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This Week’s Welcome

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, 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,

Sue Smith

Reporting an absence

Please remember to let the office know as early as possible if your child is going to be absent. You can do this in several ways:
  • Via the School App
  • Emailing
  • Calling the office on 4137223.
Please note we are currently experiencing a technical glitch on the school website which affects the 'report an absence' function. The 'submit' button appears as though it isn't working, but it does submit the absence notification.
Please only click the Submit button once.
We hope to have the issue fixed shortly, but you may prefer to use one of the alternative methods above instead.

Diary Dates



Term 4 ends - Thursday 17th December
(1.30pm finish)

2021 - Term 1

Family Open Day - Thursday 4th February
First full day of instruction - Friday 5th February
Waitangi Day Public Holiday (observed) - 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

Terms 2, 3 & 4 2021 dates to be advised


Click the images below for Team News
The Respectables - Term 4 News
Quad Squad - Term 4 News
Rainbow Rockets - Term 4 News
Cool Kiwis - Term 4 News
Persevering Pickles - Term 4 News

Student Celebrations

Congratulations to Ari Jinn.
Ari was placed first equal and earned the Gold Award in the Annual 
Korean Storytelling Competition. She chose a Korean story to learn and perform/read to an audience.


2nd Hand Uniform Sale

Friday 30 October (this Friday)
8.45am - 9.30am
2.30pm - 3.15pm
Downstairs kitchen area
Buy or renew your membership


Athletics Events

Our Year 3-6 Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 18 November from 9.30 am - 2.15pm at Wainoni Park in Greenhithe. In the event of bad weather, the save day will be Monday 23 November.

Our Year 0-2 Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 25 November here onsite.

You are welcome to come and support your child throughout the day. If you are available to help us at this event, please ensure you have completed this section on the permission slip. You will be contacted by your class teacher if your assistance is required. Please note that if assisting with events you may not be able to watch your own child compete throughout the day.

Events like this cannot be run without your support and we appreciate you taking the time and effort to support all students.

Jump Jam

Upper Harbour Primary competed in the Inter-school Strictly JUMP JAM Competition held on Sunday 18th October. The team danced the routine with confidence and energy, placing 6th overall. They won a Merit Award for Technical Execution. 

Well done Team!

School Events

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 to help work music into your weekly schedule. Call us on 0800 89 39 39, send an email to, or visit to speak to one of our experts and see if music lessons are right for your family.

Guitar Lessons

Paul Barry - the new MusiqHub guitar teacher has settled in well, continuing lessons at UHPS on Thursdays.

Paul has been passionate about music since he can remember. His first musical love was the drums and he was inspired from an early age by Keith Moon, Neil Peart and Animal from the Muppets. Never one to focus on just one thing, Paul also began to teach himself guitar and bass.
Paul has toured several countries with various groups and his music has been featured in commercials, TV and film.
Since early 2013 Paul can be found in his adopted home of Auckland, where he is actively gigging, teaching and doing sessions and workshops.

For more information please contact Paul at, phone 022 198 0044 or the Musiqhub Website:  

Chess Power

Playing chess develops self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills. We are really pleased to have started a Chess Coaching Programme at our school and you can still join.

Q Where can I learn more? 

A Visit our website, and click Parents Centre

If the program is successful a new full 10-week program will be made available for Term 1.

If your child would like to be part of this please visit our website. Both registration and payment can be done online.

Community Events/Notices

On Monday 2 November, animal lovers across New Zealand will make delicious cupcakes and share some sweetness to animals in need.

Time is running out to register! Sign up today and together we can change the lives of thousands of animals - just like these newborn kittens.

Whether it's at home, in school, or in the workplace, we need your help to bake a difference for New Zealand's vulnerable animals.

Yes - I'll bake a difference!
Kia ora, 
My name is Rachel Zakaria and I am a postgraduate student studying towards a Master of Speech and Language Pathology degree at the University of Canterbury. 
I am currently undertaking a research project that is looking into parents’ perspectives on their children’s language learning in New Zealand. The target participants of this research are parents/caregivers who: 
  • live in New Zealand right now 
  • were born overseas/abroad 
  • speak another language (or more) that is not English, Te Reo Māori, or New Zealand Sign Language, and 
  • have one child or more who is at preschool or school.  
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and it is completely anonymous.  
Survey link: 
Thank you so much for considering taking part. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Coming Events

For the latest updates, see the online calendar.

Weds 18th November 9.30am - 2.15pm
Senior Athletics Day
(Years 3-6)
Wainoni Park

Weds 18th November 6.00pm
Board of Trustees Meeting
UHPS Staff Room

Weds 25th November 
Junior Athletics Day
(Years 0-2)

Tues 1 December
Northern Bays Athletics



(09) 413 7233


(09) 413 7065



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Auckland 0632

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In the event of an Emergency at school the App will be one of our ways of keeping in contact with you.

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