Newsletter Week 7 Term 2

Sawyers Bay School 16th June 2022


Kia ora Whanau,

Winter is certainly here this week. We have had some absolutely shocking weather but the classrooms are warm and learning goes on in any weather.

Seeing a little skiff of snow on Kāpuka-taumāhaka reminds me to remind everyone else about our snow day plan.

If there was snow on the ground around Dunedin, the best thing to do is to jump on the radio, or The Hits Facebook page to listen out for any late starts or school closures. Sometimes Sawyers Bay itself can be clear of snow but it is still worth listening out if the wider Dunedin is snowy, or even under extreme frost. There are a group of Principals in Dunedin that make the call for closures. This is after they liaise with bus companies, DCC, Police and other emergency services. If it is unsafe to travel, they will generally make a blanket call to delay or close schools all across Dunedin. This may seem counterintuitive if there is no snow in Sawyers Bay, but it is more often about the ability for staff to get here safely too.

Some schools will make a separate call, such as Wakari, Halfway Bush and other schools in the hills, but Sawyers Bay at almost sea level generally has to follow the blanket decisions. This means that the first we hear about it is when you do too. I usually find the The Hits FB page is the most up to date. If we get a call then we will SchoolApp it out and email you all asap. Hopefully we wont be needing to think about this but it is always better to be prepared.

Lastly, I would like to thank the PTA in advance for their cheese roll efforts. It isn't easy to try and coordinate volunteers but what I appreciate most is that the PTA always put in the effort and prioritise the children. Thanks PTA.

Mā te wā,

Gareth Swete

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday 21st June - Board Meeting No. 4
  • Friday 24th June - Matariki

PTA Cheese Roll Fundraiser

The big day is Sunday! We are still welcoming any helpers possible.

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.

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 ,

Certificates Week 6 Term 2

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Te Akonga o te Wiki

Congratulations to Ethan, Hazel, Tegan, Isaac S, Willow and Bailey who were their classes Akonga o te Wiki.

This week the trophy went home with Willow!

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This week, we are thrilled to welcome Chase to Papatūānuku and Sawyers Bay School. Our maths learning has been all about patterns this week. We've created all sorts of continuous patterns out of the variety of equipment in Papatūānuku. We've extended this to sequential number patterns and it has been exciting to see the delight in tamariki's eyes, as they use classroom materials to illustrate the problems and then realise the pattern, and keep it going. We retold the myth that Miss Richardson read to us called Pandora's Box. First we made finger puppet butterflies, and the next day we made symmetrical butterflies using paint, then drew half a butterfly on our folded paper before cutting out the shape. These look great on our wall. We are really looking forward to our trip to the Art Gallery next week.

Report by Mrs Campbell


Mālō e lelei, kia ora, bula from Hine-Rau-Wharangi

This week in Hine-Rau we have been investigating different ways to greet each other and others. We also have continued to be super busy getting our Fairy Tale houses produced. After the drafts had been drawn we made prototypes and discussed if we thought it was suitable for purpose. The children had all agreed that making a Fairy Tale house out of paper wasn't the best idea, so the new designs and construction began, the children used a variety of materials to achieve a different result.

I was super proud of the children in HIne-Rau-Wharangi the other morning as I came in from duty to see they had been collaboratively learning using equipment from our Math area to make repeated patterns. They had made a chain right around the whole class, it was so long I could only take a picture of some of it. “Well done guys”

Report by Mrs Brewer

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What a very wet and chilly week it has been so far! This week we have set the fairy tales aside and have begun to look at more local myths and legends. We are beginning with stories based around Matariki due to our new public holiday fast approaching. On Monday we looked at the story “The Little Kiwi’s Matariki”. We learnt a couple of neat Māori terms that we are going to try and use more in the class to build up our Māori vocabulary such as “Auē! - which you would say when you are surprised, “kao” -means no, “aye” means yes. A couple of the reading groups have been doing some independent reading about Matariki traditions with the aim of recording facts and presenting them to the class to share their acquired knowledge. We will continue to explore the meaning and stories around Matariki and create some artworks next week to show our learning. In math we are using The 7 stars of Matariki to explore shape and learn about symmetry, rotation and reflection. We have also been doing some work around identifying our strengths and setting goals. We made our very own word clouds which show all of these strengths. The children really enjoyed choosing an image that they felt represented themselves in some way and then compiled a list of words describing their strengths. Below are a couple of examples of our word clouds showing our individual strengths.

Report by Mrs Swete


Kia Ora

This week in Ranginui we have begun to publish some of our own myths. Our myths are about the characteristics of New Zealand’s native birds. For example: Why does Tui have two voices? so she can speak to all the birds in different languages. Why Kea likes shiny things and is often attacking metal on cars and why fantails are always friendly. For math this week we have explored making many equal sets (multiplication and division) and finding the next number in number patterns. We have worked hard and today when we played Numble all of us talked about how many times tables or skip counting we used!

With colder weather it is really good to see the students wearing jackets, hats and gloves etc.. If possible please bring a spare pair of socks/pants. A couple of students have slipped in the mud lately.

Miss Ruzsa

One day long, long ago fantail was flitting around a waka looking for scraps that had been left behind by the men from the mornings fishing. Tawhirimatea blew a gust of wind SO HARD that the rope that held the waka to the bay snapped and drifted away.

Fantail was afraid of the sea and wanted to go home but he was too scared to fly. So when he saw the men going out into sea to find the waka, fantail was delighted.The men found their waka and brought fantail safely home.

That is why fantails are always so friendly to people.

Created by Nahoa


We have begun learning about Matariki in Hinemoana this week. We have started a KWL chart, sharing what we already know and asked some questions about what we would like to find out. We have even added a few things to what we have learnt already! Did you know that there are actually nine stars in the Matariki cluster, not seven? We read a story called The Stolen Stars of Matariki where we learnt the legend of the patupaiarehe (fairy people) trying to steal the Matariki stars and learnt that there are actually nine stars in the cluster. This story also led us to one of our questions - what are the names of all the stars in the Matariki cluster? We will be endeavouring to answer all our questions over the coming weeks.

Wet Your Pants Wednesday went off in Hinemoana this week and the children had so many jokes prepared! However, there can only be one joke master and this week it went to Kenzie. Kenzie’s joke provided many giggles and was just too good not to share with you all. Enjoy!

Why do ducks wear shorts?

So, you don’t see their butt-quack!

Report by Miss Laing

Tāne Mahuta

We’ve had a lot of fun this week in Tāne Mahuta creating crafts based off the story of Pandora’s Box. This task has linked both with our inquiry topic of “Telling Tales” and focusing on Myths, Legends and Fairytales as well as our instructional writing unit. As we have created unique crafts we have noted down our key steps which we are elaborating and making sure are specific when we create our final instructions. We have been careful to make notes that make sense to us so that no key craft steps are missed and so that we can share our instructions with others so they too can make our crafts! We have made all sorts of things related to Pandora’s Box, such as: hammers (to construct the box), the box itself and the crazy things that can be found inside the box! This has been a fun way to integrate a lot of different learning together. Take a look at our photos to see how some of our crafts are coming along.

Report by Miss Tenci

Community Notices

Noel Leeming Friends and Family deals

In previous years, Noel Lemming has offered their partnership schools a chance to promote Friends and Family deals. Below you will find a flyer with our unique code. Simply show this in store to get a good deal.

The best part about it this year is that Noel Leeming are using this event to raise money for Kids Can. 2.5% of all sales goes towards providing for those children in NZ who need it most.

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