Coming Up

Message from the Principal

Kia ora koutou,

Firstly, a big apology for last weeks newsletter. You would have received extra emails in error and we have since resolved the issue, which is to keep me as far away from WordPress and Mailchimp as possible!

Term four always seems the busiest term of them all. Teachers are trying to squeeze in as much learning as possible and they are also gathering data to report on student progress and achievement. In addition, staff and leadership are busy planning for 2023, with teacher and class placements, recruitment and curriculum planning. It sometimes feels like we have one foot in 2022 and the other in 2023! The good news is that we are fully staffed for next year already.

It is always exciting to see a newsletter and calendar filled with events and opportunities coming up for our students. A significant change to the end of last year. A very big thank you to both staff and parent volunteers, who are behind the scenes organising these experiences. It is going to be a great end to our school year!

Ngā mihi nui

Rachael Taylor

Welcome to our new students

Iyana , Kyna, Blake, Maja , Lachlan, Rachel, Lyla

Travel Wise Challenge

The weather is getting better as we approach summer, which makes it the perfect time to try out some more active modes of transport to get you to and from school each day. 

On Friday 11th November, we will be holding a Wheels Day to kickstart our two week Travelwise Challenge. 

For the following two weeks (14th-25th November), your challenge is to arrive at school using an active mode of transport as many days as you can. Some examples include:

  • Walking
  • Cycling 
  • Public transport 

Live far away? Why don’t you park a bit further away and walk? 

The class with the most students arriving using active transport will win a popcorn and movie afternoon for their class! I’m looking out for a junior, middle and senior school winner. 

There will also be spot prizes handed out throughout the two weeks. 

This could be the perfect opportunity to try out one of our Walking School Buses. More information can be found here

Shake Out Drill – Reporters from Room 37

Siena reported, ” Earthquakes sometimes come to land but not much. I go into a turtle and protect my neck. I go under the table. The table is safer if something falls on me. The adult protects me from the earthquake.”
Liam reported, ” Earthquake! Tsunami waves are all dangerous. When tornadoes come, the winds are big so when earthquakes come, you have to be safe. You have to hide under the table. If the earthquake stops, we can play and tidy up.”

Gumboot Friday

Gumboot Friday & activities this week

This Friday 4 November children are invited to wear their gumboots to school and bring a gold coin donation 🙂  

Wearing gumboots makes your feet feel heavier and ‘I am hope’ chose them to symbolise the heaviness children can feel when they are feeling sad and down. CBS are wearing our gumboots in support of all the children who need us and we are donating the money to ensure they can get the timely help they need. We are looking forward to seeing the childrens gumboots on Friday. If they don’t have gumboots and would like to donate a gold coin, please encourage them to wear boots/slippers or shoes you have at home.

For a little bit of extra fun… Thanks to so many parent volunteers, we are holding ‘Gumboot Throwing’ before school this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  Please come along with your child/siblings, line up and give one of our gumboots your BEST throw!

School Photos – A message from Photo Life

You have been emailed a unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos including the team photos.
***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 13th NOVEMBER ***


Easier and more efficient  for Parents – “Hi PhotoLife, Thank you for the email.   I have missed out on previous school photos due to not receiving the order form in previous years, but this was a seamless and much easier process, it was amazing!”

Free Delivery Expiry Date is highlighted in the email.  No administration needed by School Office or Teachers in handing out codes.  Emails sent by a “real person” so any queries emailed back from parents are resolved quickly by PhotoLife. 100% more environmentally friendly – minimising paper; printing inks and printing process.  This year a higher number of students were absent so this system does ensure the Key Code gets to the parents regardless


Call for Support

Donna Tait is a much loved teacher aide at our school. She has been here for many years supporting the learning of our tamariki. Donna loves what she does and this shows in her interactions with students and the relationships she has built with them and their families.

Unfortunately, Donna and her family find themselves in difficult times. Her husband Neal, was recently diagnosed with sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma. Since the family first heard about the possibility of cancer in late July, Neal has had two CT scans, an MRI, a PET scan and a biopsy. He started his first round of chemotherapy in September. Following this, Neal had a severe reaction and spent a week in hospital. Donna, Neal and their family have a challenging time ahead of them, while Neal battles this rare and aggressive cancer.

The school has arranged a number of things in support of the Tait family. In addition, a previous staff member and friend of the family has set up a Give-A-Little page and the link can be found here for those wishing to contribute.

Scholastic Book Fair 2022

For Book Week Fair to run smoothly we need volunteers. Please can you offer an hour or two to help us with Sales, Restocking, answering questions, guiding, supervising and generally more hands make light work!
Thank you in advance for your support and time.
Click here or use the QR code to sign in and sign up!

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

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!


Student Passion Project

Messina in Room 25 has been working hard behind the scenes on a self directed art project. All her pieces of art have been added together to make a beautiful calendar. She is going to sell the calendar to raise funds to helps animals, through the Endangered Species Foundation.

If you would like to purchase a calendar from the talented Messina, the contact details are below.

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

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

Student Success

We are very proud of the talent and dedication Frank Hu has shown in his sport. Frank finished in 7th place at USA international tournament. And Last holiday, Frank has finished 1st place in the U8s at the World Stars of Junior Golf in Tauranga! Frank will now go over to America to represent NZ on the World Stage again. Congratulations to Frank! Outstanding achievement!

Student Success

An update on Max Shao who had a good result from past two weeks as he won Snow Planet Indoor Slalom Championships. He received, two gold medals.

He is now listed in No.8 of NZ snow sports National Interfiled point ranking. Congratulations Max!

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