Newsletter Week 5, Term 1

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 28th February 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

We have been continuing along nicely over the past few weeks. Although at times I feel like I am waiting for COVID to 'hit' us, the kids are all happy and settled.

I hope you have all had a chance to look at the flyer I sent out via the School App and in hard copy to all families on Friday (there is also a copy below). Now we are in Phase 3, this flyer gives you information about what to do if you have a positive COVID case in your household.

If you would like another copy of this, please contact me and I can print one out or email one home for you.

THANK YOU so much for being so understanding through this crazy time! I know it is hard to keep on top of the changing paperwork that keeps coming out. The better informed we all are, the better we can provide for our tamariki.

Kia kaha!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


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Office Administrator

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Mrs. Curd will be retiring as Office Administrator at the end of this term.

Judy has dedicated over 34 years to our school and community and she will be missed dearly. We will ensure that Judy has an enjoyable end to her working career, and we will send her off in true Huirangi style!

Class Councilors and House Captains-Terms 1 and 2

Congratualtions to the following students who have been elected Class Councilors for the first half of 2022:

He Puāwai: Mahae Topia & Kaliyah-Jane Lilly

Room 1: Hunter Elers & Bronson Andrews

Room 2: Roxanne Ngatai & Austin Rowe

Room 3: Kaylee Lepper & Tyler Hendry

Room 4: Matilda Johnson & Ziana Webb-Podevin

Also a big congratulations to our House Captains for Terms One and Two 2022:

Tui House: Sienna Caldwell & Aidan Young

Pukeko House: Willow Chapman & Emma Lane

Kiwi House: Ryley Jupp & Aroha Morehu

This was a very hard decision to make, as the calibre of leaders we have in Year 6 this year by far exceeds any we have had before. Well done to those who were successful. We will be electing new house captains and class councilors at the beginning of Term 3.

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Person of Character

Cards for good deeds were drawn out on Friday for the following students:- Autumn Featonby for super tidying up [a 10 point orange card!] , Makani Topia for being very helpful, Ava Ngatai for being respectful, Tui Nagle for being respectful, Katie Alldridge & Coby Bevins & Kadynce Anglesey for perseverence with their times tables challenge, Ariana Morehu for super tidying up and Haygen Hewson for tidying up after others. Well done everyone!

Renaming of our Classrooms

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we have been given $10,000 to spend on signage for our school.

In 2017 after the completion of a Transition to School Project completed by Mrs Tapp and Mrs Woodward, our New Entrant class was renamed 'He Puāwai'. There has been talk ever since about renaming the other classrooms in our school to represent the learning journey our learners are on while they are here. I feel that now we have the funding the time is right to do so.

Translated into English, He Puāwai means 'to blossom'. We refer to the children in He Puāwai as blossoming into their education. The staff and BOT are brainstorming names for the other classrooms in te reo, so they tie nicely in with the He Puāwai (blossoming) concept.

If you have any ideas or thoughts on this, please contact me:

We are wanting to have the names finalised in the next two weeks.


Our Swimming Sports are scheduled to take place on Friday 11th March. We will be planning how this event will be rolled out and will send home a notification on the School App once the programme has been finalised.

Huirangi School Hoodies

Our Hoodies are available to order again. Please click the link to order.
Orders close on Friday 11th March.

Each term we will open up for orders. Thank you to Game Changer for allowing this to happen for us!

I suggest you arrange for the hoodies to be collected, rather than posted to save money!

Let's Go! Cycle and Scooter Safety Skills-By Ella Tai

We were very grateful to have had the Let's Go team at school last week to teach us Scooter and Bike Safety Skills. We learnt some very valuable information that I hope sticks with all our tamariki for a long time to come.

Read Ella's recount about her day below:

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A Reminder

Head Lice: - parents please be vigilent iwith regularly checking your child's head as these little pesky critters don't go away......... We ask that children with long hair & long fringes, come to school with their hair tied back [and fringes clipped away from their faces] to prevent their hair from 'swinging out' and enabling the lice to latch on to someone elses hair.

If you discover head lice, please keep your child at home and treat with an appropriate medication from the chemist. Once treated they can come back to school.

If a teacher /teacher aide sees live lice on a child's head, we will make contact and ask you to come and pick them up to go home for treatment.

Stationery Fees

Fees of $30 per student are due please. These can be made by either by paying cash to the school office, or by direct debit to: Huirangi BOT account 153945- 0210342-00 with the reference 'stationery and the child's first & last name'. One online payment per family is OK, but please make it clear who you are paying for.

Thankyou to the families who have taken care of this already!

Assessment Review

As part of trailing reporting in Terms One and Three this year, we are wanting some feedback about our assessment and reporting to you.

Please click on the link to answer three short questions.

Ngā mihi.

Concerns and Complaints Flowchart

Please refer to the flowchart below that provides you with an overview of how our complaints and concerns process works.
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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.

Upcoming Events

Friday 11th March-Huirangi School Swimming Sports

Monday 14th March-Taranaki Anniversary Day school closed

Monday 21st-Friday 25th March-Bike Week

Tuesday 22nd March-Science Roadshow (Years 5 and 6)

Friday 25th March-Huirangi Triathlon

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March-ERO Visit

Thursday 14th April- 3 way conferences (ALL DAY)

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