Health notice – we have a case of chickenpox at school

Kia ora e te whānau

One of our students in Kahikatea has been confirmed as having chickenpox.

This email is just to give you a heads up, particularly if your child hasn't been vaccinated for whatever reason, including if they have come to New Zealand after living overseas.

All children in New Zealand can have chickenpox immunisation at 15 months of age. It is part of the National Immunisation Schedule. Most people who have this vaccine will not get chickenpox. If an immunised person does get chickenpox, it is usually mild.

I have taken some key points about chickenpox from the KidsHealth website, and you can read more information here if you need it: KidsHealth: Chickenpox

Key Points to Know about Chickenpox:

  • chickenpox is a common childhood illness caused by a virus
  • it is very easy to catch
  • most cases of chickenpox are mild and children get better completely
  • your child needs to see a doctor if they have a very high fever or are very ill, particularly if they become very drowsy, or are breathing fast or vomiting a lot
  • children with chickenpox need to stay home from school and daycare
  • chickenpox can sometimes cause serious complications

Early symptoms:

Chickenpox can often start with the following symptoms:
  • a fever
  • a headache
  • a runny nose
  • a cough
  • loss of appetite
  • feeling tired


ShowQuest – update on Order and projected finish time…

Kia ora whānau


I have just heard from Nicky and the order of performance for the evening has just been drawn.

There are 7 schools performing and our students are the final performers.

Please go into the Town Hall foyer and up the stairs to the Victoria Room on the top level to collect your child and sign them out with their home group teacher.

The teachers will have them in home groups. We expect the evening to conclude and children to be able to be released between 8:45 and 9pm.

In an emergency, you can contact Nicky Dunlop on 027 622 9403

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 14th May

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

What an amazing week. We have had rain, mist, sun and wind this week and, at times, all four seasons in one day.  The Cross Country on Tuesday eluded the cool weather front and the children ran in warm, still, autumn sunshine.  It was amazing to see the students persistence, participation and endurance and wonderful to see parents and caregivers cheering them all on.  Thank you for your support and to the parents who helped take the gear in at the end of the afternoon.


Staff Only Day

Friday next week is a staff only day so students do not come to school on Friday. The staff will be engaging in professional development around Structured Literacy, the research and implications for our classroom programmes.  

Have a happy weekend.
Nga mihi nui
Sue Leadbetter
Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 3:
Mon 17 May
 - Show Quest Year 7 & 8
Wed 19 May - School Photos
Fri 21 May - Staff Only Day (School Closed)

Week 4:
Mon 24 May - Kahikatea City Excursion (Amber/Charlotte HG)
Tue 25 May - Kahikatea City Excursion (Katie/Lisa HG)
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

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)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Lilian Shelku - Year 6

Lilian, you are a shining example of a determined and passionate Beckenham student, who enthusiastically tackles learning with a quiet ‘can do’ attitude. Your exceptional self management skills mean that you are always well organised and can be relied on to confidently take on extra responsibilities. It is an absolute privilege to have you in our hub, Lilian.

School Notices

Parking and driver care on Sandwich Road

We know that everyone is keen to keep our children safe as they travel to and from school. To support this, please can drivers NOT try to undertake U-turns on Sandwich Road during the pick-up and drop-off times. We have witnessed some near misses recently and, ultimately, it is our children who are being put at risk.
Please also remember that the 3 min zone on the school side of Sandwich Road is MAX 3mins - not time enough for you to get out of your car and go into school to drop off or collect your child. If everyone can use this area as a drop-off/pick-up point, then all of the traffic will flow more smoothly.

Staff Only Day

A reminder that our first staff-only day for this term is next Friday, May 21st.
School will be closed for students on this day.

Newsletter Contributions

If you would like to contribute something to the Newsletter - e.g. student achievements outside of school, you can do so by emailing newsletter@beckenham.school.nz

Please include text exactly as you wish it to be shared, and ensure any images sent through are a .jpg format.

Getting Muddy 

As winter approaches, Beckenham Park is developing some muddy patches. The children are very good at finding these! If your child tends to come home muddy or has the potential for this, please make sure they have a spare school shirt and pair of pants in their bag.

ESOL

Last week we were very pleased to welcome Charmaine, our new Teacher Aide, to our first ESOL lessons for Term 2. Charmaine is taking over from Pip and Elizabeth. 


Students worked on prepositions (under, over, between, across, in front, behind) and made paper helicopters to practice science concepts (flying, floating, falling etc.)


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.



Staff Profiles

Introducing our awesome Kōwhai team teachers - and celebrating the sense of humour and fun they bring to their work each day!

Nick Bruce, Meagan Mathers, Laura Williamson (Team Leader), Rowena Barker, Georgie Jones, Quynh Nguyen

Sports News

Cross Country

In the lead up to cross country, there were lots of conversations about mindset and embracing challenge in our hubs. It was awesome to see our tamariki putting this into practise on Tuesday at our whole school cross country. They showed up, dug deep and ran their best race. Thank you to the Kauri students who took on a variety of organisational roles that contributed to the smooth running of the event and thank you to all the whānau who marshalled the course. 

A huge congratulations to every child who participated.

Year 5 Champions - Jack Sayer and Holly Mcintosh
Year 6 Champions - Jayde Inglis and Archie Arnott
Year 7 Champions - Torun Joergensen and James Stoney
Year 8 Champions - Jonty Mitchell and Molly Arnott

The first 6, (Year 5 to 8) across the finish from each category will go on to represent our kura at zone cross country at Halswell Quarry on Tuesday the 25th of May. 

Netball

Year 3/4 netball has started down at Hagley Park on Friday afternoons. Beckenham is lucky enough to have 2 teams this year and they started the season playing against each other. 


 This was a great way for them to gain confidence and understanding of the game before playing teams from other schools. 


Both teams played really well and there were many smiles both on and off the court.

PTA News

SAVE the DATE!

The Annual school disco will be held Friday 11th June. We will run three sessions - times and year groups to follow.
We are still on the hunt for helpers to do a short 1-2 hour shift to help it run smoothly- please fill in the PTA Survey which will be in your inbox, or click here to complete the form.

Reminder

A reminder that our PTA 2nd hand uniform shop runs after school on Monday & Friday. Any donations of uniform can be dropped to the Office during the week.

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

Architectural Festival at The Arts Centre 

Studio One Performing Arts

Your local dance school, is currently giving Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Acro 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 info@studioone.co.nz

Nathan Wallis, Conscious Intelligence

Nathan Wallis, New Zealand's favourite Neuroscience Educator (and host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”) is coming back to Christchurch for another of his popular talks about brain development from childhood to adulthood.  He will be presenting at:

La Vida Centre (Riccarton)  - Wednesday 19th May 2021 7.30-9.00pm.

Nathan's talks are very popular with parents, teachers, coaches, leaders and anyone else who is interested in learning about the workings of the brain.  Nathan has a  profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker. He uses humor and plain language to condense 25 years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style. You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ah-ha” moments.

More information can be found by following this link:

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Cashmere High School Choral Celebration


Maths Craft

Maths Craft are excited to announce the return of the Christchurch Maths Craft Day, on Sunday, May 23, in The Great Hall at The Arts Centre. Come along to The Great Hall and join us to discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths.

The day-long celebration of maths will feature a range of craft creation stations and public talks by mathematician crafters, and promises to engage people of all ages. Knit a mathematical knot, crochet a Möbius strip, fold an origami octahedron, and flex a hexahexaflexagon. Volunteers with backgrounds in mathematics and crafting will be on hand at all times to answer questions and assist people with their creations. Our guest speakers will present a series of maths and craft themed talks throughout the day, ranging in topics from fractals and pleating to crochet and chaos.

The Christchurch Maths Craft Day is free and open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.

Date: Sunday May 23 
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: The Great Hall at The Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch
Cost: Free entry 

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 7th May

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Welcome back. It has been so good to see everyone back this term, and to be amazed at how much some of our children have grown over just the two weeks of the holidays!

A special welcome to all of the new students and families who have joined our school this week. We had 10 New Entrants start this week, with more to come over the term ahead. We love welcoming our new staff, students and their families at our Welcome Assembly each term, and this morning was no exception.

New Building

We can see lots of progress happening on our new classroom block with the roof going on during this week. We are advised that HRS are currently on track to hand over on the agreed date of Thursday 22nd July, ready for the start of Term 3. This is very exciting news as our New Entrant numbers continue to grow. 





Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 2: 
Tue 11 May - 
Whole School Cross Country
Thu 13 May - Cross Country (postponement date)
Fri 14 May - Celebration Assembly

Week 3:
Mon 17 May
 - Show Quest Year 7 & 8
Wed 19 May - School Photos
Fri 21 May - Staff Only Day (School Closed)

Week 4:
Mon 24 May - Kahikatea City Excursion (Amber/Charlotte HG)
Tue 25 May - Kahikatea City Excursion (Katie/Lisa HG)
Wed 26 May - PTA Meeting 7.30 - 9.30pm
Fri 28 May - Celebration Assembly

and for your forward planning...

Week 6
Tue 8 Jun
- Staff Only Day (School Closed)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Alex Scott - Year 4

Alex, you have been a wonderful member of our hub. You always seek to help other people and be a good role model. You are kind and caring, and encourage others to do the right thing. It has been lovely to see you embracing challenges in your learning and showing such great teamwork spirit. Ka mau te wehi, Alex!

School Notices

Food Allergy Guidelines

Across our school, we have a number of children with different food allergies.
To support the wellbeing of these students we have the following guidelines in place which we ask you to follow:
  • Whenever children bring food to school for shared kai occasions, please follow the guidelines provided by the teachers for that event. 
We will inform you during the year if specific guidelines for your child’s hub change.  Our full allergy policy and guidelines in this booklet, are also available on the Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto website under “Information - Policies - SchoolDocs” then search ‘allergy’.  If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them in the first instance with your child’s point of contact teacher.

School Cross Country

Our whole school cross country is next Tuesday afternoon, May 11th. 
We would love to invite whānau to spectate this event. 

Senior school races kick off the afternoon with the Year 8s starting shortly after 1:30. We then work down the year groups.  
Junior races will not start before 2:15. 

The children have been out practising this week and are becoming familiar with the course they will run. We are also having conversations around developing a positive mindset around participation in cross country. Success can look like many different things depending on the individual. We encourage the children to set goals for themselves based on running their own best race. This is something that you might like to discuss at home. Some potential goals could be:
- finishing the course
- maintaining a run for the whole way round
- pacing themselves so that can finish feeling strong

Children can wear their housetop on this day or may race in their red school polo. Wearing shoes that are comfortable to run in will be beneficial.

After their race, the children can see you for a quick celebration of their efforts and then should head back to their team's area to be supervised by a teacher. We would appreciate it if you can support the children in remembering this step. 

If you are coming to spectate, please leave dogs at home as some children may be afraid of dogs.   

ESOL 

This week we were very pleased to welcome Charmaine, our new Teacher Aide, to our first ESOL lessons. Charmaine is taking over from Pip and Elizabeth. 


Students worked on prepositions (under, over, between, across, in front, behind) and made paper helicopters to practise science concepts (flying, floating, falling etc)


BOSCO 

With the upcoming Staff Only Days that will be happening on Friday 21st May and Tuesday 8th June, BOSCO can now be booked online on Aimy Plus for those dates, or they can contact Juanita at office@bosco.org.nz   

A reminder that the school is closed to students on these dates.

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.



PTA News

SAVE the DATE!

The Annual school disco will be held Friday 11th June. We will run three sessions - times and year groups to follow.

We are on the hunt for helpers to do a short 1-2 hour shift to help it run smoothly- so please look out for the PTA Survey which will land in your inbox this week, or click here to complete the form.

Community Notices

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

The Envirokids Programme

Envirokids is an exciting new initiative to connect Christchurch kiwi kids to our Environmental Community.

Every Saturday after launch (15 May) activities available 10am - 3pm at the Kiosk in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens  
 
Activities for all primary and intermediate aged children 

Every week we will showcase a different organisation in our network. There are so many organisations in our networks with activities for children. This is an opportunity to get passionate children together and connect them with these organisations. If you would like your organisations to be involved please email us at envirokids@chchenvirohub.org. Any suitably qualified Envirokids facilitator will be available to help as much or as little as you need. They will be available on the Saturday and they can help organisations plan activities if required.

Thinking about Hagley for Year 9 2022? 10 key points about us:

  1. We're a Designated Character School. To join us, you must agree to engage with our culture and our values of Whakamarumaru (Responsibility), Mana (Respect), Whakawhirinaki (Trust) and Tika (Integrity). We also need to be confident that Hagley has the resources to support you in your learning, that there is a programme that will meet your needs, and that there is a place for you in that programme. 
  2. We are a restorative school. 
  3. We have an inclusive and diverse learning environment. 
  4. We offer a connected curriculum. 
  5. All Year 9 students have two hours of Te Reo Māori, three hours of Health, and two hours of PE each week. They also all take English, Maths, Social Sciences and Science. Students also choose from a wide range of Kete Wana courses to complete their programmes. 
  6. Social action and student leadership are actively promoted and celebrated. 
  7. Our Targeted Learning class is very small. Only 2-3 places will be available for new students in 2022 due to returning students. 
  8. GATE students are able to excel in their specialty fields. 
  9. Enrolment for Year 9 2022 opens on 10 May 2021 and closes on 25 June 2021 at midday. It is essential to apply during this time. 
  10. There are only 125 places available in Year 9 for 2022. A ballot is usually required and will occur on 8 July 2021. Notifications re places occurs by 16 July 2021. Criteria for priority enrolment for those with family/whānau links to Hagley is on our website. 

Our website has more information: https://www.hagley.school.nz/enrolment/year-9-enrolment/

We also have an open night coming up on Thursday 27 May with rolling starts at either 4.30 pm or 5.30 pm.

Open Christchurch

The free festival celebrating architectural excellence and our special places has launched its programme for 15/16 May. With 46 buildings open to the public, two guided walks and dozens of activities - from children's workshops to expert talks - the programme is packed. 

Highlights include the CSO's dress rehearsal in the internationally acclaimed auditorium at the Town Hall, a cardboard city-making workshop for children, and one-off access to private residences of architectural significance. 

There are several events aimed at children and many family-friendly buildings.

Event organisers encourage residents and visitors alike to participate in Open Christchurch and to study the programme and website to create their own itinerary of highlights so that they can discover or connect with the city in a new way.

Activities for children

Open Christchurch is a Public Learning Destination for Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi Children’s University, which allows members to earn hours in their passport for completing an activity sheet at Open Christchurch venues. Members can access the portal and download an activity sheet. Once they complete the visit and worksheet, they will receive a stamp from their school.
  • CSO dress rehearsal at the Town Hall, Sat 15 May: 10am-12.30pm
  • Q & A with elected members at Christchurch Civic Offices Te Hononga, Sat 15 May: 10am-12pm
  • What’s behind the door? Architecture at The Arts Centre, Saturday 15 May: 10-11am; 12-1pm; 2-3pm. Sunday: 10-11am; 12-1pm
  • Cardboard City Building with Annabel Cropper and Yvonne Hall, Saturday 15 May: 1.30 – 4 pm
Check out their full programme here: https://openchch.nz/
Join their FB event here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/830309760849631

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto PTA Survey 2021

Hello to all our Beckenham School Families,

Well where on earth did Term 1 go?  We hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing term break with your families and friends and are ready for another term ahead.

Here at Beckenham School, our families and wider community are really quite extraordinary.  Because of this, the PTA are able to do a really good job supporting our school through a variety of events, activities, practical support and fundraising. 

In this ever changing world, we are aware that peoples' circumstances change.  For the PTA to best support the school community, we keep up to date details for those wonderful helpers or 'friends of the PTA' so we can reach out to them in time of need, when we need that extra little support.

We have around 350+ families within the school so we ask that if everyone could find a way of giving a little of their time or energy to help, the success and support that the PTA offers to its school and its families would be even more amazing, and shared by so many.  Many hands really do make light work.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the following few questions. 
To access the form please click here.

Kind Regards
Jody Smith, Nicola Arnott and the PTA team