School History

1883
Auckland Education Board petitioned to establish a school at Bayfield to serve about 45 children.  The Richmond Rd petition received at the same time, had first consideration. 

1886
School opens (July 5) with Mrs Jane Simpson as head teacher; the school had one room (40'x20') which used to be a Sunday School for All Saints Church.

1896 
Mr James Christie becomes head teacher.

1904
Bayfield's roll reaches 328; a new building paid for by parents is built for £1419 (the Education Department won't fund it). The original school building is sold for removal at public auction, raising £22.

1913 
Mr Alfred N. Bowden becomes head teacher. School roll peaks at 674. 
WWI 33 old boys and teacher "laid down their lives in the great cause." 

1919
Present school site purchase; 3.75 acres opposite original school site costing £11,250. 
Queen Carnival held to raise money to lay out sports ground; Queen Joan crowned at Town Hall and £1000 raised. 

1920 
3 adjacent acres purchased by Education Department as playing area. 
Mr Donald McInnes becomes head teacher.

1921
"Queen Carnival" held to raise funds to improve playing area; £1100 was raised and spent on football and cricket grounds 'for the boys' and five tennis courts 'for the girls.'

Eva Dickinson and Clara Beaumount were first two Bayfield pupils to take university degrees; both got first class honours and school had half-holiday in their honour.

1928
Miss FE Thompson retires from teaching after 32 years at Bayfield.

1939
5000 "attendances" at various reunion events events (by 1190 people) 

1975
The new school on the current site was opened and the roll continued to grow.

2011
School celebrates 125 Year Anniversary, special assembly and tree planting ceremony attended by Prime Minister. 

2014 
75% of the school buildings including the administration offices, staff room, library, e-learning room and seven classroom spaces, were demolished due to water tightness issues.

2015
January - The hall was demolished due to water tightness issues. 

Modern Learning Environment; twelve classroom space building plus offices and library opened on Tuesday 21 July, with the official opening by Honorable Nikki Kaye on Friday 24 July.