Sunnynook School


Greetings, Kia Ora, Talofa, Mālō ē lelei, Ahn-Nyeong Hah-Seh-Yo, nǐ hǎo

I would like to welcome you and your family to our wonderful school community where we strive to provide a supportive environment to ensure our children are confident, independent and active learners.

To offer a sound education, we need to be flexible. We are an inclusive school where we ensure learning opportunities for students of all needs and abilities. We are constantly monitoring progress and identifying areas for further improvement. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate to ensure a healthy community of knowledge sharing. Children are encouraged to strive for excellence and success is celebrated. The goal is for them to become self-motivated lifelong learners equipped to handle the challenges of a changing future.

Our school community is enriched by a supportive network of parents who embrace our cultural diversity. Our dedicated Board of Trustees and Parent Teacher Association encourage a strong partnership between the school and the wider community and play an active part in bringing about the improvements that enhance our school environment. We have our PTA to thank for the recently upgraded playgrounds and new sports equipment. Some of our parents have set up a committee with the aim of extending our school hall. We are taking our first steps towards upgrading our classrooms to reflect the principles of the ‘modern learning environment’ and E-learning is currently being extended school-wide.

In partnership with families, we promote the values of ‘Respect’ for self, others and environment: Honesty; Perseverance; Responsibility; Fairness; Compassion; Citizenship and Self-Discipline.

Prospective parents are most welcome to arrange a visit and we look forward to working with you to enable your child to "Learn for a Successful Future”.

Virginia Montague


Dip Tchg. P.G.Dip SM



While our Mathematics and Literacy Programmes form the basis of our core curriculum, each term a specific BIG concept is explored as an Inquiry Topic across the school. The concept may have a Science, Social Sciences, Health or Technology focus. The concepts are then put into appropriate contexts for the students. This process allows students to access all the NZ Curriculum objectives in their years at Sunnynook School.


Programmes and assistance for pupils with physical, social, emotional and learning needs are available to enable them to fully integrate into the classroom. We employ Teacher Aides to work alongside these children and are supported by professionals from outside agencies.

Special programmes, including Reading Recovery and Rainbow Reading, are in place where they are needed.


Our ‘GATE’ (Gifted and Talented) Programme provides opportunities for selected children with special abilities. Various extension programmes are offered throughout the course of the year in different curriculum areas. Within the classroom environment, a variety of teaching strategies are used to ensure that each level of ability is challenged and extended. Learners are also encouraged to complete International Tests.


Our school has a dedicated ESOL support programme with many resources appropriate for English Language Learners (ELLs) including language focused activities, literacy support, a computer and iPads. These resources are constantly developed and adapted to ensure individual needs are met. 


We aim to prepare students for the 21st Century by using technologies to enhance learning. Our eDiscovery Centre includes a computer suite containing iMac computers and a projector for class instruction. The Technology suite is a large open space with modern cooking equipment and tools for creating. The use of these facilities is integrated into class schedules, providing an interactive environment which promotes learning through practical, creative and technological activities.


We aim to provide a rich e-learning environment for our children. Classrooms are equipped with a variety of devices supported by the use of the computer suite. The school is linked up to Ultra Fast Broadband and has a recently upgraded computer network. Class and "Team” websites are being developed to encourage and guide students to become "successful digital citizens” and to enhance their learning. Year 4 to 6 students complete their e-asTTle assessments online. iPads are increasingly being used to support mathematics and literacy in the junior classrooms.


‘Assessment for Learning’ forms the basis of our teaching philosophy. Much recent research indicates that effective ‘Assessment for Learning’ is a key factor in raising standards of achievement and equipping children for lifelong learning. Central to ‘Assessment for Learning’ is formative assessment that consists of:



We have a well stocked library and a qualified librarian. All classes have a weekly library session and it would be appreciated if parents could check that children are bringing home and returning books regularly.

Any parents, grandparents or friends who would like to volunteer to help out with library tasks like covering and mending are very welcome. Please contact Angela Soutar on Ext 119 or


We are a ‘Travelwise School’ and actively promote walking, scootering and cycling to school. We organise various initiatives including Prize Draws, Scooter Days and ‘WOW’ (Wheels or Walking on Wednesdays). If a child would like to scooter or cycle to school, please apply at reception for a scooter or bike licence to receive a high visibility vest. These vests, a helmet and a lock are compulsory. There are secure parking areas for scooters and bikes. For safety reasons, it is recommended that children need to be 10 years old to apply for a bike licence.


We have a gardening club for Year 4 - 6 students who spend Monday lunchtimes developing their gardening skills and learning about the environment. They grow vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers from seeds and plants and harvest a selection to take home and share with their families. Weekly competitions are run to encourage rubbish-free lunches. Our goal is to develop more ‘green spaces’ for children to enjoy and participate in.


We recognise important events on the cultural calendars from the diverse cultures in our school community and organise cultural events including Maori Consultation Evenings and Diwali activities. We nurture our Maori tradition through community consultation, Kapa Haka performances, Onepoto Festival, Te Reo, staff professional development and artwork displays.


There are various initiatives to encourage art and music. Some examples include an annual ‘Cushion Concert’ to showcase individual and group talent, participation of dance groups and the showcasing of art at the local Wairau Intermediate Festival as well as regular opportunities to perform at School Assemblies. Lunchtime activities include dance groups and drama club. We also support an ‘Artworks around the School’ initiative including ceramics and murals by local artists where children can observe or participate. 


At Sunnynook Primary School, children are given the opportunity to participate in:


Your child will have the opportunity to participate in educational trips. The costs of these are included in termly activity fees.


sKids is our before and after school care facilities provider. They are based in the school hall from 7:00am - 8.30am and 3pm - 6pm. Please contact Rechelle on 021 026 73396 or for further information or enquire at the school reception desk. In addition, sKids offer holiday programmes from 7am - 6pm.


We are fortunate to have an indoor heated pool where children have group lessons with trained swimming instructors. Lessons for each syndicate are scheduled throughout the school year.


Voluntary Religious Instruction is offered to Year 5 and 6 classes for those children whose parents approve of it. Parents not wishing their child to participate can inform the Deputy Principal of their preference. The lessons are non-denominational and follow a plan set out by the New Zealand Christian Council of Churches.


These are carried out on all New Entrants in the first few months at school and then on a follow-up or referral basis.


The Mobile Dental Van attends the school regularly throughout the year to survey the children. If your child has a problem, they will receive a notice with appointment details. Most appointments are at the Forrest Hill Primary School dental clinic. In case of an emergency, please phone 0800 825 583.


We are constantly maintaining and upgrading our facilities at Sunnynook Primary School:



We are a State Contributing School and are categorised as Decile 8. We operate an enrolment zone. The school is organised into four syndicates or ‘teams’:


We have a Ministry of Education approved enrolment scheme which has become necessary to avoid overcrowding. There is a clearly defined home zone whereby all children eligible for a New Zealand education who live within the zone have a right to attend Sunnynook School. Unfortunately no new enrolments for children living outside the school’s home zone will be accepted until further notice.

Home Zone

The home zone boundary is as follows:

Out of Zone Enrolments

Children who live out of zone will have the chance to enrol in the following way:

Every year it will be determined how many out of zone places will be available for the following year and this notice will be published in the local community newspaper. The notice will include how to apply and give a date by which all applications must be received. These applications will be considered in the following order:

First priority: Siblings of current students

Second priority: Siblings of former students

Third priority: Children of Board employees

Fourth priority: All other applicants

If there are more applicants within the second, third and fourth priority groups than there are places available, selection will be made by a ballot. This is when names are drawn randomly in the presence of an ‘approved impartial supervisor’ to ensure fairness.

As the school is now governed by an enrolment scheme, the board are not allowed to offer individual places based on space. The board can however offer to place the student’s name in the next ballot (draw).


Sunnynook Primary School welcomes New Entrants at school for pre-school visits. The process starts gradually four weeks before the child’s fifth birthday. The visits are important for the child to make a secure transition to school. The enrolment process is:

4 weeks prior: Letter of invitation to pre-schooler and parents outlining the dates to visit.

1 - 2 weeks prior: Morning visits from 8.50am – 11.00am with parents/caregivers returning to the room at 10.30am to supervise the children in playground.

Birthday: Child is welcomed to school. Appointment with the Principal to review the Enrolment form. Please bring your child’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE and IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATE.

The visits prior to the child’s fifth birthday take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (to limit disruption to the classroom programme). If a child requires more than two visits this can be arranged with the Year 1 Team Leader.

During the year, the Year 1 Team Leader holds meetings for parents of children who are new to Sunnynook School. These meetings outline the routines and expectations of a New Entrant classroom and the structure of a ‘school day’. There is also an opportunity to answer any questions.


Class hours are 8.50am to 3.00pm.

Morning interval is from 10.35am to 11.00am.

Lunch is from 12.30pm to 1.25pm.

Office hours are 8.00am to 4.00pm.


Pupils are required to be at school whenever it is open for instruction. If children are sick or have a good reason to be absent, it is very important to inform the school. Please ring the School Answer Phone on 410-6534 then press 1 and leave a message stating the child’s name, class and reason for absence. Attendance is checked at the start of each day. We ring parents as a safety precaution if their child is not accounted for. All children who arrive after 8.50am must report to the office, to be marked present. In cases of repeated lateness, the school will contact parents.

If you wish to take your child out of class during term time for a family trip or holiday, approval must be sought from the School Principal.


Sunnynook Primary School aims to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for all children. In partnership with families we develop a range of personal attributes considered important and crucial for success in life. We particularly encourage the value of "Respect”.

We respect:

These are expanded into a school set of rules for our school community where we:

Our school has a clear policy of "Zero Tolerance” towards bullying and we encourage children to report any concerns they have immediately to an adult they trust. We will take concerns seriously and endeavour to resolve them. We provide teacher supervision on the playing field and playgrounds and senior pupils are encouraged to become ‘Peer Mediators’ who are available at lunchtime to assist in solving playground problems. We make use of signage in our classrooms to reinforce our attitude towards bullying.

In addition we offer a Cool Schools Mediation and Kia Kaha programme where children are given life skills for social situations. Programmes involving the Life Education Trust and the NZ Police "Keeping Ourselves Safe” form part of our curriculum.


Lyford Crescent is the main entrance and exit and becomes congested at peak times. Parents are encouraged to use the three alternative entrances: Tobago Place, Wylie Avenue and Regency Place.

At the top of Lyford Crescent, the coned area is a drop-off and pick-up zone only. Children wait on the footpath and parents can pull in and pick up their child if they are waiting. Otherwise, please park further down Lyford Crescent, in the carpark, or go around the carpark until your child is waiting for you.


Year 6 students undergo training each year with the NZ Police to enable them to operate the crossing on Tonkin Drive as trained Road Patrollers. This service relies on the assistance of Parent Volunteers which is a great way for parents to be involved in the school. We encourage you to remind your child about safe walking and using the crossings.


Our first choice for communication is through our school website and email newsletters. Please ensure you sign up to our electronic mailing list by advising the office in person or emailing

By next year all newsletters will be delivered electronically. Please inform the office if you’d like to receive these in hard copy.

In addition, please check your child’s bag for other important notices that are sent home to keep you up to date with events.


February Meet the Teacher Evening

March Parent / Teacher Interviews

June Mid Year Written Report

August Parent / Teacher Interviews

December End of Year Written Report


Once your child has settled into class and school routines, there may be opportunities to help in the class with the teacher’s approval. If you need to either visit the school or pick up children for appointments etc. during school hours please report to the Office on arrival and your child will be called to the Office. Parents are welcome to make appointments to see the teacher as needs arise.


The role of the Board is to govern the school in accordance with Acts of Parliament and the School Charter. The Board works together with the School Principal and staff to develop school policies. Elections are held every three years. Board of Trustee meetings are held monthly and are public meetings. Dates of the scheduled meetings are advertised in the school newsletters. Board Policies and Information is available in a folder held in the School Office.

P.T.A (Parent Teacher Association)

The school has an established PTA with a hard working committee who are elected at an Annual General Meeting in Term 1 each year. All parents or guardians of children attending the school, along with staff, are welcome to attend meetings and are eligible to join the PTA. Meetings are held on a regular basis and dates are advised via the school newsletters.


Each class has a stationery list appropriate to its needs. These can be purchased from local shops at the beginning of each year or on enrolling your child. If you call ahead or visit Sunnynook Paper Plus at the start of the year, they provide pre-assembled baskets containing all the required items per class to make it easier for parents.


Donations have a direct impact on the quality of education we can offer your children. Although our school is funded through an Operation Grant which covers fixed running costs, we are very reliant on donations to maintain the standard we expect with extra Teacher hours, Teacher Aides, professional development for staff, computer equipment and new classroom resources.

Please make all payments to our school account number 12-3109-0012383-00. It’s important to use your eldest child’s name and customer number as reference.

Donations can be paid annually:

One child $170.00 per annum

Two children $240.00 per annum

Three children or more $280.00 per annum

Donations can also be paid on a term by term basis.

Parents can opt to use a weekly / monthly Automatic Payment made through their bank to pay the school donation. (A payment of $5 per week over the space of the school year accumulates without putting a financial strain on families).

Please Note:  The School Donation can be claimed as a Tax Rebate at the end of the Financial Year.


This is separate to your school donation and is set each term for school trips and activities that are an important part of our education programme. Parents are informed in advance. It is necessary to have parent consent for all trips. The payment of this fee, also gives your consent. Children will not be taken on trips without parental consent.


Children bring their own lunches to school and we encourage a ‘litter-less lunchbox’ as we aim to encourage environmental awareness. Children will need a healthy morning snack and lunch with water only in drink bottles.

Please be mindful of children with severe nut and egg allergies. If your child has a severe allergy, please inform the school so that a safety plan can be developed.

Children can also order lunch from our school lunchroom (currently Thursdays and Fridays only). The menu is on our website and food can be ordered in the classroom if children bring the correct sum in an envelope. Please label this envelope with your child’s name, room number and order.


Sunnynook is a ‘Sun Smart School’. All children are required to wear a sunhat during Terms One and Four in the playground. Children who do not have a hat at school are confined to a designated Shade Area. These are available from the office for $10.


The School uniform is compulsory for Years 0-6 students. The uniform can be purchased online at A tape measure is available for parents at reception to help with measurements. Second hand uniforms are available to purchase online at where all parents can list and sell used school uniforms. These can also be purchased from the PTA who will collect unclaimed lost property items at the end of each school term and sell them in the hall or other designated area.

Sports uniforms are currently available to rent for the season if you are in a school sports team. Preparations are underway for parents who wish to purchase sports uniforms.


Wearing jewellery at school is not allowed unless it is a watch or cultural item. Earrings should be small studs only. We recommend that long hair be tied back while at school.


Clothing left at school is collected and stored in the lost property area in the hall. Please name all school clothing as this makes it easier to retrieve lost items. Any unclaimed items are sold by the PTA at the end of each term to help raise funds for the school.


Each syndicate sends homework home on a weekly basis. The amount of homework and the expectations around this will be set out at the beginning of each year. Homework is age appropriate. If you need support or guidance with your child’s homework please contact their class teacher in the first instance. Mathletics is offered as an extra maths online learning resource and children are encouraged to utilise this as part of their daily homework.


Bringing toys to school is discouraged, unless arrangements are made with the teacher. We do have "Seasons” which run for two week periods to cater for activities like marbles, cards, cars, something that fits into the palm of your hand or board games. The "Season” is announced at assembly.


When children need to be on medication, parents are required to fill out a Medication Authority Form at the office and the medication will be kept in the sickbay or school office.