Sunnyhills School

Learning for Life

Learning for Life through our Sunnyhills GEMS

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Lockdown Notification

We have completed our lock down drill and all students, staff and persons on-site are safely accounted for. Everyone did extremely well and responded to instructions. I would like to personally thank you for your support while we conduct these practices.


Justine Driver

Welcome to Term 3, Week 9:

Just 2 weeks to go till the break and we have some exciting events coming up!

Rāhina, Monday 16th September, Mahuru :

  • Year 2 Korean Education Learning experience in the hall
  • Good luck to our soccer team in the semi-final against Shelley Park School at William Green.
  • 12.40pm French lessons for those learners registered in Room 4
  • 7pm BOT meeting

Rātu, Tuesday 17th September, Mahuru :

  • 8am ICAS English examination please meet outside the music suite with your charged device for roll call before we confirm which room we will do the exam in.
  • Service Septemeber Year 4 walk
  • 3.10pm Kelly Sports starts for term 3 after school for those registered

Rāapa, Wednesday 18th September, Mahuru :

  • 8am ICAS Maths examination please meet outside the music suite whith your charged device.
  • Welcome to Year 5 learners from Our Lady Star of the Sea School, visiting us today to participate in a Tinker Time Exploration experience in the library today.
  • Welcome to the National Monitoring team who will be in our school the next three days to test some of our learners so that we can contribute to the national picture of achievement in English.

Rāpare, Thursday 19th September, Mahuru :

  • 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!

Rāmere, Friday 20th September, Mahuru :

  • 8am French lessons for those learners registered in Room 4
  • Welcome to school leaders from Ngatea School visiting us today
  • 12.40-1.25pm French Lessons in Room 4 for those learners registered
  • 2pm Kauri Whanau (Y4-6) assembly this week
  • Young Guns Skate School - register via email

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Pukumahi - hard work

Whakanuia te tangata ringa raupā

Respect a person with calloused hands

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Looking ahead to next week:

  • Mon-Fri: Scholastic Book Fair in the library
  • Literacy Week
  • Chinese Language Week
  • Mathex competition
  • Koru Poetry Festival
  • last Field of Dreams Swimming session
  • Fri: book character parade, grandparents/special friends morning tea & reading in class

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Being prepared in an emergency

Last week classes practised what to do in an evacuation (fire drill) by calmly walking in their class lines to the field and awaiting instructions. We practised this during class and break times and our learners did so well. Over the last week, we also spoke to our GEMS about what to do if we go into lockdown. A lockdown is when we stay inside because it is unsafe outside. We have gone into lockdown in the past because of a swarm of bees being on the school grounds. Students are instructed to lie on the floor of the class on their stomach and relax. Classes stay in lockdown until Ms Driver or the Police release us, and then we follow our evacuation proceedure and go to the field. As parents and whanau you will be communicated with via email and our website and facebook will be used to keep you updated.

Should you hear of a lock down or evacuation at the school, can I please ask that you do not attend the school or phone, as we will not be able to respond. Your presence or contact may make it more difficult for us or the emergency services to manage a situation.

Any information pertaining to an emergency occurring at the school will be updated on our website as regularly as possible.

We believe that these procedures that we conduct for lock downs and evacuations should be deemed in a positive light, as it places us in excellent steed should one occur. It is important that we practice these, as we don’t want our first lock down to be the real one. This week we will have a lock down drill in order to be prepared. This presentation has some of the alarm sounds that students learn to know what emergency we are responding to:

We thank you for your support.

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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.

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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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