Newsletter – Term 4, Week 2

Term 4 – Week 1

Important Dates

Saturday 17 October

2020 General Election – Sunnybrae hall open for voting

Sunday 18 October

Sunnybrae School Bush Working Bee

Monday 19 October

Year 6 Camp

Tuesday 20 October

Year 6 Camp

Wednesday 21 October

Year 6 Camp

Friday 23 October

Melanoma Awareness Mufti Day

In this Issue

1.    Welcome to Sunnybrae

2.    COVID-19 – Alert Level 1

3.    Pink Shirt Mufti Day

4.    Sun Hats

5.    Year 6 Speeches

6.    Interschool Cross Country – we got there!

7.    Scholastic Book Orders

8.    Sunnybrae School Bush Working Bee

9.    KidsforKids – Choir Update

10.  PB4L – Positive Behaviour for Learning – Update

11.  Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

12.  Calendar orders and school photos

13.  Melanoma Awareness Mufti Day

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community:  Room 2 – Marlowe Moxham and Henry Yang:  Room 5 – Martia Ghazi Zadeh:  Room 11 – Yutong Zheng.

Welcome to the following student teachers:  Rochelle De Beer (R8) and Jamie Chiu (R16) from the University of Auckland and Kay Stables (R4) and Lauren Bradley (R4) from AUT.

2.  COVID-19 – Alert Level 1

At Sunnybrae, we will continue to follow all appropriate health measures including maintaining recommended cleaning practices and encouraging good hygiene standards. We will also continue to remind people to stay home if they are unwell and to seek medical advice.  The Ministry of Education encourages school communities to continue to use the COVID-19 QR Code when coming onto the school grounds.

Drop Off at the Gate:  8:30 – 8:45 

Pick Up: 3:00 pm Parents/Caregivers Welcome onsite

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

3.  Pink Shirt Mufti Day

What a stunning amount of pink we saw at Sunnybrae today! Thank you to all those that were able to donate a gold coin and we were very proud to be able to donate $334.50 to the Mental Health Foundation for their anti-bullying programme. What a wonderful and caring school community we have!

4.  Sun Hats

The wearing of Sunnybrae sunhats when outside is compulsory in Terms 1 & 4

Please ensure your child brings his/her named hat each day. If the hat is named clearly, it makes it very easy to return to the rightful owner.

5.  Year 6 Speeches

Congratulations and well done to our Year 6 Speech finalists: Adrian Li, Geordan Coffey, Michaela Beak, Michael Bertenshaw, Ethan McGeorge, Ahmed Al-Kasab, Sophia Railton, Lucius Keeling, Young Eun Yang, Ezra McIntyre, Vivien Carroll, Korban McKinlay, Jonas Mansfield and India Watts.

Congratulations to Geordan Coffey (R18) and Jonas Mansfield (R20) who won their categories of the competition. Well done to Ezra McIntyre (R20) who was runner up. Both Geordan and Jonas represented Sunnybrae in the Cluster Speech Finals at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Takapuna this morning.

6.  Interschool Cross Country… we got there!

Now that we are officially in Level 1, our cluster schools joined together to compete in our annual cross country event. Prior to Term 3 ending, our 36 strong competitors received two training sessions with one of our UoA student teachers. Over the school holidays they trained hard to ensure they maintained their physical performance and enhanced their stamina.

Well done to Joel Simpson who came 2nd in the overall Year 4 boys category. Ezana Leykune came 3rd and Will Thornley came 2nd in the Year 6 boys division.

Well done to all our Sunnybrae cross country representatives: Korban McKinlay,  Fortune Shi, Vivien Carroll, India Watts, Mone Sato, Ella Cruickshank, Sophia Railton, Young Eun Yang, Will Thornley, Cody Simpson, Ezana Leykune, Noah Eli, Zeno Fang, Mika Delowe, Francesca Clewett, Angelina Chen, Layla Straight, Milo Wibowo, Gabriel Vazey, Kate Bloem, Lee Ogilvie, William Cruickshank, Daniel Cuttance, Dominic Emms, Joash Murray, Luke Fischer, Sienna Fitzgerald, Joel Simpson, Marcus Bambury, Annzu Suetake, Chloe Everett, Cooper Welch, Ria Dahya, Hannah Shin, Isla Fitzgerald and Maia Geiger.

7.  Scholastic Book Orders

This week students were given the latest Scholastic Book Club catalogue to bring home. We encourage you to order your books and pay online through:

If your child needs to bring a cash order to school, please do the following: 

  • label an envelope with your child’s name and room number
  • include the correct amount of cash with the completed order form (the school cannot give change)

Closing date for orders is Thursday 26 November 2020.

8.  Sunnybrae School Bush Working Bee

Come along to this fun family event!

  • Sunday 18 October 9:00 – 12.00    
  • Saturday 31 October 9:00 – 12.00  
  • Saturday 7 November 9:00 – 12.00  (*saver 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 –

9.  KidsforKids – Choir Update

Save the Date…

Many Year 4, 5 and 6 students have been practising for the Kids4Kids choir show coming up.

It is Wednesday 4 November (Week 4). If you would like to attend this hugely entertaining show at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna, please purchase tickets through Ticketmaster using this link:

It is best to book early as tickets are limited. Our children will only be performing on Wednesday 14 November and they do not need to purchase any tickets. Information regarding the dress rehearsal (on the same day) and drop off times for the night etc were provided on the choir notice all children received on Thursday.

If you would like more information please contact Leanne Barlow:

10. PB4L

This week our PB4L focus was on showing respect in the library.  Our lessons have focused on:

  • Using an inside voice;
  • Reading quietly.

11. Wellbeing

This week at school we have focused on kindness. One of the best things we can do for our wellbeing is to be kind or give to others (our time, actions and words). As well as strengthening our connections with others, research shows that kindness and giving makes us happier. 

We talked about:

  • What is ‘being kind’?
  • What sorts of things can we do to be kind?
  • What do people do for us that is helpful, kind or loving?
  • How does it feel when someone is kind to us?
  • How does it feel when we are kind?

We talked about how kindness is like a muscle that gets stronger the more we use it, and that it tends to be contagious. If we smile at someone, they often smile back! Other kind acts are the same. When we’re kind to others, we encourage them to be kind too. We watched the Colour The World video which helped show students this flow-on affect.

12.  Calendar Orders and School Photos

All of our students have worked hard on their calendar art. Look out for calendar art order forms which your child/ren will bring home next week. All ordering is done online. You can purchase calendars, cards and diaries. These make gorgeous Christmas presents.

Class and Individual Photos: Photolife is currently making necessary changes to the class photos taken at the end of last term. We will notify you as soon as they are ready for purchase.

13.  Melanoma Awareness Mufti Day – Friday 23 October

How can you Get Spotted? Wear spotty clothes to school on Friday 23 October! Melanoma NZ encourages everyone to practise sun smart behaviour by wearing our best sunnies, a wide-brimmed hat,  long-sleeves and long pants. So let’s get creative, have fun and most importantly, stay safe in the sun and look after the skin you are in. Gold coin donations go to support this worthy cause.

Kind regards,

Lorene Hurd


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