Our history

Bayfield School, Jervois Road, Auckland,Unknown, photographer,1950s,PH-NEG-H1323

Our school has over 135 years of history on our site...


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 5 July

School opens 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.


Mr James Christie becomes head teacher.

Unfurling the flag at Bayfield School in Ponsonby, 1900


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.


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."


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.


3 adjacent acres purchased by Education Department as playing area.

Mr Donald McInnes becomes head teacher.


"Queen Carnival" held to raise funds to improve the 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 the first two Bayfield pupils to take university degrees; both got first class honours and the school had a half-holiday in their honour.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.