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 and 4.


We use the house system to foster teamwork and promote the Dawson values of: Tika, Manaakitanga, Aroha, Whakawhanaunga and Ahurutanga. The points are awarded for participation, effort and growth just as much as achievement.

The Concept

The concept is based around the 4 key elements a traditional wayfinder uses to navigate and were given to us by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr who is a wayfinder and captain of the ocean going waka Haunui. All four elements are needed yo work together to navigate to their ultimate goal. Te Kahui means a special or distinguished group of, so each house is a collective.

The House colours and symbols are:

Stars Te Kāhui Whetu Yellow

Wind / Clouds Te Kāhui Kapua Purple

Birds Te Kāhui Manu Orange

Waves Te Kāhui Ngaru Blue (light)

  • Once a week the total points are collected and the results are announced at assembly, with the house cup awarded to the house captains. Each term there is a reward for the winning house and a house trophy at the end of the year.


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.


Click HERE to jump to Dawson School's Education Review Office report.

The purpose of ERO’s reviews is to give parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education that schools provide and their children receive.

ERO’s reports are intended to be clear, concise, constructive and evaluative. An ERO school report answers the question “How effectively is this school’s curriculum promoting student learning - engagement, progress and achievement?”

Under that overarching question ERO reports on the quality of education and learning outcomes for children and for specific groups of children including Māori students, Pacific students and students with special needs. ERO also reports on the quality of the school’s systems for sustaining and continuing improvements.

Annual Report

Emergency Management Plan

Dawson Primary have an Emergency Plan that is consistent with current procedures used by the Civil Defence and Emergency Services.

This plan covers several aspects:

  • Natural Disasters including earthquake, fire, flooding or storm, tsunami, landslide, volcano eruption and swarms of insects.

  • Man made events including armed intruder, gas or hazardous leak, bomb threat, stray dogs, parents or public that are affected by drugs or having a custody fight on the premises or serious assault .

It is important that our first response is to account for all the students, staff and signed in visitors to the school. We will either EVACUATE or go into LOCK DOWN.

Evacuations - When we EVACUATE we remove everyone from any immediate danger of the buildings and grounds. Our alarm will sound (continuous ringing of the bell). Our assembly point is on the courts near the lunchroom. We have appointed wardens who report to the the designated chief warden once all the students, staff and visitors are accounted for. If you are on the school grounds at the time of an evacuation please follow the instructions given to you by staff. If you are in your car please remain in it. DO NOT ENTER THE SCHOOL GROUNDS during an evacuation.

Lockdown - When we are in LOCKDOWN there will be a song (I See Red) played over the speakers throughout the school. Teachers and pupils will all go to classes and remain on the floor, away from doors and windows and they will be kept calm. They will not be allowed to leave the rooms. We have a plan for toileting and eating should the lockdown go on over time. NO ONE ENTERS THE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING A LOCKDOWN. We will not open any door or gate to any parent during this time.

In the event of a lockdown we will will contact parents as soon as we able. The first place we will do this is on the Dawson website and facebook page. We will then try to text or ring all caregivers. Please make sure we have your up to date numbers. Do not come to school, phone teachers or the school during this time as it could put people in danger.

We take every effort to ensure the safety of your child. We have practices for both lockdowns and evacuations at least once a term.