Newsletter Term 2, Week 3

Term 2 Week 3


Important Dates

Friday 20 May:  Pink Shirt Day – Gold Coin Donation

Friday 3 June:  Teacher Only Day

Monday 6 June:  Queen’s Birthday – school is closed

Friday 24 June:  Matariki Public Holiday – school is closed

In This Issue

  1. Welcome to Sunnybrae
  2. Teacher Only Day – 3 June School Closed
  3. Positive Behaviour for Learning
  4. Sunnybrae Sport
  5. Futsal
  6. Pink Shirt Day – Friday 20 May
  7. Jesters Pie Day Success
  8. Sushi Friday
  9. YMCA

1. Welcome to Sunnybrae

This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community:

Daisy Tran in Room 1 and Amaya Sunil in Room 15.

We also welcome Samantha Sinclair, a student teacher from AUT. Samantha will be working in Room 7 for the next 3 weeks.

2. Teacher Only Day – Friday 3 June 2022

School Closed

School will be closed on Friday 3 June. All teachers will attend the Pupuke Community of Learning COLAB professional development day. 

If you require child care, YMCA will be running a programme at Sunnybrae on Friday 3 June. It is bookable on AimyPlus

Cost is $52 for 7:00 am – 6:00 pm or $42 for 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The day will include a mix of art/craft, sports and games.

3. Positive Behaviour for Learning

Our Week 3 lessons will focus on using independence in the playgrounds and on the fields

Our lessons will focus on:

  • Choosing safe and sensible places to play

4. Sunnybrae Sport

Splash Polo

The Sunnybrae Snappers had their first game of Flippa Ball for 2022 on Sunday 8 May – Mother’s Day!  The team consists of:  Emilie Belsham, Finn Cumiskey, Chloe Everett, Leonie Mackenzie, Lee Olgilvie, Jake Crooks and Keeley-May Morrissey. As Emilie and Keeley-May were not available this weekend Joel Simpson and David Wu kindly stepped in for the first game.

The team played Pinehurst School and played really well, resulting in a 5–3 win. Chloe and Leonie were both strong attackers, with Chloe securing all of Sunnybrae’s goals. She was awarded Player of the Day. David, Lee, Joel and Jake were strong in defence and Finn blocked at least 3 of the opposition goals, saving the team from a closer scoreline.

The team can’t wait to play again to improve on their performance!

Last Sunday was a busy day poolside at the Millenium Institute for our two Splash Polo teams. The SNS Snappers, made up of Year 6 players, won their game 5-3, with Chloe Everett receiving Player of the Day, well done Chloe! Flexibility was demonstrated as Keeley-May Morrissey and Emilie Belsham switched times to play for the Stingrays at 4:00 pm. Overall, SNS Snappers demonstrated focus and a great team spirit!

The Stingrays, with players ranging from Year 4-6 inclusive, played two games, back to back. The first game was a non-scoring game, the second game, points were accounted for. With mostly new players, Stingrays were grateful and appreciative to receive support and guidance from seasoned Sunnybrae Snapper players, demonstrating an excellent approach to great sportsmanship! Noah Moata’ane demonstrated tenacious goalkeeping skills, earning Player of the Day. Congratulations Snappers and Stingrays!

Netball – Year 6

Netball last Saturday was amazing. It was our first game for this year! Our team worked together really well and we fed the ball down the court extremely fast. There was amazing support from the side line and I couldn’t believe we won the first game 34-0. The positions worked out really well. Written by Chloe Everett, Year 6

Congratulations team, stirling job! Player of the day went to Isla Fitzgerald, congratulations Isla.

Netball – Year 4

At the game, Melania scored about 4 points. She was awesome! Sammy did some great passing, along with Sophie. We won! Everyone had fun but for me, it was more about winning. Sophie did some great defending and so did Noelle. Everyone played great on their 1st game for the year. It was tricky learning positions and where to go but in the end we all felt proud. Written by Zoe Cameron, Year 4

Congratulations to the team as a whole. Player of the day went to Samantha Welch, well done Samantha.  

Thank you to the parents who provide ongoing encouragement and support to our sports teams.


Click on the URL below to see how father and son (Adam and Henri Crooks) team up and sail at Wakatere Boat Club.

5. Futsal

Come to the Onewa Domain on Sunday and have a fun time playing Futsal. 

Follow the details on the flyer.

6. Pink Shirt Day – Friday 20 May

On Friday 20 May, Sunnybrae will be supporting Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and is about reducing bullying by celebrating diversity in all its forms and supporting schools, kura, workplace, and communities to be safe, supportive, welcoming and inclusive of all.

Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to school on Friday 20 May and bring a gold coin donation. All money will be forwarded on to Mental Health Awareness.

7. Jesters Pie Day Success

Thank you to all of those families who supported our Jesters Pie Day on Wednesday. The PTA raised $282.00. All funds raised by the PTA this year will go towards an upgrade to our basketball courts.

8. Sushi Friday



Kind regards

Lorene Hurd


Sunnybrae Normal School


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