Coming Up

Hat Term

We are a sun smart school! Term one and four are hat terms. The school hat is compulsory for students to wear every day when outside at school. This includes break times and outdoor learning. Please make sure your child has the school hat to wear, ensure it is named!

On Board

The new school board met for the first time just before the October holidays. It was great to welcome new faces and see we have a wide range of complementary skill-sets in the mix. As well as five parent representatives, our Board includes our staff representative, Sarah Geelen, and Principal Rachael Taylor.
Alongside getting to know each other and various induction activities we elected our presiding member – thank you Kim Daji. We discussed governance versus management and our roles as either parent or staff trustees. We talked about how these roles differ from our other important roles, as parents or teachers in our school community.

What is governance and management?

The board’s role is to ensure that things are done legally, ethically, and in the best interests of our students. We need to thoughtfully set the strategic direction and policies for the school and have many legislative requirements and a wide range of stakeholders to consider.

Governance (Board) Management (Principal and school leadership)
The What: Designing the future

The Ends: Outcomes to be achieved

Policies: Clarity on what is expected

The How: Designing how to get there

The Means: Tactics to achieve the end goals

Procedures: Steps to meet the expectations

* NZSTA Guide to School Board Members

Did you know?

Board meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of the month at the school. Anyone is welcome to come along and observe. 

Where can you get more information?

Watch out for more board updates in the newsletter shortly after each meeting or visit the Board page on the school website.

From the CBS school board

[email protected]

Welcome to our new students and their family!

Antonio, Monika, Luke, Michael, Cleo, Sun, Oscar, Iris, Elsa, Bodhi, Lixi, Audrey, Wye Ler and Wye En

Scholastic Book Fair 2022

Please click here to sign up to help out at our Book Fair. To make Book Week a success, we will be looking for Parent Helpers for various roles (Book sales, crowd control, restocking and setting up etc.) for the dates 28th November to 2nd December. Thank you in advance for your support. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions.
Watch this space for more information.
Happy Reading!

Scholastic Book Fair 2022

CBS Book Week – Monday 28 November until Friday 2 December
Monday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am – 8.00pm
Wednesday  8.30am – 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 11.30am
Key Events
Thursday 1 December – Special Morning for family and special guests
Friday 2 December – Book Parade – Book Character Dress Up Day

Calling back Year 4s  Dogs

Please can those wonderful Dogs (Pets as I know there were some cats in there too), come back and take part in our Book Week Book Fair. If your child is happy to loan Mrs Apperley their creation, they will be on display amongst books for our ‘Paws To Read’ book Fair. Please can they come back to school and come to the Learning Hub over the next few weeks. It would be great if it could have your child’s name on it somewhere – perhaps on it’s paw or maybe you can create a collar for it. They will be returned to your child Friday 2nd December. Thank you in advance for your support.

Gumboot Friday

Gumboot Friday – I Am Hope (

This year we are joining the ‘Gumboot Army’ to raise awareness and support this wonderful organisation.  We will be wearing our gumboots to school on Friday 4 November for a gold coin donation. From their website, Gumboot Friday is helping with the following: “Government agencies are doing their best, but some kids are stuck waiting up to six months to receive the counselling they urgently need. We connect kids with mental health counsellors and practitioners in their region or online, so they can get timely support, without the added stress of how to pay the bill.”

For a little bit of fun…
We’d like to invite you to partake in a ‘Gumboot Throwing Competition’ with your child(ren) between 8:30-9:00am on any of the following days – Wed 2, Thurs 3, Fri 4 November.
Volunteers to run the Gumboot Throwing competition
Everything is ready for the competition, we are just hoping that there may be 4 parents each morning who would be able to run the half hour and tidy away the items at 9am. (Easy jobs like – someone to mark the farthest throw with the ‘golden gumboot’, someone to guide the children on how to throw a gumboot, and 2x people to support with lining up and excited children waiting for their turn.  4x parents Wed, 4x parents Thursday and 4x parents Friday from 8:30am – 9:00am would be amazing).
***If you are able to help out, that’d be awesome!  Please email [email protected]

Driver Safety

The duty team are really impressed about patient driver behaviour in the busbay in the mornings and afternoons. Thank YOU! We would like to remind any residents of Aberdeen Road to be careful driving in and out of driveways at these busy times. Big cars and small children around driveways are a dangerous combination. Please take your time and look twice.

Shake Out

New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. It’s taking place Thursday 27 October 2022 at 9:30am.  Students will be practicing what to do in their classrooms this week.

Calendar Art

The Calendar orders have arrived at school and if you placed an order your child will be bringing them home today or tomorrow.

If you missed the close off date we have opened the order for a LAST CHANCE opportunity that will close on the 31st October.

These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.

Follow these instructions to place your order online:

1/. Go to

2/. Use the Entrance Code: KZ798.*….. (add in your entrance code from your welcome letter e.g. “KZ798.xxxxx”)*

3/. Enter your child’s room & name when prompted

Orders are open now until Monday 31st October

Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

If you have any questions please email [email protected].

Library is closing for the SUMMER!

With our amazing Book Week and Book Fair Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December, we are closing our library for the summer. 

 Mon 14th Nov to Friday 18th Nov – All student library books to be returned to the Library. 

Your child can return their book to the Library: before school, during their library visit, at lunchtime or after school.  

There will be no more library books coming home.

Please have a good look at home for any outstanding library books. They can often hide in cars, in sports bags, under the bed, under cushions and even in the dog’s bed! 

Thank you for your support and Happy Reading!


Teacher Aide Vacancy

ESOL Teacher Aide

Have you ever considered being a Teacher Aide?
Now is your chance to work at our school and become part of our dynamic staff.
This position is in our ESOL department supporting our students who are learning English as a second language.
To be considered:
  • You must have a current police vet obtained through our school.
  • Be available now – this position is for this term.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English would be very welcome.
  • Enough English proficiency to teach students English and engage in work with the ESOL team, but not necessary to be fully fluent.
  • Must work well as part of a team.
  • A genuine desire to work with diverse students.
  • Teaching experience is not necessary, as full training will be given.
This position is a fixed term position and is for approximately six weeks. 
Please email Patricia Meder at [email protected] for an application form and details of the job description.

Senior Mathlete of the Week

Senior Mathlete – Kanjiro Watanabe (6O)
Junior Mathlete – Maison Sale (10)
Senior Class of the week – 6Y
Junior Class of the week – room 10

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

Wednesday 26 October– Year 4-6 Athletics trials (Registered students only)
Saturday 29 October– Year 2-6 Spring netball starts
Sunday 30 October– Year 3-6 Flippa ball starts
Monday 31 October– Year 1-6 Summer hockey starts
Tuesday 1 November– North Shore Primary Schools Swim Meet (Selected students only)
Thursday 3 November– Year 5&6 NH Primary Schools Badminton Tournament (Selected students only)
Wednesday 9 November– NH Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition Year 2-4 and Competitive (Selected students only)
Thursday 10 November– NH Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition Year 5-6 (Selected students only)
Monday 14 November– Sports and Cultural Photos- Final shoot
Thursday 17 November– Year 6 Regatta Day (Selected students only)
Friday 25 November– Year 4-6 Inter School Athletics (Selected students only)
Monday 28 November– Year 4-6 Super Cluster Tennis Tournament (Selected students only)
Saturday 3 December– Year 2-6 Spring netball finishes
Sunday 11 December– Year 3-6 Flippa ball finishes
Monday 12 December– Year 1-6 Summer hockey finishes
Thursday 15 December–  Year 1-6 Touch rugby finishes


Athletics trials for students in years four to six will take place on Wednesday 26 October. An information letter with all the necessary details was emailed to all families in years four to six last Thursday. A copy of this letter can also be found on the school website under the Sports tab and by clicking on the Sports Information Letters 2022 link.  Please read all the information in the letter before registering your child. Registrations are via the school online payment portal (Kindo) and will close on Sunday 23 October. Late registrations will not be accepted as this will not allow enough time for the necessary planning and organisation for this event. Please make sure that you complete the registration on time.

Extra Players Needed

Year 3 Flippa ball (Junior water polo)– We are looking for an extra two players (boys or girls) to join a year 3 flippa ball team. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with Keri Maunder on [email protected]nz
Year 3&4 Boys Hockey– We are looking for an extra two to three boys to join our year 3&4 boys summer hockey teams. If you are interested in joining a summer hockey team, please get in touch with Keri Maunder on [email protected]nz

Want to play Chess in Term Four?

Chess classes will resume the 2nd week of term 4 on Thursday 27th October.
The classes are for students who already know how to play chess. Absolute
beginners are taught in term 1 each year.
Each weekly session is at lunchtime in room 31, the art room. Most sessions are half
instruction by NZ Senior Chess Champion Leonard McLaren and half supervised playing.
In November students will sit official NZCF tests with those passing earning badges
and certificates.
The term fee of $80 is payable to Westpac Onehunga 03 1308 0065112-00
Thank you to the parents who have already paid this.
Any queries please contact  [email protected]

Takapuna AFC Summer 5s is Back

Have some fun in the sun with Summer 5’s football. Players aged 5-12 can play in a fun and friendly environment.

Kicks Off:  Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Every Week: 4.30pm at Taharoto Park

Concludes For Xmas: Wednesday 14th December 2022

Kicks off for 2023: Wednesday 1st February 2023

Every Week: 4.30-5.30pm at Taharoto Park

Concludes: Wednesday 22nd February 2023

COST: $80 for the 2022/2023 summer Season.

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