The Connection Week 2 Term 4

Huapai District School 27th October 2022


“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” – Unknown.

So often I find myself arguing with my children about device time. The necessity of “5 more minutes” or “I just have to get back to my den” definitely challenge my tolerance levels.

During the school holidays and over Labour weekend, I made it a mission to abort devices and get back to nature. We camped, fished, rode bikes, played with friends, spent days at the beach, explored rock pools and made it our purpose to spend as little money as possible and have the best adventures and stories to tell. The mission was a success. And guess what? There was no mention of wanting to use a device!

If you are wanting something to do device free - I can’t recommend the Te Henga coastal walk enough. Even if you walk part of the way and set up a picnic to watch the sunset with the family, it is a special place to do so.

At HDS we strive to fill school life with adventures and stories. There will be memories made here that will be carried forever in the heads and hearts of our children. From the smaller things like dress-up days to the larger scale memory makers like the musical and camps. It should always be about the things we do, not the things we have.

I would like to wish the team of Annie Jnr all the best for the performances next week. If you haven’t got your tickets, get in quick! The show is looking fantastic with the incredible work that has been put in.

Keryn Annan

Deputy Principal

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 10th November - Senior Athletics Day
  • Friday 11th November - Quiz Night

Student Of The Week

Beatrice (Year 8) says: "I love Huapai District School. The staff and students are all really friendly and the environment is lovely. There is a lot of wide open space and the classrooms are big and open. Things that we like as students are encouraged and appreciated."

School Production - NEXT WEEK!

Huapai District School presents - Annie Jr.

A gentle reminder that there is no school session. In order for your child to see the musical, you will need to purchase a ticket. Please use the link below to do this.

Quiz Night - Friday 11th November


We are loving hearing the themes that people are using for their group.

Would you like to come to our annual event but don’t have enough people to make a table? How about joining one of our year level tables and spending the evening with a group of adults who have children the same age as yours?

Please use KINDO or call into the office to purchase tickets at the following tables:

Year 1 adults

Year 2 adults

Year 3&4 adults

Year 5&6 adults

Year 7&8 adults

Tickets are selling fast!

We will have LIVE auctions on the night - check them out below.

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Senior Athletics

Thursday 10th November

As we were unable to hold our senior athletics day earlier in the year due to inclement weather, we are delighted to be able to advise the new date of Thursday 10th November. Please click the link below for more information.

What Might 2023 Look Like For Your Child?

As we move towards the end of the year, we begin the long process of finalising student placements for 2023. Each year we are funded by the Ministry of Education for teachers by the number of students we have. Then we best shape our class structure using these numbers.

Our 2023 school structure is as follows:

Year 1 - 3 classes

Year 2 & 3 composite - 5 classes

Year 4 - 2 classes

Year 5 & 6 composite - 4 classes

Year 7 & 8 composite - 3 classes

If you would like to provide any additional information that you think the school should consider when placing your child, please use the form linked below. Please use this official form instead of conversations or emails directly with your child’s current teacher or other staff members.

This form will close Friday 4th November.

If you are no longer intending to remain at Huapai School in 2023, please advise the school office ( as soon as possible, so this can be taken into consideration when creating classes.

Leadership Booklets

If your child is currently working on these, the final date for submission of completed workbooks is the end of week 4 this term.

Sun Hats And Sunscreen For Term 4

It is our school policy that all students must wear a school hat during Terms 1 and 4 (from labour weekend) every year. Please ensure you are sending your child(ren) to school with a school uniform hat. These can be ordered through the School Uniform shop or purchased at the School Office.

Please also ensure you are applying sunscreen to your child(ren) each morning before they come to school. Summer is on the way and the sun is getting hot!

School Uniform Price Increases

We have been informed that there will be a price increase for the majority of our school uniform items, effective November 1st. The items increasing in price have gone up by $1 - $3 per item. Attached is what the new prices will be. If you were wanting to order any uniform before this happens, do so this week!

Montessori Open Day

Saturday 29th October 2022

Creative Matters - Term 4

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.

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