Our Sunnyvale Primary School curriculum is focused on teaching and learning that supports all learners feeling known, feeling a sense of identity, making progress, feeling a sense of belonging and developing confidence.

All our planning, teaching and learning follows these four concepts; CONNECT, LEARN, CREATE, SHARE.

At Sunnyvale School we are proud of our focus on progress. We are driven to provide equity in access to resources, support and opportunities. Each child will be provided with a range of educational opportunities to support, extend, challenge and enrich their learning.

Progress is visible within the learning spaces, reflection books and online. Parents and whānau can engage with their child’s learning online and through meaningful communication and reporting. The progress of each and every student is focused on each term in Literacy and Numeracy. Support and/or extension is provided appropriately.

In our changing world technology is no longer an ‘add on’ to learning. Devices are integral to our learning as the pen and pencil. At Sunnyvale Primary School our teaching and learning is designed to ensure learning takes place both on devices and with pen and paper. As with any other space for learning, we actively teach positive behaviour for keeping ourselves safe online. Students can engage and collaborate online through safe, shared spaces that are managed and overseen by teachers. Parents and whānau are able to receive updates and share in their child’s learning through apps on their own devices.

At Sunnyvale Primary School we pride ourselves on providing culturally responsive and inclusive education practice. We are committed to ensuring all students feel a sense of belonging and are able to take part in all aspects of school life. Knowing each learner and respecting their unique whakapapa places your child, your culture and your hopes and aspirations for their future at the heart of our practice at Sunnyvale.

We celebrate our diversity through weekly Whānaungatanga Fridays. Each Friday afternoon every student and staff member engage in cultural group time. These groups include; Samoan, Tongan, Bollywood, Kapa Haka, Sign Language and Celtic cultures. We welcome parents and whānau to join in. Whole school assemblies follow on Friday afternoons.

We plan for and celebrate each culture during the various language weeks with whole school events and activities.
Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga is included in teaching and learning across the school each week.

We have two bilingual classes at Sunnyvale. These classes are from 1-6.

Nafanua - Samoan Bilingual
Samoan Class Room 10

Samoan philosophy

O le gagana e la'ei ai le aganu'u
'Language characterises the essence of culture'

Vision

Nafanua aims to empower students to be academically, culturally and socially confident with strong knowledge of their identity as Samoan learners. Students will be fostered to set their own learning goals through the Samoan context, underpinned by the New Zealand Curriculum to accelerate Pasifika academic achievement. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of opportunities available to them such as talent development, performing arts, sports and school leadership roles.

Values

Manaakitanga - Fa'aaloalo
Aroha - Alofa
Whanaungatanga - Feso'ota'iga
Tuakana Teina -

Goals

  • To empower students achievement and feelings of success with quality teaching and learning that is culturally responsive and underpinned by NZC,

  • To foster students abilities, readiness learning goals through Samoan context,

  • To ensure students achieve and enjoy success and belonging in all aspects of culture, academic learning and social skills,

  • To support students to grow and develop their knowledge of themselves,

  • To ensure students are confident in their own abilities and aspiration,

  • To develop student's skills to use and understand conversational Samoan,

  • Ensure that students understand and apply the fa'aaloalo way to speak in front of adults,

  • Support students to understand and apply the basics of respect when around adults e.g. sitting down when eating or drinking

Ngā Kākano - Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga Bilingual
Kaupapa Māori Class Room 9

Whakatauki

E kore au e ngāro, He kakano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea

Vision

Ngā Kākano aims to empower students to be academically, culturally and socially confident, with strong knowledge of their identity as learners in both Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pakeha, acknowledging The Treaty of Waitangi as our foundation document in New Zealand. Students are fostered to set their own learning goals and become self managed learners through both Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pakeha contexts, underpinned by the New Zealand Curriculum to accelerate academic achievement. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of opportunities available to them such as talent development, performing arts, sports and school leadership roles. Students are supported to be confident through the Whanaungatanga environment and encouraged to tautoko one another.

Values

Manaakitanga
Aroha
Whanaungatanga
Tuakana Teina

Goals

  • To empower students achievement and feelings of success with quality teaching and learning that is culturally responsive and underpinned by NZC,

  • To ensure students achieve and enjoy success and belonging in all aspects of culture, academic learning and social skills,

  • To support students to grow and develop their knowledge of themselves,

  • To ensure students are confident in their own abilities and aspiration,

  • To develop student's skills to use and understand conversational Te Reo Māori,

  • To develop student's skills to use and understand aspects of Te Ao Māori tikanga within the contexts of home, school and community,

  • Support students to share their learning with their whānau and community

You can find more information about the Sunnyvale Curriculum at our Curriculum microsite.

To view the Sunnyvale Primary School Charter Strategic and Annual Plan click here.

To see how our students are achieving against our plan click here.