Newsletter – Term 2, Week 4 2021

Term 2 – Week 4 2021

Important Dates

Week 4                 

Monday 24 May – Scholastic Book Orders due, pay online

Tuesday 25 May – Y5/6 APPA Choir Rehearsal at Pt Chevalier Primary  

Wednesday 26 May – Volleyball lessons during Physical Education 

Thursday 27 May – Volleyball lessons continue           

In This Issue

  1. Welcome to Sunnybrae
  2. The Resilience Project
  3. The Resilience Project Special Event
  4. Teacher Only Day (School Closed Friday 4 June) + School Closures
  5. Garden Group Helpers
  6. Upcoming Events for our Pupuke Kahui Ako Community of Learning
  7. Introducing our 2021 Student Councillors
  8. Sports Update
  9. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
  10. Sushi Orders
  11. Community Notices

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community: Jeddah Wibowo (R4), Jackson Mynott (R8), Grace Lee (R18) and Jumseok Lee (R20).

2.  The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project

Thank you to the parents and caregivers who came to our parent information evening this week. 

The program focuses on the key pillars to resilience: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. The programme provides evidence-based strategies that are shown to build positive mental health. With regular practise they increase learning capacity, emotional literacy, physical health and happiness. 

Gratitude is paying attention to what you have – as opposed to focusing on the lack of something. It’s about being thankful for the little things in life and acknowledging what went well for you. 

Empathy is the ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings from their perspective. Closely linked with kindness, empathy is about actively looking for opportunities to be there for other people.

Mindfulness is about being in the present moment. It builds a sense of clarity and calm and can be practised through breathing exercises, meditation and paying attention to feelings and senses. 

Here is the link to The Resilience Project Parent Carer Hub.

This hub provides you with information about The Resilience Project and it has video presentations for you to view. Students will be watching similar videos tailored to their year level and will be completing wellbeing lessons in their classrooms.

3.  The Resilience Project Special Event

The Founder of the Resilience Project is Hugh Van Cuylenburg. He will be visiting New Zealand later this year and presenting at The Bruce Mason Theatre in Takapuna on Friday 2 July at 7:00 pm. This presentation will be suitable for all ages and tickets can be purchased from

4.  Teacher Only Day & School Closures – Term 2

Teacher Only Day

As previously advised, all schools have been allocated eight additional Teacher Only Days between 2020 and 2022 through the Accord signed in 2019. Our next Teacher Only Day is on Friday 4 June and our school will be closed for instruction on this day. During this time our teachers will be attending a professional development day with other schools from our Pupuke Kahui Ako (Community of Learning).

The YMCA will be running their programme in our school hall on Friday 4 June to support families needing childcare. Times and prices are as follows:

7:00 am – 6:00 pm – $52 or 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – $42.

Queens Birthday

The School will also be closed on Monday 7 June for Queen’s birthday.

Parent/Teacher Mid-Year Report Meetings

Parent/Teacher Mid-Year Report Meetings will be held on Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July. Children will go home at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 30 June. More information will be sent out closer to the time.

On Wednesday 30 June, the YMCA will be providing a special programme from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm for $14. This is for any families needing childcare during this time.

5. Garden Group Helpers

Sunnybrae Garden Group is held at lunchtime (for Year 4 and 5 students) each Wednesday 12:30 – 1:00 pm. Any family and friends (including preschoolers) are welcome to come and join us. If you have any seedlings you would like to donate to the school garden, donations would be gratefully received. For more information contact Viv Morley –

6. Upcoming Events for our Pupuke Kahui Ako 

Parent Evening with Dr Judith Locke – Author of The Bonsai Child
The Pupuke Kāhui Ako is pleased to announce a special parent evening with guest speaker Judith Locke. Her presentation will be on: Helping your child become confident and capable at school.

Date/Time: Thursday 3rd June 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue: Westlake Boys High School 
Cost: $12
Book Here


Pupuke Kahui Ako Music Gala – Tuesday 29 June

On Tuesday 29 June members of our Orchestral group and our Year 5/6 Festival Choir will perform at the Pupuke Kahui Ako Music Gala at Westlake Boys High School. Everyone is welcome to come along to this wonderful event. Please put this date in your diaries. Further information will be available in the coming weeks.


7. Introducing Our 2021 Student Councillors

Introducing Lewis Snape

Hi, my name is Lewis Snape and I am a part of the student council this year. I am involved in lots of activities and groups such as ukulele, Kapa Haka and wet day monitor. Last year I was also a Travelwise member making sure people cross the road safely.

In my spare time I like playing Minecraft, lego and origami. I like going to my bach and surfing. I also like fishing off of our boat. I play rugby, hockey and I sail.

I believe I can make school a better and more exciting place by helping others, organising assemblies and helping with fundraisers.

Introducing Loise Tuitupou

Hi I’m Loise and I am one of the 2021 Student Councillors. I do many things around the school like peer mediation, wet day monitor for Room 1 and library duty.  I play netball, touch rugby and basketball. In my spare time, I spend time with my family and we do some sports outside sometimes. I love doing fitness and learning about many different things.

I would like to encourage other students that want to become a student councillor. If I could help Sunnybrae it would be showing the younger students how to behave in class and during assemblies.

Above: Loise Tuitupou (left) with Rosie Beck (right), also a student councillor.

8. Sports Update

Year 4 Netballers: Wow! What an awesome week for sports. All of our Year 4 netballers played extremely well on Saturday morning, with a convincing win against Point Chevalier; 27 – nil. Excellent use of space around the court and great defending from all players; keep it up, girls. Thank you to Felicity Watts for stepping in as a sub, much appreciated and great work from you. The Player of the Day went to Evie Togia-Dove.

Year 5 Netballers: Awesome play from all and a win against Point Chevalier, with a score of 10-4. All players were outstanding in their performance. A winning result was contributed by great defending, getting in front of their opposition to intercept balls, excellent team cohesion, passing to all players, critically thinking about moving into space and using the capacity of the court. An exciting game to watch! 

It takes great communication skills and teamwork to win; however, player of the day goes to Mikayla Storrs for the most improved player, excellent ‘sticky feet’, great defence, getting free from her opposition and supporting her team.

Year 6 Netballers: Most of our Year 6 players are either new to the game or played a few years ago. These girls showed tremendous determination and worked extremely well together. Even though they experienced a loss, their team spirit and morale was highly visible. Well done girls for working as a team and encouraging and supporting each other.

Flippa Ball: Another wow! Sunnybrae had two back to back games last Sunday afternoon. New to the game for most, our players quickly ‘upped the ante’, particularly in their second game. Visible highlights were players moving in front of their opposition and intercepting the ball, flicking the ball off the opposition, marking their opposition and defending successfully. Players positioned themselves strategically in the pool, which was to their advantage. Healthy aggression was displayed in the second game, as players began to find their niche and rhythm.

Results: First game, Sunnybrae Stingrays drew 2-2, followed by a win in their second game; 2-0. Players of the day went to Jake Crooks (game # 1) and Rosie Beck (game # 2).

9.  Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

This week our PB4L focus has been on showing cooperation everywhere.

Our lessons have focused on: 

  • Helping others

10. Sushi Orders


We offer healthy and delicious lunch options that are full of goodness and made fresh in the morning on the day of delivery. Order online at Order cut off time is 9:00 pm Thursday.

Kind Regards

Lorene Hurd

11.  Community Notices

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