The Connection Week 9 Term 3

Huapai District School 22nd September 2022


I saw this meme many years ago and it struck a chord with me. It was perfect timing as it was not long after seeing this that my daughter asked to do some baking. I took a deep breath, said yes, then kissed goodbye to anything resembling a tidy kitchen! I think it took her nearly three and a half hours to make the cake and ice it. I felt like I answered 140 questions and there was more chocolate batter around her face and on the bench than in the tin.* However, the learning that took place was incredible. Now she can whip up a better cake than I can and the frustration of those early attempts now mean that I no longer have to fill the biscuit tins each week for school lunches.

Learning is seldom neat and easy. Sometimes the best learning comes from struggle, frustration and pure hard work (and mess). Your children have had a huge term! We are so proud of the efforts they’ve put in. Perhaps they could learn to bake you a cake to celebrate the term….

*Knowing when to step in and support as an adult is also key for success so we shared the cleaning up duties as there were nearly tears of exhaustion by the end of the baking session (not just from my daughter!)

Maree Lloyd

Deputy Principal

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday 26th September - Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
  • Friday 30th September - Last Day Of Term 3
  • Monday 17th October - First Day Of Term 4
  • Monday 17th October - School Photos
  • Friday 11th November - Quiz Night

Student Of The Week

Ziyad (Year 6) says: “It’s the people at Huapai that make it the best school ever. People aren’t rude here. I love hanging out with my friends. They are funny and enjoyable. I like to walk and talk with them during break times. We have lots of jokes. If someone was thinking about coming to Huapai School, I would say “Do it and don’t be shy!”

Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day - School Closed

Monday 26th September

Remembrance day for Queen Elizabeth II. This has been identified as a national holiday here in New Zealand. School will not be open on this day. The sports camp planned for that week will proceed.

Flag At Half Mast

You may have noticed that our school flag was flying at half mast. This was to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. It was raised early on Wednesday morning in accordance with custom.

School Photos

This year, our school photos will be held on the very first day of term 4. We are aiming to have our class photos taken outside this year. Please ensure any uniform orders are made in the next couple weeks to ensure everyone is looking sharp with their collared school shirt and correct shorts / skorts for the photo. Please note that the school office is closed over the school holidays, so if you are making an order and need items for day 1 of term 4, you will need to have it delivered directly to your house. The cut-off to have items delivered to the school is Sunday 25th September.

IMPORTANT: If you require a sibling photo, please fill in the form below. Close off for registrations is Friday 14th October.

Breakfast Club - We Need Your Help

We urgently require volunteers to put their hand up to operate the breakfast club next term. Without personnel, we are unable to continue with breakfast club. The times needed are 8:30am-9am. Duties would involve ticking names off a register, serving weetbix and milk then tidying up / doing the dishes afterwards. If you are able to donate your time on any day of the week, please contact before the end of this week.

Yummy Sticker Collection

This year we collected a total of just over 8,000 stickers! Thank you to everyone for your help in collecting these. We have now sent these off to the Yummy Head Office where they will be exchanged for credit to be used on purchasing sports gear for our school. We will keep you updated with what we get.

If you do still have some yummy stickers, please hold on to these as we will collect them again next year.

School Production

Huapai District School presents - Annie Jr.
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Helping In The Library

We were promoting Monday 26th as a day to strip the Library as we prep for some upgrading of the library. We will now shift the day we needed parent help to Tuesday 27th. We need help packing up books into boxes. If you can assist please contact Cathy Gray: or mention you can help to the School Office or Cathy directly. It should take a morning to pack away the books.

Quiz Night

Friday 11th November

Last year we sold out - don’t miss out on your opportunity this year. Quiz date is November 11th. Grab your friends and family and a few of your favourite bevvies for a fun night out. Entertainment and auctions with prizes galore.

Are you set to win THE HUAPAI QUIZ CHAMP CUP or maybe the best dressed table trophy??

Tables are $300 and can seat up to 10 people. Tables can be purchased either through KINDO or at the School Office.

Ice Blocks Are Back!

After school ice blocks will be for sale at the school gate on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of term. The ice-blocks will be $1 each. Proceeds go towards school camp costs.

Huapai Plus Holiday Programme

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Bricks 4 Kidz

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Aroha Skate Lessons

Aroha Skate is back again in term 4. Register your child below for the weekly after school sessions.

Music Lessons With MusiqHub

MusiqHub are looking forward to another awesome year of music in 2022 at Huapai School! They will have some slots available for Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele lessons in Term 3. 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 Friday 2nd June (Queens 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.