Coming Up

Principal Message

Kia ora koutou,
I will keep my message short this week as the newsletter is filled to the brim with information about upcoming events, student celebrations and achievements and the latest news and updates. There is no such thing as a quiet term four. I love seeing that our students have plenty of opportunities to enjoy school, challenge themselves and get fully involved. Great to see a full calendar to close out the year.
It is timely to share some important organisational dates with you, see below.
End of Year Information
  • Class Placement Information – Monday 5 December. The Deputy Principal’s in consultation with leaders and teachers have been working very hard on student class placements for 2023. Class placement letters will go home with your children. The letter will include the room number and teacher for the 2023 school year. This will be followed up with an email that includes our Organisation Information for 2023.
  • End of Year Reports – Monday 13 December. The formal end of year written report will come home with your child. This report shares a summary of your child’s progress and achievement. For any student who is away that final week, reports will be posted to you. Teachers have been working hard to assess, moderate, collate information and write a summary of your child’s school year. We look forward to sharing these with you.
Have a great week ahead, and happy reading of the newsletter.
Rachael Taylor

On Board

The October school board meeting, our second one, saw us get straight into some weighty subjects. Another full agenda, covering topics such as health and safety, property and finance. Plus, we gained some great insights into what is important to our school community as we delved into the two annual surveys – the Teacher Workplace Survey and the Community Engagement Survey. 

The results from both surveys are very positive, especially in the context of the last three years. There are many things to celebrate and be proud of, a reflection of the school and our community. Critically the feedback also gives clear themes which we can focus on improving. Our next step is to consider the results and build them into the strategic and annual plans. Some areas require exploring further and next year we will ask for more ideas and feedback as we determine how to best meet the community’s aspirations for our school. Watch this space.

To read a summary of the Community Engagement Survey results 2022 Community Engagement Report (2)

Interesting fact

The H&S report shows a consistent decline in medical room visits, comparative to the same period in the previous two years. Medical room visits could be someone injured (80% of visits) or not feeling well. It is really pleasing to see. With all data, healthy scepticism is valuable, and we were reassured as to the reasons and programmes that are attributed to this positive trend. 

Where can you get more information?

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

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

Welcome to our new student


CBS Community Invite – Coffee Mornings next week

We would really love to see as many of you as we can at school before the school year ends. Our classroom doors are always open for our lovely parents to pop in and see what we are learning between 8:30am and 8:55am. To get back to pre-Covid times, we have arranged for the yummy Hero Coffee company to be at school THIS WEEK for 3 mornings.

Please come into school, buy yourself a hot drink and then pop along to your child(rens) classroom. We hope this will be a fun way to start your day before you shoot off to work/errands before the school bell rings at 8:55am. Hero Coffee has supplied their menu for you.

16 November (Wednesday) – 8:20am until 9:10am
17 November (Thursday) – 8:20am until 9:10am
18 November (Friday) – 8:20am until 9:10am

New Visitor Sytem in the Office

We have a new sign in/out console at the front office. It is much simpler and quicker to use. Please see the instructions below.


We would like to congratulate Joshua Zhou from 5B on his incredible achievement in ICAS.
Joshua became the only child across Australia and New Zealand to be a Quadruple medal winner for his 4 high-distinction achievements in ICAS this year. Joshua achieved high distinction in English, Science, Digital Tech and Mathematics. Here you can see him with his 4 medals.
Congratulations Joshua.


Disco Fever and Book Fair advanced viewing 

Our ‘Summer Vibes Disco’ on Thursday 24 November is getting closer and we are thrilled to share that the lovely SKIDS after school care company is providing bottles of water for the disco attendees.  A very kind gesture!
Whilst the children are boogieing and partying at the disco, parents/ caregivers are invited to an advanced open evening at our CBS Book Fair in the Learning Hub. Here you will find Scholastic books to look through and purchase for Christmas presents/gifts. This is an advanced opening before our official launch of Book Week the following Monday.
Disco Times and Sessions
Year 0, 1, 2 & 3 @ 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Year 4, 5 & 6 @ 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Cost: $5 cash at the door
*Note: the Book Fair will close around 7.30pm
We are still in need of a few more parents/teachers to support the running of this event.  Small jobs like helping on the door, putting chairs out before the disco starts and keeping children safe during the disco are some of the jobs. If you would like to assist with a small job at the disco, please email [email protected]

Book Week – Information

Books Books and more Books!

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Scholastic Book Fair is arriving soon and students will have a turn coming in and creating those all important Wish Lists, from 22nd November so keep an eye out for them in your child’s school bag. Great Christmas present ideas but also pop in and come and take a look yourself.

The Paws for Reading Scholastic Book Fair will be open to parents every day before school (8:30 – 9:00) after school (3:00pm – 4:00pm) from 24th November to 2nd December.

Monday 28th Nov 8:30am – 4:00pm

Tuesday 29th Nov 8:30am – 8:00pm

Wednesday 30th Nov 8:30am – 4:00pm

Thursday 1st Dec 8:30am – 4:00pm

Friday 2nd Dec 8:30am – 9:30am

Please bring your own Shopping Bag to our Book Fair as we are a plastic free fair. We have eftpos and we take cash.

Our wonderful Middle School (yr 3&4) Kapa Haka Group will be performing and officially opening Book Week 2022 on Monday 28th November at 8:30am. They will be performing on the Library Steps outside the library.

Two Late night Shopping opportunities –

Thursday 24th November – open until 8pm. Disco night, so you can drop off your child, come and have a shop whilst they are dancing, and no little eyes are watching.

Tuesday 29th November – open until 8pm. You can come by yourself and take a quiet look around, whilst no little eyes are watching. 

Special Friends and Grandparents visits will be taking place on the morning of Thursday 1st December. 9:00am – 12:00pm. Great opportunity to let our school community special friends and Grandparents come to school and see our students in class, share their learning, share a book and pay a visit to our Scholastic Book Fair. We will spread the Book Fair into the Performing Arts Room to allow for more space to look around and spend some quality time with grandchild or special child in their lives.

Student and Staff Book Parade 2022 is back by popular demand and will be taking place the morning of Friday 2nd December 9:00am, in the hall and under the covered courts.

Our wonderful Senior School (yr 5&6) Kapa Haka Group will be performing and officially closing Book Week 2022 on Friday 2nd December at approximately 10:15am. They will be performing on the steps outside the Hall.

Helpers and support – to make all this happen we need your help. Can you spare an hour or two to help with book sales, help with wish lists and keep the fair running smoothly? Then please sign up for a time (or times) that work for you. Click here to sign up or use the QR code below or contact Jo Apperley ( 

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Local Sponsors We are very grateful to our local sponsors who have donated a huge array of prizes; Campbells Bay Tennis Club, AUT Millennium, The Booklover Store, New World (Milford), The Warehouse (Milford), Countdown (Milford) and Dominoes Pizza (Forest Hill).

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Kind regards

Jo Apperley and CBS Book Week Team

Book Week Author Promo

Artist and best-selling illustrator Emma Gustafson is attending our book week to share  ‘The Story of Swoop’ and ‘Dobby’, true animal rescue stories that she has illustrated.  

Emma is a past pupil of Campbells Bay School (2002-2007). Her love for art was fostered  very early on with art teacher Debra McLean in the art extension group. She went on to  study graphic design at Massey University and achieved a bachelor of Visual  Communication Design with first-class honours.  

She’s looking forward to coming back and inspiring students to get into story writing and  illustration. 


Library Book Returns

School Books are being gathered back for the summer this week. Please check under beds, in cars, in bags etc. for any CBS books. They can drop them into the Library anytime. Thank you for your support.

Students will no longer be able to issue books from Monday 14th November.


Pre-Loved Books

Book donations

Having a pre-Christmas clear out? If you have any preloved books you would like to donate to the school Library, please drop them in. We welcome any books as long as they are in very good condition. Thank you for your support.


Thank You Morning Tea – Save the Date

You are invited to a special morning tea in the Performing Arts room at 10am on Tuesday 6 December. This invite is extended to all those parents who have volunteered at CBS in 2022. Pop this event in your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

Matheletes of the Week

Congratulations to the Mathletics Classes of the Week and Mathletes of the Week! 

Senior Mathlete – Sophia Yi (5P)
Junior Mathlete – Emma Reinke (3)
Senior Class of the week – 5Y
Junior Class of the week – 3

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

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


Congratulations to the teams for their amazing effort. See the awesome videos below!


Congratulations   CBS Renegades – Jump Jam National Competition
On Saturday our year 6 jump jam team represented CBS at the North Island Jump Jam National competition in Tauranga. They put on an outstanding performance with excellent precision, vocals, chants and technique and placed FIFTH!  This is a huge achievement as they were against 12 other primary and intermediate schools from across the North Island.
Congratulations to Kiana, Varvara, Elizabeth, Mila, Grace, Maggie, Kayla, Hannah, Solara, Justina, Boe, Liliana, Max & Ine.  Their commitment to training over the past weeks has seen them achieve an outstanding result.
We are SO PROUD of this team!

A big thank you to Mrs Whitaker and Mr Padgett for your amazing coaching and dedication to the team’s success!


Year 5&6 Super Cluster Touch Rugby Tournament 2022

Last Monday 7 November, CBS attended the Super Cluster Touch Rugby Tournament. This was held on the artificial turf at Ashley Reserve in Long Bay. The tournament had both a girl’s section and a boy’s section. There were teams from CBS, Mairangi Bay, Sunnynook, St Johns, Murrays Bay, Pinehurst, Pinehill and Browns Bay Schools.

Our girls’ team played well in their round robin games, coming away undefeated. This put them straight through to the grand final where they played against Murrays Bay. Our girls team continued to play well together as a team and used their speed and skills to their advantage. At the end of full time, the CBS Girls had five tries to three and were crowned champions for the day! Congratulations to Neeva H, Holly D, Chloe B, Ruby G, Paris B, Boe T, Mila T, Grace H, Asha D and Aila B. They can all be super proud of their efforts.

Our boys’ team were strong throughout their pool play. They only lost one pool game, narrowly losing to Murrays Bay by 1 try. This meant that the boys team finished their pool in second place. The team then progressed to play a semi-final game against Browns Bay. After a slightly slow start, the boys’ team picked up the pace and played well as a team. They won their semi-final to advance to the grand final game. In the final, our boys once again came up against the strong Murrays Bay team.

Our boys fought hard throughout the game, however time ran out and Murrays Bay were once again winners of this contest. The CBS boys finished the day in a very respectable second place. Congratulations to Liam C, Kanjiro W, Oscar F, Lincoln G, Leo A, Josh B, Easton D , Finn B and Austin L and on an awesome display of touch rugby.


On Tuesday 1 November, our CBS Swim team competed in the North Shore Primary Schools Swim Competition. This was held at the National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millennium. This event usually takes pace at the end of term one, however due to the omicron outbreak, it could not go ahead. We were fortunate that the organisers responded quickly and were able to postpone it to term four.

Nineteen local primary schools competed at this swim meet. We took a team of thirty-one swimmers from across year three to year six. All our swimmers were exceptionally focused on the day, and everyone gave of their absolute best, both in and out of the pool. The CBS swim team went into the meet as the defending champions from the last six years. 

Every single one of our swimmers contributed towards our accumulated points, helping us towards taking out the title of top school for the seventh year running. This is an outstanding achievement! 

All our swimmers are to be congratulated on how well they worked together as a team. Their support for each other and the team was very noticeable. Thank you to all the supporters who came along on the day to support us and thank you to Sarah Geelen and Hayley Coulter for doing a superb job as team managers. A big thank you too, to all the parent helpers who gave up their time to take on a duty role as a timekeeper and contributed to the smooth running of the event.

The overall points for the top three schools were as follows:

    1. Campbells Bay School     1,330 points
    2. Murrays Bay Primary        996.5 points
    3. Kristin School         904.50 points

Individual Results:

Grayson C was awarded the trophy for the boys 10 years and over 100m freestyle. Congratulations, Grayson!

Congratulations to the following swimmers who placed in the top three in their individual races for their age groups:

Girls 8&Under:

Flora C 1st 50m breast; 1st 25m fly; 1st 50m free

Yumo C 3rd 50m breast; 2nd 5om breast

Ella S 1st 25m back; 1st 50m back

Vanessa D 3rd 50m back

Boys 8&Under:

Alex Z 1st 50m breast; 1st 25m breast; 1st 25m fly

Peter B 1st 25m back; 1st 50m back; 1st 50m free

Adam P 2nd 25m back; 1st 25m free; 2nd 50m back

Max K 3rd 25m free; 2nd 50m free

9 Yr Old Girls:

Quinn Wiltshire 3rd 25m back, 1st 25m free

Melody Zhao 2nd 25m fly

9 Yr Old Boys:

Hyeon-Seo B 1st 100m free

10 Old Girls:

Elina W 3rd 50m breast; 2nd 25m breast

Gerayn C 3rd 100m free; 2nd 25m fly; 3rd 50m free

10 Old Boys:

Oscar D 2nd 50m breast, 2nd 25m back; 2nd 25m breast

Lucas Wang 2nd 25m free

Grayson C 1st 100m free; 1st 50m back; 1st 25m fly

Austin S 2nd 100m free: 2nd 50m back; 1st 50m free

11 Old Girls:

Isabella Zhang 1st 50m breast, 2nd 100m free; 2nd 25m fly

11 Old Boys:

Michael Yang 1st 50m breast; 1st 25m breast; 1st 50m free

Team Relay Results:

Our relay teams put on an incredible performance on the day, with at least three teams placing in the top ten for the different relay events. Congratulations to the following relay teams who placed in the top three in their respective races.

4 x 25m Mixed Medley Relay:

Mixed 9&Under:

1st Ella S, Hyeon-Seo B, Flora C, Alex Z

Mixed 10&Over:

1st Gerayn C, Isabella Z, Grayson Coulter, Austin S

4 x 25m Mixed Freestyle Relay:

Mixed 9&Under:

3rd Alex Z, Flora C, Melody Z, Hyeon-Seo B

Mixed 10&Over:

1st Grayson C, Austin S, Isabella Z, Gerayn C

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