Newsletter Week 5, Term 4

Huirangi Primary School, Monday 14th November 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, Hello Everyone!

Unfortunately we have had several incidences over the past two weeks that have stemmed from social media and gaming situations outside of school hours. I strongly encourage all of you to monitor your child's use of Snapchat and Fortnite, and educate them about what is appropriate behaviour and what is not. It has been really disappointing having to 'clean up messes' that have been caused outside of school time and not on school grounds because of inappropriate use of social media platforms.

On a brighter note, our Whānau Hui last Thursday evening was excellent! Thank you to those of you who made the time to attend. Paul spoke from the heart and gave us some pearls of wisdom when it comes to our own mental health and that of our children.

School is a busy, fun place to be!

Ngā mihi nui,

Natalie Looney


Fred Hollows Humanitarian Award

The Fred Hollows Humanitarian Awards are open to any Year 5 or 6 student who has demonstrated the values of compassion, integrity and kindness.

This year Lilah and Phillipa were nominated for their fundraising efforts and organisation of our Wacky Hair/Wig Wednesday. We were so proud to hear that they both made it into the top 10 finalists out of 240 nominees across New Zealand!

They were surprised with a zoom to announce their achievements, and also received a really cool goodie bag each.

Ka mutu pea ngā kotiro! We are very proud of you!

Huirangi School Buddy Gift Exchange

Our school is doing the Buddy gift exchange again this year. Gifts (to a value of no more than $10) are to be wrapped in festive paper and named To: …. From: …. and the House the student is in (Tui, Kiwi or Pukeko) and brought into the office any time from now on please.

All gifts need to be at school by Wednesday 7th December at the latest please.

The names of who the children are buying for have been sent home but if you haven't received these or your children are unsure on who their buddy is, you are welcome to phone the school office on 06 752 0606.

Cluster Athletics

On Thursday, 24th November, it is our annual cluster athletics sports meeting. The whole school will travel by bus to TET Stadium in Inglewood, leaving school straight after morning roll. We will spend all day there, and travel back to school by bus, leaving TET Stadium by 2:15pm.

Please complete this form if you intend on taking your child home from Inglewood yourself. Booking buses isn't cheap! If you have already completed the online form, you don't need to do it again. Thanks.

Children will need a full water bottle, lunch, their school sun hat, sunscreen, suitable sports clothing and sports shoes (compulsory for Year 3-6 children running on the track). Children will be given a Huirangi School PE Top to compete. Please wash and return to school.

Tikorangi Home and School will be fundraising by selling food and drinks at lunch, so bring spare change if you wish.

Parents, you are welcome to come and watch and support your children, just give them the space to participate by themselves.

If the event is cancelled we will put an alert over the School App.

Person of Character and House Points

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


Motu Bull Purcell-Timu x2 - Being organised & doing lots of good reading with Miss Dani; Sienna Caldwell - Good talk partner; Evie Wilson - Sitting respectfully; Luca Webb-Podevin - Working hard on her story; Indi Ryan & Lilah Elers - Helping others with maths.

Orange Cards - Kaliyah-Jane Lilly - Amazing sounding out; Axl Hewson - Picking up rubbish at lunchtime without being asked. Being a kaitiaki; Harper Jupp - Showing manaakitanga towards classmates.

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 at School Early or Late

We understand that some children need to be at school early due to parents work commitments. We have noticed recently that there are more children than usual turning up at school just before 8.15am. This has resulted in a few behaviour incidences that have occurred before 8.30am, which impacts on our busy teachers prepping for the day. Please ensure your early drop off is genuine. Thank you.

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

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

Tuesday 29th November - Home and School Meeting, 2pm at school

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

Tuesday 6th December - Fancy Dress Dance Rehearsal, 9am, Knox Church.

Wednesday 7th December - BOT Meeting, 6pm.

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

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