Kahikatea Newsetter Term 3 Week 10

Term 3
We are at the end of an extremely fun-filled and busy term. A huge thank you to the children for their hard work and great attitude. Also, thank you to the parent helpers who help out in a variety of ways. We couldn't do it without you! Have a well-deserved break and we look forward to Term 4.

The children have been working hard on learning their dance routine for our Beckenham School Centenary. This will be held at school on Saturday 24th October from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Your child will have received a letter outlining their dance in more detail. If they have not received this, please let your child's teacher know.

These last two weeks have been focussed around statistics in our maths programme. We have been discussing how to collect, collate and make a statement about data. We have also been discussing probability. Here are the children hard at work figuring out the likelihood of pairs in a pack of cat and dog cards:

Hub 3&4 have been focussing on plays for reading this week and have been performing them over the last two days. The children were learning how to use their voice, facial expressions and body to perform effectively. They also focussed on how to be a great team member and audience member. Here are some photos of two performances:

Home Learning
Home Learning books will stay at school over the holidays and spelling will resume on Friday in the first week of term.

Rugby World Cup
We have been starting our investigations into our RWC teams and even had a delicious treat from South Africa in Hub 3&4:

Rugby World Cup 2015

At Beckenham School we are getting right into the RWC by celebrating and learning about the different countries the teams come from. In hub 14/15 we are celebrating Fiji and have begun by creating a beautiful mural of the beach. Here you can see two students relaxing underneath the coconut tree whilst doing some reading. Alex has to keep his sunglasses on because his future is so bright! 😎☀️

Term 3 Weeks 9 and 10

Kia ora whanau,

Spring has sprung...just in time for the upcoming holidays!  (We'll just hope this wee wet spell disappears as quickly as it appeared).  Next week is the last week of Term 3.  It has been a busy, happy term with lots of exciting learning.

A special warm welcome to all our new children starting school. It is lovely to have you and your families here with us.


A big thank you to all the parents who have assisted with Gymnastics.  We have completed this unit now.  The children have made incredible progress with their skill development.  They may be able to demonstrate to you at home!

Pride Assembly

At Pride Assembly last week, Te Whanau Koru presented  the money that we made on our Cupcake Day to SPCA .  This was gratefully received.  The children did a wonderful job presenting the assembly.  


On Wednesday 23 September our very own Beckenham School training and concert band will be performing for the whole school.  We cant wait!

Ice cream and Jelly
Ice-cream and Jelly are for sale on Wednesday 23 September.  The cost is $2.00.  Please pay this before school in exchange for a stamp.  This is fundraising for Year 7 and 8 camp.

Games Friday
To end the term on a high note, we will be spending the afternoon of Friday 25 September taking part in a games rotation.  We will be playing some out favourites including Cat and Mouse, What's the time Mr Wolfy, Midnight and relays.

School holiday reading
We would love to encourage you to continue to read with your children in the holidays .  If you have a chance, you might like to visit the South Library who have a large selection of really exciting Early Reading books, as well as many old favourites.  Books such as Dear Zoo, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, encourage lots of repetition and rhyming.  Nursery rhymes are also a wonderful way to encourage literacy learning.  These can be sung, recited, or read.  Have fun!

School Centenary
Over Labour Weekend, Oct 23-25, Beckenham School are holding the School Centenary. Our classes will be performing folk dancing on the Saturday event and your child will be involved.  Our children will be performing between 11.00am and 12.00pm.  This will be followed by open time in the classrooms when children are invited to share their art works and classroom environments with the many visitors on the day.  It is going to be a great occasion - and a time to be part of history making.

Reading Books
HELP- we are in desperate need of willing parents who may have 15-20 minutes available to help with the returning of reading books to the resource room.  If you have a few minutes after dropping your child at school, or prior to end of day pick up, we would love you to pop into Rooms 12,13, 11 and 10 to see if the teachers have any books to be returned.  The books are returned to the reading room which is situated upstairs in the junior block, between rooms 2 and 3.  This does not need to be a regular commitment, but just any time that you have a little spare time.  Thank you in anticipation.

Wishing you all a lovely last week of the term,

Gail, Jo, Cath, Andrea and Amanda.

Latest revised building timeline

This month we have received a revised building timeline from the Ministry of Education.

Design phase – March 2015 – March 2016.  This is broken down into 4 phases:

  • master plan – 3 months (Mar 2015 – June 2015)
  • preliminary design – 3 months (July 2015 – Sep 2015)

We are now moving into this next phase:
  • developed design – 3 months (Oct 2015 – Dec 2015)
  • detailed design – 3 months (Jan 2016 – Mar 2016)
  • tender/consent – 2 / 3months (Mar 2016 – Apr/May 2016 – highly dependent on how it takes for CCC to approve documentations.  Cannot commence construction until this has been received).
  • Construction commence – Apr/ May 2016 with an estimate of 12 – 18 months construction period. 

 The above is subject to movement depending on what happens with decanting and the construction methodology. 

Kahikatea Newsletter Term 3 Week 9

Reading Programme

Next week, Hub 3 and 4 are practising plays in place of their usual readers. Children will be practising one play for the whole week. Please practise these at home also.

Centenary Performances

As you will be aware the children in the Kahikatea team have been practising dances. We will be performing these dances at the Beckenham School Centenary. This will be held at school on Saturday 24th October from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. It would be wonderful if all students could come along and enjoy this exciting celebration and perform their dance on this day.
A notice will be coming home next week about what your children will need to wear for their dance. The dances are coming together very nicely. it has been great so many children have been practicing at home.

Science Alive 

The children had a wonderful time engaging in the Science Alive fun. The children planned and built wonderful houses out of Duplo. A lot of thought was put into making the houses strong, and making good choices about where to put the rooms and furniture. Thank you so much for all the parent support we had. It made it a really successful session.

Print Making Update

Print making will be displayed for the start of next term. The calendar art is looking outstanding. We can't wait to get it on display.

The Reverse Report

The Reverse report has some very interesting news and facts all based around good news... not bad news. Check out the website if you're interested.

Rugby World Cup

At assembly each class was asked to pull out a rugby ball with the name of country on it. This is to support the rugby world cup.
Hub 1 and 2 are supporting Samoa
Hub 3 and 4 are supporting South Africa
We will be inquiring into their culture, food, songs, dances anything to do with their country. 


Some of the children have been reading the story 'How to make a Happy Cake'. Look at the wonderful happy cake that was shared with Hub 1 and 2. It is so wonderful to see children engaged in their reading.