Coming Up


To the following students who have started at Campbells Bay School

Nathaneal Chully Bennet,  Nathania Bennet,  Jules Hall,  Freya Hall,  Coen Hollows

Breaking News

Campbells Bay School is open for business as usual from Monday 18 May!

We are so pleased schools are now able to open at alert level two operating pretty much as we have done for years. Having read and re-read the Ministry of Education requirements for operating a school at alert level two, I would characterize that school will be ‘school pre pandemic days but with an extra topping of hygiene.’ I have included a statement from the Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, below, as I feel it provides an excellent context for schooling to recommence in a manner that is entirely familiar to all of us. It is a very reassuring message from the Ministry of Health. Tomorrow we will provide you with a full action plan setting out how the school will operate from Monday 18 May. (Hygiene, hygiene and more hygiene are the hallmarks of our level two pandemic plan.) There will also be an executive summary if you do not wish to wade through the detail!

You can be reassured we are ready, willing and able to commence on site schooling next Monday. Online learning will continue this week. In the meantime, please be on the lookout for a pandemic update tomorrow regarding a return to on site schooling.

Public Health Statement for the Education Sector

We have carefully looked at the evidence around COVID-19 and educational settings, and at the experience of other countries in responding to COVID-19 in these settings to inform the public health advice to the education sector in planning for a move to Level 2.

Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 over the last four months shows that it does not infect or affect children and teens in the same way it does adults.

So children and teens have low infection rates, they don’t become that unwell if they do get infected, and they don’t tend to pass the virus on to adults.

Quality education is a public health intervention in itself, so I am very aware of the benefits of children and young people attending school and early learning, and the need to support children and young people to do this as quickly as we can.
The two key public health principles that support our approach at Alert Level 2 are first to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school or early learning centre is infected.
Any children, young people and staff should stay at home if they are sick, or should be sent home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. In an Alert level 2 school environment, this means children, young people, and staff maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, handwashing and drying) and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
There are situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as some sporting activities. In these situations extra emphasis on handwashing and drying (or cleansing with hand sanitiser) before and after activities and regular cleaning of equipment is recommended.
In an early learning environment, it is not really possible to have a physical distance between children and staff. Young children require a lot of physical support and it is not possible to explain or maintain a physical distance between young children given the age of the children and set up of centres.
This means good hygiene practices (coughing into your elbow, regular handwashing, and drying) are even more important.

Schools and early learning services will also maintain registers so that children, young people and staff can immediately be contacted by public health services if there is a probable or confirmed case.
And it is important that parents fully support this approach by doing their bit – keeping children home if they are unwell and seeking medical advice about whether a child may need to be tested; and ensuring great hygiene practices at all times.

Dr Caroline McElnay
Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health   


The second hand uniform sale will be held from 8.45am – 11.00am on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May (THIS Thursday and Friday).

The sale will be held in the Performing Arts Room.

Entry to the school grounds is by the front gate. Social distancing will be in place but, given the size of the Performing Arts Rooms and the extended hours over two days, we do not expect there will be much queuing required.

We can accept contactless eftpos transactions and cash if required.

 Please bring your own bag to put purchased uniform in to, as we cannot supply carry bags.

Campbells Bay School Business Page

Given the extraordinary times we are living in, the Board of Trustees has been reviewing ways we can help each other in our school community. In this context we have decided to start a Campbells Bay School Business Page on our website. The intention is to put Campbells Bay School families who might be customers in touch with Campbells Bay School families who have businesses. All families who have children at CBS who own businesses or are employed by a business are very welcome to send information about the business to: [email protected]  Information may include any material you deem necessary to provide a scope of the business and contact details.

We will then place your business on the Business Page:  Campbells Bay School Business Community.

We will also feature up to four businesses a week in our newsletter. Please later in the newsletter our first four businesses.

To be included in the weekly newsletter please send your information to Cushla and your business will be featured in order of receipt over the coming weeks/months.

If you wish to have your business on the Pay It Forward website please action this yourself and then email Cushla and she will place your business on the Business Page indicating you have the  ‘pay it forward’ option.

We realise this is not the panacea for  all the challenges businesses are facing at present. However, it is something tangible the school can do. In the prevailing economic climate the Board has also resolved there will be no ‘athon this year and  families will not be approached individually for sponsorship for the major Year 5 & 6 show, Jungle Book, as has been the case in the past. Rather, the school will simply invite anybody who wishes to support the show as a sponsor to do so. There will be no personal approaches made by the school to families. Further, any costs to our families associated with the school curriculum will be kept to a minimum. There will still be mufti days for events that support the Not Self But Service cred but these will be limited to one per term.

Please remember to email Cushla business details so we can populate the Business Page on our website as soon as possible: [email protected]

Staff Video

Please click on the link to see the latest addition of our staff video. What a talented group of teachers we have and again thank you to Joe Lanning for putting together.

There Is No Place I Would Rather Be

Welcome Back Miss Miller!

It is great to welcome Ashley Miller back to CBS. After a brief time in the UK Ashley decided that given the pandemic, home was the best place and what better school to return to than Campbells Bay?! Ashley has commenced as the new entrant teacher Room 34.

After the shortest Overseas  Experience (6 weeks) over in the United Kingdom, Covid-19 had other ideas for my year this year. I quickly packed my bags and booked the next flight out, back to the safety and comfort of New Zealand.

“While in the United Kingdom I spent a few weeks working as a supply teacher in London schools. While it was a great experience it just made me appreciate how much I loved teaching in New Zealand , especially at Campbells Bay School.

I am very excited to be a part of the Campbells Bay family again and I cannot wait to get back into the classroom”.

Ashley Miller

It’s a Girl!

We are excited to announce the arrival our little girl Marlowe. She arrived via c-section on 2 May at 09:09am. She is a healthy 3.32kg and 51cm. She is a sweetie pie, making life adjusting to parenthood super easy for us!

Esther Frauenstein

Mike and I welcomed our precious princess into this crazy world!
Meet Skylah Makere Clarke was born at 5:11pm on 9 May, weighing 3.12kg and 51cm long!

Brittany Clarke

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

2020 dates – meetings held in the school conference room at 7.30pm

  • Tuesday 26 May
  • Tuesday 23 June
  • Tuesday 28 July
  • Tuesday 25 August
  • Tuesday 22 September
  • Tuesday 27 October
  • Tuesday 24 November

Campbells Bay School Business Community


House Removal Truck Hire

Due to Covid-19, our event hire business (Insphire Group) is very restricted with what work we can do.

We have seen a significant increase in demand for house removalists so we are making use of our trucks & drivers and now offering our services in this area.

No job is too big or small, we can move a whole office/business, whole house or just a few pieces of furniture.

We are priced very competitively & we completed several jobs in the 2 days before the lockdown began & 6 more in the week since we have moved to Level 3 (of which all clients were extremely happy).

Please send an email to Nick Coley: [email protected]. Or call him on 021955125 to discuss and he can provide a quote.

Marine/Marine Services

Dash Forge manufactures Custom Instrument Panels and personalised LED Switches for your boat, car, RV, campervan, caravan or light aircraft/sailplane. We specialise in LED illuminated rocker switches and custom laser-engrave them to your specification. All our panels are CAD designed and machine cut by laser or CNC to your exact measurements and a prewiring option is available. We also supply other matching LED illuminated 12 Volt accessories including voltmeters, USB and automotive-style power outlets.

You can check out our website at, Facebook page, Email us at [email protected] or call Jon at 021 112 6456.

Acting Classes

I’m an actor and writer, but a big part of what I do is also teaching, and that includes to Teens (12-18). Here’s a brochure for our upcoming term, here’s our website – – and also some testimonials at the end.


Peter is a very gifted young actor who will always be genuinely interested in exploring his work and finding new approaches to it, and opening this out to his fellow actors.
Cicely Berry, OBE, Voice Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.

I can thoroughly recommend Peter as a marvelous proponent of the principles and Techniques he has encountered and uses himself in his acting processes. He is a gifted man with much to contribute to his profession.
Dean Carey, Director, Actors Centre Australia

Peter brings fresh vision to his work coupled with professional wisdom and his inimitable energy.
Miranda Harcourt, Actor, Director, Acting Coach, Ex-Head of Acting, NZ Drama School

Holiday Accomodation

We have a family owned, picturesque Holiday Park at historic Russell in the beautiful Bay of Islands – the winterless North.

You can spot 55 species of birdlife here, some rare. Our Weka were filmed by the BBC. Kiwi call all around us at night under magnificent starry skies.

We have accommodation to suit all budgets from individuals to large groups. Powered and unpowered sites. Bay views or secluded spots in the bush. Playground, Swimming Pool (summer only). Campfire area, Wood BBQs & Pizza Oven. We are pet friendly.

A central base for many beautiful walking tracks and to explore the Bay of Islands. Find us on facebook – Russell-Orongo Bay Holiday Park and website –