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This week's welcome

Tēnā koutou katoa,

This is our last newsletter for 2020 and the most important message I want to send, is a massive ‘Thank You.’ I just looked back at the first newsletter for this year and we really had no idea what was about to hit us. Throughout this year, whether we’ve been onsite or offsite, we’ve known that you have been supporting us and supporting your children in their learning, and we really appreciate it. Let’s all take a well-deserved break and look forward to 2021 with optimism and excitement.

Sue Smith

Safety First

This morning we received a very worrying phone call from a parent. The parent was driving along Miromiro Street before the start of school, when a small child ran across the road in front of him. The child had come from a large SUV and couldn’t be seen before suddenly appearing in front of his car. Fortunately the driver was able to brake fast enough to protect the child. Over the holidays, please could you take some time to teach/practice with your children, how to cross roads safely.

Christmas Picnic

What a wonderful time we had at the Christmas Picnic last night. It was so cool to be able to catch up with each other and enjoy a perfect, warm evening. So many times in the past, we’ve had to cancel because of bad weather so it was extra special, in this crazy COVID year, that we were able to spend time relaxing together.

Diary Dates


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, along with other Teacher Only dates

Farewell Assemblies

We are holding two assemblies next week to say goodbye to the staff members who are leaving UHPS at the end of the year. It would be lovely for you to join us in wishing them well for their next chapters. Please be advised that there will be standing room only - probably outside the hall.
Andrew Cowie's Farewell Assembly- Tuesday 15th December, 2.00 - 2.45pm 
Teachers & LSAs Farewell Assembly -
Thursday 17th December, 11.45am - 12.45p


Last day for lunches this year
11 December 2020
We advise you not to make any more top ups to your account and to close your account after this date ready for next year, when lunches will be ordered through Kindo.
After completing a stocktake of all the books in our school library and readers in our resource room, we unfortunately have a lot of books missing. This is a huge expense for Upper Harbour Primary School to cover. Could you please have a thorough look at home under beds and in cupboards for any school library books or school readers and return them with your child or to the school office by the end of term. Thank you for your assistance.
Uniform Sale
(second hand)
Date: Friday 11th December
Time: Immediately after the first disco starts
Where: School Library
Water devices need to be stored in your child's classroom before and after their class's time. They will not be permitted during class or break times. 
Please note: If your child DOES NOT wish to participate, there will be other dry activities they can take part in.

Meet the Teacher

You have the opportunity to book a 15 minute appointment with your child's new teacher at our Open Day on 4th February. Bookings are essential.
Please book a time by going to and using the booking code 25ftm (You can do this from 1.30pm on Friday 17th December).

From Term 1 2021, Kindo will be the payment system for all your school purchases and payments.

Please look out for separate emails guiding you with the set up process

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?

Please click here to buy/renew
your membership today



On Thursday 10th December we will be having our sport and extra-curricular activity photos. Please make sure your children have their sports uniform with them.


It was great to see you come out and support our students at the Year 3 - 6 event at Wainoni Park, the Year 0 - 2 Athletics Event at school and at the Northern Bays Athletics Event at Kristin School. Without your support, events like this cannot take place, so a huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped us at these events. 

Congratulations to all of the students who represented Upper Harbour Primary School at the Northern Bays Athletics Event competing against 10 other schools.  All competitors demonstrated Manaakitanga and Hiranga throughout the event which made for an outstanding day with some great results.

A special acknowledgement to... 
  • Clement Choo who came first in high jump in the 11 year old boys competition, clearing a height of 1.34m. Clement also came second in the 800m open boys event.
  • Bella Zhang who came first in discus in the girls 9 and under competition, throwing 19.26m. Bella also came third in shot put in the girls 9 and under competition, throwing 6.33m.
  • Adam MacCallum who came first in the boys 10 year old high jump competition, clearing a height of 1.25m.
  • LJ Sonezaki who came first in long jump in the 11 year old boys competition, jumping 4m.
  • Ben Morrison and Jacob Robinson who came 2nd equal in the boys 9 and under high jump competition, clearing a height of 1.15m.

As a school we placed 6th overall.

School Events

Tickets can only be purchased on the day.
In the entrance foyer 8.30 - 9.00am & 3.00 - 3.30pm.
On the door on entry to disco

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.

Chess Club

Thursday lunchtimes at UHPS
Click the image below for details

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Yummy sticker promotion! We raised $1095.00 to spend on sports equipment for the school. 
We have now received our brand new sports gear for sports and lunch time! What a great effort from everyone that made this possible. 

We would like to thank Natasha & Miljana Peterson, Mrs Thorburn, Logan & Connor Dawson, The Thynne family and the Minn 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.

We would like to give a huge thank you to all the community for supporting our school Book Fair which raised a wonderful reward amount of $2,111.00 for our school to spend on new books for our library. Fantastic!
This Book Fair would not have been possible without the help of our fabulous FOS team and in particular Hannah Tegg, Benjamin Caskey, Rachel Turner, Ala’a Ali and Angela Webb.  Thank you so much.

After School / Holidays

Community Events/Notice

Greenhithe Christmas Market - 18 December
Over 30 stalls and a fun, children’s activity table where they can paint & decorate wooden Christmas decorations and pinecones.  

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

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

Last day for lunch deliveries this year is 11 December 2020
Place your order at

From Term 1 2021, lunch orders will be placed through Kindo (details will be sent).


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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B 09 487 0633
Bayleys Real Estate Ltd, Long Bay
Licensed under the REA Act 2008 

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