Although the school opened with just one classroom, Campbells Bay now has 35 fully-equipped teaching spaces. Some of these have become special-purpose rooms, while the rest operate as multi-functional homeroom classes. The school has eight brand new learning areas in our modern learning education building opened in August 2015.
This is a creative facility in the school which all classes can use for art work. Students work in a range of media including painting, sketching and clay sculpting.
The Learning-Hub Library has been extensively remodeled and reopened in May 2015. The school librarians do a fantastic job managing this beautiful new facility, and run a number of programmes designed to get students interested in reading for both learning and pleasure.
Library hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. For more information visit our Learning Hub page.
Performing Arts Suite
Opened in 2004, the Performing Arts Suite is a flexible facility with an excellent sound system and expansive seating area. Classes for music, dance and drama are held here, and this is where the orchestra and choir hold rehearsals. Year group assemblies also take place in the Performing Arts suite.
Hall and Gymnasium
The hall is the heart of the school, and holds many great memories for the Campbells Bay School community. It was refurbished and expanded in 2000-2001, and is used for anything from discos to science displays, prize-giving to gymnastics, folk dancing to plays.
Thanks to the donors who made the refurbishment possible, the hall will serve as a vital part of the school. Another extension and refurbishment is scheduled to start in 2016-2017.
The hall is available for hire for private use outside of school hours. Enquire at the school office for further details about this.
Campbells Bay School has three, large, marked hard-surface courts that serve as play areas, ball courts, game boards and meeting grounds.
The largest of the three contains several full-size netball and volleyball courts located right next to the gymnasium.
We have a wide range of playground options for our students. Three purpose-built adventure playgrounds are available, two for the junior school and one new structure for our seniors. Playgrounds remain a popular morning interval and lunchtime activity, they offer a range of fun and challenging tasks and are a great way for kids to have fun and be active.
The Campbells Bay School sports fields are popular with students both during and outside school hours. Major sports are catered for with permanent rugby and soccer goalposts, an astroturf cricket pitch and a long-jump pit for athletics.
Our fields are a main gathering place for many school functions, and they boast a stunning view of the Rangitoto Channel.
Use of the fields at weekends is permitted by the school, as long as rubbish is removed when you leave. Fields are off-limits when the ‘FIELD CLOSED’ signs are up.
Not every school has a forest full of native trees, but at Campbells Bay we have exactly that privilege. Growing throughout our school you can find kowhai, rimu, totara, pohutukawa, manuka, flax, cabbage trees, puriri and titoki.
The forest borders one edge of the field, continues along the Peter Terrace walkway and to the far seaward edge of the grounds. It contains a large number of native species and raised wooden boardwalks, and is beautiful all year round. This is an ongoing school project and students play a crucial role in its care and upkeep.
A large recreational sandpit with a shade sail was opened at the school in 2005. Class groups share time at the sandpit to ensure everyone has a fair turn.
In 2012 a second sandpit was opened to provide a larger play area for this very popular activity. The second pit is intended for the younger children to use.
Our pool has been upgraded, with extra length added to both the pool and surrounding area. Solar heating is a new feature of the pool to help take the cold edge off the water.
The pool has separate male and female changing sheds and a separate toilet, as well as a room of pool equipment.
In the summer holidays pool keys are available for our students and their families, for a rental fee. The hire period is December to March. Enquire at the school office for more details.
Waterwise is a water safety programme that uses yachting and kayaking to assist students to become more confident and safe in the water.
Campbells Bay School runs a Waterwise programme operates from the Lake Pupuke Waterwise Centre at Milford School. Under the leadership of Bruce Reed, supported by Jan Shearer and a crew of trained instructors, Year 6 students are taken through various water safety techniques. Preparations for this start in the final term of Year 5.
Full details are provided to parents and caregivers before the programme begins.
The main office is vital to the efficient running of the school. Our office manager, Cushla Dyson, and the office team of Sally Thompson, Stephanie Whiteside, Kathy Mansfield and Judy Wang deal with all the phone calls, enquiries and keep Campbells Bay operating smoothly.
An important area in the school for all staff to catch up with colleagues and share morning tea and lunch. Coffee and tea is provided for all staff, visitors and volunteers, and the staffroom is alive with laughter and chatter most days.
On top of that, the view from the staffroom is, in our humble opinion, one of the best in the world.
Student Health and Medical Facilities
Located within the main school building, the Medical Room has two beds and a full first-aid cupboard to cope with all the trauma and minor problems that go along with everyday school life.
Children who are not collected from the school grounds by 3:20 pm will be supervised in the medical room as a safety measure. A call is placed to parents to let them know they may have forgotten something important!
Students can get a healthy meal and support the school by ordering a freshly made, hot or cold lunch from Go-Deli. Orders can be made before 9 am online at ezlunch.co.nz, by text, or using the online calendar to order in advance. There’s a wide selection and this prevents the need for pupils to bring cash to school.
Travel and Safety Facilities
At the front entrance of the school is a large, covered bike shed with space for more than 40 scooters and bikes to be locked securely. Students are taught road safety, which is reinforced with annual skill and control classes.
Onsite Car Parking
Parking on school grounds is reserved for staff only, as we have a limited number of spaces available. Visitors to the school are asked to park on the road, and then come to the office to check in.
The bus bay sits between the front pedestrian entrance and main carpark entrance on Aberdeen Road. During drop off times, 8:00-8:55 am, and pick up times, 3:10-3:30 pm, parents are requested not to park in this zone but are welcome to drive through to drop off and pick up children.
School Bus Service 042
Morning bus services commence at 8:10 am and the afternoon bus service departs at 3:10 pm. Visit our Travelwise page for more information.
Walking School Buses
CBS Wise Walkers is the official name of the Campbells Bay School walking bus. This is a great opportunity for kids to keep fit by walking, help cut down the traffic jam at school, and to socialise with the other kids from the area. Parents assist, creating an enjoyable walk to school along four routes. Visit our Travelwise page for more information.
Patrolled Pedestrian Crossing
Trained road patrol monitors from Year 6 are on duty before and after school to ensure safe passage across Aberdeen Road. They work alongside parents or a teacher. Road patrol monitors are essential as the road is always busy.
Speed Limited 40 km/hr Zone
A 40 km/hr speed limit is in place from 8:25-8:55 am and again from 2:55-3:15 pm. The zone is clearly marked by electronic signs, and is actively policed to ensure compliance and the safety of our students. We are very grateful to the North Shore City Council and to the Police for their support of this programme.