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This week's welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I really hope you all had a lovely holiday break. It’s great to have everyone back at school and to be planning for a ‘normal’ term. Mark Benbow (Property Manager) is very excited to be able to use the outdoor hose again and all sorts of things will be able to be cleaned and freshened up!

It was great to see so many of you back onsite yesterday afternoon to pick up your children and I know they would have been excited to show you their classrooms again. 

Property News

Over the holiday break the work began to install heat pumps in every classroom. This is going to make a huge difference in the summer months when many of our rooms become like ovens. Work has finished to stop water leaking into the back wall of the hall and through the toilet roof flashings. The next stage will be to fix up the internal walls and ceilings and this should happen in the summer holidays or before.

The quotes are in to construct a new, large meeting room in the foyer and an extra office space inside the Admin area. As the school and staff has grown, we have found ourselves more and more pushed for meeting space (especially larger groups) and we have often felt that the large foyer area is under-utilised. 

The tender process is underway for our big outdoor improvement project. We’re still on track to get the work done during the summer holidays and it will make a massive improvement to using our amphitheatre for play and learning.

Thanks for all your cheerful greetings in the mornings and afternoons, it’s lovely to pass the time of day with you and stay in touch. 

Sue Smith


Diary Dates

Thursday 15th Oct 9.30am - NZ Shakeout Day
Friday 16th October - Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday 21st October 6pm - Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday 22nd October 7-8pm - Cybersafety & Digital Health evening

Thank You

Daffodil Day - Cancer Society

Thank you for your support for Daffodil Day 2020. The $634.70 Upper Harbour Primary School raised will go a long way to support Kiwis affected by cancer.


Wear a pink top at school this Friday 16th October and donate a gold coin.

By celebrating Pink Shirt Day and raising money to support the kaupapa, our school will be part of a powerful movement to spread aroha and kindness and end bullying.

If you would like to buy an official Pink T-shirt, you can get them at Cotton On

Please click here to buy/renew
your membership today


Touch Rugby

Years 3-6 only
Upper Harbour School is looking for more children to play Touch Rugby on Monday afternoons starting on 2nd November. If you are interested or have more questions please email before Friday 16th of October.
Good luck to the Senior Jump Jam Team who will be competing at Torbay Primary School this Sunday 18th October. Best wishes to Mrs Purdie and the team!
Best of luck to our Netball, Basketball and Hockey teams who get to restart their respective seasons in the coming weeks.

School Events

Chess Power

Playing chess develops self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills. We are really pleased to have started a Chess Coaching Programme at our school and you can still join.

Why Chess?

* Improve concentration and focus
* Develop important life skills – fair play and decision making
* Tactical & Strategic thinking
* Prepare for Chess Tournaments against other schools
* Develop a love of chess, of learning and of thinking

Q Where can I learn more? 
A Visit our website, and click Parents Centre

This is an 8-week chess coaching program running on Tuesdays from 13 October 2020 till 8 December 2020 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. 
The fee will be $100/student for the term.

If the program is successful a new full 10-week program will be made available for Term 1.

If your child would like to be part of this please visit our website. Both registration and payment can be done online.

Guitar Lessons

We have a new guitar teacher who will continue MusiqHub lessons at UHPS on Thursdays.

Paul Barry has been passionate about music since he can remember. His first musical love was the drums and he was inspired from an early age by Keith Moon, Neil Peart and Animal from the Muppets. Never one to focus on just one thing, Paul also began to teach himself guitar and bass.
Paul has toured several countries with various groups and his music has been featured in commercials, TV and film.
Since early 2013 Paul can be found in his adopted home of Auckland, where he is actively gigging, teaching and doing sessions and workshops.

For more information please contact Paul at, phone 022 198 0044 or the Musiqhub Website:  

We'd like to thank Phil Moore for his wonderful tuition over the past years and wish him well for the future.
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. 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

Community Events/Notice

Dealing with Stress and Uncertainty
Tuesday 10th November 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Westlake Boys High School
Early bird tickets are on sale now: $25 + fees (a saving of 10% off the standard ticket price)
More information can be found here:

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

15th October - 9.30am
NZ Shakeout day

16th October
Pink Shirt Day - Gold coin donation

21st October 6pm
Board of Trustees meeting
UHPS Staff Room

22nd October 7-8pm
Cybersafety & Digital Health evening

23rd October
Teacher Only Day - No school

17th December
End of Term 4

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


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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.

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