Newsletter Term 3, Week 9

T3/W9: Friday 16 September 2022

Important Dates
Friday 16 September – Yummy Stickers due
Thursday 22 September – PTA Sausage Sizzle

Monday 26 September – Queen Elizabeth II’s Mourning Public Holiday

Community Engagement Focus Groups:
Wednesday 21 September, 7-8pm – New Zealand/European Pakeha
Thursday 29 September, 5.30pm – Pasifika Fono Evening

Monday 24 October – Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 25 October
– Teacher Only Day


Positive Behaviour for Learning

Community Engagement Focus Groups:
New Zealand/European Pakeha
Pasifika Fono Evening

Wellbeing Focus
Enrolments at Sunnybrae
Maori Language Week
Teacher Only Day

PTA Update: Spell-a-thon Winners, Sausage Sizzle
Table Tennis 
Lost Property

Community Notices

Welcome to Sunnybrae
This week we would like to welcome the following new student and his family to our school community:  Ethan Wang in Room 13

The PB4L focus for Week 9 will be on using excellence on the playgrounds and fields. Our lessons will focus on: Considering the needs of others + Demonstrating sportsmanship

On June 17, we held a special parent evening entitled, ‘We Are Sunnybrae.’ This was an opportunity to share important aspects of our local curriculum including Wellbeing, Learner Qualities, Community Engagement and Positive Behaviour for Learning. There are many benefits of sharing similar messages about learning and life in both the home and school setting. Using the same language can make this even more effective. Through Seesaw we are sending home the Positive Behaviour for Learning Expectations poster shown below to support our home/school partnership. You might like to print this out and have it on the fridge or a display board, and refer to it during discussions with your family/whānau. There are also a limited number of coloured A4 posters printed at the office for those who might like to have a copy. This is one several resources that we are sharing with you over the coming weeks.

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

This week our wellbeing tip focuses on how a healthy outside starts from the inside.
As a family, you might like to do the following activities.

Get your child to do some fractions when they are having dinner. Maybe they could help make it. Ask your child if half of the plate has colourful vegetables on it, if a quarter of the plate is protein and if a quarter of the plate is carbohydrate. Get them to name the vegetables and discuss where they come from, above the ground or under the ground. Ask where the protein and carbohydrates come from. Get them to describe the way the plate looks and the tastes and texture.

For dessert make a fruit salad face together using your child’s favourite fruit.

Explore mindful eating by trying the Taste Test – click here

Māori Language Week 
This week we celebrated Māori Language Week by focusing on the wellbeing of our students, staff and community. Each day we looked at a different element of our wellbeing through the Māori Health Model ‘Te Whare Tapawhā’ in our classrooms as well as for a Home Learning Challenge. We loved seeing a lot of Māori and Wellbeing activities around the school, including in the library, Kapa Haka and in our music and dance classes with Mr Vella. We hope you enjoyed participating in our Wellbeing challenges at home.

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.



A grand total of $9837.90 was raised by the students, a fabulous effort by everyone and the PTA thank you for your hard work learning your spelling words.
The winners of the $50 The Warehouse voucher for most raised money per syndicate are:
Year 1 – Kaia Nilsen-Pene Room 5
Year 2/3 – Miya Marsters-Tuisamoa Room 7
Year 4/5 – Noah Moata’ane Room 15
Year 6 – Hope Lafu Room Room 20
Winner of the Lucky Draw for over $50 raised or 10 Sponsors is
Martin Job Room 5, who won a skateboard and a $50 voucher to Live Wire Entertainment.

Table Tennis Champions

We have had 3 table tennis teams playing in the competitions at the YMCA on Wednesday evenings this term. The Sunnybrae SerpentsAlbert, Vonal and Yun Yi played in the final for their grade, beating Milford to win their grade. Well done team.

Community Engagement Focus Group:

THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER5:30pm in the Staffroom
Food will be provided for a light dinner. 

Please RSVP by 26.09.22 to Helen Rennie-Younger, Acting Deputy Principal 

We are looking forward to meeting with you.


We currently have a lot of un-named school polo fleece jumpers in the Lost Property Office. Anything not claimed by the end of term will moved into the Donated School Uniform section. See the office staff for a key to access the Lost Property room, located by the driveway in the junior area, if you are missing items of clothing.

LOST PURSE: A childs purse was handed in after the disco with money and a gift card. If you can describe the purse and the name of the gift card we will return to the correct owner. Please see the office staff.

Kind regards
Lorene Hurd,

Please note that all children are to be collected from school by 3.15pm. If you are unable to collect before this time, you my be interested in booking your child into the YMCA after school club held in the hall.  


The New Zealand Stage and Screen Combat School

School Holiday Programs

Week 1
3-4 Oct Prop Making – Make a weapon, Drama with our actor
5-7 Oct Script Writing, Drama & Film using the weapon you made in prop class 3-4 Oct!
Check out some of the amazing talent from our last holiday program:
Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4
Book here:

Week 2
10-11 Oct Prop Making (Terrain and dnd related props) DND/Warhammer taster
12-14 Oct DND/Warhammer – using the terrain you made in the prop class 10-11 Oct!
Book here:

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!


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