Spotlight on Sport, Term 1 2018

Spotlight on Sport, Term 1 2018

In term 1, our students competed at the UHPS Swimming Sports, Interschool Swimming Sports and the Super Cluster Swimming events. Our team sports of Flippa Ball and Miniball are up and running and students were able to participate in sporting opportunities such as Football for children, Kiwiball, The Shore to Shore and the Weetbix Tryathalon.

We believe that whether a student is participating as an individual or as part of a team, sport provides them with a unique sense of belonging; they learn to take sensible risks, conquer their fears, increase their confidence and ultimately develop positive attitudes towards their own and others well-being, valuing the importance of physical activity in creating a healthy lifestyle.

This of course would not be possible without the amazing support of our parent coaches, managers and supporters. Thank you for everything you do on and off the field. Your support and encouragement helps to build not only your child’s confidence but also those around them. Without you, the sporting opportunities we provide at UHPS would not be possible.

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand..” – Nelson Mandela

At UHPS we are passionate about providing multiple opportunities for our students to participate in sporting activities such as increasing their fitness and skill in a sport or game play situation or supporting them as they represent our school in Interschool and Super Cluster Events where they are competing against the best students from our area.

Our Team

Emma Thompson, Michael Barry, Alannah Jury and Courtney Dixon

We are here to support your children and you in any way that we can so please feel free to drop us a line on the sports team email or make a time to chat with us in person. We love hearing about all of the amazing things our students get up to and where possible we love attending games. This Term we watched the Panthers Miniball team and all of the Flippa Ball teams.


During Term 1 we had many swimming opportunities at UHPS. We started the year off with our very own swimming sports held at Coatesville Primary where years 3-6 competed in a variety of both competitive and non-competitive  events. This was a fantastic day that was enjoyed by all, especially our teachers who took out the student vs teacher relay race.

Our best swimmers then went on to represent UHPS at Interschool Swimming where they competed against 4 other schools from our local area. UHPS co-hosted this event along with Greenhithe Primary and it was held at Coatesville Primary.

UHPS did extremely well taking out both the Relay Cup and Overall Points Cup. The Sportsmanship Cup was shared amongst all 4 schools.

Our eight year old boys, nine year old boys, nine year old girls and ten year old boys relay teams all came first place with our 8 year old girls coming second.

Those that qualified fastest at Interschool Swimming then went on to compete at the North Shore Swimming Champs. Our swimmers showed great sportsmanship and worked together to finish 2nd out of 25 schools.

Sporting Opportunities

At UHPS we want to encourage all of our students to be active and give new things a go. We are always considering new sporting opportunities for our students to be involved with. Here is a brief look at what we have done in Term 1.

Football For Children: Every term our students are lucky enough to receive a free taster session where they get to explore football in a fun way. They loved kicking the ball around the inflatable football field and completing drills that strengthened their soccer skills.

Kiwiball: This year we were lucky to have Marko come into school to offer us free taster sessions and teach us about Baseball. Marko is from Auckland Baseball and has played and coached all over the world. Our students took part in fun activities around the skills needed to play baseball such as catching, throwing and striking.

Weetbix Tryathlon: 48 awesome UHPS kids participated in the 2018 Weetbix TRYathalon on Sunday the 25th of March at Manly Park in Whangaparaoa. All of the TRYathletes were fantastic – swimming, biking and running their hearts out.  It was great to see so many parents, grandparents and support teams cheering on our competitors and helping out in general! We are looking forward to another great event in 2019!

Shore to Shore: On Sunday 8th of April a number of our families participated in the Shore to Shore. What a beautiful morning it was to get out and keep fit with our family and friends. The fun run started at Takapuna Grammar School and went along Takapuna Beach before finishing at the end of Milford Beach. Every entry from our school helped us earn ‘Sports Dollars’ to buy new equipment for our school. Hopefully we will have a new Upper Harbour Primary School gazebo soon!

Team Sports


Year 2/3 Playful Penguins

The Playful Penguins have had a very successful start to their season. The team has now concluded their round-robin match competitions winning all their games and emerging as the top team in “Pool C” with a maximum 20 points. Only one other team (out of the 18 teams that registered) has achieved this. Some of the teams that we played against had players that were physically bigger but this didn’t deter the Playful Penguins from playing hard and having fun (our team motto).

The Playful Penguins would also like to thank players from our senior Flippa Ball teams, they volunteered their personal time to come along and assisted as assistant coaches. They coached through imparting their ball skills knowledge not only to their younger brother/sister but the entire Playful Penguins team. They also played matches against the Playful Penguins to help give them match experience and provide positive encouragement to the younger players; truly demonstrating Manaakitanga, Inclusion, Whanua/Family, Respect and promoting Resilience… some of the values that we hold dearly within our school community.

Year 5/6 Darting Dolphins

So far the season has been amazing! Only one loss, one tie but FIVE WINS! We have been working hard together to develop our skills and play well as a team. We’re looking forward to next term and hoping that we’ll continue to win matches. By Alex.

Year 6 Mighty Ducks

The Mighty Ducks are going undefeated with no goals scored against them so far this season. We have had a great start to the year and we are so lucky to have such a great coach, Tyler. She has been teaching us some great tricks and techniques so that we are confident Flippa Ball players. We are really enjoying playing and practising with her. We will be playing in the finals for the grading part of the competition soon. We can’t wait! By Kylie, Lukas and Ryan.


UHPS Leopards

So far our team has won 3/6 games of the season.  We always play our hardest. Mish is our coach and our manager is Sonja. We are pros at teamwork, shooting hoops, and passing the ball. We are working hard on our dribbling and getting better at rebounding. We are really good at eating lollies at the end of the game! By Flynn and DJ

UHPS Panthers

Our team is a great bunch of players. One of our last games was a blast, we won 50/4 but sadly that game didn’t count. So we had to play them again. We still beat them 42 to 6. I think one of the best things about the UHPS  PANTHERS is that we are good at communication. We join forces to tell each other what were doing and when we’ll do it. It is a really great skills that helps us achieve great results in Miniball. Our coach is the one and only, Matt and the manger is Jackie. I hope we have a successful next season and that we keep doing what we’re doing. By Abigail

UHPS Raptors

The UHPS Raptors have been doing great listening to their Breakers coaches and each week we are seeing big improvements as we learn Miniball skills, the rules of the game and most importantly how to work together as a team. We do a great job of supporting each other too and always with big smiles on our faces.

We love to hear about your sporting celebrations so that we can share these with the school and our whole community. With such an active community, we don’t always hear about every milestone or accomplishment.

Sports Celebrations

Here are a few celebrations that we know about and would like to acknowledge:

At Upper Harbour we have exceptional diving talent. This term the Auckland Diving Champs were held at Westwave and our divers were at the pool by 7am on Saturday and Sunday for the 2 day diving competition. There was a massive number of entries and Upper Harbour did incredibly well.

Here are the results…

All these entrants were competing in Level 1, 11 years and under.

  • 3 Meter Springboard: 1st place Kate and 3rd place Riley 
  • 1 Meter Springboard:  Kate and Riley placed 2nd equal with Will placing 12th
  • Poolside Competition:  2nd place Riley, 3rd place Kate, 15th place Sascha and 16th place Will

Kate went to Wellington to represent North Harbour Diving in the North Island Championships for 4 days of competition with over 120 competitors.  The North Island Champs went really well, Kate came first in her events and finished on top with a gold medal – congratulations Kate, we are super proud of your achievements.

Kate was lucky enough to be invited to dive with the Commonwealth Games Diving Team just prior to them leaving for the Games.

Thank You

to our fabulous Miniball and Flippa Ball coaches, managers and supporters and all of our amazing Swimming Sports helpers. Without you, our students experiences around sports could not flourish and achieve new heights. Thank you for giving up your time to help them all grow as individuals on and off the field.


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