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SAWYERS BAY SCHOOL

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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Final Futsal Draw for Term 4

Mon Dec 05 11:13am

Kia ora,


Below is the Futsal draw for this week:


Sawyers Bay Stars vs. SPC Saints, 4pm, Court 13


Sawyers Bay Spurs vs. SFX Strikers, 6pm, Court 17


Sawyers Bay Sweepers vs. Carisbrook Eagles, 3.30pm, Court 11


Sawyers Bay Steamers vs. NEVN Ono, 4pm, Court 11


Sawyers Bay Sparks vs. Karitane Kahu, 4pm, Court 19


Thanks,


Miss Tenci.

All School library books due back.

Sun Dec 04 07:53pm

Kia ora families,


I hope you have all had a good weekend.


Please can you return all School library books tomorrow as we will be starting an end of year stop ktake this week.


Thanks for your help.


 


 

Week 7 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Dec 01 10:39am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing on both the app and the website.

Touch Draw for Thursday

Wed Nov 30 07:45am

Good morning Touch families,


We are about to wrap up Touch for the term so I hope this week’s game is a goodie and we have some great weather on Thursday!


This week’s draw is…


Sawyers Bay Force vs. Opoho Phantoms, 4.45pm, Oval Field 3.


Thanks,


Miss Tenci.

Mike Parkes – Clinical Psychologist tomorrow night!

Mon Nov 28 10:00am

Please remember that the Mike Parkes Clinical Psychologist chat at Port Chalmers School is tomorrow night:


What is it?  A one hour talk from Mike to whānau in our school and ECE communities about ways that whānau can support their tamariki with anxiety and how this builds resilience.


When is it?    Tuesday the 29th November from 5:30-6:30pm


Where is it?   Port Chalmers School Hall. 


Please see the flyer attached (Apologies it is sideways but if you tilt your head its fine!)


The SBS staff are all attending and we would welcoem your company too.

Futsal Draw for this coming week

Sat Nov 26 09:15am

Hi there Futsal parents and families,


Below is the draw for the upcoming week:


Grants Braes Stars vs. Sawyers Bay Stars, 4pm, Court 7


Concord Shooters vs. Sawyers Bay Spurs, 6pm, Court 13


St. Brigid’s Strikers vs. Sawyers Bay Sweepers, 3.30pm, Court 16


Abbots 7 vs. Sawyers Bay Steamers, 4pm, Court 6


Green Island Tigers vs. Sawyers Bay Sparks, 4.30pm, Court 16


Can’t believe it’s the 6th round of Futsal already! Hope the games are a lot of fun this week. 


Miss Tenci.


 


 


 

Week 6 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 24 09:44am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Self-Raising Flour – Kiwi Harvest

Wed Nov 23 01:33pm

We have just received a delivery of self-raising flour from Kiwiharvest today.


 


It is currently stacked outside the office doors and families are welcome to collect a few bags. We will not be putting it out at the gate due to potential weather looming.


Thanks again Kiwiharvest.

Touch Draw for Thursday

Tue Nov 22 07:58pm

Kia ora Touch families,


This week’s Touch draw is below:


Sawyers Bay Force vs. Andy Bay Hawks, 4.45pm, Oval Field 2


Hope it’s a great game!


Miss Tenci.


 

End of Year and Health Curriculum review

Mon Nov 21 10:54am

Kia ora Families,


Every two years, the school reviews the community goals for our Health Curriculum. We also send out a 2Q survey (2 questions) about the school in general.


This year we have wrapped both up together in a Google Form for ease. The survey takes around 3 minutes to complete. We would really appreciate the feedback that you can help to provide in order to keep our curriculum aligned with our community and also help us to continually improve and evolve.


The link to the survey can be found here:


https://forms.gle/12N4v2jj57vqLAdR8


This link will be open until Wednesday 30th November.


 


All responses will go into a draw for a small prize at Assembly on Friday  2nd December.


 


Thank you in advance for your help!


 

Futsal Draw for Week 6

Sat Nov 19 09:15am

Kia ora Futsal Families, 


Please make sure you note the times of your child/ren’s Futsal game. Unfortunately a few people have not shown up to games on time which has left other team members short. 


The upcoming week’s draw is as follows…


Sawyers Bay Stars vs. Broad Bay Fantails, 4pm, Court 16


Sawyers Bay Spurs vs. Sacred Heart Stingers, 6pm, Court 12


Sawyers Bay Sweepers vs. St. Joseph’s Gold, 3.30pm, Court 14


Sawyers Bay Steamers vs. Fairfield Chargers, 4pm, Court 14


Sawyers Bay Sparks vs. SPC Hammers, 4pm, Court 11


Thank you, 
Miss Tenci.

Week 5 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 17 10:04am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing on both the website and the app.

Touch Draw for Thursday

Tue Nov 15 04:38pm

This week’s Touch draw is below:


Halfway Bush Swifts vs. Sawyers Bay Force, 4.45, Oval Field 4


Hope we have good weather for the game this week!


Thanks,


Miss Tenci.

COVID cases re-emerging – please be vigilant

Mon Nov 14 07:41pm

Kia ora Families,


Just a heads up that we currently have new cases on COVID within the school. We are aware that some Dunedin schools are seeing quite a surge.


We ask that you please be vigilant and test if in doubt. If you do not have access to RAT tests, please let us know and we can help to source some.


Ka mihi,


Gareth

Futsal Draw for this Week

Mon Nov 14 08:40am

Kia ora Futsal Families, 


Below is this week’s Futsal draw.


Sawyers Bay Stars vs. Wakari Yellow, 4pm, Court 12


Sawyers Bay Spurs vs. Columba College Orange, 6pm, Court 10


Sawyers Bay Sweepers vs. Columba Navy, 3.30pm, Court 9


Sawyers Bay Sparks vs. Sawyers Bay Steamers, 4pm, Court 19


Thank you, hope the games are a lot of fun!


Miss Tenci.

Week 4 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 10 10:50am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

PTA Meeting tomorrow night (and sports shirt reminder)

Mon Nov 07 07:30pm

Kia ora i te whanau,


There will be a quick PTA meeting tomorrow night at Careys Bay Hotel, 7pm. All new members or interested parents are very welcome. Please do not hesitate to ask any staff member in the morning if you would like to know more.


Also, please can you check at home for any school sports shirts that have not yet been returned from the West Harbour Sports Day.


Ma te wa,


Gareth

Milk to give away!

Mon Nov 07 10:44am

We have 1 litre cartons of UHT milk with a January expiry date to distribute, from the great folk at Kiwiharvest.


Please come and collect some after school today.


Thank you Kiwiharvest!

Futsal Draw for Week 4

Sat Nov 05 09:00am

Kia ora Futsal families, 


The draw for week 4 is as follows:


Sawyers Bay Stars vs. Waitati Kiwis, 4pm, Court 4


Sawyers Bay Spurs vs. Green Island Panthers, 6pm, Court 5


Sawyers Bay Sparks vs. Musselburgh Rovers, 3.30pm, Court 19


Sawyers Bay Sweepers vs. Pine Hill Tigers, 4pm, Court 19


Sawyers Bay Steamers vs. Concord Strikers, 4pm, Court 21


Thank you, hope the games are a lot of fun! 


Miss Tenci.



School Info

Week 3 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 03 11:00am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

SBS Sports Tees – orders due today

Tue Nov 01 09:55am

A reminder we are placing an order for Sawyers Bay School sports t-shirts this week and today is the last day for orders please.


The tees are the same as what the children wore on Sports Day last week and you have the option to have them personalised, with a name and number printed on them.


The tees are $48.00 and you will be invoiced for this.


If you would like your child to have their own tee, please email your order to office@sawyersbay.school.nz including the quantity required, size and what name and number you would like printed (if any) by the end of the day today.

Calendar Art and Book Fair

Mon Oct 31 10:39am

Kia ora everyone,


The Calendar Art orders that were placed last term will be ready for pick up from this afternoon. We would much rather try and catch parents at the gate and give them to you directly than risk them going into the same bag as the wet togs! 


Please ensure that you have remembered to make payment before you can pick them up.


 


Also remember that Room 7 is open in the afternoon and mornings for the Annual Book Fair. Please feel very welcome to pop down and have a browse.

Futsal Draw for Week Three

Fri Oct 28 03:57pm

Hi there, 


Below is the Futsal Draw for week three:


Sawyers Bay Stars vs. SPC Saints, 4pm, Court 14


Sawyers Bay Spurs vs. Karitane Keas, 6pm, Court 9


Sawyers Bay Steamers vs. Broad Bay Tui, 4pm, Court 21


Sawyers Bay Sparks vs. Opoho Blazers, 4pm, Court 16


Sawyers Bay Sweepers vs. Columba Green, 4pm, Court 13


Good luck for your games and have fun!


– Miss Tenci.

SBS Sports Tees – order

Thu Oct 27 01:08pm

We are placing an order for Sawyers Bay School sports t-shirts next week.


The tees are the same as what the children wore on Sports Day this week and you have the option to have them personalised, with a name and number printed on them.


The tees are $48.00 and you will be invoiced for this.


If you would like your child to have their own tee, please email your order to office@sawyersbay.school.nz including the quantity required, size and what name and number you would like printed (if any) by Tuesday 1 November.

Week 2 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Oct 27 10:12am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Two quick reminders – Basketball and sports day

Mon Oct 24 08:32pm

Kia ora Families,


Sports Day


Weather looks great for sports day tomorrow! 


Please remember that the buses to Sports Day leave school at 9am sharp. Please make sure that your child is on time.


Kids will have a sports top issued to them if they did not already have one. If your child is not in a Term 4 sport, these will need to be washed and returned as soon as possible after the sports day.


Please also remember water, hat, good running shoes and clothes and plenty of lunch! 


Basketball


Lastly another reminder that after school Basketball starts tomorrow. Please find the notice reattached in case you have signed up but misplaced the original information. 



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Week 1 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Oct 20 10:18am

Good morning


The first newsletter for Term 4 is now available for viewing.

West Harbour Sports Day 2022 – A gentle reminder

Mon Oct 17 03:03pm

If you have already filled in the attached form, thank you very much.


If you have yet to, please can you do so as soon as you can?


Thank you for your help. Please see note below:


 


11 October 2022


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


I hope that the holiday is going well and you are having plenty of time for family fun.


The annual Port Otago West Harbour Sports Day is back this year!


This will be held at the Caledonian Sports Grounds on Tuesday 25th October (Thursday 27th is the postponement day) for all of our SBS children. We will be taking part in athletic and fun activities with children from schools all over the West Harbour.


 


Your child will need the following items for the day.


Lunch
Drink
Sensible shoes
Warm clothing
Sunhat
School uniform (T shirt/ wind breaker) will be provided
Shorts
 


Any postponements or cancellations due to weather will be announced on The Hits on the morning of the event at 7.30am and via our SchoolApp.


 


There is no cost for this day as it has been kindly sponsored by Port Otago, thank you Port Otago for supporting our West Harbour children. We do however, desperately require any parent helpers that might have time to spare us on the day. The event cannot run for the kids without help, so any offers big or small will be greatly appreciated.


 


We have created a google form so that we can:


1.      Ask permission to take your child to the Caledonian on a bus,


2.      Ask for volunteers to help run the events, (any equipment is set out for you, and notes are provided on how to run the event),


3.      And to ask for helpers to accompany our children as they move in age groups from event to event during the day. (Half a day or the whole day.)


 


Please fill in the online permission form posted on SchoolAppNZ in the forms section of the app, or you can access it directly from here:


https://forms.gle/sz2KUwZfV54H1vdCA


by Monday 17th October. If you have trouble with the online form, please let us know as soon as possible and we will help you out.


 


Kā mihi,


 


Gareth Swete

Term 4 Sausage Sizzle – volunteers please

Mon Oct 17 11:02am

Good morning


Volunteers are desperately needed to cook the sausage sizzle for our children on the Wednesdays this term listed below please.  If you are available to cook sausages from 11.45am on a Wednesday for 45 minutes, can you please contact the school office (office@sawyersbay.school.nz or 4728981) with the date(s) you are able to help.


Wednesday 19 October (this week)


Wednesdays 9, 16, 23, and 30 November


Wednesdays 7 and 14 December


The sausage sizzle is very popular and we are keen to continue providing this as an option for our children.


Thank you

Week 10 Term 3 Newsletter

Thu Sep 29 10:36am

Good morning


The Week 10, and final newsletter for this term, is now available for viewing.

Raffle card results!

Wed Sep 28 02:44pm

A big thank you to all of our supporters for making this a very successful fundraiser.


We have made the draw today and the results are as follows:


 


$300 Four Square Voucher


Lewis Stoddartt


$100 Four Square Voucher 


Caren Van Gastel


Mel Ure


Steve Walker


Emme Haworth


Jeannie Paterson


Mel Phillips


Nicole Sinclair


 


$50 Megazone Voucher (from the full card prize draw)


Carlos-Torr Family


 


A member of the PTA will be in touch very soon with your prizes.


Thanks once again!


 

A friendly reminder – School Photos are ready for viewing!

Tue Sep 27 10:45am

Good morning


A reminder school photos are ready for viewing.  Orders are due by tomorrow – Wednesday 28 September.


Please click here to go to the online gallery link. The password for the gallery is aroha.


All orders are done online, and payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. You can view the 2022 Price List here.


If you have any questions or need help with ordering please get in touch with Edith via email or phone – edith@edithleighphotography.nz or 021 214 4075.


 

THREE IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR TOMORROW

Mon Sep 26 06:02pm

Kia ora families,


Three quick reminders for tomorrow:


1. Raffle cards, please return any late raffle cards tomorrow or they will miss the draw on Wednesday.


2. Tawhirimatea and Tane Mahuta will be walking to the golf course to plant trees tomorrow and will require good walking shoes and warm clothing. We will be at the golf course from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


3. Tomorrow we will be starting an education programme with our Police Education Officer, Emily Plew.  The programme is called ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ and focuses on what we can do to keep ourselves (the kids) safe in various situations (for us ‘older generation’ think Stranger Danger). Information about the types of conversation to have at home will come home with your child, but please be aware that the programme starts tomorrow. 


We cant wait to get stuck in to a very busy week! See you all tomorrow.

Last day for raffle cards to be handed to office tomorrow!

Thu Sep 22 06:26pm

Week 9 Term 3 Newsletter

Thu Sep 22 11:31am

Good morning


The Week 9 newsletter is now available for viewing on both the website and the app.

School Photos are ready for viewing!

Wed Sep 21 12:40pm

Kia ora Sawyers Bay School families


It was so much fun photographing your children! They were all fabulous to work with and I hope you LOVE your school portraits.


Please click here to go to the online gallery link. The password for the gallery is aroha.


All orders are done online, and payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. You can view the 2022 Price List here.


(Please contact the school office if you have any trouble with the website links.)


ORDERS ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER.


That gives you one week to choose your favourites (but we’re pretty sure you’ll love them all!)


If you have any questions or need help with ordering please get in touch with me via email or phone – my contact details are in the gallery. 


Enjoy your school portraits!


Warmly, Edith and Jannah


Edith Leigh Photography

COVID presence once again

Wed Sep 21 09:45am

Kia ora Families,


A quick heads up that we once again have cases of COVID within our school again.


The current guidelines are that any child with COVID must be self-isolating for seven days. Family contacts do not need to isolate but are required to test every day for the first five days.


Please help us avoid another large spread by keeping any unwell children at home, being cautious and testing. If your child or family members are particularly vulnerable to illness, we would encourage masks and support your child to wear a mask within the classrooms.


We appreciate your support once again.

Raffle cards due back this week

Wed Sep 21 09:02am

Please remember that the green PTA cards are due back to the office by Friday.


Thank you once again for your support. 

No Parking outside of the school today.

Mon Sep 19 08:49am

Ata mārie Parents,


Please be aware that there is no parking outside of the school today. We are unsure what work is being carried out on Stevenson ave, and no idea how long it might be. We will still be monitoring the crossing and children being dropped off may need to walk from Hall Road, or you may like to do a church carpark drop off today.

Week 8 Term 3 Newsletter

Thu Sep 15 11:25am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Polyfest live stream link update

Thu Sep 15 10:16am

Kia ora everyone,


 


We are aware that the live stream link for our Polyfest that was sent out yesterday did not work on all devices.


The link sent out will work but just in case, here is the direct text format for the link:


https://livestream.com/accounts/15197514/otagopolyfest2022 


All going to plan, we will be on stage at 11.35am.


 

Polyfest – tomorrow

Wed Sep 14 11:21am

Good morning


Tomorrow’s Polyfest performance has been moved to the slightly earlier time of 11.35am.


If you are going to watch the children, please be early and aim to be seated a couple of groups before our performance as entry is only allowed between performances.


If you are unable to make it, the link for the livestream is here 


A final reminder to please send your black clothing for our performance to school tomorrow, if you haven’t already.


The children have worked hard for Polyfest and we look forward to tomorrow’s performance!

COVID Framework changes update

Mon Sep 12 06:11pm

Kia ora Families,


Firstly I would like to thank you all for your continued support of our COVID regulations. I would particularly like to acknowledge the sacrifice of our staff and students who continued to wear masks this term for the well being of all, thank you.


 


As you may be aware, there have been significant changes to how we manage COVID in NZ today. Here is how it will relate to our school setting:


Masks will not be required at school. If your family choose to continue to wear a mask for health reasons, and to keep them safe from respiratory illnesses, we will support you to do so. If your child requires a mask because they are unwell, they need to be at home.


Any child who is unwell needs to stay away from school so that we do not have a sudden influx of all illnesses.


We will not be opening our doors to all adults quite yet sorry. AS of the start of Day 1, Term 4, we will be welcoming families back in as per pre-COVID (if you can remember that far back!).


Household contacts of positive COVID cases will no longer be required to isolate, but will be required to RAT test every day. Obviously positive case will need to continue to follow public health measures.


 


We do expect further information form the Ministry of Education at some point tonight that may add more detail to this emerging picture, but wanted to provide families with an update as soon as we could today. 


Again, I want to emphasise our appreciation of all of the community support that we have received over tis extraordinary time.


Ka mihi nui,


Gareth Swete

Desperate request for Polyfest notices

Mon Sep 12 08:50am

We are desperately requiring Polyfest permission notices back today please.


If you have lost your form, please just email the school with the following information: office@sawyersbay.school.nz


Confirmation that your child can travel by bus to the Edgar Centre on Thursday 15th September (leaving school at 10.45am)


Confirm whether they have a black t shirt and black shorts to wear (inside out black t shirts if they have a print on them is absolutely fine!) or whether we need to try and source them for you.


Let us know if you would like a second notice sent home for more specific details about the event.


 


Thank you in advance for your help.


 


 

Apples!

Fri Sep 09 01:17pm

Good afternoon


We are fortunate enough to have apples donated by T&G to distribute to families today.


Please bring a bag to fill. We will have them at the school gate after school today. 

Week 7 Term 3 Newsletter

Thu Sep 08 11:34am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.