Campbellsbay Primary school

Since opening in 1925 our decile ten school has a student roll of between 850-900. The school caters for students between the ages of 5-11 who live within the school’s enrolment zone*. Campbells Bay School also provides a small number of places for international students. Set in park-like grounds the school has many purposeful-built facilities to provide for the needs of our students.

At the heart of the school are people, with our children being at the centre of our attention. Our aim is to grow learners for life. Learners for life are effective communicators, thinkers, self-managers, and citizens who strive for excellence. Our actions are designed to ensure the ambition of growing learners for life is a day to day reality for our students. In this context, the school’s governing body, the Board of Trustees, provides for the overall direction of the school through policy setting and strategic planning and, in consultation with the senior leadership of the school, sets achievement targets. Our current priorities are outlined from the Board of Trustees. 


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.

Art Room

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.

Learning-hub Library

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

Refurbishment of the school hall is scheduled for 2018. Therefore the hall will not be available in 2018.

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.

Hard Courts

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.

Play Structures

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.

Playing Fields

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.

Community Forest

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.

Swimming Pool

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 Programme

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.

International Student Enrolment

At Campbells Bay School we accept enrolments from international students from Year 1 to Year 6.

All of our international students must live with a parent in New Zealand to study at Campbells Bay School.

 Requirements for International Student Enrolment

To enrol as an international student, you will require:

  • a completed enrolment form
  • a signed student contract
  • a family register, or other document proving parent-child relation
  • a copy of passports, relevant photos and visa pages
  • proof of travel and medical insurance
  • payment of school fees of $12,000 per year + GST + $300.00 administration fee

Once you have completed an enrolment form for your child, the school will consider accepting this student. We will then provide an acceptance letter, an acceptance form and an invoice for your school fees payment. Once fees are paid, we will provide a letter to Immigration to help with visa applications.

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