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General Information


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.

Throughout the year, the school offers a range of choices for the students in academic, cultural and sporting areas. There are extension programmes, extra support programmes and after school classes.

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.

Click here to download the International Enrolment form.


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


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

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

Accident Insurance

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

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.

Grievance Procedure

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:

IEAAC/- Ministry of Education

Private Bag 47 911, Ponsonby, Auckland

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 grievance 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”.

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