This morning you are receiving Part 2 of this week’s newsletter as there were several important items that didn’t make it into yesterday’s edition.
We have a sad farewell to say tomorrow to Alannah Watson (Room 21). Alannah joined our school as a beginning teacher and has worked incredibly hard to hone her skills, make a massive contribution to UHPS sports and support each individual learner in her classes. During the summer holidays, Alannah and Leighton were married and we celebrated with them. However, Leighton is based in the USA and Alannah will now be going to join him. If you are the parent of a child who has been taught by Alannah or has had the pleasure of being involved in team sport settings with her, you will appreciate how much we are going to miss her. Alannah has remained the consummate professional, putting in 110% effort right up until the last moment and this speaks volumes of her character. Go well Alannah and keep in touch with us.
We are also saying goodbye to Becca Ironside. Becca stepped straight into the role of Learning Support Assistant (LSA) without missing a beat and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and skills. Becca is, in fact, a qualified Occupational Therapist and we wish her well as she moves into a new role in the health sector.
Our final assembly for the term will be held tomorrow afternoon. We welcome you to come along and join us if you can as there will be much to celebrate and we will be formally farewelling Alannah.
For the past four weeks, we have had the pleasure of hosting four student teachers. Hyeon Jin Kim, Hannah Grace, Natasha Patel and Samantha Peacock came to us on placement from AUT and it has been great to see them growing in confidence and skill. They have been keen learners and I’m sure both the students and teachers in their classes will miss having them around. We wish them all the best for their future careers.
Last Friday evening our children were treated to Junior and Senior Discos. These were hugely successful events and the kids had a ball. A big shout out of thanks needs to go to the FOS team, all the volunteer helpers and teachers who made the discos possible. Events like these simply can’t happen without the community’s support and we really appreciate it.
Scholastic Book Fair
Many of you will have visited the Library over the past week to purchase books from the Scholastic Book Fair. We’d like to say a big thank you to Rachel Turner, who has tirelessly worked to make it the success that it’s been. A big thank you also to all those who have purchased books and donated them to our library. We hope you and your children enjoy reading your new books - I know of one 2-year-old boy who is thoroughly enjoying his new copy of Pig the Grub!