The latest news from Upper Harbour Primary School
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This week's welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Wow, we’re nearly half way through our last term. I don’t know about you, but time and months and memories just seem a total jumble this year to me. We’re busy making every day count right now and packing in as much learning and as many great experiences as we can. 

Staff news

We have two lovely new LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) who have started with us this week. 

Krista Fortzer-Bezar is an AUT graduate who comes to us from the Wilson Centre special school and has a passion for working with learners with diverse needs. 

Lynette Petry is known to many of us as her twin daughters Jade and Tyler were part of our UHPS whanau.  Lynette was an active part of our community as a school parent and is looking forward to joining the LSA team.

In 2021 we will also welcome two new teachers to our staff. Karen Seth currently teaches at Pinehill School and brings a wealth of experience. Jackie Van Erven has recently completed her teacher training and is excited to be joining the team.

Some lovely feedback

This email arrived in my inbox last week and brought a big smile. 

"Nothing too major but I just wanted to let you know that while making afternoon tea yesterday, there were a group of kids in the hall practicing for athletics. The kids in the hall were super amazing. I could hear them cheering their peers on. Things like ''good try'' ''try again'' ''I think you can do it next time'' & ''you were so close''. It really was amazing to hear I thought I'd just let you know (I'm sure you already know this) how amazing & awesome Upper Harbour kids are. Not one kid laughing at failed attempts or making fun of each other." Leanie Thompsett

Stay well everyone,

Sue Smith


Diary Dates


Board of Trustees meeting - Wednesday 18th November

School Disco - Friday 11th December

Year 6 Graduation Assembly - Wednesday 16th December 11.00am - 12.30pm

Term 4 ends - Thursday 17th December
1.30pm finish - school bus will run at 1.30pm

2021 - Term 1

Family Open Day - Thursday 4th February
First full day of instruction - Friday 5th February
Waitangi Day Public Holiday (observed)
No school - Monday 8th February

Easter break - Friday 2nd April - Tuesday 6th April (back to school Wednesday 7th April)

Term 1 ends - Thursday 15th April
Teacher Only Day (no school) - Friday 16th April

2021 Terms 2, 3 & 4 dates to be advised

Thank You

We would like to thank Amy and Claire Van Zyl, William Turner, Vincent Joy, Tanisha Sivaskanthan and Zane Hart who have kindly donated new books to our school library. It is very important for our young readers to have access to a selection of books to help them learn through reading. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We accept donations of both new and pre-loved books. Just drop them off to the office, making sure to include your name.


Book returns

It is coming up to that busy time of year again where the school will be completing a stocktake of all the books in our school library and the school readers/novels we hold in the Resource Room.
Could you please ensure that all library books are returned by Friday 20th November and all readers are returned to the school by Friday 27th November.
Please check at home in cupboards and under beds where these books sometimes get forgotten about! Thank you.

Parent Help Needed!

Library Stocktake

If you have a couple of hours spare to help with the library stocktake please contact Paula Webster   The times and dates below are when helpers are needed:

Monday 23rd November: 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 24th November:  8.30am - 10.30am
                                          11.00am - 1.00pm
                                            1.30pm - 3.00pm


Resource Room Stocktake

If you are free to help out with the resource room stocktake on Tuesday 1st December, even just for an hour, that would be greatly appreciated. Please go to the school office to sign in on the day and they will point you in the right direction.

Thank you!

School Bus

Do your children ride home on the bus in the afternoon? Did you know that we check our list every single day? If your child’s name is on the bus list, we won’t let the bus go without them.
Sometimes, we have to track down students who are on the list but don’t turn up at 3pm. This means that 50+ children are waiting on the bus while we phone parents to check if they have changed plans. This delay can lead to parents waiting at the bus stop or at home wondering why the children are so late.

So, if your child is on the list, but for any reason, is not riding the bus one day, PLEASE call the school office before 2.30 pm with any changes so we have time to let your child know before the end of the school day.  This will help us get the bus moving as soon after 3pm as possible.
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Athletics Events

Our Year 3-6 Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 18 November from 9.30 am - 2.15pm at Wainoni Park in Greenhithe. In the event of bad weather, the save day will be Monday 23 November.

Our Year 0-2 Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 25 November here onsite.

You are welcome to come and support your child throughout the day. If you are available to help us at this event, please ensure you have completed this section on the permission slip. You will be contacted by your class teacher if your assistance is required. Please note that if assisting with events you may not be able to watch your own child compete throughout the day.

Events like this cannot be run without your support and we appreciate you taking the time and effort to support all students.

School Events

Book Week 2020 - Week 6: 16 - 20 November
Click the image for more information.

Character Parade (Dress-up): Thurs 19 November, 9.15am in the amphitheatre.
You are invited to watch the parade.
Save the date!
More info to follow soon

Guitar lessons

Paul Barry teaches guitar at UHPS on Thursdays.

Paul 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:  

Piano and Drum lessons

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.

Community Events/Notice

We are working with local vet clinics to offer free cat spaying, neutering and microchipping for owners throughout Auckland, who hold either a Community Services Card (CSC) or Gold Card.
For those owners who do not hold either of these, $45 desexing vouchers are available to purchase. 
Register online at

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

18th November 6pm
Board of Trustees meeting
UHPS Staff Room

11th December
School Disco

16th December 11am
Year 6 Graduation Assembly

17th December
End of Term 4

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

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