Coming Up


To the following students who have started at Campbells Bay School

Anthony Chen

Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 email footer March 2020

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister earlier this afternoon, we will continue to implement the following under level 2.5 and level 2 on Thursday/Friday:

  • Entry to the school will be by three gates: Bus Bay, Peter Terrace and the main double gates on Aberdeen Road.
  • QR signs will  continue to be at each of these entrances, along with pen and paper for those who do not have the Covid app. Our trusty members of staff will also be present from 8.20am and 2.40pm to provide free squirts of sanitiser to all adults entering the school grounds.
  • The ‘sanitise in’ and ‘sanitise out’ of classroom regime will continue.
  • As water fountains will continue to be tapped closed all students are asked to bring a water bottle to school each day.
  • Only children who are well can attend school. Any child who is not well must not attend school.
  • From Thursday parents may enter the classrooms, however please maintain physical distancing.

Term 4

In term 4 it is compulsory for all students to wear hats when outside. Please ensure your child has their Campbells Bay Hat each day.

Purchases can be made at NZ Uniforms, 19A Douglas Alexander Parade, Rosedale.

ICAS Competitions Update

The new dates for the ICAS Competitions have now been booked in for Campbells Bay School.

The dates are as follows:

Term 4

Week 3

  • Wednesday 28 October       Digital Technologies
  • Friday 30 October                Mathematics

Week 4

  • Monday 2 November           Science
  • Friday 06 November            Spelling

Week 5

  • Monday 09 November        English

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

Rob Padgett
ICAS Co-ordinator


Well done to the three teams who took part in the Epro8 Engineering competition this week.

The kids had to make a robotic zoo animal with a moving part. They did so well and have submitted their designs into the Epro8 Headquarters:

Here are their video links:

Student Success

Monika’s KidsCan Fundraiser

We wanted to share some good news with you during these strange times.

For her 10th birthday Monika Young (Room 5P) decided to forgo presents in order to raise money for charity. Together with us she set up a go fund me page and encouraged her friends who were coming to her birthday party to donate there instead of giving a gift. In the end Monika and her friends from CBS raised $600 for KidsCan Charity!

You can check out her page below. She also received a thank you certificate from KidsCan (attached) .

With thanks and best wishes,

Blanka, Andrew & Monika

Wairau Intermediate – Update for year 6 students

The new transition day date is:      Wednesday 28th of October

Before the lockdown situation we sent you permission letters for the transition day and so parents will already have signed and returned these to you.  A reminder that our tuckshop is open for purchases at morning tea and lunchtime.  Students will need to wear covered shoes for the visit and bring their own lunch and morning tea.  Parents will need to drop their child off at Wairau at around 9.00am and pick them up again at 2.30pm.

Our Open Week will be held from Monday 21 September – Friday 25 September between 9.00am and 3.00pm.  Parents are invited to come along any time during those hours.  It is not necessary to book an appointment.

Book Week

CBS Book Week:                          30 November – 4 December

Scholastics Book Fair:              25 November – 3 December

Lots of events happening for your diary so watch this space early next term for more information.

Book Parades will take place so with the holidays coming up, time to put on your thinking hats and get creative with your book character costume. Who will you be this year? Hungry Caterpillar? or Sherlock? Goldilocks? Thing 1 or perhaps Thing 2?

To make Book Week a success, we will be looking for Parent helpers for various roles for the dates 25th November to 4th December. Sign up forms to come early next term.

Thank you in advance for your support.
Happy Reading!
Mrs Jo Apperley


Please understand, the following is by no means compulsory reading. It really amounts to little more than self-indulgent puffery, written by an old man reflecting on a time long, long ago. You have been warned.

As this is my last newsletter at CBS, I got to thinking what it was like for me as a five year old when I started school in 1958. I would imagine my experiences were very similar to many grandparents of our school who attended school at about that time.  My reflections are about life as I remember it to be with no attempt to compare it with life today, as you can do that if you wish to, bearing in mind that memories of the distant past are not always one hundred percent reliable!

It is quite amazing what I do remember about starting life as a five year old with Miss Moody as my primer one teacher. As starting school is a big deal I guess we can remember details about our early school days when some of us find it a challenge to remember what we had for breakfast yesterday. Such is the human condition, I guess.

I attended Paekakariki School, in a township of about 2,000 on the coast north of Wellington. It was largely a railway settlement and was the terminus for commuter electric trains from Wellington. Being on the main trunk line it also provided a vital link as a station where passengers could get refreshments in the cafeteria when they were on the Wellington to Auckland ‘express’ trains. The trains also changed engines at Paekakariki with electric engines being replaced by steam trains for the journey from Paekakariki to Auckland. It was always a highlight when my father took me to the station to watch the steam engines being coupled to the carriages. (An active steam engine operation remains in Paekakariki thanks to dedicated volunteers). Today, to the best of my knowledge, the many houses belonging to the railways have either been removed or sold and the township is a commuter township on the Kapiti Coast electrified line from Wellington to Waikane with booming real estate values.

In the distant times of the late fifties and early sixties certain aspects of life stand out.

Shops did not open at the weekends. There was a late night, usually on a Friday until 9.00 pm and then it was very much a case of everything being closed aside from dairies and petrol stations. (The very first supermarket opened in Otahuhu in June 1958 and it was quite a while before supermarkets spread further afield and they still had to close at weekends.) During Easter shops closed for four days. Before supermarkets we had grocery shops, that were little more than big dairies, with customers being served from behind a counter. No self-service or check outs.  (Shops on the Kapiti Coast and at a few other locations could open on Saturday to service the weekend visitors from the cities provided they closed on a Wednesday).

To be of any use telephones required the intervention of an operator at the local telephone exchange. The telephone would be cranked, the exchange operator would be told the number required and the operator would make the connection. So far, so good. If you had a ‘party line’ as we did, the line was shared with other families. In our case, we had one line for three families so it was very much a case of checking to make sure nobody was on the phone line before cranking the handle to contact the exchange. (No secrets in those day!) Of course, you couldn’t always get the exchange. Our exchange closed from midnight until 6.00 am daily. Clearly, emergencies could only happen in the other 18 hours. Calling internationally? This usually required making a booking for a time slot for several days hence.

It is much easier to write about radio than television because television did not exist in New Zealand until the first non-experimental television transmission went to air in June 1960! When television did become a feature of our daily lives later in the 1960s we had access to one channel that started at about 5.00 pm and finished about 10.00 pm – seriously. A rather fuzzy black and white screen was the norm. In the absence of television, radio reigned supreme. From memory we had access to three or four radio stations, all government owned and operated. There was no private radio available. The ZB station was commercial with YA (now the National programme) and the YC (Concert) being strictly non-commercial. Radio series and childrens’ request sessions were popular on ZB. ‘Life with Dexter’, an Australian comedy, was a favourite.

We did have movies in the local hall at 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm on Saturdays. We were all required to stand for the playing of God Save the Queen. (It was almost unheard of not to stand for this). This was usually followed by a cartoon and a newsreel or two and then it was interval. The feature film started after interval. This was the full extent of our screen time each week.

While lots of people had cars they were, more often than not, British, with some Australian cars (Holden, Ford and Chrysler) and a smattering of American cars. Seat belts had yet to make an appearance. Heaters were standard (I think) but radios were an optional extra. Air conditioning in a car was unheard of and only the most expensive cars had power steering. From memory, cars became quite rusty early on in their life spans and engines needed to be reconditioned after about 100,000 kilometres. We had a succession of Austin cars that always leaked oil. Much to my chagrin I had to wait until I was a teenager before we got the car I really wanted us to have, a Holden.

Over the years many things have changed but what has remained a constant is the importance that all children are nurtured and provided with the best possible environment to grow and become the decision makers of tomorrow.  We need our children to become increasingly skilled, using their imaginations and creativity to benefit everybody. Sixty two years after I started primary school I am finally leaving. As I bid farewell I do so in the knowledge the school and the Campbells Bay School community are providing a great environment for our children. The challenge is to continue to improve and never to be afraid of progress notwithstanding Mark Twain’s comments about progress, namely “I’m in favour of progress; it’s change I don’t like.”  We can attest to the fact we can manage change – just look at the events of 2020, although we certainly don’t have to like it!

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

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

  • Tuesday 22 September
  • Tuesday 27 October
  • Tuesday 24 November

Board of Trustees Newsletter

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the latest Board of Trustees Newsletter.

Sports News

Year 3 and 4 Cross Country Results

Year 3 Girls

Place Name Room
1 Aila Barr 22
2 Sophie Collins 10
3 Abbie Ross 21
4 Gwen Saunders 10
5 Siara Gardner 22
6 Tia Zhang 22
7 Lulu Hogan 9
8 Rosie Reen 10
9 Annaliese Lowe 9
10 Sophia Bartley 9

Year 3 Boys

Place Name  Room
1 Austin Lumsden 22
2 Callum Orman 18
3 Charlie Larmer 19
4= Anthony Li 22
4= Alistair Foote 9
6 George McCarthy 20
7 Evan Zhao 20
8 Hugo Atkinson 18
9 Ryan Dashwood 10
10 Arthur Hannan 20

Year 4 Girls

Place Name Room
1 Neeva Harvey 14
2 Grace Hogan 7
3 Mila Turnbull 13
4 Ava Ikonen 12
5 Varvara Mikheeva
6 Lilly Burke 7
7 Ruby Gilberd 13
8 Eris Kay 7
9 Chloe Bosch 12
10 Asha Davidson 13

Year 4 Boys

Place Name Room
1 Josh Barr 12
2 Liam Crooks 14
3 Zac Oscilowski 14
4 Oscar Frankham 14
5 Lincoln Geddes 8
6 Michael Yang Jr 14
7 Hugo Welson 11
8 Finn Buckley 13
9 Kanjiro Watanabe 12
10 Caleb Cristobal 12


Year 2 Cross Country Results

Year 2 Boys

Place Name Room
1 Oscar Murray 1
2 Ethan Visser 2
3 Jaxon Lanning 1
4 Jonathan Irvine 1
5 Marlowe Burnett 3
6 Caleb Satherley 2
7 Alex Crooks 27
8 Henry Burrows 2
9 Alexander Clark 3
10 Samuel Wells 24

Year 2 Girls

Place Name Room
1 Laura Hunter 1
2 Quinn Wiltshire 27
3 Emma Woodside 1
4 Mina Mun 3
5 Keira Burke 1
6 Emily Sampson 1
7 Coco Lene 24
8 Olivia Topham 1
9 Claire Ma 2
10 Alice Xu 3

Upcoming Waterwise Instructor’s Course

The dates for the next instructors course are as follows…

  • Monday 19 October 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 21 October 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 28 October 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday 29 October 4pm-8pm
  • Sunday 31 October 8.30pm-12 noon ( sailing practice session)
  • TBA date for the sailing workshop/assessment.

CBS has been going to Waterwise for many years. It gives the children in year six the opportunity to have a go at kayaking and sailing. It is lots of fun.

Waterwise replies on adults helping out. You can come along with your child’s class as long as you are police vetted or you can become an instructor.
You need to be a confident swimmer.

These sessions are ALL held at our little Yacht club at Milford Primary School and on Lake Pupuke.
Trainees DO need to attend all sessions, although depending on expertise we can be flexible.
Contact me directly on 0274 103483 if you would like to discuss further or email me at [email protected]

Sheryl Rogers
Teacher in charge of Waterwise at CBS

Community Notices

Broker Support – Part Time (20 – 25hrs per week) WFH

Are you interested in supporting Kiwis to get their financial future sorted?

adviceHQ is looking for someone to support new and existing clients with their mortgages.  This includes assisting the Director with client onboarding, file preparation, lender liaison, loan maintenance, CRM management and much more.

Ideally you have banking or financial services experience and enjoy flexible working on the North Shore.

Please send a brief CV to [email protected] by Thursday 24 September.