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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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Polyfest livestream link

Fri Oct 22 10:18am

IF you want to see our amazing Kapa haka kids, you can stream it here:



Our chidlren are on at 12pm, but also our pretty cute SB Playcentre Neighbours are on between 11.30am and 12pm too!

Important update for Futsal families

Fri Oct 22 09:39am

We have recieved some bads news. The Futsal organisers have informed us yesterday that due to a change in COVID restrictions, the Year 1 and 2 futsal for Term 4 has been cancelled. We are really sorry that this has occured after the registration period. It also means that things are going to change in terms of access for the older teams too. We will communciate this with you when we get clarity around the regulations.

In the meantime, can you please check on the SchoolApp that you have the sports category selected. We will send all sports related notifications to this group only to save bombarding everyone with futsal notices!


Thanks for your understanding.

Newsletter Week 1 Term 4

Thu Oct 21 10:04am

The newsletter is now live on the App and website.

Adults on-site – COVID Requirements

Wed Oct 20 04:20pm

With the nicer weather, we are noticing parents coming on-site after school. We want all famileis to be able to enjoy our grounds, but we need to adhere to the rules.

Please remember that no adults are allowed on school grounds without prior permission of the school during school hours. This includes after school, and up until 3pm. This allows time for students to leave and to keep staff safe. We also strongly encourage the use of masks on-site for all adults, and this is certainly a requirement of coming on-site during the school day.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Week 1 Touch Rugby draw:

Wed Oct 20 01:05pm

Kia ora families,


A new sports team list will be sent home today with revised touch teams. The game times are as follows:

First Touch games are starting the THURSDAY 21st Oct

Year 3/4 Team Awesome v BGP: Bathgate Park Gold 3:45 PM Oval: F8b

Year 5/6 Team Incredible v STC: St Clair Manuka 4:45 PM Oval: F3

Year 5/6 Team Touchdown  v BVA Breakers 4:15 PM Oval: F2


You can also find the draws here:

These draws will be live on our website about 2pm this afternoon. https://www.otagotouch.co.nz/Where-to-play-Touch/Dunedin-Modules/Junior-Oval-Module

Touch rugby teams – change s required

Tue Oct 19 04:32pm

Kia ora,


If you received the sports notice home today, please ignore the touch rugby teams as there are changes, and a new team to be added. We will send confirmed teams asap

Kelly Sport afterschool opportunity

Tue Oct 19 10:53am

Kia ora everyone,


Kelly Sport are offereing a Sawyers Bay School based afterschool programme. Please click on the link below for the details, or check your child’s bag for a flyer.

Download Kelly Sport Flyer here

School photos now available for viewing.

Tue Oct 19 09:50am

Kia ora Sawyers Bay School families


Your school photos (of ALL the gorgeous children) are ready to view and order.

Click here to go to the online gallery (the password is love).

Please note: Orders are due in by Thursday 28 October.


Thank you, Edith 

Newsletter now available (again)

Thu Sep 30 09:53am

Sorry team, after a little technical blip, the newsletter is now avaiable on the app or webiste for your viewing pleasure!

Wig Thursday tomorrow

Wed Sep 29 06:10pm

Tomorrow we will be celebrating our Wig Thursday fundraising with a wig parade, a few ‘haircuts’ and a coin trail.

Wig Thursday is our way of raising funds for Child Cancer. We are absolutely blown away and truly humbled by the generosity that we have received far surpassing our goal by almost $2000!

If you would like to know more, or make a contribution, you can find our fundraising page here or please feel welcome to add a few coins to the coin trail collected by the Child Cancer Foundation.

A special thank you to Olivia Dick and family for stepping up and making a difference, you guys are amazing.



Urgent reminders: School Photos and Sports

Sun Sep 26 04:36pm

Kia ora SBS Whanau,


Just a wee reminder that we have School Photos this Tuesday and Wednesday. You can find out all about it on Edith Leigh’s SBS link:


Please note that sibling photos must be booked in advance!


Another reminder that Term 4 sports registrations are due this week. You can find all of the necessary info and can complete registration at the following link: 



Thank you all in advance.

This week’s newsletter now available

Thu Sep 23 11:04am

Youc can access our newsletter via the newsletter tab on the SchoolApp, or throug hthe webiste.


Please note that sports registration is also linked to the newsletter. If you need help, or a paper copy of the sports form, please let us know.

This week’s newsletter is now available.

Thu Sep 16 10:42am

Check out our new digital newsletter! You can either find it on the website, the SchoolApp, or let us know and we will send you a hard copy.