Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto School Newsletter, Friday 21 July 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Another big 'Thank-you' to our PTA for the Mid-Winter Breakfast and to the Student Council for the City Mission Food Bank Can-collection this week. It was wonderful to see so many happy faces enjoying the porridge in the hall on Wednesday, and the huge collection of nearly 500 cans of food that was able to be delivered to the City Mission to supplement its Foodbank. As our roll hit 500 children this week, that is nearly one can per student! Thank you everyone who contributed to 'Make a Difference' for others in our community!

Readathon begins on Monday...

On Monday, another important PTA Fundraising activity begins - the annual 'Readathon'. Your child will bring home a Readathon card, which will invite you to help them to get sponsorship for engaging with Reading every day over the next three weeks. The aim of this is to both raise funds for the PTA to use to support the school with trips and equipment, AND, to encourage a daily reading habit for all of our children.
The final day of the readathon will be Friday 11th August, when there will be a 'Book Character Day' and everyone is invited to come to school dressed as their favourite character from a book. 
During the following two weeks, until Friday 25th August, the PTA will be collecting in the Readathon cards and money. This is one of the biggest fundraisers that our PTA does each year, and your support of it is very much appreciated.

Year 7/8 Open Evening - Tuesday 1 Aug, 7 - 8pm

Our Year 7/8 Team will be hosting an Open Evening on Tuesday 1st August, from 7:00 - 8:00pm. Whilst this is particularly targeted at the whānau of our current Year 6 students, all are welcome to come along and find out more about learning opportunities in our Year 7/8 Team.

Keeping Ourselves Safe programme and Parent Information Session

From 7th August the New Entrant to Year 6 teams will be teaching the personal safety programme by New Zealand Police - Keeping Ourselves Safe. Years 7/8 will be doing a combination of the 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' and Choices' programmes. We cover this programme every two years as part of our Health curriculum. 
Parents and whānau are strongly encouraged to support Keeping Ourselves Safe.
You can:
  • attend a meeting at school to find out more about Keeping Ourselves Safe on Wednesday 2 August at 2.15 pm in the staffroom
  • find out about abuse and what to do if you think a child you know is being abused
  • talk to your child about what they have learnt in Keeping Ourselves Safe.
  • set safety guidelines with your family
  • help young children with the Keeping Ourselves Safe activities they bring home
  • give the same safety messages as the school is giving
  • look at the whānau section of NZ Police Keeping Ourselves Safe for more information and frequently asked questions


I will be away from Friday 28th July - Thu 3 August, attending the Australian Primary Principals' Conference, in my capacity as president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association. Jo Smith and Sue Leadbetter will be sharing the leadership of the school in my absence.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings 
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 24 Jul - Readathon begins - cards come home
Fri 28 Jul - 10am Celebration Assembly
Tue 1 Aug - 7:00 - 8:00pm - Year 7/8 Open Evening
Wed 2 Aug - Keeping Ourselves Safe - Parent information session 2-3pm Staffroom
Fri 4 Aug- PTA Discos - see below for details
Fri 11 Aug  - Book Character Day - final day of Readathon
Fri 11 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 18 Aug - School Closed - Staff Only Day
Wed 23 Aug - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Wed 23 Aug - 7:30pm - PTA meeting - Staffroom
Fri 25 Aug - Final day for returning Readathon Money
Fri 25 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly 
Fri 8 Sep - 10 am Celebration Assembly
Thu 14 Sep - am - Year 8 testing at Cashmere High
Wed 20 Sep - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Fri 22 Sep - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 22 Sep - final day of Term 3

Term Dates: Click here to view 2023 & 2024 term dates

Citizen of the Week

Vienna Aldridge - Year 4

Vienna, you bring such positivity and exuberance to all you do. Your energetic nature and your ability to help others both in and out of the hub is striking, and you always ensure you finish what you begin. You maintain motivation in all areas of learning, and take pride in all you do. Self-confident, able and kind...thank you for the energy you bring to our school, Vienna!

School Notices

Lucky Book club Issue 5

This lucky book club issue is out now.  Click on the link to see what is available.

Staffing Update

It was lovely to welcome Jenny Diggle back this week from her Refreshment leave during Terms 1 & 2. Jenny returns to the Year 7/8 kauri Team and Sarah Junghen will be starting in the Koru Team with our third New Entrant class later this term.

Jenny Diggle - Kauri Team - Year 7/8

The Board of Trustees have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Elizabeth Drummond in her permanent position as a full-time teacher at Beckenham, effective at the end of this year. Elizabeth has been on our staff since Term 1 1996 and there may even be one or two parents now at Beckenham who were students in her class when they started school! However, we are delighted to be able to confirm that Elizabeth has agreed to return in a fixed-term capacity during 2024 when we are ready to start our third New Entrant class, so we are not losing her skills and smile for good!

Elizabeth Drummond - New Entrant Koru Team

Sports News


Two of our students competed in a Cyclocross event held recently. Isabella placed 5th in the U13 girls South Island Schools champs and Zac placed 3rd in a club race.
Get in touch with if you would like more details about this sport which takes place outside of school hours.

PTA News

Midwinter Breakfast

Another successful Midwinter Breakfast is done and dusted. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year and thank you to our extra helpers! 

PTA Meeting

We have our Monthly Hui next Wednesday 26th July, at 7.30pm in the staff room. All welcome! 

Readathon: July 25th - August 11th

Look out for Readathon cards that should come home on Monday 24th July. Please support your child to get sponsorship for reading each day during the Readathon. The Readathon finishes with Book Character Day on Friday 11th August. Cards and sponsorship money should be returned in the two weeks after that. 

Book Character Day - Friday 11 August

August 11th - dress up as your favourite book character to celebrate the last day of the Readathon

PTA Disco - August 4th

New Entrants and Year 1/2 2 - 2:45pm
Year 3/4 4 - 4:45pm
Year 5/6 5:10 - 6:10pm
Year 7/8 6:30 - 7:30pm

PTA Second-hand Uniform Shop

A reminder that the second-hand uniform shop is open each Tuesday from 2:45-3:15pm and Fridays from 8:45-9:15am.

As well as uniform items, we also have a large selection of gumboots which are absolutely needed in this very wet weather we are having!

Community Notices

(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)

Mainland Pouākai/Basketball

The Mainland Pouākai want you to be a part of the action this year as they take the floor in what will be an exciting season. For the games listed below, we are offering your school an exclusive 10% discount on tickets which will be a great night out for the whole family!  Get yours your tickets today! 

Mainland Pouākai vs Northern Kahu Home Game - Sunday 20th August, 3:00pm at Cowles Stadium

Mainland Pouākai vs Whai Home Game - Sunday 27th August, 3:00pm at Cowles Stadium

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to other home games, please click the link:

T2W10 Final newsletter of Term 2

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Sun and soup - a wonderful way to end the term today! We were grateful to Rebecca from the PTA for coming in today and heating up the frozen soup that was leftover from the Matariki Hui last week. We had 18 litres of soup left, and it was all very keenly consumed at lunchtime today. We were very impressed at how many children love vegetable soup!

Cybersafety - especially over the holidays

We encourage families to monitor children's social media activity closely, especially over the holiday period. We know that device time can be a real obsession for some of our children and we also know that many children are not yet able to navigate the wide range of social media platforms that they may have access to. 
Please be especially vigilant of SnapChat. This is a popular platform among many of our children. The recommended age for SnapChat is 13, and one of the very real challenges of this platform is that ANYONE, whether known to your child or not, can make contact through SnapChat and can invite a user to interact with them. This feature alone makes SnapChat a highly unsafe environment for children to be in without very close supervision. Children can also invite their friends into groups, and groups that start as friendly places for communication, can easily and often become toxic if not carefully managed and monitored.

Wheelchair Rugby - Students vs Staff

As part of our schoolwide learning theme of "Innovation", your Year 7 & 8 team have been looking at innovation in the design of sports equipment for people with disabilities. We were fortunate to be able to access the wheelchair rugby chairs, courtesy of Parafed. As well as spending time looking at the design, and trying out the incredibly maneuverable wheelchairs, the students challenged the staff to a 'no holds barred' game of wheelchair rugby in the hall yesterday! Probably due to the fact that there was no running involved, the students' fitness advantage disappeared and the staff were the winners on the day!

From all of our staff, have a safe and restful holiday. We look forward to seeing you all at school again on Monday 17 July.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 17 Jul - Term 3 starts
Wed 19 Jul - PTA/Student Council Mid-winter breakfast 8:00 - 8:45am - all welcome (see blurb below)
Fri 21 Jul - 9:15am - Welcome Assembly
Fri 28 Jul - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 4 Aug- PTA Discos - see below for details
Fri 11 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 18 Aug - School Closed - Staff Only Day
Wed 23 Aug - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Wed 23 Aug - 7:30pm - PTA meeting - Staffroom
Fri 25 Aug - 10am Celebration Assembly 
Fri 8 Sep - 10 am Celebration Assembly
Thu 14 Sep - am - Year 8 testing at Cashmere High
Wed 20 Sep - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Fri 22 Sep - 10am Celebration Assembly
Fri 22 Sep - final day of Term 3

Term Dates for next year

At our Board Meeting this week, our Board confirmed the Term Dates for 2024. If you click on the link below, you will be able to view them, and you can also download a printable copy if you want one for the fridge!

Citizen of the Week

Ruvi Lawrence - Year 5

Ruvi, you are motivated, energetic, outgoing and fun! We are lucky to have you as a positive role model in our hub. You have an inquisitive mind and are highly engaged, embracing any challenge with enthusiasm. You have the self-confidence and persistence to make anything possible and regularly make interesting connections in your learning. Ka pai tō mahi, Ruvi.

School Notices

Picking up students from school

From time to time we get advised that a person, other than a listed contact for a student, will be picking them up from school. In these instances, we would really appreciate having the contact details for this person to ensure that we are able to contact them if there is any confusion around pick-up time/place for a student.
In these instances please phone the office on 03 3371404 or email

Amber's home group - rescheduled Learning Conferences

We are very pleased to have Amber back at school again, and have rescheduled her home group Learning Conferences for Thursday 20th July, Week 1 of next term.  To book, please go to and put in the code: wca24

School Donations and Tax rebates 

Claiming back 33% of your School Donations and Contributions from the IRD
A reminder that via the IRD you may be eligible to claim back 33.33 cents for every dollar you donate to the school. This includes both school donations and contributions towards camps.

On the main IRD website you can search ‘submit a donation receipt’ to find out more.

You are now able to produce your own Tax Donation Receipt from your Hero Login, for the tax year ending 31st March 2023.
Note you will need to do this by signing in through your browser, not in the app.

Please follow this link for instructions. Your receipt will be downloaded to your device for you to print or attach to your online IRD donation claim.

Rachel, our account officer, will be sending out statements through HERO early next week. Thank you to everyone who has made contributions to the school donation already. We rely on your donations to be able to provide the many different supports to the curriculum that we do.

If you have any other queries please contact or phone the office on 337 1404.

PTA News

Midwinter Breakfast - Wednesday 19th July

Get your PJs on for the return of our annual midwinter breakfast!
Come to school in your pyjamas (or uniform) from 8am on Wednesday 19th July for warm porridge or weetbix. Don't forget to bring a bowl and a spoon! Whānau welcome. Please bring a can of food to donate to the City Mission.


Friday 4th August is the new date for the PTA Discos
Bring a gold coin and come along and boogie the afternoon/evening away.
Whānau welcome
New Entrants and Year 1-2, will have their disco from 2.00-2.45.  
Year 3/4 -  4.00-4.45 
 Years 5/6 - 5.10-6.10 
 Years 7/8 -  6.30-7.30

BOT Update

Our Board are working on developing a new Strategic Plan that will take us into the next two years. To support the thinking that is happening on this, we invite you to contribute your feedback, if you haven't already. Some of you have completed paper forms, and the feedback can also be submitted through this online form.

Community Notices

(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)

Exciting Opportunity for Aspiring Junior Chefs!

Introducing the Junior Chef Course, designed to unleash your child’s culinary potential!

Course Details:
Duration: 5 days
Start Date: 3 – 7 July 2023
Time: 9am – 12pm (8 – 12 year old)
         1pm - 5pm (13 - 17 year old)
Location: International Culinary Studio Training Kitchen, 1/57 Warrington St, Christchurch.

Give your child the gift of being self-sufficient in the kitchen! They’ll learn essential culinary skills, techniques, and gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced chefs.

Bring your own electronic device, such as a laptop or tablet, to fully engage with digital resources and take our learning to the next level.

Total Cost: $300 per student

Lecturers: Cheryl and Chef Andy will be teaching the kids a great set of skills. Below are some details of what they will be teaching the kids during the 5 day programme.

Day 1: Create the Perfect Pizza with Toppings.
Learn different Icing Techniques for Icing a Cupcake.
Day 2: Learn to make Shaped Bread Rolls
Make a Country Vegetable Soup.
Day 3: Learn to make Fresh Pasta and a Tasty Beef Sauce.
Day 4: Stuff, Roll, Crumb and Roast a Chicken Thigh
Serve with a Vegetable Skewer.
Day 5: Create Home-made Cookie Dough to make five different flavoured Cookies.
Learn to make a range of Handcrafted Filled and Shaped Chocolates.

Empower your child with culinary expertise that will last a lifetime.
Whether they aspire to be the next MasterChef or simply want to enhance their
cooking skills, this course is a stepping stone to their culinary dreams. This course will also help them with their mathematics, reading and social skills.
To reserve your child’s spot, sign them up here:
Limited spots available, so don’t miss out!
Join us at the Junior Chef Course and watch your child blossom into a talented chef.
Enroll today and ignite their passion for the Culinary Arts!

We will only run the course if more than 10 people register.
T & C’s Apply

Play Baseball in Christchurch

Christchurch Astros
The Christchurch Astros are looking for neighbourhood teams to play in the upcoming 2023/24 season
Start your own neighbourhood team (including coach) and we will help you coordinate competitive games against teams from around Christchurch.
If you cannot find enough players for a team, the Astros can help with the combination of programmes near to you.

- Starting school term 4
- Age groups ranging from 5 - U16
- No prior experience needed
- Limited coaching sessions available to help get started
- Equipment available for competitive games
- Practices to be held locally but games occur bi-weekly at Avonhead Park

Please register your interest by emailing:

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto School Newsletter Friday 23 June 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Thank you to all of you who participated in our Matariki Whānau Hui! What a wonderful evening of whanaungatanga - connection, manaakitanga - hospitality and generosity, and ako - learning. Matariki is a time of rememberance and a time for communities to come together and celebrate - which we certainly did!
A huge thank-you to Jason Orchard and the PTA for enhancing the manaakitanga by providing delicious hupa huawhenua - vegetable soup.

Whānau Feedback

Over the next couple of months, our Board will be developing a new strategic plan to take us through the next two years. As part of this process, we will be engaging with our community, asking for your feedback and suggestions about what we do and focus on at Beckenham.

You may have already filled out a feedback form at the Learning Conferences, or at the Matariki Hui, and these forms are also available at the office, and will be around outside some afternoons at pick-up time.

We appreciate and value all of the feedback we get and are keen to talk to you if you have anything you might want to discuss, rather than write down. If that is the case, pop that on the form, and someone will contact you.

Alternatively, you can comment by clicking this link.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 26 Jun - Year 7/8 Basketball - Hillview Christian School 9:00am - 12:30pm
Tue 27 Jun - 12:30-2:30pm - Y0-4 Zone Cross Country - Hillview Christian School
Wed 28 Jun - Board Mtg - 5:30pm Staffroom                                                                                
Wed 28 Jun - PTA Mtg, 7:30pm Staffroom       
Fri 30 Jun - 10am - Celebration Assembly                                                                                 
Fri 30 Jun - last day of term 2                                                                                                             
Sat 1 Jul - School Holidays begin                                                                                                     
Mon 17 Jul - Term 3 begins

Term Dates

Citizen of the Week

Myka Orchard - Year 3

Myka, you are an incredible role model in the Kōwhai hub, the way you consistently show all of the school values. You are a conscientious learner, keen to do your best, and you are highly organised, thinking ahead and making sure you are prepared. You are also an extremely caring friend, always looking out for others and helping where needed. Myka, you are an absolute star!

School Notices

Kids Fest event: Native tree planting at Beckenham Ponds. Wed 5th July 10-11.

Our tamariki from Year 5/6 have been working very hard over the past few years at the Beckenham Ponds on restoration and planting. These holidays, there is a KidsFest Event happening at the Ponds.


Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto - Music Festival Audition Results

Following the recent auditions for the Representative Groups of the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, we wish to advise you of the audition results for pupils from Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto. 

Nearly 600 pupils auditioned for the 330 places this year and we have been impressed by the high standard of many of the pupils applying. 

The number of children applying for positions in the Representative Groups may mean that some children who were in groups in a previous year may have missed out in a getting a place this year.  We regret this but, to be fair to all children auditioning, we need to treat everyone openly and fairly.

Freyja Schoeler: Senior Choir 
Isabelle Parrett: Concert Band - French Horn
Mia White: Junior Choir

Sports News

Our Cross Country team represented Kura at the Canterbury Cross-Country Championships this week. These were held at Ngā Puna Wai. 
A special mention to Jack Sayer who placed 6th out of nearly 200 Year 7 boys. Well done to the other 7 students who gave it their all! What a great experience!

Community Notices

(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)

Community Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service

This winter, between Monday 12 June and Saturday 30 September, participating community pharmacies in Canterbury will provide a Minor Health Conditions Service for Māori and Pacific people, children aged under 14 years, and community service card holders.

The service allows pharmacists to have a clinical consultation and provide advice as well as medication if needed for a select set of minor ailments at no cost to the patient.
It also includes whānau members of a child with similar symptoms. For example, if the pharmacist determines your child needs treatment for scabies and they have older brothers or sisters, or you yourself also have symptoms, they may provide advice and medication for all of you.
The following health conditions are included in the Minor Health Conditions Service:
  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Eye inflammation and infections
  • Scabies
  • Headlice
  • Pain and fever
  • Eczema/Dermatitis
  • Minor skin infections
If your condition needs further support, the pharmacist can tell you the best place to go for your condition to get further help.
Participating pharmacies can be found by going to HealthPoint and searching “Minor Ailments”. You can also find a list here  

Have a Go Swimming Event

Swimming Canterbury West Coast is excited to announce our second dedicated "Have-a-Go Carnival" event for 2023.
The event is open to any swimmer (of any age) who is not currently registered as a club or competitive swimmer with Swimming New Zealand and is capable of swimming 25m without assistance.
Participation is free, and registration is on the day. Swimmers are welcome to swim in 25m, 50m, kick, and relay races!
Please share with anyone looking to explore swimming as a sport, or recreational activity.
For more information, head to our website:
Event Page:
Event Information Booklet:
Event Poster A4:

Matariki Around the World

Matariki around the World, a beautiful musical journey exploring the Matariki star cluster around the globe, based on the book written by Professor Rangi Matamua and Miriama Kamo, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, and published by Scholastic New Zealand.

We will be holding x2 performances at the James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall on Wednesday 5 July - 10.00am and 11.30am.