Tuesday Times

Havelock North Primary School 25th May 2021


Kia ora koutou,

Thank you to those of you who were able to support National Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bullying) last Friday 21st March. We raised a very healthy $695.30 for the Mental Health Foundation. A great job everyone!

Please be aware that there are a number of loose acorns in the Dell area. Please tread carefully as it can be a little like a skating rink. This is obviously a seasonal problem and the Board are currently looking into getting some steps installed.

A reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday 26th May from 6-7 pm, we have a Structured Literacy information evening for Year 0-2 parents In Room 24 & 25 (Classes next to the senior playground). There will be a supervised movie running in an adjacent classroom should you need to bring your children along.

The Council is currently supervising the after school pick up. They have asked us to remind our community that the yellow area identified in the picture below is strictly a pick up and drop off zone. This area is on the school side directly outside the front entrance. We will remind parents of this on a daily basis as the Council will be back from time to time to ensure it is operating as they have intended. Thank you for your understanding.

A special welcome to our new student Jamie Drought. Well done on making such a positive start to school Jamie.

We are currently working through enrolments for the rest of the school year and 2022. If there are any siblings in the community, that are due to start school in 2021 or 2022 that we may not be unaware of, could you please contact the school office. admin@hnps.school.nz Thank you.

A reminder that all local Primary and Intermediate state schools have a Teacher Only Day next Friday 4th June.

Thank you and have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi

Nick Reed


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Letter Writing

Throughout this year, Room 26 have been writing letters to some of the eldery people who received our Christmas gifts last year. We discovered that sometimes elderly people feel as though they are invisible and not part of the community. As a result, we decided to make them feel special and appreciated. So we have been writing letters to them and we were so excited when we started receiving letters back.

We have been asking lots of questions and finding out lots of information about each person. We have been learning about their hobbies and interests as well as stories about their whanau. Sometimes we send small gifts that relate to their hobbies, sometimes we receive gifts back. We have loved this experience and can’t wait to send the next lot of letters.

Blast in the Park 2021 needs your help

It is the Blast in the Park 16th year and we need volunteers to ensure we have another successful year.

This event is now engrained in our communities calendar and is an important fundraiser for HNPS. We are seeking commitment of volunteers to help pull this great event together, so have a think if this would interest you, talk to other friends at the school that would be keen and also talk to any other people that have a connection or passion for the Havelock North Primary School community. If you are interested or would like to discuss further please contact Steve Gregory by Friday 11th June.

It is important to note if we don’t have enough volunteer support this event will not be able to go ahead for 2021.


027 549 9179

Hui - Week 7

We have a Hui planned for Thursday 17th June from 6-7 pm to help us plan for Matariki week 5th - 8th July. We would love your thoughts and ideas around developing a wonderful week of learning for our tamariki. We are also working with the local High School to coordinate a Matariki evening (5-7pm) on Tuesday 6th July. Potentially our Kapa Haka could be involved. We will have more information in next week's edition.

National Sign Language Week

You may recall the Hawke's Bay Today article recently where the school was filmed signing the Little Birds song to acknowledge National Sign Language week. This little performance has caused quite a stir. In fact, Jennifer Aniston (see below) has liked us on Instagram. CBS in the States has also asked if they can use this article on their Uplift section and a couple of radio stations around the country have also been in touch.
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Save The Maui Dolphins

Maui dolphins are the world's most endangered marine mammal. There are only 63 adult dolphins left. Maui dolphins are found on the West coast of the North Island and nowhere else in the world. Did you know that Maui dolphins only live up to 20 years or that they have a baby every 2-4 years? Maui dolphins use echolocation to find their food, but echolocation can’t track fishing nets so they swim right into them. Maui dolphins can’t swim backwards and they can only hold their breath for up to 3 minutes, so they drown. Maui dolphins have just as much of a right to live as we do, so we need to protect them.

On Friday June 11, Havelock North Primary School are having a fundraiser for Maui dolphins. The money raised will go to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This video shows how the WWF are helping Maui dolphins.


Lucia Hains

Room 3, Year 4

2021 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS)

Once again we intend to offer, to Year 4, 5 and 6 students, the opportunity to sit competitions in English and Mathematics.

Please be aware these ICAS tests involve a high level of reading ability and the tests are an optional assessment for students and they are challenging. These are a one off test, that are held on one day and not necessarily a true indication of a child’s actual ability. Participation is entirely voluntary and at the discretion of parents.

Parents interested in finding out more information regarding the competitions can look online at https://www.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au/educational-assessments/products/icas-assessments/.

The English test will be held on the week beginning the 16th August and the Maths test will be held on the week beginning the 30th August.

This year parents will enter and pay for their child online to save the office double handling the money and to ensure no registrations are missed. Please visit the link below and use the school code to pay. Once a child is registered they will appear on the schools ICAS login page.

Use this link to register: https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps

Use this school access code: VYV289

Closing dates for these tests are; English 1st August, and Maths 15th August. Chromebooks will be the best devices to use for these tests. Prior to the test, I will need to check each student’s device to ensure it has the capability to sit the test. The Tuesday Times will be the only source correspondence about the ICAS assessments.

Nga mihi,

Greg Bain

Deputy Principal

Year 3 Discovery Learning

The year 3 children are interested in upcycling. Here, Joe from Room 7 is weaving old t-shirts into a mat for his cat. Emma from Room 6 has decided her mat makes a very fine hat. This is one of many crafty upcycling activities the Year 3 children work on during Discovery Learning on Monday mornings.

Values Awards Recepients

Congratulations this week to Soraya Howarth (Resilience), Katelynn Pike (Respect), Rupert Scott (Responsibility) and Tilly Ryan (Relationships). Thank you all for being amazing role models in our school.
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School Photos 17th June

This year photographs will be available for you to view and order Online with Photo Life Studios.

After the photos have been taken your son or daughter will bring home a slip with their unique Access Key detailed on it. This Access Key will display all the photographs of your child. It is then an easy process for you to shop online and purchase the photographs you want.

If you place your order within three weeks of receiving your Access Key you will receive free delivery for your photo orders. Photo Life has agreed to dispatch all the orders back to the school and your child will bring their photographs home.

Any orders placed after this three week period will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 Postage & Packing charge. You will see this message when you go online to view and order your photographs.

Please be aware we are not doing sibling photos again this year due to time restraints.

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SPORT Term 2

Please send any HNPS sporting action shots to sport@hnps.school.nz

HNPS sports this term

Some of our HNPS Canoe Polo players - George D, Imogen and Kenzie :)

Our youngest hockey players in action - go Keas! Mia POD for her football team.

This Week's STAC AWARDS Recipients

S = Sportmanship T = Teamwork A = Attitude C = Coachability


Harry Tasker

Imogen Bailey

Bruno Reed
Zoe Mahlobo


Sophie Horn

Gabi Kight

Benji Lamborn

Fraser Kersjes

Amy Martin

Cooper Kinnear

Zoe Kight

Maddie Spriggens

Katelynn Pike


Knox Allen

Georgia Kavana-McGhie

Caro Gannon

Tom Chambers

Mia Stallard

Claire Roberts

Nuelle Badenhorst

Isaac Curtis

Georgia Broome

Canoe Polo

Ellen Wagstaff

Fraser Kersjes

Out and About

Te Mata Park Tree Planting Dates

All volunteer days will run from approximately 9am to 12pm.

Sunday 30 May – Rongoā garden – planting day

Saturday 5th June – Tauroa Forest planting day

Sunday 20th June – Te Kahika planting day

Sunday 27th June– Rongoā garden

Saturday 3rd July – Maintenance and planting day

Sunday 18th July– Te Kahika planting

Sunday 25th July- Rongoā garden

Sunday 8th August– Planting day

To stay up to date with our volunteer events, go to our website: https://www.tematapark.co.nz/current-park-info/

Or sign up to receive our volunteer newsletter for regular updates: https://www.tematapark.co.nz/get-involved/#donate

Another option is to donate trees. At $10 a tree, they make a wonderful gift, and each donation helps to fund our planting projects.


For more details or to register your attendance, please get in touch with me.

Thank you so much for your time, and please consider joining us and becoming kaitiaki of our maunga.

Ngā mihi nui,

Sara Shaw

Communications & Education

Te Mata Park Trust

027 233 6099


Term Dates and Teacher Only Days 2021

Term 2 2021

3 May – 9 July Public holiday this term is Queen’s Birthday – Monday 7 June

Term 3 2021

26 July – 1 October

Term 4 2021

18 October – 16 December

Public holidays this term are Hawke's Bay Anniversary - Friday 22nd October and Labour Day – Monday 25 October

Teacher Only Days

4th June

27th August

Up Coming Events

  • Year 1-2 -Structured Literacy information evening - Wednesday 26th May 6-7 pm
  • Teacher Only Day 4th June
  • Queen's Birthday - 7th June
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 11th June
  • Endangered Species Mufti Day Friday 11th June
  • School Photographs - Thursday 17th June
  • Sushi and Pie Friday 2nd July
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 9th July
  • Big Night Out - Saturday 7th August
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