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,
A big welcome to our new students and their families who has recently joined us: Xiqi Peng, Anna MacKinnon, Lia Chong, Dennis Leung, Alex Jiang, Bowen You, Alexandra Cao, Jayden Li, Caleb Lynch, Holly Brown, Kayla Lockie, Raychie Fu, Alan Niu, Yao Fu, Donnie Young, Mele Mahe, Siosiana Mahe, Rylee McGowan and Isla Le Geyt.
The redevelopment outside rooms one to five is days away from being complete. Our builders have done an outstanding job, while always considering our health and safety. I think you will agree the joinery is looking light, modern and practical. The concept behind the rebuild was that students could collaborate outside and still be connected to their classes and teacher. Previously, the large walls in front of the seating meant that the outside space could not be utilised during teaching time. It is great to see our building start to meet the needs of our vision.
In the holidays a number of classes were upgraded with colourful autex covering on the walls and new whiteboard storage units installed to maximise space. The board have contributed significantly to the upgrade of classrooms over the last two years to ensure there is a consistent standard, and more importantly to make the classrooms inviting environments to teach and learn in. Thank you to the board for agreeing to invest in inviting spaces that show our students and staff how they are valued.
Passion projects have kicked off this term. What better way to engage students in learning, than by letting them choose an area they are passionate about to explore. Student council collected ideas that students were interested in persuing, so they can follow an area they are interested in, in the direction they choose.
Cross Country (reported by Emma Lang, Year 5)
On Friday the 31st of July, Bucklands Beach had its school cross country, which is a running day for the children of BBPS. It would be a normal day until twelve, when the children eat their lunch and warm up for the big day. The juniors when first running the track on the field, then the seniors, that ran two whole laps around the block, followed by the middle school that only ran one lap. The year sixes went first because they had the longest track, so when they finished everything would go faster. At morning tea, students played on the track, leaping, jumping, testing and running.
As the children come onto the field, nervous chatter fills the silence. The bell rang, signalling for the races to begin. No matter what age every child that finished their course had a brilliant red face, but a face filled with pride and relief. BBPS has an amazing community. Nobody that got a placing teased the other kids, or bragged about it. They all just modestly took their certificate and smiled for the camera.
A moment in time has just been saved.
Thanks to all of the parents who supported us by helping out at cross country, and to all of our cheering spectators. Thank you also to Nick Chamberlain for organising the day.
We are very happy to be able to meet again as a school. After our first assembly, a child approached on the gate and said, “I loved the assembly, especially the singing which made us feel good.” There is something special about joining together as a school community. To ensure all classes can share their learning
Pause, Breathe, Smile and Well Being
We had a school-wide focus on well being last term, as students returned to school and re-engaged. The Pause, Breathe, Smile programme has been rolled out across the school over the year, and it is great to see students put these practices into action as they face challenges. The self-regulation strategies that the students have learnt will continue to be revisited over the year.
Here is an inciteful reflection from Harrison in year six.
Mindfulness calms and relaxes me. It makes all of my red zoned feelings go away and changes my thoughts to the green zone. I really enjoyed mindful movement, because it made my body flow in a way, as I am normally tired from sport. Mindfulness is new experience and I really enjoyed it! This experience has given me the courage to keep practising it, especially if I am in the red zone. It is not only fun, but it’s something that will definitely help me going forwards, and I would like to thank Ms J for giving us the experience.
Lockdown certainly helped develop our student’s online skills. Unfortunately, some students are honing their skills in the weekend in an inappropriate manner. It is a timely reminder that primary aged students lack the maturity to use apps that are intended for older students. Please keep a keen eye on the online conversations that your children are involved in, and support us to teach the appropriate use of these forums.
Do you have a sibling who is joining us either later this year or next year? Please enrol as early as possible to help us plan for 2021.
Y6 BBI Enrolment Information
BBI will be taking Year 7, 2021 enrolments online this year. Please follow the details on the web site : www.bbi.school.nz. The online enrolment form will ‘go live’ from 3 August 2020 for both in zone and out of zone students. The closing date for both in zone and out of zone enrolments will be 3.00pm Wednesday 2 September at 3.00pm.
OPEN DAY – Bucklands Beach Intermediate School will be having an Open Day for prospective parents (adults only please) on Thursday 6 August. The times are 9.00am – 10.00am and 11,00am – 12 noon. You do not need to book – just come along at either time on the day.
A letter from the Auckland School Dental Service
ARDS – Letter to our community
Sunnyhills Primary – 50th Jubilee
Kung Fu After School Lessons – Wednesdays 6.15-7.15 p.m.
Seeking A rental Property
Do you know of a rental property in the area for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 boys) plus 2 birds. Up to $700 per week – October 2020 move in. If so, please contact the school office – thank you.
Brownies / Girl Guides