The Connection Week 4 Term 4

Huapai District School 10th November 2022


One of the impactful experiences I have had was doing Outward Bound in my early 30’s. This proved pivotal in my commitment to seeing children experience the outdoors. But more so, how a moment, an experience or even a word can be so significant. My mind jumps to the experiences we try to present to children both in and outside of the classroom.

I was incredibly proud and grateful to the staff, students and parents who got involved in our musical last week - the celebration is not only the event but the growth we see in children through the experience. This week and next we roll into more camps - again such an experience and opportunity for growth.

Here’s the thought - “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” (Vietnamese proverb).

I think in our consumerism and busy lives, we need to teach our children (and ourselves) to alway take time to be grateful. To thank and to acknowledge others. Too often, I see children rushing through an experience or an event and miss the opportunity to stop, reflect and be grateful.

I’m incredibly grateful for what we have in our school, in our staff and in the character of your children.

Have a great week.

John Petrie


Upcoming Events

  • Friday 11th November - Quiz Night
  • Friday 2nd December - Gumboot Friday
  • Friday 16th December - Last Day Of School (School finishes 1pm)


Friday 11th November

There's still time to book a table! Please do so through KINDO or at the School Office. You won't want to miss it!

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

Board Meeting

Monday 21st November - 6:30pm

This meeting will be held in the school staffroom.

Parents are welcome to attend.

Our School Plan For 2023

Each year we go through a process of structuring the school for the coming year. This involves shaping the school as best we see fit to meet the focus and needs of the school in the coming year.

Below is a summary of our intentions for 2023.

Please note this may change as the remaining year unfolds.

Year 1: Jo Redman, Suzanne Vogel, Lissa Elliott (based in Studio 5&6)

Year 2/3: Louise Moss, Jenna Rutherford, Deidre Neill (based in Studio 1&2) Jemma MacKenzie, Kayla Matthews (based in Rooms 1&2)

Year 4: Anna Peterson, Joe DuPlooy (based in Rooms 3&4)

Year 5 & 6: Tasha Gover, Kirstin Robinson, George Te Tai, Diane Thomas (based in Rooms 6-9)

Years 7 & 8: Stacey Watson, Ben Shrimpton, Tracy Taylor ( based in Studio 3&4)

Montessori: Anita Gokal, Jennifer Kim, Neil Cameron, Yuehua Mao (based in Studio 7&8)

Additional to this, there are various staff involved in support, release and leadership roles.

Our next step is to begin the process of class construction. This is based on the input received from parents, staff recommendations and the reality of numbers and options available. Please be assured a lot of effort goes into this.

Leadership Booklets

If your child is currently working on these, the final date for submission of completed workbooks is tomorrow.

Blues Bus Christmas 2022


The Blues believe every child deserves a present under their Christmas Tree. So, this festive season they’ve partnered with The Salvation Army to bring back ‘Fill the Blues Bus’ Christmas appeal this year.

They are aiming to collect 43,000 gifts - a present for every seat at Eden Park!

THE EASTGATE BOYS – Lucas and Benji, want to get behind this amazing campaign. So if you are in the position to give this Christmas, please see the details below on how you can contribute.

Please drop off your unwrapped presents to:

- Room 2 or Studio 8

Monday 14th November through until Thursday 8th December 2022.

Gift Ideas

Donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children and teenagers (under 16yrs) are hugely appreciated.

Please avoid clothes as it is difficult to allocate sizes.

Below are a few popular gift ideas to help you.

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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