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Welcome to 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.

Term 1 2019

Dear Families,


Happy New Year to you all! We hope you’ve had a lovely and relaxing summer holiday break.

As the new school year approaches, here is some information regarding important dates, 2019 class lists, and stationery.

Enjoy the rest of the school holiday break, we look forward to seeing you all back at SBS soon!

Term 1 Dates

Term 1 is 10 weeks long and includes swimming lessons (Week 6 & 7) and the PTA Fair.


  • Monday 4th February - Term 1 begins

  • Wednesday 6th February - Waitangi Day (school closed)

  • Sunday 17th March - PTA Fair

  • Friday 12th April - Term 1 finishes


Class Lists

Class lists will be put up on the school Office window on Monday 21st January.

If you have any queries about your child’s class placement, please email



As per previous years we have worked with our stationery supplier, Eeny Meeny, to keep prices as low as possible for families. Class stationery packs can be purchased directly from the school Office. Prices are listed below and include a $5 photocopy contribution and $2 class felts contribution:


  • Papatuanuku $31

  • Hine-Rau-Wharangi $27

  • Tawhirimatea $26

  • Ranginui $18

  • Hinemoana $23

  • Tane Mahuta $30


For your convenience, the Office will be open on Friday 1st February and Saturday 2nd February from 10am - 12pm for stationery sales, or you can purchase from the Office during Week 1. Cash or cheque only, no Eftpos.

Please arrange to have your child’s stationery purchased by the end of Week 1.

Please note that stationery packs will not be given out unless paid for.



During Term 1 and 4, children are required to wear a sunhat when outdoors. Children can bring one from home or purchase one from the school.

Our SBS sunhats are subsidised by the PTA and are $6 each, available from the Office.

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Wanting To Know More?

We welcome visitors and enquiries from prospective families. Please feel free to call into the office or phone (03) 472 8981 to arrange a visit. Ask for Courtney Gibson (Office Administrator) or Gareth Swete (Principal)

Literacy and Mathematics Curriculum Community review

Please click here to view the full summary of our recent community curriculum review

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