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Campbells Bay School is one of Auckland’s top primary schools. Students can improve their English while studying the New Zealand Year 1 – 6 School Curriculum. Our school is proud of its cultural diversity and celebrates students’ success through a wide range of rich learning opportunities. Located in the heart of Campbells Bay community on the scenic North Shore of Auckland City, our school is close to many facilities: shopping malls, parks, local businesses, transport and beautiful beaches. The North Shore is a prime location for families with young children.

Campbells Bay School is an inclusive and supportive environment promoting lifelong learning, academic achievement and student well-being through our school values of atawhai, whakaute and manawanui (kindness, respect and resilience). Our global reputation promotes our commitment to teaching, learning and support for our international community.  You are welcome to join us for a school tour and see for yourself how we support and engage our International Students in a rich learning environment with their friends and peers.

School Orientation – Your Learning Journey Begins

An orientation programme has been specially designed to set our students up for success from the very beginning. We welcome students to the school with an orientation before the school year or term. The programme includes a short presentation that outlines how our school is run on a daily basis and to answer your questions you may have.  This is also an opportunity for our international whānau to connect and meet members of the International Team in a comfortable setting.  The programme is completed with a tour of the school and a look through our learning spaces.

Rich Learning Opportunities – How do we meet the needs of our students

While integrated into all classroom programmes, students also attend our special support classes delivered by our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) staff. All International students are encouraged to participate in all areas of school life, including camp, swimming, plant to taste, sports, cultural groups, leadership opportunities, music and the arts throughout the year.

Pastoral Care 

Providing pastoral care is an important service provided by Campbells Bay School to our international students. Our pastoral care team assists with enrolment and helping new students, and their families, settle into New Zealand and the Campbells Bay School community.

The Director of International Students will meet with parents once a term for formal meetings to share and discuss information about each student, including parent-teacher interviews and school reports. A translator is provided by the school, as well as afternoon tea, and parents and agents are invited. This is also a good chance for the families of international students to meet and get to know each other.

Providing English language support is also an element of pastoral care. Lessons are held for 30 minutes, four times a week, and are conducted by a specialist ESOL teacher with the help of a teacher aide. These lessons strengthen the oral and written language taught in the classroom, and additional reading and writing material is provided for students to work on at home.

International student trips have been arranged twice a year, and give these students a chance to experience different aspects of New Zealand. In the past this has included visiting a working New Zealand farm, and a cruise around the Auckland harbour. Parents, siblings and agents have been invited on these trips.

Melissa Grant 



Melissa is passionate about creating a learning environment where our International Students and families feel welcome, well informed and are part of our learning community.  She leads a collaborative ESOL team who provide high quality small group English learning in fun and engaging ways.  Melissa works closely with our classroom teachers to support international students to settle in and thrive in the classroom, meeting their needs academically, emotionally and socially.


​​The team of Miriam Giles (ESOL teacher), Chris Mashlan (ESOL team leader) and Alice Jung (ESOL teacher aide) delivers a scaffolded and targeted language-rich programme designed to meet the varied needs of our English language learners.

International Student Handbook

We have created a handy booklet that will guide you and your child through being a student at our school.

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