Newsletter Term 3, Week 10

T3/W10: Friday 23 September 2022

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

Community Engagement Focus Groups:
Thursday 29 September, 5.30pm – Pasifika Fono Evening

Friday 30 September
– Last day of Term
Monday 17 October – Start of Term 4
Monday 24 October – Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 25 October
– Teacher Only Day
Thursday 27 October – Art Celebration


Positive Behaviour for Learning
Community Engagement Focus Groups: Pasifika Fono Evening
Wellbeing Focus
Learner Qualities
Transition to School Workshop
Enrolments at Sunnybrae
Cross Country Zone Day
Netball Tournament
Seesaw Parent Update
Fire Drill 
Teacher Only Day

PTA Update: Sausage Sizzle
Lost Property
Crossing Duty Helpers 

Community Notices

Welcome to Sunnybrae
This week we would like to welcome the following new student and his family to our school community:  Lola-London to Room 2

The PB4L focus for Week 10 will be on using independence in the playgrounds and on the fields. Our lessons will focus on choosing safe and sensible places to play.

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. Our next focus group will be held as part of the Pasifika Fono which is on Thursday 29 September from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. We are looking forward to meeting with you.

This week our wellbeing tip focuses on connecting to nature. One of the best things to do to lift our mood is to have fun outdoors. You might like to explore the following with your child during the school holidays.

  • Take a Moment to Read in Nature – Head outside to a cosy spot and spend time reading.
  • Take a Moment to Notice Nature – Head outside and do some movements that make you more aware of your surroundings. 
  • Take a Moment to Discover Nature – Head outside on a fun scavenger hunt. The items to find are located here.
  • Take a Moment to Create in Nature – Head outside with a pencil or art supplies and draw or paint what you see.
  • Take a Moment to Listen in Nature – Head outside to focus on hearing the experience of outside.

The Learner Qualities at Sunnybrae and at Home
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 to 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 a poster of our Learner Qualities, 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 in discussion 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.

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.

Cross Country Zone Day
Last Thursday, 36 Year 4 to 6 students represented Sunnybrae Normal School at our Zone Cross Country. The course went over fields and up and down muddy hills! We were super proud of all the participants as they ran their best and everyone completed their respective course. Congratulations to Isla in Room 19, for coming first place in Year 6 Girls and Joel in Room 18 for coming a very close fourth in the Year 6 Boys. A huge thank you to the wonderful parents who helped supervise our groups or turned up to support their children during the races.

Congratulations to all our winter netball players. They have improved immensely in their ball skills, using court space and developed more team cohesion. Some of our teams will be signing up for Spring League, which will commence at the end of October. Particular congratulations goes to our Year 4 team as ‘runner ups’ in their division – well done girls and thank you to our coach Jo Cameron and manager Jessica Gatman. A big thank you to all our coaches and managers of our netball teams – without your help, we are unable to put teams forward. Your hard work is duly noted and appreciated.

Pictured: Ana, Emma, Samantha, Mrs Snellaert – Sunnybrae Sports Co-ordinator, Zoe, Melania, Jo Cameron – Coach, Sophie and Alice. Absent: Noelle, Thalia and Suzy

Seesaw Parent Update
Seesaw is now available as one mobile app for iOS or Android devices for teachers, students, and family. There are no longer two separate Seesaw Class and Seesaw Family apps. This single app allows teachers, students, and families to switch easily between active users.  If you have an earlier version of the Seesaw Family app (before 8.0.0) you will need to download the new Seesaw app to take advantage of the new experience. you can access multiple accounts or roles on the same device.  This means that when multiple people share a device or when people have more than one Seesaw role, they can easily switch between different accounts without having to sign in and out. We hope this makes the Seesaw easier to use.

Fire Drill
On Wednesday 14 September at 12:00 pm, Sunnybrae Normal School ran a Fire Drill. All students were prepared for the drill by their classroom teacher. Once the fire bell rang students and their teachers made their way to their Emergency Assembly point. The Junior classrooms (1-7)  assembly in the playground area in front of their classrooms and the remaining classrooms (8-20) assembled on the top field. Once class numbers were confirmed and time taken for the drill  was recorded, the teachers were given the signal to return to their classrooms. Once back in the classroom teachers completed a debrief with their class about the Fire Drill.

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.



Thanks to everyone for supporting yesterdays Sausage Sizzle. It was our first one for the year and a big thanks goes to Dora Yang and her helpers for organising this event. We made a  grand profit of $670 which has gone towards helping fund fabulous new netball uniforms for our Sunnybrae 4, 5 & 6 teams. We look forward to seeing them worn on the courts next season with pride.

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.

LOST GLASSES: A pair of small pink childrens reading glasses were found in the school hall. Please see the office staff if they are yours.

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.  


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