Newsletter, Term 4, Week 9

Term 4 – Week 9

Important Dates

Monday           Sports Prizegiving – 3:00pm

Tuesday           Year 6 Farewell – 5:30pm


Thursday         BOT Meeting – 7:00pm

Friday               Final Assembly – 10:30am           

In this Issue

1.    Dates to note for the remainder of 2020

2.    Sunnybrae Normal School Resources

3.    School Swimming Pool Key Hire for Sunnybrae Families

4.    2020 Outstanding Citizens

5.    Special Achievements in our GATE programme

6.    Year 1-3 Athletics

7.    Cluster School Athletics

8.    Senior Basketball

9.    PB4L = Positive Behaviour for Learning – Update

10.   Strategic Goal – Wellbeing

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

12.   Donations of Resources for Year 1 Classes

13.   Donations of Second Hand Uniform

14.   2021 Term Dates

15.   PTA Updates:  2021 International Food Festival

16.   COVID-19: Alert Level 1

17.   Community Notices

1.   Dates to Note for the Remainder of 2020

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 10:30 am, Reports emailed home

Week 10

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

2.   Sunnybrae Normal School Resources

Our reading rooms and library are now closed for the year. Please look under your child’s bed, on bookshelves and in your child’s bedroom for any resources that belong to Sunnybrae e.g. journals, library books, other readers and sports uniforms. We would appreciate receiving them back as soon as possible, please. We suggest you visit your local community library for extra reading material for your children.

3.  School Swimming Pool Key Hire for Sunnybrae Families

Summer is here and the school pool is full!

If you would like to use the pool after hours and over the summer period (7 December 2020 to 7 April 2021), you can purchase a School Pool Key from the office as follows:

By Friday 11 December, pay at the school office by EFTPOS or online banking into the school account:

ASB Bank:  12-3053-0370789-00

Particulars:  Pool key

Code:  Eldest student’s name

Reference:  Room No.

Cost:  $95.00 + $50.00 bond = $145.00

When you have paid please email with “School Pool Key” in the subject line so the office staff can prepare the key and Pool Key Contract for you to sign. Keys will be issued to Sunnybrae parents only. Children are not permitted to pick up keys on behalf of the parent.

The $50.00 bond will be refunded when the key is returned in April 2021.

4.  2020 Outstanding Citizens

Outstanding Citizens at Sunnybrae consistently show our RICE school values of Respect, Independence, Cooperation and Excellence. Our Learner Qualities also play an important part in the development of our students. Our Outstanding Citizens consistently demonstrate their ability to be: 

  • a Self Manager
  • a Thinker
  • a Communicator
  • a Relationship-Builder
  • a Contributor

Congratulations to our 2020 Outstanding Citizens: 

R13: Maia Geiger, Dante Fetuani, Claire Choi, Hannah Shin, Charlotte Barlow, Oscar Nguon, Leo Xu, Ria Dahya

R14: Vonal Dissanayaka, Annzu Suetake, Emma Ma, Loise Tuitupou, Sienna Fitzgerald, Andrew Sun, Yan Er Lok, Raine Fetuani

R15: Ximon Nang-Is, Madison Schroder, Mason Aroa, Sarah Liu, Emma Wong, Sophia Suresh, Daniel Cuttance, Sarah Patel 

R16: Prisha Patel, Catherine Li, Ivan Chashchegorov, Hunter Lock, Claire Pan, Peter Xu 

R17: Mika Delowe, Roman Keane, Taylor Karaitiana, Anne Nagafuchi, Lewis Snape, Riyan Nair 

R18: Holly Bolton, Erin Lee, Michaela Beak, Austin Moore, Ayden Curry, Ezana Leykune, Cody Simpson

R19: Sophia Railton, Young Eun Yang, Olivia Togia-Dove, Jessica Wang, Will Thornley, Aaron Ryu, Zeph Michaells, Owen Kinsey

R20: Jayden Chae, Bensen Mayberry, Arnav Nair, Mone Sato, India Watts, Alex Li

5.  Special Achievements in our GATE Programme

Congratulations to Jayden Chae

The Otago Problem Solving Challenge is an Intermediate-age maths competition which Primary schools may enter. The Year 6 GATE Maths group all took part in five problem-solving challenges over three terms. Each challenge has 5 questions. Jayden Chae of Room 20 scored 21 out of a possible 25 questions earning himself a book voucher. Jayden’s results are very impressive and we are incredibly proud of him.

Congratulations to Aron Niu

Aron Niu from Room 19 recently received a special award for attaining the highest score in the 2020 Year 6 Science competition administered by the University of Canterbury. Well done, Aron.

6.  Year 1-3 Athletics Day

7.  Cluster School Athletics – Friday 27 November

A big congratulations to all Sunnybrae athletes who participated in our annual cluster schools athletics day last Friday. You should all feel proud of your accomplishments. Well done to all. We are so fortunate to be able to hold and attend this event, considering what 2020 has presented us with.

An extended congratulations to the following placegetters:

Y4 boys shot put:  1st Mason Aroa

Y4 boys high jump:  1st equal Marcus Bambury, 2nd Mason Aroa

Y4 boys long jump:  2nd Taika Zhang

Y4 boys 60m sprint:  2nd Taika Zhang, 3rd Milo Wibowo

Y4 boys 100m sprint:  3rd Taika Zhang

Y4 boys discus:  3rd Taika Zhang

Y5 boys shot put:  2nd Sammy Maiava Solomon

Y5 boys long jump:  2nd Zeno Fang

Y6 boys discus:  1st Korban McKinlay

Y6 boys high jump:  1st Harlen Mackenzie

Y6 boys 100m sprint:  1st Noah Eli, 2nd Ezana Leykune

Y6 boys shot put:  2nd Ezana Leykune, 3rd Jonas Mansfield

Y6 boys long jump:  3rd Bensen Mayberry

Y6 boys 60m sprint:  3rd Noal Eli

Y4 girls long jump:  1st Chloe Everett

Y4 girls discus:  2nd Chloe Everett

Y4 girls high jump:  2nd Chloe Everett

Y4 girls 60m sprint:  2nd Chloe Everett

Y4 girls shot put:  3rd Sina Angitoa

Y4 girls 100m sprint:  3rd equal Chloe Everett

Y5 girls high jump:  1st Hannah Shin

Y5 girls 60m sprint:  3rd Hannah Shin

Y5 girls 100m sprint:  3rd Hannah Shin

Y6 girls shot put:  1st Laryah Nai

8.  Senior Basketball

9.  PB4L

This week our PB4L focus has continued to be on showing respect, co-operation and excellence during assemblies.

Our lessons have focused on:

  • Respecting the speaker 
  • Actively listening and participating 
  • Performing with enthusiasm 
  • Showing respect when receiving an award

10. Wellbeing

This week at school we focused on relaxing, thinking positively and flowing with mindfulness exercises. We used Go Noodle to explore some flow exercises. You might like to try some of these exercises at home with your children by going to this link.

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.  Donations of Resources for Year 1 Classrooms

The Year 1 teachers are looking for additional resources to support their programmes. If you have any of the following items that you would like to donate to our school, please deliver them to any of the Year 1 classrooms. Thank you in advance for your support.

  • Dolls house 
  • Dolls 
  • Toy dolls cot
  • Jigsaw puzzles 
  • Construction toys eg. lego, duplo
  • Old cars and trucks
  • Toy pushchair or pram
  • Dress up clothes
  • Toy kitchen appliances eg. oven/microwave

12.  Donations of Second Hand Uniform

If your child is leaving Sunnybrae this year and you have good quality and clean second hand uniform you no longer need, we would truly appreciate you donating it to the school so that we can offer it to new or current families that would also appreciate that support.  Please drop it at the office.

13.  2021 Term Dates

Term 1:  4 February 2021 – 16 April 2021

Term 2:  3 May 2021 – 9 July 2021

Term 3:  26 July 2021 – 1 October 2021

Term 4:  18 October – 16 December 2021


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 – 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.

15.  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!

16. Community Notices


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