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Week 1 Term 1 Newsletter

Thu Feb 02 10:48am

Good morning

The first newsletter for 2023 is now available for viewing on both the app and the website.

Sausage Sizzle – Term 1 2023

Wed Feb 01 09:33am

Good morning
School lunches begin again next week and we are asking for volunteers to cook the sausage sizzle for our children on Wednesdays this term please. 

If you are available to cook sausages from approx. 11.45am on a Wednesday for 45 minutes, can you please contact the school office ( or 4728981) with the date(s) you are able to help.
Wednesdays 8, 15 and 22 February
Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March
Wednesday 5 April

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

Thank you

Can’t wait for school tomorrow!

Mon Jan 30 03:52pm

Kia ora Families,


We are very excited to welcome our kids and parents back tomorrow. There are a couple of tiny reminders:

It is going to be HOT this week! Please remember your school hat, sunscreen and water bottles. If your school hat has gone walkabout over the holidays, any wide brimmed or bucket hat will be fine, or you can purchase a new one for $6 from the office.

Stationery packs will be given out to all children tomorrow and sent home to be named and labelled if required. These packs will be put onto your child’s account unless we hear from parents otherwise that they wish to purchase their own stationery.

Tane Mahuta and Hinemoana children – unfortunately our cloakroom renovations in your classrooms are running behind schedule. Please do not go straight to your cloakrooms to unpack in the morning, your teacher will tell you what to do. The good news however is that by the end of the week, you will have brand new bathrooms and cloakrooms by the end of this week.

We can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning.

SBS Staff

Welcome back for 2023

Tue Jan 10 09:00am

Kia ora families,


I hope that you have had an excellent Christmas and New Year with your families. With the start of Term 1 just around the corner, here a a few little reminders:

First day of Term

The school officially starts on Tuesday 31st January for all children. Important dates can be found on our parent calendar on the website.

Class lists

Class lists are now displayed in the office window.

Sports Shirts

If you ordered a sports shirt last year, they are on-site and ready to be distributed (they literally arrived less than an hour after closing on the last day of Term 4!!).

Stationery and back to school costs

The school continues to be part of the Ministry of Education Voluntary Donations Scheme which means that there is no costs to families other than stationery. We have chosen this option to make back to school as easy as possible for all.

The School Office will be open on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January from 9am to 12.30pm for any stationery/sunhat purchases, or other enquiries. 

We have all stationery packs ready to distribute and these do not need to be purchased prior. We will distribute these directly to your children and charge your school account to keep it as simple as possible for families. However, if you wish to organise your own stationery, please let us know and we will send you a stationery list. The prices are as follows:

Papatuanuku – $30

Hine-Rau-Wharangi – $25 

Tawhirimatea – $23

Ranginui – $25

Hinemoana – $28

Tane Mahuta – $34

SBS Sunhats (heavily PTA subsidised) – $6


In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The best way to reach us is to email me directly – or the School Office –

We are excited to get back into teaching and learning with your children very soon!


Ka mihi nui,

Gareth Swete


Please return all school sports shirts asap

Tue Dec 13 09:44am

Please return all school sports shirts tomorrow.

Thank you!

Week 8 Term 4 Newsletter

Thu Dec 08 12:04pm

The Week 8 and final newsletter for 2022 is now available for viewing on both the app and the website.

Please note, school finishes on Thursday 15 December at 1pm.

Wishing you a happy, safe and restful Christmas break!

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


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.


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:

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!


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,


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.


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