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 Whānau,

A very warm welcome to all our students and families in the Junior School at BBPS.

Junior team:

Mrs Sarah Bartholomew Junior School Leader of Learning & Transition      
Room 9  Mr Dan Frost    Y0
Room 7  Ms Anna Madgwick  Y1
Room 10 Miss Annie Whitman Y1
Room 11 Ms Delwyn Jackson    Y1
Room 6 Mrs Liz Keel    Y2
Room 8 Mrs Shari Knox  Y2

As part of the BBPS Junior Team we strive to ensure that children feel secure in their class, enjoy coming to school and develop confidence and independence. Our goal is to facilitate learning through authentic project based learning, by guiding and assisting students with ongoing development of thinking skills, problem solving, working collaboratively and communicating effectively. 


This term the Junior School are participating in the whole school cross country event on Friday 6th August (further information will be sent home shortly).

The children will also be learning large ball skills (basketball, soccer, netball, rugby) as well as daily / weekly fitness exercises.


See below for the library timetable.  Please ensure the larger library book bag is returned containing any books your child has issued, so they can choose a new library book.  The library days are:

  • Room 6 – Wednesday
  • Room 7 – Friday
  • Room 8 – Tuesday
  • Room 9 – Thursday
  • Room 10 – Thursday
  • Room 11 – Friday

Project-based Learning

This term we’ll be learning about ‘How To Express Ourselves Through the Arts’ – concluding with a whole school production of ‘Peter Pan’.  Performances will be during the last week of this term… exciting!!

Home Learning 

Monday – Thursday

  • Daily reading books. Children may bring home the same book for more than one night depending on their reading level and the focus for lessons. Only one reading book at a time will be coming home due to the high use of all of our readers. The current reading book needs to be returned before a new one is issued.  Please ensure readers are kept clean and dry and returned in book bags, as other groups and classes need them. They are very expensive to replace. Please also ensure a book bag is at school each day because no book bag = no book.  
  • On Fridays, instead of the reader, children will bring home their poem book and library book, which will need to be returned to school the following Monday. (Individual classes may have some variation to this procedure.)
  • Alphabet/blend and word recognition practice.
  • Maths – Have a close look at the NZ Maths website – this is an outstanding supporting resource: On this site is the NZ Maths families’ link with lots of information for parents (and in particular the ‘Helping at home’ section) 

Please play lots of games at home such as cards and board games like ‘Snakes and Ladders’ and ‘Monopoly’. Patterns, baking, money, time, calendar, shapes, experiments.

Parent Help

We welcome your involvement through the PTA, returning readers to the reading room or helping on trips. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are able to help out.


I hope you have all managed to install the Hero App, so you can see the learning goals your child is working on in class.  You can also report an absence quickly through the app.  If you have any questions about your child’s learning goals, please book a time to talk to their teacher.  If you would like any help navigating Hero, please email Moira Rowlands to book a time in or email any questions.

We look forward to a happy successful term.


Warm regards,

Sarah Bartholomew & the Junior School Teachers