School Closed – Thursday 16 March Reminder

An email went out on Friday to all CBS whānau from our school board.

The NZEI Te Riu Roa union has advised the School Board that its member teachers at our school will be taking strike action on Thursday 16 March 2023. Formal notice has been received today. Campbells Bay School will be closed for instruction on Thursday 16th March.  


A Message from the NZEI Teacher Union

Our tamariki need a quality education. And we want to give that to them. Unfortunately, the funding for our schools and kindergartens is not enough for us to give us the time we would like to support all our kids to thrive.  We need to attract and retain educators by ensuring that teaching is a valued and attractive profession.

Principals and teachers in primary and area schools and kindergartens have considered at length offers from the government to settle our respective collective agreements. We have been negotiating in good faith since May 2022.

The offers did not meet our expectations, nor make sufficient steps towards the changes we need for our children to succeed. Some key areas we want to achieve are:

  • Reduce class sizes
  • Increase support for students with complex needs
  • Increase staffing and remuneration allowances for primary schools alongside our secondary schools. For example, a same sized secondary school is resourced 30% more than a primary school.
  • Increase pay to reflect the complex role we are expected to do and make the profession attractive. As you may have seen, we are experiencing severe shortages of relievers/teachers/principals across the sector and regions. Less and less quality people are willing to do the job.
  • Beginning teachers will earn around $2.00 more than minimum wage in their first years of teaching.

These issues impact your child every day when they come to school. The quality of the teacher coupled with the resources they have (including time) to do their job, the school’s ability to find quality relief teachers and the amount of support available for those students in your child’s class who require extra time, resource and attention.

You will now be aware that we voted to take industrial action on 16 March. Which has resulted in a school closure this coming Thursday 16th March – due to the number of union members striking for better conditions. It’s the last thing we wanted to do. And the decision was not taken lightly. This is a short-term inconvenience – including no pay for these teachers – for what we hope will make a long-term impact on the future of education in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Improving conditions for teachers and most importantly our students.

We look forward to another great year in 2023 – and together with your support, building the case for better investment in our tamariki. 

Welcome to our new students!

Alice, Sofia, Allen, Elsa

Harmony Week – Starts Next Monday 20 March

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

Our Kids Online

Last month parents were invited to Rangitoto College to listen to Rob Copes presentation about keeping our children safe online. Incredibly valuable information session. So important that 175 teachers in our Kahui Ako (including teachers from CBS) attended a teacher session in the afternoon.

Here is a PDF with some key points from the sessions. Topics include, porn, gaming, cyber bullying, and predators. There are also tips for creating a family online safety plan.

Feb 2023 Cyber Safety Presentation Follow Up

Watch this Video Clip  

Lost Property

Our lost property bins in Room 22 (adjacent to the Hall) are almost full (with lots of swimming gears too). Please come and have a look if your child is missing any item. These bins will be cleared out at the end of the term.

Eskdale School Fundraiser

1.) Last Friday 10 March we had a wear what you want day and bring a gold coin/s donation. You raised $1800! WOW, thank you!

2.) This coming 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

Last week to register. Registrations close at midnight on Sunday 19th March.

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

Please can you save all your glittery sweet wrappers especially from Easter eggs for the art room, as we are doing a big project for sculpture on the shore and would like to use recycled foil. This will be ongoing for a few months.

Many thanks for your help

Deb McLean


All of our school policies can be found following this link to a site called School Docs.
This week we want to take note of the policy around Community Code of Conduct. This policy is very similar to our coach, player and supporters code of conducts in sport. Below is an excerpt from the policy. You will find the full policy by logging in and searching ‘Code of Conduct’.
“Campbells Bay School expects parents, caregivers, and visitors to:
  • treat everyone with respect
  • work together in partnership with staff for the benefit of students
  • respect and adhere to our school values
  • set a good example for students at all times
  • follow school procedures to handle any complaints
  • adhere to school policies and procedures (such as those listed below), and any legal requirements.

Examples of unsuitable conduct include:

  • threats, bullying, harassment
  • profanity/offensive language
  • insulting, abusing, or intimidating behaviour
  • racism or discrimination (e.g. based on ethnicity, religion)
  • physical aggression
  • deception/fraud
  • damaging school property
  • smoking, vaping, possessing, or using alcohol/drugs/other harmful substances on school premises or at another venue where students and/or staff are assembled for school purposes (except possession or use of alcohol in accordance with school policy)
  • placing unreasonable and excessive expectations on staff time or resources
  • pursuing a complaint or campaign, or making defamatory, offensive, or derogatory comments, regarding the school, its board, or any staff or students on social media or other public forums
  • wearing gang insignia on the school grounds. (This is not allowed under the Prohibition of Gang Insignia legislation, and anyone wearing it will be asked to leave.)”


CBS PTA PICNIC – Our First Event!

The PTA Connect Picnic was well attended on Friday and it seemed like everyone had a great time!! Apart from waiting for candy floss, the Nutty Professors showed us why you should not let children play with toilet paper and SKIDS loan of their bouncy castle proved a great hit. We hope our community had a chance to chat, relax and unwind. Massive thanks to our food trucks and all the helpers – in particular Tess and Jeff, Liv, our principal, Rachel S, Terry, Katy and Carl, we literally couldn’t have done it without you!!

Class reps

Class Parent Representatives
We have filled many of the parent representative roles over the past couple of weeks. Yay!  Below are the few classes who are still in need of a class rep. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please can you contact your class teacher.
Room 5,13, 14, 17, 5S, 5G, 6O, 6P, 6Y

Second Hand Uniform Sales will Pause in Term 2

Due to the many logistics involved in moving NE Central into the new building, removing those prefabs from the field and subsequently refurbishing 11 classrooms, we will be halting the second hand uniform shop for term two until we have a permanent space to use. We encourage parents to utilise the next few weeks to get any winter uniform they may need before we close down for term two. We will reopen in term three!

Last day for sales will be Monday 3 April.

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

Monday 13 March- Year 4-6 Super Cluster Tennis Zone Day Tournament (Selected students only)
Monday 13 March- Year 3-6 Winter hockey registrations open
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)
Tuesday 21 March- Year 5&6 Winter netball registrations close
Wednesday 22 March– Year 5&6 Winter Netball Trials- Trial One
Thursday 23 March- Year 3&4 Winter netball registrations close
Friday 24 March– Year 5&6 Winter Netball Trials- Trial Two
Tuesday 28 March- Year 3-6 Winter hockey registrations close

Swim Trials

Our CBS swim sports event will be held this 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. Last week this  letter was emailed via eTAP to all families of students in years 3-6. 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. Tomorrow is the last day for registrations. Please make sure that you register in time as late registrations cannot be accepted for this event.

Basketball Year Two

Year 2 Tuesday Basketball- Extra players needed
Our year 2 basketball team that plays in the Tuesday afternoon Harbour Basketball league is looking for two extra players. If you would like to join the team, please email Keri Maunder on [email protected]

Student Success

Congratulations to Bruce Chen! He recently participated in the KARATE AUCKLAND CLASSIC TOURNAMENT 2023 and emerged as the winner in the 10/11 Years Development category.

Bruce has been practising karate for 4 years now. His success in the tournament is a testament to his hard work and his achievement will serve as a motivation for him to continue to strive towards excellence. 

Well done, Bruce!

Community Notices

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Performing Arts Holiday Workshop being held at Epsom Girls Grammar School in April. The children will sing, dance and act in a fantastic musical show on the last day.

Order ezlunch for delivery from Monday 27 March to Thursday 6 April and go in the draw to WIN a Lego Creator 3-in-1 White Rabbit. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 6 April 2023 and be notified by phone and/or email. Every lunch order gets another chance to win. Go to to start ordering.

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