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.
Kia Ora to the Hikuai School community
Well, term three has started and we’re straight back into the swing of things. An added bonus for Room’s three and four this term is that to assist them with their learning they have brand new Ipads! (Check out the pics of room 3 using them). I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Pub Charity for providing us with a wonderful donation which helped us achieve this ICT goal for our children. It’s also important that on behalf of the community I thank the Hikuai School BOT and both past and present EXPO organisers for having the vision to make this learning opportunity become a reality for our wonderful children. Many thanks, all round!
This term we have a significant event coming up, one which both the kids and the staff look forward too. SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY! We have not had too much luck over the first 2 weeks of school to get out a train for this due to the weather, so we encourage pupils to get in as much practice they can at home. Again we will be visiting Claire and Andrew Dall’s property up the Puketui Valley and we thank them for giving the kids a very real experience of what cross country running is actually like. This really is a great event, especially the swamp running. So on behalf of the kids, I encourage as many parents as possible to come and watch this on the day.
This is a heads up for the return of an old initiative and the introduction of another in term 4.
In term four from weeks 2 through to 8 inclusive, we will see the return of electives one afternoon a week. This is where teachers and parents alike take small groups of our students and teach the kids some real world skills – sharing their expertise and passion with the children. In the past, we have had things such as, bush-craft, movie making, skateboarding, arts and craft, bike maintenance just to name a few. So if anyone in the community has a passion that they would like to share with the children just drop me a line and let me know and we’ll include you in the electives. A more formal request for parent support for this initiative will come from the office in a week or two but do keep it in mind.
- School Sports Teams (Years 3 – 8)
This year, starting term four, all children from Year 3 up will be learning the skills of one of three major sporting codes in New Zealand (Soccer, Rugby, and Netball). Every Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 each team will go out and learn the rules and skills of the game. It will also be an opportunity for the kids to learn the importance of working as a team and the values they need to use to be a functioning member of a team. This initiative will also offer our experienced players an opportunity to take leadership roles and pass on valuable knowledge and experiences to younger players. It also means that when winter comes around we will have teams that can compete in Kiwi-sport tournaments (they’ll also be well prepped for HOT winter sports too.)
Noho Ora mai
Hikuai School Principal – Tu Ake Tu Kaha
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.
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 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.
Seventh 2016 Totara Students - Sophie
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...SOPHIE. 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
2016 Term 3 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.
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.
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.