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This week's welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

What a crazy year this is! The last time I wrote to you for the newsletter we were happily enjoying life at Level 1 and expecting to welcome you onsite for all sorts of celebrations and occasions. Suddenly we were back to Level 3 and online learning. I want to make the most of this opportunity to do a huge ‘shout out’ to our staff. Within a very short space of time they had pivoted back to providing activities and resources for home learning and were carefully monitoring each child’s involvement and wellbeing. 

I’d also like to acknowledge how difficult it might have been for many of your families. I’ve spoken to so many people who said it was far harder to stay motivated through this recent lockdown. Later in this newsletter I am including some information sent to us by the MOE to support young people’s wellbeing. Please take a look as there is a wide variety of resources.

It has been really pleasing to see our attendance numbers climb back towards normal levels this week, as last week we had well over a hundred children being kept home. Teachers find it very difficult to run their day to day learning programmes when so many are away and children miss out on so much.

Take care everyone and stay well,

Sue Smith


School Trips

COVID has been playing havoc with school trips and many have either been cancelled or postponed. However, we are going ahead where possible.

Please note that trips organised during school time are designed to extend and enrich the curriculum. They are not optional activities and children are expected to go. We send home permission slips for health and safety reasons.

Costings (including bus hire) for these trips are worked out based on all children going and the school takes a financial hit if numbers are reduced. If your family will find it difficult to pay your child’s contribution, please contact either their teacher or Sue Smith, as we can arrange deferral or assistance.

Mental wellbeing support for young people

There is a large range of self-help tools and other support available for young people


Youthline – Call 0800 376 633, text 234, email or webchat (7-11pm daily) for young people and their parents, whānau and friends.
Rainbow Youth – Call (09) 376 4155 (11am-5pm weekdays) or webchat (3-5 weekdays) for peer support for youth in the rainbow community, their friends and whānau.
What's Up – Call 0800 942 8787 (0800 WHATSUP) or webchat to talk about anything with trained counsellors. Call: Monday to Friday 12-11pm, Sat & Sun 3-11pm. Webchat: Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat & Sun 3-10pm.
Kidsline – Call 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) for young people up to 18 years old - 4-9pm weekdays.
The Lowdown – Call 0800 111 757, text 5626, email or webchat to get support for young people experiencing depression or anxiety.

Self-help tools and information:

Aroha is a chatbot that provides practical, evidence-based tools to manage stress, maintain social connection and stay active.
Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem.
Melon Health has a kete of resources to support teenagers’ emotional wellbeing. There are videos, downloadable worksheets and a ‘First steps to managing anxiety’ mini-course.
Mental Wealth has resources where you can learn more about mental health.
SPARX is an online self-help tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety in an interactive game-world.
The Lowdown has some great resources about recognising and understanding depression and anxiety.

The Ministry of Health has brought together a list of tools to support mental wellbeing and places to go to get help.

Do you have any school reading books at home?

We are missing a large number of the little books that children take home to read with parents. Maybe you have some at your home? Please have a look and send them back to us as soon as possible :)

Diary dates

23rd August
Board of Trustees Meeting
6:00 pm
UHPS Staffroom
(Dependent on Covid level status)

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.


This week your child should have received the latest issue of the Scholastic Book Club. There are loads of awesome books in this issue, including 126 titles that are $10 and under!!
If you are able to, please place your order via the Loop website:
Orders placed by 11th September will be delivered to school and distributed to your child’s classroom. Orders received after this date will be couriered to your home address for a small delivery fee.
Please click for information about our
Out of Zone Ballot
Please click here to buy/renew
your membership today


Touch Rugby

If you are interested in playing touch rugby in
Term 4 please click the link below to find out more information.

Touch Rugby

Registrations close on the 24th September.

If you have any questions please email me on

School Events

Guitar Lessons - Musiqhub

Hi, my name is Phil Moore. I've been teaching guitar to students at five primary schools on the North Shore since 2012. I teach a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques at UHPS during the day on Thursdays. The lessons are a lot of fun and ideal for beginners. For an example of the material I teach and to see some of my students in action please look at my YouTube channel.
For more information please contact me at, phone 021761441 or the Musiqhub Website:  


Music lessons to fit your schedule

Upper Harbour Primary School and the Music Education Centre have teamed up to make it easier than ever to give your child the wonderful benefits of a musical education. We teach piano and drum lessons at UHPS during school time to help work music into your weekly schedule.
Music lessons support a child’s education, helping them to be happier, healthier and smarter, all while having FUN!
Call us on 0800 89 39 39, send an email to, or visit to speak to one of our experts and see if music lessons are right for your family.

After School

Brain Play coding, robotics, and 3d printing classes

After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Holidays on sale now! Free trials available. Ages 5+. Email us for more information on or see

Community Events/Notice

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

23rd September
Board of Trustees Meeting
6:00 pm
UHPS Staffroom

Every Thursday
Pita Pit
Order by 9am Thursday

Every Wednesday and Friday
Sushi Lunch
Order by 8.45am on delivery day

Place your order at


It is great to see how many of our school community are already using our school App.  If you have not already installed the App, why not do it today.  

The App gives you quick access to many of our communications, it’s also a quick and easy way to report an absence, and we can alert you to upcoming events.    

In the event of an Emergency at school the App will be one of our ways of keeping in contact with you.

To install the App visit the App store on your Apple or Android device and search Upper Harbour Primary School.  

You can request access then we will email you a link to follow to create your own password. proudly supported and used by your school to help parents, whanau and caregivers find local, relevant and trusted service providers ready to help and support children and young people in the areas of...
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