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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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Week 8 Term 2 Newsletter

Thu Jun 23 11:01am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

10AM START TODAY

Wed Jun 22 08:48am

Due to the treacherous conditions all schools and intermediates will be starting at 10am this morning.


Please take extreme care on the roads

Cheese Rolls available – first in first served!

Mon Jun 20 10:28am

Good morning


Thanks to the huge effort put in yesterday we have 30 dozen cheese rolls available for sale today, on a first in first served basis.


$8 per dozen or $20 for 3 dozen


Please contact the school office asap if you would like any – office@sawyersbay.school.nz or 4728981.


Payment can be deposited into the PTA bank account please – 03-0905-0069862-000.


Limited supply so get in quick!


 


 

Last few orders to pick up

Sun Jun 19 05:05pm

Cheese rolls complete!


Please can families that haven’t picked up yet come to the rugby club before 4.30pm


 


A huge thanks to our amazing team of helpers getting a massive job done!

Heaps of cheese rolls ready for pick up

Sun Jun 19 03:07pm

Please feel very welcome to head down to the rugby club and pick up your cheese rolls anytime. There are heaps ready and waiting!

Wet Sunday, Great day for cheese rolling!

Sun Jun 19 10:03am

Kia ora Whanau,


 


Have your plans changed due to the rubbish weather today? 


Want an excuse to get out of the house?


Why not head down to the rugby club and give cheese rolling a go?! We desperately need any helpers that we can, even if you can only give an hour, any time would be so greatly appreciated. Good music and company, tea and coffee provided. 


We qre not above begging for help at this stage. Funds from this project go directly back to providing the ‘nice to have’s’ for your children.


 


Thanks in advance for any help that you could offer.

Week 7 Term 2 Newsletter

Thu Jun 16 10:18am

Good morning


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

Cheese roll updates and pick up info from the PTA

Wed Jun 15 01:27pm

A few friendly reminders from your PTA:


Cheese rolling


Cheese roll making is happening at Harbour Rugby Club in Port Chalmers, beginning at 9am on Sunday. More helpers will always be greatly appreciated.


RATs


To reassure all participants and customers, a negative RAT is required from volunteers. we can supply you with a RAT before the weekend and you can test in the morning. Please let us know and we will send a RAT home for you.


Paper Bags


We would greatly appreciate any paper bags that you might have lying around. Please feel welcome to send any spares to the office.


Pick up times:


Cheese Rolls can be picked up any time between 10am and 4.30pm at the Rugby Club. Please note that orders will need to be picked up on the day as we have very little storage.


Thank you in advance for your help, we cannot do it without you. Please remember that all proceeds go directly back to our kids. 


Thanks ,


SBS PTA

Potential disruption on Stevenson ave this morning

Mon Jun 13 08:43am

Kia ora koutou,


Delta have set up on Stevenson ave this morning and will be trimming trees. This is going to have an impact on the crossing and parking outside of the school. They are unclear on their plan just yet but we will have to be ready for disruption. The Church carpark may be a better drop off spot for cars this morning.


Fingers crossed that they will be well and truly done by 2.45pm.

Week 6 Term 2 Newsletter

Thu Jun 09 10:51am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Cheese roll fundraiser – helpers urgently required please

Wed Jun 08 10:07am

The PTA Cheeseroll Fundraiser is a popular fundraiser and relies on family and friends of the school volunteering their time to help make them.


This year we are making them on Sunday 19th June, at the Harbour Rugby Club in Port Chalmers, beginning at 9am.


Please contact the school office (4728981 or office@sawyersbay.school.nz) or Kelly Laing if you are willing to spare some time on the day. We will gratefully accept any time, short or long, that you might be able to help with.


Please note, due to the current environment, any volunteers will require a negative rapid antigen test onsite before beginning, we will provide the RATs and really appreciate your understanding here. Thank you in advance for your co-operation and support. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Three reminders for tomorrow

Tue Jun 07 03:25pm

Kia ora Whanau,


Three small reminders before tomorrow:


1 – Cheese roll orders are due in tomorrow. Please can you get these to us so that the PTA can organise and order the correct amount of supplies.


2 – Ranginui will be on their Orokonui trip tomorrow. We welcoem all adult helpers who have returned a form and do have room on the bus for you unless you want to meet us there. Please also refer to earlier communication about the gear that your child will need. Please note that no Ranginui child will be able to order sausages tomorrow.


3 – Please do not send children to school before 8.30am. Classrooms are only open to children from 8.30am onwards please.

Sausage Sizzle – Wednesday volunteer please

Tue Jun 07 02:27pm

Good afternoon – we are looking for a volunteer to cook the sausages for tomorrow’s Sausage Sizzle please.  If you are available to help from 11.45am – 12.30pm please contact the school office on 4728981 or office@sawyersbay.school.nz


Thank you

Week 5 Term 2 Newsletter

Thu Jun 02 10:43am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Cheese roll fundraiser, helpers required.

Thu May 26 03:14pm

The PTA Cheeseroll Fundraiser is a popular fundraiser and relies on family and friends of the school volunteering their time to help make them.


This year we are making them on Sunday 19th June, at the Harbour Rugby Club in Port Chalmers, beginning at 9am.


Please contact the school office (4728981 or office@sawyersbay.school.nz) or Kelly Laing if you are willing to spare some time on the day. We will gratefully accept any time, short or long, that you might be able to help with.


Please note, due to the current environment, any volunteers will require a negative rapid antigen test onsite before beginning, we will provide the RATs and really appreciate your understanding here. Thank you in advance for your co-operation and support. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

Thu May 26 09:53am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Thu May 19 11:17am

Good morning


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

Tane Mahuta running late today

Tue May 17 03:25pm

Kia ora Parents,


Just a quick FYI, due to a locked gate at the bottom of the Ecosanctuary, the Tane Mahuta children may be back at school slightly late today, not more than 10 minutes after the bell.


Apologies for any inconvenience.

Ecosanctuary catch up trips

Thu May 12 03:14pm

Kia ora Families,


As you may recall, three of our classes missed their Econsanctuary trips last term due to illness and weather. We have finally been able to secure replacement dates for this term, but the catch is that the date for Tane Mahuta is next Tuesday!


We know that this does not give you much time but we would really appreciate it if you could review and return the latest permission slip.


If for any reason it does not makes its way home in your child’s bag, we have attached a copy below.



Permission slip available here

Newsletter Week 2 Term 2

Thu May 12 10:56am

Good morning


This week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.

Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

Thu May 05 11:05am

Good morning


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

Term 2 Sausage Sizzle – volunteers please

Tue May 03 12:04pm

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.


Wednesdays 11, 18 and 25 May


Wednesdays 1, 8 and 22 June


Wednesday 6 July


(Please note you will be required to wear a mask.)


The sausage sizzle is very popular and we are keen to continue providing it as an option.

Board casual Vacancy update

Mon May 02 11:07am

Welcome back to Term 2. We are thrilled to have our children back with us once again.


This notification is to provide a quick update on a Board related matter.
A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative. mark Gillon, a long serving board member has resigned as his last child left the school at the end of 2020. I would like to thank Mark for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the school board. 
The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection. This means that the casual vacancy will be covered until the triennial election a little later this year.
If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held instead.
Request for a by-election should be sent to:


Matthew Dick,


Presiding member (chair)
Sawyers Bay School Board
99 Stevenson ave, Sawyers Bay


bot@sawyersbay.school.nz
by: Monday 30th May.


 


Thank you in advance for your continued support.


Ka mihi,


Gareth

Term 2 COVID changes

Fri Apr 29 02:19pm

Kia ora Families,


We are very much looking forward to getting back into school again for Term 2! As we mentioned last term, there will be a couple of minor adjustments to our COVID operating protocols for Term 2. Please note that this plan is based on our current situation and may need to be revised if the situation develops. I think we are all getting well used to changes!


Access to school grounds:


Parents will be able to come on-site from Day 1 Term 2. While we are excited to have parents back on-site, it will only be outside of the classrooms at this stage. We would ask that adults avoid the classrooms and indoor spaces unless absolutely necessary please. If you do need to come into the buildings, we would ask you to sign in, in the office first please. All parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask while on-site, including outdoors, during school hours. 


Masks for children


Year 4 children and above are no longer required to wear a mask in class, but strongly encouraged to. Children below Year 4 are also of course welcome to continue to wear masks. We have seen first hand how illnesses travel through both masked and unmasked classes quite differently. We anticipate increased colds and flu, as well as COVID, during this winter term and we desperately want to keep our kids healthy and present.


Keeping the school informed


Please keep us informed if you, or a member of your family, are positive, or isolating for COVID. We have a stock of RAT tests. If you need them, let us know and we will get some to you.


Illness


Please do keep your child home if they are unwell, regardless if it is COVID or a general illness.


Pick ups and drop offs


If you have enjoyed the gate pick up and drop offs, please feel very welcome to continue this practice. Teachers will continue to be available before and after school at the gate.


School tops


To finish on a positive, our new school tops have arrived and we will be distributing these as of Monday. Don’t forget to name them!


 


Enjoy your last few days of the holidays together and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.


Ka mihi nui,


 


Gareth Swete

Newsletter Week 11 Term 1

Thu Apr 14 10:28am

Good morning


The final newsletter of Term 1 is now available for viewing.  Have a great break and we look forward to seeing everyone back in Term 2.

COVID Update – move to orange

Wed Apr 13 03:04pm

Kia ora families,


As you may be aware, all of New Zealand will be moving to COVID orange setting as of tonight.


While this will have an impact on how we operate moving forward, we will NOT be making any changes to our protocols before at least Term 2. We still identify a high level of risk within the school and desperately do not want to send COVID home to any families over the holidays.


We will of course communicate any changes that may affect your child before the start of the term.


 


Ka mihi,


 


Gareth Swete

Tane Mahuta Ecosanctuary trip postponed

Wed Apr 13 09:23am

Good morning Tane Mahuta whanau,


 


Unfortunately due to staff shortages at Orokonui, the Orokonui team have made the decision to postpone the class trip today. We are currently working on alternative dates for early next term and will confirm with you asap. Apologies to our parents who have made the time to join us today.

Ranginui Ecosanctuary trip postponed

Tue Apr 12 08:45am

Kia roa Ranginui whanau,


 


Unfortunately due to the weather, the Orokonui team have made the decision to postpone their trip today. We are currently working on alternative dates for early next term and will confirm with you asap. Apologies to our parents who have made the time to join us today.

Hot Cross Bun – collection today

Thu Apr 07 09:30am

Good morning


A reminder hot cross bun orders will be available for collection this afternoon, between 2.30 – 3.00pm at the top tennis court gate.


Please bring your own bags.

Week 10 updates

Tue Apr 05 09:03pm

Kia ora Families,


 


Just a few quick updates for the week:


Newsletter


There will not be a newsletter this week. We will send any updates via SchoolApp notification


COVID Changes


As the COVID situation in the country continues to evolve, just a reminder that there will be no changes in our operating protocols before the end of the term. We are keeping all of our protocols in order to be able to help stem the flow of cases within our school. This will be reviewed during the term break but we would ask families to keep us informed of any positive cases over the break to help us get a picture of what our situation is.


Hot Cross Bun orders


Thank you to all families who placed a Hot Cross Bun order with the PTA. These will be available to be picked up on Thursday between 2.30-3pm on the top court. Please can you bring your own bag and please remember that it is still a school requirement to wear a mask on-site during times when the children are present even though it is outside.


 


Ka mihi,


 


Gareth

Newsletter Week 9 Term 1

Thu Mar 31 12:38pm

Good afternoon, this week’s newsletter is now available for viewing.