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Our Vision

We Seek knowledge, understanding and success

We Strive to be creative, resilient and respectful

We Soar confidently into the world, strong in our unique identity


Ka tae mai he manu pī, ka puta he manu rere

Arrive a fledgling, leave soaring

From the Principal

Welcome to Blockhouse Bay Primary School.
I feel privileged to be Principal and proud to be part of the on-going success that the school has always been famous for.

Blockhouse Bay Primary is my fourth Principal's position, with stints at Waikino, Mangawhai Beach and Woodhill making up over 20 years as a Principal. Previous to that, I taught my own class in Waihi and South Auckland schools for a total of 10 years.

My philosophy on schooling is that it is our responsibility to educate the whole child. Reading, Writing and Mathematics are very important and the children at Blockhouse Bay Primary School do particularly well in these areas. However, our role of preparing children for life is as important as preparing them for making a living. Aspects of the curriculum such as the arts (including performing arts), physical education (including fitness and sport), health, science and social studies are critical for providing children with the skills to live in the real world. Children learn best when they enjoy being at school and providing a range of learning contexts and opportunities is something that we always strive for.

Our goal is to produce outstanding young people who will be confident life-long learners and will have the skills to reach their potential and soar. The staff are enthusiastic about providing the best possible learning environment and enjoy working with parents, whānau and children to achieve this.

We encourage all parents to be actively engaged in all aspects of school life. This ranges from being aware of how to help your child's education, to helping at our fundraising events run by the enthusiastic team that make up the school's FAB- Fundraisers at Blockhouse Bay.

I am one of the lucky people who enjoy their job and can't wait to get to work each morning. My main professional goal is to create the conditions that allow our talented teaching team to operate at the highest possible level, ultimately delivering an outstanding primary school education to our children.

I am proud of our school and the wonderful learning that is happening here. I look forward to working with you all to create the educational environment that our children deserve.

- Neil Robinson, Principal

He Manu Rere

'He Manu Rere' is our Learner Profile. We talked with students, parents, whānau and staff to find out what were the important attributes our community wanted to see in a Blockhouse Bay School learner. The result is ‘He Manu Rere’, which means ‘A Soaring Bird’, linked to the tui on our school logo.

The attributes identified by our Community have been grouped under the titles ‘Know me’, 'Know Others’ and ‘Know How’.

'Know me' is about every learner being secure in who they are, what is special about them and the people important to them. 'Know others' is concerned with understanding our place and responsibility as community members. 'Know how' is about the essential characteristics needed to learn and flourish in our constantly changing world.

'He Manu Rere' provides guidance for all of our Blockhouse Bay Learning Community. It is our goal to partner with parents, whānau and the community for every learner to leave our school with strong sense of 'Know Me', 'Know Others' and Know How', soaring into the next phase of their learning journey.


Manaakitanga - Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Respectful

'Manaakitanga- Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Respectful' provides a framework for supporting positive behaviour and well-being at Blockhouse Bay School. Manaakitanga is one of the attributes identified in 'He Manu Rere', our Learner Profile. Students and teachers use Manaakitanga to reflect on their actions, take responsibility for them and make positive changes if needed.

Our Curriculum

At Blockhouse Bay School, the New Zealand National Curriculum is presented to our learners through an inquiry based approach. Curiosity and wonder starts a learning journey to enable learners to seek knowledge, ask questions, find out, understand, ask 'what now?' and reflect.

Learners will explore the areas of Science, Technology, Social Science, The Arts and Health and Physical Education and Te reo Māori within the overall concepts in 2020 of '100 years - Our Taonga' in Term One and Two and 'Citizen Science and Marketplace' in Terms 3 & 4. Teachers will use these overall concepts to help children to understand and learn about their world while exploring the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum. We aim to hook students into learning through authentic, engaging contexts which are learner-centred and teacher guided. Learning to read and write well and developing mathematical skills are at the heart of learning at our school and provide access to all other learning.

Our Pathways (links below) which have been developed within our school, help learners set goals and take responsibility for their learning.

There these learning opportunities we endeavour to help our students develop the attributes identified in our Learner Profile 'He Manu Rere' which includes being 'Resilient'. Developing a 'Growth Mindset' is woven through all teaching and learning at our school. It focuses on teaching children to 'learn how to learn'. We teach children to persevere and show resilience when faced with challenges and difficulties. This allows them to work on getting better, improving and learning from failures along the way. Our goal is that they will seek, strive and soar throughout their years at Blockhouse Bay Primary School and beyond.

Our Community

At Blockhouse Bay Primary School we cast a spotlight on the richness of our wonderfully diverse community. Community celebrations are at the heart of this and each year we gather to share such events as Matariki, Chinese New Year and Diwali. Supported by the wider community, our School Carnival in December celebrates, respects and acknowledges all cultures.

Our school productions are legendary with standing room only at performances. Acting, singing and dancing talents are showcased to a very high standard.

We regularly hold Community events to celebrate learning such as our Art Show, Sculpture Trail and Makerfair. Student, teachers, whānau and community look forward to these occasions. Student's learning is presented and celebrated by all in the community.

Book Week, another community event, includes costume parades, special guests, book launches, a book fair, reading by torchlight and of course lots and lots of reading.

Sport provides a wealth of opportunities for our community to gather. Whether it is Interschool Field Days, Athletics Days, Cross Country, Swimming Carnival or Gymnastics, our community gathers to support and celebrate the effort, sportsmanship and achievement of our students!

Board of Trustees

The Blockhouse Bay Primary School Board of Trustees operates to reflect the goals and aspirations identified for the benefit of our learners. We do this by listening to the community, reviewing results achieved and through the requirements of government policy. The Board sets the overall direction of the school, policies, plans, goals and budgets, then we review our results against these policies. Our Strategic Plan can be found below. The board is not involved in the day to day management or operation of the school as this is the responsibility of the Principal and staff under delegated responsibility. Board meetings are open to the public and members of the school community are always welcome. Our Board members : Sheereen Ali (Chairperson), Tao Qin (Treasurer), Annunica Gallaher, Anton Leyland, Nick Dempsey and Sally Kilpatrick (Teacher Representative). Board members can be contacted via the school office.

Our Staff

Our staff bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to help our learners experience the very best our school can offer. Using their diverse skills and interests, teachers collaborate to create programmes and experiences which will excite and motivate learners. Our experienced support staff ensure the smooth running of the school and are always available to help with any questions or concerns.

Open the attached list to view our team members. To send us an email, click on the team members name.

ERO Report

ERO reviews schools and early childhood education services, and publishes national reports on current education practice.

Please click here for access to the latest Blockhouse Bay School ERO report:

Our School Policies

Policy Review is ongoing at Blockhouse Bay Primary School. As policies are reviewed they are placed on our website. Other policies are available from the school office.