Newsletter Week 6 Term 4

Sawyers Bay School 25th November 2021


There has been a fair amount of excitement over the playground development this week. We have had a range of theories about what is in the big crate on the bottom field. Currently the most popular guesses are that it is either full of penguins and we will be building an ice skating rink, or there is a rhinoceros in the box. It became obvious on Wednesday what it is. We aim to have the climbing frame completely useable by Friday so that our kids can have a go before the weekend.

The boxing and woodchips have been a big part of the development this week. I would like to thank Jordan and Tier 1 Building, Sawyers Bay Transport, Craig Dewar and Hanlon Corbett for their help getting this exciting community initiative done.

By the end of this week, we will have also finished the painting of our prefab building. They look great and much tidier with a lick of paint. Another big thanks to Dean and the Kelly Painting crew for once again looking after our school so well.

As you will be aware, there is a change (again) to our COVID-19 response at system this coming week. As new levels, sub levels and traffic lights are all implemented, we do aim to interpret the requirements in an education setting, and get the information out to you as soon as possible. I would like to assure you all now that we will not be making any changes to how we are operating before the end of the year. We will be keeping it as consistent as possible for our children's sake as we know that the constant changes of rules and requirements can be very unsettling for some. It does make the final assembly a little challenging however. We will be running the final assembly without adults unfortunately. The slight exception to this however will be that we will allow two adults per Year 6 leaver to attend. This is a very important right of passage and we want our leavers parents to share it with us. The condition of this however will be a seating arrangement, a requirement for masks, and we would appreciate a confirmation of vaccination status if possible. I will be sending a notice out with specific information for the final assembly, and a link to a streaming source, closer to the time.

Ka mihi,

Gareth Swete

Upcoming Events

  • Final Assembly for 2021 - Friday 10th December, 2pm
  • Last Day of Term - Wednesday 15th December, 1pm

Term 4 Week 6 Certificates

Awards, Assembly Week 5 - Term 4

Term 4 Week 5 Te Akonga o te Wiki

Awards - Person of the Week, Week 5 - Term 4


We have had lots of fun learning happening in Papatūānuku!

You will have no doubt heard about our rocket launches that occurred at the end of last week. Well here is a video of one of the exciting launches! We’re experts at counting down from 10 to 1 now! This week we have continued to learn about the Solar System. We have learned the names of all of the planets. We are using one of our SBS values - Collaboration, to work together making a model of a planet, or the moon, or the sun. We have learned how to paper mache, and they are looking great. We have been talking about the different ways we can gather information about the planets and the solar system. We watched a video, wrote down the name of the planet we were making, and then drew the planet when they told us information about it. We have also got some information from looking at books from our school library. We are going to write facts about the planet we are creating. We have also been continuing to learn about Kindness. I have been so impressed by the way the children are making an effort to be kind, and noticing when others are kind to them.

Report by Mrs Campbell



We have had a busy week of learning in Hine Rau Wharangi so we have decided to have a student voice in our newsletter article today.

We have been investigating facts about the Ocean. We found lots of facts about animals and happenings in the deep ocean (Matha)

In maths we have been ordering the days of the weeks and months of the year. We had to draw pictures of our daily time table and put them in to order (Ava)

We have learnt about time and were playing buzz to help with skip counting in 5s. (Isaac)

In Kelly sports we played some new games dodgeball and non stop tennis (Daisy)

We have also begun making some Christmas cards for the elderly people in the Summerset Nursing home. (Izzy)

Report by Mrs Brewer


This week we have been learning about figurative language. We have looked at similes, metaphors and personification, and while we find them all very similar and tricky to remember which is which, we are really enjoying using them to describe our swimming experiences over the past two weeks. We are amazed at how a sentence comes alive, almost like a little movie in our minds when we use figurative language to help paint a picture for our audience. Here are some sentences which the children have come up with. Can you tell which are similes, metaphors or personifications?

-When I fell into the pool, the water caught me like a big pillow.

-I jumped into the pool and it swallowed me.

-The pool was calling me.

-The pool was as cold as ice.

-The pool got deeper and deeper like a lake.

-I swam as fast as a torpedo

-I jumped into the water like an excited puppy. .

-As I swam on my side, my legs felt like scissors.

-As I dived down into the murky depths, I felt like my mouth would burst.

-I jumped like a meteor into the water.

On Tuesday, we had a striking good time during our Kelly Sports session. We were practising our striking skills with rackets while learning a range of fun games which we will be sure to try again some day soon!

Report by Mrs Swete


Kia Ora

It has been awesome to be able to be outside for some of our daily programme. We had news sharing time, and some fun activities. We are busy completing our nature inquiry and looking forward to a morning at Pete’s Patch planting trees. (Thursday) We are all on a mission to learn to read analogue clocks. After two days we are doing really well at reading time to the 5 minute marks. On Tuesday we had so much fun at Kelly Sports, where we were learning tennis skills, and cool racquet games. We were excited to share our inquiry information and sunflower art at last week's assembly and have hung our sunflowers in the corridor at our current heights. Thank you for all the milk bottles, we now have enough and have started creating our Christmas lanterns.

Report by Mrs Ruzsa

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What would you do if you had $10,000? Hinemoana has lots of ideas for our writing this week. Some of us would buy a puppy or a kitten, invest it, or buy ourselves an epic gaming setup. We have begun a new topic - Position and Orientation, first learning about directions and degrees on a compass. We have made our own compasses and are using these to answer lots of questions about position and direction. The children are all working super hard to understand degrees of a compass (circle). Well done Hinemoana!

Report From Miss Laing

Tāne Mahuta

There has been a lot of creativity in Tane Mahuta this week when creating our Inquiry models. We have been working on collaborating effectively with the others in our group to merge all of our ideas and come up with a great final design. We have now started bringing these ideas to life! We have painted many interesting backgrounds onto our boxes to set the scene for our models. Next we are moving on to make some clay creations to add some dimension to our scenes. It has been great to watch all the different groups progress with this task!

Report by Miss Tenci

Sports News

This Week's results:

Touch Rugby

Team Awesome 2 -2 D POD - Harrison

SBS Incredible 8 - 7 W POD - Anja

Team Touchdown 10 - 2 W POD - Ruby C


Year 3/4 2 - 0 W POD Liam R

Year 5/6 0 - 3 L POD Olivia

Community Notices

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