Coming Up

PTA EVENT – Let’s Connect Picnic Friday 10 March, 3pm – 6pm 

Take two! Picnic is this Friday on the field!

A chance for our CBS community to come together, connect and have some fun! BYO picnic or take advantage of food trucks.

Cancellations: If the weather turns wet, a final decision will be made at 12pm on the day. Any changes will be emailed to you.
Safety Note: There is no organised supervision at this event. To attend, all students MUST be supervised by an adult (their caregiver or family friends) at all times.

Non Uniform Day – This Friday – Bring a Gold Coin

Welcome to our new students!

Jandre, Bryan and Lucas

New Classroom Block Update – Opening Coming Soon!

The senior leadership team and project build team met last week and discussed the finalisation of dates for the handover of the new classroom block. 

Our beautiful new building is almost ready! With CPU scheduled for 21 March 2023. All going to plan, we will be looking to move our Y0/1 classes into the space at the start of term two.

Before any occupation of the building a pre-dawn kawanga whare/blessing will occur. We will have some information on this once we have a time/date confirmed.

The prefabs (or as we like to call them, New Entrant Central) on the field are temporary. All things going to schedule, these prefabs on the field will be removed in the April school holidays. The students and teachers in these classes will be our lucky first people to get to use the new building. The space being very complimentary to their programme and teaching practice already.

The classroom block is likely to open before the outdoor space is completed. This means there is still some/minimal construction to occur before we get the full hand over.

Within the first half of term two our new turf will begin construction on the field. This turf will have the equivalent of one and half courts for students to use.

An official opening ceremony, with all invited, will be planned for mid-term two. This is so we can see and enjoy the full site (indoors and outdoors) during this event.

We have a refurbishment scheduled for a number of existing classrooms and toilet blocks. Similar to rooms 15-27 that were completely refurbished over the Christmas holidays. This plan will influence the leadership team’s decision on what classes will occupy the rest of the new building for the rest of the year.

Because we have a transition of leadership during this important process of opening the final aspects of the new building, in my absence, Melissa Grant (Deputy Principal) will be leading and overseeing the final logistics and opening of the new building. Christie Birkhead (Deputy Principal of Y0-3) will lead the ‘people’ transition, as it is her team of teachers and students who will be the first to move in.

It has been almost six years in the making…and a very exciting new chapter for our schools learning environment for our students to flourish!


Eskdale School is a growing, semi-rural full primary school situated in the Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay (approximately 300 students from years 1-8).  As you know, a team have been working behind the scenes to develop a fundraising initiative that will help in the Hawkes Bay as they recover from such damage and devastation. Students helping students, schools supporting schools.

Eskdale School has been closed due to being assessed as unstable. The school could not host ‘distance learning’ as the majority of students are displaced from their homes. The school is working in portacoms at the local domain.

Big companies, such as Kmart reached out to their families and have provided brand new clothing and some supplies. After speaking with the leadership team, the most helpful thing the school could use at this time, to support students, is a cash donation. As you know storage is at a premium down there with so much damage.

100% of any money raised by Campbells Bay School, will be donated to Eskdale School. They are trying to resource support for student well being and also resources ways to provide some fun and normality back to their students day, with experiences and resources during this time that they are displaced from their homes and school.

Like everyone in the Hawkes Bay, these students are trying to carry on, while processing real stress, uncertainty and loss. We know that partnering up with Eskdale School will help them see that a school in Auckland cares about them and is there to help.

Why Eskdale School?
One of our staff members, Sheryl Rogers, has family friends down in Hawkes Bay. Devastatingly, they have lost absolutely everything. Over the two families they have four children who attend Eskdale School.

How will we raise money for Eskdale School?

We are hosting three fundraisers every Friday for the next three weeks.

1.) Friday 10 MarchNon- Uniform DAY (wear your own clothes/non-uniform) and bring a gold coin/s donation. We will place the coins in a big heart to take a photo and send the raised funds to Eskdale School.

2.) Friday 17 MarchJESTERS PIES, puchase a pie for lunch on KINDO and $1 will go to Eskdale School. Select Jesters Pies at the bottom of the food options on Kindo. See below for the official flyer.

3.) Friday 24 March – BAKE SALE,   Y4-6 students are invited to bring to school some baking to sell. Please could baking be single use and in a container that will not come home…all students bring coins to school to purchase baking, all money raised will go to Eskdale School. The bake sale will occur in parts throughout the day so all students Y0-6 can look and purchase without long queues!

Thanks in advance for your support!

Mrs Rogers and her team!

Shore To Shore

Registrations are now open


At the moment we have 75 entries, including 15 teachers and staff

This year Campbells Bay School will be participating in the Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk on Sunday 26th March, at 9.00am.  The Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk is a 5km, a fun event for all ages, run by Harbour Sport for all schools in the North Shore and Rodney districts.

There are two entry fees, the $15 fee is for participation in the Fun Run/Walk and the $20 fee also includes a timer for the competitive runners or those who like to keep their time. Also bus tokens are available on registration, $3 each. More details to follow.

Kris Cunningham and his team from Harcourts will be sponsoring a sausage sizzle for our school again at the finish line. There will also be spot prizes for individuals and prizes for the top schools.

This year all entries are made online at this includes entry and bus tokens. Please make sure you register with the Campbells Bay School team to be included in our end result.

Registrations Close at midnight Sunday 19th March.

Thank you for your support

Rob Padgett

Campbells Bay School

Shore to Shore Ambassador


“The CBS PTA would like to thank everyone for baking their hearts out this weekend and allowing us to raise over a thousand dollars!!! With ASB matching our fundraising, dollar for dollar, that’s two thousand dollars worth of food, lovingly made by our community!!! An incredible effort by everyone involved, culminating in an exceptional donation by the Wilson family of ANOTHER thousand dollars. We could barely believe our ears. That’s four thousand dollars going to the Red Cross from our school community, a phenomenal effort. Particular thanks to Liv, your PTA secretary, whose links to ASB made all of this possible, Rachel S who was so desperate to make a difference, Karen our finance guru and Susan who gave up her Birthday to join in the selling!!
This is what our PTA is all about. Please consider joining the mailing list and an awesome bunch of parents. Our email address is: [email protected]

Class reps

Class Parent Representatives
Thank you to the wonderful parents who have volunteered to be their classes parent representative. We hugely appreciate it.  The following classes are still hoping for someone to volunteer from their class;
Room 5,13, 14, 17, 38, 5S, 5G, 6O, 6S, 6P, 6Y
If you are interested in this role, please can you contact your class teacher.

Harmony Week – Coming Soon

You, our community, are an essential component to bringing our Harmony Week to life.  In essence, all the information and knowledge you have to share about your family’s heritage/culture and traditions supports our tamariki in sharing, understanding and uniting at Campbells Bay School.
This year our Harmony Week will be from Monday 20 March until Friday 24 March and your children (and others) would LOVE to share things at school about themselves and their family during this week. If you are able, we are asking if you would kindly share something with your class teacher about your home country that your child could share with the class.  It could be to send in a traditional recipe from your home country, maybe share a video on how to bake a traditional meal, send in photos of special places/buildings, photos or videos of traditional dances, instructions on how to do calligraphy, counting or weaving… these are just some ideas.  The teachers will support your child in class to share these things across the week.
You are also welcome to come in to your child’s classroom during this week to share something about your home country/culture with their class.  Zoom is also an option too! Please arrange this directly with your child’s class teacher for a day/time that suits your schedule.
Harmony Week is a wonderful time to learn from each other, deepen our understanding and cherish the special memories that these small sharing moments bring.
Mrs Whitaker

Mahi Tahi Fun!

Mahi tahi fun!

In Year 1 we spend our middle block on Friday exploring across the curriculum and building our social skills.
Room 37 wanted to share a couple of stories with you.

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

Monday 6 March- Year 3-6 CBS Swim Team Trials online registration opens
Monday 13 March- Year 4-6 Super Cluster Tennis Zone Day Tournament (Selected students only)
Tuesday 14 March– Year 2-6 Harbour Basketball competition starts
Tuesday 14 March Year 3-6 CBS Swim Team Trials online registration closes (Late registrations cannot be accepted)
Friday 17 March– Year 3-6 CBS Swim Team Trials (Registered students only)
Monday 20 March- SAVE DAY Year 4-6 Super Cluster Tennis Zone Day Tournament (Selected students only)
Wednesday 22 March– Year 5&6 Winter Netball Trials- Trial One
Friday 24 March– Year 5&6 Winter Netball Trials- Trial Two

Swim Trials

Our CBS swim sports event will be held next Friday 17 March at the National Aquatic Centre pool at AUT Millennium. This is open to students in years 3-6. It is run the same way as the inter school meet and is swum in the same pool. If your child is interested in trying to make the CBS swim team to swim at the inter school event or if your child would like to experience a mini swim sports event, please make sure you read ALL the information in the swim team information letter before registering. This will be emailed via eTAP to all families of students in years 3-6 today. The information letter can also be accessed via our school website. Click on the Sports tab on the top right hand side of the home page of the school website and then click on the Sports Information Letters 2023 link. Please make sure that you note the closing date for registrations as late registrations cannot be accepted for this event.

Student Success

Congratulations to Olivia in 6B, who won the Top 5 Dancer Gold Award at the Auckland Regional Under 12 Group. She also won second place in the 10 year old Lyrical in New Zealand Dance Award held last week. Well done!

Community Notices