Announcement : 

Kia ora!   Welcome to Cockle Bay School.       ** School Swimming Sports ~ Thursday 22 February 7 & 8 year olds ~ Friday 23 February 9 & 10 year olds **         **FRIDAY FREEZE under the dome Friday 23 February at 3.00pm **              

School Events


Term 1 2024 Commences Thursday 1st February – Friday 12th April

Thursday 1st February 8:45 am – Thursday 12th April 3:00 pm


Waitangi Day – School Closed to Students 

Tuesday 6th February


School Swimming Sports

Thursday 22nd February 7 & 8 Year Olds

Friday 23rd February 9 & 10 Year Olds 


Friday Freeze – Under The Dome

Friday 23rd February 3.00pm


Year 5 Kākāpō – Carey Park Camp

Wednesday 6th March 2024, 2:00pm – Friday 8 March 2024, 1.15pm


397 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson Valley, Auckland 0612 (Map)

Year 5 team attend a three day-two night camp at Carey Park, Henderson nestled below the Waitakere Ranges. Our main focus is for the children to form positive relationships with each other, and have experiences they cannot find in the classroom. For many children this is their first time on a confidence course, first time rock climbing or having a go at archery. Whilst at camp, our students develop team building through interactive challenges.

For more information visit Carey Park Camp


Friday Freeze – Under The Dome

Friday 8th March 3.00pm


Book Week  

Kia ora Cockle Bay School families! We have another exciting Book Week planned in week 7 (11-15 March), including our annual Scholastic Book Fair.

Please read the attached newsletter for further information. 

Our students will also be part of the Book Character Parade on Friday 15th March, where they will dress as their favourite book character.

Book Week Newsletter 2024.pdf


Y4 Kōtuku – Sonshine Ranch 

Wednesday 20th March Rooms TBA          Thursday 21st March Rooms TBA


8:45 am – 3:00 pm

Sonshine Ranch
223 Creightons RoadAuckland, Auckland, 2582 New Zealand (map)

Education Outside The Classroom
At Sonshine Ranch we pride ourselves on developing and offering high quality EOTC that enhances your classroom programme and provides a diverse range of outdoor education experiences.
Outdoor Education provides a unique opportunity for students to be taken out of their everyday routines and placed in an atmosphere where they can be challenged to grow.
Sonshine Ranch is a registered Adventure Activity Operator (AAO) with Worksafe NZ. The regulations aim to enhance professionalism and ensure consistent good practice across the OOA sector (pursuant to Regulation 6(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016.)
Listed below is the most popular EOTC programme for schools visiting Sonshine Ranch.

Day Programmes
A typical day will include three rotations around the Ranch activities.

Arrival time: 9:30am
Departure time: 2pm

Activities – Suitable for groups up to a maximum of 65 students
Horse Riding & Small Animals
Flying Fox & Rope Swing


Easter Observance – School Closed to Students

Friday 29th March – Wednesday 3rd April


Year 6 Takahē -Tōtara Springs Camp

Wednesday 3 April 2024, 10:00am – Friday 5 April 2024, 12:30pm

Tōtara Springs Camp
288 Taihoa North Road, Matamata, Waikato, 3473 New Zealand (map)

School years 1 – 6 are a crucial time in the development of a child’s self confidence, social interactions and physical abilities.

At camp, we can help facilitate a programme that will have your children achieving in more than just the activities they participate in.

Tōtara Springs is the largest centre of its kind in New Zealand and is the ultimate venue for church retreats, school camps, sports activities, business conferences, artistic events, holiday camps, and family reunions.

The camp is situated in a beautiful setting, nestled at the foot of the Kaimai ranges in Matamata. There are 90 acres of park-like grounds and native bush with streams, walks and bush trails. We have a large gymnasium for indoor sports, lecture theatre and breakaway areas, as well as a large hot pool fed by natural hot water.

There are beds for 427 people in 27 motels, 3 lodge complexes and 19 cabins. Onsite, there are also powered caravan and (practically unlimited) tent sites. Camps and events are fully catered by the resident catering team, and special dietary needs can be accommodated. A wide range of sports equipment is also available.


For more information visit Totara Springs Camp


School Holidays – Saturday 13th April – Sunday 28th April


Term 2  Commences Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July

Monday 29th April 8:45 am – Friday 5th July 3:00 pm


King’s Birthday Observance  – School Closed To Students

Monday 3rd June


Matariki Observance – School Closed To Students

Friday 28th June


School Holidays – Saturday 6th July – Sunday 21st July


Term 3  Commences Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th  September

Monday 22nd July 8:45 am – Friday 27th September 3:00 pm


School Holidays – Saturday 28th September -Sunday 13th October


Term 4  Commences Monday 14th October – Tuesday 17th December

Monday 14th October 8:45 am – Tuesday 17th December 12:30 pm

School finishes at 12.30 pm on the last day of the year.


Labour Day Observance – School Closed To Students

Monday, 28th October 










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