11 February 2022

Week 2, Term 1


Welcome back to what is panning out to be another interesting year! We have been encouraged to see so many smiling students entering school and our efforts are being placed on making school as ‘normal’ as possible. If anything, the lessons we have learned over the past two years show us how important social connection and a feeling of belonging are to our hauora.

We welcomed eighteen new students to our school community at the start of the year. Please make yourselves known to our new families; I know they would apreciate a friendly face and warm welcome, particularly during these uncertain times.

There have been some questions regarding the process of a confirmed positive case in our school community. I’d like to assure you that if we do have a positive case at school, we will notify the community immediately once we have received confirmation from the Ministry of Health. The Ministries of Education and Health have worked collaboratively to support schools by creating a Toolkit to manage positive cases. The process happens very quickly and I will be supported by MoH when determining close contacts using a definitive set of questions. We have a number of procedures in place to make this process as easy as possible, including playground zones and no intermingling indoors with multiple classes. Our staff have been split into two ‘bubbles’ as well, this will minimise the risk of having to close the school in the event of a positive case. We will continue communicating through our usual channels - email, SchoolApp, Seesaw and Facebook. If you are not connected to our school through SchoolApp or Facebook please reach out and we’ll get you connected.

We are missing our feeling of connectedness with our students’ whaanau and love our impromptu chats at the gate on drop off and pick up. One event we’re trying our best to co-ordinate under Red Light restrictions is Goal Setting Conferences. These were due to happen on 23rd and 24th February, however we have now tentatively booked these for two weeks later on 9th and 10th March. We will communicate confirmation of these dates as soon as we are confident we can go ahead under the current restrictions. Please feel free to email your child’s teacher if you’d like to meet in the meantime. As always we truly value these connections and partnerships here at Hautapu School.

Despite the weather forecast not being the best this weekend, I hope you all manage to have a fabulous weekend.

Ngaa mihi nui

Tracey Bennett


We welcomed our new students and Whaea Drinda to our Hautapu School whaanau with a mihiwhakatau on our first day back. This would normally involve our wider community however wehad to host this event under Red Light restrictions.

We send a warm welcome to all our new community members and look forward to getting toknow you all.

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Over the holidays we had another massive job accomplished! We received notification that the oak tree had to be removed from our boundary as it was intefering with the power lines. A team of volunteers spent a number of days cutting and splitting wood to be sold as firewood; this raised $5000 for our school! These funds will be used to support Education Outdoor Experiences for our students as well as help provide a number of learning resources across the school.

A huge thank you to the following people:

Bob Huxford

Aaron Dickson

Will Mason

Bertrand Salmi

Bryce Tankard

Cameron Spence

Carl Roelofse

Frank Spence

Mike Bayssat

Nathan Baird

Paul Lindsey

Tania Oxton (aka advertising guru)

Thank you to Bob Huxford for supplying a log splitter and tip truck, Aaron Dickson for supplying a log splitter and Will Mason for supplying a hydraulic tip trailer too. Special thanks again to Frank spence for co-ordinating this job and keeping the team fed and watered.

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  • Junior School Swimming Display – date to be confirmed

  • Wednesday 9 March – Goal Setting Conferences (TBC)

  • Thursday 10 March – Goal Setting Conferences (TBC)

  • Thursday 10 March – Book Character Day

  • No School - Monday 14 March (Teacher Only Day)

  • Senior School Swimming Display – date to be confirmed

  • Friday 25 March - WFPSA Swimming Sports Year 7/8

  • Tuesday 29 March - Year 7/8 Camp Kauaeranga Valley (returning Friday)

  • Wednesday 13 April - Years 5-8 attending Science Roadshow

  • Thursday 14 April – Celebration Assembly & Last Day of Term 1


Thank you to Shaws for donating an AED Defibrillator to our school.


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