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

Our Junior Team for this term is as follows:

  • Lisa Ray Team Leader and teaching Year 1 and 2 children in Room 8.
  • Hayley Sanileva teaching New Entrant and Year 1 children in Room 12.
  • Kelly Cowan teaching New Entrant and Year 1 children in Room 11.
  • Michelle Murray-Brown with New Entrant children in Room 10.
  • Amber Davidson with Year 2 in Room 9.
  • Louise Johnson with Year 2 children in Room 7.

Our programmes for Term 3 are underway and include a focus on our values

Excellence, Effort, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility and Inquiry.



Home Learning

Thank you for filling in the reading logbooks as a celebration of reading progress and communication between home and school. It is important to read every day and depending on reading levels, keep practising the alphabet and basic words (the 100 words should be known fluently by 6 years of age). Getting to know numbers to 20, then to 50, then 100 and beyond is also essential for developing maths knowledge and strategies.


The junior students have now had an opportunity to share and celebrate their learning with their parents at conferences. If you were unable to make a time so far this year, please contact your child’s class teacher to make a time that suits.

School Website

We welcome your visits to the school website. It is a great place to see what the children have been learning at school as well as to check up on current and up and coming events. The school and team newsletters can be found on the website and you can also pay for trips and order lunches online www.bbps.school.nz

School Assemblies

School Assemblies will continue to be held every second Friday. Please feel free to come and take part in this fun celebration of learning.


Travelwise reminders:

W A L K !   It’s good for:

  • Your health
  • The environment
  • Making friends

Scootering to school is a fun way to travel, remember to wear a helmet…

A good helmet should…

  • Always be worn
  • Fit snuggly, with tight straps
  • Be NZ standards approved

www.nzta.govt.nz (under cycling)



It is great to see students looking smart, neat and warm in their winter uniforms. A reminder to some that black shoes are to be worn and If your child has lace ups please teach him/her how to tie them independently. Undergarments including extra non uniform t-shirts or vests should not be seen. For extra warmth it is better to wear the school sweatshirt, which can then be easily removed when it gets too hot. It is a good idea to have a raincoat ready and waiting in schoolbags for those unexpected downpours, (also an extra pair of undies in case of emergencies.) Longer hair needs to be tied back to discourage nit epidemics.


It is very important that children attend school regularly, however if your child is unwell they need to recover at home to prevent illness from spreading. This would include vomiting within the previous 24 hours, or a bad cough. Please contact the office before school if your child is going to be absent.


We ask that birthday treats are not brought to school and also could party invitations be distributed from home as well, as we are finding some tensions arising when children feel publicly ‘left out’ or ‘favoured’ to attend these special occasions!



 School Community Hangi

On Tuesday 6th September the whole school will be involved in the preparation of a community hangi, which will be held at school from 2:00pm onwards. There will be a newsletter sent home closer to the time with more details.

Cross Country

Regular training is underway for the school cross country which will be held later in the term on Friday 12 August. The races will begin with the New Entrants from about 11:00 am. The New Entrants and Year Ones will be running around the fitness track for one lap and the Year Twos will be completing two laps.

The children need to bring their whanau t-shirts if they have them (or another t-shirt in whanau colours is fine), running shorts and shoes. Sunhats drink bottles and a warm sweatshirt will also be needed so that we are prepared for the changeable weather! If it is not held because of rain, the saving day is the following Tuesday 16 August. You are invited to join us for this event and you are welcome to stay and share a picnic lunch afterwards. The middle and senior school cross-country races will follow in the afternoon.

Our team of dedicated teachers work enthusiastically to ensure the children feel secure in their classes, enjoy coming to school, and develop confidence and independence as they continue their learning journeys.

Do not hesitate to contact the school if there is an issue or problem at school or at home. Our e-mail addresses are the first name of the staff member, followed by the school address, e.g. lisa@bbps.school.nz

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards on behalf of the Junior Team,


Lisa Ray

Junior Team Leader