Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

Welcome to Term 3, Week 4:

Assembly on Friday was a fantastic show case of creativity with our Year 5 Team's story telling and interpretation of the concept of Turangawaewae (belonging). Our two performance dance groups dazzled us with their polished dances too. We are blessed to have such talented staff to get the best out of our GEMS and commited to SHINE!

A huge thank you to the PTA team for hosting two great discos on Friday night. The new format with no parents in the hall (except helpers) meant that our learners were fully engaged with dancing and having fun! Photo booth image access will be provided later in the week.

Monday 12th August:

  • 12.40pm French lessons for those learners registered in Room 4
  • In conjunction with Auckland Transport we are having another "Pocket Park" event... this time it will be set up the the small carpark infront of the office to raise awareness to walk to school.

Tuesday 13th August:

  • Good luck to our inter school cross country GEMS who will run today at Lloyd Elsmore Athletics area.
  • Optional before school gymnastic practice
  • Lunchtime gymnastics for the Y3/4 team
  • 3.10pm Kelly Sports starts for term 3 after school for those registered

Wednesday 14th August:

  • Good luck to our Netball C team vs. Maraetai School at Maraetai.

Thursday 15th August:

  • Swimming continues for Year 3 and Year 4 through the Field of Dreams Swimming at Lloyd Elsmore Pool. It is essential that students bring togs, 2 towels (normal size for drying, not hand towels), warm clothes and slip on shoes. Name everything!

Friday 16th August:

  • 8am French lessons for those learners registered in Room 4
  • Koru Whanau (Y0-3) Assembly at 2pm - all welcome!
  • Young Guns Skate School - register via email simon@younggunsskateschool.co.nz

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Mātanga - experienced

E kore e mau i a koe, he wae kai pakiaka

You will not catch the feet accutomed to running among the roots

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Book Amnesty

We are collecting all readers in by the 20th of September so that a book audit can be done in the last week of this term. Please start checking for any extra school readers that you may have at home and return them to your child's teacher or the school office.

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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. https://goo.gl/forms/pWirpkxNkbwCDEu03

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NZEI Principal Collective Update:

On Friday our staff decorated their classrooms and wore green to support me and other principal's in raising awareness of our expired agreement and seeking parity with secondary principals. Several parents also wore green and we even received some yummy green spinach and feta muffins for morning tea.

Late on Friday afternoon a new offer has come through which on some levels does provide parity for us. This is a great move, however principals in U2 size schools (50-100 students) have been offered less than what the original agreement offered. Our principals in the smallest schools also teach at least 3-4 days per week and are not elligble for the teachers 10 hours classroom release time (CRT) per term or the special allowance for mentoring Beginning Teachers. This week I will attend a paid union meeting to discuss the offer. My gut tells me it will be accepted and as a collective we will work to negotiate in the next round a better deal for the U1-U3 principals.

Thank you for your support of teachers and principals over the last year as our expired contracts have been under negotiations.

Ngā mihi nui

Ms. Justine Driver, Principal.

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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, Principal

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