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Celebrations…and please return devices and books!

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The weeks are flying by and we are busier than ever.  In line with all the Principals in the Inner City Principals Association we have had to adapt many traditional events to sit within the constraints of Covid.  The five, year 6 bubbles will be having an alternative to camp by visiting Talking Tree Hill and Let me Out will be visiting to provide a range of fun activities too.  Our current Year 4 & 5 tamariki are now scheduled to go to Camp Adair in December 2022.

Another event, having to be redrafted, is graduation.  Kaiako have changed their plans so many times this term and have been magicians.  Again, a wonderful day has been organised for all of our leavers.  Ngā Purapura Akoranga have crafted a brilliant pre-recorded graduation and all year 6’s will also have a mixture of a recording and an in person graduation. The final recording will be edited so all the whānau can see it. As well as that, a few additional gifts and kai have been arranged to make it a special day. 

To all of our school community, we raise three cheers for all of our tamariki who will be leaving us this year.  They have had a hard time in 2021 (as we all have). We have to remember all of the amazing things they have achieved in a year where it was hard to do anything.  We are so proud of them in particular and wish them all the best for their next chapter.  

Our Year 6’s leaving their park with a combined sculpture


Thanks for all your support

When Jacinda coined the phrase “just be kind” nearly two years ago due to Covid, I wonder how many of us thought this would have continued for so long. We have had three lockdowns in 2021 and one for quarter of a year.  

Coming back to school with tamariki to keep us company in our split schooling was truly lovely. It has been very strange working in a ‘studentless’ environment for such a long time.  Our school whānau has lived up to Jacinda’s phrase.  The returned schooling is peaceful, fun and very creative with great programmes happening. I am so grateful for how tamariki and whānau are arriving and leaving school and at last we have an arrangement that makes the road outside school much safer.  There are always positives when you look for them. 

Please use this link asking for feedback on our split school model.  It is very quick with only four questions.


Link to survey on our school model


An extra special thank you will be sent home to all of our numerous volunteers this year; Garden to Table, sports trips (when we were able), and in the classrooms; whoever you are as a volunteer, we salute you.  You make our kura a very special place indeed. Our usual morning tea celebration has obviously not been able to take place. 


Also, an extra special mention needs to be shouted from the rooftops; Simon and Mary Wright will be stepping down from leading garden to table. Simon will still be involved but now it is the time for someone else to lead. Big shoes to fill indeed, so if you are interested in leading the garden to table programme at Te Huruhi next year, we would love to hear from you. Thank you Simon and Mary for everything you have done and achieved over the years, you will be deeply missed. 


Preparation for 2022

Along with the SLT, we will be working our hardest to ensure that all systems and planning will be in place ready for a great start to 2022. For that, we are very passionate and will make sure the whole team is supported and prepared.


Rotary kindly donated Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries


Last week we received fabulous dictionaries for year four students, kindly donated by Waiheke Rotary.  We are so lucky to be able to present these, even in Covid times in our bubbles classes. The Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries were brought over to Waiheke to save on the freight costs by Richard from Raw.  On behalf of Te Huruhi, we would like to say a HUGE thanks to all who made this happen.  Here is a message from Sherryn El Bakary, Youth Director of Waiheke Rotary Club.


“Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


Impact starts with our members who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


Rotary, along with Bill Gates have almost eliminated Polio throughout the world.


On Waiheke, The Rotary Club consists of local men and women who meet weekly to dream up ways of raising funds to contribute back to our wonderful community.


Some of our fundraising activities over the years have been the Onetangi Beach Races, Wharf to Wharf, King of the Bays Fishing Competition, Casino nights and many more.


Every year Waiheke Rotary have donated an Usborne Illustrated Dictionary to all year 4 pupils at the three local primary schools to take home and keep.


Please write your name in the book and treasure it.”


Thanking you and best wishes to you all

Sherryn El Bakary


Welcomes and au revoirs – New chapters and new horizons.

We officially welcome Hope McKenzie-Ellwood and Sarah Daly to our staff team, as well as new teaching agreements for Greta Borren, Kim Van Der Speck and Johanna White.  These new appointments will compliment our current teaching team with so much to offer.  

We also acknowledge and would like to say a huge thanks to Pippa Barrett and Tamaara Nicholson who both move on at the end of this year.  Tamaara is moving to Waiheke Primary next year, where she attended as a student, then a Teacher Aide and now a teacher. We really appreciate and celebrate what you have both given our school this year. This is the same for Fhiona Wainwright  who will take up a senior leadership role in Northland and is already having to write action plans for what she has to lead.  Thanks for all you have given over the many years.  We thank Adam and Caroline Cels also for everything they have done for education at Te Huruhi.  


Whether it has been for one year or eight, or lots more, we have been blessed with passionate staff who have all contributed toward the learning experiences and we need to celebrate and remember this.


Thanks too to our Teacher Aides, Armelle who will not be with us in 2022, Ben who has moved overseas to the mainland and Jo who is working with the younger tamariki/doing her qualifications to be an ECE teacher.  We have been so lucky to have you with us and for all the ‘over-and-above’ you have given. 



Please can devices come back to school from now.  Sandra Twidle will be organising the return and we ask for tamariki to return in the paper bag provided with the contract if possible, to Akoranga Waru. This will be done safely and we will not cross bubbles. 



Please can you have a good look under beds, behind drawers and shelves to find any readers or library books you may have at home.  These need to be returned back to your child’s class teacher.

We have over 80 books hiding in homes so please can we get them back. 


Hats, water and sunblock

Just a happy reminder that the three essentials are applied or brought to school every day. It’s getting hot out there and the cloudy days are the worst.  We want to keep tamatiki safe. 

Classes for 2022

We are very close to finalising the details for classes and teachers.  As soon as we confirm with staff, we will be sharing how we will arrange for your child to be introduced to their new teacher.  Again, health requirements prevent what we normally do so we will be in touch with our alternative soon.

We hope you have a wonderful week in our new traffic light system.  We hope businesses are now able to open safely and timely before the holiday break.  Spare a thought and appreciation for all of the medical practitioners on Waiheke, supermarket workers and delivery people who have kept our island going during 2021 along with other services.  From Te Huruhi, we thank you for all of your hard work.


Ngā mihi maioha

Phil Wainwright

Acting Principal