Newsletter Week 5, Term 3

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 22nd August 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

It has been an eventful couple of weeks. Thank you so much for your understanding, promptly picking up your children when the Civil Defence and Ministry advised us to close due to the rain on Friday. It proved that our systems and procedures that we have in place work.

If you don't have our School App, I strongly advise that you do upload it. All communication from us will come through the app before any other means of communication.

Our Board of Trustees have now been elected. There were three nominations for three positions, so we don't have to go through the election process.

Sadly, we farewell Stephen Alldridge (BOT Chair) and Charmaine Sarten who both, after 6 years, decided not to run again.

Charmaine has been a parent and a grandparent here at Huirangi, and her role on the BOT as Community Liaison has been very important. Char has close ties with many people in our community, and her care and commitment to ensure our Huirangi Whānau are all safe and well is to be commended. Thank you Char, your obvious love for our community and our kura has not gone un noticed.

Stephen has been a huge asset to our school during his 6 years of service. His knowledge around law, business, finance, policy and governance is admirable. As Board Chair (now called Presiding Member), Stephen was always on hand when we needed him and always supported our school, our staff and our families with commitment and care. His support for me as Principal has been nothing but outstanding. It has been a pleasure to work alongside you, Stephen.

We welcome Shaun Johnson, Karla Gichard and Kate Topia to our Board of Trustees. It excites me to have three new faces on our Board, and I look forward to working with them.

At the end of this week, half of term three will have passed. We have a very busy 5 weeks ahead of us. Please note the events in your dairies!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Ballot for Out of Zone Students

We will be opening up for enrolments for families who live out of zone and want their tamariki to come to our amazing school!

This happens through a ballot process, and this year the BOT are offering out of zone spaces for 20 students in Years 0-4 wishing to start either in Term 4 2022, or in 2023.

Applications close on Monday 19th September, 2022. If you know of a family who is or may be interested in enrolling at Huirangi School, please get them to call the office.

Cluster Cross Country

On Friday 9th September we are hosting our first Cluster Cross Country in two years! We are really excited to all be back together as a Cluster (Urenui, Tikorangi, Lepperton and Huirangi).

Races will commence at 11am following the schedule below:

11.00am 5 year old girls 1 lap of short course (500m)

11.05am 5 year old boys 1 lap of short course (500m)

11.15am 6 year old girls 2 laps of short course (1km)

11.20am 6 year old boys 2 laps of short course (1km)

11.30am 7 year old girls 1 lap of main course (1.5km)

11.35am 7 year old boys 1 lap of main course (1.5km)

11.45am 11 year old girls 2 laps of main course (3km)

11.50am 11 year old boys 2 laps of main course (3km)

12.00pm 8 year old girls 1 lap of main course (1.5km)

12.05pm 8 year old boys 1 lap of main course (1.5km)

12.15pm 9 year old girls 1 lap of 2km course

12.20pm 9 year old boys 1 lap of 2km course

12.30pm 10 year old girls 1 lap of 2km course

12.35pm 10 year old boys 1 lap of 2km course

Children whose parents are wanting to take them home after our Cluster Event are able to do so, but must let their teacher know first!

There will be food for sale on the day:

Sausage, bread and sauce: $2.00

Bacon Butties: $2.00

Nachos: $5.00

Juicies: $2.00

Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate: $3.00

Home Baking: Various Prices

Our Home and School are looking for about 18 helpers to run the food stalls on the day. The 18 helpers will be rostered on for around 30mins, and will be rostered so they can still watch their children race. Cluster Cross Country makes a lot of money for our school through these stalls, and your help will be hugely appreciated.

Person of Character

Congratulations to the following students whose names were drawn out at assembly.


Blake Wissema - Working hard on his maths; Conner Alldridge - For sitting up respectfully and great singing; Ollie Podevin - Excellent speedy maths skills; Matilda Johnson - Keeping her tray tidy Good sports shed monitor; Alivia Williams - Excellent tidier; Cohen Longstaff - Helping others with maths.

Orange cards: Izzan Bradley - Great thinking out of the box during a math lesson; Hunter Collingwood - Amazing reading today.

3 Way Learning Conferences. 29th and 30th September

Conferences are now able to be booked online. Please click here to book your conference with your child's teacher.

Reminder; school will be open for conferences only on Friday 30th September.

Pets Day-Tuesday 25th October

This year we are trialling having our Pets Day on a week day. Tuesday 25th October is the day after Labour Day, which will give all of our students the school holidays, plus the long weekend to prepare.

The categories for Pets Day will be:

  • Preschool Section
  • Lambs
  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Chickens

Please keep an eye out for entry forms (the chicken order forms need to be in now for the ordering of chicks) . Please note: You can only enter 1 calf per child as although rearing will be a separate category, dairy or beef, they will all be in the same leading comp.

As this is a school day, all students are required to be here. It is going to be loads of fun with lots of food, stalls, raffles and auctions.

Our Senior Students will be working on developing their enterprise skills through organising and running games on the day, contributing to the fundraising that goes on at Pets Day.

The Home and School will be asking for grocery items in the coming weeks to contribute to a grocery hamper that will be raffled off as part of the day. Please keep an eye on the App asking for donations!

We are also going to be having a Dad's Cake Auction. So all you budding male bakers out there, start thinking about the amazing creation you are going to bake for us to auction off at the conclusion of Pets Day. This will surely be the biggest money earner that Huirangi Pets Day has ever had!

Huirangi Home and School -

Helpers and home baking required for the Cluster Cross Country (Lepperton, Huirangi, Tikorangi and Urenui schools) held at Huirangi School - Friday 9th September. All volunteers for this event will go in the draw to win a $50 New World Voucher! If you can help, please click here to complete the form.

This term's major fundraiser will be the Colour Fun Run - Thursday 22nd September

Pets Day - Term 4, Tuesday 25th October 2022.

From the 12th September we will be asking for donations of luxury grocery items to be brought to the school office please. Keep an eye out for some amazing raffles coming out later this term for Pets Day!

We are looking for helpers to run the food stall at Pets Day. This is our major fundraiser for the year, and we require many hands! If you can help, please contact Jo Alldridge 021 402 538, or click here. All volunteers for the Pets Day food stalls will go in the draw to win a $50 New World Voucher!


Congratulations to Jimmy Pokere, awarded player of the year for Clifton under 6 year old's.

Tātarakihi Primary Schools Cultural Festival

Friday, Oct. 28th, 9am

Memorial Place

Waitara, Taranaki

Our Kapa Haka Group has entered Tātarakihi this October.

We will take ticket orders towards the end of this term for the early bird price of $3. Tickets will be available at the door on the day for $5.

The timetable for the event will be confirmed closer to the date.

You can also follow the Tātarakihi Facebook Page for further updates and information.

Spotlight on He Kākano

On Fridays when we have Ms Southee, we’ve been doing Reo Rumaki. Reo Rumaki is around 5 minutes each morning of Te Reo Māori where we have to speak Māori and no other language. When we do this session Ms Southee has 5 people that go in a circle and she teaches them the words and sentences that we need to do then she sends them off to their groups. The leader, or kaiako, of the group teaches the others but only in Maori. The words we’ve been focusing on this week are Homai te……..(give me the), and Hoatu te………ki a ….(pass the something to someone).

We also studied the story of the Waitara River and how it got its name. Did you know it was originally Whai - tara, which means to follow the dart. We retold the story in comic form.

By Lilah

Children arriving late

If your child/ren arrive at school after the 9am bell it is important that they report to the school office before going to class. This is for Health and Safety reasons as we must know who is on site at all times.

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.

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Upcoming Events

Friday 26th August - Bought Lunches

Thursday 1st September - Manukorihi Visit to talk to our Year 6's. Library Bus

Friday 9th September - Cluster Cross Country

Wednesday 21st September - Cluster Speech Finals

Thursday 22nd September - Colour Run

Wednesday 28th September-Home and School Meeting (2pm) Staffroom

Thursday 29th September - 3 Way Conferences (3-6pm)

Friday 30th September - 3 Way Conferences/Teacher Only Day, last day term 3

Monday 17th October - Term 4 begins

Tuesday 25th October - Pets Day

School Timetable

9.00am Start of the day

11am -11.25am Morning tea interval

1.00pm - 1.45pm Lunch break

3.00pm End of Day