Principal Message


Welcome to Term 2

Kia ora. We welcome you and your tāmariki back to school. It is my privilege to be Acting Principal for the next five weeks, until we welcome our new Principal, Bevan Verryt.

Our teachers returned on Monday, participating in the first of four teacher-only days that the Ministry of Education has made available to schools over the next two years. The purpose of the day was to allow our teachers time to engage with, gain awareness and understanding of what is happening with the New Zealand Curriculum refresh. The teachers were introduced to Te Mātaiaho – the new name for the curriculum refresh which means “to observe and examine the strands of learning.” Over the next two years, all areas of the curriculum are being reviewed and refreshed to make our curriculum document relevant for today’s generation. The refreshed curriculum will support every ākonga (learner) to experience success in their learning. 

Our iwi, Te Kawerau a Maki started the day with a presentation introducing themselves and sharing their whakapapa to our staff. Having our iwi work alongside and in collaboration with our staff, is truly a gift for our school.

Patricia Meder

Acting Principal

SCHOOL NEWS – Welcome to our new teachers


We welcome Chloe Ferguson who has opened our next new entrant class, with four lovely five year olds who also have their first day today.

Welcome to Zoe Macready who is our new year three teacher for Room 16. Zoe is teaching alongside Jo Kim until the end of week 2, forming those important relationships with students and ensuring a smooth transition.


All members of our community are invited to attend our ANZAC Commemoration, to be held Friday 28 April starting at 9:15 a.m. on the covered basketball court.

Our ANZAC Commemoration, pre Covid-19, was an important part of the school’s calendar and we are excited to be able to hold this again this year. Hence, all members of our school community are invited to attend and make this an extra special event.

Should the weather not permit the commemoration to take place on the covered basketball court, we will move the event to the Hall.

Reporting to Parents

One of our goals as a school is to continue to build strong partnerships with parents to support the holistic development of our students at CBS.  With this in mind, we are changing the way we report to parents and over the year we will be regularly communicating what this will look like.

We are delighted to invite you to book a time to meet with your child’s teacher for a 12 minute Learning Conversation’.  We have made this change from ‘next step’ interviews as we believe that meeting with you and discussing what’s important to you and your child is critical for their success.

Learning Conversations 

Term 2: Week 2 

Tuesday 2nd May and Thursday 4th May

Click here to go to the website.  The code you need is: 5ct8t

This quality time will be led by what is really important for you to talk about.  To ensure we are able to prepare effectively for this meeting, your child’s class teacher will be sending out a google form. The purpose of the form is to find out what you would like to discuss and for you to share any information you would like before the meeting.

Further examples of what might be discussed during the conversation could be:

  • How your child has settled into school this year after a disrupted start
  • A celebration of highlights across the curriculum
  • How they are managing themselves eg, independence, friendships, looking after their belongings
  • Participation and contribution in class and around the school
  • Examples of how they are showing our school values
  • Areas of focus and how you can help at home

If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of our Deputy Principals who are both more than happy to answer your questions.

Year 1-3 Christie Birkhead

Year 4-6 Melissa Grant

Student Success

Congratulations to Kiki who won 1st place in mini classical and 3rd place in mini jazz during Velocity dance competition-Auckland region. Awesome news Kiki.

Congratulations to Sienna who had a very successful day at the MBSLC competition in early April. We are very proud of your achievements!

Congratulations to Austin Sun. He has won 5 gold and 1 silver in Auckland Junior Camps Swimming Competition(10 years and under).

Congratulations to Charlotte Law (from Room 1) who won a Bronze Medal at Kiwi Classic International Dance Competition under 6 years old group on the 8th April.

WELCOME – New Students

Eric, Zander, Yifan, Aoi, Jasper, Aiden, Hanroux, Yuanxi, Alvin, Jayden, Griffin, Ingrid, Amiliia, Yamato, Tyler, Yueyi, Zigeng, Le, Matthew, Alice and Ja Mi.


Weekly chess classes will resume on Thursday 27th April at lunchtime in room 22. Students can bring their lunches at 12:25pm.

Most sessions are 25m instruction by FIDE Master and NZ Senior Champion

Leonard McLaren followed by supervised playing. In addition students will sit official NZCF tests with those passing earning badges and certificates.

Please note that term 2 lessons are for students who already know how to

play chess. Absolute beginners are taught in term 1 each year.

The term fee of $80 is payable to McLaren Leonard James Westpac

03 13080065112-00.

Thank you to the parents who have already paid.

Any questions please contact <[email protected]> stating “CBS” in the subject title.


Please ensure that your children’s items are clearly labelled with their first and last name. Our lost property bins are located in Room 22 (adjacent to the Hall). 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.

EZ LUNCH – School Lunches

Just a friendly reminder, if you are ordering your child a school lunch, that you please make sure you are ordering for the correct day. We have had many cases of children recently thinking that they have a lunch order but don’t actually have one, leaving the child hungry and for the parents to come and bring in some lunch. If there is an issue with school lunches please phone: Ez Lunch on 869-5200. Many thanks.

Sports News

Important Sporting Dates for the Calendar

Tuesday 2 May- North Shore Primary Schools Swim Meet (selected students only)
Wednesday 3 May- Year 5&6 winter netball starts
Saturday 6 May- Year 3&4 winter netball starts
Monday 8 May- Year 2 winter netball starts
Monday 8 May- Year 3-6 winter hockey starts
Wednesday 31 May- Year 5&6 inter school badminton tournament (selected students only)
Monday 12 June- Year 4-6 inter school cross country (selected students only)
Wednesday 14 June- SAVE DAY Year 4-6 inter school cross country (selected students only)
Wednesday 21 June- Year 6 netball field days tournament (selected students only)
Friday 23 June- Year 6 boys and year 5&6 girls inter school soccer tournament (selected students only)
Thursday 29 June- SAVE DAY Year 6 boys and year 5&6 girls inter school soccer tournament (selected students only)


Year 3&4 Winter Netball- Looking for more players
Registrations for year 3 and 4 winter netball are still open. We are looking for at least three more year 3 players and three more year 4 players. If your child is interested in playing winter netball for CBS, please email Keri Maunder on [email protected] for more information.
Year 2 Winter Netball
Registrations for year 2 winter netball are now open. An information letter with all the necessary details will be emailed to all families in year 2. A copy of the letter can also be found on the school website under the Sports tab. Click on the Sports Information Letter 2023 link. Please note that the last day to register is this Thursday 30 March.


Year 3-6 Winter Hockey
Registrations for year 3-6 winter hockey are still open. An information letter with all the necessary details was emailed to all families in years 3-6. A copy of the letter can also be found on the school website under the Sports tab. Click on the Sports Information Letter 2023 link. Registrations close tomorrow.

Players needed – Basketball

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].nz

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