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 have recently joined us:  Cooper Tutt, Elijah Govender, Georgia Howcroft, Izabella Rose, John Chow, Lila Tutt, Philip Tiumkaev, Sean Song, Terrance Feng, Rachel Liu, Reyan D’Souza, Kevin Madurasinghe, Nehir Akmirza, Eva Fu, Lucy Adler & Miya Adler.

What a fantastic few weeks we have had with lots to celebrate.  We have had trips, open morning, year five dance performance, the disco and athletics days.  We have loved having parents back in the school and getting back to what feels like our normal.  Thank you to all of the whanau who have supported us to run successful events.  


Cherry and William Wong brought in their beautiful baby boy Cayden for a visit last week.  Cayden was perfectly behaved, despite being passed around a very lucky staffroom for cuddles!  They are all doing very well.

It has been a year since Caroline Fausett (our lovely librarian) lost her daughter Cassandra.  To mark this occasion and to help raise funds for the I Am Hope charity, we are planning a non-uniform day this Thursday the 26th of November.   We ask that students bring a gold coin donation, and $5 if they would like to purchase a pair of I AM HOPE Gumboot up Jump socks (see details below).  Socks will be on sale during the day in the library and after school (until 4pm), if you would like to purchase additional pairs.

“JUMP has produced special I AM HOPE ‘gumboot style’ socks in aid of the Gumboot Friday appeal day which was scheduled to be on Friday 3rd April 2020 and was unfortunately disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown. However, they are still in full swing to support the cause and reach their goal of $60,000, which will provide FREE counselling for 500 New Zealanders under 25. For a $5 donation, you can get a FREE pair of these limited edition Gumboot Socks (with grip) to wear on the day and any other day following to help start the conversation around mental health. All proceeds go towards providing free counselling sessions by registered mental health practitioners for our young community in need. “

We have had a number of students who have benefitted from the I Am Hope free counselling sessions.  I know our school community will get behind this very worthy cause.

Staffing for 2021

Charlotte Wilson is leaving us at the end of the year to take up a teaching position much closer to home.  I’d like to thank Charlotte for all of the hard work she has put into her classroom and beyond while being at BBP.  We wish her all the best in her new position and hope she enjoys a bit more sleep.

Donna Crowhurst is taking a year’s refreshment leave in 2021.  We have benefitted from Donna’s art skills, and look forward to her rejoining us in 2022.   She may appear as a reliever from time to time.

Our organisation for 2021 is as follows:

Year 1 – Annie Whitman, Delwyn Jackson, Anna Madgwick

Year 2 – Shari Knox, Liz Keel

Year 3 – Anushka Patel, Sam Millar, Marlene Jackson

Year 4 – Debbie Rist, Philip Duncan, Jacinta Howie

Year 5 – Faye Chilvers, Robyn Millinchip, Jillian Redpath, Lorna McIntosh (yr 5/6)

Year 6 – Kris Jochimsen, Nick Chamberlain   

Class Placements for 2021

Planning for 2021 is in full swing. Classrooms for next year are being organised by the team at present. 

Class placements depend on a range of factors –

  • Class numbers
  • Year group number
  • Girls / boys
  • Learning needs and support
  • Academic Achievement
  • Interests
  • Behaviour and leadership
  • Lastly social – we try – if possible, after matching all of the above to have a friend in the mix. It’s not always easy because friends can change over a week! We are lucky at BBPS because year group numbers are not huge and most kids know each other pretty well and just get on with it.

Students will get to meet their new teacher on Friday the 11th December at 10am.

Do children find this time of change challenging? Some do.  This, however, is a good opportunity to help build your child’s level of resilience. That’s what you want for the future – a child with resilience. To build resilience, you need to go through regular challenges and situations that make you feel uncomfortable – with support and guidance. We have noticed in the past students may feel unsure initially and then once they are into classroom routines they settle down.  After a  couple of weeks, they feel comfortable and familiar with classmates and teacher. Their focus moves to learning.

What can you say to your child if they are feeling unsure? Tell them you do not always get what you want. Life is not always easy. Learn a little about other children in your class. There will be different kids, a different teacher and maybe a different classroom. It’s time to meet new kids, work hard and have fun. You can catch up with your bestie at playtimes, after school, and at the weekends. It’s also good preparation for Intermediate where you will probably not know your teacher or your classmates on that first day. Or later, High School where you will have a different teacher and a different class every hour.  

Swimming Pool

Watercare agreed to let us fill the school pool up, which we are very happy about!  If the sun behaves, the pool should be at temperature next week.  Your child’s teacher will email to let you know when swimming starts.  Keys will be available for the school community to purchase for $80 (with a $10 refund given at the end of summer when you return your key) from Tuesday the 1st of December. 

Kelly Sports

The juniors have been enjoying working with Kelly Sports on Fridays, learning a range of skills and games.  Students have really enjoyed these sessions.  Kelly Sports also ran some lunchtime opportunities for senior students.  We will look to include more of this in 2021.


Tickets are still available from the office for $5.00 each.  There is  matinee performance at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday 1 December and two evening shows on Tuesday 1 December and Wednesday 2 December from 7.00 p.m.  The performance is scheduledto last for approx 1-1/2 hours.

Art Exhibition

This term for our project based learning, we have been looking at New Zealand artists that inspire us.  You are invited to come into school on Friday the 4th of December anytime between 1:45 and 3:00, to walk around the school and enjoy the children’s art.  If you would like to take your child home at once you have viewed the art, please let the classroom teacher know and sign your child out at the office.

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1   Thursday 4 February – Friday 16 April  –  Public Holidays – Waitangi Day (Observed) Monday 8 February, Good Friday 2 April  – Easter Tuesday 6 April (observed school holiday)   

Term 2  Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July  –  Public Holidays – Monday 7 June – Queens Birthday

Term 3  Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October

Term 4  Monday 18 October – Thursday 16 December  –  Public Holiday – Monday 25 October – Labour Day

Sunsmart Hats

As a Sunsmart school, we are working to minimise harm from the sun that we know is very intense in New Zealand.  A reminder that as mandated by the board last year, caps are to be phased out at the end of this year, and bucket hats are required for all students from 2021.

Congratulations to Kymond Chan

Kymond was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership award for 2020.  Kymond has demonstrated outstanding leadership across the school over a number of years.  

Kymond was also our school speech winner and went on to compete against fifteen local schools.  Kymond’s speech was about individuality.  She was confident and articulate and took out second place.

Office Manager Position

As you know the lovely Julie is leaving at the end of the year, though will be back at the start of 2021 for a handover.  The Office Manager position is being advertised in the Howick and Pakuranga times currently.

ICAS Congratulations

Digital Technologies

Year 4

Rachael McKinnon                  Distinction

Year 5 – all Distinction

Emilia Hughes                        

Emma Lang

Annie Wang

Alfred Yin

Year 6

Benjamin Chan           High Distinction

Shanelle Lin                Distinction

Charlie Wu                  Distinction

English – All Distinction

Year 4 

Ethan Liu                                

Year 5

Isaac Chen

Emma Lang

Kate Sim

Year 6

Daniel Kang

Shannelle Lin


Year 4

Ethan Liu                     High Distinction

Jason Nie                     Distinction

Austin Shan                 Distinction

Eva Shao                     Distinction

Archie Vivash             Distination

Year 5

Isaac Chen                   High Distinction

Sheryl Lai                    High Distinction

Raymond Liu               Distinction

Annie Wang                Distinction

Eddie Yao                    Distinction

Nathan Zheng           Distinction

Year 6

Benjamin Chan           High Distinction

Shanelle Lin                Distinction

Jerry Xu                       Distinction


Year 4  – All Distinction

Ethan Liu        

Austin Shan

Eva Shao

Year 5

Isaac Chen       High Distinction

Year 6  – All Distinction

Benjamin Chan

Megan Smith

Spelling – All Distinction

Year 4

Ethan Liu

Jennifer Nie

Year 5

Emma Lang

Raymond Liu

Year 6

Shanelle Lin


Nga mihi,

Kelly Slater-Brown

Community Notices


Swimmers usually make great progress during our block courses. They retain the skills they learn by swimming a few days in a row. All levels and abilities are welcome. Lessons are 30 minutes and swimmers will swim daily at the same time. 

Email to secure a place. 

Block 1

Tuesday 5 Jan to Friday 8 Jan, 9am to 7pm (4 days)

3 swimmers per class – $72 per swimmer

2 swimmers per class – $108 per swimmer

Private lessons (one on one) – $216

Block 2

Monday 11 Jan to Friday 15 Jan, 9am to 7pm (5 days)

3 swimmers per class – $90 per swimmer

2 swimmers per class – $135 per swimmer

Private lessons (one on one) – $270

Block 3

Monday 18 Jan to Friday 22 Jan, 9am to 7pm (5 days)

3 swimmers per class – $90 per swimmer

2 swimmers per class – $135 per swimmer

Private lessons (one on one) – $270

Block 4

Monday 25 Jan to Friday 29 Jan, 9am to 7pm (5 days)

3 swimmers per class – $90 per swimmer

2 swimmers per class – $135 per swimmer

Private lessons (one on one) – $270

Block 5

Tuesday 2 Feb to Friday 5 Feb, 9am to 7pm (4 days)

3 swimmers per class – $72 per swimmer

2 swimmers per class – $108 per swimmer

Farm Cove Swim School

Tel:  021 029 09067