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Te Huruhi Needs You!

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Kia ora koutou,

We recently sent out a request for nominations for the School Board. To give everyone a bit more context, I thought I’d explain who we are, what we do, and what we are looking for in a nominee.

The current School Board is made up of three parent reps, a staff rep, a Nga Purapura rep, and the principal. We are:

  • Emma Bolser (Elected Parent Rep & Board Chair)
  • Merrie Hewetson (Elected Parent Rep & Nga Purapura Rep)
  • Tim Fagden (Elected Parent Rep)
  • Stacey Hema (Staff Rep)
  • Phil Wainwright ( Acting Principal)

We need three more parents to join us, owing to board members leaving the island or finishing their term. 

The Board’s role is to support the principal and staff of Te Huruhi. Beyond teaching, a school is an entity that has a huge impact on the wider community. Property, the environment, landscaping, roading issues, meetings with benefactors, decisions on the school calendar, and running a budget, are just a few of the other moving parts that are involved with the smooth running of a school.

Being on the School Board means coming to monthly meetings on a Wednesday, from 6.30-8.30pm and talking through all the current  issues that are associated with the school*. Decisions about the day to day teaching, setting the curriculum, and managing the teaching team is not part of the job. As a group we do make big calls though on lots of other things: what we want to aim for as a school, what our focus is, how we communicate with parents, what the playgrounds look like, what areas get funded and which don’t, what grants to apply for, what initiatives get implemented and which aren’t a priority.

The Board role is genuinely fulfilling. If you have been thinking about giving back to the community and your school, then this is for you! There is heaps of change continuing into 2021 with the further development of the grounds and with different leadership at the school. 

Our school uses a staggered election model where we have parent elections every 18 months to elect two or three parent reps for either an 18 month or a three year term. In December we held the ‘mid-term election’ to elect more board members. Unfortunately we didn’t get any nominees within the specific alloted MOE time line – so we are running again now everyone has firmly put 2020 behind them.

If you are interested in running or want to know more, please feel free to contact myself, or Phil.

Ngā mihi nui

Emma Bolser

[email protected]

*Amazing biscuits always provided. And sometimes strawberries.

Te Huruhi School Picnic

Please join us this Thursday 18th March from 4.30pm in the school grounds for the first ever Te Huruhi Welcome School Picnic. Bring a blanket or bean bags to sit on and some spare coins for the sausage sizzle, drinks and to go on the bouncy slide! Looking forward to having all our Te Huruhi Whanau there and we will have performances from some of our talented musicians. Any questions or if you would like to help run a stall please contact Amanda on [email protected] 


Cars in the morning

We thank you for the caring nature so many of you display when dropping off your children in the mornings. We love connecting with you to find out about your children’s learning and time at school too. 

We know the arrangements for parking are not ideal.  Just to remind you- if you are coming to our school whilst children are present, please use the bus turning circle and then enter the car park. 


Great news about the crossing- Yay!  We are positive that AT will be moving the Kea crossing this year.  It is likely to be in the second half of 2021.  Thank you to our Board of Trustees, the local Community Board, especially Bob Upchurch as well as other persuasive people who have helped.

In the meantime, please protect yourselves and your children by being safe- Alex is still operating the existing crossing. We ask you to drop-off only in the morning- in the bus lanes. 

Please be mindful that if you park on the dashed yellow lines you run the risk of getting a ticket!  


Nigel Latta

Nigel Latta

The Waiheke Schools Community of Learning have the pleasure to present: 

A Parents’ Evening with Nigel Latta  16th March 7 – 8.30 pm  

If you have never heard Nigel Latta speak you really should!  And even if you have, he is simply amazing (and very funny) at sharing his worldly knowledge and practical advice around children as they grow.  Tickets are still available for Tuesday 16th evening at the High School, so come and get yours from our school office.  


Hats on heads

Even on cloudy/ rainy days, sunburn is a concern.  We simply want to make children safe by ensuring they wear their hats. This is in our health and safety policy and therefore wide brimmed hats are expected to be worn in Terms 1 and 4. Please look after your child by encouraging this. You can purchase one from the school office for $20.00. Please contact me if there are financial concerns so we can try and help.

At Te Huruhi we follow the Sunsmart advice:

“The Cancer Society of New Zealand (CSNZ) recommends all students and staff wear hats that provide good shade to the face, back of the neck and ears when outdoors.

Common sites of skin damage and skin cancer are the neck, ears, temples, lips, face and nose. These areas are constantly exposed to the elements are therefore, generally receive more UVR than other parts of the body.”


Which type of hat?

Baseball caps and sun visors are NOT recommended as they leave the ears and back of the neck exposed. 


Broad/ wide Brimmed Hat

Broad brimmed hats should have a brim at least 7.5cm wide. A broad brimmed hat that provides good shade can considerably reduce UVR exposure to the face.

Bucket Hat

Bucket or surfie style hats must have a deep crown and sit low on the head. The angled brim should be at least 6 cm to provide the face, neck and ears with plenty of protection from the sun. Please note that brims need to be measured from the rim on the inside of the hat.

Legionnaire Style Hat

Legionnaire style hats should have a flap that covers the neck and meets the sides of the front peak to provide protection to the side of the face.


Now that’s a lot of information- but we just needed to communicate it all with you.  

We have had a magical start to the week with beautiful weather on a stunning island in a fabulous school with our amazing tamariki and Kaiako.  

Please remember that Easter weekend is from Friday 2nd April to Tuesday 6th April. We will see you on Tuesday 7th.

We look forward to meeting and greeting you all on Thursday- it’s your school.  

Be proud of it and be a part of it.


Ngā mihi nui


Phil Wainwright