Newsletter – Term 1, Week 5

Term 1 – Week 5 2021

Important Dates

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

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

                       PTA Meeting (7.00pm – 8.30pm)

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

                       Prospective Parent Meeting (9.00am – 9.45am)

                       New Entrant Transition to School Visit (9.00am – 9.45am)

                       Maori Hui (6.00pm – 7.30pm)

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

                      Room 8 Parent Teacher Conferences

                      BOT Meeting (7.00pm – 9.30pm)

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

In This Issue

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

2.  Sunnybrae International Food Festival – Friday 12 March: 4.00pm – 7.00pm

3.  Thank you for Attending Parent Teacher Conferences

4.  Traffic and Parking

5.  Hui Reminder

6.  Sports at Sunnybrae

7.  Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School

8.  Donations of Resources for Year 1 Classrooms

9. Community Notices

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community: Cove Powell-Webster (R1) and Scarlett Choi (R3).

2.  International Food Festival

     Friday 12th March 4.00pm – 7.00pm

We have a great evening planned again this year with a huge variety of food on offer and fun-filled entertainment. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your extended family, neighbours and friends. 

All Sunnybrae students will be performing at the festival between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. They will need to be at school by 5:00 pm. 

We will be running a cashless system again this year. You will be able to buy $1 tickets from various locations at the food festival and you can use those tickets to buy food, drinks, raffle tickets and entry to activities. Tickets will be available to purchase from the school office from Monday 8 March onwards.

Thank you to all of those people who have already offered to help and have donated goods. Other ways you can contribute:

  • Provide some home baking for us to sell at our dessert stall e.g. cakes and biscuits. If you are able to do this then please email Leanne Barlow –
  • Everyone, please donate a king size chocolate bar for our carnival game. These can be dropped at the school office from Monday.

Please complete our parent helper form. There are two ways to complete this form a. on the paper copy sent home with your child today or…

b. by typing the following link into your browser on the computer – 


Please complete and return paper copies to the School Office by Monday 1 March 2021.

Thank you to Angela Temata from Harcourts Milford who is sponsoring the Food Festival. Visit Angela’s website

3.  Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you for coming to Parent Teacher Conferences this week. The percentage of parents in attendance was very high. Our teachers thoroughly enjoyed sharing this time with you. If you haven’t yet met with your child’s teacher, we will make contact with you next week to arrange a time. We are always happy to discuss your child’s progress or to answer your questions about our classroom programmes. 

A reminder that Room 8 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday 4 March.

For Online Bookings

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

4.  Traffic and Parking 

With the start of university, we are aware of an increase in traffic around the school. Please ensure that you leave a little earlier to ensure your child is at school on time. Children should be at school between 8:30 am – 8:45 am to ensure they are ready to start the day on time.

We are aware that parking around the school can sometimes be difficult. You may like to consider parking in either Northgrove Avenue or Ellen Ave and meeting your child at these entrances after school.  

Please do not use the shop parking opposite the school for school pick up and drop offs.

5.  Maori Hui: 3 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Our Annual Consultation Hui will be held on Wednesday 3 March 2021 between 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm, where we will share some of the initiatives we have planned around integrating Te Reo and Tikanga Maori into our daily lives at Sunnybrae. Everyone is welcome.

RSVPs are due to the Office by Friday 26 February 2021.

6.  Sports

Cricket Blitz

We are now seeking expressions of interest for a Cricket Blitz team to represent Sunnybrae Normal School. The competition runs every Friday evening from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Onewa Domain 2.This Cricket Blitz competition is for Year 4, 5 and 6 players with 6-8  players per team.

This programme is free of charge and is run by the Takapuna District Cricket Club. We do not need to supply coaches or managers.  However, we do need at least one adult to supervise at the games, so if you are available to do this, please advise on the notice that your child can collect from, Room 17.

The children will play in their Sunnybrae PE T-shirt, black shorts and sports shoes. They can wear batting gloves if they would like.

Please have your child collect a notice from Room 17; Ms Sheryle Snellaert


Flippa Ball

We are now seeking expressions of interest for Term 2, 3 & 4 for Flippa Ball. 

Flippa Ball is most commonly known as ‘Mini Water Polo’. The game is a water based sport and is a great way for kids to be active while building confidence when in the water. The game is for Primary aged school children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The sport is played in a shallow pool (1.2m – 1.3m deep) and uses a range of ball skills, swimming and teamwork. 

Flippa Ball is a great stepping stone into Water Polo with kids learning the basic skills needed to take on the deep water in Intermediate and Club level.

Location: AUT Millennium (Antares Place, Mairangi Bay) 

Time and Day: Times vary between 1:00pm and 7:00pm on Sunday afternoons. 

Game duration: Games consist of 2 x 8 minute halves. There is a 1minute break at half time in which teams switch ends. 

League Duration and Times: The League runs for a total of 8 weeks each term. No games during school holidays/public holidays.

Should your child have an interest in Flippa Ball, Ms Snellaert will hold a meeting on Wednesday 3 March. We look forward to seeing your child join and extend on their swimming and team skills.


Year 4-6 Netball (Junior Netties)

Ms Snellaert will be holding a meeting at morning tea for those students who would like to represent Sunnybrae in Netball.

These games will be played at Westlake Girls High School on Saturday mornings. Game times will depend on the draw, however normally runs from 8:30am – 12:00pm.

Junior netties is open to both female and male players, an awesome game to showcase your quick footwork, ball skills combined with teamwork!

Meeting will be held Friday 5 March at morning tea, Room 17; Ms Snellaert.

Touch Rugby Season Kicks Off! – Sunnybrae has entered three teams in the Kaipatiki Junior Module  – a Year 3/4 team and two Year 5/6 teams. Well done to the Year 3/4 players who, for many, are giving a new sport a great go, and to the Year 5/6 players for playing hard and having fun. Thank you so much to the coaches, managers and parents for all their support so far.

7.  Enrolment at Sunnybrae Normal School

f 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:

8.  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


Lorene Hurd


9.  Community Notices

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