Important Health & Safety Newsletter, Friday 15 October 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

I hope that you have all managed to get some time to rest and relax with your family during these school holidays. We are all looking forward to welcoming our tamariki back to school on Monday, with a special welcome for a number of new students who will be starting.

This newsletter is to keep you up to date on our ongoing Health & Safety guidelines in this ever-changing COVID-19 environment. We face the new term still at Alert Level 2, and understand that it is increasingly likely that Delta will soon appear in our community. During the two weeks of the school holidays, the COVID situation has continued to be challenging in the North Island, and, as a result, there continue to be changes mandated around the way we all need to behave and operate, so as to keep everyone in our community as safe and healthy as we possibly can. A significant announcement this week has been the new mandate for all school staff to be fully vaccinated.

The information in italics below has come directly from a Ministry of Education bulletin this week. We are receiving daily updates and clarifications on procedures and expectations to help us understand our responsibilities going into Term 4. 

Applying the mandatory vaccination and testing requirements

On Monday 11 October 2021 the Government advised that all staff and workers who may have contact with children and students in schools and kura throughout the country (regardless of COVID-19 Alert Level) will be required to have a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 15 November and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022.
From 1 January 2022, education services must only allow those that are fully vaccinated to provide onsite services during opening hours.

This means vaccinations are mandatory for all those working onsite including teachers, relief teachers, casual staff, administration staff, caretakers, cleaners, OSCAR providers and hostel staff – whether direct employees or employees of a contractor. It also applies to unpaid workers, such as volunteers (including parent volunteers) and any members of the community who are on site at the school kura, as they are likely to come into contact with students. 
The vaccination requirement does not apply to parents or whānau undertaking student pick-ups and drop-offs, but these should be conducted in an outdoor environment where face coverings must be worn, and physical distancing measures retained.

We will be working through the process of gathering vaccination information from our staff next week. 

As you can see from the information above, we will also need to begin gathering vaccination information from any adults who come onto the school site as workers or as volunteers, whānau included. Our understanding is that this will be compulsory from the beginning of next year. Please do not be offended if you are volunteering and we request this information from you this year; we do not want to have a big job at the start of the school year if we can make a start on it now. Being unvaccinated will not preclude you from volunteering this year, however, it will from the start of next year.

Wearing of masks:

Adults and Masks: There has also been a change in the guidelines to schools on the wearing of masks. Staff at school still do not have to wear masks, but may choose to do so at any time. When any other adults come onto the school site, face coverings MUST now be worn and physical distancing measures maintained, unless this gets in the way of the delivery of the curriculum.
This means that caregivers and whānau will always need to wear a mask when you come onto the school site, and that staff will also wear masks if we are meeting with you.

Students and Masks: Students are not required to wear masks at school. If any student wishes to wear a mask, they are absolutely able to do that.
There has been a change to the requirements around bus transport, particularly for our Year 7/8 students going to technology each Tuesday on the bus.
Students who are aged 12 and over are now required to wear a mask on both school and public bus services, under all alert levels. Students under 12 are encouraged to wear a mask on school transport.

As we have increasing numbers of students in our Year 7/8 area are 12 and 13 years old, we have decided to take an inclusive and pragmatic approach and request that ALL Year 7/8 students bring and wear a mask on the technology bus each Tuesday, and on any other bus trips that the Year 7/8 students may make. 


As we start Term 4, please ensure that your child has a named red or black school sunhat at school every day.

Drink Bottles (no water fountains at Alert Level 2)

While we continue to be at Alert Leve 2, our drinking fountains are not available to be used. This means that all children need to bring a named water bottle to school every day. Please check that this comes home each day for cleaning and refilling.

Staying connected to your child's home group teacher

We appreciate that it is much more challenging at the moment to stay connected to your child's learning and school life when all of the above restrictions are in place. Please email your child's teacher if you want to make a time to pop in after school (wearing a mask) to have a quick catch-up, or to see inside your child's learning space (especially if you are new to the school).

Reports and Learning Conferences

This year has been a different one in terms of our reporting schedule, as we tranistion across to HERO. We expect to have progress and achievement reports to you at the end of Week 5, with Learning Conferences in Week 6 (23rd and 25th November). More information about these will come out next week.

See you all next week!

Ngā mihi mahana
Sandy Hastings

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 1 October 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Unlike our colleagues, friends and whānau in Auckland, we managed to make it to the end of term 3 at school, albeit at Level 2. Our staff would like to thank you for your patience and support with continuing to drop and collect children at the gate each day and to only come onto the site to visit the office if you absolutely have to. We also appreciate everyone wearing masks at the gate. 

It is currently very difficult to predict what the COVID situation will be next term, so whilst we will hope for the best, we will assume that there is a good chance that we will still be operating at Alert Level 2.

We did have a lovely Celebration assembly today, out in the courtyard with each hub sitting separately from the others. It's the first whole school assembly we have had since August 2nd so the sun and warmth were very much appreciated. If your child received a certificate, their teacher will have taken a photo to email you.

Social Media and your child

We have noticed a significant increase in issues being reported to us at school about out-of-school activity on social media platforms that is becoming increasingly tricky for our young people to navigate. This is not just in our Year 7/8 area, but through Year 5&6 and to some extent, also in Year 3/4
One of the new platforms being used is 'Messenger Kids'. (Years 6-12) This is a new platform through Facebook Messenger, designed to have strong parental controls built-in. However, these controls are only effective if parents actually monitor them and work with their child to help them understand what kinds of comments and messages are appropriate and what isn't.

If you want to learn more about how to monitor your child's Messenger Kids, there is a great link here from Netsafe.

We have also become aware of unmonitored conversations out of school hours between students on a platform designed for 13years + called 'Discord'. This is often a platform associated with gaming, including the very popular 14years plus game 'Fortnite' which we know many of our students play.

This 2019 article "The Dark side of Discord' is a very important reminder to caregivers that 'gaming does not equal safe'.  A useful anaology might be that we wouldn't send our children into the city, unsupervised and let them talk with anyone they met without any worries or fears for their safety. Therefore, when our children are online, we need to assume that they are potentially in a world where they can meet and talk with anyone, unsupervised. Even when they are talking with their friends, without supervision, conversations can quickly take on negative and harmful directions including bullying, sexual comments, racist slurs, threats of harm, and encouragement to self-harm.

We encourage you to use the holidays to engage with your child's online activity and ensure that you have a full and ongoing understanding of what they are involved in.

I wish you all a safe and relaxing next couple of weeks. We look forward to seeing you all back in Term 4.
Ngā mihi nui
Sandy and the team

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Term 4
Week 1:
Mon 18 Oct - First day of Term 4
Thu 21 October - Year 5-8 Parent Information evening - 'Sexuality and Relationships' topic for Term 4
Fri 22 Oct - Welcome to School Assembly (9.15 - 9.30am followed by Morning Tea for whānau, if we are at Alert Level 1)

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)  Dessert Evening - All Welcome
Thur 28 Oct - Year 5 - 8 Athletics
Fri 29 Oct - Celebration Assembly (12 - 12.30)
Sun 31 Oct - PTA Halloween Picnic in the Park - BYO Food & Blanket

Week 3:
Wed 3 Nov -  Board of Trustee's Meeting (5.30 - 7.30)

Week 4:
Thur 11 Nov - Year 0 - 4 Athletics
Fri 12 Nov - Canterbury Anniversary Day (School Closed)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Otis Yeoman - Year 8

Otis, your lust for learning and fun is infectious. You have an inquisitive and creative mind. We love the way you share your knowledge and insights with us. Otis, you are a kind and loyal friend, a dedicated leader and have an awesome sense of humour. Keep doing all the wonderful things that make you, you!

School Notices

Diversity Group 

Our Diversity Group meets once a week on Fridays in the Kauri Hub. Our current project is creating posters with uplifting messages to display in our hubs. 


A huge congratulations to our zone speech finalists. Both children delivered their persuasive speeches incredibly well to a very engaged, socially distanced audience. The speech topics were Gender Equality in Sport, a well-researched exploration on gender disparity in sport, and Why Sport is Bad for You, an ironic yet convincing speech, given by a very talented sportsperson. 


It was lovely weather for gardening this week and Kahikatea students planted out strawberries, vegetables and summer bedding plants.

Kōwhai students worked hard to tidy up and weed the garden under the apple trees. 

Koru students talked about the things they like most about Spring.

Sun hats will be needed again next term

Please remember to hunt out your child's school sunhat in readiness for Term 4. Your child will need a named, plain red or black, bucket or wide-brimmed hat every day next term.

Uniform reminder

Please check that your child is coming to school in uniform each day. We have worked hard to make our uniform a cost-effective and fully accessible option, and we do expect that all chidlren will wear uniform every day. Fundamentally, this is plain black on the bottom half, and plain red on the top half. Sunhats need to be plain red or plain black bucket or wide-brimmed hats.
jumpers or polar fleeces need to be plain red.
There is also the option of the black and white gingham dress or culottes.

Sports News


Term 4 is athletics season at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto.

In the past, we have organised this as a whole school event. It is awesome to see the whole school out at the park participating in their events and it is fantastic for school spirit. We know this can also be easier for whānau who have children across year levels. 

This year, Covid has factored in our decision making and this has been the deciding consideration that has led us to hold two separate events for 2021. 

Thursday 28th October - Year 5 - 8 athletics 

Thursday 11 November - Year 0 - 4 athletics 

More information to come on these two events.

If you would be able to support in the running of the Year 5 - 8 athletics day, please email Jenny. 

PTA News

Congratulations! We made it to end of term 3! Thanks to everyone who supported the Readathon - we have had our lucky draw and someone from each hub will be taking home a book voucher to keep the reading going.

Next term we have a few things to let you know about.
We need new helpers in the PTA as lots of people are moving on as their kids age out. Our meeting on Wednesday 27th will be a dessert evening! So please come along if you are curious about what we do and want to know more - or you just want to eat cake!

On the 31st of October we are planning a relaxed Halloween picnic in the park- come along in your costumes before trick or treating- or come along to avoid the trick or treaters at your place! It will be BYO food and blanket. 

Calendar Art order forms will be out early next term! Get in quick for great Xmas pressies. 
Keep safe and have a wonderful holidays!

Community Notices

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

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations now available at The Princess Margaret Hospital

In response to an increase in demand to get vaccinations sooner, a walk-in option is available at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Cashmere from  20 September until 3 October.
Drop-ins are welcome anytime 2pm – 8pm, on weekdays, or 10am – 3pm on weekends. We can accommodate up to 300 drop-ins each day. This is in addition to our booked appointment capacity.
We are pleased to now be able to provide this option for people who have not yet booked their appointments and for people who’d like an earlier appointment.
We ask people who take up the chance to drop-in to The Princess Margaret Hospital remember to cancel any booked appointments no longer needed.
We recognise that school holidays are coming up and for those planning to travel, having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can provide them with an additional level of protection. We continue to encourage proper hand hygiene, use of masks or face-coverings and scanning.

Low Sensory COVID Vaccine Bookings

We are very pleased to announce that bookings can now be made for the Low Sensory Covid 19 Vaccination Clinics hosted by Nurse Maude, supported by Autism NZ. 

The sessions will be held in the Ballroom of Nurse Maude, at 24 McDougall Ave, Christchurch. This is a quiet location with features to make the vaccination experience as relaxed as possible. 

We would like to highlight that family members from the same household, and any carers, are also eligible to be vaccinated – you just need separate bookings for each person at the same or adjacent times.

Also, you can book either your first or second Pfizer dose through this invitation.

If you have any questions, contact Debra or Karen at Autism NZ.

To book, go to          (Please do not use Internet Explorer)

When asked, enter access code - B7W7T5BB1E

When asked for location, enter CHRISTCHURCH

There will be a range of dates and times to choose from between Sept and November.

We look forward to welcoming you.

From the team organising Low Sensory @ Nurse Maude

Below is a link with some helpful information to assist with preparation for vaccinations:

Explore has provided some very useful documents that can be downloaded off their website above.

These include:
  • Supporting people through the vaccination process
  • First-then
  • Social script
  • Square breathing exercise
  • What to expect on the day
 Please feel free to contact us at Autism NZ for more support. You can also email us with any information you would like us to pass on to help support you best during your visit.

The clinic is low sensory which includes low lights, less sound, more time and less people, to create a calmer environment.

Debra Lord
LEGO and Social Group Coordinator
Outreach Coordinator

250 Westminster St, Christchurch Park, Mairehau, Christchurch 8013
+64 3 343 2225 + 021 0858 9616
PO Box 21273, Edgeware, Christchurch 8143

Walking in Harry Ell's Footsteps 

10 October, 9.30am - 2pm, at the Sign of the Bellbird. Join a walk on the Port Hills which focuses on the conservation efforts of Harry Ell and the Summit Road Society. Harry Ell is recognised as one of Christchurch's first conservationists. It is thanks to his legacy that we have the network of reserves on the Port Hills, the Summit Road and the four rest houses. This event is free. Phone: 03 349 3409.

Jewellery Making Classes for Kids

This school holidays Workspace Studios is offering special classes for kids to learn some amazing techniques in our professional jewellery workshop!
We are running the classes in two age Piwakawaka (6-10) and Kereru (10+)

Pendant Making
Use our copper or brass shapes to make your own pendant.
Learn to texture the metal with hammers, punches and letter stamps, then use coloured pencil to colour it how you like. The final step is choosing cord to turn it into something wearable. Kids are welcome to bring beads from home to add to their piece.

Ring Making
Create your own ring stack from copper/brass and silver in this super fun workshop.
Learn to measure your finger, cut metal to length and texture it with hammers and punches. Then solder the ring into a circle using a jewellers torch and finish with sandpaper and polishing. Students will create one ring in copper or brass and one in sterling silver. They can be worn on a cord or chain instead of the finger if preferred.

**Note to parents** this class uses fire! Please ensure you feel confident your child can follow instructions safely before enrolling them.

Piwakawaka - Pendant Making; 14 Oct, 10-11am, $34
Piwakawaka - Pendant Making; 15 Oct 10-11am, $34

Kereru - Ring Making; 14 Oct 12-2pm, $48
Kereru - Ring Making; 15 Oct 12-2pm, $48

Southern Districts Cricket is based in Beckenham Park, and require a few more players from Yrs 0-8 to complete teams.

Open Day & BBQ  Saturday 25th & Saturday 2nd from 12pm at Beckenham clubrooms. Or contact Cat for more information or 0272981031

Our Generation Give participant teenagers, from across the city and the plains, are as passionate about making a difference as we are.  We have been highly impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm to make Greater Ōtautahi Christchurch better.

We are thrilled to share that they have developed a fun way for you to support local charities whilst helping them learn more about philanthropy.

Who Gives a Duck is their upcoming fundraising event, a rubber duck race in the heart of central Christchurch, with a prize for the winning duck.

Donate a Duck to 'enter' the race then watch in person, or via live stream, as they race down the Ōtākaro/Avon River. 

The race is being held on Monday 11 October, 2021, starting at the Bridge of Remembrance.

Brannigans, Jarden and The Christchurch Foundation collectively will match the first $10,000 NZD raised. 

Please note that Covid restrictions may require changes in how this event is run.

Congratulations — the holidays are here!
Any school term that includes a Covid stay-at-home period is a term that isn't the easiest for staff and students. So, we hope you have some plans in place to unwind and reset.

Perhaps we'll see you at one of the Biketober events? Or exploring the city as part of the Passport Competition?

Be kind. Stay safe. Pedal.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 24 September 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora e te whānau

We look forward to Daylight Saving beginning this weekend, and the start of longer, (and we hope) warmer days as we head into the holidays at the end of next week. Please check your alarms and clocks on Sunday night so that everyone is on time for school on Monday!
Daylight saving begins when clocks at 2am go forward by 1 hour to 3am on 26 September 2021.

Home groups for 2022

We will soon be starting to look at the organisation of home groups for 2022. We have not yet finalised which teachers will be teaching in which teams, and, as always, there is likely to be a small amount of movement. We have a highly competent and dedicated staff, who work extremely collaboratively together and we are confident that all of our teachers are able to work successfully with all of our tamariki. Because of that, we do not engage in discussions with whānau about 'choosing teachers'. If you have information you want to share with me about any specific needs you want us to be aware of in relation to your child's emotional and social wellbeing, please email me directly at We will add your thoughts to the wider information that we consider as we make up homegroups.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

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 and 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Andi Green - Year 8

Andi, you are such a compassionate and caring person. You have made many positive gains in your two years in the Kauri hub. Your peers look up to you and when you smile, the room lights up. You have put so much effort into your learning this year and this is reflected in the tasks that you accomplish. Pai ki a koe Andi!

School Notices

Sunhats will be needed again next term

Please remember to hunt out your child's school sunhat in readiness for Term 4. Your child will need a named, plain red or black, bucket or wide-brimmed hat every day next term.

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 check-ups, 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:
  • Northcote Clinic, 24, Tuckers Road, Casebrook,

  • Hillmorton Clinic, Hillmorton Hospital, Sylvan Street
The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.15pm 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

Mental Health Awareness Week 27 Sep - 3 Oct

Here are some questions that are designed to help your tamariki and rangatahi (children, and young people) have a kōrero about the different things that make them feel good.
  • What do you like to eat to give your body energy? 
  • What activities make you feel calm?
  • What is your favourite song?
  • What's your favourite animal?
  • What activities do you like to do to move your body?
  • What is a favourite whānau memory that you have?
  • Where is your favourite place to visit with your whānau?
  • What is something that makes you smile?

ESOL Update

Lately, some of the ESOL students have been sequencing and re- telling the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Koru and Kahikatea groups have been busy weeding the raised gardens ready to do some planting.

The Kōwhai group welcomed some special visitors...some extra cute wee spring lambs. The children also completed Spring artworks.

2022 New Entrant Enrolments

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

Ministry of Education - Gifted Learner Awards

The deadline for Gifted Learner Award applications has been extended to 4pm on 30 September 2021, due to the changes in Alert Levels.

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).


Congratulations to...

Sophie, Sophie, Tabea and Heidi who shaved their heads for Child Cancer - and donated the hair to Wigs for Cancer as well!
They have raised over $2000 so far, and you can still contribute to their Child Cancer Fundraiser by clicking here:

PTA News


A very very big thank you for those of you whom returned cards and money this week. We really appreciate you supporting this fundraiser.

A grand total of $4230.80 was raised this year!

Listen out at assembly next week to see if your name is drawn out for a Whitcoulls voucher. 

Picnic in the Park

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!

Calendar Art

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).

With thanks from your PTA

Community Notices

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

Rollickin' School Holiday Kids Gelato Class

The classes cater for 8-12 year olds & we share all our gelato making top tips & secrets.

There’ll be a little info session, part science lesson, a video, hokey pokey smashin’, chocolate drippin’, gelato whippin’, gelato taste testing, colouring in and a Free Scoop gift card for their next time visit. Promise lots of lickin laughs.

There’s 10 weekday classes during the school holidays:
Monday 4th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 5th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday 6th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday 7th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Friday 8th October 11:30am-12:30pm

Monday 11th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 12th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday 13th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Thursday 14th October 11:30am-12:30pm
Friday 15th October 11:30am-12:30pm

How to book a ticket? 
Visit Eventbrite. 
or, simply google “Rollickin Gelato Classes”
Tickets are $35

The Gaia Collection

The Gaia Collection is a YES business that wants to help protect and spread awareness about New Zealand’s wildlife. They have created a unique line of wooden earrings in the shape of some of this endangered wildlife with $5 from every pair sold going towards Forest and Bird’s Fairy Tern Project. 

To make a further impact, they have created the Community Collection Challenge. An event running from 11th-17th October, where they are challenging all New Zealanders to clean up  their communities. You can register to be apart for $5pp with all proceeds going towards Forest and Bird's Fairy Tern Project. 

For more information about The Gaia Collection head to their website  and for more information about the Community Collection Challenge and how to register head to the “CCC” page. 

Draw Like an Artist

The "Draw Like an Artist" camp will be held at St Margaret's College during the school holidays, starting on Tuesday October 12th and running until Thursday October 14th.
The camp is ideal for young people who have a dream of becoming a published illustrator or anyone who wants to improve their artistic skills.

The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9am to 4pm each day.
The course fee is $195.00, which includes a discount for early registration.
The number of places on the camp is strictly limited.

For more information go to


Thumbelina is a beloved tale from Hans Christian Anderson about a tiny girl, no bigger than a thumb, who slept in a bed made from a walnut shell with a rose petal blanket. The story has been adapted by Jeff Clark into a delightful play that will be performed by the Canterbury Children's Theatre company at the Malthouse Theatre every Saturday and Sunday during the October school holidays. For more information and to book tickets, visit 

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 27 August, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

As you will have no doubt heard, we are planned to shift to Alert Level 3from 11:59pm on Tuesday. This means that, from Wednesday, we will be operating at school on a very small scale for those children whose parents must go out of the home to work.

Whilst we are still waiting for more detailed information from the Ministry of Education about the way that we will be required to operate at Level 3, we need you to start thinking about your home and work situation and to let us know if will need your child to come to school during Level 3.

As Jacinda said during the announcement today "Children should only go to school if their parents are required to go to work and there is no other option available."

The flow chart below makes the decision process very clear...

We need EVERY family to fill out the following survey so we can plan our staffing accordingly:

Survey: Alert Level 3: Advising us of your intentions.

We will only have the minimum number of staff at school that we need. 

Learning at Home Website

Hopefully, you have all been able to access and read through the resources on our 'Learning at Home' site ( which is linked to our school website.

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. 

We have loved seeing updates from whānau showing the many fun and exciting things you have been learning and doing while in lockdown!
We have made some layout changes to the Learning at Home Website based on some feedback we have had. To find the learning activities for your child's team, you can now scroll down the page and find a large link for each team.

Non-digital learning at home

Given we are going to be at least another week in lockdown, you might want to take some time over the weekend to look at the Learning at Home website and think about what activities you are going to support your younger children with next week. Supermarkets have usually got felt pens, coloured pencils, exercise books, jotter pads and cellotape in stock, so it may be worthwhile popping some of these items into your shopping over the weekend! 

Borrowing a school Chromebook for learning at home

A small number of families let us know that they would like to borrow a school Chromebook for their child to use when learning at home. These were issued last week.
If you are finding that your child would benefit from borrowing a school device, we will be able to loan some more early next week. Please complete this form to let us know you would like to borrow a school Chromebook: Borrowing School Chromebooks Survey

Reminder - School Grounds are closed at Level 4

Please remember that the school grounds, including the playground and basketball courts, are closed at Alert Level 4.


We know that many of you have successfully downloaded the free HERO app from either the Apple Store or Google Play store. Earlier this week, the app disappeared from the Google Play store but it has been reinstated and is able to be downloaded again. 

These are challenging times for us all and our thoughts are with you all as you navigate life in bubbles once again. Please do reach out to our staff by calling the school phone 03 337 1404, by emailing the office or by emailing a member of our teaching staff if you would like someone to call you. Please be aware that when our teachers call you, they will be using their personal phones, so their number is likely to come up as a 'private number'.

Do send the teachers photos of your children and their learning at home - the teachers love getting to see what the children are doing too.

Ngā mihi mahana
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki / Principal

Important Dates

Citizen of the Week

Kawariki Taylor - Year 4

Kawariki! We love your enthusiasm and positivity in everything you do. Students in Kōwhai look up to you as someone who is a kind and humble leader. Your self-management and dedication means that your schoolwork is always completed to a high standard. Ka mau te wehi! Thank you for being your fantastic self. 


... to Zoe M Clarke on winning a leadership Scholarship to Cashmere High School for 2022. 

School Notices

Mana Ake

Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow provides mental health and wellbeing support for children in primary school years 1-8 across Canterbury. Click here to see way's you can support your tamariki.
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 (on a normal school day, not in Level 3 or 4). 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.

Scholastic Book Club Orders Update

This is an update to let you know that if you have not yet received your Issue 5 orders, they will be in the Scholastic warehouse. Until Alert Levels drop to Level 2, we are unable to despatch orders to schools. 

"Right now, we are all adjusting to the restrictions to keep our communities safe and well. The extension of lockdown is presenting us all with challenges. It is impacting our ability to work, connect and have our children in school. 
If you haven’t yet received your order, it will be part of many orders that are currently in the Scholastic warehouse.
Under Level 4, only essential businesses are allowed to operate and unfortunately, this means that the Scholastic warehouse is closed. Consequently, we are unable to fulfil your orders until Auckland reaches Level 2 or lower.
Home deliveries that are already in the system, will be despatched at Level 3 as will any new orders marked for home delivery.
Lockdown is hard on everyone including our children. During lockdown, reading is more important than ever. Reading for at least 10 minutes every day not only benefits children academically but also allows children the time to quieten their minds and to unwind, soothing stress and anxiety.
Please be assured that we are aware of the disappointment of not receiving your books and we will send you an update when the situation improves.

If we can be of assistance, please contact Customer Services on 0800 266 525.
In the meantime, stay safe everyone.
The Scholastic Team"

Sports News

Primary Sports Canterbury (PSC)'s 'BUBBLATHLON'

PSC have come up with an alternative to the PSC Duathlon scheduled for Monday (30th Aug), a first ever ‘Bubblathlon’, and would love for you to share this with your whānau. You may have already seen our post today on the PSC facebook page, link here, and you are welcome to share it.

Essentially this is about completing a duathlon (run-bike-run) within your bubble. Any course, any time of the day and at any speed, we are encouraging all participants to share their experiences using a picture collage or even video on our facebook post that will go up on Monday. 

Extra Learning Spot 

Story time - Links to online stories for Tamariki:

Community Notices

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

Summer With Your Neighbours

Subsidies for neighbourhood events held between 29 October 2021 and 31 March 2022

'Summer with your neighbours' is about bringing people together. It's an opportunity to organise a small get-together or local gathering to get to know your neighbours.

The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is making small subsidies available towards neighbourhood gatherings in its Board area.

Apply online at:
Or request a hard-copy application form by phoning CCC Call Centre (03) 941 8999.

Applications for subsidies close on 10th September 2021

Please Note:
1. Subsidy reimbursements are paid after the gathering, on presentation and approval of receipts.
2. Subsidies are not available for alcohol, fireworks, or paid entertainment.
3. If your gathering is to be held in a public space such as a local park or reserve, you will need to contact Council Bookings on (03) 941 8888 to check availability and make a booking for your chosen venue.

Golden Rules - Alert Level 4 Information videos 

For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages.

Write like an author, draw like an artist.

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Moving to Level 4 – Update.

Kia ora e te whānau

As you will all be aware by now, school will be closed for the next three days.

Nearly all of our staff have been in this evening picking up resources and items that they will need to support learning from home.

Tomorrow our staff will be working together online to put up the learning sites that you and your children will be able to access from Thursday.

We are trying to get the office phone diverted to the school cell phone, however, if you need to call school, please call the cellphone on 021 0279 4107 between 8:15am and 3:45pm.

We appreciate what a challenging time this will be for many of our families, as you try to juggle competing needs of work and immediate and wider family. Many of our staff will also be in this position in their homes too.

We are working with the information we currently have which is that Level 4 goes through to the weekend. We are preparing for multiple scenarios at school and will be in touch later tomorrow with more information about accessing some learning for your children by Thursday. There will also be a survey out tomorrow to find out if any of you need devices for your children. If the lockdown continues beyond the weekend, we will do our best to make devices available to those who need them.

Whilst we know that staying connected for our young people is important, they also need your guidance and active supervision in this digital environment during this tricky time.

From our staff, to you and your whānau, stay safe.