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This week's welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

It’s all go here at school as we make our way to the end of the year. Today was supposed to have been the Junior Athletics but unfortunately we’ve had to postpone it to Friday because of the weather. Our Year 6 children are having their Positive Puberty sessions today, delivered by Nest Consulting. The parent session on Monday was well-received and we are all confident that the children will be receiving age appropriate, sensitive information as they begin their journey through this tricky time in life.

Staff News

We have some more staffing news for you for 2021. 

We will be bidding farewell to Dave McCarthy, one of our current Year 5/6 teachers. Dave came to us from Canada and we have loved playing our part in his NZ experience. Dave has brought energy and enthusiasm and a love of the outdoors and we will miss him as he returns to Canada in 2021. 

We will also say goodbye to Hannah Ravey. Hannah has been an integration aide within our team of LSAs (Learning Support Assistants). Hannah joined us from the UK and brought a wealth of experience. She will be returning to the UK to be closer to her family and we wish her all the very best. 

Sally Baik, one of our current Year 5/6 teachers is taking leave during 2021 to complete further study and will be back for 2022. We wish her well and look forward to seeing her again.

Many of you will have children who have been taught by Diane McLay. Diane has been at the school for many years and her curiosity for learners and learning has never waned. Next year, Diane has decided to reduce her hours and will be providing release cover around the school.


Please watch your school app alerts / email inbox over the next couple of days. We have three major traffic issues that we will be sharing with you in more detail and we really need your support:
1) The Upper Harbour Community Board will meet on 10th December to decide whether to fund a footpath for the whole length of Kyle Road.
2) Our bottom carpark has become an alternative ‘kiss and drop’ in the afternoons and is dangerous.
3) We have been informed that rehabilitation roadworks on Kyle Road will begin during December and last for 3 - 4 months.

Sue Smith

Diary Dates


Family Picnic - Tuesday 8th December 5-7pm
Board of Trustees meeting - Wednesday 9th December - 5.30pm
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


New enrolments at UHPS

If you have a child who is due to start school at UHPS in 2021 please get in touch with the office and collect an enrolment form. If you know of a friend or neighbour that is expecting to join us please also encourage them to do the same.

Leaving UHPS at the end of 2020?

Years 0 - 5 only
If your family is leaving UHPS at the end of the year (not year 6s) could you please officially notify the office as soon as possible?

Book returns

Please make sure 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!

Resource Room Stocktake

We would greatly appreciate any help with the resource room stocktake - even just an hour:
Mon 30th November 12.30-3pm
Tues 1st December 9am-12.30pm & 1-3pm
Please go to the school office to sign in on the day and they will point you in the right direction.

Thank you!

If any parents are able to help with a very small spot welding job in school and you have the necessary equipment, please get in touch.
This year's last issue of the Lucky Book Club was sent home last week. Please place your orders before Wednesday 2nd December and they will be delivered to school and distributed before the end of term. Orders received after this date will need to be couriered to your home address for a small delivery fee. 
You can easily place orders via the Loop website: This is our preferred method for ordering.
Last day for lunches this year
11 December 2020

Coming in Term 1, 2021

We'll tell you everything you need to know before the end of the year.
Please click here to buy/renew
your membership today

School Events

Tickets can only be purchased on the day.
Details to follow.

Guitar lessons

Paul Barry teaches guitar at UHPS on Thursdays.

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. Call us on 0800 89 39 39, send an email to, or visit to see if music lessons are right for your family.

After School / Holidays

Community Events/Notice

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

8th December 5pm
Family Picnic

9th December 5.30pm
Board of Trustees meeting
UHPS Staff Room

11th December
School Disco

16th December 11am
Year 6 Graduation Assembly

17th December 1.30pm
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


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.  

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