Learning Conferences – After School Supervision

Learning Conferences - After School Supervision

Dear Parents/Caregivers, As indicated in the latest newsletter the learning conferences are happening on Monday 12th April and Wednesday 14th of April.  School will close at 2pm on both of these days.  If you require your child to be supervised from 2 - 3pm on either or both of these days, please contact Jacky at the office, 3371404 or office@beckenham.school.nz.

Nga mihi

PTA Update 23rd February 2021

Welcome to 2021.

It was great to see so many people at the picnic the other day – for once the weather was on our side 😊 Hopefully we can make this a regular event and get the whole school and their families on the field! 

Our first PTA meeting in Wednesday 24th of February at 7:30 in the Green Room just off the hall. We would love to see some new faces there! 

Who are we?

The PTA committee is a small group of parents who want to support the school and strengthen our school community. You don’t have to come to every meeting to be a member and you certainly don’t even have to be a member to help if we put a call out! 

What do we do?

We meet up every month during the school term for about a 1.5 hour meeting. Its a good chance to connect with other parents and hear what is happening at school.

Events we run include: the disco, the welcome morning teas and some key fundraising events like the Readathon, Calendar Art and some kind of fun evening event. We quietly organise support for families when they need it, for example a serious medical diagnosis. We also run the uniform room. 

What do we do with the money we raise?

Every year we make a $10,000 donation to school for the bus trips that all the students go on at the end of the year. Last year we also funded new sports uniforms and contributed to the purchase of software for home learning. Other years we bought the sound system for sports days and a gazebo to keep the children dry at events. If we didn’t raise the money children would miss out, or our school fees would be higher as these extras are not funded by the Ministry of Education.

Please don’t be shy, come and join us – its a lot of fun, we usually have excellent sweet treats to munch on and the chat is great! 

See you soon


Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 19 February 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora e te whānau

We are thrilled to be back at Alert Level 1 again after a week where we were sharply reminded that we are not through this pandemic yet. Thank you to all of you for supporting the Alert Level 2 practices of staying off our school site during this time. Yet again, our children showed us that, with positive messaging and support from the adults around them, they are often ready to manage more independence than we give them credit for. I encourage you all to foster that independence, particularly around morning drop-offs. We particularly notice that the younger children come into the hubs and settle more easily without a lot of caregivers and pre-schoolers present. We will continue having a teacher outside the NE, Y1/2 and Y3/4 hubs in the morning so that you can touch base with a teacher if you need to.

I have had the honour of being in Wellington yesterday and today for the New Zealand Principals Federation Executive meeting. Among other topics, we have today been talking about the exciting new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum that was recently announced and is currently in draft form. 
Many young people leave school without being fully aware of Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories. They haven’t learned where we have come from or the way people have experienced our histories differently.
Our histories are important to us all because they have shaped our present-day lives. Understanding the past will help to shape the way we move forward into the future.

You can watch a short video about it here: Introduction to Aotearoa NZ Histories

The public can give feedback on the draft - to find out about how to do that, please follow this link.
Our staff will be giving feedback on the draft curriculum this term also.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 24 Feb - Kahikatea trip to Ferrymead

Wed 24 Feb - PTA Meeting, Green Room, 7:30pm

Thu 25 Feb - School Swimming sports for Years 5 - 8 - Wharenui Pool 12:45pm

Thu 25 Feb - BOT Meeting, Staffroom 5:30pm

Fri 26 Feb - Celebration Assembly  12 - 12:30pm in the hall.  All Welcome.

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Mar - Kauri camp at Wainui YMCA

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Lily Mclachlan - Year 4

Lily, you are such a fantastic role model in the Kōwhai hub. You show 'We Get There Together' always by lending helping hand to both your peers and the teachers. Lily, your enthusiasm knows no bounds and you are always willing to show that you care by offering your help to others. You use initiative in your learning and you are a fantastic communicator. Tino pai Lily! 

Haile Harmer-Campbell - Year 6

Haile, you embrace our kete value, 'We Love Challenge'! We see you growing so much as a leader in our hub, always enthusiastically encouraging and supporting your peers in their learning. You demonstrate grit, team work and good sportsmanship on the field, showing the 'We Get There Together' kete beautifully. It is wonderful to see your passion! We appreciate that you make us laugh with your witty sense of humour each day. Tino pai Haile! 

School Notices

Christchurch Schools Music Festival - Applications for special groups now open

Talented singers and musicians from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto can now apply for an audition to join a Representative Group - Junior & Senior Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra - for the 2021 Music Festival.

We want to encourage and support any students in Years 5-8 who are confident singers, and/or instrumentalists to apply for an audition. This is particularly the case in 2021 given the cancellation of the 2020 Music Festival.

Applications are made online on the Festival website here.

This is a chance to not only participate in a life-changing learning opportunity but also to represent Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto while doing it.

Being selected for a Representative Group for the Music Festival is the artistic equivalent of being selected for a Canterbury level sports team; let's make sure the opportunity is not overlooked.
If you have any questions about this, please speak with Jody Keenan (CSM Band tutor), your music teacher, or email Sandy principal@beckenham.school.nz

Our Literacy Programme

Kia ora whānau,
We are very excited to be continuing the implementation of a structured literacy programme across the school this year. Structured literacy is based on the science and research behind how we learn to read and write. You may have seen information surrounding this, through the media and Ministry of Education over the last few months. This structured approach involves a stronger focus on the teaching of phonological awareness (identifying and manipulating units of spoken language), letter/sound knowledge and learning the spelling patterns of English. Please check out the following links for further information around the science of reading, and evidence for this:

During the first 3 full weeks of school the teachers and children will be sitting down together and going through some literacy assessments.  Assessing our tamariki’s phonological awareness, letter/sound knowledge and knowledge of spelling patterns gives our teachers solid data that informs our planning for the individual needs of each learner and helps monitor progress. It is also an opportunity to talk with the children about their learning and possible next steps. 

During the next few weeks you can help by reading to and with your child each night, enjoying and discussing texts / books from the library (both school and city council libraries have books for children to borrow) or that you have at home.  Older children may wish to read their own book and share the story line with you.  Remember also, no one is ever too old to be read to.

Teams will be in touch with information about how you can support your child with literacy learning at home, in the coming weeks.  
Lisa Collier, Literacy Lead Teacher.


Lunchonline is a lunch delivery service that our families are able to access for their children, which is available on Wednesdays (Subway) and Fridays (Sushi Factory). Please ensure that you update your child's details on their database so lunches can be matched up with your child more easily when they are delivered.
To access this, you will need to set up an account with LunchOnline here.


We have a small number of children across the school who do not yet have sunhats at school each day. Please would you check that your child has a hat every day. Please also ensure that hats are named in an easily visible place INSIDE (not on the outside) of the hat. Named uniform items that are found are always returned to hubs, rather than being put into the lost property.

Sports News

Miniball for Year 3 - 4 starting in Week 3

We have four teams entered into this league. It was fantastic to see so many children interested in this opportunity. There will be another chance to play in Term 4 and if children missed out this term, they will have priority to play in Term 4. Thank you to all the whānau who have volunteered their time to support the children at games. 

Hanmer 4 Hour Mountain Bike Relay

We would like to promote the above event to keen mountain bikers. Children compete as a team to complete as many laps of the course as they can in 4 hours. Children 11 years old and younger ride a mellow loop that goes through the Heritage Forest. Children 12 years and older ride an intermediate level track, (it’s worth noting that this course is the same one that adults compete on and so it is a little busier). Whānau are responsible for entries and for supervising children at the event. There are already a number of children entered and we will have a Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto base area set up for all our teams to use. If you enter this event, please let Jenny know so that we can share information and coordinate plans for race day. 

BOT Update

The Board of Trustees have their first meeting of the year this Thursday 25th February, from 5:30pm in the staffroom. We welcome our new trustees to the Board: Richard Scott, Suran Dickson, Nicole Forster and Anna Reid (newly elected Staff Trustee). We welcome back returning Trustees: Matthew Macdonald, Jude Clarke, Sampson Karst, Lisa Taylor and Marcel Frie.
Board of Trustee meetings are 'Meetings held in Public', as opposed to 'Public Meetings'. This means that anyone is welcome to come and sit in on the meeting. It does not, however, give visitors the right to speak at a meeting, unless this has been pre-organised and agreed to by the Chair.

Community Notices

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

Christchurch Pride & Qtopia Pride Ball

March is Christchurch Pride month! We’re so excited to be supporting the youth programming, and to be throwing our very own ball! It’s all ages and pay what you can - celebrate your high school formal the way you always wanted to - wear what you feel most you in, bring the date you want, and celebrate with other beautiful rainbow folk.
For more information and to book your ticket, click here!
All the events below are suitable for young people to attend. We can’t wait to see you there!

St Andrew's College Open Day

St Andrew’s College are holding their Secondary School Open Day on Wednesday 17 March 9am - 12pm.  visit stac.school.nz for further information

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 15th December 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

This will be the last official newsletter of the year (although there may still be the odd email over the next week!). Please do read this through carefully, as there is a lot of important information in this!

Tomorrow, our final day of school, your child(ren) will be told who their 2021 homgroup teacher will be and then they will be visiting with their new teacher (if available) and homegroup for some time to get to know one another.
Your child will bring home a letter for you, confirming who their home group teacher will be. This letter will also contain contact information for all of the teachers in your child's team for next year.

Please Book your Learning Conference now...

Tomorrow's letter  will also contain information about how to book a Learning Conference for the start of 2021. Please log onto www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and, using the code 4ga7w, log in to the site and book a 30min conference with your child's new teacher.
Please note that there will only be one letter per child. If you live in a different home to your child, ask them who their teacher is for next year. We do have a limited number of booking slots, so we do ask that separated parents do work together to book a single learning conference for their child so that all families are able to book a time.

Stationery Lists

Also coming home tomorrow will be next year's stationery list. You can also find this list on the school website. You can order most of the items on the stationery list by logging onto the OfficeMax 'MySchool' website, and putting in our school name.
BYOD Chromebooks are available through PBTech - log onto their website and put in our school name to order a Chromebook for your child if they are in Year 5-8 next year. (This is optional, and strongly recommended).

A final Staffing Update...

We will have had a number of changes to our staff by the time school starts again next year.
In our final update for the year, we welcome Nicola Reddecliffe to our teaching staff for 2021.

We are now able to confirm our teacher staffing for next year:

Jo Smith will join Sue Leadbetter and I in the senior leadership team as Acting Deputy Principal.

Koru Team - (New Entrants)
Elizabeth Drummond, Nicola Reddecliffe & Stacey McLachlan

Kahikatea Team (Years 1/2)
Amber Donovan (Team Leader), Katie McFarlane, Charlotte Verity & Lisa Collier

Kōwhai Team (Years 3/4)
Laura Williamson (Team Leader), Rowena Barker, Nick Bruce, Quynh Nguyen & Meagan Mathers

Pōhutukawa Team (Years 5/6)
Steve Cooke (Team Leader), Anna Reid, Gayle McNaughton & Rae Marsh

Kauri Team (Years 7/8)
Nicky Dunlop (Team Leader), Megan Culver, Jenny Diggle, Caitlin Worsfold & Georgie Jones

Our congratulations go out to Lisa Griffith who has won a specialist Reading Recovery Teacher position at Te Kōmanawa Rowley School next year. We wish Lisa all the very best with this new role.

Congratulations to Sari Farrant who joined us to start our last New Entrant class in Term 3 this year, and who has won a position at Leeston School for next year. We wish Sari all the very best with her new role too.

We take this opportunity to thank Tracey Maloney for the commitment, energy and care that she has given to our Year 3/4 team in particular, joining our staff full-time just as lockdown began to fill the position made vacant when Paulette Newton left. We hope that we will see Tracey back at Beckenham as one of our key relievers in 2021.
Left to right: Lisa Griffith, Sari Farrant, Tracey Maloney

Outreach Band

We had our first and final performance of our 2020 Outreach Bands at school last week. The bands are made up of a combination of students from Beckenham, Hillview Christian School and Ōpāwa School. It was such a treat to hear them all perform. 
The CSM Outreach Band programme will continue next year. If your child will be in Years 5-8 next year and would like to join the band programme, please contact Jody Keehan (the CSM Band co-ordinator) by emailing: outreachband@csm.org.nz 

Requests for School Donations, Camp Contributions and Technology Fees

Last week you may have received a school statement with requests for your contribution, or outstanding fees to pay.
As you know - we now have a system in place (see our website for full details) where we request just $150 per child each year as a donation. That covers everything EXCEPT camps (Year 7/8 Dunedin Camp, Year 5/6 Living Springs Camp, and Y3/4 Noho Kura) and take home materials - in particular, the charge from Christchurch South for Year 7/8 technology.
If you have outstanding balances on your statement, we would appreciate that the fees (Y7/8 technology) are paid, and any contributions to school donations and camps are still made and will be very much appreciated. We are not able to continue to run camps if we do not get donations from whānau as they are outside what the Ministry of Education funding will accommodate.
The school bank account is 12-3148-0131641-00 Please use your child's name as the reference.

Sandpit Box - installed

Thanks to funding from the PTA Outdoor Spaces fund, to the engineering and carpentry skills of Justin Palmer, and the determination and tenacity of Nathalie Doering to get this project finished, we now have a wonderful Sandpit box installed adjacent to our sandpit. This will enable us to store sandpit toys securely and have them available for the children to use each day. 

Today was a very special day as we farewelled out Year 8 Leavers at their Graduation Ceremony. Our best wishes go with them all as they head to high school in 2021. We also farewell the families who will no longer have children at Beckenham after tomorrow - we thank you for your support over the years.

As I noted in my speech at the leavers' graduation today, 2020 has been a very challenging year in many ways. I wish you all a very safe, relaxing and happy summer break. Thank you all for your support through the challenges that 2020 presented to us. We look forward to seeing those of you who have children returning, in 2021.

Remember that school finishes at 12:30pm tomorrow!

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 16 Dec: - 12:30pm - School finishes for the year. Stationery lists and home group team and teacher information for 2021 sent home.

Term 1 2021

Tue 2nd February & Wed 3rd February - Learning conferences
Thu 4th Feb - Classes begin
Fri 12th Feb - Combined School, PTA, Board & BOSCO Whānau Picnic - bring along your dinner and get to know other families

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Corry Lee - Year 4

Corry, you are a delight to have in the Kōwhai hub. You are a polite and helpful team member who is always willing to take on extra responsibilities and show our school value "We Get There Together." It has been fantastic to see you grow into such a positive role model to all students this year. You work hard at everything you do, and share your thoughts with others in a kind and caring manner. You have fantastic self management skills and are a very responsible student. Thank you for always demonstrating our school values. Ka pai Corry!

Isabella Day - Year 6

Bella, you are full of life and energy and you are also an extremely loyal friend to your peers. You give everything a go and you encourage and include others which shows how you demonstrate the value 'We Make A Difference' and 'We Get There Together'. You also have a positive mindset with regard to your learning, showing great persistence even when you are finding it difficult. Ka pai Bella!

School Notices

It's not too late to make contributions, donations or to clear payments on your school account! Every single dollar counts in the running of our school, and you will have recently been sent a final invoice for the year. This will include, for Year 3/4 whānau, the request for a contribution to the Noho Kura that was held last Friday.
If your child has attended one of the Year 3/4 Noho Kura, or the Year 5/6 or Year 7/8 camps this year, your contribution towards that cost would be very much appreciated as these events (being overnight events) are not covered by the school donations.

Dental Care during the School Holidays                               

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays.  The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.   To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays (closed between 25th December to 5th January).

The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

·       Woolston Clinic, 11 Hopkins Street, Woolston,

·       Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,

·       Northcote Clinic, 24 Tuckers Road, Casebrook,

·       Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children.  If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.
To book an appointment at one of our clinics please:  call 0800 846 983, or email commdental@cdhb.health.nz


Our bookings for the January Holiday Programme are open now. If magicians, nerf wars or pony parties sounds like fun, be sure to contact Juanita on 027 654 6632 or you can email her at office@bosco.org.nz to make a booking. We also have an around the world day, a science and magic day and a crazy hair and dress up day. There will never be a dull moment if you join us these holidays!

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Tuition Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto 2021

Beginner Guitar, Bass and Ukulele lessons, both group and some individual are available during school time beginning February 2021.

Roger Hamilton has been teaching these instruments for the NZ Modern School of Music for 15 years both privately and in other South West Christchurch schools as well as at Beckenham.

Lessons are $9 -10 per week, depending on group size invoiced per term for the number of weeks/lessons.

If you would like your child to learn an instrument, either call or email Roger directly on the contacts below or collect a form from the office to fill in and return bottom section to the Office by start of Term 1, 2021.

email: rbhamilt@gmail.com 
cell: 027 3070466 /  03 9424619

Learning ukulele is a great way to start a life of making music. It’s relative physical simplicity to play allows early success in musicality while learning the basics of music theory and of producing sound, which is what music making is all about! Children can learn Ukulele from Year 3 up. 
Ukulele players in their 2nd year get to go to “Strum, Strike, Blow’, an annual event for players at Horncastle Arena.  See Youtube also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbUO8dKfX0

Guitar: To learn Guitar, you need to be at least Year 5. 
Bass Guitar: Bass learning is from year 6 up. 

The reason for the limits on different instruments is the physicality of learning them. Many students start on Ukulele and go onto Guitar. They learn many of the skills of guitar by learning Ukulele first, plus they learn to play 2 instruments! 

Roger teaches with the NZ Modern School of Music and manages the Christchurch area.

BOT Update

With the resignation of Parent Trustee Carmel Wade earlier this term and the end of the tenure of three other Parent Trustees, there have been four impending vacancies on the Board of Trustees.
Nicole Forster has been selected onto the board as a Parent Trustee to fill the casual vacancy left by the recent resignation of Carmel Wade, at the October meeting.
The terms of three trustees; Ester Vallero (Chair), Matthew Macdonald and Jude Clarke came to their end this week. Two of those places were filled through the recent election, and we welcome Suran Dickson and Richard Scott to the Board.
The third vacant position was not filled through the election, resulting in a casual vacancy.

The Board of Trustees had their final meeting of the year this week and Matthew Macdonald was selected to fill the casual vacancy.  Matthew was also voted to hold the role of Chair, until the first meeting of the new year; the meeting when the role of Chair is always up for election from within the membership of the Board.

The Board also made the decision to appoint Jude Clarke back to the Board for a further year, to support the board in the finance role that she has held for the past three years, so as to maintain some financial continuity whilst the new accounts and payroll administrator becomes familiar with her new role.

The Board would like to acknowledge the leadership and mahi of outgoing Chair, Ester Vallero over the 4 years she has been on the Board, the last two of those as Chair. Ester has led the Board with children and their families at the very heart of every decision made. We are extremely grateful for her commitment and passion to support the wellbeing of our children, their whānau and our staff. Thank you, Ester!

New Parent Trustees: Nicole Forster, Richard Scott  Suran Dickson

Community Notices

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

The Fencing Institute

We are running a fencing holiday programme in January at our fencing club in Addington.
The dates for January are 6,7,8 & 18 – 22nd. Fencers at primary and intermediate school are in the mornings.

Go to our website here to register. Read the info first. There is a 20% discount if you register for 3 or more sessions for each holiday programme. To apply the discount use the discount code holiday.  When you hit confirm it applies the 20% discount.

Elements Plus

Elements Plus (10-14yrs) programmes are now open for summer registrations. Learn new skills such as using pocket knives, rope & possibly fire. Time to explore, climb trees, group games & laugh in open spaces. Also construction & crafting opportunities too. Check out our facebook pg or website to see what we do. Westmorland farm or Brighton. Various dates from 16 Dec to 29 Jan
Book through https://elements.aimyplus.com Also listed as events on Facebook Elements
Nature Based Play at https://www.facebook.com/elementsprogrammes/ For more info or
to join our email list: elementsprogrammes@gmail.com

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Thursday 12 November 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

It's been a short week this week so this newsletter is mostly to keep you up to date with upcoming events!

The weather for the long weekend is looking amazing... keep the hats and sunblock on and I hope you all get some time to relax and slow down just a little, before the Christmas rush is completely upon us!

Sadly, no Kapa Haka concert this year

Due to the limitations of COVID lockdowns and restrictions on assemblies, our new Kapa Haka tutor, Whaea Cath has had quite a challenging time getting regular sessions with all of our groups this year.  and in the latter few weeks we made the call to focus her time on preparations with Te Whānau Mahi Tahi for the recent Cultural Festival performance. On top of that, there have been extra events this term for most team, due to postponements from lockdowns. For that reason, we have made the decision not to try and hold a kapa haka concert this year. We do expect to return to holding some sort of end of year celebration of Kapa Haka next year.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy and the Team

Important Dates

Upcoming Events - lots and lots!

Tue 17 Nov: Homegroup photos for Sari and Sophie's groups. 
Wed 18 Nov: Rāpaki Marae visit Koru Team
Wed 18 Nov: 7-8pm BYOD Information Evening, Kōwhai Hub, Y4-7 whānau
Wed 19 Nov: Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Fri 20 Nov: Celebration Assembly 12:10pm - All Welcome
Wed 25 Nov: Canterbury Schools Triathlon
Wed 25 - Fri 27 Nov: Pohutukawa Camp at Living Springs 
Wed 25 Nov: PTA meeting - Green Room, 7:30pm
Sat 29 Nov: PTA Top Team Event - Beckenham Park 
Mon 30 Nov & Tue 1 Dec: Kōwhai Rapaki Marae visit                                                            
Wed 2 Dec: Canterbury Primary School's athletics, Nga Puna Wai Park
Thu 3 Dec - Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Fri 4 Dec: Year 3/4 Noho Kura (sleepover at school!)
Wed 9 Dec: Junior Athletic Sports from 1:30pm (NE - Year 4)
Thu 10 Dec: Kahikatea Pool and Picnic day at Waltham Pool
Fri 11 Dec: Final Celebration Assembly 09:15am
Fri 11 Dec: Y7/8 trip to Corsair Bay 11-3pm
Mon14 Dec: Y7/8 Walk to Victoria Park
Tue 15 Dec: Year 8 Leavers Graduation 11am - Invited whānau only
Wed 16 Dec: - 12:30pm - School finishes for the year.
BYOD Information Evening for Year 4-7 whānau
Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto has an optional Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for students in Years 5-8. This programme is very popular and has been in operation since 2014. If you want to find out more about our BYOD programme including the rationale, digital citizenship practices and device responsibilities, please visit our BYOD website and come along to our information evening on Wednesday, 18 November from 7-8 pm, in the Kōwhai Hub. If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP here.
The evening is optional and is aimed particularly at parents of current Year 4-7 students who are considering taking up BYOD next year but have not yet made the decision. The information evening will give you a chance to hear about our BYOD programme and ask questions about how it works. 

We generally recommend that families who want to participate in the BYOD programme purchase a Chromebook for their child to bring school. We are currently changing our BYOD provider and will send out a Chromebook offer, with prices, closer to the end of the year.

With the introduction of the new Digital Technologies strand of the Technology Curriculum this year, ensuring that every child has access to a device becomes more important than ever before.

Timepieces wanted!

If you have any timepieces that you could donate to school eg clocks, watches, pocket watches, digital or analog, working or not, we would love to have them at school for a special interest area in one of our rooms.  Please bring them to the office.
Many thanks in anticipation.

Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking  The code to use is 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Sports News

Athletics Day

The weather didn’t make it easy for us this year. And we got there in the end! Our athletics events for Years 5 to 8 took place over three days as weather permitted. We were so impressed by the way the children adapted to the changes as they were made. We get there together! 

Something else that impressed us during the week was the way that the children supported and encouraged each other. On Tuesday loud eruptions of cheering could be heard from the hall as the children celebrated every person’s high jump effort. Many times over the three days, we saw children sharing advice and words of encouragement. During Thursday’s mid-distance, friends ran alongside some of the runners with words and sometimes even songs of encouragement. 

Congratulations to our Athletics Champions for 2020
These champions are based on a scoring system that takes into account placings across all the events.
Year 5 Champions: Jayde Inglis and Archie Arnott
Year 6 Champions: Billy Murfin, Caitlyn McIntosh and Petra Cooper
Year 7 Champions: Zoe Clarke and Jonty Mitchell
Year 8 Champions: Thomas Lyall and Grace Monk

Zone Athletics

We had a fantastic day at Hansen’s Park on Monday where just over 60 tamariki represented our kura at Zone Athletics. As usual, the children did us all proud, putting our school values at the fore as they competed in track and field events. I noticed many of our children helping out at events that their friends were competing in, which was great to see. Tino pai! 

Congratulations to all our competitors.

The following children have qualified to represent our zone and kura at Canterbury Athletics at Ngā Puna Wai on Wednesday the 2nd of December.

Ava Howard - 1st long jump
Billy Murfin- 1st 60 m and 2nd long jump
Caitlin McIntosh - 2nd 60 m
Grace Monk - 1st high jump
Jonty Mitchell - 1st long jump and 1st 60 m
JJ Mathias - 2nd 60 m
Lucky Lasiyal - 2nd 1200 m
Zoe Clarke - 2nd high jump

Canterbury Swimming

Congratulations to Abby, Fergus, Emma, Cooper, Zoe and Thomas who competed in Canterbury Swimming Championships. This event was a postponement date from Term 1. 

Swimming at Canterbury level is a huge achievement and the children all did amazingly well against very tough competition. 

Special mention goes to Thomas Lyall who placed 3rd in the 50 m Backstroke. 

Mountain Biking

Congratulations to Morgan Lee who has been making a name for himself in Gravity Canterbury’s downhill events. Morgan placed third in his first competitive outing at the Novice Downhill and then returned a couple of weeks later to take third again in the first race of the Summer Series in the under 13 category. Wananae!

Thank you to 'The Perfect Line' for the photo. 

Sports Uniforms need to be returned, please.

If your child does not have another upcoming sports event, please return their washed uniform to the office foyer. Thank you.

Community Notices

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

Studio One Performing Arts

Studio One Performing Arts, your local dance school, is currently giving Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary lessons in your area. The school’s director is teacher, choreographer & ex-ballet dancer Patricia Paul A.R.A.D. (London). Ballet lessons from 3 years through to Advanced, and all levels in Jazz and Contemporary starting from age 7. For all enquiries please phone 372-9191 or email info@studioone.co.nz