Newsletter Week 3, Term 4

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 31st October 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Term 4 has got off to a great start! Pets Day was a fantastic event, proving that we can hold an equally successful event on a weekday. It was wonderful seeing so many parents and extended family here for the day. It always warms my heart seeing the effort that our students put into their pets, showing love, care and dedication to present their pet as best they can! Another pleaser was the ownership that our senior students put into planning really effective stalls. They did this with guidance, but it was awesome to see all of their stalls 'open for business' without too much adult support. This will be something we continue in the future, as will the cake auction! This was a true crowd pleaser! The calibre of cakes that the men in our community donated was amazing!

Thank you to our Home and School, Brenda Honnor and Mrs Hunt for their planning and prep for our Pets Day. Events like these aren't easy to organise and takes months of hard work! Thanks to Joanne Alldridge for co ordinating a wonderful group of helpers on the day. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to help out. We truly appreciate you!

Next Thursday please come along to hear local artist and wellbeing speaker, Paul Rangiwahia. I have invited Paul along to a whānau hui to share his thoughts on wellbeing and ways to cope with the stresses of every day life.

I will shout cake and coffee for everyone who comes! This is an adults only event. I look forward to seeing you all. Please spread the word! Further information is included in this newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


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Our Kapa Haka rōpu delivered an amazing performance at the Waitara War Memorial Hall on Friday. A huge thanks to Ms Southee and Mrs Thomas for the months of planning, leading and teaching they put into our tamariki. They looked and sounded beautiful!

Our Kapa Haka performs again on Friday 11th November at the Puanga Festival in Waitara at the War Memorial Hall at 12.20pm.

Person of Character and House Points

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


Axl Hewson - Amazing Cleaning up; Riley Longstaff & Tui Nagle - Having all stationery at end of term; Makani Topia - For working hard in Maths and Writing; Otis Paul - For not pushing in line at the sports shed and always returning gear; Maria Monroy Felix - Being a help to Mrs Tapp; Tane Hall - Amazing weaving; Myla Tai - For sitting respectfully and ignoring others around her; Scarlett Edwards - For always using her manners; Paxton Gopperth - Super duper cleaner-up-a; Roxanne Ngatai - Super tidying up; Lucas Brett - Sitting / singing respectfully.

You are Invited to 'An Evening with Paul Rangiwahia'.

I would like to invite our school adult community to an evening of 'wellbeing chat' with wellbeing advocate, and local artist, Paul Rangiwahia.

While Paul certainly doesn’t claim to have all the answers to great mental health and wellbeing, he outrivals by challenging people to look closely at what they can positively influence within their own lives, all delivered in an engaging, unique and down-to-earth style.

Paul’s kōrero use stories, history, humour, experiences and a good lashing of common sense. He gives pragmatic and simple advice on things like letting go, trusting your intuition and how to create greater self-awareness are communicated with clarity and mana. A natural presence and the ability to break down the complexities of modern life and examine the key elements that are able to be influenced have resonated with captivated audiences across New Zealand.

Please come along to this free adults only event. It will be "so worth it".

When: Thursday 10th November, 7pm start

Where: Huirangi School. Coffee and cake provided.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

As part of the Health Curriculum we are delivering the NZ Police personal safety programme, Keeping Ourselves Safe. This will take place in the first four weeks of Term four.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • teach students a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with other people, both online and face to face
  • teach students how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and encourage students who have been or are being abused to seek help
  • prevent abuse by making parents and teachers more aware of their responsibilities to help students avoid abuse.

If you would like to look at the programme and learn more about what it entails, please click on this link. If you have any further questions, please contact me:

Trees For Sustainability

Huirangi School is now a Tress for Sustainability School. Last week we planted 1000 native seedlings which we will be nurturing over the next 12 months. This project is a national environmental education programme. Our kids will grow and plant native trees to restore natural, biodiverse habitats and help landowners revegetate erosion-prone land and improve stream flow and water quality. This is an awesome opportunity for our kura! Thanks to Mrs Barnao for leading this initiative.

Noel Leeming Offer

Noel Leeming is delighted to again be supporting KidsCan by raising funds with our Friends and Family Promotion this November. With your help, we hope to make a difference by providing the essentials Kiwi kids need to learn, with 2.5% of the total sales from this event being donated to KidsCan. We are proud to say the event we ran earlier this year (June), together we raised over $8,400 for KidsCan.

This offer is open to our school and wider Kura Whānau . It gives you the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday October 31st and running through until Sunday November 13th, 2022. Simply just show the flyer below!

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2022 Stationery/Hat invoices

Are you up to date with your children's stationery/hat payments for this year? Please phone the school office if you are unsure of your balance owing. Thank you.

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 is our fabulous sponsor!

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

Thursday 10th November - Parent Evening with Paul Rangiwahia, 7pm; Puke Ariki Library Bus

Monday 14th November - Spiegel Fest (years 4-6), 1-3pm

Thursday 17th November - BOT Meeting, 6pm

Friday 18th November - Cluster Quiz (Seniors only)

Thursday 24th November - Cluster Athletics

Friday 2nd December - Yr 5 & 6 Tough Kid 2022, AMP Showgrounds Hawera

Wednesday 7th December - Fancy Dress Dance Rehearsal, 9am, Knox Church. BOT Meeting, 6pm.

Thursday 8th December - Fancy Dress Dance Evening, Knox Church

Friday 9th December - Disco

Monday 12th December - Reports sent home

Tuesday 13th December - Buddy Gift Exchange. Graduation and Final Assembly

Wednesday 14th December - Last full day of the school year!

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