‘Normal School’ Role

Our school is a Normal School … a term used to describe the six Auckland schools that have a close working relationship with the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education. We value this role and the additional benefits it brings to the school, our own students and staff.

Being a Normal School means that in addition to providing and meeting the learning needs of our pupils, we play a vital role in the pre-service and in-service training of teachers. In order to do this, the Sunnybrae and University staff work closely together. As a Normal School, we are required to provide a model of sound, current, effective teaching practice. All of our teachers are experienced in leading the development of student teachers as they complete the teaching experience part of their training.