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Sawyers Bay School is a semi-rural school on the outskirts of Dunedin. We are a ten minute drive from the centre of town down the beautiful Otago Harbour

Who are we?
Sawyers Bay Primary School was established in 1861. We offer a welcoming and inclusive community atmosphere. Sawyers Bay achieve excellent results for our children and our current enrolment is approximately 140 students. We offer spacious grounds and play areas, ‘Active Schools’ sports and PE for fun, challenge, cooperation and leadership; organised activities include netball, futsal, soccer, school camp (Year 5 and 6), T Ball, sponsored runs and swimming. We have small class sizes and well resourced programs which include sports, ICT, visual and performing arts. Arts activities include annual school play, recorder, marimba and guitar groups as well as many creative arts activities in the classroom. We are able to integrate learning support and extension as required throughout the school.

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Latest News & Events


Latest Notifications

Lunchtime pick up and sports shirts please

Tue Dec 15 06:54pm

Good morning Families,

Please remember that children are to be picked up today between 12.30pm and 1pm.


Also we are missing a handful of sports shirts, please can you return these today if you still have them at home.


Thank you.

Leavers Assembly today 2pm – 2.45pm

Thu Dec 10 07:59pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We are hosting our Leavers and Final assembly for 2020 this afternoon.

Because we will be celebrating our Leavers and achievements for the year we will be starting Assembly earlier at 2pm today.

All are welcome.



Newsletter #33 Week 9 10th Dec

Thu Dec 10 12:02am

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PLEASE NOTE: Pickup time for Last day of School 12.30-1pm at the latest.


Library Books to be returned

Wed Dec 09 11:57pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We urgently need all Library books to be returned to School for our Annual Stocktake. If you could please search your homes we would really appreciate it.



Sports Shirts due back tomorrow

Wed Dec 09 06:59am

Please can you retrun any SBS sports shirts to school tomorrow. This way we can check your child’s number off if they have one and do a stocktake for the end of year.

Thank you in advance.


Additional Sports Shirts order – Must be in tomorrow Wed 9th

Mon Dec 07 09:56pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We have an opportunity to do a limited run of Sports Shirts, so if you missed out on the last order please click on the link below.

Sport Shirt Order Form

This order will be placed tomorrow and will take approximately 6 weeks, so will be here in time for the start of Term 1 2021.

Cost is $45

Thanks, Tracy

Lunch Options this week

Mon Dec 07 07:42pm

Hi Everyone,

This week for Lunch options we have Sausage sizzle on Wednesday and Sushi on Thursday.

Subway is finished for this year.



Register for Touch for Term 1 2021

Sun Dec 06 09:07pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We are taking registrations now for the Term 1 2021 Touch module at the Kensington Oval.

Touch is played on Thursday afternoon’s at the Kensington Oval. Year 1-2 & Year 3-4 play at 3.45, Year 5-6 play at 4.15 or 4.45pm depending on the grade. The competition starts on Thursday 11th February for 8 weeks Cost $20 per player

To register your child’s interest, please click on the link below.

Term 1 2021 Touch registration

Newsletter #32 Week 8 3rd Dec

Wed Dec 02 11:52pm

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Student Statements & Scholastic Orders

Mon Nov 30 08:40pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

Shortly you should be receiving Student statements via email for the balance for School supplies for the year. Some students have credits and if you would like this to be refunded plese contact me via email office@sawyewrsbay.school.nz with details of the Bank Account to refund.

Scholastic Book Order #8 has arrived and many of you have purchased gifts for your children, these are now available for collection from the Office. If you are unable to collect by Friday please call or email me and I can put your order aside. I will hand out the remaining orders to students on Friday if I haven’t been advised otherwise.



Subway Golden Ticket winner

Fri Nov 27 12:22am

Congratulations to Liam Roberts who was the winner of the Subway Golden ticket.

He received vouchers for his whanau for Subway.

Next Friday 4th December is the last day for this year to order Subway, wow that has come around quickly.


KiwiHarvest Delivery: Eggs

Thu Nov 26 11:05pm

Kia Ora Sawyers Bay Whanau,

KiwiHarvest have dropped off a large suplus of 12 doz Eggs to distribute to our community. They are short dated so should be used within the week.

Hmmm omelete’s for Saturday breakfast.

These will be available to Parents & Caregivers to collect from outside the Office after School.

Have a great weekend

Newsletter #31 Week 7 26th Nov

Thu Nov 26 12:43am

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Kiwi Harvest delivery is here

Tue Nov 24 09:17pm

Kiwi Harvest have delivered today and we have the following ready to pick up from outside the School Office.

Boxes of apples, tomatoes and Mushroom Rice Risotto (Gluten Free)

Please note that the Best Before Date on these is December 2020 (although it will be absolutely fine well after this!).

Activity Modules – Parent help needed

Tue Nov 24 07:36pm

Activity Modules

We are in desperate need of adult helpers for our Activity Modules. If you are able to help from 1:30-2:30 pm on any of the following dates please let Jo (joanneb@sawyersbay.school.nz) or Tracy know.

Tuesday 1 December, Wednesday 2 December, Thursday 3 December, Tuesday 8 December, Wednesday 9 December, Thursday 10 December.

Thank you!

4 Square Xmas Shoppers Day this Thursday

Tue Nov 24 07:17am

Port Chalmers 4 Square are great supporters of the school. This Thursday, they will be running an exciting shopper’s day with the following events that your children might like to know about. For the kids, they will have:
Face painting
Decorating biscuits
Clown dunk, including their principal, the Mayor , supermarket owner and local Police officer
Some of the Highlanders players
Heaps of prizes

Get along and have a little pre Christmas fun. 

Kiwi Harvest drop off tomorrow, bring your shopping bags!

Tue Nov 24 02:26am

Kiwi Harvest will be doing another drop at the school tomorrow of surplus food that we will be very happy to distribute to anyone who would like it.

There will be boxes and boxes of apples and tomatoes that you will be welcome to help yourself to. There will also be boxes of Mushroom Rice Risotto, however do note that the Best Before Date on these is December 2020 (although it will be absolutely fine well after this!).


It will all be available for parents startight after school outside the office.

Source to Sea presentation session – 2nd Dec

Mon Nov 23 06:56am

The students of Tane Mahuta would like to warmly invite parents and other family members along to school on Wednesday 2 December at 11.30 am to share an overview of their learning in the Source to Sea project. This will take place in Room 7.

Newsletter # 30 Term 4 Week 6 – Amended link

Thu Nov 19 01:31am

Please find the corrected link to the newsletter either on the Newsletter tab of this app, on the website, or via the button below.

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Term 4 Activity Modules

Tue Nov 17 09:35pm

Dear Families


Activity Modules are always a highlight of our year and the children thoroughly enjoy learning from people in our community.

We are seeking adults who are able to lead a group in an area of their interest as well as those who would prefer to help in a group.

If you are able to help us, please either complete the attached online link or complete the notice being sent home today.

I will be in touch. The more helpers the merrier! We are happy to help with providing equipment.

Thank you for your anticipated support!

Jo Barr


Golden Wrapper Promotion!

Sun Nov 15 10:13pm

Subway @ Sawyers Bay School – Friday 27th Nov

Order a lunch from Subway for Friday 27th Nov and be in to WIN the lucky Golden Wrapper Lunch!

Inside the Golden Wrapper is a FREE voucher to be redeemed instore at Subway George Street!

Not registered? It’s simple; all you need to do is register at


and follow 4 easy steps to get started

1.     Register an account

2.     Add member/s including your name and delivery location

3.     Make a payment to have funds in your account before you order

4.     Select your lunch and place an order


Teacher Only Day Friday 20th November 2020

Fri Nov 13 12:34am

Kia ora Families,



Just a friendly reminder that the school will be closed for instruction on Friday 20th November 2020. On this day the staff will participating in a teachers only day of  Professional Development and assessment.



Thank you in advance for your support as we are aware that this can cause some logistical headaches for families.



Kind regards,



Gareth Swete

Newsletter #29 Term 4 Week 5

Wed Nov 11 11:48pm



Newsletter #28 Week 4 5th Nov

Thu Nov 05 12:15am



Lunch – Sushi Johnny (Thurs)

Tue Oct 27 09:25pm

Sushi Johnny is ordered manually by the School on Thursday mornings.

To place an order click here

Payment must be made in cash at the School office before 9am on the day of delivery.

Lunch Online Subway (Fri)

Tue Oct 27 09:23pm

Order cut off is at 09:00am on the day of delivery, please note we cannot make manual orders for families

To order, please click on this link to register for Lunch Online

Menu available from 14/02/2020
Bread (Choose One)

Mini Sub White Bread $3.75
Mini Sub Wheat Bread $3.75
6″ Sub White Bread $5.10
6″ Sub Wheat Bread $5.10
Foot Long Sub White Bread $8.85
Foot Long Sub Wheat Bread $8.85
Gluten Free Wrap $7.20

Meat (Choose One)

Ham  $0.00
Roast Beef $0.00
Chicken Strips $1.35
Turkey  $0.00
Extra Meat Bacon $1.55
Cheese Cheddar $0.00

Sub Fillings $0.00

Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Gerkins / Pickles, Beetroot, Capsicum, Onion

Sauce (Choose up to two) $0.00
Mayo, BBQ, Ranch or Honey Mustard


M&M Cookie $1.15
Double Choc Cookie $1.15
Choc Chip Cookie $1.15
Oat & Raisin Cookie $1.15
Fruit Squirtz $2.60
Drinks Mini Pump 400ml $3.00
Apple Juice $2.10
Chocolate Primo 325ml $3.35

Lunch Online – BBQ Sausage (Wed)

Tue Oct 27 09:18pm

Order cut off is at 09:00am on the day of delivery. All options are $2.00 each

BBQ Sausage sizzle Options

All sausages are Gluten free

Sausage & bread NO TOPPINGS
Sausage & bread with TOMATO SAUCE
Sausage & bread with COLESLAW
Sausage & bread THE WORKS

Gluten Free (GF) bread

GF Sausage & bread
GF Sausage & bread with SAUCE
GF Sausage & bread with COLESLAW
GF Sausage & Bread THE WORKS