Relationships – Whanaungatanga, Resilience – Manawaroa, Respect – Manaakitanga, Responsibility – Tiaki

A community of agile and collaborative learners – Proud of who we are, empowered to make a difference

Kia Ora, Nǐ hǎo, Hallo, Greetings, 

Welcome to our new students and their families who have recently joined us: Piper Naufahu, Austin Calland, Samuel Ho and Kashmi Dukkan, Lois Willits, Evie Willits and Samuel Yang.

It has been a remarkably busy few weeks at BBPS.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful teachers who provide a big range of opportunities for students to experience, often giving up much of their own time to do so.  I would also like to thank all of the parents who have supported the many activities one way or another.  This week is the middle syndicate’s production, based on fairy tales.  You are in for a real treat!

Project Based Learning

Our junior school are finding out about the jobs and services that support our community, and looking at ways of sharing this information with others.  On Friday a number of parents and grandparents came in to teach the junior children about their jobs.  Students rotated around the junior rooms over the afternoon with questions they had prepared.  Having experts from our community onsite was very engaging, with a wide range of jobs covered.  Thanks to those who gave up their time to teach our junior students.


Linc Ed (soon to be rebranded as Hero)

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Koanga Festival

One hundred and fifty students from the middle and senior school performed at the Koanga Festival at Howick College last Friday.  They looked and sounded fantastic.  Thanks to Debbie Rist and the team for preparing students for the festival.  It’s wonderful to see so many students embracing the opportunity to grow their knowledge of the unique role of Māori in shaping the New Zealand identity.  Ka pai!

BOT News

You would have seen the scaffolding around the school.  As part of our five year property upgrade provided by the ministry, some of our older roofs are being replaced.   Most of this work is being completed in weekend time, so learning is not interrupted.   Once the roofing is completed a new solar heating system, kindly funded by the PTA, will be installed.

Thanks to those parents who have paid their school donation, which allows us to fund extra teacher aides to support student’s learning.

PTA News

A big thank you to the PTA who fundraised for new gymnastic leotards.   The new leotards looked fantastic!  

Congratulations to our raffle winners, and thanks to all of those who sold tickets which goes towards our new solar heating system for the pool.  A special thanks to Candice and the team for finding sponsorship for our prizes.  Our next project is a mathathon later in the term.

Inter-school Cross Country

Bucklands Beach Primary School are the holders of the Howick Pakuranga Principals Association Cup for another year.  Our results were as a team Year 6 Boys First, Year 6 Girls First, Year 5 Boys First, Year 5 Girls First, Year 4 Boys Third and Year 4 Girls Second.  This gave us an overall school placing as 1st overall and winner of the cup.  A great effort from a great team who trained before school and each lunchtime with practices also held at Lloyd Elsmore Park during the weekend.

Individual placings:

Aimee Gao  1st place Year 6 girls

Zac Calland 2nd place Year 5 boys

Ryan Billings 2nd place Year 6 boys

Lucia Gunson 2nd place Year 5 girls

Nina Kirker  3rd place Year 6 girls

Gariad Chan 3rd place Year  4 girls

Eleanor Young 3rd place Year 5 girls

Harrison Cate 3rd place Year 5 boys.




A team of middle and senior students competed at the HPPA gymnastics competition last week.  They have been training hard in preparation for the competition, coached by Charlotte Wilson and Cherry Wong.  Our students competed well, and showed excellent resilience  and support for each other.  All of our students represented us well.  The following students place and will go on to compete at the champion of champions:

Luke Findlay                                                            1st place individual year 5 boys

Blake Walker                                                           3rd place individual year 6 boys
Archie Vanderhoven                                              4th place individual year 6 boys

Archie Vanderhoven                                              2nd place year 6 boys team 
Blake Walker                                                           2nd place year 6 boys team
Noah Williams                                                        2nd place year 6 boys team
Liam Rimmer                                                          2nd place year 6 boys team

Veronique De Fleuriot De La Coliniere             6th place individual year 5 girls

Alina Zhao                                                               3rd place year 5 girls team
Veronique De Fleuriot De La Coliniere             3rd place year 5 girls team
Allie Simmons                                                        3rd place year 5 girls team
Olivia Owen                                                             3rd place year 5 girls team

Charlotte Greening                                                6th place equal individual year 6 girls

Google Student Summit

This event is held every two years where students are invited to present their learning using digital technologies to students from other schools.  This year the event was hosted by Matua Ngaru School in Kumeu.  Sixty students from Bucklands Beach Primary participated making us the largest group.  The Summit began with a Keynote speaker who spoke about believing in yourself and never giving up, followed by Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson who gave the students insight into nanotechnology and demonstrated science experiments.  A final keynote of the day was from the Regional Manager of Google for the South Pacific who told the students how important collaboration was and how everyone at Google worked in teams.   The students spent three 45 minutes either presenting or taking part in another workshop.

We had several lucky winners of spot prizes.  Three students took home tablets, one a chromecast and one a Google cardboard viewer.  Overall a most worthwhile day with lots of learning. A huge thank you to the parents who accompanied us who supported students presenting in their workshops and who kept a check on equipment. 

A big thank you also to Faye Chilvers and Debbie Rist for the preparation and organisation.  What an amazing opportunity for our students.




Literacy Week

Last Week was Literacy week at Bucklands Beach Primary.  Room 3 and Room 11 were buddy classes.  We spent the week on activities related to the story the Gingerbread Man.  We made finger puppets and used these to act out plays, we sung ‘The Gingerbread Man’ song and coded the Beebots to follow the story of the Gingerbread Man on mats designed by Room 3 students.  Room 11 also made Gingerbread.  

Here are some images from our week together. The Gingerbread Man (Converted)



BBP Cool Kids News

Our 3rd edition of BBP Cool Kids News is now available online:



Community Notices

 Bucklands Beach Tennis Club is proudly hosting a nation wide event called “LOVE TENNIS” this coming weekend. Come and have a go !  Join us either on Saturday, Sunday or both days for a fun filled afternoon of tennis related activities.
There will be a HELL Pizza to the first 100 attendees on each day.
We have free lessons for adults and kids running throughout the afternoon, social tennis, open court for a family to hit around, fun games, mini tennis tournament, spot prizes and prizes for longest rally/  hit the target.
There will be a kids tennis themed craft table, colouring in competition, sausage sizzle, candy floss.
All equipment will be provided.  BBTC  Rogers Park, Jern Pl, Eastern Beach – 
Pakuranga Athletic Club is holding a “Have a Go” morning on Saturday 28th of September to give children aged 2-14 years an opportunity to discover the sport of athletics and to see the great facilities and programmes the club has to offer.  This free, fun, family-focused event runs from 10 am to 12 noon at the Yvette Williams Track at Lloyd Elsmore Park.  (A special programme for children 2-4 years will run between 10 and 11 am).  

KUNG FU !Every Wednesday at Bucklands Beach Primary School 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m.  For more information – please contact Steven 02102910677 or email 





sKids Assistant manager wanted at BBPS – Hours are from 7.30am to 8.30am mornings, 2.30pm to 6pm every afternoon and holidays a minimum of 5 hours a day.  For more info please email Wayne at


Macleans College/Netsafe Community Meeting







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