Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 17 September, 2021

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Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Kia kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia kaha te reo Māori’ we’re saying  - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'. 
This week has been Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) here in Aotearoa and I have been really impressed by how much more te reo Māori I have heard and seen through the media this year than ever before.

At our kura (school), each hub participated in their own way in celebrating and learning more te reo Māori
The display below was put up in the Whare Pukapuka (library) by Anne, our amazing librarian. 
Our goal is always to make te reo Māori a language that our tamariki (children) understand and can use with confidence. This is a challenge when none of our staff are fluent in te reo, and there is a shortage of fluent te reo teachers throughout the motu (nation). We have a team of kaiako (teachers) at school who support us to upskill one another and make sure we keep our focus in this kaupapa (matter)!
We encourage you as a whānau (family) to ako (learn) together, and to add te reo Māori into your daily conversations!

It's been a week of fairly cold mornings at the gate this week, so a huge thank-you to our staff who work the entrances every morning. Thank you also to our road patrol team who are there each day, morning and afternoon, making sure we all get across the road safely. We do appreciate that it is tricky not being able to come onto the school site each day and we thank you all for your patience.

Enrolments for 2022

Do you, or one of your neighbours, have a pre-schooler turning five during 2022? 
Are they enrolled yet? If not, please contact Jacky in the office about enrolment as soon as possible. It helps us significantly with our staffing and planning if we know in advance who to expect at school the following year! 
You can find enrolment information and forms here on our website.

​Toys and trading cards at school

We have noticed an increase in children bringing both toys, and trading cards (especially Pokemon cards) to school recently. We know that all of these items are extremely precious and that if they get lost, or accidentally given away or misplaced, it causes very real distress.

Our policy ​has always been to ask that toys (including trading cards) are left at home. 

Whilst we are at Level 2, please don't bring the trading cards to the gate for your child to trade at 3pm, as this is causing quite a lot of additional congestion at the gate which is already very busy. Thanks for your support of this.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki (Princpal)

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 10:
Fri 01 Oct - Last day of Term 3
Fri 01 Oct - Celebration Assembly (if we are at Level 1 - 12-12.30pm)
Term 4
Week 1:
Mon 18 Oct - First day of Term 4
Fri 22 Oct - Welcome to School Assembly (9.15 - 9.30am followed by Morning Tea for whānau)
Week 2:
Mon 25 Oct - Labour Day (School Closed)
Tue 26 Oct - Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Wed 27 Oct - PTA Meeting ( 7.30 - 9.30pm )
Sun 31 Oct - PTA - Halloween Picnic in the Park

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Cahlen Stace - Year 6

Cahlen, your enthusiasm for learning is second to none! You share your excellent general knowledge and well-thought-out ideas with others in a positive manner. Your exuberance is infectious. Cahlen, you take action when the need arises and this helps the whole hub tick along. Tino pai rawa atu to mahi!

PTA News

Lockdown is over and the PTA is back!

The Readathon has been a bit disjointed thanks to COVID, but let's start where we left off! We will be at the main gate on Sandwich Rd every day next week collecting any cards that have been completed or money you still have to donate. We will have cool bookmarks to give in return.

We will still run the popular prize draw at the assembly on Friday 24th September. Everyone who did the reading goes into the draw, so let one of us at the gate know if you lost the card or donated online, alternatively email or message us on Facebook.

We won't be having the book character dress-up day but there will be a chance to dress up at our Family Picnic in the park on the 31st of October! We did have our ever-popular quiz scheduled for the 30th, but due to COVID uncertainty, we have decided to change it from a fundraiser into a BYO picnic in the park on Sunday 31st. More details will follow soon!

Finally: keep your eye out for our Calendar Art Fundraiser. The students have been busy creating masterpieces, which are soon to be turned into easy Christmas gifts! We are hoping to be able to open orders before the end of term - watch this space (and your children’s bags).

School Notices

Kōwhai miniball T4 2021

If your Year 3/4 child is keen to play Miniball at the Pioneer Stadium inter-school competition next term, please click on this link for more information and register their interest by next Friday 24th September.

NZ Mental Health Awareness 

Next week is NZ's mental health awareness week, 27 September - 3rd October.
This year, the focus is on making time to kōrero through our joys and challenges. Talk with your children about the benefits of talking through problems, and who they might go to.
More resources, ideas and stories are featured here online. 

The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.

When all these things are in balance, we thrive. When one or more of these is out of balance, our wellbeing is impacted. 

The parts of the wharenui:


Taha whānau is the people we care about, who recharge us and make us feel we belong. Whānau isn’t just our immediate relatives. It includes our friends, hoamahi/colleagues, iwi or community – the people who are close to our hearts. 


Taha wairua is about taking notice and appreciating the beauty around us. It’s about rediscovering things that make us feel awe, hope, strength, unity and connection. For some, wairua is faith or a higher power. Sometimes our wairua isn’t strong and we encourage you to think about what wairua means to you and ways to strengthen it. When your wairua is strong, it’s easier to feel good, cope with challenges and build strong whānau relationships.


Taha tinana is about how your body feels and how you care for it. Refuelling your body helps you to feel mentally well. Sometimes your tinana might not be where you’d like it to be and this might be beyond your control. What’s important is that you do what you can to nurture it.


Taha hinengaro is your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. Just like your physical health, your hinengaro needs to be nurtured. Hinengaro is what you do to stimulate and refresh your mind so you can better cope with the ups and downs of life.


Whenua is our connection to the land. It’s soil, plants, animals and people – tangata whenua. It’s the earth through which you are connected to your tūpuna/ancestors. Whenua is a place of belonging and it’s comforting that it is never too far away.

Update from Scholastic

"Scholastic New Zealand’s Auckland warehouse is currently closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
We have received a number of queries from schools and parents enquiring as to the status of their orders. Due to the lockdown, we have a number of unfulfilled orders stuck in our warehouse. As books are deemed non-essential items, we are not able to operate and ship any of these orders to school or homes.
I’m sure that you will understand that this situation is beyond our control, as it is for many New Zealand organisations and we thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Rest assured, we will be prioritising these orders as soon as Auckland reaches level 3 and our fantastic team gets back to our warehouse. Auckland orders will be dispatched to schools as soon as Auckland reaches level 2 and students return to in-person learning.
In the meantime, if you have any questions related to your order please email Our Customer Services Team are working from home and will reply to your email with an update as soon as they are able to.
Please stay safe during the lockdown.
The Scholastic Team"


BOSCO’s October Holiday Programme is now open for bookings. We are very excited about the variety of crafts, baking and sport activities we have planned these holidays. We will also be visiting Ferrymead and playing a fantastic round of minigolf at Caddyshack. Pony Parties will bring their amazing animals to visit us and the boys from Cheapskate Skateskool are ready to come and teach us a few tricks again! We have limited spaces available so email Juanita now at to find out more or make a booking online via Aimy Plus.

Community Notices

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

Bush Farm Education


CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems, presenting & collaboration. Creating games, websites and apps as well as robotics.

4th - 8th October 

Learn to Sail

This Learn to Sail program based out of Naval Point Club Lyttelton, is a 10 week course that will teach children aged 8 +  how to sail and the basic principle of the sport

The Program starts on Saturday the 25th of September with the option to sail either on a Saturday or a Sunday morning from 9 – 12

The program come’s at a cost of $150 for the 10 weeks and this includes boat hire.

A wetsuit, warm clothes that will get wet and a lifejacket are necessary

For further details and registration please go to

We also have on offer our school program running from the 11th – 14th of October for anyone who wants to give sailing a try

 Write Like an Author - Holiday Writing Camp

Learn to write stories like a published author, with a published author!

Write Like an Author is the internationally acclaimed writing course for students aged 8-14 that shows you how to write stories the way authors do.

On a three-day, school holiday writing camp, award-winning author Maria GIll will take you on a journey of fun and discovery, learning how to create, develop and write awesome stories, guiding you every step of the way.

The course has been developed by international award winning author and writing coach Brian Falkner and proven for over a decade in classrooms in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

The cost of the three day camp is $195 at the early-bird price.

Act2 Drama Group Auditions

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, Friday 10 September, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

We were so thrilled to see all the children back at school yesterday and today. In fact, yesterday we only had 17 children absent out of 508 - a better attendance rate than usual for this time of the year! We had seven new children start school yesterday and today - a very special welcome to them, and their whānau.

Thank you to all of our whānau who have supported the dropping off and collecting of children at the gate each day. This will continue whilst we are at Level 2. The children were well prepared yesterday and even our newest students managed this very successfully. As of today, all of the Chromebooks that we loaned out have been returned - thank you very much for that.

Whilst we can't have whānau on site at the moment, it doesn't mean that you can't talk with your child's teachers. If you would like to talk to a teacher, please email the teacher or email the office ( and they will be happy to call you back.

With only three weeks left of this term, teachers will be doing quite a bit of assessment over the next three weeks, in preparation for report writing from the start of Term 4. We expect to have reports out to you (via HERO for the first time) at the end of Week 5, and we will be offering Learning Conferences during Week 6 (23rd and 25th November).

Best wishes for the first weekend at Level 2 - whatever that allows you and your family to do!
Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 8:
Thu 16 Sep - Board of Trustees' meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm)

Week 9:
Wed 22 Sep - PTA meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)

Week 10:
Fri 01 Oct - Last day of Term 3
Fri 01 Oct - Celebration Assembly (if we are at Level 1 - 12-12.30pm)

Term 4

Week 1:
Mon 18 Oct - First day of Term 4
Fri 22 Oct - Welcome to School Assembly (9.15 - 9.30am followed by Morning Tea for whānau)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Poppy Holton - Year 3

Poppy, you are an enthusiastic learner. You always show initiative and are willing to give it a go with everything you have been asked to do. You are also kind and caring to other members of Kōwhai hub as you make sure no one ever feels left out. We are so delighted to have you in Kōwhai this year, ka rawe!

School Notices

Lunch Ordering

Community Dental Van

Ministry of Education - Gifted Learner Awards

The Gifted Learner Awards can be used to challenge learners to try something new, or extend them in areas they're already involved in and passionate about.
Applicants can include tamariki in early learning through to high school students. 
Applications can be for an individual or a group of learners, and can provide funding of up to $2,500 per individual or $5,000 per group (to be used within a 12-month period). 
APPLY TODAY: (Applications close at 4pm on 30 September 2021)

It's Māori Language Week next week!

Huatau | Ideas
Click this link to see some things you can do for your Māori Language Moment. It could be as easy as greeting everyone you see with 'kia ora', starting your Zoom call with "mōrena", or playing te reo Māori songs in your workplace all day. How you do it is up to you, but you can get started with some ideas linked here! (

Community Notices

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

Beckenham Tennis Club

Action Sports Summer Season

If anyone has any questions about Indoor Netball or Indoor Football, they can contact ACTION on:

Ph 03-366 6601

Saint Albans Cricket Club 

I am Hope - Events coming up 

The Gumboot army is anyone who would like to raise money for Gumboot Friday – I am Hope charity.

Gumboot Friday – I am Hope is a charity started by Mike King, to raise money for counselling sessions for the tamariki of Aotearoa, aged 4-24 years old.

More information on this charity can be found at 

Sunday 24th October - Little River Family Fun day! “Top town” gumboot competition, food, stalls, raffles and more! Find the event on Facebook at Little River Gumboot day. Two of the activities are design a gumboot and decorate a gumboot. It will be a great outing for everyone! If it doesn’t go ahead due to COVID, all prizes will be raffled and auctioned off on our FB page.

5th November 2021 – Gumboot Friday Take 2! We would love for you to get involved by encouraging your tamariki to wear gumboots and make a donation.

Vegan Expo Christchurch

Haere-Roa (UCSA, 90 Ilam Rd)
10am – 4pm
Sunday, November 7th

Enjoy great vegan food, watch top veggie chefs display their cooking secrets, learn about plant-based living and enjoy celebrating cruelty-free, pro-planet lives with Christchurch’s vegetarian and vegan community. Whether you are vegetarian or not, you will love the variety of foods and entertainment on offer, which includes a special kid’s zone, bouncy castle and activities.

Eftpos and plenty of free parking will be available.

Kids free (12 and under), adults $5 if bought online now ( or $6 on the door.  

Please note: The Expo will only go ahead if we are in Covid-19 alert level 1. If the event has to be cancelled, refunds will be issued to anyone who has purchased tickets. 

Free leaflets and resources (click here).

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 03 September, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

A shorter than usual newsletter this week, mostly to let you know that we, like most of you, are missing being at school and have all of our fingers and toes crossed that we will be moving to Alert Level 2 soon. 

A very warm welcome to four new families who have had children start during lockdown! A very unusual start for these children, but we hope that they have felt welcomed and we very much look forward to meeting them at school when we move to Alert Level 2
We have three bubbles of children learning at school at the moment, with the rest of our tamariki continuing with learning at home. The staff have been really impressed with the engagement of so many children, and enjoy catching up with learning, whether it has been via a group zoom (Years 3-8) or from phone conversations, emails and individual zooms with some whānau.


Electronic communication has been a critical part of staying connected as a school community through lockdown. From time to time, we send out surveys or quesstions to you that require a response to enable us to plan and prepare at school. 
We are now sending ALL of our communication out via our HERO platform. You can log onto HERO through your internet browser on your home computer, or via the app on your phone or handheld device.

Downloading the HERO app will allow you to have push notifications sent to your phone whenever an important communication is sent out. Search for "HERO by Linc-ed" on the google Playstore or Apple Store.
Once you have downloaded the app, you can log in using your email address as a 'new user' (note that the email address needs to be the one you have given us to use at school.

Stay safe, and stay in touch. You can still call the school via the office cellphone during school hours, or email or email any of the staff via their school email (

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there...

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Whilst we are working through Alert Levels, confirming dates of upcoming events is not possible. 

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Isla Graham - Year 6

Isla, you have such a passion for learning and we love how you approach new challenges with an open, inquiring mind. Always let this shine, Isla! He taonga te ako, the treasure is learning. Thank you for being a kind, compassionate person who is always thinking of others, and ready to lend a helping hand. Tino pai, Isla!

School Notices

Ministry of Education - Gifted Learner Awards

The Gifted Learner Awards can be used to challenge learners to try something new, or extend them in areas they're already involved in and passionate about.
Applicants can include tamariki in early learning through to high school students. 
Applications can be for an individual or a group of learners, and can provide funding of up to $2,500 per individual or $5,000 per group (to be used within a 12-month period). 
APPLY TODAY: (Applications close at 4pm on 30 September 2021)

Lunchonline in Level 3

Public Health: Everyone aged 12 years and over can now be vaccinated

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 years and over can now book their free COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The Ministry of Health advises that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are necessary to protect each other, our whānau and our community against the Delta variant of the virus.

  • Reservations can be made through – when booking appointments remember to stay local and book as close to home as possible.

  • If you have questions or need help booking, call the COVID Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26. 

  • It may be able to book directly at your local general practice, community pharmacy or hauora provider. For more information visit Healthpoint or Karawhiua.

PTA News

Readathon Fundraiser 2021

Well with the Covid lockdown sprung on us this year, our annual Readathon and the money our amazing school of readers usually raise is looking a little different.

Our usual practice of collecting money and offering bookmarks to the children as they return their cards to the PTA hasn't been able to take place.  As we are yet to know when we will return to school and what that may look like, we would love to see all your wonderful donations made online.  Once we are back to school we will look at getting bookmarks distributed out.

Bank accounts details are:

Ref - Readathon

A very big thank you from the PTA to those of you who have already sent your money in. 
We hope you are all having a safe lockdown and are all finding moments to lose yourself in a good book.

Extra Learning Spot

'The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis) 

Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reads 'The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis). A fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.  This lesson promotes procedural writing, and starts with a book.

'Diary Of A Worm' (by Doreen Cronin)

Dr Murray Gadd PhD, reads "Diary Of A Worm". Another fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though again some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well. Every lesson starts with a book.

How the Kiwi Lost its Wings

A shadow puppet performance, based on the story by Alwyn Owen, which tells of how the kiwi came to be the most beloved bird in Aotearoa.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats…and eats his way through the week.  Taken from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories collection. Based on Eric Carle's picture book.  Click here to watch.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 20 August 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora e te whānau

What a week! We have all been asked to be flexible and adaptable once again, as we join together to ensure that we keep our community free from COVID-19.

I would like to start today by thanking our staff for the way they sprung into action on Tuesday evening, after the sudden announcement of lockdown, to ensure that they had everything they needed to be able to work from home for an unknown period of time.

Thank you all, too, for what we know you will be doing to support your families at home. We know that there are so many different situations in our homes including welcoming home brand-new babies, essential workers who might be finding child-care very challenging, supporting sick whānau, and worries about family members in or away from Christchurch who may have been at 'places of interest' in this latest Covid outbreak. We send you all our very warmest wishes as we go through this lockdown. Further on in the newsletter is an extensive list of support links that you, or someone you know, might find helpful during this time.

Hopefully, you have all been able to access our 'Learning at Home' site ( which is linked to our school website.

When you open the link, you should find this site, which has menus for each team that I mentioned in the message that went out on Wednesday evening, but understand some families haven't been able to find easily.
Hopefully the following images will make the menus (one for each team) a little easier to find. These menus take you to a wide range of learning activities that have been put together by each team, specifically for the children in that team.

Cellphone view

computer view

This website has been designed so that you and your children can select activities from it that are going to be appropriate for your situation. If you don't have access to lots of wifi or devices, there are plenty of 'non-digital' learning options available, particularly for the younger students. Remember that every opportunity to write, to read, or to have a conversation is an opportunity for learning with your child. 

Following the announcement today that we remain in Level 4 until Tuesday evening, we will not be looking at loaning out any devices on Monday. Once we hear Monday afternoon's announcement, we will review the option of going into school and organising devices to issue and we will keep you updated on that. Thank you to the people who have signalled that they would like to borrow a school device. We will let you know what will be happening about this again at the end of Monday.

Until then, stay safe in your bubbles. Encourage your children to help around the home and live that school value of 'We Get There Together"!

Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

(Note - all of these are subject to change as covid levels change)

Sun 22 Aug - Treemendous Working Bee (postponed)

Term 3, Week 5: 
Wed 25 Aug - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)
Thu 26 Aug - Canterbury Winter Tournament
Fri 27 Aug - Staff Only Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Term 3, Week 6:
Mon 30 Aug - Canterbury Duathlon
Fri 3 Sep - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30pm)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Thomas Zinzan - Year 8

Thomas, you are such a kind and diligent member of the Kauri hub. You are a fabulous role model for all of our school values. Whether it in is the classroom or on the sports field you enhance each team that you are part of with your strong sense of fairness, great ideas and by giving 100%. Tu meke Thomas!

School Notices

Agencies you can contact for assistance

Many families may find it tough going back into Alert Level 4. It can be challenging having children at home, being cut off from family and friends, trying to making ends meet and have high stress levels.

For people with disabilities or autism and their support people, the Explore 0800 000421 phone service available to provide advice or support. This includes advice or support around challenging behaviours. To access this service, you don’t need a referral and it doesn’t matter whether you’re new to Explore, currently on their waitlist or you’ve worked with them previously. The service is available Monday to Friday 9.00am–5.00pm. When you phone the 0800 number you will be connected with an administrator who will then book you an appointment with one of the specialists.

If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some further options that might be useful.

Support services that remain open:
  • Women’s Refuge 0800REFUGE or 0800 733 843
  • Shine 0508 744 633
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
  • Oranga Tamariki call centre 0508FAMILY
  • CADS 0800 367 222
  • Narcotics Anonymous 0800 628 632
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229 6757
  • Lifeline 0800 543 354 or free text 4357
  • Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234
  • Samaritans 0800 726 666
  • Outline (LGBT) 0800 688 5463
  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865
  • The Fono West (Social Services) 09 837 1780
  • Counselling Free Call or Text 1737
  • Healthline for COVID-19 health advice: 0800 358 5453
Work and Income services centres are closed. However, you can apply for assistance via MyMSD or phone the contact centre on 0800 559 009.
If you know someone who needs financial assistance, please tell him/her to call the free government helpline 0800 779 997 (8am–1am, seven days a week). 
If you know someone is feeling anxious, frustrated or needs a listening ear, they can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor. It is free 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ESOL Happenings

The Kōwhai and Koru students enjoyed working together and making soup. They learnt and named the vegetables and used sequential language (first, next, then, after that).

The Koru students got into the spirit of the Olympic Games with their own mini Olympics. They made their own medals and ran relay races, an obstacle course and bowling.

Community Dental Service

The Community Dental Service has created a Facebook page to provide easily accessible information on our service and how to access care.

Our aim is to engage and educate local communities and whanau in an online space about oral health.

Student Fundraiser

Four Beckenham students, Sophie M, Sophie C, Tabea and Heidi, are planning on shaving their heads in September to raise money for Child Cancer.  They have set up a givealittle page for their fundraising (click here)

The girls are planning on donating their hair to Freedom Wigs to help others in need as well.

Sport News

Primary and Intermediate Ski Competition

Five children from Pōhutukawa and Kauri represented our kura on a glorious sunny day at Cheeseman Ski Field last Sunday. Recent snowfall made for some awesome skiing conditions. The children had fun bombing down the course. Well done to Zoe, Jonty, Isabelle, Flynn and August. 

School Duathlon

We got this event in just in time!

The park was a hive of activity on Tuesday afternoon as 60 students from Years 5 to 8 competed in our school duathlon. This is a challenging event that requires its participants to dig deep to complete the course. It was awesome to see the children out embracing the challenges of the event. We were really impressed with the way the children encouraged each other. We get there together! Thank you to all the parents and students who took on marshalling and other leadership jobs. 

School Duathlon Results
Year 5 champions: Anabelle and Jack
Year 6 champions: Archie and Jayde 
Year 7 champions: Torun, Quinn and James
Year 8 champions: Jonty and Zoe

Winter Sport

We know that many children will have been disappointed to miss their last winter sport game that would have been on Thursday afternoon. We'd like to take this time to recognise the children's commitment to their team and all the positivity and teamwork that they showed throughout the season. 

We'd also like to give a huge shout out to the parents that coached and managed teams and supported with transport and supervision. We are so grateful to you for giving your time and expertise to support this sports programme. We absolutely could not do it without you and we are very appreciative of your mahi. This season, we had a number of parents who supported teams even though their own child was off playing a different sport elsewhere. A mammoth thank you also goes to Paul who worked outside of his usual hours to manage a Year 5/6 football team. You are all amazing. Thank you!

Community Notices

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


If ever there was a thing as work-life balance, COVID19 took care of that. 

The stresses have never been greater, and the obstacles never more plentiful. So how do we look after ourselves in the middle of all this fuss? Human brains are amazing, but they are not really optimized, or the modern world let alone COVID19 times. So how do we keep ourselves in one piece while the whole world around us is literally falling apart? In this session Nigel will reveal some simple things we can do to manage stress, reflecting on the hard-won wisdom of a Jewish psychiatrist and some even older wisdom from the very old porch which has long since vanished from our modern world. 

VOYCE Whakarongo Mai - Support for Rangatahi & Tamariki in care

If you find that you are in a bit of a jam and could do with assistance to help get you unstuck, please do not hesitate to reach out. Click this link to see some of the services available to children & young people, and those in care.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 13 August 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Our new school communications app - HERO

Have you downloaded and logged in yet? 

From next week we will be using HERO for the majority of our school communications, apart from the newsletter (which may also be going through HERO in the future). To ensure that you are getting all of the communications, you need to download the HERO app and log in...

HERO notifications through your phone will become the primary source of our messaging to you, as whānau. When a sports event has been postponed, when an important message needs to go out to a hub about a trip, when we need to let you know about something that is happening for your child's home group or team, all of these messages will be coming through HERO and you won't want to miss them!

1. Download the Hero by LINC-ED app from the app store
Note: use the keywords Hero LINC-ED when searching for the app.

Alternatively, open your browser and enter 

For the instructions on how to set up your HERO app - click here.

Working Bee - next Sunday 22 August 10am-12noon

We are hoping to have a big turnout next Sunday to get the planting done around the new NE block, and to put together 6 new picnic tables for our children.
Please come along and lend a hand so that we can get all of this done within the two hours.

Readathon Final week - and BOOK Character Day next Friday!

Keep up with the reading, and remember that next Friday is the famous "Book Character Day"! Come along to school dressed as your favourite character. They can be as fully committed to a costume, or as subtle as suits you and them to manage! We really encourage families to have fun with this - it's about being creative, and inventive, not about spending money on costumes. 

Have a safe weekend!
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Term 3, Week 4:

Tue 17 Aug - School Duathlon Postponement date (12:00 - 3.15pm)
Wed 18 Aug - ESOL Whānau Hui (2.15 - 2.55pm)
Thu 19 Aug - South Zone Winter Sport (12:00 - 3:00pm)
Fri 20 Aug - Book Character Day
Fri 20 Aug - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30pm)
Sun 22 Aug - Treemendous Working Bee (10am - 12pm)

Term 3, Week 5:
Thu 26 Aug - Canterbury Winter Tournament
Wed 25 Aug - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)
Fri 27 Aug - Staff Only Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Term 3, Week 6:
Mon 30 Aug - Canterbury Duathlon
Fri 3 Sep - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30pm)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Term Dates for 2022

At our Board of Trustees meeting last night, the term dates for 2022 were confirmed and are shown below. These will be added to our school calendar and website by the end of next week.

2022 Term Dates  

Staff Only Days: Thu 27, Fri 28 January & Mon 31 January
Term 1: Tue 1 February - Thu 14 April
NB: Learning Conferences all day Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 February. Supervision will be provided for families who have requested it. Classes start Thursday 3 February. 
Waitangi Day Mon 7 Feb (School Closed)
Good Friday  - Friday 15 April - School Closed
Staff Only Day during Term 1 - date to be confirmed

Term 2: Mon 2 May to Fri 8 Jul
Queen's Birthday Mon 6 Jun School Closed
Matariki Fri 24 Jun School closed
Staff Only Day during Term 2, date to be confirmed 

Term 3: Mon 25 Jul Friday 30 Sep
Staff Only Day during Term 3, date to be confirmed

Term 4: Mon 17 Oct Thu 15 Dec 84 half days; 10 weeks
Labour Day Mon 24 Oct - School Closed
Canterbury Anniversary Fri 11 Nov - School Closed
Citizen of the Week

Citizen of the Week

Ella Taylor - Year 6

Ella, you are such a fun-loving and kind and gentle individual. You come to school with a smile on your face every day and you are always ready to learn. You put every effort into doing the best that you can which makes you an amazing role model in Pōhutukawa. Tu meke!

School Notices


Please ensure you are signing yourself in at the office when you are on school grounds, and please ensure you are signing your child out at the office if they are leaving school early.


Terracycle is discontinuing the recycling programme for writing implements which means we will no longer be taking any pens at the front desk.

BIC, which was partnering with Terracycle for this programme, has withdrawn their support and are now focussing their resources on developing reusable options....maybe going back to old school refillable fountain pens!


A quick note in about headlice... please keep checking your children's hair, as we have had more cases reported across the school. Please do not send your child to school if you find nits, until you have treated them.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

In Term 3 our Year 0 to 6 students will be engaged in lessons from the Keeping Ourselves Safe program, supported by lessons with our Police Education Officer Constable Ross Mitchell. 
Keeping Ourselves Safe consists of a comprehensive range of child protection resources to help students learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others in their lives and community. 

Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and the ways  to seek help.

Discussing what your child has been learning at school will be a great way to reinforce the safety messages being delivered.

Choice Programme

In Term 3 our students in Year 7 and 8 will be working through the Choice programme.  This programme empowers children with information and strategies to support them to make good decisions around drugs and alcohol, what they are and discuss the reasons why people might take these.  They will also be covering coping strategies and resources that provide healthy alternatives. In week 4 and 5 of the term Constable Ross will be having three sessions with each home group.

News in ESOL 

This term, we have started a new ESOL group for Koro students, AND we have also welcomed Kerilea as a Teaching Assistant working with the group. Koru students introduced themselves and drew pictures of their families and favourite things.

Meanwhile, our Kahikatea and Kōwhai ESOL groups welcomed and Kerilea and decorated their parent invitations for our hui in week 4.


The Kauri children have been creating amazing projects for the Cantamath display competition. They have explored maths in a wide variety of contexts and communicated their mathematical ideas a lots of different ways. The effort, creativity and learning that has gone into these projects is very impressive. 
These projects are currently displayed in Pūkaki. We are opening Pūkaki for whānau to view the display on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon after school and Wednesday and Thursday morning before school. We invite you to pop in and take a look.

Lunch Ordering

Please see a full list of lunch options linked here on our website.

Gangsters! Cream pies!  Singing! Dancing! And Splurge guns...

Aine Smythe is currently in rehearsals with Elmwood Players for the hilarious family musical BUGSY MALONE! 

Based on the hit 1976 film originally starring a preteen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster, and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie. Two gangs, comprised completely of children, square off in a 1920s rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the "splurge" gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble! Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but that just isn't in the cards for our hero. Bugsy Malone is a classic musical comedy not to be missed.

Check out Aine on stage at Elmwood Auditorium over the October School Holidays.

Sports News

Gymnastics fun in Kahikatea!

Community Notices

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

Free computing courses 

Now available at the Ara Trades campus in Sullivan Avenue. We find our courses help parents become confident users of computers and technology so they can help their children in their education.