educational facilities NOT SELF ~ BUT SERVICE

indoor facilities


The school opened with a single class room (original structure is now part of the main block) and has grown to over 30 fully equipped rooms. Some of these are now special-purpose rooms (see below) and the rest operate as multifunction homeroom classes.


A creative facility in the school which all classes can use weekly for all art work. From sketching to painting to clay sculpture, all media are used. Year 6 art monitors keep this facility neat and tidy, and the facility is now open during lunchtime for a quiet place to be creative.


Our school's Library complex was opened in 2004. The school Librarians do a fantastic job of managing this beautiful new facility and have a number of special programs aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and learning. Library hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm.


Opened in 2004 and providing a flexible facility with excellent sound system capabilities and expansive area thanks to folding doors. This allows for classroom music, dance and drama to be held here. Year group assemblies are held here also, alongside orchestra and choir practices.


The "Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour" works with students where the school is having difficulty meeting the needs of the students. The work of the RTLBs involves assessing a student’s needs and developing learning programmes to overcome difficulties. They work with individual students, groups or with whole school systems. The RTLBs are fully funded by the Ministry of Education, and every NZ state school has access to this resource. This includes their office accommodation and support. CBS hosts 5 RTLBs, who work from Campbells Bay to Browns Bay.


Refurbished and extended in 2000-2001, the Assembly Hall has always been the heart of the school. From discos to science displays to plays, prizegiving ceremonies to gymnastics to folk-dancing, the Hall has many colourful memories and looks forward to decades more, thanks to the donors who made the refurbishment possible. The Hall can be hired for private use outside of school hours: please enquire at the school office for information and hire conditions.

outdoor facilities


The school has three large marked hard-surface areas which serve as free play areas, ball courts, game boards, and meeting grounds. The largest of the three contains several full-size netball / volleyball courts and is located beside the Gymnasium.


Campbells Bay offers a wealth of playground opportunities. Three purpose-built adventure playgrounds are now available, two for the junior school and one new structure for the senior school. A very popular morning tea and lunchtime activity, all playgrounds have a variety of fun and challenging tasks.


Featuring permanent soccer and rugby goalposts, a long-jump pit, and a central artificial turf cricket pitch, the field is a popular place both during school hours and outside. It is the main gathering-place for many school functions and boasts a stunning view of the Rangitoto Channel. Weekend use of the field is permitted by the school - please be careful to remove all rubbish when you leave. Field use is not permitted when the "FIELD CLOSED" signs are set out - thank you for your co-operation.


Growing throughout the school can be found kowhai, rimu, totara, pohutukawa, manuka, flax, cabbage tree, and puriri, & titoki to name a few. The forest itself borders one edge of the field and continues along the Peter Terrace walkway, to the far bottom edge of the school grounds. It contains a large selection of native species, and features raised wooden boardwalks throughout, so it can be enjoyed in all seasons. The forest is an ongoing school project and the students play a large role in its care and upkeep.


A large recreational sandpit covered with a shade sail was opened near the senior playground in 2005. Class teams share time at the sandpit to ensure all age groups have a fair turn.

In 2012 another large sandpit was opened to provide more play area for this very popular activity.


The pool has been refurbished, with length being added to the pool and compound, and solar heating being installed to take that cold 'edge' off the water. The compound has separate male and female changing sheds and a separate toilet, as well as an equipment room. During the Summer holidays, 50 pool keys are made available for hire to families of the school. The hire period is December to March, and a fee is charged. Enquire at the office for terms & conditions.


Waterwise is a water safety programme that uses yachting and kayaking to assist students become more confident & competent in the water. The Campbells Bay School Waterwise programme operates from the Lake Pupuke Waterwise Centre at Milford School. Under the leadership of Bruce Reid and ably supported by Jan Shearer and a crew of trained waterwise instructors, the programme provides a yachting, kayaking and water safety programme for Year 6 students. Year 5 students start their preparation for Waterwise in Term four each year. Full details of the programme are provided to parents/caregivers at that time.