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4 March 2021

Campbells Bay School Board of Trustees update to parents

Dear Parents and School Community,

Following on from our school newsletter update on 9 February, we wanted to share our relief that the Ministry of Education has now finalised the design of our school’s long awaited classroom block.

As you will all be aware, settling on a purpose-built design for our students that also allows the retention of the school’s existing native trees has been a long and arduous process. With further input from the group working to save those trees, the Ministry agreed to reconsider the building design late last year to try to find a compromise that allows our school to keep the trees and have our urgently needed new classroom block. This is the successful outcome that the Board was striving for from the outset.

After conducting an air excavation of the roots and receiving updated specialist advice, and following consultation with us, the project architects and an arborist, the Ministry has developed a revised option that will allow us to keep the five pōhutukawa trees and the Norfolk pine on the boundary.

We are pleased to advise the Ministry has now finalised this modified design that they believe will provide the outdoor learning and recreation spaces we need (albeit slightly reduced) while also keeping the trees.

In order to retain all the roadside Pōhutukawa trees, the new building has been re-positioned further forward on the site and away from the road. The building shape will be unchanged, but the Ministry believes this repositioning allows us to strike a balance between the space required for the trees to be retained, provision of necessary outdoor learning and recreation space, and the maintenance of an emergency vehicle access path to the rest of the school.

We have been advised by the Ministry that the Pōhutukawa trees will need to be pruned on the school side. They have committed to put additional measures in place such as irrigation, composting, succession planting, mulching and a monitoring programme before and after construction, that will help to minimise the effects on the trees.

While we are delighted that the Ministry has found a compromise, we are also disappointed that these delays will have an impact on the timing of our build. Due to the revised positioning of the building and subsequent changes to the consent process, we are advised that construction won’t begin until late April/early May with an estimated completion date of mid to late 2022.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the CBS community for their patience and perseverance with this new build and all the challenges we have experienced to get to this point.

As we turn our attention now to the start of construction and development, we will provide regular updates on our new building via the regular school channels.


Campbells Bay School Board of Trustees




About our Board of Trustees

The Campbells Bay School Board of Trustees includes parents, one staff representative and the Principal. Elections for the board take place every three years.

The Board of Trustees meets in the school conference room every month during term time. Board meetings are open for anyone to attend, but they are not public meetings. This means members of the public may attend, but will be asked to leave when the board goes into committee, and do not have speaking or voting rights.

The Board of Trustees set the strategic direction of the school alongside the senior management team.


Board Member Role
Rachael Taylor Principal
Janice Brown Staff Trustee
Jennifer Hanton Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
Jennifer Orman Elected Parent Trustee
Kim Daji Elected Parent Trustee
Charlie Wang Elected Parent Trustee
Herbert Sima Elected Parent Trustee

About the Governance of Campbells Bay School

The Board is entrusted to work on behalf of all stakeholders in Campbells Bay School, and is accountable for the school’s performance. It emphasises strategic leadership, sets the standards and vision for the school, and ensures Campbells Bay complies with all legal and policy requirements. Policies are made at a governance level and outline clear delegations to the Principal.

Along with the Principal, the board serves as part of the leadership team, and the Principal reports to the board as a whole. In serving the school the board is proactive rather than reactive, and does not involve itself in the daily operational matters of the school. The board places student achievement as its focus, and aims to ask the right questions to best advance the success of the pupils.

If you are interested in reading more about the governance of schools in New Zealand, the New Zealand School Trustee Association website is a good place to start.

2021 dates – meetings held in the school conference room at 7.30pm

  • Monday 23 August – week 5
  • Thursday 30 September – week 10
  • Tuesday 26 October – week 2
  • Tuesday 30 November – week 7

Role of the Board

The Board of Trustees is accountable for the management of the school. It ensures the goals laid out in the school’s Charter are achieved through good practises. The Board serves a number of practical purposes, including setting strategic goals, determining board policy, delegating powers to the appropriate groups of individuals, and reviewing how well all of those functions are being performed.

The Principal manages the school within the parameters set by the policies of the Board. The Board and Principal work in partnership to provide and maintain overviews of school activities, develop and review board policy, provide strategic direction and keep track of progress on all these fronts. Please look under About Us on the dropdown menu for our School Charter.

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