Coming Up


To the following students who have started at Campbells Bay School

Luke Room 37,  Britney Room 37

Message from the Principal

Kia ora whānau,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. I have been lucky enough to be in classes most afternoons just before my bus bay duty and am genuinely impressed with our students. They are engaged in their learning, enthusiastic about sharing their learning and the school values have been demonstrated in spades! In the middle and senior classes it has been wonderful to see the debate on current events, and the confidence in sharing their thinking on what is going well or could be better for them at school. Reading to the juniors is always fun as they are a captivated audience, who devour picture books and are a great audience. If you are looking for a book recommendation I have found “Incredible You” by Rhys Brisenden to be a hit.
Incredible You | Thames & Hudson Australia & New Zealand

Our COVID-19 update is that since my last newsletter we have had 14 positive student cases and 43 students in total isolating as household contacts. With only three staff members impacted as contacts or positive cases, it has meant that our staffing challenges have settled and school can return to operating and running as smoothly as possible. 

Changes to vaccination mandates in education come into effect overnight. This means you will no longer be required to show your vaccine pass or be on our vaccination register if you choose to volunteer or be a parent help at school. Thank you so much to all our whānau who supported us and joined the school register. It is reassuring that we have such high vaccination rates in our community, and a fully vaccinated staff. 

While this mandate has been lifted in schools there may still be certain high risk activities or venues that will require vaccine passes from volunteers and staff. More information will be shared with us once those organisations or special events have completed their own internal review and risk assessment.

We await further announcements from the government today. As always should anything impact or change how the school is operating under the red COVID-19 protection framework setting, we will keep you updated.  

I also wanted to keep you informed on our current status for recruiting another Deputy Principal. As you know, Nathan Janes has been appointed as the new Principal of Mairangi Bay School from the start of next term. His vacancy has been advertised and our appointment process is underway with the support of the Education Group. The new Deputy Principal will be appointed mid-term two with a start date for the beginning of term three. Until then, Patricia Meder will take over team leadership of Year 5 and 6 while retaining her usual responsibilities and portfolios. 

Finally, a reminder that you can turn into the bus bay from both directions in the morning and afternoon. The flow of traffic seems to be working well and I have also noticed a reduction in illegal u-turns. Which has been timely, as we have had Auckland Transport out at the front of the school to monitor driver behaviour.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

Ngā mihi nui

Rachael Taylor

Next Steps Interviews

Reminder our next Next Steps Interviews will be next Thursday 14 April for all teachers, except Victoria Huck (5Green), Rob Padgett (5Silver) and Victoria Hohaia-Gibbons (Room 27), who will hold theirs next Monday 11 April. This makes Wednesday 13 April the last day of school for term one.

Zoom links for these interviews will be provided by your child’s class teacher once the booking system has closed. There will be no change to hosting these meetings on zoom even if we change settings.

To Book:

  • Go to
  • Enter the school code mprbm
  • Enter your email address. Your email address is used to send you confirmation of your bookings.
  • Enter your name.
  • Select the number of students you want to make bookings for, and fill in their names.
  • Press the green “Go” button to go on to the next page.
  • Select a year from the first box, then select a teacher from the second box.
  • Press the green “Go” button to go on to the next page.
  • Choose the time(s) you want.

You should leave time between bookings, if booking with more than one teacher.

Please note that the online booking program will be closed at 3:00pm this Thursday 7 April.

Please try and make your booking within this timeframe as it isn’t always easy for teachers to add you in at the last minute as they need to prepare.

Office Manager Role

We will be farewelling our fabulous Office Manager next term. Cushla is moving across the globe to the United Kingdom.

We are still looking to recruit an amazing Office Manager, friendly school hours and a great team to work with. If you or someone you know may be interested, please get in touch with me, [email protected]

Caretaker Assistant

We are also searching for a caretaker assistant of up to 18 hours a week.

This could be a great part time role to work around university lectures or for someone reducing their hours but still keen to get stuck in.

Project Give

Tēnā koutou katoa CBS whānau,

As part of our inquiry this term we have been unpacking and exploring Tiriti O Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi). We have been thinking of ways we can uphold the 3 principles of the treaty so have created PROJECT GIVE. We looked at how we could put together our old, unused items and pass them onto other children/schools that are less fortunate or have been impacted by events.

So now we need your help. We created a list of items that we think would be the most rewarding for other children/ schools to use that we have at our own homes.

  • picture / chapter books or nonfiction books (basically any old books)
  • Soft toys/ dolls
  • Colouring/ craft equipment
  • Games or puzzles
  • Old sports equipment- balls, rackets etc

If you have any of these items that you/ your whānau (and child) are happy to part with and donate towards our project then could you please drop them off to the donation boxes outside of Room 9 from Monday 4th April- Friday 8th April

If you have any questions/ queries please contact Miss Mac – [email protected]

We are so grateful for your tautoko (support) towards our project and we can’t wait to begin!!

Aroha nui,

Room 9

Click on this link:  Room 9 Project Give

Book Donations

Thank you to the families who have donated books to CBS library.
These books, although preloved, are in excellent condition and will be now loved by many more students for years to come. We even have a book written in Arabic for the students to enjoy.
If you have books you wish to donate to the Library, please ensure they are in very good condition (No tears, nor rips, nor pages missing and covers are not bent nor creased).


We are creating a New Zealand corner in the Learning Hub (Library).

Do you have any Kiwiana you no longer need/use?

Perhaps you have a Buzzy Bee lying around, or a Kiwi stuffed toy no longer getting attention or a Paua shell that is clean and stunning or a small clean pair of plain black Gumboots or jandals?

Would be great to add to our New Zealand Corner.

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

2022 dates – meetings are held in the school conference room at 7.30pm or via zoom dependent on Covid-19 Protection Framework guidelines.

  • Tuesday 10 May
  • Tuesday 31 May
  • Tuesday 28 June
  • Tuesday 26 July
  • Tuesday 30 August
  • Tuesday 27 September
  • Tuesday 25 October
  • Tuesday 29 November

Sports News

Date Event
Tuesday 5 April Year 3 Flippaball registrations open
Thursday 28 April Year 3 Flippaball registrations close

Year 3&4 Winter Netball – Extra players needed
We are looking for four or five more year 3&4 students to join our year 3&4 netball teams. Information letters with all the necessary details can be found under Sports Information Letters 2022, under the Sports tab on the school website. You can also contact Keri Maunder on [email protected] to get a copy of the letter. If you are interested in joining a winter netball team, please get in touch with Keri Maunder.

Year 3&4 Winter Hockey – Extra players needed
We are looking for two more year 3&4 girls and two more year 3&4 boys to join our year 3&4 hockey teams. Information letters with all the necessary details can be found under Sports Information Letters 2022, under the Sports tab on the school website. You can also contact Keri Maunder on [email protected] to get a copy of the letter. If you are interested in joining a hockey team, please get in touch with Keri Maunder.

Year 5&6 BOYS Winter Hockey – Extra players needed
We are looking for two more year 5&6 boys to join our year 5&6 hockey team. Information letters with all the necessary details can be found under Sports Information Letters 2022, under the Sports tab on the school website. You can also contact Keri Maunder on [email protected] to get a copy of the letter. If your son is interested in joining the hockey team, please get in touch with Keri Maunder.

Summer Cricket Success – The Kookaburra Cup Returns to CBS
It is so exciting to hear that Campbells Bay School are the winners of the Takapuna Cricket Kookabura Cup Series this summer. The Kookaburra Cup is a Friday night cricket series for primary school aged children and is played at Takapuna Cricket Club over the summer. This is a great opportunity for kids to participate in a tournament and to learn the skills of cricket and have fun doing so. It is also a great opportunity for families to have a fun social experience. Congratulations to all our students who were involved in this series this summer!

A special congratulations and shout out to George McCarthy who was the winner of the prestigious Grade Cup Winner for the club. This was based on him having the highest strike rate, being the 2nd highest wicket taker and being the lead run-scorer for most of the season. Fantastic work, George!

Community Notices

Our sKids Campbells Bay site in Castor Bay, North Shore Auckland is looking for a Programme Assistant for our Before School, After School, and Holiday Programmes.

If you are a creative, energetic and caring person with a passion for working with children, this could be the perfect job for you.

The role will support the programme to ensure the children have lots of fun through a wide variety of activities, and the programme operates according to sKids policies and procedures.

Hours of work for Regular school days would be 7.00 to 8.30am and 2.00 to 6.00pm between 6 to 9 hours on offer. Hours will vary during the school holidays as we are open from 7.00am to 6.00pm and should be available to work between these times.

Full training given; previous experience working with children, a current First Aid Certificate and a full clean drivers license are an advantage. please note you will be police vetted as part of the roles.

To find out more, interested applicants are requested to send their CV and covering letter to [email protected] ASAP.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Please visit our website

Contact: Tess

Number: 022 367 5011

KIDS CHOICE SCHOOL HOLIDAY bookings are now open.  The programme will open on Wednesday 20th til Friday 29th April 2022.

Days are full of fun activities and trips to stimulate and entertain your children in a safe, fully supervised environment.

CYF’s approved allowing you to apply for a subsidy.

We are based at the Presbyterian Church, 10 Penzance Road, Mairangi Bay.  Hours of operation are 7am til 6pm daily.

Contact Barb 027 440 6363 or 09 478 3705.

Email: [email protected]


Before  and  After  school  Care  for 5 – 14  year  olds.

Enrolments are currently available in our CYF’s approved before and after school care programme.

We currently operate from two sites :

St Johns Primary School hall, 87 Penzance Road, Mairangi Bay.

Presbyterian  Church  hall, 10  Penzance  Road,  Mairangi  Bay.

We give the children breakfast and they take part in quiet activities until we take them to school each morning.

After school we collect the children from school and take them to the programme where they have afternoon tea and assistance with their homework. We have several computers available for the children to use for homework purposes.

Each day the children have a choice of various planned fun activities such as craft, art, cooking, knitting, cross stitch, games, sport etc. We spend time outdoors when the weather permits. Your children will be cared for by a great team of caring, professional, police vetted staff who love working with children. While our rates are reasonable we are also CYF’s approved enabling families to apply for OSCAR subsidies.

Transport to or from sports activities can be available by negotiation.

Call in for a visit and meet the team.

For further information   Contact  Barb   027 440 6363  or 09 478 3705

Email:  [email protected]