Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

***.ALERT LEVEL 3.2***

Term 4, Week 7 : 29 November - 3 December

Kia ora Sunnyhills Whānau

Ending the Year - 10 school days to go on the whole (5 for most learners)

It is a very strange end to the year without being able to host and celebrate our GEMS in our usual Sunnyhills Style with our special Celebration Assemblies and Y6 Formal Graduation Evening. However, this Thursday nights we will release our Y6 Graduation Ceremony for our Y6 whanau. We encourage our Y6 families to get dressed up, have a lovely dinner, tune in to their Class Meet to acknowledge the evening and then at 7pm watch the graduation and awards ceremony that will be released. While we can't be together, we certainly hope that this recorded keepsake will be just as special for our leaving GEMS.

I would like to pay special homage to the Y6 cohort and their whanau as this group of learners mark the first full generation of GEMS under my principalship, starting as Year 1s and now graduating Y6's. I started at Sunnyhills in 2016, and of our Y6 cohort 40% of them had started as Y0 in 2015 with Miss Small as the principal, 25% of them were brand new Year 1s in 2016, and a further 35% of this cohort joined Sunnyhills over their learning journey. The whanau support over this time has been immense with your participation with transforming the school property. I initiated many a working bee where you will recall installing the edible gardens, distributing mulch, planting out the Fordyce pathway, painting all the boundary fences black, painting out the OLD playground, tidying up the infamous tree island, the memories of the "Yarn-Bomb" tree, the planting of the Western Boundary and the upgrade and transformation of the pool area and hall. I am thankful for your positive commitment and energy to support my vision into a reality for your child and the benefit of our learning community. You have seen our GEMS Language of Learning come to life over these past 6 years and I hope we hold a special place in your hearts and memories from your association with Sunnyhills.

Learners on-site this week:

Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th: Y6, Bubble Learners PLUS students with last names A-L

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd: Y6, Bubble Learners PLUS students with last names M-Z

Friday 3rd:

  • Y6, Bubble Learners PLUS students with last names M-Z

  • School owned devices need to be returned by M-Z learners

Looking ahead to next week:

Monday 6th:

  • School Owned Devices need to be returned by A-L learners

Parents please drop off the following between (9.15-2.30) or (3.15 -4.15):

  • devices and any outstanding sports uniforms to the school office,

  • library books and readers etc into boxes/bins set out in front of the music suite.

Then line up socially distanced to enter the hall to collect your child’s belongings which will be in brown supermarket bags (ex books, stationery, calendars and school photos if ordered).


  • Drop off is between 8.30am - 8.50am

  • Pick up times will be staggered to avoid congestion of parents (who should be masked) at the gates. If you have multiple children please let the class teacher know which time you will be picking up your children and at what gate (Fordyce, The Crest, or Tercel pathway) or if this timing doesn't work for you.

            • 2.30pm pick up for Koru Whanau (Y0-2)

            • 2.45pm pick up for Kowhai Whanau (Y3-4)

            • 3pm pick up for Kauri Whanau (Y5-6) and Bubble Learners

Thank you for continuing to support us parents/whanau with the staggered pick ups and wearing MASKS on pick up and drop off - this is to keep everyone feeling safe and to protect our GEMS.

Curriculum - Learning Slide Decks & Teachers

Please find links here to the Weeks 6 & 7 learning slide decks for the next week... students both ON site and learning at HOME will continue to work off the slide deck activities and join their daily MEETS in the morning... MEETS for later in the day may look slightly differently

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Students ON site will be with their classroom teacher. In order for us to continue to accomodate the Bubbles in Room 15 & 17 and to make the most of learning spaces, we have doubled some classes up to form a slightly bigger group. Note, both teachers will be in the room please note:

  • Room 15 - Mr Tucker and his learners will be in Room 16 together with Whaea and her learners

  • Room 17 - Miss Fullard and her learners will join Room 18 with Mrs Mattsson & Mrs Morris

  • Room 23 - Ms King and her learners will join Room 22 with Miss Stuhlmann and her learners

  • Room 7 - Mrs Frost and her learners will join Room 9a with Mrs Burge

  • Room 20 - Miss Moa and her learners will join Room 21 with Ms Lewis

Bubble Booking:

Our bubble register is essentially closed now. If your circumstances do change please email our Deputy Principal, Mrs Steel to arrange bookings or update your days by 10am each Thursday: OR OR

We have 2 school bubbles and for contact tracing purposes these learners remain in this bubble even though there is a return to site for others.

Change to upcoming Optional Parent Interviews...Phone Call

Looking ahead to the 2022 year and the importance that Sunnyhills places on learning success for all learners, we know:

  • We have strong channels of communication

  • Our staff is stable

  • We have strong programmes

  • We are well resourced (people, physical and facilities)

  • Assessment will take place early in the year to target learning

As communicated previously, there was an opportunity for an optional on-line interview with your child’s 2021 class teacher. However due to the return to learning on-site and with the combination of distance learning, to support our staff wellbeing, we cannot see a logistical way for this to now occur.

Recently, you will have received a phone call from your child’s teacher to check on wellbeing and discuss the learning available. After having this phone connection, and taking into account our inability to share any new data, you may feel that you have nothing more you wish to discuss with us. However, we appreciate that you might want to make a connection again with the class teacher if you have any further quesstions or concerns related to your child in particular, please phone the school office on 095768031 to get the class teacher to ring you back on Wednesday or Thursday of this week between sometime between 3 and 4pm to answer your question specifically. *please note we will not discuss class placement, the students will find out next week their 2022 teacher

PTA Christmas Raffle

Purchase now via KINDO for the beautiful family hamper!

Keep Healthy!

A reminder that students should only be at school if they are well. In light of the pandemic landscape and having a case in a local school, please keep a close eye on your child's and family health. Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or influenza.

You may have one or more of the following:

  • new or worsening cough

  • sneezing and runny nose

  • fever

  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

  • sore throat

  • shortness of breath

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 may include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability. These almost always occur with one or more of the common symptoms.

For more information about COVID-19, see

He rā ki tua - Better times are coming

Justine Driver


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Mā te whititahi, ka whakatutuki ai ngā pūmanawa ā tāngata –

Weaving the realisation of potential together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15: Meta Financial Solutions, Mike Willoughby Ph: 0800 449 778, 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 2022 is here

PTA Local Directory Slideshow

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Read our STRONG Education Review Office Report

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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Click directly on the link to the left (or the link/logo) at the top of this webpage to view the computer view of your child's portal.