This Week’s Welcome
Tena koutou katoa,
What a fantastic day we had last Sunday for the Weetbix Kiwi Kids Tryathlon up at Manly Beach. I was so pleased to be able to get along for the day and cheer on our children. This year we had a team of 41 children and it was great to see their determination and effort. Our school values came to the fore as they supported each other and those around them.
We are having a real problem with wasps at the moment and I’ve heard that other schools are too. We have an almost constant stream of children who have been stung, coming up to the Health Room. At this time of year I understand that the wasps are busy feeding before going into hibernation. We really need a cold snap to send them away, and yet the warm days keep coming. I have decided that, from tomorrow until the end of term, the children will eat in their classrooms. The wasps are highly attracted to the children’s food and I watched some circling them and settling on little scraps today.
Seat Belts All children MUST be safely strapped into appropriate car seats. This is New Zealand law, it keeps children safe and it is non-negotiable.
As part of our community philosophy here at UHPS we encourage everyone to be part of a safe, fun and enthusiastic member of a community. Part of our responsibility towards this is making sure we have high quality learning and teaching. Being part of a teaching community with many skills to share, UHPS has developed a relationship with AUT and Massey University. In particular, student teachers. We feel that here at UHPS we have the right people with fantastic skills to offer teachers in training a positive teaching and learning experience. We would like to welcome: Samantha Peacock to Room 5, Natasha Patel to Room 19, Hannah Grace to Room 12 and Hyeon Jin Kim to Room 6. You are sure to see them around over the next few weeks.
We are excited to announce that, starting term 2, UHPS in conjunction with the Music Education Centre, will be offering music lessons during school hours. This has been made possible by the installation of a brand new “music cabin” which will serve as the dedicated facility for this initiative. As well as the fun and education learning an instrument offers students, it will also:
Have a positive effect on their body, mind & boost their confidence
Increase the capacity of their memory
Enhance their coordination and improve their mathematical ability
Reduce stress in a fun and relaxing way
Be a healthy alternative to “screen time”
MEC has a long-standing record and has been teaching the joy of music in the North Shore Region for over thirty years. Contact the Music Education Centre directly to book a lesson.
Board of Trustees
This year in May/June we will hold elections for the Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please come along to one of our meetings to see what it is all about.
Our next few meeting will be held in the staff room at 6 pm on:
Tuesday 9th April
Thursday 16th May
All are welcome!
Trustees are elected for a three year term. We meet once a month in the evening, and our role is to set the strategic direction and long term plans for the school, and to be accountable for student achievement. If you would like to learn more, you could take a look at this website.
You are also welcome to drop in for a chat with Sue or Sandra in the office, or email Laura Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking more players for our year 3&4 winter (terms 2&3) hockey team. If your child enjoys running and handball sports, they may enjoy hockey.
Year 3&4 games are played on a Monday commencing 6th May anytime between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm at Harbour Hockey, 60 Paul Matthews Drive, Albany. Games are 30 minutes long and played on 1/4 turf. It costs approximately $110.00 to play. Your child will need a school sports uniform and their own hockey stick, shin pads, long black socks and a mouth guard.
If you think your child would be interested in playing this fun and exciting sport please email email@example.com by Wednesday 3rd April.