Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 4th June


Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Please remember that Monday is a public holiday and Tuesday is a Staff Only Day. 
We hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing break.

2021 Family Accounts

We mentioned at the start of the year that we have switched over to a new Student Management System this year. This system will have a parent portal that you can log into and get a range of information through, which will ultimately include student progress and achievement information, notices, and your family account information. It has taken us a little bit longer than expected to get this ready for accounts, however, next week you will be sent information on how to log in to the portal and access your statement. 

Thank you to those people who have already set up a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly automatic payment - it is never too late to do this, and by far the most painless way of making your contribution to the school donation ($150 per student).

The school account number is: 12-3148-0131641-00
Please make sure to put your child/children's name and surname as reference.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 6:
Mon 7 Jun 
- Queens Birthday (School Closed)
Tue 8 Jun - Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Thu 10 Jun -
 South Zone Winter Sport (12 - 3)
Thu 10 Jun - Kahikatea City Excursion - Amber & Charlotte's Homegroups
Fri 11 Jun - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30)
Fri 11 Jun - School Discos (see below for times)

Week 7:
Wed 16 Jun - South Zone Basketball Tournament Yr 7/8
Thu 17 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 18 Jun - PTA Mid-Winter Breakfast (7.30 - 9am)

Week 8:
Wed 23 Jun - Canterbury Cross Country (Halswell Quarry 9 - 2)
Wed 23 Jun - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)
Thu 24 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Thu 24 Jun - Board of Trustee's meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm)
Fri 25 Jun - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Ben Scallan - Year 7

Ben, you are such a highly engaged and responsible learner. You do this by asking questions, contributing ideas and knowledge and always focusing on your learning. Working cooperatively with others is another one of your strengths. No matter who you work with you engage positively and display a proactive attitude. Thank you for the awesome contribution you make to Kauri Whānau. Tu meke Ben!

House Points

We have started a new system of awarding House Points and more information about this will be in next week's newsletter.
The points are awarded across a fortnight and the winning house announced at Waiata each Friday fortnight. Today's winning house was... Tennyson! Congratulation Tennyson team!

School Notices

BOSCO

Looking for something fun to do with the kids these holidays? Look no further – BOSCO is the place to be! You don’t want to miss out on our exciting outings these holidays. We are off to the Airforce Museum, the movies to watch Hotel Transylvania 4, having some LEGO fun with House of bricks and we will also be going to the Winter Circus. Our on-site days will be filled with baking crafts, games and activities at BOSCO. We also have our favourite Wacky Wheels days back too. For bookings contact Juanita at office@bosco.org.nz or book online via Aimy Plus. For two weeks our holiday program will only be open for Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto families.

Cashmere High School Open Day - Important Info

The annual CHS Open Day is this coming Thursday - 10th June (from 4pm until 6.30pm).
There is currently very limited car park space available on site due to some major construction projects impeding on spaces previously used for staff and visitor parking.

It would be a HUGE help if families can allow an extra ten minutes to find a park on Barrington, Rose or surrounding streets as they may find a 'car park full' sign at the Barrington and Rose St CHS entrances this Thursday. 

PTA Disco - This coming Friday, 11 June!

It’s disco time! With thanks to the school seniors for their beautiful artwork, the details are on their poster. Bring gold coins for entry & snacks and don’t forget your drink bottle. See you at the disco!

Staff Profiles


PTA News

Community Notices

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

Time2Talk - Devices & Pornography


Christchurch South Intermediate School is hosting our next event “Devices & Pornography” on Wednesday 9th June @ 7pm. Venue: Christchurch South Intermediate School, 204 Selwyn Street, Spreydon. 

We know these conversations can be awkward, but the challenges are a reality for our young people and without courageous conversations, change doesn’t happen.

This is an awesome chance for parents to not just gain knowledge, but more importantly the skills to have great conversations and support their young people.   Please note this event is for parents/caregivers only. 

This is a free event.  Please register through this link.











Monday 31 May 2021 – School is open – and it’s your call…

School is open... and it's wet and wild out there


Yes - we are open this morning. Apart from the playground and the crossing on Sandwich Road being underwater, learning spaces are dry and cosy.



Gumboots are a must today, along with extra socks and other extra clothes for those who are likely to get wet in spite of requests to stay out of puddles!

It's likely to be an inside day all day - so children may bring a quiet activity from home to help pass the time during morning tea and lunch breaks.

If you decide to keep children at home today, please email office@beckenham.school.nz or send a detailed text to 021 027 94107

If you are driving to school - please be patient and take extra care on Sandwich Road. Please do not get out of cars in the 3min drop off area. We need this area to keep moving to help everyone.

Stay safe everyone.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 28th May

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Rain warning - implications for Monday!

Given how dry the past months have been, and the predicted rainfall, Monday could be a tricky day with plenty of challenges to navigate!

courtesy of Sarah Webber photography

Based on the current Red Alert weather forecast, Monday, is going to be a gumboots and raincoats kind of day! We would urge all students to come to school on Monday with a change of socks at the very least, and extra pants and tops for those who are prone to not noticing that they are getting wet, or who can't resist a puddle! We will keep you up to date with any issues on Monday morning through the school Facebook page and through the email system.

We don't know how the Ōpāwaho Heathcote river will manage given all the recent work that has been done to improve it however, previous events like this have caused it to burst its banks and close Eastern Terrace by the ponds. If your children are walking to school, please talk with them about the safest way to do this to avoid areas of dangrous flooding. If Eastern Tce is closed, Sandwich Road will require ALL drivers to be super patient and careful. Please remember our neighbours and don't park in driveways. Please only cross at the crossing - having children and parents running out from between parked cars in the rain is extremely dangerous.
Consider allowing more time for drop-off. 

Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 5:
Thu 3rd Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 4 Jun - Koru Art Gallery Trip

Week 6:
Mon 7 Jun 
- Queens Birthday (School Closed)
Tue 8 Jun - Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Thu 10 Jun -
 South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 11 Jun - Celebration Assembly 12.00 - 12.30
Fri 11 Jun - School Disco

Week 7:
Wed 16 Jun - South Zone Basketball Tournament Yr 7/8
Thu 17 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 18 Jun - PTA Mid-Winter Breakfast 7.30 - 9am

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Keira Allen - Year 6

Keira, we love the positive and cheerful attitude that you bring to our team. You show perseverance and determination in your learning and have approach challenges with a open, inquiring mind. Thank you for being a great example of how we aim to be a better version of ourselves every day. Tino pai, Keira.

PTA School Disco

It’s that time of year- the much-anticipated school disco! This year the students are taking over; prepare for student DJs, playlists and artwork. We are so thrilled to see them be a part of one of the school year’s highlights.

You’ll need to bring coins to buy snacks, a drink bottle and if kids want to a pop star or rockstar outfit.
See you at the disco!

Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking.  The code to use is 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Student Council Fun Run - support KidsCan



Our Student Council team are organizing a fun run for Year 0 - 8, to be held during school hours on Friday July 2nd. The fun-run will be held on Beckenham Park and will involve children getting sponsored to run for every lap they complete. A google sign-up form for Year 0-4 children has gone out to whānau and is also here again. Year 5-8 children can sign up themselves and they have been sent a google sign-up form which is also here if you want to help them sign up (they will need to use their school login). 
Sponsorship sheets will be distributed next week to those who have signed up.

ESOL News

This week in ESOL sessions, the Kahikatea and Kōwhai students completed their helicopters this week and demonstrated their flying skills! They practised using positional language, such as above, below, higher, lower, first and last. They also practised using movement language, such as fast, slow, float, fall and fly.


Sports News

Zone Cross Country


Early morning fog cleared into a beautiful day on Tuesday morning for the South Zone cross country. The children arrived in great spirits after the double-decker bus ride to Halswell Quarry. Wet ground upped the challenge in the 2 km and 3 km courses, but this did not deter our runners. The children represented our kura exceptionally well, both in the way they embraced the challenge of the course and the way that they encouraged and supported each other. 

Jack Sayer (5th), Torun Joergesen (3rd) and Jonty Mitchell (4th) qualified to represent our kura at Canterbury's on Wednesday the 23rd of June back at Halswell Quarry.

Congratulations to all our runners. You all deserve to feel proud of your achievements. 

PTA News

Thanks for all that have filled in the PTA survey – we have had a great response so far 😊

Get ready to hit the dance floor!

The disco theme is "Popstars" so the children are welcome to dress up as their favourite rock or popstar!
(We wont be selling bling, but kids are welcome to wear it if they have it at home.)

⭐Popstars Disco Friday 11 June⭐

So we can fit everyone in the hall we have three sessions:

5pm - 6pm: New Entrants and Years 1, 2 and 3

6:30-7:30pm: Years 4, 5, and 6

8pm-9pm: Years 7 and 8

Community Notices

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

Marching Canterbury

Don’t knock it until you try it!
We cater for all ages 4yrs- 30yrs+ We are currently looking for more members to join our teams.

Marching encourages teamwork, discipline, and friendship. It’s great for coordination, posture and brain development. If you would like to see what we are all about and give it a go, get in touch with us at publicitymarchingcanterbury@gmail.com or Kylie Dowers 021930434.

We have teams in all areas of Christchurch.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Monday 24th May

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Staffing update:

We are delighted to announce that Jo Smith has been offered, and has accepted, the permanent position of Deputy Principal. Jo has been acting in this role since the start of the year, and we are all thrilled to have her skills and wisdom in this role going forward.


Effective Inclusion Education Partners...

We have been working with the team at Ferndale School as a host school to their satellite class students for over 30 years. Our model of working together as a staff has been held up as an effective model of good practice, and written up in this article which has just been published:

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 4:
Tue 25 May - Zone Cross Country, at Halswell Quarry
Wed 26 May - PTA Meeting 7.30 - 9.30pm
Thu 27 May - Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30 - 7.30pm
Fri 28 May - Celebration Assembly
Sat 29 May - Quiz night fundraiser 7pm (SOLD OUT)

Week 5:
Thu 3rd Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 4 Jun - Koru Art Gallery Trip

Week 6:
Mon 7 Jun 
- Queens Birthday (School Closed)
Tue 8 Jun - Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Thu 10 Jun -
South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 11 Jun - Celebration Assembly
Fri 11 Jun - PTA Disco

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Nevannah Ashworth - Year 8

Nevannah, you are such a ray of sunshine within our kura. You are always the first to lend a hand to those in need, and your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated by all those around you. The way you embrace learning opportunities is a credit to your determination, and drive to succeed. 

School Notices

Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking.  The code to use is 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

ShowQuest 2021 - Year 7 & 8

Last Monday our Year 7 & 8 students performed in ShowQuest. What a fabulous day had by all. A huge thanks to all of the parents who supported during the day, and the teachers who put a lot of time in to each performance over the last few weeks. Our Beckenham supporters in the audience on the night were also complimented on their enthusiasm and shoutouts! It was fabulous to see everyone come together and contribute to put on an amazing show. 




Students participated by performing, doing sound and lighting - and we even had our wonderful Chef Luke whipping up some delicious treats to be shared with all of our incredible performers.

Mana Ake

Staff Profiles

Introducing our Koru Team, who are our first team to introduce themselves using Te Reo Māori. All of us as staff are challenging ourselves to improve on our use of Te Reo Māori - and model the use of this to our students. What great role models they are! Ka pai!

 

Community Notices

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






Further update about the Chickenpox vaccination

Kia ora e te whānau

A bit more information about the chickenpox vaccine:
Unless you have paid to have your child vaccinated against chickenpox, it appears that the addition of the chickenpox vaccine to the register will not have provided vaccination for all but the very newest of our current school-aged children:


The vaccine for chickenpox was added to the National Immunisation Schedule on 1 July 2017.

Immunisation
One dose of chickenpox vaccine is free for children aged 15 months. It is also free for children turning 11 years of age who have never been infected with or previously immunised against chickenpox.

BirthDate / Eligibility

From 1 April 2016 onwards
All children are eligible for one free dose when they turn 15 months of age.

From 1 July 2006 to 31 March 2016
Those who haven't been infected or previously immunised against chickenpox are eligible for one free dose when they turn 11 years of age.

Those with medical conditions that put them at high risk of chickenpox, such as patients before organ transplant or after chemotherapy, are eligible for two free doses of chickenpox vaccine, regardless of age.

For everyone else, chickenpox immunisation is available in New Zealand at a cost. Talk to your doctor if you’d like the chickenpox vaccination for you or your child.