Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 19 February 2021

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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

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 for further information

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 15th December 2020

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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 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: 

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


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 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.

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:

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 Also listed as events on Facebook Elements
Nature Based Play at For more info or
to join our email list:

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Thursday 12 November 2020

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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


Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 9th November 2020

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Kia ora koutou

Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award for 2020

Sir Peter Blake believed in the incredible potential of young people to achieve great things.

The BLAKE Young Leader Awards aim to recognise our young New Zealanders who show commitment to leading positive change in their community that leads to a sustainable future for Aotearoa.
Each year, one senior student from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto is nominated to receive this prestigious award. At our Celebration Assembly today, we welcomed Hinewai and Hiria from the Westpac Bank, to present this award to Ruby McNiven. Congratulations, Ruby. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of your quietly confident and reliable leadership that has grown and developed throughout your time in the school.

Hinewai (Wespac),, Ruby, Heria (Westpac) and Sandy

SwimSafe Programme 

Our Kahikatea and Kōwhai students have been travelling by bus to Pioneer Pool most days (8 sessions) over the past two weeks, to participate in quite a different type of aquatic programme to anything we have done before. In the past, our aquatic programmes have tried to focus on developing swimming skills. After the swimming programme last year, we consulted with whānau and staff, and the general agreement was that this focus was no longer meeting the needs of our children. We are required, under the New Zealand curriculum, to provide aquatic education for children, so we spent the first half of this year working with staff from the council to make sure that what we did this year would provide better outcomes for all of our children. This year, all of our Kahkiatea and Kōwhai students (Y1-4) participated in an 8 session SwimSafe programme.
The focus of this programme was all about water safety and staying alive in the water.

As you can see from the photos below, all children were able to participate fully, regardless of their swimming ability. 

Being SwimSafe @ Pioneer Pool!

The organisation for this programme was significant, and wouldn't have been possible without the generous help of many parents and caregivers who supported at the pool, and from the extra work put in by the staff, in particular the team leaders, Laura Williamson and Amber Donovan.
Below is an email received yesterday from one of the parents who were helping supervise at the pool... 

"I just wanted to say a huge thanks for the past two weeks of swimming. It is obviously quite a huge undertaking to get it all organised and a lot of planning clearly took place to get all the kids there.
I thought you must be all quite exhausted after the two weeks!
It was a really fun and useful programme and watching from the side of the pool was useful for me to revise some key things about water safety.
Other parents I talked to also felt the teachers had done an amazing effort getting the nearly 200 kids to the pool each day, and that it was a really valuable opportunity for them."

Te Whānau Mahi Tahi at the Christchurch Schools' Cultural Festival

Last week saw our senior kapa haka group, Te Whānau Mahi Tahi, perform at the very final Christchurch Schools Cultural Festival. The Festival has been wound up, after the organising committee had been unable, for the past 7 years, to get any new members onto the committee.

We were immensly proud of our tamariki. Huge thanks to our (new this year) kapa haka tutor - Whaea Cath Milio for her commitment to getting our children to the festival and writing a special waiata for them to sing (to the tune of 'Peace Train'). Thanks also to Hannah Elliott for her support of Te Whānau throughout the year.
You can watch their performance on the YouTube clip below:

Staffing Update

It is that time of the year, when staff changes through schools across the country are announced in preparation for the new school year. As schools appoint teachers, new vacancies are created and a domino effect sometimes happens! 
Therefore, we have reluctantly accepted the resignation of Hannah Elliott, who has won a new position at Lemonwood Grove School in Rolleston. This is a great move for Hannah, who lives in the Selwyn district so will now be living much closer to her workplace. We acknowledge and thank Hannah for the contribution that she has made to our school, and in particular to the Kauri Team, over the past three years.

Hannah Elliott

We have been very busy this past week with interviewing for new teachers for 2021, and should be able to have those appointments in the newsletter next week.

We have also been pleased to welcome Rachel Higginson to our staff this week. Rachel has taken over the accounts and payroll position that Sandra Rauch has been in for the past 19months. Rachel was in this last week for handover from Sandra, who finished today. Rachel officially starts on Monday. For any queries regarding accounts or donations, you can contact her on the same email address:

Rachel Higginson

New vacancy in the Office

We will shortly be advertising a third, administration position for the school. This new position will be a combination of support for Jacky in the office, and a PA to the leadership team and Board. The person specifications will include needing a high level of general organisation, familiarity and confidence with technology, and minute-taking experience. The role will be between 20-25 hours a week, mostly within school hours, and term-time only. We will post the vacancy on the school website by Monday 9 November and will advertise it through the school and neighbourhood Facebook pages.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 9th Nov: Zone Athletics, Hansen Park. 9am - 3pm
Thu 12 Nov: Celebration Assembly, 12:10pm
Fri 13th Nov: Canterbury Anniversary Day - school closed.                                                            Wed 18 Nov: Rāpaki Marae visit Koru, Year 0 and 1.                                                                    Wed 25th Nov: Pohutukawa Camp at Living Springs                                                                        Mon 30th Nov & Tue 1st Dec: Kōwhai Rapaki Marae visit                                                              Wed 2nd Dec: Canterbury Primary School's athletics, Nga Puna Wai Park           

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 & 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Holly Rogers - Year 8

Holly, you have certainly come out of your shell this year! You demonstrated "We Get There Together" by performing beautifully at the Cultural Festival and helping the group shine. You are kind, caring and lend a helping hand when needed. You have shown an increase in confidence which has enabled you to share your ideas more during your learning. You listen attentively and can always be relied on to make positive choices throughout the school day. 

School Notices

Kauri Theatre Sports

The Kauri Hub Theatre Sports team aka ‘Mission Improvable’ competed last Sunday 1st November at Rangi Ruru Ruru Girls School. There were 4 teams in the heat and even though they didn’t place for the finals, they did an awesome job entertaining the audience with their clever and humorous improv skills.  The team has worked hard all year with weekly practices and workshops at the Court Theatre in town. Well done team! 

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.

PTA News

Art Auction

After discussions last week, the PTA has decided to bring the SALE of the CLASSROOM ART from the NON EVENT FAIR forward.
The Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Art Auction will be starting soon. It started on November 06, 2020 at 09:00 AM  and will end on November 19, 2020 at 09:00PM. 
You can come and view the art in the school reception area from 2.45pm till 3.30pm on 11th November.
Here's your auction link to start bidding on your child's classes art work:

Top Team and Community Picnic

Just over 3 weeks to go for Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto TOP TEAM and community picnic. We have had an odd Year so far so let's end it with a fun afternoon with the Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Whanau. 
Top Team competition from 2 till 3.30, come along and support the teams.
For those not participating we will have fair games, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, cake stall, coffee cart and ice creams!
Make sure you book your team in soon as we have limited spots, click on the link and sign up ASAP
Cost is $10 per team, this has been kindly subsidised by Smyth & Co Barristers and Solicitors 
  • The ideal team size is 6, but you can have more or less  
  • Teams must include at least 1 adult with a maximum of 2 adults
  • It is recommended that participants are Year 4 or above (but if you have someone younger who wants to have a go then that's fine, just be aware they may not be able to complete every station) 
  • Teams need to arrive at 1PM for registration / warm up / team briefing
To run a successful event we will need helpers, please complete the link below if you can help for a short period of time or for the whole event.
If you are able to help in any way, run a stall, help out on a top team station, make a cake or slice, or if you have a musical talent please complete the link below. Top Team helpers
The more people that can help the more time everyone has to enjoy the event.

Board of Trustees - Election Update

Nominations for the three Parent Trustee Vacancies closed on Sunday 1st November at midday. Only two nominations were received meaning no election was required and those nominees have been declared duly elected by our Returning Officer.
Our thanks, and congratulations go to Suran Dickson and Richard Scott (bios below) for their willingness to contribute to the governance of our school through this process. The Board will now meet to determine a process for dealing with the vacancy that will remain on the board, through the third position not being filled through the election.

Suran Dickson

I am interested in serving on the Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees. Currently I am the Director of Flipside Consulting, a Diversity and Inclusion consultancy which works with leaders and organisations to ensure their culture is one which enables happy, innovative staff who bring their whole selves to work. Recent clients include the Crusaders, Christ’s College, Meridian, Orion, Connetics, Hohepa Homes and the Police. The work is a great privilege as we are able to challenge some of the innate structural and personal biases which prevent Māori and Pasifika having equitable opportunities in life, as well as overcoming the social barriers which can hold restrict both young men and women from achieving happiness and success. 
Having trained as a teacher and taught at Lincoln High School, I then moved to the UK in 2002 and taught there for a number of years across secondary, primary and special educational needs schools. I was deeply moved by a number of suicides of young people and left my teaching job to set up the anti-bullying charity, Diversity Role Models (DRM), which became a national leader in tackling bullying by encouraging empathy and critical thinking in young people. As CEO of this organisation I was heavily involved in building corporate relationships, fundraising, scaling the charity up at rapid pace and providing thought leadership around inclusion and diversity issues to the Department of Education, media, businesses and wider political arenas. After leading DRM for 6 years, I had my son, Sonny, and moved back to New Zealand in 2016 to absorb cleaner air, more space and to give him a taste of the Kiwi childhood I was lucky enough to have. Sonny has now happily joined Koru class and we are loving being part of the Beckenham community. 
I also sit on the South Canterbury District Health Board to offer an inclusion and equity lens to the health landscape; a less than dull role in the era of Covid. My spare time (surely a paradox as a working parent!) is spent training for half-ironman, marathons and anything else time-consuming to escape doing the housework.

Richard Scott

My name is Richard Scott and I am standing for the Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto School Board. I am a father of three with two children currently at Beckenham in years 1 and 3. My youngest will start at Beckenham mid-2021.  Along with my wife, Christy, we have lived locally for five years, and prior to that not far away in Hillsborough, Christchurch.  I am a keen runner, skier and mountain biker. Professionally I am a Principal Mechanical Engineer employed part-time by AECOM NZ Ltd.  In this role, I provide design, analysis, technical leadership, project management and construction contract management in the power and utility industries mainly across New Zealand and Australia. I have not been nominated or held a board position previously, however, I consider myself to have useful skills to offer the board in order to further develop strong values and leadership.  I am particularly interested in academic performance, cultural activities and sporting opportunities.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 2020-10-23 14:43:00

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Staffing Update

Our congratulations go out to Jules May who has won a leadership position (Junior Team Leader) at Te Kōmanawa Rowley School, starting at the beginning of next year. Whilst we will miss Jules' energy and commitment to our tamariki, we certainly wish her well in her new position and celebrate that, once again, the success of our staff in winning new positions of leadership and furthering their careers.

The Year 5/6 Team Leader position which will be vacated by Anne Batchelor at the end of the year has been won by Steve Cooke. We are very excited to be welcoming Steve into our Leadership Team for 2021. 

Both of the above staffing changes result in us needing two more permanent teachers for our staff for 2021. We have these positions advertised and will let you know as soon as we have confirmed them. 

Cycle Safety Pōhutukawa

Our Year 6 students have been very busy this week (with one more group to participate next week), with the Christchurch City Council Cycle Safety programme. Many children, who already considered themselves to be road confident cyclists, have been very surprised about the number of important road rules that they didn't know about, and have been learning over this two day programme. 
As caregivers, please remember that, whilst this will have improved their confidence, nothing beats being out on bikes with your child and demonstrating good cycle safety with them.

Kōwhai Museum Visit

Our Kōwhai Team have had trips to the Canterbury Museum this week to explore and develop their understanding of both The Moon, and Māori traditional tools and living. When learning about the Moon, as part of the Science curriculum, they 
Part of their learning in the Te Ao Māori area was to learn about the legend of "Kupe and Te Wheke". You can click on the link and read this story for yourself - and talk with your children about it.
Thank you to the staff, and whānau, who made this trip possible with their support.

Pōhutukawa Marae visit

This week all tamariki and kaiako in the Pōhutukawa team experienced a wonderful day at Rāpaki Marae, over two days of visits. We all enjoyed taking part in a powhiri ceremony, sharing our pepeha and learning about the local history and tikanga, as well as exploring the surrounding environment. 
Noho ora mai

Outside the Rapaki marae

Matua Maui

Year 7/8 Camp Dunedin

This week our Year 7/8 team have been in Dunedin on camp. They have been having an amazing time with so many varied and challenging experiences. These include Moeraki boulders, Oamaru SteamPunk Playground, Baldwin Street climb, 'Hair-raiser' tour of Dunedin by night, campfire, Albatross colony visit, sports and learning exchange with Carisbrook School, Otago Early Settlers Museum, Otago Museum Butterfly Room, and a day of physical challenges at the Waihola Campground where they have been staying!
The bus is due back to school around 5:30pm tonight - we will email and put a message on FB when we have a more detailed ETA.
A huge thank you to the staff and whānau who have supported this camp, through fundraising, baking and attending, to make it possible.

We Get There Together

During the holidays, one of our wonderful New Entrant students and his dad spent half a day sweeping and tidying the court area outside Kōmanawa, all ready for his friends to enjoy when they returned at the start of Term 4. 
Thank-you Max and Gerard!

Have a wonderful weekend
Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 26 Oct: LABOUR DAY School Closed
Tue 27, Wed 28, Thu 29 Oct: Kahikatea & Kōwhai SwimSafe programme - Pioneer Pool
Wed 28 Oct: 6:45pm Christchurch Arena, Christchurch Schools Cultural Festival - Te Whānau Mahi Tahi performing
Thu 29 Oct: BOT meeting POSTPONED
Fri 30 Oct: Whole School Athletics - Beckenham Park
Mon 2 Nov: Year 7/8 Technology (bus leaves at 8:30am) Note change of date for this week!
Mon 9th Nov: Zone Athletics, Hansen Park. 9am - 3pm
Thu 12 Nov: Celebration Assembly (our first for this term!)
Fri 13th Nov: Canterbury Anniversary Day - school closed.

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 and 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Holly McIntosh - Year 4

Holly, you are a delightful member of the Kowhai hub.  You are kind, thoughtful and always strive to ensure others are included.  You consistently follow the school values "We Care" and "We Get There Together" by always being willing to take on extra responsibilities.   

School Notices

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 (337 1404) and she will make a booking for you.

Head Lice are around... again!

We are noticing increasing numbers of children with head lice again. Anyone can get head lice, and it is important that they are treated before children return to school. You can find out more about head lice and their treatment here.
Children who have long hair should have it tied up. This is especially important for the prevention of the spread of head lice, and of course, a requirement for those children who are swimming next week.
Tight plaits, with some hairspray for more barrier, can sometimes help to raise the protection against headlice, as can a drop of tea tree oil on the hands and smoothed over hair.

Congratulations to...

Keanna Hakeagaiki who competed in the primary schools' competition for gymnastics. After some good routines in vault, uneven bars, floor and beam she ended up coming 4th overall. Well done Keanna!

BOT Mid-Term Elections 2020

Nominations for Mid Term positions for our Board of Trustees are now open. You will have received an email with nomination details and how you nominate. Nomination forms are available from the school office if you haven’t received them. Please note nominations close on Sunday 1st November. We look forward to your interest.

Wayne Jamieson

Returning Officer

Community Notices

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

Tell us what you want for 2050 - The Greater Christchurch Partnership

We want to hear from everyone that has an interest in Greater Christchurch as we develop this exciting plan for our sub-region’s future. Greater Christchurch 2050 will describe the kind of place we want for our future generations, and the actions we need to take over the next 30 years to make it happen. 

It should take around 5 minutes to give us your feedback. You can give feedback until 8 November 2020. To find out more about the greater Christchurch Partnership and the plan visit

Hell Pizza Reading challenge

The HELL Reading Challenge is a well-established programme, now in its seventh year, which has been hugely successful in getting kids reading and enjoying the pleasures of stories — with the bonus of free pizza rewards.
We are very excited to be continuing our partnership with HELL Pizza. Their enthusiasm for children’s reading and generous ongoing commitment is awesome.
Teachers, librarians and parents have been telling us how the HELL Reading Challenge has hooked so many reluctant readers into books. In 2020 we want even more young readers to discover the thrill of a great book.
The HELL Reading Challenge is free, and it is so easy! Children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read. Once they have read seven books, children can exchange their completed pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at HELL.
To find out more use the following link: