Coming Up

Principal Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was filled with Christmas songs as Friday’s are when we have been holding singing assemblies rehearsing for the Christmas concert! I am sure your children have been singing them around the house by now and if not, consider yourself lucky!

I am very excited to share with you that our school PTA has been re-established by a group of phenomenal volunteers. The primary function of the PTA is to strengthen relationships between the home and the school. They also raise funds to assist our children and school community. Each year there is a programme of events which facilitates these aims. They had their first meeting last week to formalise the PTA Constitution and their specific roles.

An open meeting will be called in the new year, to set a calendar of events and you can register your interest to volunteer. You do not need a formal role or be at every meeting to get involved. However, the PTA does need a formalised group of people to ensure that it is operating well and that is what we have managed to do. Thank you to Cassie Atkinson for taking on the role of President and thank you to those supporting her.

In 2023 a page on the website will be developed and will include contact details, a calendar and other important information. In addition, you will be kept up to date via the school newsletter. 

Have a great week ahead!
Rachael Taylor

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!

Book Week

Click Here for CBS Website all about READING IS FUN!

Scholastic Book Fair is here and students will be filling wish lists. 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:

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 approximately 9:00am. 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 (

Donate A Book

Donate a book during Book Week
We have a Donate Table in the Book Fair for books we (students) would love to have in our library. You can buy a book from this table to be donated to CBS library. This book(s) will have an insert inside the book saying ‘This book was donated by ……’ This can be done at the Fair. Thank you in advance for your support. Happy Reading

Disco and Advance Viewing of Books

Advanced  Book Fair viewing 
We are excited to have our Summer Vibes disco this Thursday evening. This is to provide an opportunity for parents to be able to sneak up to the Book Fair in our Learning Hub for some evening shopping.  The Book Fair will close around 8:00pm. Please see the below times for our disco sessions:
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

Welcome Mornings

School drop off was a hive of activity on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings last week. It was a joy to see so many parents and caregivers zooming around the school and popping into classrooms before 8:55am!  Thank you for taking time from your busy mornings to drop in. We know the children were so thrilled to show you their classrooms and their learning. They were buzzing… or maybe that was from their hot chocolate!

The coffee van was exceptionally busy and the line got so long. We do hope many of you were able to nab a drink at some stage over the 3 mornings. We have learnt so much for the next time and how we can amend things so we don’t get such a long line for coffee!

Peter Terrace – Driver Behaviour

We have had a number of complaints from residents recently. Unfortunately parents are ignoring signs on Peter Tce and parking right where the children cross. It’s only a short gap of no parking. This is unsafe, it is not a drop off zone, students can’t see cars coming when cars are parked there, which makes crossing the road particularly dangerous.

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

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


Year 5&6 Badminton Tournament

On Thursday 3 November we had five CBS badminton teams compete in the North Harbour Primary Schools Badminton Championships. The competition was held at the badminton centre on Bond Crescent in Forrest Hill. There were two grades that teams could compete in. Section one was more of a competitive grade for more experienced badminton players, while section two was for less experienced badminton players and for those students wanting to give badminton a go. We had one team compete in section one and four teams compete in section two. 

All our players were focused and gave of their best, representing CBS well. Congratulations to the CBS 1 team (Claudia Y, Jackie W, Justin M and Xibo Y), who made it through the semi- final and final rounds. They played some great badminton, finishing the day third overall in section one. Well done to all our CBS players on an enjoyable day of badminton. A lot of fun was had by all our players. Thank you to all the parents who helped with car-pooling and supporting the teams.

Waterwise Regatta

An incredible day was had at the lake for the Waterwise Regatta (results pending) but congratulations to all those involved. Massive thank you to Mrs Sheryl Rogers our CBS Waterwise extraordinaire!

Community Notices


Guitar and Ukulele Lessons are available at school next year, with Dave Gatman from Musiqhub.  If you would like more information or register your interest for lessons in Term 1 2023, please contact Dave on 021 2221456 or [email protected].

Mid Bays Music School

Our highly qualified tutors make learning music relevant and enjoyable and would love to support your child.

When: Weekdays after school or Saturday mornings.
Where: Murrays Bay Intermediate School.
Start date: 11th February 2023.
Cost: $150 – $250 for the whole year (this includes book hire but NOT instrument hire).
Age: Group lessons are open to 6 – 12 year olds but there are age requirements for some instruments.

Instruments offered: Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Saxophone, Clarinet, Keyboard, Trumpet, Recorder, Flute, and Cello. Drums, Violin, and Viola classes TBC. Click here to find more about each instrument.

Enrolments for 2023 will open on the 1st of December and need to be completed through Kindo. If you haven’t already, make sure you have an account.

Spaces are limited and some of our instruments have sold out within the first 48 hours!
So avoid disappointment and get in quick!

Any troubleshooting solutions will be online at or email [email protected] with any questions. Please check our website for more information.