Newsletter Week 5, Term 4

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 15th November 2021

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

It is awesome to still be at school, operating as normal as we possibly can.

R.A.F.T. Values Feedback: We had a great turn out to our Māori Whānau Collaboration last week, where we discussed our R.A.F.T Values and suggestions were shared on what our values should look, sound and feel like when you enter our school grounds. Attached is a link for your feedback on our values also. If you could take some time this week to provide some feedback, we would really appreciate it. Our school values are for everyone associated with our school community, so your words of advice are warmly welcomed.

COVID-19 Information: With the current COVID-19 situation in Stratford we are lucky to have school operating as normal! Please look out for updates over the week if our situation changes. We have learning hard packs ready to go with at least a weeks worth of learning and activities to change the motivation and ease the pressures on parents. In the event of a lockdown again, we assure you that our systems and processes are now well practiced.

We are in the process of working through the new COVID-19 Public Health Response Order of mandatory vaccination for the education sector, which also applies to contractors and volunteers working in schools.

The requirements do not apply to parents and caregivers who are dropping off, picking up, attending a learning conference or parent/teacher interview or meeting, or a parent, whānau or community evening. This being so, we will not be organising or encouraging events that bought large numbers of our community onsite.

Parents and caregivers who are not working or volunteering for our school are still permitted onsite after 15th November whether they are vaccinated or not. Please ensure this is for essential business only, and that you wear a mask and sign in at the office and use our COVID-19 tracer app.

All staff, support staff, employees and contractors who work at or for our school are now vaccinated and we carry a register of vaccinated people in my office. No one else is allowed to access this private information and we take your privacy with the utmost respect.

Everyone who works or volunteers for a school may have contact with children or students, or who will be present at a time when children and students are also present must have had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by 15th November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.

I am constantly updating our vaccine register. If you wish to parent help, go on class trips and camps with our students can you please email me your vaccination record along with proof of your vaccine dates.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Cluster Quiz

CONGRATULATIONS to Kelvin, Isaac, Kane, Ryley, Hunter, Matilda, Madison and Katie who took out the Cluster Quiz title for 2021!

For the first time ever, the quiz was held online. The children had to answer a variety of challenging questions about sports, geography, science and current events. The quiz went into a tie-break situation, with Huirangi coming out on top! Well done kids!


A huge Huirangi welcome to our newest 5 year old's who started in Terms 3 and 4:

Motu Bull Purcell-Timu, Heidi Marx, Sinea Aldridge and Heath McKee.

We hope you enjoy your years at Huirangi School!

Person of Character

It has been a while since we have had a Person of Character Draw, so we have tripled up this week! Congratulations to the following students:

Rakeiora Nagle-For making sensible choices and being helpful

Zayde Lawerence, Neeve Hendry-Super audience skills

Ava Ngatai, Max Barrett, Lewis Young, Jakobi Hopson, Librius Clarke-Pihama, Alivia Williams-Great homework

Indy Watt-Super buddy maths

Hunter Collingwood-Amazing reading

Charlotte Grey, Austin Rowe, Lilah Elers, Bella Hall-Good tidying up

Lucas Brett-Being respectful

Roxanne Ngatai-Reading quietly

Sophie Brett-Good behaviour at wet lunchtime

Lexi Paul-Being organised

Matilda Johnson-Super craft

Gift Exchange

One of our lovely traditions is the annual gift exchange for all the children. These gifts are exchanged with their House Buddy. The gift is to the value of $10 [NO more] and are to be wrapped up nicely and labelled, for example..... 'To 'Jim' From 'Bob' PUKEKO House'

Everyone should by now have their note stating which child they are buying for. In some cases there are 3 children 'buddied' together, so please note which buddy your child is buying for. If you have any queries, give the office a call.

Thanks to the families who have already sent in their gifts!

The gift exchange takes place at school towards the end of the term, so please send the wrapped & named gifts into the school office by FRIDAY 10th December.

End of Year Graduation Assembly

As you are probably already predicting, our End of Year Graduation Assembly for our Year 6 Leavers will look different. We want our Year 6's to have the best possible end of year celebration that we can give them. We have been discussing the end of year events with other schools and the Ministry of Education, and following their advice we have a plan that we feel will celebrate our leavers while also continuing to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our tamariki.

The Graduation Assembly will be held at school on Tuesday 15th December at 6pm. This will be with our Year 6 students and their parents ONLY. There will be a letter sent home later this week with more details about this for our leaving students.


We are so, so lucky to have Gary Sarten in our community! Gary has, over the years, given us a number of second hand, reconditioned bikes so that all children can take part in the triathlons.... He continues to ensure we have a few bikes at school for this purpose. However, if you are wanting a bike for your child for home, it is very likely that Gary can help you. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Gary directly on 7520780.

Waitara Foodbank Pataka Kai Food Drive 2021

This year instead of having a Grocery Raffle, we have decided to donate to the Waitara Foodbank. We will be collecting starting this week, and will deliver our schools contribution on the last week of term.

Below is a schedule of items that we will be collecting each week. There will be a box in the office for food items to be dropped into.

Thank you for supporting this cause!

WEEK1 -15 Nov to 21 Nov


WEEK 2- 22 NOV TO 28 Nov


WEEK 3 - 29 Nov TO 5 DEC




School Swimming Pool

The school pool is now ready for our students to swim! So, each day until the end of term, children can bring their togs and towel [named please] for a swim. Instructional swims will begin early in Term 1, 2022.

We are awaiting information from the Ministry of Education regarding the pool being open to the public. So, the Board of Trustees have not yet made the decision regarding this. We will inform our community as soon as possible but at present, it is only available to our students during school hours.

Term 4 Policy Review

Our Term Four Policy that is up for review is Māori Educational Achievement.

Please click on the link below to read and review our policy for this.

Huirangi School & Community 150th Jubilee - Taranaki Anniversary weekend March 12th & 13th 2022.

Registrations are open! Please click on the link below to register. Please pass on this link to anyone you know who has had children at the school, attended the school themselves or lived in the district. We'd love everyone to be able to attend the celebrations!

If you, or someone you know, are not 'computer savvy' REGISTRATIONS can also be made by phoning school [weekday mornings] where your details will be recorded.

Huirangi Stories:
If you have any awesome, inspiring family stories that could be added to the Jubilee Book:

Peter Wilson


Daily absentees

A reminder please always notify us when your child is going to be away - the school app is the perfect way to do this. If you are intending on a family holiday, please contact the Principal by email to request this leave.

Also, please note down the actual reason your child is away:- simply saying 'I am keeping ** home today' is NOT a reason and the child will be marked truant.

Duffy Book Sponsor

Greg Jupp Electrical Ltd are our 2021 Duffy Books in Homes Sponsors. Thanks Greg & Nic for this generous sponsorship which allows us to keep providing wonderful books for our tamariki.

Public Health Nurse

Gill Boyce can be contacted on 06 7546680 or 027 4064822 if your child has any health issues.

Upcoming Events

Friday 10th December-Year 6 Day Out

Monday 13th December-End of Year Reports sent home

Tuesday 14th December-Graduation Assembly (Year 6 students and their parents only)

Wednesday 15th December-Whole School Assembly (outdoors). School finishes at 3pm.

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