Kia ora koutouWhat 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
Tumuaki Tuarua / Deputy Principal
Upcoming EventsWeek 3:
Mon 17 May
- Show Quest Year 7 & 8Wed 19 May
- School PhotosFri 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 QuarryWed 26 May
- PTA Meeting 7.30 - 9.30pmThu 27 May
- Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30 - 7.30pmFri 28 May
- Celebration AssemblyWeek 5:Thu 3rd Jun
- South Zone Winter SportFri 4 Jun
Koru Art Gallery TripWeek 6:
Mon 7 Jun
- Queens Birthday (School Closed)Tue 8 Jun
- Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Term DatesClick here to view 2021 term dates
Citizen of the Week
Lilian Shelku - Year 6Lilian, 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.
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.
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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.
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 ProfilesIntroducing 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Architectural Festival at The Arts Centre
Studio One Performing Arts
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Nathan Wallis, Conscious IntelligenceNathan 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 CraftMaths 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
Location: The Great Hall at The Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch
Cost: Free entry