Arts and Culture

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We have an Art Exhibition every other year as a part of a Visual Arts Focus.
Sometimes we set it out in classes and this allows the whole school community to wander through all the classes, and other times we set it out like an art gallery in the hall and have an open evening.
Both formats are highly appreciated and popular.
Every student submits a piece of artwork for the annual school art exhibition. Parents and community are invited to view the childrens’ art. We love having our art on display for everyone to see.
The school has a group of committed chess players who play against each other during morning tea and lunch breaks on a rotational basis.
Players reflect good chess etiquette – to be a good sport and to be respectful in the game of chess.

At times chess players are selected to represent B.B.P.S. in the Inter-school Teams Chess Championships.

We are also involved in a Mini Chess Competition. This is held in conjunction with the Howick and Pakuranga Chess Club. The players in each team rotate each week, allowing many of our keen children to play against other teams and gain experience.

The BBPS choir is open to all students of all ages.
The children meet weekly and enjoy the opportunity to perform to the school during assemblies and at events. Every second year, an auditioned group of senior students join choirs from other local schools to participate in the local HPPA choir festival.

Dance is an area of the curriculum which each class at every level enjoys.

Every other year each Team does a PAC [Performing Arts Celebration]. They are so popular that often three full concerts per team are needed!

We also have many opportunities for our school dance groups to perform within the school and the wider community.

Each year dance groups perform at the Howick and Pakuranga Schools Dance Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity for our local schools to celebrate and share different dance forms.

We have a great kapahaka with a huge membership. We have formal powhiri for new staff and students, as well as guests and visiting international students and teacher groups.

The students learn different waiata (Maori songs) and specially chosen students lead it with a karanga [prayer]

Each year a group are selected to represent Bucklands Beach Primary and perform in the Koanga (Spring) Festival. The Koanga Festival includes lots of different schools including primary, intermediate and colleges. It is not a competition and it is a good chance to get together as a larger community to showcase kapahaka skills and talent. We enjoy sharing what we have learned and we are very lucky to have such wonderful teachers willing to teach us.


Music lessons are available at Bucklands Beach Primary School, through Musiqhub, a nationwide network of independent music teachers. Children can learn, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet Trombone, Drums Recorder, Guitar or Ukulele, during or after school hours as the timetable permits.

Musiqhub teachers are experienced, passionate and well vetted before they teach here. Please contact Musiqhub via their website or via the phone numbers below:

Shaun O’Kane

Jordan Morrison