Nau Mai, Haere Mai

Te Kura o Matuku Tako Tako
Welcome to Sumner School

Connecting with our people, our learning and our place

We are a Years 0-8 Primary School nestled in the heart of the seaside community of Sumner. 

Our Tūrangawaewae (identity and standing place) and Cultural Narrative highlight the importance of Rapanui (Shag Rock), Tuawera (Cave Rock), Te Onepoto (Taylors Mistake) and Awaroa (Godley Head). These enduring landmarks and places of deep significance for local iwi acted as signposts, skillfully guiding and pointing them in the direction so that they could locate places that were abundant with kaimoana (seafood)and other valuable resources. 

As our ākonga (learners) navigate their way through our school they gather resources for growth and learning. We use our understanding of our learners and their unique Character Strengths to carefully guide them through our teaching teams of Rapanui (Years 0-2), Tuawera (Years 3 and 4), Te Onepoto (Years 5 and 6) and Awaroa (Years 7 and 8); the highest of the landmarks where they can look out on the wider world while feeling empowered as learners and ready to move to High School.


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ERO report

Mahere Rautaki/Strategic Plan


What's Happening at Sumner School?

Latest Notifications

End of Term 3 Board Brief… Please click to read an update from the Sumner School Board.

Fri Sep 30 11:27am

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REMINDER: Term 3 Report Comments and Book Parade

Thu Sep 29 03:23pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Huge thanks to our school whānau for supporting our Grandparents Day and Open Afternoon. It was so lovely to see our school open to the community and our children able to share their learning in person. 

TERM 3 REPORT COMMENT: A reminder that Inquiry Learning comments are now live on Hero. Please log into Hero via the School App to see your child’s comment. 

BOOK PARADE: A reminder that the Book Parade for the whole school will take place at 9.15am in the hall tomorrow. 

Ngā mihi, Sumner School

Open Afternoon tomorrow – 29 September

Wed Sep 28 10:59am

A reminder that learning spaces will be open for parents to visit during the following times:

1.45 -2.15pm for Tuawera and Awaroa 

2.15 – 2.45pm for Rapanui and Te Onepoto

Please note Friday’s Tuawera Pitopito Korero indicated an incorrect time.




Newsletter No. 16, 23 Sept 2022

Fri Sep 23 02:45pm



Spookers Evening – Last Chance!

Thu Sep 15 12:21pm

We now have two tables available for Sumner Spookers (29 October) due to some happy Ghosts upgrading to VIP. 

These will be sold as individual tickets so that everyone has a chance to attend the scariest night Sumner has ever seen. Tickets are $70. For more information see the Sumner Spookers facebook page.

To secure your spot, email:

Aupkai Touch Registrations

Tue Sep 13 09:57am

Kia ora, 

Just a reminder that the Aupaki Touch registration notices are due in by 3.00pm Friday 16th September . 

Ngā mihi nui,

Gwen Vine 

Sports Coordinator 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Removal of Covid Protection Framework

Mon Sep 12 08:48pm

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Reminder: PTA meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3pm in Waiora Space next to school library. All welcome, afternoon tea provided.

Mon Sep 12 11:54am

Newsletter No. 15, 9 September 2022

Fri Sep 09 03:08pm



Reminder Sumner Spookers VIP Table – Silent Auction

Fri Sep 02 02:56pm

A reminder that we have four VIP tables available for silent auction bids (champagne on arrival & front row seats for the entertainment and catwalk. Please email the address below to place a bid on our VIP tables by 13 September.

Tickets for regular tables are now limited so don’t miss out. 


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Aupaki Touch Letter

Thu Sep 01 04:08pm

Kia ora, 

Please find a copy of the Aupaki Touch Letter that was sent home with all students today. 

Ngā mihi nui

Gwen Vine 

Sports Coordinator

Aupaki Touch Letter

Sumner Spooker Tickets on sale NOW… Don’t be a scaredy cat, click below to find out how to get your tickets to a frightfully fun night!

Thu Sep 01 03:12pm

Click here for information on how to buy your tickets…

Newsletter No. 14, 26 August 2022

Fri Aug 26 02:22pm



Daffodil Mufti Day – tomorrow

Thu Aug 25 12:36pm

A reminder for students to wear yellow tomorrow and to bring a gold coin donation for the Cancer Society fundraiser. 

Daffodil Day poster can be viewed here

Covid-19 Case update:

Wed Aug 24 12:33pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

We have had 1 new Covid-19 case at school. The case is a Staff Member in Rapanui who was last at school on Monday. 

Please continue to monitor for symptoms and seek advice about getting a test if anyone in your family is unwell. Please also continue to notify me directly of any positive cases. Many thanks for your continued support. Take care. 

Anna Granger, Principal 

Mask Update

Thu Aug 18 02:53pm


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Request for Helpers – PTA Hotdogs

Wed Aug 17 12:48pm

We’re looking for volunteers on the occasional Tuesday this term.
For those available, please add your name to the roster attached below in the link.  It’s super easy – you just have to turn up at the school hall kitchen from 11.30am-1.00pm and the kids will love you when you hand them their delicious hotdog. For some it is the highlight of their week! Livvy Yates can give you more info if needed:



Newsletter No. 13 – August 12, 2022

Fri Aug 12 02:40pm



Covid-19 case update – Monday 8 August

Mon Aug 08 03:04pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Today we have been notified that we have one new Covid-19 case at school. The case is a child in Room 13 in Te Onepoto who was last at school on Friday 5 August. 

Please continue to monitor for symptoms and seek advice about getting a test if anyone in your family is unwell. Please also continue to notify me directly of any positive cases. Many thanks for your continued support. Take care. 

Anna Granger, Principal 

PTA Meeting

Fri Aug 05 02:41pm

Tuesday 9 August at 3pm.
In the Waiora Space (next to school library).
There will be cookies and cake, and a movie playing in the library for the kids.
All welcome!

Learning Conferences – early finish today

Thu Aug 04 12:28pm

A reminder that classes cease at 12.30pm today and we would appreciate as many children as possible being picked up at this time.  If you aren’t able to arrange an early pickup please contact the Office and we will supervise your child/ren until 3pm in the library.

Many thanks for your support.

Board Nominations Close Today – Midday

Wed Aug 03 11:17am


Board Brief

Covid 19 Update

Tue Aug 02 04:28pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Today we have been notified that the Principal Anna Granger has unfortunately caught Covid. She was last at school yesterday and visited most classroom spaces briefly over the day.

Anna will return to school on Tuesday 9 August. In Anna’s absence please notify the Office of any positive cases within your whānau. Our Associate Principal Tim Lowe will be Acting Principal while Anna is away. Please do not hesitate to contact Tim as needed (

Many thanks for your continued support. Take care. 

Learning Conferences – online booking closing shortly

Mon Aug 01 02:58pm

If you haven’t already booked a conference to see your child’s teacher this week on Wednesday or Thursday please go to: and use the event code e6w79 to book a time. 

A reminder that lessons cease at 12.30pm on both the 3&4 August and if you are unable to pick up your child/ren  please contact the office to book supervision until 3pm.

Nga mihi

The Office Team

South East Zone Winter Tournament Year 5 to 8- postponed

Mon Aug 01 11:27am

Kia ora koutou

Tomorrow’s scheduled South East Zone Winter Tournament for our Year 5 to 8 students, has been postponed due to ground closures and will now go ahead next Tuesday 9 August as planned.

Ngā mihi

Tim Lowe, Associate Principal

Team Curriculum Newsletters Term 3

Fri Jul 29 04:09pm

Kia ora koutou

Here are the Team Curriculum Newsletters for Term 3

Ngā mihi nui

Rapanui Team Curriculum Newsletter Term 3 2022

Tuawera Team Curriculum Newsletter Term 3 2022

Te Onepoto Team Curriculum Newsletter Term 3 2022

Awaroa Team Curriculum Newsletter Term 3 2022

Newsletter No. 12, 29 July 2022

Fri Jul 29 03:12pm



School Board Elections

Wed Jul 27 04:18pm

Kia ora e te whānau

Please find attached the latest Board Brief that contains important information about nominations for the upcoming elections for our Board of Trustees.

Ngā Mihi

Tim Lowe, Associate Principal

Board Brief

PTA Hotdog Fundraiser

Tue Jul 26 01:57pm

PTA Hot Dog Fundraiser TERM 3 Week 2, 2022

Hotdogs for lunch will be starting next week on Tuesday. Please email your order to no later than Friday 29 July. 

Please pay by internet banking to PTA account:  031590 0023740 00 referencing your child’s full name & Room #

Pay $27 for 9 weeks

Reminder- Learning Conferences next week and reports available on Hero

Mon Jul 25 10:17am

Kia ora e te whānau, 

A reminder from our alert sent at the end of last term that mid-year reports are now live on Hero. Please find attached below a link to our Assessment and Reporting Guide to support you in understanding your child’s report and how to log into Hero to view the reports. 

A reminder that Learning Conference bookings are live for early Term 3. These conferences will provide an opportunity for you to discuss the information contained within the reports with your child’s teacher. 

Assessment & Reporting Sumner School

Learning Conference Booking Information

Pre- Conference Survey

Welcome back to Term 3

Sun Jul 24 07:00pm

Kia ora Koutou, Haere mai, a very warm welcome back to school for Term 3.

The attached letter sets out an additional change to our health and safety requirements in response to the recent advice from the Ministries of Education and Health.

Ngā mihi nui

Tim Lowe- Associate Principal

Covid Protection Framework update