Coming Up

Principal Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

It was disco fever at Campbells Bay School last Thursday. Thank you to those who supported the event and also popped along to the Book Fair Sale. It was a great success. I loved catching up with many of you there! It was nice to also hear that parents used it as a good excuse to catch up with each other. The students had a blast.

COVID-19 Update

We have seen steady numbers across the school. On average, ten cases a week. Some classes have been emailed directly. These classes were deemed to be higher risk. Defined by two key factors – if the teacher working in that class has tested positive or if there is more than one case in the same period of time.

Thank you for continuing to keep us informed if your child has tested positive. Students must stay home for seven days (even if they are feeling well again). If they are a household contact, they need to have a negative test each day before they attend school. 

After analysis, case numbers are spread across the school, often in isolation of each other. This could well be due to our community keeping their children off school when they are unwell. Thank you. Teachers have been reminded about reinforcing good handwashing and hygiene practices, as well as continuing to keep spaces well ventilated. While mask wearing is not required of our staff or students, it is very much supported at school.

Over the next couple of weeks we will have team assemblies. Principal Awards will be handed out to students showing excellence in their schooling. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher if they have received an award. 

A heads up, that in next week’s newsletter we will have a lot of information about the organisation of 2023, this will support the class placement letter that will come home with students Monday 5 December. 

Ngā mihi nui,
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 Has Begun!

What a fantastic start to Book Week 2022!

Thank you to the amazing Middle School Kapa Haka! Their Monday morning performance was a wonderful way to open Book Week and start the week.
Thank you to Chris Sanders who sang and performed with our Year 1s and Year 2s. He particularly sang about calling 111 and the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency. We have some of Chris’ book for sale in our Book Fair and Chris will be back tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3pm signing books if you would like to buy one for Christmas.
Helen Griffiths zoomed in and spoke to our Year 3s and Year 4s. Talked about importance conservation and our well being like what to do when we are stressed.

Book Week More Information

Click Here for CBS Website all about READING IS FUN website full of lots of information about reading and Book Week.
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 LATE NIGHT
Wednesday 30th Nov 8:30am – 4:00pm
Thursday 1st Dec 8:30am – 4:00pm
Friday 2nd Dec 8:30am – 9:30am

Did you know the school gets a fantastic percentage of all sales from our Book Fair? We are also getting new stock delivered daily. So pop on in and support our school.

Please bring your own Shopping Bag to our Book Fair as we are a plastic free fair. We have eftpos and we take cash.
Last Late Night Shopping – 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.
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 or buy two copies of a book of your choice for one book 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 to those students and families who have donated over 15 books so far! Happy Reading
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 (

School Books are still 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.

Reading at Home

Campbells Bay School is part of the Mid-Bays Kahui Ako. This is a formal partnership between schools to enhance student outcomes for our entire community. Our Kahui Ako comprises of Rangitoto College, Murrays Bay Intermediate, Murrays Bay Primary, Mairangi Bay School, Browns Bay School and Pinehill School. We decide on key goals across our schools and develop action plans to achieve these goals. One area of focus has been literacy. A group of literacy teachers from our Kahui Ako have developed this resource for whānau to use when trying to support children with reading at home.

Please find the whānau guide to reading at home attached.

This has been put together by the Literacy Steering group using research about how best to encourage children to read at home and how families can support this. We have written it so it can go across our phases. Thanks very much, everyone, for your work on this.

We have also had it translated into Korean and Mandarin. Huge thanks to Emily Chang, Andrew Bian and Regina Noh at Rangitoto College for translating it.

The Korean version of the booklet and the Mandarin version of the booklet are also attached.

Lost Property

Many unnamed items are in our lost propoerty. These will be available on the Rainbow Reading Room deck (by the junior playground) to collect. Any unnamed items not collected will be donated at the end of the year.

No Second Hand Uniform Sale this week

Second hand uniform sale is on pause this week due to schedule conflicts.


On Tuesday 6 December at 9am the PTA will have their first ‘official’ meeting. Anyone who would like to come along is welcome, it will be in the staffroom.


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

Senior Mathlete – Alvin Lu (5O)
Junior Mathlete – Katherine Ma (1)
Senior Class of the week – 5Y
Junior Class of the week – 1

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

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


Waterwise Regatta

Results are in!

Boys kayaking trophy was won by Lincoln Geddes CBS

Logan Cochius was third CBS
Girls kayaking trophy was won by Gerayn Chow CBS
Ine Wilson was second. CBS
Boys sailing Trophy was won by St Josephs
CBS was second
Girls sailing trophy was won by Forrest Hill
CBS was third

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].