Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Quiz Night

Quiz Night Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto

Every Year the Kauri hub have a week-long camp, usually this is in Term 1 but due to Covid 19 it was postponed to Term 4.  We are off to Dunedin and Waihola, our programme is packed with learning about wildlife, history, a sports morning at Carisbrook School and more. We will be travelling by bus, leaving at 9am on Monday and returning late on the Friday afternoon.

To help with the cost the Yr 7/8 hub raise funds to reduce the cost for every student.
Our biggest fundraiser this year is a quiz night. We are very lucky to have secured the exceptionally talented and witty Jarred Skelton to be our Quiz master for the night.

Supper and nibbles are provided with a cash / eftpos bar, Raffle tickets will be on sale and our main prize is a 15" Haro flightline Mountain bike worth $530.

There is a maximum of 6 persons per team and the cost is $10 per person.

Payment is through the schools online account : 12 3148 0131 641 00 (ref Quiz and Name) or at reception with cash or eftpos.

This is the only Adult only event in the school calendar this year, it will be a sell out event so please get in early to guarantee a table / seat.

Click on the link below to book your tickets.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 24th July 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

It was wonderful today, to have our first Welcome Assembly again since our last one that was held on February 7th. We welcomed 41 students and 5 staff - a record for one Welcome Assembly. There was a huge parade of flags on show, and exciting to see two beautiful new flags presented - those of Cambodia and Kazakhstan.
Cambodian Flag

Kazakhstan Flag

Readathon and Book Week - coming up in Weeks 3 & 4.

An exciting group of annual events on our school calendar are the Readathon and Book Week, culminating in Book Character Day on Friday 14th August.
The Readathon is an important fundraising event that our PTA runs for us. Your child will come home on Monday 3rd August with a Readathon card. 
The Readathon works by children selecting a daily reading goal (usually a time they will spend reading each day), then collecting sponsorship to complete that goal every day for two weeks.
Please take some time to discuss with your child in advance, what you all think a reasonable expectation for their reading goal should be. This goal will be different for every child and should be appropriate to their age and reading level. For a young child, it might be about number of books read each day e.g. two books each day, whilst most children will probably go for a time goal of independent (or shared) reading time e.g. 10mins a day - 30 mins a day.
As caregivers, your responsibility is to sign off the reading goal on their readathon card each day. Please support your child to get sponsorship for their goals, and ensure that the cards and money are returned to school the week after the Readathon.
The second week of Readathon is nominated as Book Week, and there will be a range of activities at school promoting books and reading. This all culminates on Friday 14th August with 'Book Character Day". This is an opportunity for your child to dress up as any character from a book that they would like to! Get your thinking caps on now and start talking about what this might look like for your child.

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 27 Jul - Y7/8 girls at Canterbury Basketball Tournament
Mon 27 Jul - Y8 Family Meeting - meet Joe Eccleton, Principal of Cashmere High 6pm - 7pm
Tue 28 Jul - Y7/8 ShowQuest students filming 'on location' in the city
Thu 30 July - Winter Sport Yrs 5 - 8
Fri 31 July - Celebration Assembly 2:20 - 2:50pm
Mon 3 Aug - Fri 14 Aug - Readathon
Thu 6 Aug - Winter Sport yrs 5 - 8
Thu 6 Aug - BOT meeting 5:30 - 7:30pm
Wed 12 Aug - Canterbury Cross Country - Halswell Quarry
Fri 14 Aug - Book Character Day
Fri 14 Aug - Celebration Assembly 2:20 - 2:50pm

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 & 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Cayla Digan - Year 6

Cayla, you bring a calm, caring presence to everything you do, and your quiet confidence makes you a wonderful role model in our team. You have a gift for knowing exactly when and where to lend a helping hand, and to whom. Thank you for truly showing how We Get There Together. Tino pai tō mahi, Cayla.

School Notices

School Donations

Thank you to everyone who has paid their school donation, or set up a regular payment to contribute to this ($150 per student, per year). If you would like a tax receipt for last year's donation, please email and request one.
We do rely on your donations to be able to support the diverse range of curriculum activities and resources that we are able to offer our children.

PTA Donation to School

We are very grateful to the PTA for donating $850 towards Learning Through Play equipment, and for agreeing to fund the cost of the SeeSaw licences ($1700) that we purchased during lockdown to support the online learning of our junior students.

Year 8 whānau meeting - Transition to Cashmere High

Monday 27 July, 6-7 pm - Staffroom
Families of Year 8 students are invited to come along and meet Joe Eccleton and other senior Cashmere High staff, talk about the transition from Year 8 to Cashmere High.

Free event for All Ages - Mike King

Mike King is coming to Christchurch to give a free public talk about Normalising the Inner Critic - "that little voice inside our heads that's constantly second-guessing us."
Canterbury has been over the past 10 years impacted by multiple large scale traumatic events and with the COVID pandemic still very current, particularly impacting our young people. We have invited Mike down to talk as we have witnessed increasing levels of mental health distress, thoughts around self-harm, and suicide.

WHERE: The McCombs Performing Arts Centre, Cashmere High School

WHEN: August 3rd, 2020 at 7pm


Please register your interest by clicking below on the Familial Trust Facebook page event so they can have an indication of seating numbers.
Or Contacts us at

PLEASE NOTE : For multiple bookings Click here to email
or Phone (03) 9811-093 with your name and how
many seats required.

State Secondary Schools Enrolment Scheme

All state secondary schools in the Greater Christchurch area have an enrolment scheme or enrolment zone.

Applications for out of zone places in any of these schools close on Friday 31 July. To help schools with planning for 2021, enrolments from students living in zone for their local secondary school should also be submitted by this date.

Contact the school for enrolment information.

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


Clubbercise is a fun, sweaty, dance exercise class. The lights are low, with disco lights flashing so no one can see how unco you are, but Chloe is a master teacher and even those of us with two left feet can join in and get the heart rate up! Tickets are $10, and thanks to Chloe’s generosity, almost all of the ticket price comes back to school. We can only do these in winter in the dark, so don't miss out, the first night is coming up soon 29 July at 7pm. Click this link to register and book your ticket.
Clubbercise ticket booking

Community Notices

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

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

Cashmere Choral Groups 

Cashmere choral Groups will perform along with guest groups from Villa Maria and the Christchurch Youth Choir

Thursday July 30th in the Cashmere High School McCombs Performing Arts Centre, 172 Rose Street at 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm).

Open Evening for Year 6 Families Tonight

Open Evening for Year 6 Families Tonight

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Open Evening in the Intermediate Hub tonight between 7 and 8pm.

When you arrive we will ask you to write down a question (children and adults). These questions will direct our sharing in the second part of the evening. Have a think about what you would like to ask.

PTA Newsletter July 2020

PTA Newsletter July 2020


Here is a quick update of what the PTA has been up to, and what we have still to come this year.

We were so happy to get some community events up and running again after Lockdown with our disco and supporting the Mid-winter breakfast. It’s also been great to see the new playground being opened, after so much work by the BOT, staff and PTA to get that space into usable, playable shape. We have also been pleased to donate last year's Calendar Art proceeds to the purchase of the Seesaw software that enabled the junior classes to connect with their teachers and work online during Lockdown. We have also been able to help purchase Learning Through Play resources, with these funds.

Silent Auction

The prizes sourced by the PTA for the fair still need a good home! Our silent auction has been transferred online and is running at the moment- there are some absolutely gorgeous things to bid on. Follow this link to have a look at the treats on offer.  

It takes about 2 seconds to register and then you can browse the amazing packages put together by the prize team. Some of the things to buy include: scenic flights, nappies, nights out, bike helmets, bike seats, massage, pizza, coffee, beauty therapy, jewellery, original art, swimming lessons, ferry tickets, mohair rugs, massage - honestly our sponsors have been incredibly generous, so please go and have a browse. Get in quick, bids close on Friday 24th July.


Clubbercise is a fun, sweaty, dance exercise class - set to pumping fun dance anthems from the 90s. 2000s and today! The lights are low, with disco lights flashing so no one can see how unco you are, but Chloe is a master teacher and even those of us with two left feet can join in and get the heart rate up! Tickets are $10, and thanks to Chloe’s generosity, almost all of the ticket price comes back to school. We can only do these in winter when the light is dark enough, so don't miss out, the first night is coming up soon 29 July at 7pm. Click this link to register and book your ticket. 

What else is coming up?

The Fair was our major fundraising event, and it’s cancellation has left a hole in our fundraising for 2020/2021. We had planned to update the sports uniforms and help buy resources for the digital curriculum, as well as our usual support of the annual bus trips. But COVID has meant massive disruption and uncertainty for our community, so we have decided that fundraising will not be a major focus for the PTA this year. We will run some key events because the school still requires support, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate to any of the events we run. The PTA will not be running a quiz this year (there will be a fun adults night out though, the Kauri hub are organising a quiz of their own, to fundraise for camp) Our main fundraiser will be the Read-a-thon - details to follow in term 3.

In spring our Top Team event on Sunday the 29th of November will become a Community Fun Day, incorporating Top Team, but also with food stalls and some of the fair games that our crafty fair team had already made. We will run the live auction at the Community Day to sell the beautiful collaborative art each home group made to auction at the fair.

Come and join us!

As always we would love to see you at our PTA meetings. They happen on the 4th Wednesday of the month, typically in the Green Room at school. Like our facebook page or check the school calendar for exact dates and places.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 3rd July 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Hooray! The sun is out, and we made it to the end of what has been a very long and quite challenging term! Whilst the first three weeks back after lockdown saw high attendance with very low levels of sickness, the winter coughs, colds, sniffles, sore throats and occasional tummy bug have all been present and challenging both students and staff this last four weeks of term. The rain and cold over the past two weeks just added to that challenge, and Learning Conferences for two evenings this week have meant that teachers have absolutely worked to their capacity and beyond. As a staff, we are all very much looking forward to the first proper break since the Christmas holidays.

The huge rainbow that appeared over the school yesterday, captured by one of our lovely cleaners, Ellen.
This is an important opportunity to acknowledge again, the incredible dedication that our staff all have to our school, our children and their professional responsibilities. During lockdown, they didn't really stop, whilst they learned new digital skills and set up new ways of working to try and keep learning available for all of our children. We would also like to acknowledge the support that we continue to get from you, our parents and whānau, for the challenge that you took on in becoming the teachers during lockdown, and then supporting the different ways that we have needed to operate during the changing Alert Levels.

We do wish you all a very safe, warm and relaxing break over the next two weeks, and we look forward to seeing you on TUESDAY 21st July for the first day of Term 3.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 20 Jul - Staff Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
Tue 21 Jul - First Day of Term 3
Thu 23 Jul - Year 6 Caregivers meeting - Kauri Hub
Wed 22 Jul - Y5/6 Zone Basketball, Hillview Christian School
Wed 22 Jul - PTA Meeting 19:30 - 21:30
Thu 23 Jul - Laura Williamson Y3/4 Catch-up Learning Conferences 1:30-5pm
Thu 23 Jul - Year 6 Whānau Evening in the Kauri Hub
Fri 24 Jul - Welcome Assembly 9:15am
Mon 27 Jul - Joe Eccleton, Pri8ncipal, Cashmere High @ Beckenham to talk with Y8 whānau
Mon 3 Aug - PTA Readathon starts
Thu 6 Aug - Board Meeting - All welcome
Wed 12 Aug - Canterbury Cross-Country - Halswell Quarry
Fri 14 Aug - Book Character Day! (Final Readathon day - come dressed as your favourite Book Character.

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 AND 2021 term dates.

Year 6 Parents and Whānau evening - Thursday 23 July 7-8pm

We are very excited to invite the parents and whānau of our current Year 6 students to come along and visit the Year 7/8 hub on Thursday 23rd July from 7-8pm.
Please do take the opportunity to come and learn about our Year 7/8 programme, and find out from both students and the teachers about what our programme offers your intermediate aged children. 
Find out about how the Year 7/8 team operate, and what 2021 has in store, including camp programme, sport, extension, technology and general learning programmes.

Farewell to a very special friend

Most of our children will be very familiar with 'Beau' who has been our school 'Canine Educator' for the past 5 or 6 years. Beau belonged to Tracy Inwood, and would regularly accompany her to school and participate in learning in the hubs! He was a very gentle, loving and patient dog. 
Sadly, after 16 and a half wonderful years, Beau passed away earlier this week. We know that Beau will be so missed by Tracy and Phil, as we will also miss him, quietly keeping up with Tracy when she comes into school. 

Thank you, Beau, for all the wonderful memories!

ShowQuest - seeking a videographer

For the past two terms, a group of Year 7 and 8 students have been conceptualising and choreographing an entry for ShowQuest. This is usually an on-stage performance but in response to Covid, the organisers have switched to an online video entry. We are wondering if there is anyone in our school community has any experience or expertise that they could contribute to this project. Please, get in touch with Jenny, if you think you could help. The plan is to film early in term 3.

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

·       Burnside Clinic, 96A Memorial Avenue, Burnside,

·       Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,

·       Lincoln Clinic, 35 James Street, Lincoln,

·       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 requiring treatment.
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

Sports News

Winter Sport

We are hoping to be able to continue to offer a local winter sport competitive programme with our zone next term on Thursday afternoons. Thank you to the parents who have already offered support with this. For this programme to run, we are in need of adults to manage hockey and football teams for Year 5/6 and 7/8. This is a six-week commitment.

School Cross Country Champions

Year 8 champions - Mia, Lucky and Erik

Year 7 champions - Mila and Jonty

Year 6 champions - Billy and Petra

Year 5 champions - Archie and Jayde

Year 4 champions - Lily and Jack

Year 3 - champions - Kawa and Isla

Zone Cross Country

Monday, was a fantastic day at Halswell Quarry for our zone cross country. Our competitors did our kura proud by showing exceptional perseverance and sportsmanship. It was great to see the way that the children supported each other. A special mention goes to Mia, Jain and Ruby who stayed back at the finish line to cheer every last runner over the finish line.

Congratulations to Jonty Mitchell, who placed 4th in the year 7 race, and Torin Jorgensen, who placed 5th in the year 6 race. Both children will be representing our kura at Canterbury’s in term 3.

Year 7/8 Zone Basketball

Congratulations to our girls’ basketball team who won our zone basketball tournament on Wednesday. 

Community Notices

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

Hola , Kia ora !

Celebrate Argentina Day with us in Riverside Market on Friday 10th of July. Come after work and stay all night long!


- 6pm- Argentinean Street Food from El Quincho
- Live music: El Ristu + Open Mic - El Quincho
-7pm- Social cards games (Truco & Chinchon)
- 7pm- Argie Quizz - Upstairs Cantina
- 8pm- Social Tango - Milonga -upstairs at Cantina
-10pm - Fiesta Argenta at Castro Bar
- Dance until 3am with Argentinean DJ Sofia
-Riverside Market and El Quincho $50 vouchers

- Free Entry

- To make the event safe and comply with COVID 19 regulations, please register your name for the event.

Thank you for sharing this event with your amigos!

Hasta pronto, Gracias!

Denise Lovato

The Big Planting Day Farnley Reserve 

19 July (last Sunday of school holidays), 9am -12pm  81 Eastern Terrace Beckenham
An opportunity for families to get to know your local reserve, plant some plants and meet some of the regular Friends of Farnley volunteers.

Bring your own shovel and gloves if you have one (make sure they are named).  Wear warm clothes, sturdy footwear and bring your own morning tea.