Wow, what a year this has been!
It has been full of challenges for our learners, staff and the wider school community, but it has been one in which we have shown resilience and determination.
As 2020 draws to a close we wanted to update you on some of the things that have been happening around the school.
The team has been working hard to finalise all the projects that have been funded by the Ministry of Education’s one-off special projects grant which was given to every school around the country this year. As many of you will have seen, the building of extra office space in the administration block is well underway and we will have new signage going up around the school in the new year. Our most exciting project is the total revamp of the amphitheatre which will create an amazing new play space for all our learners. This is due to be completed by mid-2021.
The safety of our students and families when travelling to and from school is of the utmost importance to us. When our school was first being planned and built, a Traffic Impact Assessment report was done on the basis that 50% of school traffic would travel towards Greenhithe when they connected Kyle Road East and West. Unfortunately, this road connection never happened, and we are now dealing with unprecedented levels of traffic around the school. In order to help address this, the school is currently lobbying Auckland Transport to provide us with an additional school bus, and on 10th December we presented Auckland Council our petition asking them to fund a footpath to run the entire length of Kyle Road. Hopefully we will see positive results from these efforts next year.
Sport is an important part of school life here at Upper Harbour as it helps our children to be connected, courageous and to develop and reflect our values. Our dedicated teachers who make up our ‘Sports Team’ have delivered some wonderful opportunities for all our students to participate in a range of different activities this year despite the difficulties that COVID created. We have seen our learners challenge themselves through a range of sports and activities this year including swimming, dancing, jump jam, cross country, gymnastics and most recently athletics. It has been wonderful to see them having fun and supporting each other.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Upper Harbour for the dedication and hard work they have shown in this particularly challenging year. Together they make our school a very special place for our learners.
Finally, we wish all our UHPS families a wonderful festive season and happy holidays. We are all looking forward to what 2021 brings.