Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

Important Dates

Monday 3 August

Y4-6 Cross Country training – 10:45 am

Tuesday 4 August

Y4-6 Cross Country training – 10:45 am

Wednesday 5 August 

Prospective Parents meeting – 9:30 am

Drop-In Cafe in the Library. All parents/caregivers welcome – 2:30 pm

Thursday 6 August

Y4-6 Cross Country training – 10:45 am

Friday 7 August

Find-Out-a Thon prizes given out to those children who have 6 or more sponsors and bring their sponsorship form to school.

In this Issue – Week 2, Term 3 2020

1. Find-Out-a-Thon

2. Parent-Teacher Conferences

3. Concern Over Impact of Changes to Sunnybrae Road

4. Sunnybrae App

5. Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School

6. Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

7. Updates from our Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

8. Welcome to Sunnybrae

    Community Notices


1. Find-Out-A-Thon 

PTA Find-out-a-thon Fundraiser: On Thursday our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) launched the Find-out-a-thon to raise money for a permanent shade structure at the back of our school hall. All children were given a Find-out-a-thon pack on Thursday. If your child did not receive one, please check with your child’s classroom teacher or inquire at the office. This is a great way to encourage your child/children to improve their general knowledge while at the same time giving them a chance to actively assist the school in our fundraising venture. Thank you for your support.

2. Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you for attending the Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Our teachers enjoyed sharing this time with you. A copy of the discussion will be emailed on Tuesday 4 August. If you haven’t yet met with your child’s teacher, we will make contact with you shortly to arrange a time. We are always happy to discuss your child’s progress or to answer your questions about our classroom programmes.

3. Concern Over Impact of Changes to Sunnybrae Road

Auckland Transport (AT) is making changes to Sunnybrae Road that may negatively impact Drop Off and Pick Up as well as the safety of our students. The residents of Sunnybrae Road have put together an alternative solution that we would like you to support. We need your voice on Tuesday, August 11 in Room 15 4:00 – 8:00 pm during a Public Meeting with Auckland Transport. This is our chance to have a say before the work is done. More information is available on the Auckland Transport website – click on this link.

4. Sunnybrae App

Check out our App. This is a great way for us to stay in touch with you and to keep you up to date on all school events. It is free! From your phone, you can order school lunches, send an absence notice, read the newsletter and see urgent notifications/alerts.

To download:

  • Scan the QR code and click on the link or go to the app /play store and search for ‘KiwiSchools Connect
  • Download the App 
  • Select ‘Sunnybrae Normal School’
  • Choose to ‘Subscribe to All’


5. Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School

If you live ‘in zone’ and have a child turning 5 within the next year, please make sure you enrol them as soon as possible. Please also encourage any new in zone families to enrol their children as soon as they can to help us with future planning. For enrolment forms and further information you can choose from the following options:

6. Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

This week our focus was on managing emotions. For this activity either print out or draw a slide onto paper. This activity uses a slide to help students visualise the way emotions build and the strategies they can use to work through them. Being able to recognise and name emotions is the biggest step towards successfully managing them.

Discuss with the students that all emotions are alright, even the big one, and there are things that can help us manage them. Talk about how emotions work like a slide – they go up and come down. Ask students to think about the arrows in terms of their breath: an emotion comes in (take a deep breath in), and then goes out (breathe out). In fact, calming our breath, just like that, is one way to help come ‘down’ from an emotion.

Managing our emotions is also like coming down a slide because it is about choosing to ‘let go’. All emotions – e.g. worry, happiness, sadness, excitement –  follow this pattern. Point out that sometimes we spend a long time at the top not wanting to come down, or at number 4 on the ladder, but eventually we do choose to ‘let go’ and come down the slide. This is normal.

Give this example:

“So here I am going about my day, down at the bottom of the slide, feeling calm; let’s colour this emotion, green/kākāriki.”

  • Circle the “1” on your paper with green
  • Write the heading: Calm
  • Add the sentence “Going about my day.”

How might I know I feel calm? What are some clues? – Relaxed body, no real facial expression, feel light and easy.“And I just need to put my lunchbox away and Kirsty, who is in a hurry pushes me. I’m okay, but I’m a bit sad/surprised. So I’ve moved to ‘2’ and I’m blue (kahurangi).

  • Circle the “2” on your paper drawing with blue
  • Write the heading: Sad/surprised.
  • Add the sentence “Kirsty pushed me.”

How might I know I’m feeling surprised or sad? I may have given Kirsty a surprised or a dirty look, I might feel a bit deflated or on edge, maybe my shoulders slumped or I felt my facial expression change.“So, I say “hey” to Kirsty and she laughs and runs off. Now I’m annoyed! What kind of friend does that?! Where have I gone to? I have jumped to #4 and I’m yellow/kōwhai.

  • Circle the “4” on your paper drawing with yellow
  • Write the heading: Annoyed.
  • Add the sentence “Kirsty ran off.”

Ask: What do you think? Why would Kirsty treat me like that?

  • If students escalate the emotions saying things like, “she doesn’t like or care about you,” carry on escalating the story to 5, rage and red (whero).
  • If students de-escalate the emotions saying things like: “Maybe it was an accident, or she was in a hurry and excited and didn’t mean to upset you,” then de-escalate by jumping off the slide (letting go) and heading back to green (kākāriki).

Whichever option they choose, challenge them by applying the opposite to show that escalation and de-escalation often happen based on how we think about what happened and this is something we can control (although it is not always easy). Remind students that none of these emotions is ‘bad’ – they are just emotions and we all feel them. The thing to be careful about is how our emotions can affect our behaviour.

If Kirsty pushes us and we become really angry, how might this affect our behaviour?

  • We might be rude or mean to other people – this may even include our family when we get home
  • We might break something purposefully
  • We might not really think, or care, about consequences.

But we do not stay like this forever.

With younger students focus on the things that help us manage the emotion, or come down the slide. What can we do to help a big emotion pass?

There are lots of possible answers, including:

  • Tummy breathing, walking away and finding a quiet spot, talking to someone, thinking positive thoughts, a hug or pat on the back, drinking water, using positive self-talk.

For older students, you might like to give them the Slide worksheet and get them to focus on the left-hand side of the worksheet, which is the emotion building or escalating.

Get the students to imagine a situation where they might move up the slide, all the way to five. Ask them to:

  • Write the emotions and descriptions on their worksheets
  • Colour the numbers to match their mood
  • Add arrows to show the emotion building

Regroup and invite a few students to share their stories. Then focus on the things that help us manage the emotion, or come down the slide. What can we do to help a big emotion pass?

There are lots of possible answers, including:

  • Tummy breathing, walking away and finding a quiet spot, talking to someone, thinking positive thoughts, a cuddle or pat on the back, drinking water, using positive self-talk.

Write some answers on the board, then ask students to complete the right side of their worksheets, choosing an action (or two) they might use to come down the slide.

7. Updates from our Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Yummy Sticker Promotion: Thank you to those families who have been collecting cut-out labels from bags and the stickers from apples for the annual Yummy Sticker Promotion. These are available from New World and PAK’nSAVE. Yummy Sticker sheets are due in by 18 September. Please hand your completed sheets to the office. The more stickers we collect, the more sports equipment we get for our school. To download and print more sheets go to and click on School Sticker Promo. Thank you for supporting our Sports Department.

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8. Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community: Nathan Wong (R2) and Toby Do (R10).

Welcome to the following student teachers from the Graduate Diploma in Teaching programme at the University of Auckland who will be working with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays during Term 3: Ziyu Lu (R5), Simone Michaelis (R7), Elizabeth Marriott (R10), Lily Vitoria (R13), Hana Lee (R17) and Eric Poong (R19).

Kind regards,

Lorene Hurd


Community Notices

Panuku Development Auckland

Takapuna’s town square design consultation is open

From Monday 20 July, the Takapuna community can have their say on the proposed design of their future town square. The public consultation is seeking the community’s views to confirm the design includes the things that are most important to them, submitted via previous consultation and engagement. Feedback will be considered in the refinement of the design.

About the design

The concept design for the town square has been informed by previous engagement with the community over several years. The temporary public space at 38 Hurstmere Road has provided insights into what locals would like to see in the town square, exploring themes around shelter, play, public performance, cycling and environmental issues.

As a result, the design includes plenty of spaces for people to sit and play in the sun or shade, a water feature and an outdoor dining area. A potential location for the Anzac Memorial has also been identified in the design. This will need further input from certain groups including returned services, and consideration given to how it could be relocated and integrated into the design of the town square.

The proposed design can accommodate a variety of public events, including concerts and a market with over 80 stalls. Temporary staging can be installed over the water feature.

Have your say on the Takapuna town square design.

Provide feedback at

Consultation opens on 20 July 2020 and closes at 11.55 pm on 14 August 2020.

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