The Connection Week 9 Term 4

Huapai District School 15th December 2022


Tomorrow we finish the school year for our children.

Our school has finished strong.

I am so grateful and keen to acknowledge the strength I can see across the school and, in every sector of the school. We rightly measure our success in what happens for children and what happens in the classroom. However, our school is made up of so much more!

Our Support team who bring the magic and individuality to the various children we support, our Ops team who are the enablers of our school. The work Garry (our caretaker) does in keeping things happening. The service Cathy offers in the library. The leadership team we have in the school. Special thanks to Maree and Keryn who have carried so much over the year and in particular these last few weeks where I have been absent from being on site. Our parent volunteers helping in classes. Our school Board for their support, wisdom and the challenge they bring to our work, our HFN team who build community and raise funds for the school.

There are just so many aspects to a school. When you get them all performing to the standard we see great things happen. Special thanks to you, our parents and our community for your support. We greatly value the support, encouragement and interactions we have with you.

Finally, to acknowledge your children - our children. These last three years have been a challenge in managing COVID, throughout this and every day we see the character of our children shine. You can be really encouraged with the quality, the resilience and the attitude we see in the children of Huapai.

Thank you for all you do.

Have a great and safe Christmas and break.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Friday 16th December - Year 8 Assembly
  • Friday 16th December - Last Day Of School (School will finish at the end of Year 8 Assembly, approx 12:30pm)

Last Day Of School - TOMORROW

The last day of school for 2022 is tomorrow, Friday 16th December.

School will end at approximately 12:30pm, at the conclusion of the Year 8 Assembly.

Do You Have Any Unpaid Charges On Your HERO Account?

With tomorrow being the end of the school year, we ask that you review the Finance section of your HERO account for any unpaid (and now overdue) charges. While the School Donation is just that, a donation, we do require all other school related costs to be paid for in full. Payments for any unpaid/overdue charges are required immediately.

Fill The Blues Bus With Gifts For Children This Christmas.

Thank you SO much to our amazing school community for your generosity in gifting presents for this incredible campaign!

On Friday Benji and Lucas Eastgate were so proud to drop off 70 items to the Blues HQ that you had all donated. What an outstanding effort!

Annie Photos 2022

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Carters Dog Company

Carter (Year 5) has formed a small business venture to raise funds for basketball hoops at the school.

To quote Carter:

I would like to raise funds to purchase two new hoops. I have found a company that will supply me with eco-bag products. They are willing to sell me products to resell to this cause. We started with dog poo bags.

If you are interested in supporting Carter, his website is linked below.

2023 Stationery Lists Are Now Available Through OfficeMax

Back to school stationery – order now!

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make your back to school shop super easy. And if you order in December, you’ll go in the draw to WIN 1 of 5 $1000 cash prizes — plus, you’ll get a FREE A4 Magnetic Whiteboard Family Organiser*.

Your child’s class list is already loaded. Just go to or click the link below. Simply add your details, check that you want everything on the list, then click and confirm — and OfficeMax will get your delivery underway with free delivery on orders over $60.

You can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. Laybuy is also available, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free payments and still get your order right away. Plus you’ll be helping our school earn school rewards that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1.

So go ahead and beat the back to school rush, order today and give them the best start possible.

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Change To Senior (Year 7&8) Uniform

In 2023, there will be a change to the senior uniform. An optional item of a Year 7&8 hoodie will be introduced. This smart navy and red looking hoodie will replace the polar fleece and current senior jacket, which is neither waterproof, nor warm. The cost of the hoodie is $70 and will be able to be ordered through our uniform shop in the usual manner. Year 7&8 students are still able to wear the school polar fleece and school jacket for 2023 and 2024 should they wish, as the fleece and jacket are phased out for this age group. From 2025 the hoodie will be a compulsory uniform item for Years 7&8.

There will be strict guidelines around the wearing of the hoodie to ensure that the students represent the school values. Sizing must be appropriate for the child and not oversized fashion items. Hoods must be down indoors.

More information to come.

Summer Holiday Programme

Book in for the Huapai Plus Summer Holiday Programme now.

Our Huapai Plus programme is moving to a new booking system in the New Year. Please use Aimy Plus to book for any December Holiday Programme days and the new Enrolmy system for any days after the 1st of January 2023. Both have been linked below.

Aroha Skate School

Aroha Skate are running a holiday programme here at Huapai District School, 11am - 1pm, on the 19th and 26th January 2023. Book at the link below.

Creative Matters

Creative Matters are back for the 2023 year. With classes on Mondays, 3pm - 5pm in Room 17. Book at the link below.

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2023 at Huapai School! They will have a bunch of slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons. 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 -

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 Tuesday 6th June (King's Birthday weekend). This day will be for a combined schools teacher only day.

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.

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