Newsletter Week 2 Term 1

Sawyers Bay School 9th February 2023

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou,

I hope that you all had a great long weekend, a chance to reflect on what Te Tiriti o Waitangi means for Aotearoa, and some time with your families.

This week we have been very lucky to welcome Miss Carrie Jones to the teaching team. Carrie will be working within our classrooms covering teacher release time, assessment time and when teachers have professional development courses. We are very thrilled to have Carrie with us.

At SBS we pride ourselves on the fact that all of our teachers know our children, and have input and a responsibility for helping all of our tamariki thrive. This being said, there is nothing quite like the relationship that the children get to develop with their own classroom teacher. We know that our teachers have really enjoyed getting to know their learners, in a classroom setting over the last two weeks.

A big part of getting to know our learners, is working in with families. You will receive a notice home today that gives you some detail around our first round of PCT (Parent/Child/Teacher) Discussions. These are coming up in Week 4 of this term, Tuesday 21st Feb and Thursday 23rd Feb. We would really love to have the chance to sit down with you and set out a plan for your child. If you could please return this form by Thursday next week, we will book in a time with you.

Mā te wā,

Gareth Swete

Upcoming Events

  • Board Meeting 1 - 6.00pm Tuesday 14th February
  • Otago Anniversary Day - Monday 20th March
  • Swimming - Tuesday 21st - Friday 31st March
  • Board Meeting 2 - 6.00pm Tuesday 21st March
  • Last day of Term 1 - Thursday 6th April
Essential Pupil Information/Update 2023 (including Local Walks and Newsletter Website Publication permission)

Thank you for sending these forms back. If you are yet to return your copy, please return this information with any amendments to last year's details asap. If there are no changes, please simply sign and return.

Please contact the school office if you require another copy of this form.

Wednesday Sausage Sizzle Volunteers

School lunches have begun and we still require volunteers to cook the sausage sizzle for our children on the following Wednesdays this term please -

Wednesday 8, 15, 22 and 29 March

Wednesday 5 April

If you are available to cook sausages on any of the days listed above, from approx. 11.45am for 45 minutes, can you please contact the school office asap.

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

Te Akonga o te Wiki!

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Congratulations to Riley, Liam R, Liam B, Tayah, Charlie and Kenzie who were chosen as their classes person of the Week. The trophy for Term 1, Week 1 went home with Charlie.


Kia ora to our SBS community,

This week we welcome Miss King to our class! Miss King is a Masters student from the University of Otago who will be in our class for the next 7 weeks.

We had a super fun end to last week as we all enjoyed the activities that made up the first “Fun Friday” in Papatūānuku for the year. We learned a fun poem called Clever Monkey (which hopefully was shared over the weekend!) along with drawing amazing monkeys (check out our class window). We made monsters representing numbers that relate to ourselves and our family; we enjoyed Jump Jam with the whole school; we planted seeds and enjoyed presenting at our first assembly. I was so proud of all of the tamariki, standing up in front of the whole school, presenting their Summer Holiday Highlight!

This week, we had a discussion about Waitangi Day, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, then we wrote our own class treaty deciding together on some guidelines we would like to aim to live by, in our wonderful SBS and Papatūānuku environment. It is now signed by all present and will be displayed on our wall.

Rīpoata na Mrs Campbell


Konnichiwa, Kia ora, Mālō e lelei, Hello

This week in Hine-Rau-Wharangi we have settled into our reading and rotations groups, they have been learning about the different activities that we do at reading time.

At the start of the year we spend a little time learning about each other and writing our class Treaty considering our Sawyers Bay School values. Also the children have been collaborating to make a korowai to hang on our wall with our Pepehas once they are written. The children are putting in a huge effort into their writing working on the sounds they know and they are learning to help spell tricky words and have been using their knowledge of counting forwards and backwards in math to work on a variety of activities and class games.

We would also like to share some of our highlights over the past two weeks.

Getting to play with the car truck it is really fun (Kai)

Making a track for the car to go over the blocks at lunch time when it was inside play (Lily)

Learning new things in my new class (Zoe)

Reading rotations have been lots of fun doing different activities (Ollie)

Reading with Kai after we have finished the topic. (Viliami)

Rīpoata na Mrs Brewer

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We have had a very productive week in Tāwhirimātea this week. We had our first visit to the library for the year and many of us were excited to choose one or two books to take home. Our library days are Mondays so it would be very helpful if books can be returned to school by next Monday so we can return them and choose some new ones for the week. This week we have begun our reading programme and hopefully by next week you will see reading books start coming home. We have begun writing poems as a way of introducing ourselves and hope to get these finished and published next week. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Jessica Moffitt, from the Marine Studies Centre who talked to us about climate change and its impact on marine life (this ties in fantastically with our topic this term as part of our focus is on environmental features in our community). Soon we will have our own set of plates hanging off of the Back Beach wharf and will use these to look at and record data about the growth on them, water temperatures, depth and clarity and compare all of this with data from over at the Portobello lab. There may even be an opportunity for us to go to the Marine Science Centre towards the end of the term. We are also beginning work on creating self portraits- learning about drawing guide lines to help us place features on our faces. We hope to then use our portraits to learn about printmaking! On Wednesday afternoon we were very excited to get outside with the bow and arrows. This took a bit of strength and skill but everyone was showing quick improvement in their technique so we will have to revisit this and spend some more time perfecting our skills to hit the bullseye!

Rīpoata na Mrs Swete


Kia Ora Whanau

All be short, it has been a fabulous few days of sharing and caring in Ranginui. I was so proud of the students sharing their poem and their bobblehead people at assembly last Friday. They spoke very well as a group and stood confidently in front of a big audience. Ka Pai Kids.

We have been finding out more about our class through a statistical investigation. We can pose questions, record answers using tally marks and create graphs. The photos this week are displays of our findings. We had to read and summarise our results. Great detective work team!

Most of the students have shared their personal ‘Me in a bag’ items. (photos next week) We all have learnt more about each other's likes, and magic milestone memories. Thank you for helping your child be well prepared for their sharing time. We are looking forward to hearing a few more over the next few days.

Rīpoata na Miss Ruzsa


On Tuesday morning Hinemoana was lucky enough to have an ex Sawyers Bay School student, Melanie visit us to take us for some activities. Melanie went on a trip to Great Barrier Island where she participated, alongside other students in many challenges such as rock climbing and rogaine. It was really fun to have Melanie take us for some collaborative relay challenges and then also for a rogaine challenge. Rogaine is where you use a map to locate different coordinates. At our coordinates we had to find different letters that we then had to unscramble to write a word. It was such a fun and interesting new challenge for all of us in Hinemoana.

We are also finishing up many other activities, one being our beautiful self-portraits. The children have worked super hard on these and are looking forward to showing them off in Assembly this week if you have the time to join us.

Rīpoata na Miss Laing

Tāne Mahuta

We are really enjoying getting to know each other in Tāne Mahuta. It has been a week full of fun activities and tasks to make us think! We have nearly completed some All About Me profiles where we have shared details such as our favourite food, favourite subject at school, information about our family and our favourite sport. We have made sure that we have added unique details and colour that represent us and are eye-catching. We also got to turn the tables and the kids got to find out a few interesting facts about ME. The kids were challenged in small groups to partake in a “Miss Tenci Quiz” as, it’s not fair for me to get to know them and them not to have the chance to get to know me too! There were a lot of interesting answers and funny comments made during this quiz. The kids worked well in their teams and made sure everyone had a say, ka pai this time to Quinn, Monty, Liam R and Nina who got the most points in the “Miss Tenci” quiz. Next week we are looking forward to updating you on our Treaty of Waitangi learning and our Korowai class creation, which is a representation of our Class Treaty and expectations for the year. Ka pai to mahi, well done for your learning so far this term kids!

Rīpoata na Miss Tenci

Community Notices

Book Club - Port Chalmers Library

Kia ora,

The first Port Chalmers Library book club for 2023 will be held on Monday the 13th of February from 3.15pm

As usual, we’ll be starting off with some nibbles and drink before launching into some fun and games. This month we will be cooking pikelets and making kaleidoscopes.

Join us on the 13th and then the first Monday of the month thereafter for some fun and books!

Ngā mihi,

Port Chalmers Library team.

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Port Chalmers Swim Club Inc. Dash n’ Splash

Tuesday 28th Feb 2023, Cancellation date 1st March

Registrations 5pm at Port Chalmers Swimming Pool

First race 6pm.

5-7 year olds:

Run ¾ lap around rugby field (400m ), swim 3 widths (30m)

8-10 year olds:

Run 2 laps around rugby field (1km) swim 2 lengths (60m)

11-14 year olds:

Run 3 laps around rugby field (1.5km) swim 5 lengths (150m)

Cost $10.00 per person in a Team or $10.00 Individual, Entries forms available Port Chalmers Pool and Moana Pool. Or email Entries close 25th Feb.

Contact Person: Licia Mihaka 0274178798