Newsletter: Term 3 Week 8

Term 3 Week 8: Friday 8 September 2023

Important Dates
Tuesday 12 September – Photolife Class & Individual Portraits
Thursday 14 September – Interschool Cross Country Y4-6, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead, 10:00 am to midday
Thursday 14 September – PTA Movie Night, 5:00 pm in the Hall – Everyone Welcome – Doors Open 4:30 pm. 
Thursday 21 September – BOT Meeting, 5:30 pm in the Staffroom
Friday 22 September – Last day of Term 3
Monday 9 October – Start of Term 4
Saturday 14 October – Electoral Voting in the School Hall

Positive Behaviour for Learning
Spotlight on Year 2 –
Spotlight on Year 3/4 –
Wig Wednesday
Tongan Language Week
Theft of School Property
School Photos – Class, Individual and Siblings
Sports Update:
Year 5/6 Table Tennis Registration Open
PTA Update: Fundraising Movie Night, $5 per person
Community Notices

The PB4L focus for Term 3 Week 9 will be on: 
Excellence: Playgrounds and Fields – Consider the needs of others, 
demonstrate sportsmanship

Year 2’s Focus on Mitey
We are learning all about being a friend.
What makes a good friend, and how can we be a good friend to others? 

This is an important learning experience to help foster healthy friendships in the classroom and playground. We drew a picture of our friends and wrote about all the different qualities we need to demonstrate to our friends. We also made some friendship flowers, which are displayed in Room 11’s windows facing out to the covered turf.

Enjoying Gymnastics as Physical Education Lessons

Gymnastics has been the focus for the Year 3/4 team as part of their physical education lessons this term.
Participating in gymnastics enables students to gain confidence, as well as practise and apply balance, spring, rotation and landing skills. We have worked to ensure learners have been able to explore and use the equipment and apparatus safely and to strengthen core and muscles through balance, flexibility and agility movements.
As well as the physical education component, students have also developed their Learner Qualities by working cooperatively with others. Our students have shown a growth mindset by trying techniques and showing care and concern for others by supporting their peers.
The physical and social skill development of students has been exciting to watch.

Wig Wednesday Fundraiser
On Wednesday the 6th September, Sunnybrae took part in Wig Wednesday to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.
With your generosity, we raised over $520 for this great cause. Thanks to everyone who dressed up in colourful wigs and clothes and made a donation. 

Pasifika Cultural Group
In recognition of Tongan Language Week, the Pasifika Cultural Group is in the process of creating a collaborative tapa/ngatu artwork.

On Thursday our Tongan students gathered for a photo together – celebrating how proud they are to be Tongan.

Theft of School Property
Early in the morning on 2 September, between 2:10 and 3:00 am, the exterior horn speaker installed outside the library was stolen.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a speaker has been stolen this year.
These speakers have a value of approximately $1,000 each. We have reported the theft to both the police and our security company.
Three young men were spotted on our school grounds at the time of the theft. Please let the Office know if you have any information or if you recognise these people.

School Photos 
Photolife class and individual school photos are being taken on Tuesday 12 September.

Please remember to send your child to school wearing the correct school uniform. It must be either the black collared long-sleeve polo shirt or the yellow short-sleeved polo shirt with a collar. No polar fleece jackets or sweatshirts can be worn for the photos. 
Sibling photo request forms were sent home last week. If you want a group photo of all your children, the form must be returned to the office by Monday 11 September. 

Ordering of photos will be online. See for more details.

Table Tennis Registration Now Open

Year 5 & 6 students only
Does your child want to play table tennis for Sunnybrae during Term 4? What an amazing opportunity. The sport of Table Tennis is growing quickly in Auckland.
Games are played at the North Harbour Table Tennis Centre (behind the YMCA in Akoranga Drive) on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The competition runs from Wednesday 18 October, until Wednesday 13 December, and the cost is $45 per player.
For further information, please contact Rachel Olliver
Registrations close on Friday 6 October. 

Please click here to register your child for Term 4 Table Tennis. 


Out of Zone Ballot for 2024 – Now Open
We are excited to announce there will be a ballot for out-of-zone enrolments for Term 1 2024 at Sunnybrae Normal School.
The deadline for applications for places in Years 1-6 is 9 October 2023. The ballot will be held on 16 October 2023.  

Kind regards
Lorene Hurd,

Please note that all children are to be collected from school by 3.00pm. If you are unable to collect before this time, you may be interested in booking your child into the YMCA after-school club held in the School Hall.  


Book in one full paying adult cut or colour plus 2 children’s cuts and go in draw to win either A Stationery Pack for 2 children or 1 School Uniform
for the 2024 school year. You get to choose what option you’d like. 
Book online or phone 09 443 5077

Hair Identity, 41 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest 
Open from 1 September – 30 November.  Drawn 1 December 2023.
T&C’s apply – see instore for details. This prize is for primary/intermediate aged children. 

Brain Play is thrilled to offer an incredible lineup of after-school activities designed to ignite the curiosity and creativity of Kiwi kids aged 5 to 13. Join us all over Auckland and online forMinecraft adventures and STEM programmes! Our engaging classes cater to various interests, fostering a love for science and technology. With free trials online and in-person available, there’s something for everyone. We also have lots of free events all over Auckland, think 3D design, STEM, robotics and more. Book your child’s spot today at and unlock their limitless potential!

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