Newsletter, Term 4, Week 6 2020

Term 4 – Week 6

Important Dates

Monday         9:00 am Art Calendar online orders close

Tuesday        TNIS orientation morning for Year 6 students enrolled at TNIS

Wednesday   Prospective Parents’ Meeting

Thursday       Northcote Intermediate orientation morning for Year 6 students                                 enrolled at Northcote.

Friday            Junior Cross Country – Years 1 – 3

In this Issue

1.    Welcome to Sunnybrae

2.    Dates to note for the remainder of 2020

3.    Planning for 2021

4.    Student Art Calendar Orders – EXTENSION

5.    Sports:  Table Tennis & Gymnastics

6.    School photo orders

7.    PTA Updates:  School Disco / 2021 International Food Festival 

8.    Sunnybrae School Garden

9.  PB4L = Positive Behaviour for Learning – Update

10.   Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

11.   Ez-lunch – last day for orders in Term 4

12.   COVID-19: Alert Level 1

13.   Community Notices

1.   Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the sunshine that has come back after the intense rain that boosted our water supply lakes! Please use the Covid Tracer App when you visit the school.

2.   Dates to Note for the Remainder of 2020

Week 6

Tuesday 17 November:  Orientation morning for Year 6’s going to TNIS, 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

Wednesday 18 November:  Prospective parents meeting at 9:30 am

Thursday 19 November: Orientation morning for Year 6’s going to Northcote Intermediate, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friday 20 November:  Year 1-3 Junior Cross Country at 1:45 pm

Week 7

Monday 23 November:  Y4-6 Outstanding Citizenship Award Ceremony at 9:15 am

Friday 27 November:  Year 1-3 Athletics at 1:00 pm, Year 4-6 Interschool Athletics

Week 8

Monday 30 November – Year 4/5 Fun Day

Tuesday 1 December – Year 2/3 Fun Day

Wednesday 2 December – Year 6 Fun Day

Thursday 3 December – Year 1 Fun Day, Y1-3 Disco at 5:30 pm and Y4-6 Disco at 7:00 pm

Week 9

Monday 7 December – Sports Prizegiving at 3:00 pm

Tuesday 8 December – Year 6 Farewell at 5:30 pm

Thursday 10 December – BoT meeting at 7:00 pm

Friday 11 December – Final Assembly at 10:30 am, Reports emailed home

Week 10

Monday 14 December – Last day of Term 4, school finishes at 12:30 pm

3.  Planning for 2021

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

4.   Student Art Calendar Orders – Extension of Closing Date

The new closing date for ordering calendars is 9:00 am Monday 16 November.  You can purchase calendars, cards, diaries, mouse mats and sketch pads. To view your child’s picture and order products please go to and enter the Entrance Code Field Type.

These make gorgeous Christmas presents and are a great fundraiser for our school!


5.1  Table Tennis

Congratulations to the Sunnybrae Winners team Lewis Snape, Ryujiro Kudo and Hiroto Maruyama who were runners up for the North Harbour Primary School competition!

All teams will have contests on 11, 18 and 25 November. The final prizegiving for the Cup winners and placegetters will be on Finals Night on 25 November.

5.2  Gymnastics

Well done to Mone Sato who represented Sunnybrae Normal School in gymnastics on Wednesday 11 November. With fantastic control and grace, she has worked hard tirelessly and came 3rd place in volt! Congratulations Mone!

Our gymnastics squad represented Sunnybrae at the Primary Gymnastics Zone Day on Thursday 12 November. Congratulations to our squad members:  Korban McKinlay, Jonas Mansfield, Cody Simpson, Austin Moore, Noah Eli, Sophia Railton, India Watts, Gina Xiang, Prisha Patel, Angelina Chen, Sienna Fitzgerald and Sienna Taylor.

Sunnybrae came third overall and the feedback from North Harbour Gymnastics was that we were well prepared, organised and all students listened to instructions and applied their understanding.  Ka pai squad members!!!

A big congratulations and recognition to the following members:


Korban McKinlay:  2nd Floor; 2nd Vault; 4th All-Around


Angelina Chen:  2nd Team

Sienna Fitzgerald:  2nd Team; 2nd Vault

Prisha Patel:  1st Team

Sophia Railton:  1st Team; 3rd Bars; 2nd Vault; 3rd All-Around

Sienna Taylor:  6th All-Around; 2nd Team

India Watts:  1st Team; 2nd All-Around; 2nd Floor; 2nd Beam

Gina Xiang:  1st Bars; 1st Beam; 1st All-Around; 1st Vault; 1st Team; 1st Floor

Thank you to our great parent support:  Steve and Karen Simpson, Hannah Tork, Beth Railton, Melissa McIntrye and Kelly Watts.

6.  School Photo Orders

You can now access, view and order your student’s photos online!  The online system works off each student’s name, giving you an individual Photo Access Key to order your photos.

You have until before midnight, Sunday 22 November to order and pay online for your photos by following this link.

The school cannot accept cash for any photo orders.


7.1  School Disco – Thursday 3 December

School Disco: Our annual school disco will be held on Thursday 3 December in the Sunnybrae hall.

Sensory Disco: 4:45 – 5:15 pm Music Room – by invitation only

Year 1 – 3 Disco: 5.30 pm – 6.45 pm Hall

Year 4 – 6 Disco: 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm Hall

If you are able to help sell snacks, cook sausages or sell glow items, please email our Deputy Principal, Karen Rodger: Parent help would be appreciated. Thank you for your support!

7.2  2021 International Food Festival – Friday 12 March 2021

Our annual International Food Festival will be held on Friday 12 March 2021 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. If you are interested in coordinating a food stall that represents your culture, please email our Deputy Principal, Karen Rodger at Further information and requests for support will be sent out in the coming weeks.

8.  Sunnybrae School Garden

Come along and help the students in our school vegetable garden. Preschoolers are welcome. The Garden Group is held every Friday 12.30 – 1.00 pm.

For more information contact Viv Morley:

9. PB4L

This week our PB4L focus has been on showing independence in the playground and on the fields.

Our lessons have focused on: 

  • Demonstrating fair play
  • Including others

10. Wellbeing

Today is World Kindness Day. To celebrate this day at school we made sneaky thank you cards.

Kindness and gratitude are linked to overall happiness and just like sharing or turn-taking, they are social skills that need to be learned and practised. Thank you cards help children to think about and express what they are grateful for, and the surprise element makes the exercise more novel, unique and fun! The idea of hiding the ‘thank you card’  does two things – it makes it a little more fun and it makes the child’s gratitude intrinsic. They don’t need to see the person’s reaction to enjoy doing it.

At home you might like to get your child to make sneaky thank you cards for friends and family members.

11.  Ez-lunch – Last Day for Orders for Term 4

Please note that Friday 11 December is the last day that you can order lunches through EziLunch.

12.  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 am

Pick up:  3:00 pm Parents/Caregivers welcome onsite

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

13. Community Notices

Smiths Bush + Akoranga Restoration Group – Volunteers Needed

The Smiths Bush and Akoranga Restoration Group have planted an area of trees behind the YMCA on Akoranga Drive. They are looking for members of the local community to assist them with watering these plants over the dry summer months so that they will mature. If any of our families live close by and can help out they would love to hear from you. More information about this exciting project can be found at Please contact or Dennis Worley 0172 508613.


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