Welcome to Bucklands Beach Intermediate School and our school website. Our school has a unique character, as it caters for students in the intermediate school years (11-13 years) and even though we have a short time with the students we make the most of every opportunity. We pride ourselves on giving our students the best possible education. Our staff are fully trained and dedicated to promoting life long learners with a love for learning.
I am very proud to be the Principal of BBI. Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our school. If you wish to website to find out more about our school then please visit the government website http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/
We aim for this website to be a place where you can find information about our school and where we can communicate with you.
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School (BBI) is a two-year, co-educational school catering for students aged 11-13 years. Approximately 800 students currently attend our school.
BBI is recognised as a leading Intermediate School in New Zealand with a strong focus on student learning. We aim to develop truly independent learners who gain an understanding that they can make a positive difference for their own future. We expect students to realise that learning is a process in which they participate with learning being seen as something they do, not something done to them. For more see curriculum pages.
In November 2012, BBI became an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme World School. A verification visit to measure our level of progress towards our goal of becoming an IB World School took place in September 2012. IB PYP schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that BBI believes is important for our students. The announcement of our authorisation was due reward after 4 years of dedication and collaboration, working towards our aim.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
The school is divided geographically into six teams, with usually four classrooms in each team. Between classrooms are courtyards with seating, planting and room for socialisation at lunch time.
A large information centre incorporates a library and computer suite with a dedicated room for media creation and the daily school broadcast.
Outside are two large courts for sports, a field, an artificial turf and challenge course. Beside the school hall are a number of rooms devoted to specialist classes including a workshop, art facilities with a kiln and lino press, kitchens, drawing and airbrushing equipment. The performing arts centre is a widely used building for class presentations, arts practices, and has foldback tiered seating to allow the space to be used in a number of ways. For more see the facilities page.