Newsletter Term 3 Week 10

Term 4 Week 1 2020

Important Dates

Monday 12 October

Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 13 October

Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 14 October
Term 4 begins for students

Y4-6 Interschool Cross Country

Thursday 15 October

Out of Zone Enrolments due

Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00 pm

Saturday 17 October

2020 General Election – Sunnybrae hall open for voting

In this Issue

1. Welcome to Sunnybrae

2. Teacher Only Days 2020

3. Alert Level 2

4. Planning for 2021

5. Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

6. PB4L – Positive Behaviour for Learning Update

7. Community Engagement – Sunnybrae Bush Project

8. Korean Games for Year 1 Students

9. Chinese Language Week

10. Find-out-a-thon Winners

11. Mary Poppins

12. Principal’s Message

+ Community Notices

1. Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome Keleni Angitoa to Room 2.

2. Teacher Only Days 2020

Last day of Term 3 = Friday 25 September.

School holidays = Saturday 26 September – Sunday 11 October.

Sunnybrae Normal School closed for 2 Teacher Only Days on:

Monday 12 October – Teacher Only Day – School Closed

Tuesday 13 October – Teacher Only Day – School Closed

YMCA Childcare Programme October 12 + 13

– to support families needing childcare on the Teacher Only Days:

Monday 12 October: Sports Galore Programme – the group will walk down to the YMCA to participate in a sports programme from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Tuesday 13 October: Crafty Creatures – an arts and craft day held in our school hall.

Cost: $40.00 per day for 9:00 am – 3:00 pm or $50.00 per day for 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.

3. Alert Level 2

No Parents/Caregivers on school grounds at Alert Level 2 due to contact tracing.

Drop Off at the Gate     8:30 – 8:45 am

Pick Up at the Gate      Year 1 @ 2:55 pm        Year 2 – 6 @ 3:00 pm

Thank you for your continued support to help us keep everyone safe.

4. Planning for 2021

We are currently planning for next year. If your child is in Year 1 – 5 and they will not be returning to Sunnybrae in 2021, please email our Deputy Principal, Karen Rodger at

If you have a child turning 5 next year, please make sure you enrol them at the office as soon as possible. Please also encourage any new families, ‘Out of Zone’ and ‘In Zone’ to enrol their children as soon as they can as this helps with future planning. For enrolment forms and further information about ‘Out of Zone’ opportunities in 2021, please email or call into our office between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm weekdays.

5. Wellbeing

This week we took part in Mental Health Awareness Week. Each day students completed activities inspired by the five aspects of Te Whare Tapa Whā – the Māori model of health that describes wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls and a foundation. 

Taha Whānau is the people we care about, who recharge us and make us feel we belong. Whānau isn’t just our immediate relatives. It includes our friends, hoamahi/colleagues, iwi or community – the people who are close to our hearts.

Taha Tinana is about how your body feels and how you care for it. Refuelling your body helps you to feel mentally well. Sometimes your tinana might not be where you’d like it to be and this might be beyond your control. What’s important is that you do what you can to nurture it.

Taha Wairua is about taking notice and appreciating the beauty around us. It’s about rediscovering things that make us feel awe, hope, strength, unity and connection. For some, wairua is faith or a higher power. When your wairua is strong, it’s easier to feel good, cope with challenges and build strong whānau relationships.

Taha Hinengaro is your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. Just like your physical health, your hinengaro needs to be nurtured. Hinengaro is what you do to stimulate and refresh your mind so you can better cope with the ups and downs of life.

Whenua is our connection to the land. It’s soil, plants, animals and people – tangata whenua. It’s the earth through which you are connected to your tūpuna/ancestors. Whenua is a place of belonging and it’s comforting that it is never too far away.

When we look after all five aspects, our wharenui is strong – and so is our wellbeing.

6. PB4L – Respect

This week our PB4L focus has been on showing independence everywhere. 

Our lessons have focused on: 

  • Being organised.
  • Being ready to learn.

7. Sunnybrae School Bush Working Bee

Come along to this fun family event

  • Sunday 18 October 9:00 am     
  • Saturday 31 October 9:00 am 
  • Saturday 7 November 9:00 am (save-a-day)

We would love help with tidying up our bush:

  • Weeding
  • Raking Leaves
  • Pruning
  • Trimming trees
  • Constructing Bird Feeders (with students)
  • Constructing Insect Homes (with students)
  • Simple Building Tasks
  • And much more …

If you have any questions or ideas for this project, I would love to hear from you.

Viv Morley, Room 14 –  

8. Korean Games for the Year 1’s

This week we were very lucky to have the Korean Education Centre come and share activities with our Year 1 Students.

9. Chinese Language Week

This week we celebrated NZ Chinese Language Week. Children had fun celebrating the Chinese culture through literacy and numeracy activities.

10. Find-Out-a-thon Winners 2020

Congratulations to our Find-out-a-thon Prizewinners! Well done to the following children who raised the most money in each syndicate: Noah Pirie (Y1 team – R4), Storm Newcombe Parker (R2/3 team – R11), Madison Schroder (Y4/5 team, R15) and Ella Cruickshank (Y6 team – R20).

The following children raised $200.00 or more: Noelle Vella (R5), Jacob Schroder (R11), Dante Fetuani (R13) and Raine Fetuani (R14).

Congratulations to Storm Newcombe Parker who also won two tickets to Mary Poppins, see below for more details.

The total amount raised will be confirmed at the beginning of next term.

11. Mary Poppins

2 Oct – 18 October


The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical, Mary Poppins, will be seen in a stunning, New Zealand produced season this October. The magical story of the world’s favourite nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.

Nick Brown, Sunnybrae Board of Trustees

Our very own Board of Trustees member, Nick Brown will be performing in the show. Thank you to Nick and the producers who have supplied 2 tickets to the student who raised the most money across the school for our Find-out-a-thon.

The winner is Storm Newcombe Parker who raised $669.00.

You can purchase tickets for you and your family by clicking on this link.

12. Principal’s Message

Thank you to our staff, students and their families for supporting each other during another disrupted term. We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 14 October. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Kind regards,

Lorene Hurd

Community Notices



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