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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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Newsletter #10 6th May 2021

Thu May 06 12:57pm

Welcome to our first newsletter for Term 2, please click on the View button to open.


Term 2 Sports Update

Thu May 06 10:41am

Hi Everyone,

Kiwihoops (Basketball) Starts Thursday 13th May – Draw still to come. All players will be issued a Miniball singlet before their game next week.

Kiwisticks (Hockey) Year 5/6 we need 2 more players to meet minimum team requirements. If we get two more players the competition starts Wednesday 12th May. 

Netball Year 5/6 – We have 5 very keen players and need another 2 to be able to enter a Sawyers Bay team.  Netball starts Tuesday 1st June until the 24th August. Cost will be a max of $50 per player.

If any Year 5/6 players are keen to add their name to Hockey or Netball please contact Tracy at the School office. office@sawyersbay.school.nz or 03 472-8981

Before and Afterschool care survey

Wed May 05 02:27pm

Kia ora Families,


In light of recent changes to the before and after school care providers for Sawyers Bay School, we have another provider that would like to take the opportunity to survey the need within our community. Please if you have two minutes, could you take the time to complete the survey here:

It will help them to establish whether there is sufficient need within our school to operate a programme in Sawyers Bay.


Thank you in advance for taking the time.


Kind regards,




Kiwiharvest Delivery today

Wed May 05 02:18pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

The wonderful people at Kiwiharvest have dropped off some fresh Apples, Carrots and Beetroot along with tins of creamed corn and packets of porridge for the Sawyers Bay School community.

Please bring some shopping bags with you after School today and help yourself.



Sausage sizzle & Subway start this week

Tue May 04 01:02pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

Both the sausage sizzle tomorrow and Subway on Friday are both available from this week.

If anyone is available to help with the Sausage sizzle we could love the help of two volunteers from 11.30am – 12.30pm tomorrow. Let me know if you can help. office@sawyersbay.school.nz or 03 472 8981.



Newsletter #9 15 April 2021

Thu Apr 15 11:18am



Back Beach Parent Helpers

Thu Apr 01 01:58pm

Kia ora everyone,

Thank you to everyone for returning their Back Beach permission forms, and for all of our parents who have offered to help on the day. 

We really do appreciate this and if you have indicated that you are willing to come, please take this message as confirmation that we would love for you  to join us. 

However we do have a slightly embarrasing problem of having too many helpers! We are absolutely blown away with offers of support, but this does make our group sizes too big to fit onto the boat rotation. The other rotations (there are four rotations that the chidlren will go through) are not size dependent. This does mean that if all children and helpers turn up, we may not be able to offer all parents the oppportunity to join us on the boat.

If your circumstances have changed and you can no longer help out, please let us know and that is okay, we are well covered. If we do have too many numbers, we will do our very best to accomodate everyone.


Again, we really appreciate all of your support and look forward to having so many adults with us over the two days.


Kind regards,



Newsletter #8 1 April 2021

Thu Apr 01 09:34am



Newsletter #7 Week 8 25th March 2021

Thu Mar 25 01:27pm

Kia ora families,

Please click on the view button below to see this week’s newsletter.


Harbour Junior Rugby Registration Day

Tue Mar 23 01:53pm

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,


Please find attached a flyer on behalf of the Harbour Junior Rugby Club.

Download flyer here

Tãwhirimãtea need your help to recycle

Tue Mar 02 09:09am

Tãwhirimãtea are collecting plastic bottle tops and want to reuse them and create an artwork that encourages others to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Please see our flyer attached for more details.


Tãwhirimãtea Flyer

COVID Preparedness survey

Wed Feb 17 04:21pm

Kia ora Families,



In order to help us to prepare for any escalation in COVID alert levels, could you please take a few minutes to fill in the survey below:







Thank you in advance for your help.



Kind regards,