From the Principal’s Desk Term 1 Week 2

Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome back everyone to the start of a new year. I trust everyone has had a very relaxing holiday season. Personally we had a really nice week in the Coromandel. Typically I am always out-fished by my wife, but this year I caught a bigger snapper than her so life is good!

We have had a very positive first few days of school with staff and children refreshed and ready to go. On the staffing front we welcome Miss Emma Boyd to Room 6. Emma has made a very positive start to HNPS. We also welcome a large contingent of new children. Welcome to Star Absolum, Jenna Allison, Eriez Bellamy, Faith and Ben Bicknell, Benjamin Biddles-Brown, Ava Brittain-Cain, Emily Cannon, Libby Cantlon, Indi and Jack Christie, Samuel De Balda, Luca Di Meo-Smith, Joseph Dresser, Laughton Fisher, Danny-Lee and Nastacia Gaylard, Olaf Hansen, Penelope and Tilly Harper, Charlie Hill, Charlie and Toby Kilduff, Emma Mill, Oliver Millar, Aiden Munn, Autumn Ngerengere, Ryan Paterson, Amelia Ridley, Sophie Rimmer, Bianca and Konna Schnell-Wilhelm, Alex and Grace Stuttle, Olivia Tangohau, Adam Unger, Beau and Etta Waldin, George Wallace, Rose Wang, Rafe Wildey-MaGarvey, Lily Wilson, Marie and Marlen Wolsdorf.  We hope you are enjoying your start at Havelock North Primary.

The weather at the moment is a real challenge with the heat. We only have six classrooms with air-conditioning at HNPS and the Board of Trustees are monitoring this closely at present. Typically the Ministry of Education do not support “cooling” in the classrooms, but they need to understand life in the Wellington based classroom is very different to that of the Hawke’s Bay.

The term is shaping up to be a very busy one. We expect work on the carpark to start in the coming weeks and the new classrooms are on schedule to be completed by the start of Term 3. We will keep you posted with further details as they come to hand.

The Family Picnic is scheduled for tomorrow. We will make a call by 4pm tomorrow should the weather be marginal. Unfortunately teaching staff are involved in a Professional Development session with Writing guru Gail Loane on Thursday evening and next week we have “Meet the Teacher” nights so any postponement date will be reviewed in due course.

Have a great week everyone.



Nick Reed