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From age 5 to 18 – school, kura and wharekura education - te wāhanga o ngā kura

Whether you are a teacher or parent of school-aged students, we’ve got your learning needs covered.

Check out how we can help you through professional development, touring performers, resources and other school related support services, programmes and events.

Professional development

Please refer to our upcoming Eastbay REAP courses and events.

Touring performers

Check out our calendar of visiting performers and register your interest.


We have free resources available for school and kura educators. Check them out here...

School-related support services, programmes and events

Here are some examples of the support services, programmes and events that Eastbay REAP offers schools in the Eastern Bay:

Science and Technology Fair

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Science and Technology Fair is a locally-delivered and nationally-recognised event held every year in week three of term three (late July to early August).  Participation in the Fair is a great way to extend the learning of your year 7-13 students in the science curriculum. Students may submit their work in te reo Māori, which is  judged by fluent speakers. For more information - refer to the Exhibitors Booklet.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes have been provided by local, national and international sponsors. Categories include:

  • Science
  • Research
  • Technology
  • Scientific Observational Drawing
  • Scientific Wall Chart

BP Technology Challenge

New Zealanders are renowned for their ingenuity and the BP Technology Challenge gives your innovative students the chance to show off their problem-solving skills, foster ingenuity and grow teamwork. School teams from around the eastern Bay of Plenty are put to the test in hands-on, brain-teasing learning exercises.  The Challenge exercises are great fun and involve co-operation, the exchange of ideas and most importantly, teamwork.

Teams must complete two practice challenges prior to the Challenge.  On BP Challenge day, teams must complete the two challenges that they have practised, and a mystery challenge. The challenges typically require students to design and construct a device, which meets specified performance criteria, using simple materials such as newspaper, sellotape and string. 

The BP Challenge is coordinated by Eastbay REAP, sponsored by BP Oil NZ and managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Spectators are always welcome to attend.

School Art Expo

Every two years, Eastbay REAP coordinates the eastern Bay of Plenty Early Childhood and Schools Arts Expo. The week-long expo provides students from early childhood centres, and primary and secondary schools, the opportunity to exhibit art, present creative performances, and workshop with nationally- and internationally-renowned performers and artists.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programmes

Eastbay REAP provides support for schools and communities in the Gifted and Talented Education programme.  Eastbay REAP collaborates with schools to coordinate programmes for gifted students and to provide professional development for their teachers and parents.

School holiday programmes

Eastbay REAP supports the promotion and coordination of school holiday programmes in the eastern Bay of Plenty.  School holiday programmes provide a great learning opportunity for kids outside of the school environment.

  • Do you want to book into an upcoming school holiday programme?   Please contact Eastbay REAP.
  • If you are planning a school holiday programme, and would like Eastbay REAP to promote it, please contact Eastbay REAP. 

Specialist tutors

Eastbay REAP has a database of specialist tutors who are available to support curriculum development. Each tutor can provide professional development for staff and/or specialist experience, resources and facilitation skills for classroom learning.

Eastbay REAP is sometimes able to help schools with a contribution toward the cost of employing specialist tutors, which can vary depending on the tutor’s qualifications and experience. This funding assistance requires teachers to be present with tutors, so that specialist knowledge is enhanced in the school.

We are always keen to hear of other specialist tutors in our community.  If you would like to be on our database of specialist tutors, or know of someone else who would, please contact Eastbay REAP.

Cycle challenges

The eastern Bay of Plenty Cycle Challenges are a fun way for students to learn to ride their bikes safely. Students rotate around activities which include a skills test, bike safety quiz and bike checks. There are loads of prizes and fun is guaranteed!
Schools can enter up to two teams, with ten students per team. There are two sections:

  • Junior - years 5-6
  • Intermediate - years 7-8

Entry is free and students need to bring their bicycle, helmet, drink and lunch.  Parent/teacher supervision is essential.

Interschool debating and speech competitions

At the eastern Bay of Plenty Speech Competition, top speakers from Eastern Bay schools compete in a ‘war of the words’. There are three categories:

  • Years 5 and 6
  • Years 7 and 8
  • Years 9 and 10

Enter your school into this year's Interschool Debating Competition and get your students involved in the fine art of organised arguing. Schools are able to register two teams for each category.

Parenting programmes

Eastbay REAP provides a variety of opportunities for parents, helping them to  support the learning and growth of their children.  Please contact Eastbay REAP or check our events calendar to find out about upcoming parenting programmes.

Funding for school initiatives

Eastbay REAP supports school and community initiatives through funding for learning opportunities that align with government and Eastbay REAP priorities. Contact us to find out more about these priorities or download an application form here.


The 'Transition-to-school' forums bring together professionals from early childhood centres and primary schools within the Kawerau, Opotiki and Whakatane districts. These forums provide the opportunity to discuss issues and solutions regarding the transition-to-school process and to develop an understanding of the changes and new expectations for children and whanau.

Meet Eastbay REAP’s Schools Coordinator here ……

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