Principal's Letter

Principal's Letter

This was emailed out 12/02/2020

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers


The school year has started very well and we are pleased that our new Year 9 students have settled into school and that classes are focussed and working well.


I’d like to give you notice of several events that are coming up on our calendar:


Wednesday 19 February – PPTA Paid Union Meeting – classes finish early

The Executive of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association has directed members to attend a round of branch-based paid union meetings held under the provisions of Section 26 of the Employment Relations Act 2000. At the meetings, members will be discussing the proposed Teaching Council fee increases and coordinating their responses to these to the Teaching Council.


This means that the college will close early, at the end of Period 3, 12.25pm on that day. Buses will not be available at that time but will run as per normal at the end of the school day. Provision will be made for those students who remain at school to be supervised by non-union staff. Please ensure your child’s Ako teacher is aware that your child will remain at school and require supervision.


Thursday 20 February – Top House 2020 Competition

Traditionally, the school has held an all-day Athletics Day in February to start the House Competition, provide event trials for serious athletes, and allow the students to have fun as they dress up and take part in House events. This year we are doing things differently and holding a Top House 2020 Competition over several periods – it will not be a full-day event. The plan for the day is as follows:

Period 1 & 2    Normal classes


11.25am          House meetings

12.00pm          Competition starts

3.00pm            Competition finishes

3.10pm            Students dismissed


Students are permitted to come to school in their House colours/costume for Periods 1 and 2. We ask though, that any facepaint etc be applied when classes are finished and not worn to school! Buses will run as normal at the end of the school day.


Wednesday 26 February – School Photo Day

School photos will be taken over the course of this day – students will be photographed in their Ako classes along with individual/sibling photos if requested. Please ensure that your child is in full and correct uniform. If you have previously indicated issues around the use of your child’s image in school photos for publications and publicity, please let the Ako teacher know. All Ako class photos with student names are published in the School Magazine.


Friday late starts for staff Professional Learning time

The Board of Trustees has recently approved the school having a late start on Fridays. This is to allow teachers to start their Teacher Professional Learning programme (TPL), where they will be using the time to work collaboratively on inquiry projects and performance appraisal, to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the college. Details are as follows:

  • Late starts commence Friday 6 March (Week 6) and continue through to the end of Term 3. There will be some weeks where late starts will not occur as learning time is already shortened through exams or public holidays – we will let students know in advance.
  • School will start at 10am – there will be no Ako Time.
  • The timetable will cover 4 full periods on these Fridays. The missed period will operate on a rotation which will minimise the impact to a particular subject in that line of the timetable. Students will know well in advance of which periods to prepare for on each Friday.
  • Morning bus arrangements will remain the same, due to the fact that Upper Hutt College shares bus services with other schools and we do not have flexibility with changing times. Students are expected to use the public bus services or continue to use the school service, as per normal. Public bus service information can be found
  • Supervision for students arriving at 8.30am will be available in the Library.


Thank you for your understanding and consideration with these events in the school. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards


Judith Taylor


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