Newsletter Week 3, Term 3

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 8th August, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Things are going great here. Learning and play is humming along with really high levels of engagement and participation! Huirangi School certainly is one awesome place to be!

This fortnights newsletter is jam packed with information, so please take your time digesting it all!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Latest ERO Review

ERO maintains a regular review programme to evaluate and report on the education and care of young people in the schools. Our school worked alongside ERO to write our Profile Report. This type of report will only happen once as part of our initial engagement with Te Ara Huarau. The profile report reflects our strategic goals and a shared evaluation focus in one or more areas that are important to us as we work together to improve outcomes for all our learners. ERO, like us, have a strong focus on equity and excellence. Future reporting will show our progress and achievement towards meeting the goals we have set. Public reports like the Profile Report are published on ERO’s website.

A Board Assurance Report that shows how we are meeting regulatory and legislative requirements has also been published.

The staff and BOT are absolutely thrilled with our latest report. Ka mutu pea to all of our staff and the BOT for all of their hard work.

Ballot for Out of Zone Students

We will be opening up for enrolments for families who live out of zone and want their tamariki to come to our amazing school!

This happens through a ballot process, and this year the BOT are offering out of zone spaces for 20 students wishing to start either in Term 4 2022, or in 2023.

More information about the ballot process will be out after our 11th August BOT meeting. If you know of a family who is or may be interested in enrolling at Huirangi School, please get them to call the office.

Board of Trustees Elections

Our Triennial election date is Wednesday 21st September 2022. We are looking for new members to join our team of dedicated parents to help guide our kura!

If you are interested in learning more about what being a Board Member involves, please click on this link:

Nominations for both staff and parent candidates are now being called for and close at noon on Wednesday 17th August 2022. Nomination forms are available to collect from the school office.

Board Meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to come along to see what a BOT meeting involves our next meeting is at 6pm on Thursday 11th August in Māhuri.

Pets Day-Tuesday 25th October

This year we are trialling having our Pets Day on a week day. Tuesday 25th October is the day after Labour Day, which will give all of our students the school holidays, plus the long weekend to prepare.

The categories for Pets Day will be:

  • Preschool Section
  • Lambs
  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Chickens

Please keep an eye out for entry forms and chicken order forms.

As this is a school day, all students are required to be here. It is going to be loads of fun with lots of food, stalls, raffles and auctions.

Our Senior Students will be working on developing their enterprise skills through organising and running games on the day, contributing to the fundraising that goes on at Pets Day.

The Home and School will be asking for grocery items in the coming weeks to contribute to a grocery hamper that will be raffled off as part of the day. Please keep an eye on the App asking for donations!

We are also going to be having a Dad's Cake Auction. So all you budding male bakers out there, start thinking about the amazing creation you are going to bake for us to auction off at the conclusion of Pets Day. This will surely be the biggest money earner that Huirangi Pets Day has ever had!

Wacky Hair/Wig Wednesday

We saw some amazing hair-do's and wigs last week! A HUGE thank you to Pip and Lilah (He Kākano) for organising such a successful event. The girls worked tirelessly behind the scenes making lemonade and grapefruit juice, and everyone in the school got to have some!

Thank you so much Lilah and Pip, and thank you all of the Huirangi School students who donated. Together we raised $240.00 which has been donated to the Child Cancer Foundation.

Person of Character

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


Lilah Elers - Amazing talk partner; Lennox Mabey - Always focused on his work; Jahvis Lilly, Benji Williams-Meston and Archer Flitcroft - Super homework; Sophie Brett - Tidy bag and shoes; Willow Chapman - Kind to everyone; Ocean Featonby and Sinea Aldridge - Great cleaning up; Motu Bull Purcell-Timu and Sophie Brett - Taking care of belongings.

Orange Cards - Ava Ngatai - Being Supportive to Ms Southee during the netball game; Ryley Jupp - Otago Problem Challenge.


Arie'an Clarke-Pihama - Awesome Packing up; Aliya Carr - Sitting respectfully in assembly;

Axl Hewson - Listening carefully to instuctions; Luca Davey - Super tidying up; Emma Lane - Listening well and being kind; Austin Rowe - Good singing at assembly.

Orange Cards - Ryley Longstaff - For helping Mrs Walker; Aliya Carr & Maisie Barrett - Amazing packing up;

Huirangi Home and School

A big congratulations to Justine Evans, the winner of our awesome luxury Winter Get Away Raffle. Thank you for all the amazing support in the promotion of this raffle and the selling of tickets.

This term's major fundraiser will be the Colour Fun Run.

With Pets Days coming up on 25th October, we are looking for helpers to run the food stall. This is our major fundraiser for the year, and we require many hands! If you can help, please contact Jo Alldridge 021402538.

We are after some keen parents, grandparents, friends of the school to join our fundraising team! If you are keen, or just want to see what being part of the team is about, the next meeting is 6pm Tuesday 16th August in the staffroom. Childcare will be provided. All welcome!

Tātarakihi Primary Schools Cultural Festival

Friday, Oct. 28th, 9am

Memorial Place

Waitara, Taranaki

Our Kapa Haka Group has entered Tātarakihi this October.

We will take ticket orders towards the end of this term for the early bird price of $3. Tickets will be available at the door on the day for $5.

The timetable for the event will be confirmed closer to the date.

You can also follow the Tātarakihi Facebook Page for further updates and information.

Spotlight on He Puāwai

The whakatauki for He Puāwai is self explanatory;“Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu ~ Although it is small, it is precious.”

We welcomed 6 new children into He Puāwai at the beginning of this term. This term we will be using our 'green finger skills' and growing some plants from seeds. We visit the 'Zen Den' with Jamie in Cosmic Kids yoga to also grow our Mindfulness and Growth Mindset skills as well as exercising our bodies. Days are pretty busy in our classroom with our numeracy and structured literacy lessons and lots of learning through their play. Their imagination is pretty amazing - as are their tidying up skills after a busy day in the classroom.

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

Thursday 11th August - Board of Trustee Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday 16th August-Home and School Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom

Thursday 18th August-Library Bus

Friday 26th August - Bought Lunches

Thursday 1st September - Manukorihi Visit to talk to our Year 6's

Thursday 8th September - Fundraising Meeting, 6pm in the staffroom

Friday 9th September - Cluster Cross Country

Wednesday 21st September - Cluster Speech Finals

Thursday 22nd September - Colour Run

Thursday 29th September - 3 Way Conferences (3-6pm)

Friday 30th September - 3 Way Conferences/Teacher Only Day, last day term 3

Monday 17th October - Term 4 begins

Tuesday 25th October - Pets Day

School Timetable

9.00am Start of the day

11am -11.25am Morning tea interval

1.00pm - 1.45pm Lunch break

3.00pm End of Day