Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

Welcome to Term 4, Week 7: 23rd-27 November, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

Kia ora Sunnyhills Whānau

We had a marvellous sunny day for interschool athletics on Friday and our GEMS showed great perseverance and determination in all of their events. We managed to secure placings in 6 events across the day - congratulations to place winners and all our team for shining brightly.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS must go to Mrs Lee and the team of all girl engineers in the semi-final of EPro8 held at Farm Cove on Friday also. EPro8 is a technology and engineering problem solving challenge that is immensley competitive. I'm proud to report our team came 2nd and will now compete at the Auckland Regional finals this week coming. A second accolade for our school this week in technology with the news that our Mars Rover Challenge team are top 5 finalists too! Our investment in digital technologies and our specialised classroom release programme with Mrs Lee is certainly putting Sunnyhills forward as a leading school in the field of digital technologies and future focused education. We are enabling our GEMS to shine brightly and competently with skills that utilise their learning powers! Thank you Mrs Lee and to the Board of Trustees for supporting this vital programme!

Thanks to the many Koru parents and whanau who came along to support our youngest GEMS on Tuesday at the cross country and tabliod athletics event - it's great to have your support and see you participating too!

Just three short weeks to go and so much to do and celebrate before the 11th - please remember that tomorrow is our Teacher Only Day - bookings are essential for Kelly Club supervision

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Rāhina, Monday 23rd November, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

  • Bikes, Scooters & Helmets: Rooms 1,2,3,17.

  • NO SCHOOL - closed for student instruction as staff have our Teacher Only Day in preparation for 2021 and professional learning in digital work streams.

Rātū, Tuesday 24th November, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

Rāapa, Wednesday 25thNovember, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

  • Bikes, Scooters & Helmets: Rooms 18,19, 11,12

  • 7-8pm BYOD parent evening in the staffroom for parents wishing to know more about our BYOD (bring your own device) opportunity - especially parents of Year 2 moving into Year 3, Kowhai Whanau next year

Rāpare, Thursday 26th November, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

  • Bikes, Scooters & Helmets: Rooms 13,21,22,24.

  • 7.20pm PTA planning meeting in the staffroom, all welcome!

Rāmere, Friday 27th November, Whiringa-ā-rangi :

  • Bikes, Scooters & Helmets: Rooms 23,6, 8,9a & 9,10.

  • EPro8 GRAND FINAL - good luck to Ruby, Rebecca, Jessica and Jaymee our EPro8 Engineers in the Auckland Regional Final at Mt Roskill today

  • PTA Frozen Friday $2 - preferred to be paid by kindo

  • Year 6 Farm Cove and St Kents Orientation sessions

  • No Assembly this week

  • Congratulations to Ms Belinda Edmonds who graduates this evening from her two years as a provisionally registered teacher!

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Learing for Life with our G-E-M-S:

🟢G: = GROWTH...keeping focused on learning!

🔴E: = EMPATHY...Everyday Learning for Life while fostering effective relationships with our GEMS and community

🔵M: = MANA, acting with pride and integrity - doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

🟡S: = SELF BELIEF... growing confidence in language, culture and identity! Knowing myself as a learner and growing resilience.

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Wawata - aspiration

Ko te pae tawhiti, whāia kia tata; ko te pae tata, whakamaua kia tīna

Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain

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Nāku, nā

Justine Driver, Principal

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Level 1 Reminders: Learners can wait inside the gates before 8.30am at the Kiss, Wave and Go areas, parents if waiting on site and each time you do enter please ensure that you scan the QR code for contact tracing. Monday and Friday mornings whanau are welcome into class, then on a Friday to assembly and Friday afternoons to pick up from class (the remainder of the week, we are still encouraging pick up from the designated areas).

Covid-19 Update: At Sunnyhills we continue to uphold our hygiene and cleaning practices for the remainder of the term. Washing hands, santising, teaching personal hygiene (coughing into elbows, encouraging not touching their face). Please continue to promote hygiene at home too!

Contact Tracking is ESSENTIAL and continues to be encouraged through the Ministry of Health QR code which you will find on our gates and buildings and it is your responsibility to complete this so that you can track your own movements.

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*SUPPORT LOCAL * PTA Directory Listings *

Here are the quick contact links to those business that are supporting us! The PTA local partnership of these business helps supports us at Sunnyhills! Listings will be on our weekly update, linked from the @School App now (instead of the contact tracing), on our website and in our newsletters. Please contact them for a quote if you are considering work , renovations, sales etc...!

PTA Directory Listings:

1. Auckland Roofcraft, Ph: 09 579 8889, Visit:

2. Carpetland, Debbie Sirett Ph: 09 534 4000, Visit:

3. Fab Drivers, Nicki and Rachel Ph: 09 576 5554, Visit:

4. Golden Olive Restaurant, Sonelia Ph: 09 576 0057, Visit:

5. JVS Gasfitting, Jason Sammut Ph: 022 587 4968, Visit:

6. Kip McGrath, Janine Attaya Ph: 09 576 9069, Visit:

7. LA Plumbing, Luke Anderson Ph: 021 169 4957, Visit:

8. Omni Financial Services, Mike Willoughby Ph: 021 402 508, Visit:

9. Ray White, Jon Jaksic Ph: 021 113 9963, Visit:

10. SR Kitchens, Scott Reid Ph: 021 243 3910, Visit:

11. Stomp Kids Shoes, Ph: 09 535 0586, Visit:

12. Thompson Automotive, Mark and Grant Ph: 09 576 3997, Visit:

13. Yard Monkey, Bryce Cooper Ph: 021 618 121, Visit:

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What makes Sunnyhills such a unique school?

It is a place where children are articulate, caring and respectful, displaying a strong sense of citizenship; a place endorsed by a safe and nurturing community. Our parents have high expectations of their children, matched by unconditional support. At Sunnyhills we strive to unlock the potential in every child as we grow lifelong learners.

Our business first and foremost is children’s learning; preparing our young people with the skills they need for the future. The Sunnyhills’ ‘Learning for life’ philosophy fosters independence, curiosity and critical thinking. Students are engaged, and lead their own learning pathways through inquiry based topics. They display a ‘have a go’ attitude and are not afraid to take responsible risks.

Opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom are plentiful and diverse. Children’s learning is supported by high quality teaching, well resourced classrooms, a music and environmental educational specialist teachers and we have learning assistants in all of our junior classrooms. The Arts, sports and culture are valued and are an integral part of our varied programme.

Ms. Justine Driver


Have you downloaded our app?

Sunnyhills School is committed to providing the best education possible for your child. We have communicated with you our new Spotlight reporting changes that are being phased in. To this end, you now have the ability to securely view information about your child through the new Parent APP and in time have greater access digitally to real-time reporting on your child's current learning progress (this aspect has not been fully released to our community yet). We encourage all parents to download the APP and log in, as you will also find this a useful portal for school notices too!

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