Newsletter Week 8

T3/W8: Friday 9 September 2022

Important Dates

Spell-a-thon Payments – due Friday 9 September
School Photos – class and portrait photos will be on Monday 12 September
Yummy Stickers – due Friday 16 September
Community Engagement Focus Groups
– New Zealand/European Pakeha – Wednesday 21 September 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
– Fono Evening – Thursday 29 September 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Teacher Only DayTuesday 25 October


Community Engagement Focus Groups
Enrolments at Sunnybrae
Teacher Only Day
Cross Country Y4-6
Year 6 Camp
PTA Update: Spell-a-thon, Disco, Yummy Stickers
Wig Wednesday Update
Tongan Language Week
Maori Language Week
Fono Evening
Parking Safely at School
Lost Property

The PB4L focus for Week 8 will be on using cooperation everywhere. Our lessons will focus on: Demonstrating fair play, Including others.

Community Engagement
Focus Groups

We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the many different cultural groups that make Sunnybrae the diverse and unique school that it is. Thank you to those of you who have given up your valuable time to come along and share aspects of your culture. We are excited to be working with the talented artist, Rix Meaker who will design and paint panels to be placed along the front fence of Sunnybrae Road adjacent to the Junior Playground. 

The next cultural group we are meeting with is the New Zealand/ European Pakeha  group on Wednesday 21 September at 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the school staffroom. We would love for you to come and share your ideas with us.

Prospective Parents Meeting

Sunnybrae Normal School would like to invite all parents who are considering sending their child to our school in the next year to a meeting. Please join us on Wednesday 2 November at 10am. We will share information about the school and explain how we bring quality learning and our core values to school life.  

If you are interested in hearing more about Sunnybrae Normal School, please RSVP to the office on or 09 443 5058.

Enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School
If you live ‘in zone’ and have a child turning 5 this year, please make sure you enrol your child/children as soon as possible. Please also encourage any new ‘in zone families to enrol their children as this helps us with future planning. Please visit our website and complete enrolment form.

Out of Zone Ballot for Term 1, 2023 Applications Welcome

We are very excited to announce there will be a ballot for out of zone enrolments at Sunnybrae Normal School starting Term 1, 2023. The deadline for applications for places in Years 1 to 6 is Wednesday 28 September 2022. The ballot will be held on Wednesday 19 October 2022.

Teacher Only Day

There will be a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 25 October 2022. The YMCA is offering child care for the day if you are interested.

Year 4 to 6 Cross Country

Last Friday the Year 4 to 6 students took part in the annual School Cross Country. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day and all the students participated enthusiastically in their races. Thank you so much to the teachers, parents and other adults who offered their support on the day.

Congratulations to the top 3 placegetters (listed below) along with all those students who have been selected to compete in the Zone Day on Thursday 15 September.

Year 6 Camp

Despite the wet start, our Year 6 students had a wonderful time at YMCA Camp Shakespear on Monday to Wednesday this week. Working as teams, they completed activities such as orienteering, rock climbing, archery and downhill skateboarding. A big thanks to our parent helpers for their enthusiasm and the teachers for their organisation of the camp.

PTA Update


Friday 9 September.

  • Pay via Kindo (our preferred method of payment).
  • Pay cash at the school office

Monday 12 September.

There will be a $50 Warehouse voucher for the student in each syndicate
who has been the
most successful at raising sponsorship.
Everyone who gets over 10 sponsors or raises at least $50 and paid their sponsorship money before the due date of Friday 9 September will go in a draw for a major prize.


The PTA would like to say a big thank you to all who supported the Disco last Friday night. It was a fantastic success and we loved seeing all the children dancing and having a great time. We have raised a whopping $2600 for our fundraising account. PTA (Parent Teacher Association).


All Yummy Sticker sheets are due back to school on Friday 16 September.
This is the last day to hand them in. Please hand these into the office to help fund new sports equipment for the school.
We would really appreciate your support with this initiative. 
PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

Wig Wednesday Donations

It was lovely to see so many funky hairstyles on Wednesday and thank you to all our Sunnybrae families for their generous donation to the Child Cancer Foundation. We have donated $337.70 towards this great cause.

Tongan Language Week

Mālō e leilei. Our Pasifika cultural group enjoyed making lolly leis to celebrate Tongan Language Week. The Year 6s who were away at camp will get to enjoy this next week. Mrs Ngata wore traditional Tongan dress each day which sparked much discussion and interest throughout the school.

Today the children celebrated Tongan Language Week by wearing traditional costumes to school. It was a lovely way to end our week. 

Māori Language Week: Te Whare Tapawhā

Next Week is Māori Language Week! We will be celebrating this by focusing on the wellbeing of our students, staff and community by looking at different elements of our health. 

As our Home Learning Challenge for Week 8, we invite you to discuss each area of Wellbeing and complete an activity as a family. These will be sent out to you via Seesaw. Please share photos throughout the week through Seesaw to your child’s teacher.

Parking at School

We are asking that all parents/caregivers be considerate of our many neighbours by ensuring that you leave their driveways clear when you are dropping off or picking up your child/children. For security, please lock your vehicle at these times.

Kind regards
Lorene Hurd,


SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER. 11am – 2pm. 


  •     Come and try athletics!
  •       Meet our Commonwealth Games athletes.
  •       Free sausage sizzle and lolly scramble.
  •       Amazing prizes – signed t-shirts, hoodies and annual membership and
        coaching worth $150.
  •       $25 Rebel Sports vouchers for the first 10 new members to join our Club
  •       Use the NZ Police speed gun to find out how fast you are!
  •       Second hand uniforms and running spikes to swap on the day
  •       Bring your friends and family!


Brain Play

Brain Play teaches after-school science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5 – 13. Find us in 9 venues across Auckland and online. Topics this term include 3D printing, electronics, coding, animation, STEM experiments & more. Free trials available for new students. We also run regular events across Auckland, including free events! Make sure to follow us on social media and check the Events page on the website so you don’t miss out. Check out our after-school timetable on our website and use the form to get in touch –

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