Tēnā koutou katoa,
I hope your families had a chance to enjoy the lovely weather over the weekend. We moved our Teacher Only Day offsite, to enable a deep clean to take place and it was reassuring to know that we would return this week to an extra clean, healthy environment.
2021 Class Placements
Teachers are busy writing reports and planning is underway for 2021. Over the next few weeks we will be organising class placements for 2021. This is a complex process, where every care is taken to consider children’s learning and social needs. If you believe there is something very important that we need to know about your child, please put it in an email directly to me, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 6th November. Obviously, this does not include any option to choose your child’s next teacher but may give us important information to help in the process. Class teachers have input into the process but do not have the final or only say, therefore it is very important to contact me.
Staff News - 2 Goodbyes and a Baby!
This is often the time of year when I write to tell you of staff who are moving on. Later in the term I will also have the pleasure of introducing some new staff for 2021.
Our Sports Coordinator, Ryan McWilliams is leaving us on 16th November. In a year that has been ridiculously challenging for team sports, Ryan has soldiered on to ensure that registrations and refunds, equipment and information have kept going. Thanks Ryan.
The second goodbye is a very big one. At the end of the year we will say goodbye to our Deputy Principal, Andrew Cowie. Andrew has been at Upper Harbour for the past 5 years and has made such a great contribution to who we are and what happens around the school. An opportunity has opened up for Andrew to lead a team in a different setting but still very much linked to the education sector. He will leave a very big hole and we will miss him heaps. We will have a farewell assembly at the end of the year and be sure to make a big fuss of him :)
So that’s the two farewells taken care of; now for the baby. We haven’t had a school baby for far too long, so we were all very excited to hear Alannah Watson’s news. Alannah’s baby is due early next year, so we may well see her around the school for a few weeks first.
As I walked around the school this morning, there was the excited buzz of happy, engaged learners. There were also some magnificent flowers and plants! (it’s a dress-up day in the Rainbow Rockets team). It’s great to be doing ‘normal’ again; long may it last.
Ngā mihi nui,