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Term 2, Week 4

PTA iSPY: Math-athon money can now be returned to school by Friday 1st June. Payment Options:

  • CASH - place in an envelope with i-Spy student's name and room number

  • ONLINE BANKING - please pay directly into the Sunnyhills PTA bank account: 12-3056-0656969-00 and include the following reference details: Child’s name(s), Room number (s), iSpy

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Monday: Learning as usual

Tuesday: Learning as usual.  3.15pm Kelly Sports.

Wednesday: Learning as usual.

Thursday: 7.30am Tennis. Life Education Mobile Classroom Learning starts.

Friday:

  • 9-10am Kapa Haka with Whaea Koha Milne, all students welcome.
  • Interschool Rugby @Wakaaranga and Soccer @William Green vs. Shelley Park.  Interschool Netball here.
  • 2.15pm Kauri Team Assembly - all welcome. 
  • 3.30pm Young Guns Skate School - students must be enrolled via simon@younggunsskateschool.co.nz and bring their helmet and skateboard $15 per session.

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Early notification of Paid Union Meeting for Teaching Staff: Week 8 Monday 18th June

All teaching staff have a Paid Union Meeting (PUM) on Monday 18th June as part of their Collective Agreement negotiations. We are asking that you pick up your child early at 12.30pm, to go home for lunch on Monday 18th June. We are hoping that this will give you enough time to sort appropriate supervision. Most of our teaching staff are union members and entitled to attend this meeting. There will only be 4 remaining teachers left to supervise any children that cannot be picked up at 12.30pm. So we ask that you mark this date in your diary now to make arrangements.

We do not like to cause an inconvenience, however last time the PUM was on a day where we had more part time staff who were not union members and this helped with the supervision numbers. This time with only 4 teachers, we really require you to pick up your child/ren if you can. Thanks in Advance

Please fill out the Google form here to indicate whether you can pick up your child or if your child needs supervision tll 3pm https://goo.gl/forms/4RbJIyY38jFPFrh92 

Worrying signs for Education in New Zealand
Teacher recruitment data shows there is a crisis looming in education. The number of
people enrolling in teacher education courses is declining, 40% of new teachers leave the profession in their first five years, and more experienced teachers are leaving before
retirement. Many Principals are choosing to leave the profession early as well.

Fortunately our school has not been affected, but nationwide the availability of teachers is declining.

This is not good news for your child/children. We all want well trained, skilled, passionate teachers in every classroom. Children also need high quality relieving teachers, skilled, energetic principals and competent support staff. Our school has these now, but we worry that if nation-wide trends continue, Sunnyhills will be impacted by the shortage.

Over the next few months teachers and principals will be negotiating our new employment agreements. We will be focusing on improvements to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers to work with our children. That means competitive pay, but also freeing up teachers and principals from paperwork and compliance, so that they have more time to focus on every child’s learning.

Please support us in trying to improve the profession, because if we can do that, we’ll
achieve an improved education for your child.

IMPORTANT re LUNCHES: On days that your child orders lunch, please bring a lunch box as usual.  As we are a waste-free school and promote nude-food lunch boxes, we are finding that there is surplus waste left from the new lunch system.  While we are recycling the paper bags the lunches come in, we ask that students take home any un-eaten food and the containers these come in, so that you can see the sizes of the new items and maybe consider not ordering so much.  We will trial this and monitor how it works.  Please remember to check your confirmation and check the day of ordering - we are getting students come up to the office saying they have orders, but parents have placed the order on a different day.  

Biking or scootering to school - please fill out this form if you give your child permission to bike or scooter https://goo.gl/forms/SBPB3H59pH0KlPrG3

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 specialist 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.

 

Justine Driver
Principal