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.

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.

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.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 6 August 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou


Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Sun 8 Aug - Working Bee (10am-12noon)

Term 3, Week 3:

Tue 10 Aug - School Duathlon (12:00 - 3.15pm)
Thu 12 Aug - South Zone Winter Sport (12:00 - 3:00pm)
Thu 12 Aug - Board of Trustees Meeting (5:30 - 7:30pm) All welcome

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)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Name - Year


School Notices

Staff Only Day - BOSCO8

BOSCO will be open on the next teacher’s only day - on the 27th August.
Book now for an exciting day making Minion clothespins and awesome popsicle stick puzzles. We will play games and sport outside and in the afternoon we will bake biscuit wands. Contact Juanita by emailing to find out more or book online via Aimy Plus.

Staff Profiles


Sports News


PTA News


BOT Update


Community Notices

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