All pupils at Dawson Primary are expected to wear the school uniform.

The uniform can be purchased from the NZ Uniforms Shop. 

Address - 16 Bishop Dunn place Botany
Phone - 09-281 3531
Open Hours - Monday · Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm Sunday - Closed

The school does NOT sell uniforms.

The summer uniform is a short sleeved aqua T-shirt and blue cargo shorts.

The winter uniform is a long sleeved aqua T-shirt and long blue cargo pants.

There is also a navy blue sweatshirt.

The summer or winter uniform can be worn at any time during the year and children can choose to wear the long sleeved top with shorts or any other combination. There is no regulation school footwear.

Hats must be worn in Term 1,2 and 4.


Dawson Primary offers a fitness programme every morning for all students.

We are part of the Counties Manukau Sport who organise tournaments both during school time and after school. All sports are catered for. The school trains teams during lunchtimes.


Dawson Primary believes in print rich classrooms where students have access to quality reading and writing materials.

Teacher modelling and group instruction is the format for instructional learning. Our students need to be able to respond to, and use a variety of forms of language to
think, locate, interpret and evaluate information and communicate.

We offer ESOL to many of our pupils and competent teachers teach this.

We have a school wide approach to literacy and offer support and intervention for students who are struggling. We have a specialist reading teacher to take groups in the senior school. We also have 10 teacher aides to support learning.


Numeracy is an influence in all aspects of students’ daily lives, at school, at play and at home. Our children learn through developing knowledge and strategies that enable them to explore mathematical ideas, to solve problems and to think creatively. All teachers are trained practitioners
of the numeracy project.


We have a focus on preparing our children to be global learners - anytime,
anywhere learners.

Students work with many forms of IT to gain confidence in the use of a variety of media and to develop independence of IT use.

The learning is characterised by

• Student centred learning
• Authentic learning
• Collaboration
• Inquiry based learning
• Critical thinking
• Decision making

Enviro Schools

As a result of our Enviro Schools application we have been fortunate to work with a person from the Auckland City Council Environmental Outreach programme. We were lucky to have this programme offered to us, as there is an 18 month waiting list for schools to be registered as Enviro Schools. Dawson School has been making a strong effort towards becoming environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Junior Neighbourhood Support 

The aim of this programme is to promote a sense of pride, safety and community spirit in children, their school and wider community.Children are nominated for awards from the school or community and assemblies are held to recognise their achievement.

Health Promoting Schools

The aim of this programme is to promote school social and physical environments that improve the health and well being of students and their families/communities and to contribute to improved student outcomes. Our school has gained the second level for health promoting schools - kowhai level.

Garden to Table

Our school is part of the Stephanie Alexander Garden to Table initiative.

Our children learn to plant, harvest, cook and share food. We have many fruit trees growing and also have worm farms and compost heaps. All classes are involved in enviro - friendly recycling.

We also have classes who work with an organisation called Wai Care. They provide learning opportunities for students at the local stream. The children are involved in planting, cleaning and testing water to improve and protect the environment.

Health Clinic

Dawson Primary has a health nurse at school most days. The nurse checks for sore throats that could cause rheumatic fever and also for skin infections.

SWIS Worker

We have a school social worker who will work with children and families. If you need any support the social worker is available to help you.

School Extension

We run a one-day school extension class each week on a Tuesday. Children are selected on their abilities in various areas .We have year levels each term attend the class for the whole day. The first term is the Year 6 children and usually only between six and nine children are chosen. They develop skills in literacy and numeracy. Inquiry learning is a focus.

Contact us

Street Address:

Dawson School
Haumia Way
Auckland 2023

Phone: 09-2745390
Postal Address:

P O Box 64147
Manukau 2163


Haumia Way, Otara, Auckland 2023