Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

Welcome Back Term 1, Week 3:

Fantastic to have huge community support with so many of our learners and teachers wearing Asian attire on Friday. It was great to see parents and whanau along to the Chinese New Year observance on Friday with E-PACS Lion and Dragon Dancing Group ~ Xièxiè.

Monday 18th: Learning as usual. A special welcome this week to our Mandarin Language Assistant Han Yu, who we are sharing with Mellons Bay School this year. Yu will support learners in Years 3 & 4 to learn Mandarin and know more about Chinese culture. Yu will be with us all week, however usually will be with us on a Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday 19th: 7.30am Year 6 students off to camp.

Wednesday 20th: Year 6 at camp. Room 17 Trip to the Millennium Centre. 1.45pm Bright Sparks starts with Mrs Burge. 3.30pm - 6.30pm Year 5 first evening of 10 minute Parent Partnership Meetings please ensure you've done your booking via booking code m8dwk

Thursday 21st: Year 6 at camp. Room 18 & 19 Trip to the Millennium Centre.

Friday 22nd: Year 6 campers return close to 3pm. PTA frozen friday (lemonade iceblock sale) $2 each payment via kindo before 9am or $2 cas to your class teacher before school. Iceblocks will be delivered at lunchtime. 3.30pm Young Guns Skate School on the courts for enrolments please email

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Niwha - Grit

Ka mahi te tawa, uho ki te riri ~Well done, those of you whose courage is like the heart of the Tawa tree

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Travelwise: Y3-6 Biking or scootering Permission

If you believe your child is capable of biking or scootering to school please fill out this form.

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Last chance for feedback about Meet the Teacher new format - fill out short survey here:

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Year 4-6 Kauri Whanau Swimming tryouts - if your child was 8 years old (or older) Please fill out this form by 9am Monday 18th February

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Y4-6 opportunity to participate in Tip Top Fun Day

In 2017, we had a fabulous time at the Rotary Tip Top Fun Day. We can only register 6 teams of 10 students (60 students total), so please get in quick and return $3.50 to the office in a named envelop with room number. We will also need 2-3 parents per team to help manage the team and encourage them.

This event is going to take place on Sunday 7th April. Students will need to be at Edgewater College at 9.15 am and the day finishes at 2 pm. This is a great family day, ideal for a picnic lunch and actively cheering your team through all the fun activities. We can only put forward teams if we have enough parent support, as it is a Sunday event. Like the Weetbix Tryathlon, this event is coordinated by the school, but managed on the day by parents. We will have the Sunnyhills gazebo as a home base and a staff member may be present, we rely on the event being parent lead.

Please indicate on the form if your child is interested and you can support a team

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Upcoming PTA AGM & Executive PTA positions ~ the current PTA executive team have set the year of FUNdraising up well for the year. All proposed events have sub-committees and action plans, however the curent PTA executive members have indicated they will not be able to continue in their positions for 2019. So, we are on the look out for a new Executive to come together and coordinate the already well organised sub-committees to ensure the events go ahead. Please see Mrs Driver or a current PTA member (or email if you are interested in standing for Chairperson, Deputy Chair, Secretary or Treasurer. The AGM and next meeting is set for week 5, 7th March at 7.20pm. It would be fantastic to have some new parents join us!

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Please check out our new website it is really mobile friendly!

PTA Local Directory Slideshow

What makes Sunnyhills such a unique school?

Mrs Justine Driver, Principal

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.

Have you downloaded our app?

A great portal for you to keep connected with daily notices from each whanau, report an absence or lateness, direct links to Facebook (so you don't need to be a member to view our page), links to the website and Kindo/Our Shop for payments and lunches. Get it on your device today!

So here's the link:

To add the app as a “Home Screen” do the following:

iOS Devices (iPads, iPhones) – Open Safari first: enter address, select the share box, and select “Add to Home Screen.”

Android Devices – Open Chrome: enter address, click three dots on the top right, and select “Add to Home Screen.”