Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

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Welcome to Term 4, Week 8: 5th - 9th December, Hakihea

Kia ora Sunnyhills Whanau

11.5 days to go... this week we have the foodbank collection, so please bring a non-perishable item to the hall this week to contribute this worthy cause. Our rescheduled interschool athletics and finishing with the annual Celebration Assemblies!

Please keep vigilant for the signs and symptoms of Covid 19 - several of our staff are unfortunately being hit by this third wave and we are finding it very hard to find relievers at present. We are having to often split classes or have 2 different teachers during the day to ensure we have cover. Many of our teachers are foregoing their release time to ensure we have cover. While we continue to promote safe hygiene practices at school please ensure you only send your child to school if they are well and symptom free (and please test!).

We had a lovely Y6 Graduation last week and thanks to the staff for making it a very special event! Thanks to the PTA for supporting with the supper, and special thanks to Mrs Monaghan, Mrs Turner and Mrs Shen for their supportY6 GEMS are invited to wear their leavers t-shirts this week with their school shorts/skirts.

On Sunday 11th, there is the Howick Santa Parade - several local principals have been "roped" into being dunked for entertainment and you guessed it... that includes me! If you fancy coming along to have-a-g0 at hitting a target to dunk Ms. Driver - the dunk machine is going to be up by The Apothecary end of the main street. I am going to be dunked about 11.10am - 11.20 am!

Rāhina, Monday 5th December, Harihea

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 2 & R18

    • Year 3-5 Soccer Skills

    • Foodbank Collection

    • Interschool Athletics - good luck Team Sunnyhills! Please see earlier communication for details (sports uniform, hat, lunch, water bottles etc.)

    • 12.30 - 1.15pm French lessons in the Music Room

    • 5pm Y6 Camp 2022, parent meeting in the staffroom

    • 7pm Board meeting

Rātū, Tuesday 6th December, Harihea

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 4

    • Foodbank collection

    • 3pm - 5.45pm Community feedback being gathered in the staffroom regarding the "Safer Streets" programme and the permanent plan which involves removing all the bollards etc

Rāapa, Wednesday 7th December, Harihea

Rāpare, Thursday 8th December, Harihea

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 5

    • Foodbank Collection

    • Cricket skills Y2/4

    • 12.30 - 1.15pm French lessons in the Music Room

    • School Lunch service via = The Bakehouse

Rāmere, Friday 9th December, Harihea

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 1

    • School Lunch service via = Sushi

    • 9.15am - 10.15 am Koru Whanau Celebration Assembly

    • 11.15am - 12.15pm Kowhai Whanau Celebration Assembly

    • 1.45pm - 2.45pm Kauri Whanau Celebration Assembly

Student absences - the office needs to be notified when your child is away. Please also let us know if there is COVID in the household! If you are emailling the teacher please also email or fill out this Google Form:

Covid update: If someone in the household has covid, only that person needs to isolate for 7 days. So students are expected to be at school if they are covid free, feeling well and not displaying any symptoms. At school we continue to maintain our public health measures to promote wellness, with regular washing and sanitising of hands, good hygiene with sneezing/coughs into elbow, ventilating classrooms and wearing masks are optional.

Māku te ra e tō ana; kei a koe te urunga ake o te rā

Let mine be the setting sun; yours is the dawning of a new day

Nga mihi nui

Ms. Justine Driver


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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. sPlease 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. Contracting Solution Ltd, window clearning: Marcus Rose Ph: 021 082 55241

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

  5. Harcourts, Nyrelle Foss, 021 126 3993, Visit:

  6. Hub of Hope Child Consultancy Services, Roxanne Fick & Sherry Watkiss +6421742157

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

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

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

  10. Meta Financial Solutions, Mike Willoughby Ph: 021 402 508 Visit:

  11. Peak for Life Fitness Studio, Natasha 027 271 5316,

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

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

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

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50th Jubilee update:

Thank you for the continued interest in attending a Jubilee to mark our 50 years. After much discussion and taking into account the current covid environment, with interest from people wishing to travel to attend, we will hold off to celebrate our 55th Anniversary instead in 2025.

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device Information for new parents and those with children entering Year 3 in 2023 is here

PTA Local Directory Slideshow

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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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