The Principal Difference

Welcome to Hikuai School! 

We serve the educational needs of the greater Pauanui and Tairua area and have been doing so for over 100 years!  A free school bus operates from Pauanui.  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.

Good afternoon to the Hikuai School community.

 

Our TOTARA Values

Our Totara Values are exceptionally important to our school both students, staff and parents - they are the foundation of what makes us “good people”.   It has been inspiring for both the children and staff to see our parents actively using our values in and around the school, particularly the values of awareness and ambitiousness. As a result we now have a playhub that kids of all ages can enjoy and an environment that continues to grow more appealing each day. Our kids have always been busy and well behaved at lunchtime and morning tea but last week I really noticed how much more our children were interacting with their new environment - there was a real happy and busy vibe among the children, perhaps more so than usual and this too was noted and commented on by both duty teachers. So to all our parent body I would like to say thank you for leading by example and using our values to create something truly great!

 

Your Friendly Local Principal on Twitter

Great schools act as nurturing centers that foster creative development and as such there can no longer be an ‘opt out’ clause when dealing with technology in any of our schools, especially from our principals. With that in mind I now enter the twittersphere! My handle is Hikuai Principal@HikuaiPrincipal. Come and join me as I offer insights into our little school with a big heart, and share my thoughts on other interesting tidbits about the education of our wonderful young children.

 

SKILLS Sessions Begin

Last week our children from Years 3 and up  decided what sport they wanted to learn for the next 3 terms - either soccer, rugby or netball and we’re happy to announce that as of week 4 they will begin every Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:30am. Keeping in mind that SKILLS stands for Sportsmanship, Knowledge, Integrity, Leadership and Loyalty Sessions the focus isn't just about the sport but also about the children learning and using the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum.  

 

We are very lucky to have the expertise of 2 of our parents to help guide our netballers, Mr Stodart will lead the Soccer and I will lead the Rugby. Project Energize helpers will come in from time to time  to assist across all sports with WaiBop Soccer and Waikato Rugby Union offering their services throughout the programme.

 

TASTE Postponement/Adaption

This term is exceptionally busy and we were to see the return of TASTE (talented adults sharing their experiences)  sessions on 4 of the remaining Wednesday afternoons. However due to a number of unforeseen and unfortunately unavoidable occurrences such as the senior school transition event now being on one of those Wednesdays and a talented adult becoming unavailable (this term only) we have decided that to do the sessions justice we will postpone the start of TASTE until Term 1 2017.  

 

This too will hopefully give you (that’s mum, dad, grandma, grandad, aunty and uncle too), the talented adults in our community, the opportunity to volunteer some time and share a skill with our youngsters. As a school we value the knowledge that is out there in our community so please do consider helping out our young ones by sharing what you know.

 

Facets of the programmes the teachers were going to instruct on will be adapted into the weekly schedule of the time remaining but we look forward to getting into TASTE session fully in Term  1.

 

Noho Ora Mai

Jared Stein

 



New Tairua to Hikuai School Bus Service

Free School Bus Service ... As of Term One 2017 Hikuai School will operate a free bus service for children from the Tairua area direct to Hikuai School. To find out more information about this new bus service and our school, please contact Hikuai School Principal Jared Stein on 864-7818 or email jared@hikuai.school.nz



The New School Van!

Hikuai School is proud to announce the purchase of a new school mini-van. The 12-seater van means we now have greater flexibility when it comes to transporting groups of students to the wide range of events around the Coromandel district and beyond that they attend. A great example of this occurred on Tuesday when the senior class attended the ‘Festival of the Arts’ at Hauraki Plains College in Ngatea. The van got the seal of approval from the kids!



2016 Prize Giving

Hikuai School Prize Giving, Monday 19th December,  6:30pm at Hikuai School. To beheld underneath the shade cloth if fine or in the MP Room if a chance of rain.



2016 Hikuai School Charter

The Hikuai School Charter is a powerful document which sets out the goals and aims of the school. Please take a moment to download and browse this document and read about the high expectations and goals that we are setting for ourselves over the next two to three years. 



Eleventh 2016 Totara Students - Logan

Every day 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 in this three week leaf period it has been awarded to...LOGAN. 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:

  • Trustworthy
  • Organized
  • Thoughtful
  • Ambitious
  • Respectful & resilient
  • Aware



2016 Hikuai School Prospectus

Hikuai School continues to provide the children of Pauanui, Hikuai and Tairua with exemplary education. Make Hikuai School your first choice for your child. Please take the time to download and browse through our 2016 prospectus and come and visit us at your convenience. 



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.



NZ Essential Spelling Lists

Please find attached the NZ Essential Spelling Lists which will be the document from which all our students will be tested from at the start of term 3. Please note that this is Lists 1-8 and 9 and 10.



2016 Term 4 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.



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.

http://www.parentteachercalendar.co.nz/

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  jared@hikuai.school.nz 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.

Kind regards



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.

 

Kind regards

Jared Stein



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! Join us on Facebook too!

https://www.facebook.com/hikuaischool

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. 

Join us on Facebook too!

https://www.facebook.com/hikuaischool

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. 



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



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.



LATEST
2016 Prize Giving

Hikuai School Prize Giving, Monday 19th December,  6:30pm at Hikuai School. To beheld underneath the shade cloth if fine or in the MP Room if a chance of rain.



2017 Classroom Stationery

Please follow the following link to order classroom stationery for 2017.

https://www.myschool.co.nz/hikuai



New Tairua to Hikuai School Bus Service

Free School Bus Service ... As of Term One 2017 Hikuai School will operate a free bus service for children from the Tairua area direct to Hikuai School. To find out more information about this new bus service and our school, please contact Hikuai School Principal Jared Stein on 864-7818 or email jared@hikuai.school.nz



The New School Van!

Hikuai School is proud to announce the purchase of a new school mini-van. The 12-seater van means we now have greater flexibility when it comes to transporting groups of students to the wide range of events around the Coromandel district and beyond that they attend. A great example of this occurred on Tuesday when the senior class attended the ‘Festival of the Arts’ at Hauraki Plains College in Ngatea. The van got the seal of approval from the kids!



NZ Essential Spelling Lists

Please find attached the NZ Essential Spelling Lists which will be the document from which all our students will be tested from at the start of term 3. Please note that this is Lists 1-8 and 9 and 10.



Pauanui Post

We like to help those that take an interest in our school and its' students, so for the latest edition of the Pauanui Post just click the link!



2016 Hikuai School Charter

The Hikuai School Charter is a powerful document which sets out the goals and aims of the school. Please take a moment to download and browse this document and read about the high expectations and goals that we are setting for ourselves over the next two to three years. 



2016 Hikuai School Prospectus

Hikuai School continues to provide the children of Pauanui, Hikuai and Tairua with exemplary education. Make Hikuai School your first choice for your child. Please take the time to download and browse through our 2016 prospectus and come and visit us at your convenience. 



2016 Term 4 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.



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. 



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.



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.