Dear Parents, Whanau and Caregivers,
We have all been horrified by the events that took place in Christchurch on Friday. How could something as despicable as this take place in New Zealand, our home?
Firstly, and most importantly, may I express our school’s sincere condolences to any families affected. ‘This is not who we are’ and it is not how we nurture our children to be. Our hearts ache for those who are grieving and our arms are open to support you. We all belong here at UHPS. We have chosen to be here and it is our home.
Our flags have been flying at half mast since Saturday and will continue to do so until we are directed otherwise.
Tomorrow morning, we will have our Values Assembly at the usual time. We will speak carefully and appropriately with the children, all the time reassuring them of their safety. We will acknowledge the event and observe a time of silence. Following the assembly, children will return to their classes and teachers will be able to facilitate a time of open discussion/answer questions, if this is appropriate.
With regard to how to talk with and support children, there are a number of resources popping up on social media. Here is a very helpful document that came from the Ministry of Education today and there are other useful links on their homepage www.education.govt.nz .
If your child is seriously affected as a result of this event, we have a school counsellor available to help them process the issues. Please email me or speak to your child’s teacher if you would like to know more.
Please feel free to talk to myself, Andrew or Julia if we can help in any way,