Newsletter Term 3 End

T3 END: Friday 30 September 2022

Important Dates
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 Fundraiser


Positive Behaviour for Learning
Art Celebration
Community Engagement Project
NZ Chinese Language Week
Sports Update: Flippa Ball, Table Tennis
Enrolments at Sunnybrae
Maths @ Home
Teacher Only Day
PTA Update: Fundraising Bake Sale & Sausage Sizzle

Lost Property
Crossing Duty Helpers 
Roadworks on Sunnybrae Road
Community Notices

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

The PB4L focus for Term 4 Week 1 will be on using excellence everywhere. Our lessons will focus on using listening ears and kind words and listening to the teacher’s instructions.

“Every child is an artist” – Picasso
Our students are so excited to be able to exhibit their artwork for the Sunnybrae Art Celebration in Term 4 Week 2 on Thursday 27th October (3-7pm).  As this is a fundraiser, we will be selling two pieces of each child’s art for $5 per item, one of which has a Maori focus. These pieces will be judged and awarded prizes by our lovely sponsor, Angela Temata from Harcourts Realty. We are really looking forward to bringing our families to view our art and share the gallery experience with us in our school hall and surrounding spaces. This really is a celebration as we all gather together as a community for the first time in a couple of years. 

Also on offer is a Bake Sale in the Sunnybrae staffroom – a Sausage Sizzle in the court yard – an auction is to be held for our donated art by Rix Meaker – Angela Temata from Harcourts Realty will be running raffle prizes and has supplied a Coffee and Icecream cart for refreshments. Cash on the day will be our preferred method of payment so get your gold coins ready! There will be a special prize giving for the winners of each category at 6.30pm, in the hall hosted by Angela Temata.

Please bring cash to buy food, drinks and a raffle ticket or two. 

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 our Pasifika families that gave up their valuable time last night to come along and share aspects of their culture.   

NZ Chinese Language Week
It was lovely to see so many of our Chinese students wearing their traditional Chinese clothing to school yesterday. 


Flippa Ball
Congratulations to our wonderful Splash Polo team ‘Sunnybrae Snappers.’ They came third in their division. All members have improved on their ball skills and are understanding the complexities of the game; a very competitive sport! Students are realising different underwater tactics being applied and developing greater team cohesion – well done team!  Thank you also to the awesome coach and managers; Scott Mackenzie, Nancy Song and Rachel Whitehead.

Team members are: Henri, Marcus, Keeley-May, Emilie, Jake, David, Noah, Leonie, Elliot & Finn

Table Tennis
Congratulations to the Sunnybrae Spiders Table Tennis team, Dante, Sam and Lion who won the Primary Cup in the North Harbour Schools table tennis competition for top primary school team. Awesome work boys!

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 
The ballot will be held on Wednesday 19 October 2022 and we will inform families within three days of the outcome.


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.


Fundraising Bake Sale & Sausage Sizzle – 27th October
In conjunction with the Art Celebration – the PTA are hosting a Fundraising Bake Sale and Sausage Sizzle in the teachers staffroom from 3pm on Thursday 27 October. Please support our stalls by bringing along cash to purchase yummy treats or enjoy a freshly cooked sausage for an early dinner.  

*Baking Needed
If you would like to support our Bake Sale please deliver cut cakes, decorated cupcakes, cookies or finger food that can be served at room temperature to the staffroom at 2.30pm.

*Helpers Needed
If you are able to help with setting up, selling food, cooking sausages and clean up duties please email 

Time slots available from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

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.

Roadworks on Sunnybrae Road
Auckland Transport and its contractor Fulton Hogan are to resume construction on bus priority and other improvements on Sunnybrae Road, in Hillcrest. The works will take place between Argus Place and Northcote Road and will include the following:

  • Minor concrete works at the intersection of Sunnybrae Road & Benders Avenue
  • Minor concrete works outside shops (#37 – #51 Sunnybrae Road)
  • Dish channel construction near Sunnybrae Normal School

For more details about the changes please see the attached plans and visit
Locations and durations of construction works
Location: 101 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest (Benders Avenue corner)
When: 3 October 2022- 8 October 2022
Location: 51 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest
When: 3 October 2022- 8 October 2022
Location: 34 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest
When: 3 October 2022- 8 October 2022
Time: Physical Works 7:00am to 7:00pm
Please note: times and dates are approximate and may change due to unforeseen circumstances or weather condition or weekend work.

Pedestrian Access
During this time, detour routes will be in place for alternative pedestrian access. Please follow the detour signage and traffic controllers for your safety.

How will the works affect you?
Travel time: You may need to allow extra time for your travels.
Traffic: When necessary detour signs will be in place to divert traffic.
Disruption: This type of work involves machinery, which can create noise, vibration and dust. However, we will use industry best practices to keep this to a minimum.
Site safety: This is a live worksite, so we ask that you do not enter any fenced off areas. Please ensure children are made aware of this.
Clean up: Tidying up of areas affected by the works will be carried out on a regular basis.

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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