Newsletter – Term 2, Week 7 2021

Term 2 – Week 7 2021

Important Dates

Week 7

Wednesday 16 June: Y4 – 6 Kapa Haka to perform at Northcote Intermediate – 11:45 am

Thursday 17 June: Samoan Families Community Engagement Project – 7:00 pm in the staffroom

Friday 18 June: Thank you prizes given for 6 or more Math-a-thon sponsors

In This Issue

  1. Welcome to Sunnybrae
  2. Out of Zone Enrolments Term 3 and 4, 2021
  3. Parent/Teacher Conferences
  4. Teacher Only Days 2021
  5. PTA Math-a-thon 2021 Fundraiser
  6. The Resilience Project Parent Hub 
  7. The Resilience Project Special Event
  8. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
  9. Year 5/6 Sports Exchange
  10. Community Notices

1.  Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new student to our school community: Zoe Cao (R3)

2. Sunnybrae Normal School
Out of Zone Enrolments Term 3 and Term 4, 2021

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available on our school website.

Applications for out-of-zone places are now being invited for those students who will become eligible for enrolment during the period of Term 3 and Term 4. The Board of Trustees has determined the following approximate number of out-of-zone places remaining in particular levels within the school.

  • Year 1 = 20
  • Year 2/3 = 15
  • Year 4/5 = 12
  • Year 6 = 3         

The deadline for receipt of applications for out-of-zone places is 9 July 2021.

If a ballot for out-of-zone places is required, it will be held on 12 July 2021. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

If you live in the home zone and have not yet signalled your intention to enrol your child later this year, please contact the school immediately to assist us to plan appropriately. Email:  or

3. Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday 30 June from 1:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday 1 July from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

You are invited to a Parent/Teacher conference to meet with your child’s teacher for 15 minutes on Wednesday 30 June or Thursday 1 July.

School Closure

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

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 for $14.00 on Wednesday 30 June. In order to enrol go and click on Special Day or call (09) 480 7099.


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 = b7zm3
  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.

4.  Teacher Only Days 2021

Teacher Only Days

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 Days will be on the following dates:

Friday 1 October – Term 3, Week 10

Monday 15 November  – Term 4, Week 5

5.  PTA Math-a-thon 2021 Fundraiser

This week the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is launching a Math-a-thon to raise money for a permanent shade structure at the back of our school hall. All children have been given a Math-a-thon pack today. If your child did not receive one, please check with your child’s classroom teacher.

The children will be asked to work out the answers to 10 or 20 questions from Lists 1 – 11 depending on their current maths stage. They will practise the strategies they have been learning at school to work them out and spend some of their mathematics programme doing this. They will then be asked to practise at home. Testing day will be on Friday 2 July.

Those children whose parents/caregivers are agreeable will be asked to seek sponsors to support the fundraising. 

For every six sponsors collected, your child will receive a small “thank you prize”. These will be given out on Fridays in weeks 7, 8 and 9 of Term 2. Everyone who gets over 10 sponsors and brings in their sponsorship money will go in a draw for a major prize. There will be a big prize for the person in each syndicate who has been the most successful at raising sponsorship. 

This is a good way to encourage the children to improve their mathematics while at the same time giving them a chance to actively assist the school in our fundraising venture.

 We hope you will be able to give it your full support.

6. The Resilience Project Parent Hub

Resilience and Wellbeing are key factors to ensure a happy and fulfilling future for our young people. In 2021 Sunnybrae Normal School staff are proud to be leading students through ‘The Resilience Project’. This evidence-based positive mental health programme builds resilience and happiness, focusing on three main strategies: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. We highly recommend all parents/caregivers view the following videos and information on the link below:

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.

7. The Resilience Project Special Event

The Founder of The Resilience Project is Hugh Van Cuylenburg. He will be visiting New Zealand next month 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

8.  Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

This week our PB4L focus has been on showing co-operation in the playgrounds and on the field. 

Our lessons have focused on: 

  • Demonstrating fair play and including others.

9. Year 5/6 Sports Exchange

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents and caregivers who supported our Year 5/6 Sports Exchange yesterday. Our students proudly represented Sunnybrae in a range of sports and had a lot of fun working together with their teammates. A further summary of the day will be shared with you all next week.

Kind Regards

Lorene Hurd

9.  Community Notices

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