The Connection Week 10 Term 3

Huapai District School 29th September 2022


We close out Term 3 tomorrow.

Thank you for the support we have seen this term. It has been so good to see even more of what makes our school so good underway again. I am delighted to see two camps happen, sports events, celebrations, assemblies and trips out of the school.

It is good to see that our children are so solid.

Our absence rate through Term 2 & 3 is sitting consistently at 13%. Prior to COVID this was 11%. Just another indicator that our children are in a good place and secure.

We recently surveyed our students (Years 3 - 8).

Students gave a wide range of answers but the majority of the answers were positive pointing to overall good wellbeing. The following questions elicited responses that are 80% or more positive:

  • How well do you feel like your teacher teaches you in a way you learn best?

  • How safe and cared for do you feel at school by your teacher?

  • My teacher listens to my ideas.

  • I know what I'm supposed to be doing for my learning.

  • I know where to get help if I need it at school.

  • How often do you have someone to play with?

Students are saying they feel safe and cared for at school at a consistent level. COVID does not dominate the worries of our students.

We are noticing tiredness seems really significant as the term concludes. Though this is quite normal, it does highlight the need for children (and staff) to get a break. I trust you are able to find some time also.

Thanks again for your support.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • 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

School Photos

First Day Of Term 4

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.

Math-A-Thon Results

A huge thank you to all the families who took part in our school Mathathon this year. We raised $16,000 which will be used towards our spring spruce. We have multiple projects on the list here, a couple of which are repainting our courts and re-concreting the path up from Station Road. We will certainly keep you posted with the ‘sprucing’.

Our prize winners were as follows:

Year 1 top fundraiser - James Ennis

Year 2 top fundraiser - Aaliyah Neill

Year 3 top fundraiser - Lincoln Liddell

Year 4 top fundraiser - Isla Haughey

Year 5 top fundraiser - Mayer Barton

Year 6 top fundraiser - Max Sidler

Year 7 top fundraiser - Meaghan Scott

Year 8 top fundraiser - Ryan Bowring

Our overall top five fundraisers were recognised with a voucher from the Warehouse:

Skyler Roelofse

Aaliyah Neill

James Wiseman


Israel Rutherford

Top Overall fundraiser - raising an amazing total of $1,054 was Skyler Roelofse. Skyer won a bike!

We drew 10 spot prizes from all students who took part in our annual event. The following students won a gift pack:

Shaurya Mischra

Oliver Olding

Tyler Bartley

Piper Chan Chui

Emma Cragg

Olivia Travers

Caitlin Short

Beauden Mobsby

Alaine Bell

Riley Taylor

Term 3 School (2nd) Donation Sponsored Prize Draw

Thank you to all those who have paid their school donations this year. This is such a key element to the success of our school. Your donation is what moves our school from good to great!

As a means of thanking and encouraging this we have 2 sponsored prize draws per year, for every family who has paid their school donation in full by the prize draw dates.

This draw was sponsored by Fuji Xerox and our own Huapai Plus.

Congratulations to the Channing-Hutt family on 1st prize of 50% off $100 Huapai Plus credit and 2 bottles of Aitkens Folly 2013 Pinor Gris.

2nd prize of 2 bottles of Aitkens Folly 2013 Pinor Gris went to the Khera family, with 3rd prize of 1 bottle of Aitkens Folly 2013 Pinor Gris going to the Marsland family.

Every dollar received through school donations will be used for resources that will touch the hands of your children.

St John Mufti Day Fundraiser

Thank you to all those who donated a gold coin last Thursday in support of our St John mufti day fundraiser. Together we raised over $550.00 for this amazing charitable organisation.

Thank you also to the Student Council team for their work in promoting this day and infusing fun into the week with face painting and balloons.

Over The School Holiday Break


We have heavy machinery on site in the first week to remove and replace broken paths at the entrance to the school. There will be Health & Safety measures in place, but if your children are seeking to come to school to play, we would prefer they are supervised or at least stay away from the machinery onsite.


We are removing and relaying wall linings in the library as we start this upgrade.

Working Bee

We have had a generous offer from Oxcon - which is the company who has recently built the walking bridge across the railway. The company has offered their staff to work in the school for a day as a gift back to the community. This team will help strip the library and general working bee improvements around the school. They will be working onsite Tuesday 4th October.

Breakfast Club For Term 4

We are delighted to say that breakfast club will continue next term, thanks to the wonderful parents who have volunteered their time.

There will be a couple of small changes.

Breakfast Club will run in the hall from 8.40am to 8.55am.

We will direct children to the right place if needed.

If your child would like to join breakfast club for the first time, they must have parent permission. This can be done via Kindo.

We hope you have a wonderful break and look forward to seeing everyone back next term.

HDS Longball Tournament 2022

Our first-ever HDS Longball Tournament has been awesome! Six teams entered the tournament and two champion teams emerged. Each team in the tournament played with great sportsmanship, energy, drive and determination. Each of the champion teams then went on to play an epic game against each other to earn the title of 2022 Longball Champion of Champions!

Congratulations to our Year 5-6 Champions, The Spikers and a special congratulations to our Year 7-8 Champions and Champion of Champions, The Bruisers.

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Riverhead Athletics

If your child is interested in joining the Riverhead Amateur Athletics Club, please use the QR code or link below.

School Production

Huapai District School presents - Annie Jr.
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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.

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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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Creative Matters - Term 4

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

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