Newsletter – Week 4, Term 1 2021

Term 1 – Week 4 2021

Important Dates

Monday                 Swimming Lessons for Rooms 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Tuesday                Swimming Lessons for Rooms 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Wednesday          School Finishes at 12.30pm for Parent Teacher Conferences

                              Swimming Lessons begin for Rooms 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12

Thursday              Parent Teacher Conferences starting at 3:20 pm

                              Swimming Lessons for Rooms 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12

Friday                   Swimming Lessons for Rooms 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12

In This Issue

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

2.  Parent / Teacher Conferences 2021

3.  Covid 19 Alert Level 2 Information

4.  International Food Festival

5.  School Drop Off – 8.30 am – 8:45 am

6.  Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School

7.  Scholastic Book Club

8.  Sport at Sunnybrae

9.  Volunteer Parent Helpers please… Calling All Painters

10. Sushi Fridays for 2021

11. Thank You to Stationery City – Porana Road

12. Donations of Resources for Year 1 Classrooms

13. Community Notices

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community: Nate Nyatara (R1)

2.  Parent/Teacher Conferences 2021

Wednesday 24 February from 1:20 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday 25 February from 3:20 pm – 5:00 pm

You are invited to a Parent/Teacher conference to meet with your child’s teacher for 10 minutes on Wednesday 24 February or Thursday 25 February.

Please note: If we are in Alert Level 1 Parent Conferences will be held at Sunnybrae Normal School. If we are still in Alert Level 2, Parent Conferences will be held via Zoom. We will share more information with you after the Government announcement on Monday.

Room 8 parent conference information will be seesawed out over the weekend.

School Closure on Wednesday 24 February at 12:30 pm

School will close and the children will all go home at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 24 February.

After School Care Programme

YMCA provides After School Care in the school hall. You may make prior arrangements directly with the YMCA if you would like to enrol your child from 12:30 – 3:00 pm on Wednesday 24 February.  Your child does not have to attend After School Care to attend the 12:30pm-3:00 pm session. Bookings can be made through


If you need a translator, please contact the office directly as soon as possible.

Principal/Deputy Principal Meeting – Optional

You are welcome to make an appointment with our Principal, Lorene Hurd or Deputy Principal, Karen Rodger.

Online Booking

  1. Go to
  2. Enter our school’s unique code = k88cy
  3. Press ‘Go’ and follow the instructions

If you are unable to make your own online booking, please contact our school office on 09 443 5058. We are here to help.

3.  Covid Alert Level 2 Information

The success of our plan relies on the support of our parents and caregivers.

  • Keep children home if they are unwell.
  • If your child is showing symptoms, they should remain at home and you should seek advice from your GP or Healthline (0800 611 116) about possible testing before returning to school.
  • If you are informed that your child has become unwell while at school, please pick them up promptly.
  • The best measures of prevention are hand hygiene, cough etiquette, no touching and keeping out of the ‘moist breath zone’.

Students Returning to School

No Parents/Caregivers on school grounds

To reduce contact tracing:

1. Plan for Drop Off at Gate     8:30 – 8:45 am   All Students

  • Staff will be present at all gates to assist with drop off.
  • To ease congestion at all entrances to the school, we encourage you to park away from the school grounds and walk your child to the entrance. 
  • When your child is ready they could walk on their own.

2. Plan for Pick Up at Gate        3:00 pm   All Students 

  • Year 1 staff will bring the students to the gate on Sunnybrae Rd to meet parents.
  • Staff will be present at all gates to assist with pick up.
  • Ensure your child knows where you will meet them at 3:00 pm each day. 
  • Please keep your meeting point the same.

Other Important Information

Essential Appointments During School Time

If your child will be late due to an appointment, please call the office before arriving at school. A staff member will meet you at the gate and escort your child to class. 

If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please call the office. A staff member will bring your child to the designated pick up point at the requested time.

Cleaning Routines

  • All teachers will clean high contact surfaces in their classroom twice a day.
  • The school cleaners perform a full clean each night.
  • Devices cleaned daily.

Good Hygiene Routines

  • Water Fountains are closed – bring your own drink bottle.
  • Cough/sneeze into the elbow.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Wash hands with soap and water (soap available in all toilets).
  • Dry hands completely with paper towels.
  • Regular use of hand sanitiser which is available in each classroom.
  • Masks are not required (personal choice).

No Touching, Stay out of ‘Moist Breath Zone’

  • Teachers will create new routines in class to support no touching.

Music, Culture and Sports Groups

  • No music, cultural and sports groups. To be reviewed regularly.
  • No assemblies. To be reviewed regularly.

YMCA Before and After School Programmes 

Learning Support Programmes will run as usual

Pastoral Care

  • We are available to support families. If you need assistance, please contact your classroom teacher, Team Leader, Deputy Principal or Principal via email or leave a message with the office staff.
  • We are all happy to answer any of your questions. 

The Alert Levels will be reviewed again on Monday 22 February. Hopefully, we will move to Alert Level 1. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

4.  International Food Festival

Our annual International Food Festival is being held on Friday 12 March between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. This event has become one of the major events on our school calendar. In addition to bringing funds into the school, it serves to bring our school community together to celebrate our cultural diversity. 

We can’t do it without a truly combined effort from everyone. We are looking for support preparing for the International Food Festival. Pleae volunteer your time and skills. Further details and parent help forms will be sent out early next week. Thank you to Angela Temata from Harcourts Milford who is sponsoring this event. Visit Angela’s website

5.  School Drop Off – 8.30am – 8.45am

A reminder that students are expected to be at school between 8:30 and 8:45 am every morning. Please ensure your child has a great start to their day and arrives at school by this time. Parents are welcome to come to the classroom to pick up their children at 3:00 pm once we are in Alert Level 1.

6.  Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School

If you live ‘in zone’ and have a child turning 5 this year, please make sure you enrol them as soon as possible.  Please also encourage any new in zone families to enrol their children as this helps us with future planning. For enrolment forms and further information you can choose from the following:

7.  Scholastic Book Orders

Last day of ordering is today (19/2/21) for online book club orders.

We are unable to accept cash orders in the office.

Should you have any queries on ordering call Book Club: 0800 266 525 or follow the link Book Club: registering as Sunnybrae Normal School.

8.  Sport at Sunnybrae in 2021

We are looking forward to another exciting sporting year at Sunnybrae. Below is a list of the sports that will be offered during the year, along with the teacher you can contact if you have any questions. Thank you to those who volunteered to coach and manage last year; we truly appreciate your assistance. Now is the time to start thinking about whether you can help out this year by coaching or managing. We will support you in any way that we can, however, without a volunteer to coach, we are unable to enter teams into the various competitions. 

Please let us know if you are able to help. We look forward to working with you.

Junior Basketball, Year 2 – Anna Blair

Games are played on Tuesday afternoons at the North Shore Event Centre, beginning in March and running throughout the year. 

Middles Basketball, Year 3-4 – Eva Roding 

Games are played on Thursday afternoons at the YMCA, Akoranga Drive, beginning in March and running throughout the year.

Senior Basketball, Year 5-6 – Mary Waters and Sheryle Snellaert  Games are played Thursday afternoon/early evening at the YMCA, Akoranga Drive, beginning in March and running throughout the year. 

 Permission Forms for Basketball should now have been returned to the school office if your child is wanting to play.

Junior Netball, Year 1-3 – Megan Ebborn, Wendy Frazer 

Games are played on Monday afternoons at Netball North Harbour in Terms 2 & 3. 

Senior Netball, Year 4-6 – Sheryle Snellaert

Games are played at the Netball North Harbour courts in Northcote or WGHS. Year 4 teams play on Monday afternoon and Year 5 & 6 teams play on Saturday mornings in Terms 2 & 3. 

Hockey, Year 3-6  – Rachel Olliver Games are played at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium in Albany on Monday afternoons in Terms 2 & 3. 

North Harbour hockey also offers a Fun Sticks Hockey programme for children aged between 5-7 years old. Refer to this address for individual registration forms: 1-3

Touch Rugby (summer), Year 3-6 – Anita Knight

The games are played at Kaipatiki Park in Glenfield on Wednesday afternoons in Terms 1 and 4.

Cricket, Year 3-6 – Sheryle Snellaert

The Cricket Blitz Programme runs for Term 4 and was played on either Tuesdays or Fridays last year (this could change). This programme is free of charge. 

Table Tennis Year 5-6 – Viv Morley Games are played on Wednesday evenings over Terms 2-4 at the North Harbour Table Tennis Stadium in Akoranga Drive (behind the YMCA).

Flippa Ball, Year 4-6 – Sheryle Snellaert Games are played at AUT Millennium in Albany on Sunday afternoons, throughout the year. Children must be strong swimmers to play this sport. 

Children will need to watch the daily notices and attend sports meetings to express their interest in playing. Permission letters will then come home for parents to complete and sign. This signed document will be followed up with confirmation of team placement and any fees will need to be paid before your child will be able to play.

Please note that once permission is received, your child will be registered as a player in that team and are making a commitment to play for the season. This year we will continue to place a special focus on teaching our students about committing and belonging to a team or group.

Please talk with your child about the sports they would like to get involved in this year and encourage them to have a go.  

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions

Sheryle Snellaert and Mary Waters –  

PE/Sports Curriculum Leaders –

9.  We Need Your Help – Calling All Painters!

Can you help? The wall at the back of the stage needs some attention by way of preparation and painting. We are looking for a team of volunteers to undertake this job for our school. If you, or anyone in your family are keen to help, please contact the office. Thank you.

10.  Sushi Friday 2021

Dear Parents

“SUSHIDAY” is back for Term 1, 2021. 

Archers Rd Sushi & Donburi has found a new owner as of last week. This means you will NOT be able to order sushi lunch from the shop and all orders MUST be submitted on our website will still be owned and operated by the previous owner “Dan & Jen” as they have retained the sushi lunch business to become an independent catering business solely focussed on catering school lunch.

 “SUSHIDAY” will be operated from a commercial kitchen so you can be assured the sushi lunch will not only be the same quality that your kids have loved for the past years but it’s made by the same people. Yes, Dan the sushi guy. And Dan is using the same yummy recipe.

You can order sushi lunch EVERY FRIDAY on the website by going to “Order School Lunch” on the menu bar and register your account by selecting your school as “Sunnybrae Normal School” if you are ordering for the first time OR use your existing account. 


11.  Thank You To Stationery City – Porana Road

We would like to say a huge thank you to Stationery City who made a donation to the school based on the sales they received from stationery orders. Bruce and Fiona are fantastic supporters of our school and community.

Congratulations to Brandon Kang in Room 1 and Noelle Vella in Room 8 who were the lucky winners of Stationery City’s draw. Brandon received a $30 voucher to spend in the store and Noelle received a $20 voucher to spend in the store.

12.  Donation 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


Toy dolls cot

Jigsaw puzzles 

Construction toys e.g. lego, duplo

Toy cars and trucks

Toy pushchair or pram

Dress up clothes

Toy kitchen appliances eg. oven/microwave

Kind regards

Lorene Hurd


13.  Community Notices

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