Coming Up

Principal Message

Kia ora e te whānau,

This is not the first newsletter I had in mind! However, I hope it finds you safe and well. I have heard from the Secretary of Education that the directive to close schools until next Tuesday will be reviewed each day, with the first update/review being tomorrow at midday. This is good news if we can get students back to school safely.

As promised students can access some distance learning from the school website. Learning Menus have been provided with generic learning available to accommodate students’ varied learning abilities and interests. Accessing the learning portals for all year levels can be found using this link: Campbells Bay School Student Google Site and search across the menu bar at the top of the site to find the different year levels. This should provide our tamariki with a multitude of learning opportunities. There are no expectations for students to do any distance learning for the few days we are not able to open, however, it is there for those who may find it helpful.

Some important messages are in this newsletter, such as the Board update and request for information pertaining to the Principal appointment, as well as the PTA request for supplies and offer of support for those in need.

I am sure this will not be the last time you hear from me this week!

Take care and hei konā mai

Rachael Taylor


On Board

We had hoped to be welcoming everyone back to school today, but unfortunately that has not been possible.

While we are pleased the school was only lightly affected by the flooding, our thoughts are with the many in our community who have suffered significant damage.  The school is here to help so please get in touch if you need support.  The PTA is also arranging assistance for those affected (including temporary accommodation, meal rosters, clothing, supplies and carpooling), so please reach out if you could use some help or if you would like to help others [email protected]

Finding our new Principal

Despite the difficult start to the year, we are excited for what 2023 has in store for us.

The Board has been busy over the break to ensure that we got well underway with recruitment for our fabulous new Principal. We are working with Jan Hill from The Education Group who is guiding and supporting us through this process. We have worked with her for previous important appointments, most recently the appointment of Melissa Grant.

The position has been advertised and applications close on the 27th February.   

We now invite you to give us specific feedback on what is of most value and importance to you in our new Principal. Use the following link to complete the anonymous survey – Whānau Survey – Principal Appointment. We strongly encourage you to participate in the survey to help us choose the best candidate for this vital role. The survey closes on Monday 13th February. 

Later this month we will be shortlisting candidates and interviews will begin early in March. 

Where can you get more information?

Our first Board meeting of 2023 will be held on the 14th February at 7:00pm and meeting dates for the remainder of the year are on the school website. Anyone is welcome to come along and observe. 

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

Message from the CBS PTA – How to help out our community?

Hello CBS families!!
The newly formed CBS PTA has been looking for a way to help out those affected by the horrendous weather. It seems that clothing and towels are no longer required, but snacks, tinned food and toiletries are in great demand. I’ve already taken some amazing clothing and toiletries out West to help families – blown away by the Kiwi spirit. If you have any spare snack items and/or toiletries, please would you email the PTA at:
Items in particular demand are: crisps, snack bars, tea bags, coffee, hot chocolate, Milo, chocolate bars, pasta, rice, bread, butter and milk. Toiletries wise: individual toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, hand sanitiser, sanitary towels and tampons.
Thank you all so much for reading and if you also need a hand, could use some food and/or toiletries or clothing, please let us know!!!’

Construction Site Message – School Access

When we return next week, we will still have no access to the main office from the front gates until Thursday 9th Feb. Our concrete pour is scheduled for the 8 February. You can get to the office through the buildings by the Learning Hub and/or Room 4, 5 and 6. Students can still access the office and medical room via the silver steps by Room 7.

Lost Property

Please ensure that your child’s belongings are clearly labelled with their first and last names. Due to their sheer volume, lost property will now be kept in the foyer of Rm22 (adjacent to the Hall), with the exception of valuables (watches, jewelleries, money etc) that will be kept in the office. Towards the end of each term, we will clear the lost properties bins and return any identifiable items. The remainders will be donated.

If your child is missing any item, please remind them to check the bins in Rm 22. Thank you.

EZY Lunch Menu

Your Term 1 menu

Community Notices

Nutty Scientists

Since 1996, children around the world have benefited from the Nutty Scientists method for learning through fun science experiments. Now it is your turn. Nutty Scientists does hand-on experiments and cool invention projects with the kids so they can learn science-related concepts in a very fun and unique way via our After School Programme.
Nutty Scientists offer hands-on experiments and cool invention projects with the kids so they can learn science-related concepts in a very fun and unique way via our After School Programme.  8 weeks content.
Free trial on 7th of Feb in room 27, registration essential

Want to Play Chess in 2023?

Weekly Thursday lunchtime chess classes will start 16th February in room 31.
Most classes will be half instruction by NZ Senior Chess Champion and former NZ co-Champion
FIDE Master Leonard McLaren and half supervised playing. Absolute beginners are taught in
term 1 only and such students need to attend every class in February and March to avoid missing
vital information about how to play chess. All levels of ability are catered for however and everyone
is welcome.
In terms 2&4 the students will sit official NZCF tests with those passing earning badges and certificates.
The school championship will be played in term 3. In addition we usually send teams to the North Shore
inter-schools competition in term 2 or 3.
If your child would like to enrol the fee is $80/term or $300/year payable to Westpac 03 1308 0065112-00
or to Mr McLaren in chess class.
Any queries please contact Leonard McLaren  [email protected]  stating “CBS” in the subject title.