This Week’s Welcome
Tena koutou katoa,
We’re nearly at the end of term and by the time you read this newsletter, you may have already been along to school so that your child can share their learning with you. This is a highlight of our school year and a wonderful way for you to find about what our children have been learning and achieving.
In Week 5 next term we will open another roll growth class for New Entrant children (in Room 8). For the first three weeks Mr Warren Spanhake will teach the class and then, from Week 8 onwards, it will be Ms Carol Christie. Carol is an experienced, New Zealand trained teacher who is returning from a teaching position in Taiwan and we look forward to welcoming her.
One of our school families has been busy caring for our local environment. Nancy and her son, Aiden, were really disappointed at the amount of litter they found as they walked the local track and would like to encourage other families to join them in helping to keep our community clean.
Just a little follow up note from our lockdown training and exercise. Our community has an important role to play in helping the school. If you see something happening that you think the school should know about, or are aware of a situation that might affect the school, please call us.
Last week we had a very distressing incident near our school bus, when a grandparent was knocked over by a car. The incident has raised some concerns around where our bus stops and how our children are disembarking and crossing the road. We are currently following up with Auckland Transport (they set the routes and stops) and also Travelwise. Next term we will conduct training for the bus children and their families and maintaining very strict rules. Meanwhile, if you would like to talk with your own child, here are some important points:
Getting off the bus
- Wait until the bus has stopped.
- Carry bags in front, so they don't get stuck in the door.
- Get off the bus through the front door (if possible).
- Don't push.
- To cross the road, find a safe place, wait until the bus has moved away so you can see clearly in both directions, and then cross.
- If not crossing the road, stay as far left from the roadside as possible.
- Wear a fluorescent band (especially early in the morning or late afternoon), if bands are available.
- Take the children to and from the bus-stop
- Teach children how to get off the bus safely
- Stick to the speed limit (20 kilometres per hour when passing a school bus on either side of the road).
- Try to eliminate the need for children to cross the road, or get out of the car in to passing traffic.
Have a wonderful holiday break everyone. Stay safe and enjoy some time out together.
APPA Music Competition
Is your child in Years 5-8? Does your child play the piano or a stringed instrument at Grade 5 or above? Follow this link to find out more about the APPA Competition and access the entry form and information.
Our lost property box located under the stairs next to the hall is bulging, if you have any lost items please check the box before the end of the term. We also have a selection of glasses and a watch in the school office.
Portrait and class photographs will be taken on Thursday 25th July. If you would like to have sibling photographs please pick up a sibling photo booking form from the school office and complete and return the form before photo day.
School App update
OurSchool App will be upgraded on Friday 5th July.
What will happen?
Between 10 am - 4 pm on the above day, an alert notification will be sent to all of our School App users. The notification will be as follows.
"Your School App requires some important updates. Please click here to read more."
On opening this alert you will see a message that explains the update along with a link to begin the update. On clicking the link it will take you to the App Store / Google Play Store to download the SchoolAppsNZ app.
On download, the app will open up and display our School's App home screen as per normal, absentee information etc saved. They are now upgraded to SchoolAppsNZ.
We have put together this short video that visually shows you the process. Click the thumbnail below.
Upper Harbour Primary School is raising funds and helping you keep the family ‘Entertained’ these school holidays.
Packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers across activities, dining, shopping and travel, the whole family will love the value of an Entertainment Membership.
Help us raise funds for our school by buying an Entertainment Membership
Music Education Centre
Music is both a fun activity and a powerful educational tool. With term two drawing to a close, enrolments for term three music lessons are just around the corner. What better way to keep your child busy during the rainy season than starting them off on the musical journey of a lifetime? Learning an instrument is fun, educational and also:
Develops mind, body and memory
Teaches coordination and improves mathematical ability
Relieves stress in a fun and relaxing way
Reduces screen time
Places are limited, so book now to secure your lesson!
0800 89 39 39 www.musiceducationcentre.co.nz
Guitar Lessons at UHPS
Musiqhub offers guitar tuition to students at UHPS with experienced tutor Phil Moore.
Students learn a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques during school hours on Tuesdays. The lessons are group classes in which students play and sing together as a group and take turns to play to the group as individuals. This format creates a fun environment for students and is hugely popular in schools around the country.
To find out more about the lessons contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021761441
Brain Play's term three bookings are open! Enrol now to give your child the chance to learn about incredible and important computer science topics such as coding, robotics, and 3d printing. We change and update our lesson plans every term so new and experienced students can be involved.
To book click here
NZ Police Phone Number
NZ Police recently launched a new non-emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.
You can call us on 105 for all non-emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:
Theft for a public place or car
Intentional property damage
Or to get an update or add info to a previous report
In the event of an emergency, always call 111 - Things that are Happening Now.
School Holiday Activities