15PM, we invite all junior parents and caregivers to a session on Learning through Play and Literacy at Huirangi School. This will be a great opportunity to see and hear how our Junior Curriculum works. Our teachers will also explain our homework expectations and answer any questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity to meet other new parents of our school community! We look forward to seeing you then!


This fortnight we welcome: Megan Jordan and Cherish Chase. Both girls are Year 5 and in Puawaitanga. We hope you enjoy your years at Huirangi!

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students whos names were drawn out at assembly.

Indi Ryan and Maddie Oliver-cleaning up the sports shed

Hunter Elers-Co operating during buddy reading

Ryley Jupp-Otago Maths Challenge

Aidan Young-Helping others

Lennox Mabey-Always focussed on his work

Lilah Elers-Amazing talk partner

Lexi Paul-Otago Maths Challenge and engaging in class discussions

COVID-19 Update

Just to keep things transparent, we have one staff member down with COVID-19. Please keep your children home if they are unwell, and keep RAT testing!

Year 5 and 6 Rippa Rugby

This Friday we have two teams representing Huirangi School in the Champion of Champions competition at Clifton Park in Tikorangi. Thank you Mel Lane and Melissa Young for taking our teams, we really appreciate it.

Good luck to everyone involved.


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

This week it is Kōkihi. Kōkihi means to shoot or begin to grow. The whakatauki for Kōkihi is:

“He tiwai kōkihi whakamua ~ A humble vessel proceeding towards its destiny.”

Kōkihi have been looking at what makes a healthy stream/river. As part of this we have been looking at the fresh water fish and eels that might live there. We completed some art to show what we have learnt. Hopefully when the weather clears up we will be able to visit a couple of streams and complete our investigations looking at temperature, clarity, nitrogen content and pH, velocity and stream bugs.

Huirangi Home and School

  • Today your child will be bringing home an order from for our end of term lunch fundraiser.
  • Keep an eye out for our fantastic 'Winter Getaway' raffle, it is one you won't want to miss!

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.

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.

Newsletter Sponsorship


Huge thanks for your support to help us produce the newsletter this year.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday 15th June-Junior Parents Information Afternoon, 2.15pm in He Puāwai

Friday 17th June- Year 5/6 Rippa Tournament

Monday 20th June- Year 5/6 Rippa Tournament postponement date

Thursday 23rd June-Puanga Celebration and Unveiling Ceremony, 6.30am

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