Newsletter Term 4, Week 2

T4 W2: Friday 28 October 2022

Important Dates
Friday 11 November – Year 4-6 Athletics Day


Positive Behaviour for Learning
Market Day
Art Celebration
Sports Update: Year 4-6 Athletics Day
Enrolments at Sunnybrae

PTA Update: 

Lost Property
Community Notices

Welcome to Sunnybrae
This week we would like to welcome the following new students and their families to our school community: Kipp and Joshua in Room 2

The PB4L focus for Term 4 Week 1 will be on using excellence everywhere. Our lessons will focus on Looking after belongings & using equipment correctly.   

Market Day
As a conclusion to our inquiry study on Locations and Economic Trade,
the Year 4/5 team held a ‘Market Day’ on Friday. Students made items to sell that related to the area of inquiry for their class. Room 13 studied orchards and made apple roses. Room students 15 inquired into the forestry industry and made wooden bag tags. Room 16 students learned about market gardens and grew bean plants to sell. Room 17 students were able to sell ice cream as they had been studying the dairy industry. Students from each class shared what they had learned at the start of the Market Day. Each child made one item for sale and was given a token to ‘buy’ one item. The market was a great success and was enjoyed by all. 

Art Celebration
Thanks to everyone who came to view and purchase their child’s art. If you

were unable to come along there is still time to make an online myKindo purchase. Closes midnight Sunday. Click here to make your online purchase

Purchased art will be sent home with your child early next week.


Online Photo Access Key slips were sent home in school bags this week. Use the unique code to view and order your child’s class and individual photos online at

Order before Sunday 6 November to receive free delivery.

Developing Reading Vocabulary
Reading Vocabulary refers to words you can both read and understand. Developing and building a strong vocabulary helps us to comprehend and understand what we have read. It is an important skill to not only read a word correctly, but to question what a word means if unsure. Growing your child’s vocabulary helps develop their communication skills, both in oral language (talking) and writing.

Some ideas to help develop reading vocabulary at home:

  • Read to your child everyday. Discuss new or interesting words and what they mean.
  • Reading picture books at any age is very engaging, but also try reading to them without showing the pictures or read a chapter book where your child is required to really focus on their listening and imagining a ‘picture in their head’. This not only develops listening skills, but encourages your child to ask more questions.
  • Listen to audiobooks at home or in the car.
  • Encourage your child to question words they don’t understand.
  • Talk to your child and use new and interesting words.
  • Play word guessing games (These are great for car trips). 

–  “I’m thinking of a word that starts with ‘br’ and means a person is not afraid.” (brave).  

–  “What is the opposite of floating?” (sinking)

–  “What are some words that have a similar meaning to ‘happy’?” (glad, joyful, content)

  • Play word games like Scrabble, Boggle and Upwords.
  • Complete simple word finds or crosswords together.
  • Learning common prefixes can help your child learn many new words. Work together to think of as many new words as they can using a common prefix ( ‘dis’, ‘un’, ‘re’). Write these on a piece of paper and add to the list as you think of new words.


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 10:00 am. 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 the enrolment form.


Bake Sale & Sausage Sizzle

Thank you to everyone who contributed ​ with baked goods for our Bake Sale as part of the Art Celebration. We had a fabulous selection of cakes and treats. In total we raised over $1130 from our bake sale, sausage sizzle and raffles. Thanks to our parent helpers Nivi Sivapalan, Rachel Crooks, Lucy Farquhar and Scott Mackenzie for all your help setting up and serving.

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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