Message from the Principal
Kia ora koutou!
You will see I have misled you in the last newsletter, the canopy project was unfortunately delayed until today. Most of the works will happen underground this week and likely the fencing will come back down by Wednesday. The aim is that the canopy is completed by the next school holidays.
In today’s newsletter I would like to share with you the results of the Community Engagement Survey 2021. Thank you so much to those people who completed the survey. The health curriculum section of the survey will be shared later in the term.
For context, our online survey was developed on behalf of the school by educational consultant Joanne Robson of Leading and Learning. The content of the survey was the result of consultation between the school and Joanne and focused on the themes of: culture, communication, relationships and teaching and learning. We are now able to compare three years worth of data, with no survey being completed in 2020. This was because consultation with the community last year revolved around distance learning after our COVID-19 response.
This year we had 132 responses compared to 155 in 2019 and 196 in 2018. The survey was open for just over a month and advertised each week in the school newsletter. Surveygizmo reports that a minimum response rate for an external unsolicited survey is in the order of 10 – 15%. Based on 687 families at our school we have calculated that the response rate at 19%.
In dealing with the hearts and minds of children, striving for 100% approval in all areas is the ultimate goal. Our profession is to do our best to meet the learning needs of all children and we are in a constant state of review and improve! With that being said, as we are all ‘only’ human, we may not be able to meet perfection at every opportunity and our areas to improve can change and adjust over time alongside the changes in our community.
Overall, the results are really pleasing with every area achieving more than 78% of parents agreeing or strongly agreeing. It was also interesting to note that the areas identified as requiring more focus and improvement, are aligned with our strategic plan and annual goals.
One area where we have spent considerable time improving is communication at over 90% satisfactory. It seems we have also reached a new high satisfactory ranking with relationships between staff and students being positive, at 98.5%! A real credit to the amazing work our teachers do. We thank those families who provided feedback to us and helped to identify areas requiring further review and improvement. Such as, reporting on progress and clarity around roll growth.
The anecdotal comment section of the survey is not included today for privacy reasons however, each comment has been shared with the board of trustees and the senior leadership team and taken into consideration. I can share with you that apart from the size of the school, there were no mentionable trends. Instead, there were singular ideas or statements that will be considered accordingly.
I have included the results below. (1 = strongly disagree and 4 = strongly agree).
Three words that come to mind when you think of Campbells Bay School
Roll Growth – Being Big
It was noticed in the anecdotal comments section and the words to describe CBS, that the size of the roll was still a concern. It is important to note that we are no longer experiencing roll growth as we have had in the past. Our numbers have settled and are consistent. The new build which replaces the relocatable classes that are on the field is anticipated to start construction soon, June 2021 and will open up more of our field for our students to play on again.
We spend a considerable amount of time enforcing the zone. Our enrolment processes have become more and more thorough. Since October 2013 if a family moves out of the school’s zone younger siblings yet to commence at CBS are unable to do so. Our enrolment documentation makes this very clear. We employ the services of a private investigator to examine any enrolment application where the authenticity or accuracy of the documentation is questioned. However, we accept that there might be some fraudulent enrolments. If you are aware of such an enrolment you are encouraged to contact the school.
We must legally accept all students who have evidence that they are residing in the zone. It is unlawful for us to remove students who move out of zone later in their schooling unless the Board has reasonable grounds to believe that a temporary residence within the school’s zone was used for the purpose of gaining enrolment at the school. Once enrolment is accepted based on the evidence the enrolment process provides, we must accept students for the entire duration of their schooling with us, even if they end up moving out of zone, subject to above.
All children living in our school zone have a right to attend our school. There is no other criteria that they must meet. This includes students who do not speak English, students who have additional learning, behaviour or physical needs. The Education Act 1989 provides clarity in this area. All schools are designed in the image of their community of which they represent. These students also all have a right to access mainstream education.
While we are not aiming to be big at all, and as the previous information suggests, we are doing everything in our power to not increase in size. There are some benefits. Human resourcing is just one of them. Resourcing opportunities are increased in larger schools. Think of our ability to have someone in charge of sport, music, digital technology, learning hub, ESOL, SENCO (a special education needs coordinator) and a junior transition leader. These additional human resources help to reduce the extra load on teachers who would usually have to lead these areas while running a full time classroom. It also enhances the availability of these staff to support our learning community and increase the quality and delivery of these programmes.
PTA – Parent Teacher Association (PTA) history at CBS
PTA’s are a group of parents, teachers and other staff who gather together to arrange fundraising opportunities to help the school budget and facilitate parental participation in the school. A real benefit of this type of group is that parents get to be together and feel they are connected and contributing to the school community. Ever since I have been at Campbells Bay School, July 2013, we have had a few keen parents drive our PTA equivalent. Once their children graduate school we look to the next iteration of parents keen to take on these roles. Unfortunately, these past few years we have seen a steady reluctance to form the formal aspect of the PTA (chair, treasurer, secretary) there are a number of specific legal requirements a PTA must have. We have also had feedback that the ‘same’ people were called upon to do the mahi.
To overcome this challenge the school looked within and employed a parent to arrange the PTA and keep things afloat. While this worked for a while, the load was not shared, and we could not keep paying someone to do what is supposed to be a volunteer role that adds money to the school. From here we changed strategy and put a teacher in charge of community events. Their role was to facilitate the many keen volunteers we have (who do not want to commit to the PTA every month) but those that want to pick and choose the events they feel they could help with. Such as disco’s etc. So far this is a great alternative.
We have had additional feedback that there now is a missing link for parents. And to address this we have supported a group of parents to create the Friends of the Parents group. Their sole purpose is to provide connection. Already they have developed a private group for parents on Facebook and their goal is to host one event per term for new families to the area and existing families who would like to join in. We know the group’s role will grow and evolve as the community need does and as more people connect and have more ideas. There is no fundraising component to their connection, just parent inclusion and well-being, which is superb!
We have also added a mix and mingle opportunity to our termly new entrant information evening, so those new parents can swap numbers, arrange playdates and meet each other as they embark on their school journey together. If you ever have an idea, or want to get involved more, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Reporting on Progress
While nothing has changed to our current process of reporting on progress, it is clear that there is a call for review. This has been on our radar. The survey results could be skewed slightly as this survey was done for the first time in term one before the first Next Step meeting with the teacher on student progress. Usually the survey is completed in term three, when we have already had three formal meetings between teachers and parents as well as two paper reports.
The school leadership team is reviewing our progress reports. We can share with you that the long term goal is to be digital, where reporting happens to parents, as progress happens. For example, when your child moves up a reading level, or starts to form paragraphs in their writing, it is celebrated and shared with you. The issue for us is that we have not felt the software platforms available were able to meet the needs for us around reporting.
While we continue to research the improvements of the online platforms available, we have implemented a short term goal. By the end of 2021 every class will be using the Seesaw app to share learning experiences regularly between teacher, student and whanau. Our goal is that parents are part of the learning journey and know exactly what their child is busy learning and working on in class. Once we implement this, we can review the need to include reporting aspects alongside these experiences.
I cannot emphasise enough that your voice matters. We really want to know what we can do better to improve your child’s schooling experience. This survey was a great anonymous way to share your perspective. However, you do not have to wait for this annually. I encourage you to get in touch, send an email, or make an appointment to share your ideas. You can always contact me [email protected], any of the Associate Principal’s and/or your child’s teacher.
REMINDER School Closed
School will be closed this Friday 4 June for our Teacher Only Day.
SKIDS will be operating on this day in the school hall. Please book under Special Day They will have a Full day, and Short day session.
sKids Campbells Bay
mob 022-3675011/ email [email protected]
Weekly News Roundup
- Room 14 Upstander Video
- Lego Spike Tech
- Room 6 and buddy class coding
- National Simultaneous Story from SPACE
- Mathlete of the week
- Year 3 Scratch moon orbiting the Earth
- Tech whizz lego
2021 ICAS Competition
Dear Parents and Caregivers of Year 4, 5 and 6 students,
We are delighted to inform you that Campbells Bay School will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS Assessments again this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales, with over 35 years’ experience in educational assessments. The competitions offered are as follows:
ICAS Digital Technologies
Thursday 12 August 2021 – Cost to participate in test: $23.00
Monday 16 August 2021 – Cost to participate in test: $23.00
Monday 23 August 2021 – Cost to participate in test: $23.00
ICAS Spelling Bee
Tuesday 24 August 2021 – Cost to participate in test: $23.00
Monday 30 August 2021 – Cost to participate in test: $23.00
These assessments will take place during the day.
Who should enter these competitions
The competitions are open to students in Years 4, 5 and 6. We suggest that you avoid entering for subjects in which your child is still developing mastery. We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
Advantages of entering the competitions
● Every student gains a certificate of participation, credit, distinction or high distinction
● A results summary provides parents and students with a print-out of strengths and weaknesses within each subject area.
● Students learn valuable lessons in time management, the importance of reading questions carefully and checking their answers.
ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to computer-based assessment. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.
Spelling machines, dictionaries and cell phones are not permitted.
Once numbers are finalised, the exact times can be scheduled. Normally Year 4 students compete first at 9.00am, followed by Year 5 and Year 6, depending on team programmes. All competitions are held in school time and students are released from class to participate.
If you are new to the competitions, we recommend that you visit the school’s home learning page for practice papers by clicking the following link –
Should you wish to enrol in one or more competitions, please enter online via our school online payment portal. Enrolments will be available from 9.00am on Tuesday 1 June. Click this link to access the school website:
Please do not register your child if they are not in year 4, 5 or 6, as they will not be accepted.
Due to the school organisation the closing date will be earlier than stated on the ICAS website. Entries must be received and paid for by Friday 9 July 2021.
Late entries cannot be accepted.
Chinese Cultural Evening at Rangitoto College
We would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity this term. Year 5-6 students in our Kāhui Ako are invited to attend the rehearsal of the Chinese Cultural Night on Wednesday 7th July – Week 10 – 3:00pm-8:00pm (you do not need to come for the full time), in the Rangitoto College Auditorium. As this is the technical rehearsal, there will be some stopping and starting.
Unfortunately there are only 30 tickets allocated to Campbells Bay School. There is no cost and entry is by donation. All children must attend with their parent. A teacher will be waiting in the foyer with a list of parents / students who have registered for a ticket.
If you are interested to attend, please complete this form
The deadline is Friday 25 June – 3pm however, if tickets have been allocated prior to this time, we will close off this form.
We are all looking forward at another evening of cultural celebration
Campbells Bay School Library welcomes book donations. However, please can you ensure the books are in good order and covers are in excellent condition.
We especially welcome books that we don’t have in our library or that we only have one copy of.
They can be sent to Jo Apperley in the Learning Hub.
Thank You …
From time to time the school receives generous offers from our community and this week we would just like to acknowledge our appreciation to Mr Victor Wei (Jeremy from Room 5P’s Dad) who kindly donated a large number of hand sanitizer bottles to the school.
This was so appreciated and will enable us to ensure that our students continue to stop germs spreading while at school.
Thank you so much once again Mr Wei.
Weekly Second Hand Uniform Sales
Reminder that there will be second hand uniform for sale on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1.30pm – 3.30pm in Room 38.
Please support our wonderful volunteers who have given up their time to make these sales happen.
Board of Trustees Meeting Dates
2021 dates – meetings held in the school conference room at 7.30pm
- Tuesday 22 June – week 8
- Tuesday 27 July – week 1
- Tuesday 24 August – week 5
- Tuesday 28 September – week 10
- Tuesday 26 October – week 2
- Tuesday 30 November – week 7
Mathletes of the Week
|Junior Mathletics Class of the Week||Room 14|
|Senior Mathletics Class of the Week||5Purple|
|Junior Mathlete of the Week||Scott Purdy (Room 14)|
|Senior Mathlete of the Week||Julian Zhong (5Blue)|
|Tuesday 8 June||Year 4-6 SuperCluster Inter School Cross Country (selected students only)|
|Thursday 10 June||SAVE DAY Year 4-6 SuperCluster Inter School Cross Country (selected students only)|
|Tuesday 22 June||Year 6 Boys SuperCluster Soccer Tournament and Year 5&6 Girls SuperCluster Soccer Tournament (selected students only)|
|Wednesday 23 June||Year 6 Girls Netball Field Day (selected students only)|
|Friday 25 June||SAVE DAY Year 6 Boys SuperCluster Soccer Tournament and Year 5&6 Girls SuperCluster Soccer Tournament (selected students only)|
Year 6 Boys Soccer Trials
Year 6 Boys Soccer Trials will be held on Tuesday 1 June and Wednesday 2 June at lunchtime on the school fields. Please meet on the fields after the first lunch bell (12:30), bring your lunch with you to the fields, you will have time to eat before the trials start.
Reminder: these trials are for Year 6 boys only.
Sports Information 2021
All information about sport at CBS for 2021 can be found under the Sports tab at the top right hand side of the homepage of the school’s website. The CBS Weekly Sports Yearly Overview 2021 link will show you a table with what sports are available to the different year groups and when they are played during the year. There are also links to inter school and zone day dates for the year and a link to the sports information letters, which are sent home when registrations for the different weekly sports teams are open. The different sports pages will be updated as sports become available during the year. Please have a look at the Sports tab and its pages if your child is keen to play sport this year.
Shore to Shore Go
CBS Blue Flippa Ball Team, pre and post their 5km Shore to Shore walk…..
Centennial Park Bush Society Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 9th June, 7:30pm
Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Rd
Come along to our AGM and hear from fascinating guest speaker geomorphologist Jacque McCord who will talk about the history and values of Centennial Park.
You’ll also hear a wrap-up of all of the fantastic work done in the Campbells Bay Urban Sanctuary over the past year.
Copies of Jacqui’s illustrated history will be on sale for $5.
Refreshments provided, all welcome!
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