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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 #4 Week 5 – 4th March

Thu Mar 04 12:56am

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Apples and tomatoes! Bring your shopping bag to school today!

Wed Mar 03 01:00am

The amazing folks at Kiwi Harvest have just delivered boxes and boxes and boxes of apples and tomotoes that need to go home with fmailies today. Please bring a shopping bag or two to school and load your self up for free!


Walk and wheel day tomorrow.

Tue Mar 02 03:57am

Tomorrow morning at 8.25am, you will find teachers dotted all over Sawyers Bay, Hall Rd and Kaira St, Stevenson ave, Station Road and Hugh Street.

We will be collecting as many kids as we can to walk to school with us and try to reduce cars outside our school for the day. If you live too far away to walk, you can always park and join us.


Tane Mahuta Children, remember that you need your bikes and helmets tomorrow too.


Fingers crossed for nice weather!


Tãwhirimãtea need your help to recycle

Mon Mar 01 08:09pm

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

Level 2, Here we go again!

Sat Feb 27 10:53pm

Kia ora Families,

As you will be aware, we are going to be in Level 2 again for at least one week. Here are the highlights:

We will be asking parents and caregivers to remain off-site once again.

Please keep any sick children at home

Assembly will be for the children only this week sorry

We had a bike track opening planned for Wednesday. This has been postponed until a later date TBC

Walk and Wheels Week will continue as normal. Please encourage your children to walk or wheel to school!

We will be running a Walking Bus on Wednesday and more information will come home tomorrow

We will keep you informed about our sports, including the possibility that the Weetbix Tryathlon might be affected, as we get information to hand ourselves

I am very pleased that we got our PCT discussions done between Level 2 sessions! Again, we appreciate your support as we navigate COVID levels and do our part to keep our community, children and adults safe and well.

He waka eke noa.





Head Lice Update

Wed Feb 24 10:52pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We have been advised by a few Parents that Head Lice may be present in some classrooms.

Click on the button below to read a note explaining what to look for and how to treat Head Lice.



Head Lice Note

Newsletter #3 Week 4 – 25th Feb

Wed Feb 24 10:08pm

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2021 Schools Swimming Champs

Sun Feb 21 11:04pm

The 2021 Otago Primary School Swimming Championships is being held at Moana Pool, Dunedin, on Saturday, April 10, 2021, with entries closing Wednesday 31 March 2021. 

If you would liek to know more, please check out the attached PDF and come back to us with any interest in entries.

Download competition info here

Newsletter #2 Week 3 18th Feb

Wed Feb 17 11:00pm

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COVID Preparedness survey

Wed Feb 17 03:21am

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,







Newsletter #1 Week 2 11th Feb 2021

Wed Feb 10 09:58pm

Welcome to our first newsletter for the 2021.

To view on your Smartdevice please click on the View button below. You can also go to our new website and see all Notifications on our Home page.

Please note that we will not be sending home a paper copy this year unless specifically requested. 


Sushi is available from today

Mon Feb 08 07:10pm

Hi Parents & Caregivers,

We have changed days from Thursday to Tuesday for Sushi Johnny starting from today, order form below.

Sushi Order