The Principal Difference
Welcome to Hikuai School!
We serve the educational needs of the greater Pauanui and Tairau area and have been doing so for over 100 years! We are the proud recipients of an exceptional 2015 ERO report and have the success of our children firmly at the centre of all learning. Please read my latest korero to the community by clicking on the picture.
A big welcome back to all our students! Parents, although I’m sure you have enjoyed a great summer with your children, the staff here at Hikuai are ready to open their classrooms to get the learning going in those active minds of our great kids.
To begin with, we have a few things of importance that you need to know.
- Our annual welcome back evening BBQ will be held on Tuesday the 16th of February. This will obviously be weather dependant, so we hope the long hot summer continues.
- We are introducing Classdojo across the school. This is a way you can have real insight into your children’s work, their habits, their challenges and their successes in the class on a nearly daily basis. No longer will you hear the word “nothing” in reply to the question “What did you do today at school?” because Classdojo will tell you. Parents, it is important that you all register to the site when you receive the invite from your child’s class teacher.
- If you have a smartphone, be it android or iPhone, please ensure you have the “Parent and Teacher Calendar App” downloaded on to it. This app is kept up to date with all school events.
- We are going to trial something a little different this term in regard to our school newsletters and assemblies. With the multiple ways that we are now keeping in touch with you, it is important that newsletters and assemblies remain relevant to our school, so we have decided to publish three newsletters a term and have three assemblies. Newsletters will be published on the 12th of Feb, 4th and the 24th of March while assemblies will be held on the 26th of Feb, 11th of March, and 1st of April. I will be asking for feedback to see how you feel this works for you before we make a decision to continue with the three-week rotation or revert back to fortnightly assemblies and newsletters. It’s important to try to new things to see what suits best for everyone.
- Please save a date in your diary for our school swimming sports. That’s the Monday the 22nd of February. It’s really inspiring for the kids to perform in front of you, so the more of you who can make it, the better for our wonderful children. Selected swimmers from our sports will attend the WHOT swimming sports on the following Wednesday (the 24th).
That’s about it for me at the moment suffice to say we look forward to seeing you, and also keeping you up to date with what’s going in class with Classdojo! Don’t forget to get your parent account.
Noho ora mai
Hikuai School Teaching Principal
2016 School Terms for Hikuai School
Please click on the image to veiw the 2016 term dates.
Term 1: Wednesday 3rd February - Friday 15th April
Term 2: Monday 2nd of May - Friday 8th July
Term 3: Monday 25th July - Friday 23rd September
Term 4: Monday 10th October -Tuesday 20th December
Back to School BBQ Evening, 16 Feb
Hi to all parents and caregivers.
We are pleased to announce that our annual start of the year get-together BBQ will be held on Tuesday the 16th of February here at Hikuai School outside the MP room.
Both the staff and children look forward to this opportunity very much as it gives them a chance to show off their new classrooms and it provides you, the parent, with a valuable opportunity to talk to the classroom teacher about the year ahead for your child or children.
With that in mind, the staff and children would like to see as many families attend this event as possible, so we ask you to keep this date free and come and join us from 5:30 pm onwards on the 16th of February.
The school BBQ will be up and running for you to use if you want to cook anything. So bring your summer salads, a drink and come and join us!
The evening will run as below:
5:30 pm – Gather and welcome from Mr Stein.
5:30– 6:30 pm – BBQ, eat and share time together.
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Visit the classrooms your children are in. Listen to what’s happening, ask questions, and take a look around.
7:00 pm Finish eating and home-time.
from all the staff at Hikuai School.
2016 Room 5 Pinnacles Summit
And so the tradition continues! Room 5 will be summiting the Pinnacles on Monday the 29th of February and staying the night at the DoC hut to return on March the 1st. This is an important part of the seniors' rite of passage through HIkuai School. Reaching the top reflects the importance of our mission statement "Striving towards my Pinnacle" in the daily lives of all our students as they strive for success.
2016 Term 1 School Leaders
We would like to welcome Sophie and Liam (2 of our superb year 8's) to the position of School Leaders for our first term. School leadership is taken very seriously here at Hikuai and these two fine examples of students will be the face of our school throughout the community.
Ordering Stationery for 2016
We’ve found that clicking on the link above is the easiest way for you to purchase your child’s stationery requirements. Order for 2016 now and receive delivery directly to your door in January.
Buying through OfficeMax MySchool also earns Rewards for our school which we can redeem for much needed educational supplies, and equipment for our classrooms. Each class has it’s own stationery requirements listed for your convenience.
OfficeMax MySchool make Back to School easy for you with:
- Price Match Promise - find a lower price and OfficeMax will match it! Conditions apply, see myschool.co.nz for details.
- Free Delivery - for orders over $57.50. Plus you can choose delivery to your home or workplace, and receive your order during the holidays, straight to your door. See myschool.co.nz for delivery windows.
- Multiple ordering options - online at myschool.co.nz, freephone 0800 724 440, freefax 0800 367 724, or in an OfficeMax retail store (there are stores in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua, see the website for locations).
- Save valuable holiday time - avoid busy shopping malls and shop online from the comfort of your home.
- Quality product - your child will start the year with the correct supplies that will last.
- Payment options - choose to pay with your credit/debit card, secure internet banking or pay by cash in an OfficeMax retail store.
Creativity at Hikuai School
Please click the picture to have a look at some of the products of the beautiful imaginations at work daily at Hikuai School.
Last 2015 Totara Student - Noah
Each fortnight our students dedicate themselves to being TOTARA students. When theTOTARA values are displayed in the school grounds and during all school activities a student will receive a TOTARA leaf. This is a prestigious award and this fortnight has been awarded to...NOAH. Click the picture to read more about our TOTARA values and how they are used at school.
Each letter within the word Totara will be aligned with a principle or principles that we deem to be core as to who we are at Hikuai School. When a parent or guest walks into Hikuai School we want them to see these principles and values embedded in the actions, interactions, thoughts and conversations of students and staff alike. We want them to be able to see that at Hikuai School we don’t just pay lip service to these principles and values but we actually walk the walk and talk the talk.
With the above clearly in mind, the ‘Totara Student’ will be the student who has reflected these principles and values the most over the fortnight within their classroom and within the playground and will be rewarded for their dedication to our school and its values and principles.
The Totara Student is:
- Respectful & resilient
I use this newsletter to ensure the parent body are kept abreast of matters relating to the governance of the school. The school newsletter remains your key communication for day-to-day happenings and upcoming events. Regards, Mark
2016 School Newsletters
Please click the image to the left to find all our school newsletters for 2016.
The Guide to Good Choices at Hikuai School
Please find attached the Hikuai School Behaviour Management Guide. This illustrates the form that behaviour policy takes within the school.
The emphasis will always be on the positive, the good and the kind at Hikuai School and as you read on you will see the TOTARA STUDENT takes on a new and pivotal dimension in this regard. At the same time however, there must be clear guidelines for staff, students and parents if a child chooses not to adhere to or deviates from the behaviour expectations of a student at Hikuai and this document conveys the consequences and the actions taken if this is indeed the case.
Please take the time to read through the document and talk about it with your children. Staff will be working through the expectations and consequences at school with the students as well.
Like all good systems and procedures they will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are best serving the mission and vision of the school.
A Look At Who We Are
What follows are pictures that illustrate a small snippet of life here at Hikuai School. Our children and staff are active and friendly and we pride ourselves on embracing everyone who particiaptes in our school life in a true and warm family atmosphere.
Graduation Dinner 2015
The evening of the 14th of December saw the graduating class of 2015 meet with their families at Puka Park in Pauanui for their Graduation Dinner. It was a great evening as the kids spent one last time together. What a class! Click on the picture to view more pictures from the evenings event.
A Quick Look Around the School
Please feel free to have a look around our beautiful school. Simply click on the picture to the left and then choose an icon take a peek at our school and its environment. We'd love to see you here with us!
Parent And Teacher Calendar App
We are very happy to announce a new way to communicate with you! Please read below and then download the application onto your phone.
Kia Ora community
Shortly we will be welcoming the children back to school for what is going to be a very busy term three.
As a school we always have multiple goals in regard to the way we work and communicate. One of these goals is to align ourselves with digital technologies whilst another goal is to always be as efficient and precise with communication as we can.
With these two goals in mind I am extremely happy to announce the arrival of the “Hikuai School Parent and Teacher Calendar App”. This app contains the following:
- A calendar of all school events.
- An absentee function which allows you to email or phone the school directly
- A list of school contacts
- Information about the school
- A soon to be added maps showing the location of the school
I strongly urge you to download this app as the school calendar function in particular will be an important facet of communication from the school to the wider community and events will be added when they are finalized and/or confirmed.
(If you already have the app remember to refresh it regularly as we are always updating it with important school information)
You can download the app for
Android phones at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ptcalendarapp
iPhones at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ptcalendar/id772193965?mt=
With the app in place we will be eliminating school newsletters on even weeks (assembly weeks). The School newsletter will now be created by each class on a rotational basis and is designed to give you a more in-depth insight into events within that class but across the school also.
There is also a really good opportunity for businesses in the community to advertise on the app and the apps creator are very much committed to giving that opportunity to local businesses first to do so.
If you have any questions or run into any problems please email me at email@example.com and I will forward them onto the app manager for a quick and timely response.
Thanks for enjoying the digital technologies ride with us here at Hikuai and we look forward to other planned additions to our very own unique digital environment in the near future.
Latest ERO Report
ERO visited our school in term two of 2015. We are very proud of the report as it reflects just what good shape our school and it's learning environment is in. Please click on the image to the left to read the complete report in pdf format.
Well, our 2015 ERO report has been officially confirmed and is up for all to view on their site. Its contents fills me with a sense of gratitude and humbleness in the respect that I have the opportunity to work within a community that has made such a great report possible.
As a community we have every right to be extremely proud of what we continue to accomplish at our school. Our rock solid foundations have again been recognised and we can continue to spread the message to other community members and parents that we are the PINNACLE of primary school education here in the Coromandel.
A significant theme that came across to us and which is evident within the report is that we are in such good shape because we are extremely effective, reflective practitioners. In short, because we know where we have been on our journey, we continue to be able to identify where we are going, ensuring that areas of development are recognised through constant re-evaluation and reflection.
I would urge each of you to use this document as a means to promote our school to families you know who may be looking for a school in the area for their children to come to, or even to show it to others who have children at other schools in the wider district – perhaps it’s time they looked to a school where innovative teaching and learning practices are supported firmly by strong traditional values such as honesty and respect.
Again well done to us all. Thank you all, for standing tall and standing strong.
ICT Development 2016
At Hikuai School we offer every opportunity for our chillden to succeed. Part of this philosophy has seen the continued development of our ICT strategy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new laptops for our senior class. Click on the picture to see more images.
These will be ready for use when school returns in 2016. Our new storage and charging unit has arrived too and will keep our devices safe and sound.
Join us on Facebook too!
We have an amazing Hikuai School Facebook site as well. It has lots of news, updates and pictures too. Please feel free to click on the link above or copy it into your address bar and have a look at some more of the goings on at Hikuai School.
Hikuai School Services the Tairua Area
Click on the map to a see larger image of where Hikuai School is located in relation to Tairua.
Hikuai School has a long history with the good folk of Tairua with many residents alumni of Hikuai School. Tairua students continue to reap the benefits of a Hikaui School education.
Hikuai School Services the Pauanui Area
Click on the map to see a larger image of where Hikuai School is located in relation to Pauanui.
Hikuai School has a long and beneficial relationship with the Pauanui community and continues to provide the perfect learning environment for its children. A free school bus operates from Pauanui daily.