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This Week's Welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This is our first newsletter since going into lockdown back in March and it’s so good to be getting back to a sort of normal. I’d like to start with some huge thank yous and shout outs. 

To all the parents, caregivers and family members who heroically stepped up to be teachers, coaches and mentors while your children did their learning online at home. You probably worried that, whatever you did, it wasn’t enough. Well, it was. It was more than enough and the most powerful message your children received was that you care about them and you care about learning. Thank you.

To the staff at UHPS, who used every scrap of time available - right through the ‘holidays’ - to prepare themselves and our online learning platforms, you are amazing. Andrew, Julia, teachers, leaders, support staff, office staff, everyone in their own way. You poured yourselves out, taking on new and challenging ways of doing things and went to all sorts of lengths to make sure that every child stayed connected and motivated. You built the plane while it was flying, ‘zoomed’ everywhere and even managed some impressive aerobatics along the way!

Thanks to all those who have told me how much they’re enjoying the Values Assembly videos and getting to know ‘Spitty the Spitfire’. I’ve come to realise the value of sharing these messages with families beyond the school gate. You’ve become more familiar with our Vision, Values and What it Takes and I’ll keep it up as we go forward.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back Alannah Watson (nee Jury). Alannah has stepped in to teach Room 3, as Elise Carlson is still stuck in Melbourne. Alannah and her husband have spent the past year living on the West Coast of the USA and were glad to make it home before lockdown.

I’ll finish off with another thank you. Thank you all for your patience and support whilst not being allowed on the school site. I must say that the children seem to have taken it in their stride and even the most tentative ones are now confidently trotting off to class in the mornings. Whatever messages you’re giving them at home are working and you’re doing a great job. As the winter weather starts to set in, the traffic jams may get a bit worse, so please be mindful of the local residents and don’t enter the roundabout unless it’s clear to exit.

Have a lovely long weekend and enjoy some well-earned rest.

Ngā mihi,

Sue Smith

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Our online Values Assemblies have been really well received with The Adventures of Spitty the Spitfire. Much to the children's delight Mrs Smith brought her in for a visit this week.

Rachel created this fabulous piece of artwork in her very first week at school.

Outside Organisations

Do you want to gain new friends, grow your leadership skills and make a difference to a young girl?

GirlGuiding New Zealand is looking for new volunteers to help run amazing Guiding programmes in Greenhithe. If you want to give a few hours of your time to help a young woman gain confidence and learn some life skills, visit us at or email Jenny on to chat about the different options available.



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Coming Events

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1st June
Queen's Birthday
Public holiday - no school

2nd July
Last day of term
Finish at 3pm

3rd July
Teacher only day

20th July
First day of term 3


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