Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

What's on Top?

Welcome to Term 3, Week 10: 26th - 30th September, Mahuru

Kia ora Sunnyhills Whanau

Our last week - 4 days... it's been a wonderful term of consolidated learning for our GEMS!

Please keep bringing in your cleaned plastic bottle tops for an exciting art project coming to Sunnyhills very soon! Please give them to the office or your child's class teacher.

Preparing for Term 4:

Uniform - we have noticed several items that are not correct uniform. Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform.

  • SHOES: These must be all BLACK in colour - no white soles or coloured laces. Moving into the warmer weather in Term 4 we encourage plain all black sandals to be worn.

  • SOCKS: if wearing school shoes these need to be NAVY not white or black.

  • HAIR: if longer than shoulder length this needs to be tied back using hair ties that are plain, to match the child's hair colour, or red or blue, or with the school tartan scrunchies or headband available for purchase from the school office.

  • HATS: Term 4 is when we wear sunhats outside - to/from school and at break times. Please purchase a royal blue, wide brimmed hat

Visitors to the school site: during the day we do not allow parents to go straight drop off items that might have been left behind. All items must come via the school office and we will get these delivered to your child.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 2023: As we prepare for all our BYOD devices to be managed on the school network to ensure we maintain our system of high cyber safety, new learners (current Year 2's moving to Year 3) bringing a device will only be able to bring a Chromebook. Further information will be out shortly about our set up for BYOD, along with access to specials if there might be a Christmas purchase.

ROAD USE: I am sorry to always bring this to your attention, however there is some really dangerous behaviour by parents/whanau members close to our entrances. In particular, Fordyce Ave was very bad this week. There continues to be cars stopping on the yellow lines - one parent stopped on yellow lines, got their child out on the road side and walked them across the road without using the pedestrain crossing which was within 30 metres (a much safer option! Likewise on The Crest, the pulling into driveways in front of our students walking has been shocking. On poor neighbour has had grass on their driveway left with skid marks as the parent missed the concrete! This is unacceptable. Please take time to do the larger block coming up from TreeWay to enter The Crest and drop your child on the school side of the road and they can walk safely up the hill and into the grounds!

Year 6: Camp is on the horizon which will be a highlight to finish the year, please ensure you pay the full amount as soon as possible. We are also taking orders for the Y6 Leavers T-shirt now, this needs to be paid by the middle of week 1 so your child doesn't miss out! They will be able to wear the T-shirt to camp and on the last day and a half of school (as usually Y6 return cleaned uniforms ready for the big PTA sale the week before the end of the Year).

Here are your reminders:

Rāhina, Monday 26th September, Mahuru:

    • School is closed for instruction to observe the public holiday for the Queen's Memorial Day

  • Rātū, Tuesday27th September, Mahuru:

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 4

    • Welcome to our 23 HPPA Schools competing in the hall this morning for Mathex!

    • 12.30pm Staff vs. Students netball match - who will win?

  • Rāapa, Wednesday 28th September, Mahuru:

    • Bikes/scooters: Rooms 4 & 5

    • School Lunch service via = Lumi (new provider)

    • SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - please ensure students are looking their best to smile brightly in their class photo, individual photos and sibling photos!

  • Rāpare, Thursday 29th September, Mahuru:

  • Rāmere, Friday 30th September, Mahuru:

    • Bikes/scooters: Year 1

    • School Lunch service via = Sushi

    • 9am Koru Whanau (Y0/1/2) assembly - parents welcome!

Student absences - the office needs to be notified when your child is away. 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. We continue to ask that parents remain outside of the classroom until the end of this term.

Ka āpiti ope a Mōkau.

Broken pieces are joined together and groups are reunited.

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

Read our STRONG Education Review by clicking the image below:

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.