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 warm welcome back to term three.  I hope you enjoyed some family together over the last two weeks, despite the incredible amount of rain. There was a fierce family Ludo (board game) competition going on in my household during the rain, with the overall winner not having to do dishes for the day.  Now my children are getting older, they are getting very strategic during board games – that and when you just can’t roll a six, you end up doing the dishes!   It was busy at school over the last two weeks, with trees blowing down, heat pumps being installed and our shiny new yellow gates and markings now finishing off the safety revamp of the drop off zone and office car park.  

Welcome to all our new students and their families who have joined us.  We are gearing up to open another new entrant class later in the term.   We also welcome Shivana Rajendran, who has joined our team of teaching assistants.  Shivana will replace Bianca Cook, who has taken leave for the rest of the year.   Our wonderful team of teaching assistants are essential to supporting learning and the running of BBP.  While we receive a small amount of government funding to employ teaching assistants, the board chooses to employ additional staff to work across the school to support students.

On Monday we got together as a school to introduce this term’s project-based learning which focuses on the performing arts – a production based on Peter Pan.  This will be a whole school production, with all students involved one way or another depending on their passion and areas of interest.  As you can imagine, it is going to be a very busy ten weeks.  If you have an area of expertise in production such as sewing costumes, or painting backdrops and are able to help, we would love to hear from you.  Please drop me an email (

Internet Safety Evening

Te Ara Bucklands Beach Kāhui Ako is hosting a second internet safety evening on the 30th of August at 7pm in the BBPS school hall. ( Please note this is the same evening that is being held at Macleans College on the following evening).  As a parent, learning how to support our children to navigate the online world is critical.  The latest statistics about what is being accessed and at what age shocked me.  I highly recommend you make time to attend this evening.

The evening is run by Rob and Zareen who are film makers and covers:

  • Understand the harms our kids are facing online in relation to pornography, predators and social media access.
  • Learn practical solutions to keep your children safer online.
  • Get advice on healthy ways to approach these tricky topics.
  • Learn what to do when your child has been exposed to something harmful.
  • This talk also includes an online safety plan tailored to suit your family’s needs.

To find out more about Rob and Zareen’s work visit   A koha (donation) at the door would be appreciated to help cover the cost of the evening. 

Please click the link to book: Cyber safety booking link

Term 3 dates – for all dates please see the school website 

3 August – PTA meeting 7:30 in the staffroom

6 August – School Cross Country

9 – 13th August – Maths week

10 August – PTA pizza day

Week of the 27 September – Peter Pan Production (exact dates to be confirmed later in the term)

1 October – Teacher only day under the teacher collective agreement

Looking forward to another successful term.


Kelly Slater-Brown




Community Notices


 After School Art Classes

Bucklands Beach Primary School

Term 3 Wednesday after school art class ( Junior )

            Friday after school art class ( Senior )

Class room – in Room 5

Time : 3.15pm—4.15pm

Art class: Drawing, Oil pastel, Sketching, Painting – Only $12.00 per lesson.

Please contact Janet directly.  

Phone: 027-6555574 (Janet)


Rogers Park, Jern Pl, Eastern Beach
If you are interested in getting your kids learning to play tennis- a game for life –  then its time to start enrolling and getting ready for the start of the season in Term 4 
Enrolments are now open online so get in and book early. All information regarding classes is found on the website.
Free trial…..Our  ‘ Love Tennis  Open day is on Sept 19th 1:30 pm so put the date down to come along and have a free trial . Open to all ages Adult to kids.
If you want to get going straight away you can join in this term with our Winter programme running on Wednesday afternoons.
 Term 3
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25
Sept 1, 8 ( 15, 22, 29 rain days )
Session1 – 3:30 to 4:30 – 5 to 8 year olds beginners
Session 2 – 4:30 to 5:30 – 9 years and older, beginner to intermediate level
Session 3 – 5:30 to 7pm – Advanced competition players/ coaching and fitness
Session 1 and 2 : $90 for the 6 lessons
Session 3 : $120 for 6 lessons
If you wish to book in and join this winter tennis then please email or text Julia Sim – Coach on 021505553.


 Spanish Lessons
¡Hola a todos!

I hope you are having great and relaxing family time together as much as you can. These times fly by, and suddenly they are teenagers! My holidays so far are great, spending time with both of my children and trying to organize my work around their social / sport  activities. 
Happily, I’ll see my Spanish class back next Monday 26th July.
From 3:15pm to 4:15pm ROOM 5.
Price per term per student: $113. 
Please, the payment should be done at the end of next week.
Bank details: 38-9019-0110235-00
Reference: Student Name
Bring from the first day your A4 Spanish working book because there are so many activities to glue in! 
We are going to do craft activities, reading stories, speaking and listening practice. This term we will go through Spanish and Latin America culture and folklore activities. Bring your energy and your book, and I’ll put the rest.
If your kid wants to learn Spanish and this is the first time, please let me know by email or call me first.


Secure your financial future and help us fundraise – It’s a win-win! 

We know it’s been a tough period for most families and for our children. For this reason, when we discussed fundraiser initiatives for the year, we wanted to include something that could make a difference in the lives of the families of the Bucklands Beach community. Given the year we’ve had, financial wellbeing stood out for us as we all want to protect our families, our jobs, and our lives. We’re therefore excited to partner with Assetwise, a financial services company providing specialist advice for all your Kiwisaver, mortgage, and insurance needs. Assetwise shares our wellbeing vision and is offering our families a free, no-obligation consultation whether you want to review your existing policy, add to your portfolio or start your financial journey. For every policy confirmed, a contribution of $250 will be made towards the PTA’s fundraising. We encourage you to support this fundraising initiative by completing this form or for more information, contact Isaac Govender on 021 136 5183. Please also spread the news by sharing this offer with your friends and whānau.