Term 3 Week 6 news and events

Cupcake extravaganza:
Our grateful thanks to you all for your generosity and willingness to help and support our SPCA Cupcake fundraiser event. Not only did the children have a fantastic day (full of lots of amazing learning, and fun to boot!), but also we managed to raise well over $200 and rising! This wouldn't have been possible without your support - we do appreciate you! We are hoping to invite a representative from the SPCA to come to the whole school assembly in Week 9, which is being led by Te Whanau Koru children, and this is when we would like to present the money we raised.

So please note:
In Week 9, 18th September, the PRIDE assembly will be led by Te Whanau Koru students. You are warmly invited to attend (10:00 - 10:30 a.m.)

Cricket training:
Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 1st), following on from the huge success of the Cricket World Cup, Christchurch Metro Cricket will be visiting us to run sessions with the children teaching basic skills prior to the start of summer cricket later this year. They will provide contact information for the children about local cricket clubs. Tomorrow's session times will be:
Hub 11: 11:30 -12
Hub 10: 12 - 12:30
Hub 12: 1:30 - 2
Hub 13: 2 - 2:30

Quaky Cat Dress up Day:
This Friday, your children are invited to dress either in orange or as a cat (or both!). We will be reading Quaky Cat Helps Out, which links to our school values of 'We care', 'We get there together' and 'We make a difference'. A gold coin donation is requested.

Our writing focus areas this week are:

  • Room 12 - explanation writing (how to make a web) 
  • Room 10- information report writing (All About Spiders)Room 13
  • Room 13 - character descriptions
  • we shall also be making thank you cards for the PTA who have recently gifted some amazing equipment to us (train set, block sets, and a great deal of wonderful outdoor equipment too

It is with sadness that we have said goodbye to Angela Phuyel of Hub 10/11. Angela's family have moved over to Woolston and this is to be her new school. We wish the family all the best as they move into a new neighbourhood and a new school community.

Brilliant Bobcats

A big congratulations to the Beckenham Bobcats who were placed 2nd in the C grade basketball competition at Pioneer. They put their bodies on the line and gave it their all!

Cantamaths & Basketball

Hi Everyone! The past few weeks the Pōhutukawa Whānau have been busy, busy, busy! The children have had some awesome learning opportunities lately that have challenged and encouraged them to work together. Everyone has been doing an outstanding job of working hard in their learning and upholding our schools values. Here is a little bit about some of the things we have been doing at Beckenham School.


Some of our brilliant mathematicians were given the opportunity to compete in the Cantamaths Year 6 Problem Solving Challenge this year. These children spent weeks calculating and creating these projects based off a problem presented to them by Cantamaths and you can see below just impressive the final products were! We are so proud of how hard these children worked and want to give a big shout out to Alex and Hannah who managed to score an excellence, the top honour in Cantamaths. Ka pai Alex and Hannah!


On Friday we were lucky enough to have a year 5/6 team from Somerfield School visit us during lunchtime to play a game of basketball against our own team. All players from both schools played extremely well and our audience cheered hard for both teams. It was a fun and exhilarating atmosphere with Beckenham getting the win 18-5. We are looking forward to the possibility of visiting Somerfield School next term for another rematch. Until then... GO BECKENHAM!

Sporting highs and lows on Friday.

Well done to the Year 8 football team who took on the staff today. Brilliance was seen from both teams, with a one all score at full time. In the penalty shoot-out the staff pulled ahead by one.

After school the Bandits, our top basketball team, played their final game of the season at Pioneer Stadium, playing for third place in B grade against the South Steelers. If was a close game, with the Bandits playing particularly well on defence. The final score was 9:7 to Beckenham. Thanks to all those who turned up to support the team.

Term 3, Week 6 Newsletter

Next week (Tuesday September 1st), the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association will be sending coaches out to Beckenham School to run 30 minute coaching sessions with our hubs. This will be a fantastic way of learning some cricket skills from the professionals.  These sessions will run outdoors if the weather is fine, and indoors if the weather is wet.  We look forward to their visit and hope the weather is nice!
Please remember to send your child along to school with appropriate sport shoes and clothing.

A reminder to all families that gymnastics is now finished.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed these activities and we have noticed budding gymnasts practicing their moves in the playground!  Thank you to all the parents/caregivers for your support, and for ensuring that your children came to school wearing appropriate footwear/clothing.

New learning topic
Next week is week 7, time is flying by!  Our learning will be moving on, and the next topic we will focus on will be MLE’s.
As you will be aware Beckenham School’s classrooms will soon transform and transition into a MLE (Modern Learning Environment).  Therefore, our focus with the children will be to develop their understandings around the internal and external spaces in which they will be learning.  We will do this by encouraging the children to work collaboratively as we think about our future learning spaces.

Learning Conferences
A big thank you to all those parents/caregivers that attended their child’s learning conference this week.  It was a valuable way to share learning progress with you, and it was encouraging to see so many families attend.  If you haven’t organised a Learning Conference yet, please contact your teacher and we can make a time to meet before or after school to do this.