Bucklands Beach area is an affluent suburb situated 15 kilometres east of Auckland’s CBD. It sits at the northern end of a peninsula. The northernmost point jutting into the Hauraki Gulf is known as Musick Point. The peninsula is surrounded by beaches: Bucklands Beach, Half Moon Bay and Eastern Beach. Here people are involved in many water leisure activities. There is also a ferry service to Auckland CBD and close by islands.
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School is a two-year, co-educational school catering for students aged 11-13 years. Approximately 780 students currently attend our school. This school is recognised as a leading Intermediate School in New Zealand with a strong focus on student learning. The aim of the school is to develop self motivated independent learners who gain an understanding so that they can make a positive difference for their own future.
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School is one of the educational institutions situated in the heart of the peninsula, on route for buses and within walking distance to small shopping centres.
Buses provide transport to large shopping centres, entertainment areas and restaurants such as Botany Shopping Centre, Sylvia Park, Howick, Highland Park and Pakuranga. There are local motels: The Chalets, Half Moon Bay Marina, Golflands and Howick Motor Lodge; which provide close access to Bucklands Beach.
There is a large Asian community living in this area: Chinese, Korean and Indian make up around 50% of the population. A quick stroll down a road in this area you will see some panoramic sea views, a large number of luxury houses and some of the finest public educational facilities in Auckland.
There is an expectation that students will realise that learning is a process in which they participate and learning is seen as something they do, not something done to them. The “Learning To Learn Model” developed at this school, provides a structure to illustrate how a Student Portfolio supports this end goal. Over many years, Bucklands Beach Intermediate has celebrated successes both nationally and internationally, in a range of curriculum areas. The school prides itself on high achievements.
Each year Bucklands Beach Intermediate hosts many visitors from within New Zealand and from overseas. The visitors are made very welcome and are able to view programmes in action. The school welcomes visitors at any stage during the school year, from February to December.
A: Tuition Agreement
This Agreement is between the School and the Student and it shall be signed by behalf of the International Student by a parent or legal guardian of the Student.
- The School shall provide tuition to the Student in accordance with the New Zealand Ministry of Education Code of Practice and the laws of New Zealand in return for a fee per semester.
- The Student shall comply with the rules and policies of the School and reasonable instructions by the teachers of the School.
- The parents or guardians of the Student (“the Parents”) authorise the staff of the School to provide consents for school activities, travel outside the school and medical emergency where it is not reasonably practical to contact a parent.
- The parents authorise the staff of the school to relocate the child to alternative accommodation if their safety or well being is in any way compromised and where it is not reasonably practical or possible to contact the parents.
- The parents agree to provide the School with academic, medical or other information related to the well-being of the Student.
- The parents give permission for any previous education provider to be contacted.
- The School shall agree to use its best endeavours to ensure safety, health and well-being of the International Student.
- Under the Privacy Act, I understand that all personal information provided to the School is collected and will be held by the School.
- It is acknowledged that all relevant provisions of the Education Act 1989 shall apply to the International Students in New Zealand. Any decision under these provisions to stand-down or suspend the Student with the possible outcome for a student under 16 being excluded for a
specified period, shall terminate this agreement and the refunds policy shall apply. The Parents shall have no claim in damages or for any compensation if this agreement is terminated in these circumstances.
- The School must be notified of any changes to accommodation or International Student status.
- Either party may terminate this agreement at any time upon two weeks written notice being given to the other party. If the agreement is terminated the refunds policy for international students as outlined in the Refunds Policy shall apply.
- Neither party is liable to the other for failing to meet its obligations under this agreement to the extent that the failure was caused by an act of God or any other circumstances beyond its reasonable control. The Refund Policy will apply.
- This agreement shall be construed and take effect as a contract made in New Zealand and will be governed by New Zealand law, and the Student and Parents submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.
- Notices given under this agreement must be in writing and given to the addresses set out in the application forms. Those sent by post shall be deemed to have been received ive working days after posting.
- This agreement contains all terms, representations and warranties made between the parties and supersedes all prior discussions and agreements covering the subject matter of this agreement.
- If the Student/Parents fail to provide any information requested in the application for tuition, the School may be unable to process the application;
- The Student/Parents have the right under the Privacy Act 1993 to obtain access to and request corrections of any personal information held by the School concerning them.
A: Refund Policy Explanation – School Fees
- If you change your mind before coming to New Zealand, your full fees will be refunded less an administration fee of NZ$900.00
- If you wish to withdraw after arriving in New Zealand, no refund will be given, except in the case of:
- Return home because of the student’s serious illness
- Return home because of death or serious illness of a close member of the student’s family
In these cases, under New Zealand law, Bucklands Beach Intermediate School must retain amounts to cover costs already incurred. The balance of fees received may be returned. Medical evidence (i.e. a certified Doctors Medical Certificate, in English) must be provided.
- No refunds will be made to students who are asked to leave Bucklands Beach Intermediate School because of misbehaviour or poor attendance.
- No refunds will be made to students who wish to transfer to another educational institution for whatever reason.
- No refunds will be made to students who return home for any reason other than those mentioned above in section 2.
- No refunds will be made where students acquire permanent residence or their parents obtain a work permit after having enrolled at the School.
B: Refund Policy for International Students
This refund policy is based on Section 4B(7) of the Education Amendment (No. 4) Act 1991.
“Where at any time a foreign student withdraws from a subject, course or programme at a State School, the Board may refund to the person who paid the fees (in respect of the students enrolment in the subject, course or programme) the amount of fees referred in subsection (1) of this section (or the sum of any instalments paid in respect of those fees) any amount it thinks appropriate not exceeding the extent (if any) by which the amount paid exceeds the sum of the following amounts:
- The Board’s best estimate of the cost to the school of providing tuition in the subject, course or progamme for one student up to that time;
- An amount that in the Board’s opinion reflects the use made by one student receiving tuition in the subject, course or programme of the School’s capital facilities;
- The appropriate proportion of the amount (if any) prescribed under section 4D of this Act for a student receiving tuition at a state school in the subject, course or progamme.
- The appropriate proportion of the amounts paid by the Board in respect to foreign students;
- All other fees prescribed by the Board”
In order to be eligible for any refund, the student must apply in writing to the Board of Trustees, setting out the special circumstances of the claim. In arriving at their decision, the Board of Trustees will take into consideration the special circumstances of the withdrawing student and:
- Costs already incurred by the Board of Trustees
- The salaries of the teachers and support staff and any other components of the fee already committed for the duration of the course
- An amount which covers the use of the facilities and resources to the date of withdrawal
- Any refund of the foreign students fee from the government
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice of International Students by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz
Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at www.moh.govt.nz
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at www.acc.co.nz
Medical and Travel Insurance
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand which must be provided in English. Where students have separate travel and medical insurance policies, the travel insurance policy should cover:
- Loss of baggage and other personal effects
- Accident and injury
- Disruption to travel plans
- Cost of medical care in “stopover” countries
The policy should:
- Commence the minute the student leaves home for the airport on their way to New Zealand
- Apply while in transit
- Apply while the student is in New Zealand
- Cover the student for any trips to other countries during the period of the study
- Cover the student for any holidays back to their home country during the period of study
When enrolling students who are already in New Zealand, BBI will require proof of insurance prior to confirmation of enrolment.
“Sums insured” is the money available in the event of a claim. It is imperative that the sums insured are very high so they will not be exceeded in any possible claim. Current policies range from $600,000 to “unlimited cover”. In order to “future proof” policies, sums insured of one million dollars plus are suggested. Medical benefits generally range from general practitioner visits and prescriptions through to major hospitalisation (both public and private), optical cover and emergency dental cover.
International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA)
The IEAA is an independent body established to deal with complaints from international students about pastoral care aspects of advice and services received from their educational provider or the providers agents. The IEAA enforces the standards in the code of practice.
How to make a complaint to the IEAA
All complaints should be made in writing and sent to:
C/- Ministry of Education
Private Bag 47 911
Phone 00649 374 5481
Fax 00649 374 5403
Your documentation should include:
- Your full name.
- Your physical address.
- Your telephone number.
- Your email address.
- If someone else is acting on your behalf, your confirmation that they are authorised to act for you.
- Name and address of the education provider your complaint is about.
- Date of course commencement.
- If possible, copies of the enrolment documents you signed.
- Brief details of the nature of the complaint.
- Other relevant documentation relating to the enrolment, course taken and the complaint.
- Information about the steps you have taken through the institution’s internal complaints procedure.
- The name(s) and contact details of other organisations that you have also referred your greivance to.
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School uniform can be worn all year round. There is a formal school uniform and a sports uniform. The formal uniform as seen in the photos differs for boys and girls. The garments are a range of blue with black shoes. The sports uniform is often worn daily which consists of a yellow tee shirt and blue shorts. Sports shoes are optional (see Prospectus for further details). A badge depicting our school motto will be issued with the stationery pack and can be sewn onto the school jersey. The motto reinforces our vision of giving your best and aiming for quality outcomes “Reach for the Heights”.