Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

Welcome to Term 2, Week 4:

This week we recognise Road Safety Week with our Travelwise leaders busy promoting walking to school in interesting ways. We live in a safe community and parking a little bit further away and promoting walking helps to ease congestion! Please join with us this week with our daily fun ways to get to school!

Monday 20th May:

  • Walk to school: Super Hat day!
  • Koru Whānau (Y0-3) Kelly Sports specialised lessons continue.
  • 12.40pm French lessons in music room 4.

Tuesday 21st May:

  • Walk to school: Funky Feet
  • Year 5 swimming lessons at Lloyd Elsmore continues (all Y5 learners need to bring their swim gear)
  • 12.40pm French lessons in room 4.
  • Lunchtime gymnastics for the Y5/6 team starts

Wednesday 22nd May: Walk to school: Crazy hair day!

Thursday 23rd May: Walk to school: Be Bright/Be seen or join up with some friends to be twins or triplets! Lunchtime gymnastics for the Y3/4 team starts

Friday 24th May:

  • 8am French Lessons in room 4 for those registered.
  • 9am Principal/Parent perk n perch. Mrs Driver is available in the staffroom to discuss what's on top for you as a parent and our listen to your thoughts on our new Learning Summary and Curriculum Portal.
  • 11am: Our GIANT community walk. As a whole school we will walk down to the snakes & ladders park... can you join us? Please email your teacher if you can. Last year's walk was fantastic!
  • 12.30pm Netball B vs. Shelley Park @Sunnyhills - Go team!
  • 2pm Whole School Assembly. All welcome
  • 3.30pm Young Guns Skate School on the courts for enrolments please email

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Ngākaupai - positivity

Ma te wai kōrari

Like honey of the flax

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Education Review Visit: As expected we had exceptional feedback from our ERO team on their visit with us last week. The Sunnyhills SHINE was evident in all 6 Domains that they review in depth. Initial strengths highlighted were our strong vision and GEMS Language of Learning, wellbeing for students and staff, our future focused curriculum and our strong learner focused systems and structures to ensure we build constant capabilities in our team for valued student outcomes that promote equity and excellence for all learners! We are looking forward to our draft report in about a months time! I'd like to thank our Board of Trustees, our teaching team, our leaders and our students for continuing to support each other in making Sunnyhills a great learning community! We truly SHINE!

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The news media have announced that industrial action is planned by teachers and principals, with a strike commencing next week on Wednesday 29 May. Details of its impact on Sunnyhills School will be shared on Monday, but please start putting in place plans for your children on this day. Thank you for your understanding and anticipated support.

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Our Curriculum Portal

We've recently made 'live' our curriculum portal from our website. Have you explored it already? Here's the link I look forward to discussing this with you at my Principal - Parent perk n perch on Friday! Or at upcoming meetings.

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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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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.”