This Week’s Welcome
Tena koutou katoa,
I’ve been having fun over the past week or so, releasing teachers and scratching the rust of my teaching skills. There really isn’t anything quite as energising as spending time with our young learners and I’ve been impressed with their levels of engagement and inquiry. Many of you will have heard from your children about the Tread Lightly programme that their class attended. I was lucky enough to go along with a class and the messages for sustainability and environmental care were really well presented. Maybe your house is now one where the lights are turned off more often than before!
Introducing - Laurie Cadag
Laurie is a Year 1/2 teacher and leads the Rising Stars Team. She was born in Taiwan and her family moved here to New Zealand when she was 10 years old. Laurie has always lived on the North Shore and attended Northcross Intermediate, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Rangitoto College. After college, Laurie studied at the University of Auckland, doing a conjoint Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Spanish. Laurie’s first teaching position was at Edendale School and she has been part of the UHPS family since 2009.
Laurie is married to Tom and they have two girls, Alicia and Alaina. Laurie’s mum also lives with the family. Alicia is doing really well in karate and will compete at the National Championships in the holidays. When she’s having some time out, Laurie loves to read, particularly crime thrillers and romance novels.
When I asked Laurie why she is passionate about teaching, she told me that having her own children had changed her perspective and given her the drive to help every child succeed.
Introducing - Mark Benbow
Mark is our school property manager and does a fabulous job making sure our buildings and grounds are kept in great shape. Mark was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He attended Hall Green Secondary School and his favourite subjects were Geography and Biology. After finishing college, Mark’s first job was working at a jewellery manufacturing business. Later, he moved on to a car parts manufacturing plant. This was where he met his wife, Sarah, (the boss’ daughter!).
Mark, Sarah and their two boys, Jack and Joe, came to visit New Zealand on a holiday and it wasn’t long after that they moved here permanently. In his spare time, Mark likes to garden, walk the dog (Toby), watch tv and be with friends. As well as Toby, the family have Sophie (cat), Mr Nibbles (rabbit) and about 50 goldfish!
Take care, everyone,
By the time you get this newsletter, we should have held our lockdown exercise, led by emergency planning experts, Harrison Tew. Our primary focus in this situation is the safety of our students and, as it was only a few years ago that Albany Primary needed to go into lockdown for an extended time, we believe it is very important to test our systems and procedures. Thank you for your support and for not trying to contact or visit the school during the lockdown.
Coming Soon - Kahui Ako transition survey
Parents of Year 5 & 6 students will soon receive a link to a survey. This survey is being carried out by our Kahui Ako Across School Lead teachers. The results will help us all to understand how we can help our students have a really positive experience as they move from one school to the next. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey when it comes.
We would like to thank Luke Bevan, Devon and Hannah Botha and the Joy Family 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.
Sharing our Learning
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
12:30 pm Dismissal
Interviews from 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The booking site will be open from
Monday 24th at 12:30 pm
Please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Our school code is x4bt5
If you have difficulties or do not have access to a computer please contact the School Office on 413 7233 for assistance.
If you wish to drop in a sibling to the child who is sharing their learning, feel free to bring them to the library. There will be supervised babysitting in the library from 1:00 pm onwards. Children need to be signed in and then signed out by parents.
APlus will be available for from 12:30 pm. If your child has not been a part of APlus after school care in the past, paperwork will need to be completed before 12:00 noon - please call 443 5386 or 0800 423 400 to arrange this.
The school bus will be running from 12.30 pm. If your child is a regular bus rider, please advise the school office if they WILL NOT be riding the bus on this day.
Scholastic Book Club
Issue 4 has been sent home recently. Please place your orders for this issue before Tuesday the 25th of June. Thank you.
Life Changing Parenting Courses
For Parents of all Cultures
Parenting Adolescents in Mandarin (am) begins Tuesday 23rd July
Effective Discipline (am) in English begins Wednesday 24th July
Parenting Adolescents in English (pm) begins Wednesday 24th July
Effective Discipline (am) in Korean begins Thursday 25th July
Effective Discipline (am) in Mandarin begins Friday 26th July
Positive Discipline for under 4’s (am) in English begins Monday 29th July
You can enrol online or phone Haiying 551 6974 or Elizabeth 441 0209 or Betty 551 6960