We would like to extend a warm welcome to all those students and their families who have joined the Middle School through last term or at the beginning of this term.


This term the students will participate in PE sessions that will cover basic athletics skills.  For the next three weeks students will need to bring their sports uniform to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The skills taught will be long jump, high jump, throwing and sprinting. In week three, Friday 3 November, the Middle and Senior school students will take part in an athletics day. All students who are 8 years old or older will compete in the field events as this is part of Interschool Athletics. All of the students will compete in running races. The students who are younger than 8 years old will take part in tabloid games with Mrs Howie.  You are welcome to come along and cheer on your athletes.

Litter Free Lunches

The Enviro Council worked hard last term to encourage the school to bring litter free or “Nude Food” lunchboxes to school. We are working towards being a rubbish free school and we encourage the children to continue to try and bring food in reusable or recyclable containers.

Room 13 is responsible for the worm farm.  We can recycle fruit and food scraps by feeding the scraps to the worms in the worm farm, or putting them in the compost bins. The children are asked to take their other lunch box waste home each day.

Inquiry Focus

This term Middle School students will be conducting an inquiry unit called “Body Systems”. This inquiry unit will focus on how the systems in the body work together to keep us alive. We will also be learning about words or actions that acknowledge the feelings, choices and rights of individuals, as well as how healthy relationships show a respect for ourselves and a respect for others.

Our inquiry will include a visit in week 4 to the Life Education caravan, where the students will take part in activities led by the Life Education educator.  See the notice below:

“Dear Parents,

This term our school’s units of inquiry are focussed on health and well being. As part of our inquiries we will have a visit from Harold and Life Education caravan. Our children have always enjoyed these sessions.

This programme will occur during weeks 4 and 5 (Nov 7th-17th).

The units will be focussing on:

Junior School:

Body requirements to stay happy and healthy

Different kinds of food required to stay healthy and to give us energy

Middle School:

Human body systems and functions

Interconnectedness of body systems

Senior School:

Responsibilities towards maintaining a healthy life (Hauora- mental, emotional, spiritual, physical)

Choices which confront people

Strategies which help maintain a healthy lifestyle

All students will be attending Life Education. The cost to the school is $6.00 per child and we ask for donations to help cover this cost. All donations can be made either through our school website or through the school office.

Parents are welcome to visit the life education caravan and have a look around on Tuesday morning 7th November between 8.15 and 8.45 a.m.

Thank you.”

Middle Team Production

Step right up, step right up. All of the Middle Team are working furiously to learn the words to songs, dance steps, jokes that will make you laugh and drumming patterns that will make you want to tap your toes.  In week 6, we will present ‘Circus, Circus’, a show of amazing song and dance.  Information regarding costume requirements, dates, times and ticket sales will follow shortly.

Bake Sale Money

You will have seen some new outdoor tables around the school that the children can sit at with friends to eat their lunch, complete work outside on fine days, or just sit and talk. Some of these tables have been bought using the money that was raised at the Middle team Bake Sale. Thank you to everyone who baked or bought the delicious goodies.

Lost Property & Uniform

During term 4, all students are required to wear a hat when playing outside. Lost property is now kept in boxes in the room next to the hall. Please NAME everything that your child owns.

Students are also reminded that they are expected to wear the correct uniform for sport. They should be wearing blue shorts with their whanau t-shirt or new sports shirt and suitable footwear.

Last term we had a few instances of toys or other personal items being brought to school, and in some cases the items becoming broken or lost. Please help us by reminding your child that unless it is part of class learning, toys are not to be brought  to school. This includes soft toys, beyblades, collectable figurines and swap cards.


Students are asked to be mindful of health and hygiene during the summer months. As the days are getting hotter and we will be outside on most days taking part in PE and being able to play outside during breaks, please remind your child about wearing their hat and using sunscreen.


Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have a question or there is an issue or problem at school or at home.  Our email addresses are the first name of the staff member, followed by the school address, e.g., debbie@bbps.school.nz  or a.zaveri@bbps.school.nz

Dates for Term 4

3 November – Athletics Day

15 November – Interschool Athletics Day

6 – 10 November – Life Education Caravan

21 November – Production matinee

22 November – Production Evening Performance

23 November – Production Evening Performance

8 December – Reports go home

14 December – School finishes at 12pm

Paying Online

All payments for trips etc can be made online. Go to the school website, click on Parents, select “Parent Shop” and pay on “Kindo”.