Kauri Whānau Update: Term 3 Week 7

 In this post:

  • Ski trip
  • Choice 
  • Playground
  • Save the Date Year 8
  • Passions

Ski Trip

A huge thanks to our fabulous parent crew who supported all of our tamariki to have a fabulous day on the snow. Despite the soggy start at school, we were greeted by calm blue skies when we arrived. The children were fabulous. They followed all of the instructions that were drilled into them before we left, enabling the day to flow smoothly. So many children made so much progress; we were super proud of their achievements and attitude. We have a huge collection of photos which the children can access from home to show you. The media team are also working on a video which we will share soon. 


This week each homeroom had two sessions with Constable Meg as part of our teaching and learning around making positive choices around drug use. The children have been learning about the different levels of harm that can be caused by drug abuse and the laws and regulations that exist in our country. The children approached this learning with maturity and posed lots of questions for Constable Meg to answer. Constable Meg encouraged the children to talk openly about what they had been learning with whānau.

Another key message from Constable Meg was about how to react if friends were doing something that they felt was unsafe or could become unsafe: get yourself away from the situation. We know that as children enter their preeteen and teenage years, the perception of what your peers think of you has a huge impact on behaviour and that walking away from your friends takes a lot of courage. We thought we would share a useful strategy with you that you can set up with your child to help them make positive choices when with their friends. How it works is that you agree upon a code word between you and your child. This could be anything from 'bananas' to just an 'x'. If your child is ever in a situation where they feel uncomfortable, they text you the code word. On receiving this text, the parent calls their child and says that they need to pick them up and bring them home. The child can outwardly express their disappointment or frustration about this and save face in front of their friends. We thought that this was a strategy that might come in handy at some point during your child's journey into adulthood. 


Happy first day of Spring! We have been loving this wonderful weather this week and want to make a special mention of all the great lunchtime activities that have been happening. Many students have been playing football with the younger kids and lots of Koru games practises have been happening. We'd love to see this enthusiasm for active play continue. 

Save the Date Year 8

If your child is off to Cashmere High next year, you will want to mark the evening of Wednesday, September 13th from 6pm in your diary. That is the evening that Beckenham Whānau are invited to Cahsmere High to meet with the principal and have your questions answered. More details will be coming to you directly from Cashmere.


We are fully into the swing of our Friday afternoon passions for Term 3. It has been wonderful having Kate Allan come in to take a coding passion. Here are some photos from our 'paper mache clocks' and 'clay' passions. Lots of wonderful learning and fun being had! 

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 1 Week 9

 In this post:

  • No technology
  • Sport term 2
  • Animal dress-up day pics
  • Passions pics


There will be no technology this coming Tuesday, as they will be setting up new spaces at Christchurch South Intermediate that day. Children are to arrive at school at the usual time, ready to start learning at 8:55.

Sport in Term 2

Thank you to parents who have offered to help with a winter sports team. Winter sports begins next term on the 25th May and runs for the last 5 weeks of Term 2 and then the first 5 weeks of Term 3. We have had a lot of interest in football and netball, but still need parents to help with a team. If you are able to assist please email sarah.junghenn@beckenham.school.nz.

SPCA Fundraiser

A bit well done to the student council for organising a fabulous Animal Dress-up Day today. $600 was raised, and we also have a huge pile of donations.


Today we came to the end of our term 1 passion sessions. The children have developed skills and a passion for American football, working with our younger tamariki, coding, photography, science and quilling. Next week, we will outline the passions for term 2.

In our photography passion we have been learning about different shots and angles such as close up and low angle. The students have been enjoying exploring and trying new things. Today we learnt about trick photography, it was highly amusing!

Kauri Whānau Final 2022 Post

 Well, that's it, we are all done and dusted. We wish you all a safe and super happy holiday. We have loved doing school life with your children this year and wish the 64 wonderful Year 8s all the best, as well as our two departing Year 7s. 

There are a number of Year 8 pencil cases still in the hub. We will be back on site in late January if your child would like to pop in and collect theirs. 

Below are some pics from the Year 8 pool party and today's slip'n'slide.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4, Week 8/9

 It's been quite a week in Year 7 & 8. Production, Top Team, Corsair Bay and quite a bit of regular learning as well!

We have the pleasure of teaching a fabulous group of children and they were outstanding this week. Their effort, talent and joy on stage; their teamwork and encouragement of each other at Top Team and the way they made the most of their day at the beach, despite the damp weather, were so good to see. What a lovely way the round up 2022, and we are not done yet!

Coming up next week:


A regular day and the children will be bringing most of their books home at the end of the day. Please make sure they have space in their bags. 


In the afternoon the 24/7 youth workers from Cashmere High and some ex-students who will be in Year 13 next year are coming to talk with the Year 8s and have some fun outside getting to know each other. 

Between 4 and 6, the Year 8s have their pool party. This is being held at 96 Fisher Avenue. Children are to bring a water bottle (no fizzy drinks), their togs, towel, sunhat and sunscreen.  We have been given a generous donation that will cover the cost of pizza, so no need to provide any food. If your child does not eat pizza, please email their home-group teacher. If children are not being collected at 6pm, we will assume they are walking home. Please email us if there are any special pick-up arrangements for your child. Many thanks to Pip and Michael for hosting this party.


Our Year 8s are to come to school dressed in their best clothes, ready for the Leavers' Assembly. This assembly starts at 11am and concludes with a lunch for the Year 8s and their parents. School finishes for Year 8 after this lunch. We would like them to head home, rather than congregating on the park. 


This will be Year 7s final day, with school finishing at 12:30. The children can bring their togs and a towel as we plan to set up a slip-and-slide. We are also planning to celebrate the end of the year for Year 7 with pizza (also donated) before they head home at 12:30.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all of the parents who have helped out this week with Top Team and our Corsair Bay trip. The children had a blast and you were a key component in making this happen.

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Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 7

 In this post:

  • Key dates
  • Production next Monday and Tuesday
  • Top Team next Monday
  • Corsair Bay next Friday
  • Relationships and Sexuality
The end of the year is racing towards us! Below is a reminder of key dates:
  • Wednesday, Nov 30:  Canterbury athletics
  • Wednesday, Nov 30: Whānau picnic and Kapa haka concerts. Picnic and games from 5pm. Te Whānau Mahi Tahi perform at 6:30pm.
  • Monday, Dec 5: Top Team in the afternoon (see below)
  • Monday, Dec 5: 'A walk through the 80s' opening night (see below)
  • Tuesday, Dec 6: Last technology session for the year
  • Tuesday, Dec 6: 'A walk through the 80s' final night 
  • Friday, Dec 9: Final assembly starting at 9:45am.
  • Friday, Dec 9: Corsair Bay trip (see below)
  • Tuesday, Dec 13: Year 8 pool party, 4-6pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 14: Leavers' assembly and lunch, 11am - 1pm (Year 8s finish)
  • Thursday, Dec 15: Last morning for Year 7

'A Walk Through the 80s' Production, Dec 5th and 6th:

This week we are putting the finishing touches on our production and will be performing for the school on Thursday afternoon. All children performing on stage need their costumes at school by Thursday.

The children are very much looking forward to performing for you next Monday and Tuesday nights, starting at 7pm. Children are to come already in costume and meet in the hub at 6:30pm. Caitlin will send out a separate message about the dancers. 

Please encourage family and friends to come along and enjoy an entertaining evening. We will not be selling tickets prior, simply turn up on the night with a gold coin donation. You are welcome to come both evenings if you would like to. 

Top Team Monday, Dec 5th:

We are looking forward to an afternoon of fun and fabulous teamwork next Monday. Top Team arrive with all their gear late morning and the fun begins at 1:30. Some of the activities involve water so children need to bring clothes to change into. We suggest a rash top, polypro, house shirt or quick dry t-shirt and quick dry shorts. Sunhats and sunscreen will also be required. Pack a towel too. Many thanks to the adults who have volunteered to help; we will see you on the park at 1:10 for the briefing.

Corsair Bay, Dec 9th:

Next Friday after morning tea we head to Corsair Bay. Swimming, a walk to Cass Bay, games on the beach and chilling with friends will be the activities of the day. Children are to come to school in uniform. It would be best if they had their togs on underneath their uniform. They are to bring:
  • togs and towel
  • sunhat
  • sunscreen
  • lunch (friends may arrange to bring a shared lunch and this needs to be nut-free)
  • water bottle
  • inhaler (if required)
  • Optional: picnic rug, non-electronic game such as cards, wetsuit, sunglasses
We should be back at school by 3pm. 

Relationships and Sexuality:

We are currently looking at the 'growing and changing' section of relationships and sexuality. We have discussed changes at puberty and how to manage these changes. We have learned about the male and female reproductive systems and are moving on to conception and the consequences of sexual activity, which includes talking about contraception.