Wednesday 1 September – Remaining at Alert Level 4

1 September 2021

Remaining at Alert Level 4

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed, but for now, Alert Level 4 will remain in place until Monday 13 September. Despite this news, it is really pleasing to see that Alert Level 4 is having its impact on the number of confirmed cases. At Sunnybrae Normal School, our distance learning programme will continue.

We were very sad to see flooding impacting various communities around West Auckland yesterday. Our heart goes out to friends and family in affected areas.

We are looking for parent input on the following Sunnybrae Strategic Goals for 2021. It would be wonderful to hear from you. More information below.

Wellbeing Action Team

2021 Focus = Student Wellbeing

Team Leaders: Mary Waters, Wendy Frazer and Melanie Hanson

Wellbeing Team Recent Initiatives

The Resilience Project

  • Teachers attended professional development sessions on how to deliver ‘The Resilience Project’. The project focuses on teaching lessons each week on the GEM principles of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Weekly lessons are being taught in all classrooms. 
  • Earlier this year, we hosted an evening to introduce ‘The Resilience Project’ to our parent community. Thank you to all who attended.
  • The Wellbeing Team meets regularly with The Resilience Project Facilitator, Georgie. This includes Zoom meetings during our current lockdown.
  • Our Wellbeing Team attended a networking meeting with local schools to share ideas.

Tu Manawa Project  

  • We recently started an initiative at school called the Tu Manawa Project to support students to increase their participation in physical activities. This has been very successful and we look forward to continuing this when we return to school. 

Student Nutrition

  • The Wellbeing Team meets regularly to discuss our next initiatives. We have continued to do this during the lockdown and are currently planning a nutrition focus for students.

Wellbeing Wednesday

  • Each week during lockdown we celebrate ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ by providing an opportunity for families to take a break and do something for their wellbeing. We send out a link with an activity they could do. These have included a gratitude activity and some activities that can be done outside as a family.
  • We have recently met to discuss ways to support student wellbeing once we are back at school after this current lockdown.

Home Learning

  • We are including some initiatives from The Resilience Project around our GEM (Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness) principles in our home learning.

Staff Wellbeing Workshop 

“I just wanted to let you know how useful I found the Wellbeing Workshop that I attended by zoom on Tuesday 31 August.  Please thank Wendy for taking the time to bring myself and other new staff up to speed with the Wellbeing project at SNS.”

Jennifer Wheadon – Office Manager

Request for Parent/Caregiver Input

We would love to hear about the successful activities that you have done on Wellbeing Wednesday with your families or GEM activities your child has completed. Please email your ideas, suggestions and feedback to Wendy Frazer via email at

Alert Level 4 Requirements

There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19. You can go to website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements.

Food, Medicine and Essential Items

Finally, we know some families in New Zealand may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine. This information about how to access food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.

A reminder for Year 6 parents, Out of Zone applications for both Northcote Intermediate and Takapuna Normal Intermediate School close today. More detailed information is below.

Please do take care and let us know how we can best support you and your whānau.


Kind regards

Lorene Hurd


Enrolment at Northcote Intermediate School

Northcote Intermediate School, Enrolments for 2022

Thank you to those who have enrolled so far – we are excited to see so many families choosing our school as their Intermediate.  If you have yet to enrol and you are in-zone, it would be great to receive your application so we can make the best plans. For those who are applying out of zone, applications close on 1st September.  These can be made online through our website, which has lots of information.  We appreciate the current situation may affect some people’s ability to enrol – should you have any questions or issues, please contact us at .  Also, as a result of our final open day needing to be cancelled due to the lockdown, if you have any questions about Northcote Intermediate School please contact our principal, Phil Muir on

 Looking forward to continuing your learning journey with you!

Enrolment at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School

Takapuna Normal Intermediate School – Enrolments for 2022

Kia ora Parents of Year 6 Learners,

Our enrolment application form is online and the deadline for enrolment is today,  Wednesday 1 September. The ballot for out-of-zone enrolments will be drawn on Wednesday 8 September.

Allocating classes is a complex process and we want to ensure that we make the best possible class placement for all our new learners. If you are intending to apply for a place at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School either in-zone or out-of-zone, please apply online as soon as possible.

Please visit our website and click on the enrolment link.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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