Nau Mai, Haere Mai

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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?

This months events

Latest Notifications

Reminder: Music Showcase Assembly tomorrow at 1.30pm where our School Choir and (Concert, Jazz and Rock) Bands will perform. All welcome.

Wed Nov 30 04:17pm

Canterbury Athletics

Wed Nov 30 02:45pm

Kia ora e te whānau

The Canterbury Athletics bus is running late and will now be at school at 4.00pm today.



Aupaki Touch Overdue Fees- Urgent

Tue Nov 29 09:21am

Thank you so much to those who have paid their child/rens Aupaki Touch Fees. Unfortunately we still have unpaid overdue fees totalling $1,200. The $30 cost has not been added to your child’s account as we rely on parents being proactive with payment for this event. A reminder that you can check on Hero if you have paid by clicking ‘View Donation Payments’ and clicking 2022. We would appreciate immediate payment if your child has participated but not yet paid. Full payment of fees is essential to ensure our future involvement in extra- curricular activities such as touch. 

Ngā mihi nui

Sue Stevens | Business Manager

Board Survey Reminder:

Fri Nov 25 11:01am

Kia ora e te whānau,

In line with Ministry of Education guidelines and our strategic review cycle, Sumner School Board is currently reflecting on the progress of our 2022 Annual Plan, and is beginning to think ahead to the development of our 2023 Annual Plan.

We would love your feedback on how Sumner School is catering for your children and whānau so this can feed into next year’s planning.

We hope that as many people as possible can fill out the survey (link below) so we have a range of views across the full school community.

Ngā mihi, Sumner School Board 

Survey Link

Kia ora! Wear black or dress like a cat mufti day today. Gold coin donations for Trixie’s wellbeing. Thank you all!

Fri Nov 25 07:26am

Mufti Day tomorrow

Thu Nov 24 08:52am

Kia ora e te whānau-  Our ‘Wear black or dress like a cat’ mufti day is tomorrow. This is to support Trixie, the cat who has adopted us as her school, to make sure she has enough to eat.

Please bring a cold coin for our coin trail. Huge thanks to our School Council for organising this.

School closed Thursday afternoon

Wed Nov 23 10:34am

A reminder that school will be closing at 12.30pm tomorrow as the teachers are attending a Union Meeting.  

We appreciate you picking up your children at this time or making other arrangements for their care.  MASH is open if you require childcare.


Nga mihi nui

The Office Team


Covid Cases

Mon Nov 21 04:43pm

We have been notified today that we have three new case of Covid-19 at school. The children are in Rooms 12,13 and 17 and all last attended school Friday 18th November.
A reminder to please keep all sick children at home and notify the school of any positive Covid cases.

PTA Meeting

Mon Nov 21 12:22pm

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3pm in the Waiora Space. All welcome.

Newsletter No.19, November 18, 2022

Fri Nov 18 03:01pm


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Covid – 19 Update for Friday

Fri Nov 18 02:10pm

We have been notified today that one of our staff has Covid-19 linked to Te Onepoto and returning from camp on Wednesday.

A reminder to please keep all sick children at home next week and notify the school of any positive cases.

Many thanks.

Covid-19 Update for Thursday

Thu Nov 17 02:23pm

We have been notified today that we have one new case of Covid-19 linked to Room 4.  They attended class yesterday.

A reminder to please keep all sick children at home and notify the school of any positive Covid cases.

Many thanks.

Covid-19 Update for Tuesday

Tue Nov 15 02:08pm

Kia ora 

We have been notified today that we have two additional Covid- 19 cases linked to our school, with one positive case in Room 6 and also a staff member based in Awaroa.  Both these cases were at school yesterday.

Please keep an eye on symptoms arising in your family and notify the school if your child tests positive. A reminder to please keep all sick children at home.

Thanks for your support.

Sibling Photographs this week

Mon Nov 14 03:08pm

PhotoLife are visiting on Thursday this week and if you would like to request a sibling photo you need to complete the form sent home with your children last week.  If you have lost the form please email the Office with your children’s names and room numbers.

Hapori Group – Shoe Box Christmas Collection Notice

Wed Nov 09 03:32pm

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REMINDER – School is closed tomorrow for our Teacher Only Day. Enjoy the long weekend with your whānau and we will see you on Monday!

Wed Nov 09 02:46pm

Covid-19 Case Update – Wednesday

Wed Nov 09 01:54pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

We have been notified today that we have 4 additional Covid-19 cases linked to our school, with positive cases appearing in Rooms 5, 11, 12 and 16. All of these cases have been at school in the last 2 days.

A reminder to please keep an eye on symptoms arising in your family and to keep any sick children away from school.

Many thanks for your support. 

Covid19 Cases Update

Tue Nov 08 09:33am

Kia ora e te whānau,

Just to update you all, we have some Covid-19 cases appearing in our school community again, with 2 positive cases, one in Room 15 and one in Room 10, who were last at school yesterday. A reminder of the current isolation requirements can be found below together with information related to household contacts. Please be mindful of symptoms arising in your family and seek advice about getting a test if needed. Please also continue to notify the school directly of any positive cases. Many thanks for your continued support. Take care.
Ngā mihi nui

Anna Granger 

Isolation Requirements

Household Contacts

Cards and Calendars

Mon Nov 07 01:23pm

Did you forget to order your child’s amazing art work from cards and calendars? Fear not! 

Orders have been extended until Thursday 10 November!! 

Head to now to ensure you don’t miss the deadline. 

Note that orders placed now may be shipped separately to the main order. 

Sumner Community Pool Working Bee and Key Cards:

Fri Nov 04 03:34pm

Sumner community pool needs our help! They are holding a working bee on Sunday from 9am – 12pm to get ready for the 2022/2023 pool season before it is able to open. Please head along to lend a hand (with gardening tools, gloves and and a brush and shovel) if you’re able. All help gratefully received! This is an amazing resource for our school that we would love your help to support. 

Key cards for the pool season are also available now via the email below: $140 for existing members and $160 for new members. 

Please contact Fleur on 0272569691 or for more information. 

Newsletter No. 18, 4 November 2022

Fri Nov 04 01:47pm



Student Halloween Disco times and tickets

Thu Nov 03 07:46am

Kia ora e te whānau

The student disco will be tomorrow Friday 4 November. The Year 0 to 4 disco time is 3.30pm to 5.00pm and the Year 5 to 8’s will be 5.15pm to 6.45pm. Tickets are $5.00 and are available now from the school office.There will be face painting and a tuck shop at the disco, so please bring along some cash for those. There will also be a tuck shop voucher for the person with the best costume and another for the person with the best dancing. Lastly, we will have an amazing raffle to win at each disco and a ‘guess the lollies in the jar’ competition!

No preschoolers allowed at the discos sorry 🙁

Ngā mihi

IMPORTANT: Teacher Paid Union Meeting Notification – School Closed from 12.30pm on 24th November.

Wed Nov 02 03:58pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Sumner School Board has been notified that the teachers in our school will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on the afternoon of 24 November to discuss the progress of negotiations for their collective employment agreements. This is an entitlement as part of their Collective Agreement. 

The proposed unified public service pay offer and their Wāwāhi Tahā | Time 4 Tamariki campaign aims to win smaller class sizes, more support for high needs students, better recognition of cultural skills, greater job security for our essential relievers and to fairly value and recognise the work of teachers.   

In order for teachers to attend this meeting school will be closed from 12.30pm on Thursday 24th November. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some families, but as all our teachers will be attending the union meeting for health and safety reasons we are unable to keep the school open. Please organise for your child to be collected at this time. We are working with Mash to confirm supervision from 12.30pm. More information to follow. 

Ngā mihi nui, Sumner School Board. 

Cards and Calendars – LAST CHANCE!

Mon Oct 31 07:33pm

What’s scarier than the Sumner Spookers event over the weekend? Forgetting to order your child’s art from KidsArt!

Orders close this week so get in quick.

Go to

If you do not have your child’s code please email with your child’s name and class room number. 

Winning Raffle Ticket Numbers

Mon Oct 31 02:01pm

Congratulations to the following winning numbers from the raffle drawn on Saturday night.

1st prize – ticket 241
2nd prize – ticket 196

Both prize winners have been notified by phone today.

PTA – THANK YOU and meeting update:

Mon Oct 31 10:24am

The next PTA meeting will be 3pm Tuesday 22 November. We have moved this back from our scheduled meeting date of 1 November because we are taking a breather after the outrageously successful Sumner Spookers event on Saturday. Massive thanks to the Spookers dream team, sponsors, and everyone who came along.

Student Halloween Disco times and tickets

Mon Oct 31 07:48am

Kia ora e te whānau

Our amazing School Council are busy organising the kid’s disco for Friday 4 November (Week 3). The Year 0 to 4 disco time is 3.30pm to 5.00pm and the Year 5 to 8’s will be 5.15pm to 6.45pm. Tickets are $5.00 and are available now from the school office.

Ngā mihi

SUMNER SPOOKERS RAFFLE TICKETS – Tomorrow (Friday) is your last chance to buy raffle tickets. Please click for more information…

Thu Oct 27 05:09pm

Raffle tickets are available from the Office tomorrow (Friday).  Please note – you don’t need to be attending on Saturday night to buy a raffle ticket. Check out the growing list of prizes below! 

Prize List

Athletics Day Years 5 to 8 children

Thu Oct 27 03:50pm

Kia ora koutou

A reminder that the Year 5 to 8 athletics day is scheduled for tomorrow. As the weather forecast is mixed, we will make a decision around 8.00am about either postponing, or changing the scheduled start time of 9.20am and send out an alert then. Unless we postpone, children should come to school prepared to compete making sure they have sunblock applied and have a school or other bucket or broad brimmed sunhat. Children unable to compete due to injury should have a note from a parent for the teacher, if they haven’t already been informed.

Let’s hope for a fine day full of fun!

Ngā mihi nui

Gwen Vine and Tim Lowe

Calendar Art Fundraiser

Thu Oct 27 01:50pm

This is a reminder that we are currently taking orders for Calendar Art.

We’re half-way through the ordering period and we just want to make sure everyone that wants to get products made from their child’s own art has the opportunity to.

These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas. 

Orders can be made online at using your child’s unique code.

If you have misplaced your child’s code please email: with your child’s name and class room number. 

REMINDER: Relationship and Sexulaity Education Parent information hui – tonight at 6.30pm in Waiora Space. Booking form attached.

Wed Oct 26 02:51pm

Booking Form

Sumner Spookers Raffle Tickets – available from the office now

Wed Oct 26 10:10am

Tickets $15. Win one of two spooky prize packs, donated from local businesses, with a value of approx $3000. 


Student Halloween Disco times and tickets

Tue Oct 25 07:46am

Kia ora e te whānau

Our amazing School Council are busy organising the kid’s disco for Friday 4 November (Week 3). The Year 0 to 4 disco time is 3.30pm to 5.00pm and the Year 5 to 8’s will be 5.15pm to 6.45pm. Tickets are $5.00 and are available now from the school office.

Ngā mihi

Term 4 Team Curriculum Newsletters

Fri Oct 21 03:21pm

Kia ora e te whānau

Please find attached the Term 4 Curriculum Newsletters. Click on your child’s teaching team to access the relevant newsletter.

Many thanks

Ngā mihi nui


Rapanui Term 4 Newsletter

Tuawera Term 4 Newsletter

Te Onepoto Term 4 Newsletter

Awaroa Term 4 Newsletter

Newsletter No. 17, 21 October 2022

Fri Oct 21 02:48pm



It’s Calendar Art time again!

Fri Oct 21 12:20pm

The student’s have been busy creating artwork that can be made into Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketch Pads.

Each product is made from your own child’s art.

These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.

Orders can be placed online at using your child’s unique code. This will have come home to you this week on the order form.

If you cannot find your child’s order form please email with your child’s name and class number. 

Student Halloween Disco times and tickets

Fri Oct 21 07:51am

Kia ora e te whānau

Our amazing School Council are busy organising the kid’s disco for Friday 4 November (Week 3). The Year 0 to 4 disco time is 3.30pm to 5.00pm and the Year 5 to 8’s will be 5.15pm to 6.45pm. Tickets are $5.00 and are available now from the school office.

Ngā mihi

Health Curriculum Programme of Learning

Wed Oct 19 04:22pm

Kia ora e te whānau

Please find attached updated information about our Health Curriculum Programme. We will be holding an information hui on Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm in our Waiora space and you are warmly invited to attend. There is a link to register your interest and to ask any specific questions about the programme on the letter.

Nga mihi nui

Tim Lowe, Associate Principal

Health Programme Update

Aupaki Touch Rugby

Wed Oct 19 11:41am

A reminder that subs need to be paid by tomorrow (Thursday 20 October) 3pm if your child is included in a Touch team this term. Please either pay $30 by eftpos at the Office or online banking referencing Aupaki Touch and your child’s name. 

Westpac 030855 0334145 00

Many thanks.

Welcome back to Term 4! Please click for some reminders and updates as we head into Term 4…

Fri Oct 14 12:31pm

Kia ora e te whānau, 

We hope you have all had a relaxing and restful break from school. We are looking forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday. 

Sun Safety: A reminder that all children need to have a (named) blue, wide brimmed or bucket hat at school from Monday. Please also remember to apply sunscreen before school. Sunscreen will be available in learning spaces for re-application as needed. 

Health Curriculum: Our whole school focus for learning in Term 4 is our Health Curriculum. An information letter will be heading out early next week to all families which will outline our curriculum and provide detailed information about our school wide Relationships and Sexuality Education programme of learning called ‘Navigating the Journey.’ There will be an opportunity for parents to attend a hui on Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm where you will be able to hear more about this programme and ask any questions you may have. Please note the date change from the communications at the end of last term. 

Assemblies Term 4: Now that the Covid Protection Framework has ended we are excited to be able to bring the whole school together for assemblies again. The first of these will be Friday of Week 3 (4th November) where our assembly will be led by Te Onepoto and Awaroa students. This slight change to our normal assembly schedule is to allow for a much needed upgrade of our AV gear in the hall to take place. 

Enjoy the last few days of the break. We are excited to see you all back for a busy Term 4 on Monday! 

Ngā mihi nui, Sumner School. 

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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