Tena koutou katoa,
The weather is a little chillier now but the children are so fortunate to still be able to spend most playtimes outside and we have been able to do our cross country practise regularly.
Don’t forget that Cross Country is on this Friday. Come along to support your child and I look forward to bumping into you.
I’d like to give a reminder about considerate carpark driving and behaviour. The Kiss and Drop area at the front entrance is not a parking area, even if you’re in the car. When other cars need to pull out to pass you, it makes everything far more dangerous for our children.
Teacher-Only Day next Friday 31st May. This date was set many months ago and it is unfortunate that we now have the strike during the same week. Teaching and Support Staff from all the schools in our Kahui Ako (Albany Senior, Albany Junior, Coatesville, RidgeView, Albany, Greenhithe and UHPS) will be gathering here at UHPS for a full conference day. Our Kapa Haka group will be showcasing their skills, as we welcome our manuhiri (visitors). If your child is in Kapa Haka, please ask them for the notice they’ve brought home today.
If you are in need of care for your child on this day, Kelly Club (out of school provider) at Albany Primary School will be open on Friday 31st May. Spaces may be limited and Bookings are essential - contact www.kellyclub.co.nz or any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strike Day next Wednesday 29th May. I want to thank you for the support you show our teachers. Striking is never an easy decision and it will cost us a day’s pay. However, schools and their staff are struggling. Around the country, children's learning is being impacted every day. The teacher shortage is affecting every school, including Upper Harbour. While it would once have been quite normal for us to receive up to fifty applications for a teaching position, we now get around three. This is exactly the same in schools across the country and particularly dire in main centres, where housing costs are high. Skilled, experienced teachers - the ones we really need to teach the increasing number of learners with additional needs - are burning out and desperately in need of more classroom support. We stretch our budget as far as we can here to provide this support and are so very grateful for our parent's donations, which supplement what we get from the Ministry.
As mentioned in the notice that was sent out, if organising care for your child is particularly difficult, you are most welcome to contact Sandra Wagg to arrange supervision at school with the non-union staff.
Next Monday 27th May at 1.45pm we are having the official opening of our Community Defibrillator. Our local MP, Paula Bennett will be joining us, as well as the defibrillator sponsors. Come along and help us celebrate this act of service for our community.