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Final week for lunch orders

Tue Dec 07 09:38am

Good morning – a reminder this is the last week lunch orders  are available this year.

Library books and Sports Uniforms

Mon Dec 06 08:13am

Can you please check at home this week for any school library books to be returned. We are currently doing a stocktake and missing quite a few!

Sports Uniforms: After the final week of sports, can you please return and school uniforms cleaned and with your name.

Thanks in advance for your help.

End of Year Report glitch

Fri Dec 03 03:44pm

Kia ora Parents Caregivers,

My sincere apologies however there has been a slight hiccup with reports that were meant to come home today. Some of our classes won’t have received their End of Year Reports today. If your child does not have their end of year report in their bag, i can assure you that it will come home on Monday.


Again, my apologies for the confusion.

Ka mihi,



Week 7 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Dec 02 10:05am

The Week 7 Newsletter is now available for viewing on both the app and the website.

Please remember…

Tue Nov 30 08:27am

Please remember we cannot have children onsite at school before 8.30am.

Thank you for your help.

The Week 6 Newsletter now available on the app and website.

Thu Nov 25 10:23am

Week 5 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 18 10:11am

The newsletter is now available for viewing on the App and our website.

Week 4 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 11 10:05am

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

Swimming starts today – Tane Mahuta leave early

Mon Nov 08 07:46am

Don’t forget your togs today! 

Swimming is on every day for the next two weeks starting today.

Tane Mahuta bus leaves at 8.40am so please be here in time to catch the bus

Week 3 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Nov 04 11:49am

This week’s newsletter is now available on both the App and the website.

Last day for Calendar and card orders – this Friday

Wed Nov 03 02:39pm

Kia ora Families,


Don’t forget that the Calendar and card orders are due this Friday at the latest.


Swimming starts next Monday

Mon Nov 01 02:15pm

(A paper copy of this notice is also coming home today)


Dear Parents & Caregivers

Term 4 Swimming Programme – Starting next Monday!

As part of our School’s Heath & Physical education programme, all children are taught swimming skills at Port Chalmers Pool during Term 1 and Term 4. Hopefully you would have noticed our upcoming swimming sessions on the School Calendar. JC Swim School will be running an intensive swimming programme that is taught by trained swimming coaches. The development of the children’s water confidence and swimming skills are visibly enhanced by this programme. Parents who have seen the lessons and had children go through this swimming programme will be able to attest to the huge benefits of having JC Swim School instructors.


THERE IS NO COST for these sessions. Due to being part of the Voluntary Donations Scheme we will not be asking for any contribution towards the swim programme. I would like to thank Port Otago for their very generous contribution to the instruction component of the programme. They have once again been very generous supporting kids learning to swim right across the West Harbour.


Our Term 4 swimming programme (10 x lessons during 2 weeks) starts in Week 4. The dates are listed below:

Monday 8th Nov

Tuesday 9th Nov

Wednesday 10th Nov

Thursday 11th Nov

Friday 12th Nov

Monday 15th Nov

Tuesday 16th Nov

Wednesday 17th Nov

Thursday 18th Nov

Friday 19th Nov

Children will travel to and from the pool by charter bus. Children in Tāne Mahuta will have their lesson first, at the earlier time of 9am. This means those children will need to be at school by 8.30am, to be on the bus at 8.35am on the dates above. Alternatively, you could meet us at the pool at 8.50am with your child (please let us know first). The bus for children in Hinemoana will leave just after 9am so please arrive at school on time.

The lesson timetable is as follows:

Tāne Mahuta       9 – 9.30am

Hinemoana          9.30 – 10am

Ranginui                10 – 10.30am

Tāwhirimātea        10.30 – 11am

Hine-Rau-Whārangi     11 – 11.30am

Papatūānuku        11.30am – 12pm


As this is part of the core curriculum, no specific permission is required. However, if you would like to discuss your child’s participation, or the bus transport with us, please get in touch asap

Please note that due to COVID and Vaccination Order requirements, we are unable to have Parent Helpers on-site. We will be approaching a small handful of junior parents who can help us out, but we do need to keep this requirement strict.


 Please also note that swimming is extremely hard work and the kids always appreciate a few extra bits and pieces in their lunchboxes.


Thank you in advance for your support.


Kind regards,


Gareth Swete

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.

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.


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