Cultural Studies

Asia Awareness

What an exciting first week back! 

The children in Pōhutukawa have dived straight into their learning for this term by exploring a range of Asian countries and cultures. Both hubs have been completing a variety of research and experiences to embrace different Asian culture. Some of these cultures even belong to children in our very own hubs so it has been an exciting opportunity to get to know more about these in particular.

I have been exploring Japan with my group and on Thursday we decided to have a go at making sushi. A very messy, yet exciting task! Below is a video of one of our students completing the 'wasabi challenge'. I gave the challenge a go myself and can confirm it is no easy feat. A big thanks to Fonterra's Milk in Schools programme for the aftercare support for the brave souls who took on the challenge.


Kahikatea Team 2016-07-29 18:16:00

We Love Challenge!

From Friday Creative Art Workshop in Hub 2 with Dorinda and Amber - Movable fish! Dorinda had wanted to display them in the classroom but they were soooooo popular - they just had to go home!
All Hubs in Kahikatea will get a chance to make these creative pets!

Some photos from this week's Discovery Stations

Make a bridge with Lego Challenge

Make a Lego dinosaur

Fun Times in the Holidays

I went on two planes to got to the USA (United States of America) and I got to watch TV and I got headphones and we were on top of the clouds and it was awesome but we were in the plane for one whole night and I was tired!

by Ishaan

In the holidays I went to the bird park with my Mum and Daddy. It was very very fun. I saw birds, but they couldn't get our because they were in an enclosure. There were lots of birds. They went on my legs. They went on my arms. 

By James

I went to the movies and it was fun. There was a movie called Ice Age. It took a long time to watch the movie.
By Moa

My brother found a drift cart. It had no seat. My brother went to the Z. He pumped up the tyres. We had fun. My brother came back home. 

By Michaela

I went to the competition. I scootered around and landed a tail whip first try. Mum and dad dropped me and Jackson off and Ash was there too. 

By Jamie

Looking ahead at term 3 in the Intermediate Hub.

It is great to be underway with another fun-filled term of learning in the Intermediate Hub. The children have made a great start to the term this week.

We have leapt into speech writing this week, after Jarred led a motivation on writing and presenting a storytelling speech. The children have four weeks to write, and practise the presentation of their speech. Please encourage them to share their writing with you at home. Because the focus is on storytelling, use of voice, gesture and expression is very important, so the more time spent practising and learning the speech, the better. Speeches will be presented to home-groups in week 5. The team competition (six Year 7s and six Year 8s) will be on Monday August 29 and the zone competition, against local schools, will be on Monday September 5th in the evening (one Year 7 and one Year 8). Our school competition will be judged by someone from the Court Theatre.
Jarred used the 'story chairs' activity to show the children how to create a story.

Treaty of Waitangi
For the first three weeks of term 3, Sharon Tipene is running New Zealand History workshops with our hub. Sharon is a primary school teacher and a Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand history educator. Each home group will have six one and a half hour sessions with Sharon. We are very lucky to have such an experienced and knowledgeable teacher working with us.

Sharon introduced props to signify important parts of NZ history.
Term 3 heralds the start of Cantamath season. This involves various projects and competitions.
Jarred and Nicky’s maths groups are working on Cantamath projects for home learning. These are due on Friday of week 2. Projects that are of a very high quality will go through to the Canatmath competition at Horncastle Arena on Wednesday August 24th. All children should be well underway with their project by now. We are more than happy to support children with ideas and advice. They just need to ask.
On the Monday afternoon of week 3, we will be holding our Becamath (group problem solving) Competition. All children will be competing in mixed ability groups of 4 from each home-group.
A squad of capable mathematicians, will meet during lunchtimes and possibly before school to hone their problem solving skills. From this squad, our Cantamath teams will be selected, comprising of four Year 7s and four Year 8s. They will compete at Cantamath on Wednesday August 24th between 4pm and 6pm.  

Ski trip
Our ski trip to Mt Hutt is coming up on Thursday August 18th. We now have enough skiing parent helpers, however we need a non skiing parent to help out at the base of the ski area, keeping an eye on kids who need a break and supporting where necessary. Please email Nicky if you would be happy to do this. This week the children learnt about appropriate clothing for a mountain environment. They will have one more session to learn about ski equipment, so that they are well prepared for a day of fun and learning on the slopes. The cost of this trip is $50, however with profits from our soup fundraising, we hope to reduce this cost. We will confirm this by the start of week 3. The charge includes lift pass, lesson and ski hire (including a helmet). Many thanks to the PTA for funding the bus trip. On Thursday we sent out a form for you to complete so that we can ensure every child is suitably clothed and equipped for this mountain experience. Here is the link to this form if you have yet to complete it.

We played 'dress the invisible skiers' to reinforce sensible clothing choices for a mountain environment.
Arts academies
Every year the Kauri Hub enjoys celebrating the performing arts by creating and presenting a Beckenham flavoured production. Unlike the shopping centres, we will not being celebrating Christmas in October, but will be building up to the joyous season over term three and four. This year we will be decking the halls and wishing everyone tidings of good joy, in ‘A Very Kauri Christmas’. The students will decide how they would like to contribute to our performance by signing up to one of our Arts Academies: acting/singing, dance, or wearable arts.

Learning to swim is an essential survival skill, especially for us, living on an island. It is part of the New Zealand Curriculum – ‘it is expected that all students will have had opportunities to learn basic aquatics skills by the end of year 6’. Since the earthquake and the loss of our pool, we have been unable to offer as many aquatic learning opportunities for all students in Year 5 – 8 as we would have liked to. We are very aware that water safety is a topical issue, with many water-related fatalities occurring over the last summer.
To this end, we have arranged swimming lessons for all students in Year 5 – 8 at Aquagym for this term. Each student will have 8 swimming lessons, over two weeks, in weeks 6 and 7 (Monday 29 August - Friday 9 September). The students will be bused to and from Aquagym (459 Cashel St, Linwood) for their half hour lesson.
The Year 7 – 8 whānau will be split into two groups of 40 students, with one group having their lesson from 9 – 9:30am (with their bus leaving school at 8:30am), and the other group having their lesson from 9:30 – 10am (leaving school at 9:00am). The children have been organised into two groups, taking into consideration music lessons and being able to arrive at school by 8:30am.  Each group will then be split into smaller ability groups, so they are being taught at their level.

The overall cost of these 8 lessons plus transport is $85 per student. With 200 children involved, this is a total cost of $17,000. A request for your contribution will be added to your school account. If you don’t already have an automatic payment set up, you may like to contact Audrey or Jacky in the office, to enable you to budget for this.

The Kauri Hub Korfball team, the Beckenham Guards, are scheduled to take part in their third interschool competition at Pioneer Stadium on Monday 15th August. We have been very successful at previous tournaments, with a second and third placing, and are excited to continue improving and giving our all! The team will be confirmed by Friday 5th August, and permission slips will be sent home.   

Asia awareness
The students in the Kauri Hub have been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to receive external tuition from a Chinese educator from the Confucius Institute based at the University of Canterbury.  As part of a school wide Asia awareness initiative, we will experience many aspects of Chinese language and culture, on a weekly basis throughout term three, starting in week four.

Talent quest
On Friday 23 September (the last Friday of this term) we will be holding the Beckenham Talent Quest at school. It will be held from 1:30 - 3pm in the school hall. There are three categories: Year 1-4, Years 5-6 and Years 7-8. The students are signing up for the talent quest at the moment, and then auditions will be held in week 6. Three acts will be selected for the final in week 9. We have such a talented group of students in Kauri this year, it will be a hard job just selecting three finalists. Good luck to all the students who intend to participate.

Beckenham School Newsletter, Term 3 Week 1, 2016

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to the first edition of our blog style school newsletter! We are really excited about the new look and format, and hope that it will enable you, our readers, to access information more easily, on a range of devices, with more interactivity.
We hope to bring you more images, videos, links to the school website (check out the amazing new look here too), team blogs, surveys, external websites and social media such as the school Facebook page.
Our enormous thanks to Nick Bruce who put the new website and newsletter blog together, and to the small group of parents who volunteered to be a focus and testing group for him during Term 2
We'd love to get your feedback - tell us what you like, and, if something isn't working for you, how you think we could improve it. We do expect that there will need to be some 'tweeking' as we go!

New Security around the school, and particularly for bikes and scooters

Over the school holidays, we had a new security camera system installed in the school. Our old system had been steadily falling over, so it was very timely. The cameras will be able to be moved, as buildings and our site changes with the rebuild. We hope to be able to capture a time lapse of the building process through this system as well.
We have been aware of increasing concerns over security of scooters and bicycles at school. To that end, we have now asked children to park all scooters and bikes in the gravel area in front of the hall. We have a security camera on that particular area which we anticipate will help with security. We still request that all scooters and bikes are locked. 

Free, 6 week Positive Parenting Course 

We have worked with the Christchurch Methodist Mission to enable a Free, 6 week Positive Parenting Course to be made available at our school. The course is open to anyone in the community. The sessions will run from 6:30pm to 8pm each Tuesday evening, starting on Tuesday 9 August and finishing on Tuesday 13 September.
The sessions are being facilitated by trained staff from the Christchurch Methodist Mission, and funded through their funding streams.
The school will provide supervision for children, if you need to bring them along to enable you to attend the workshop.
Please click here to enrol as places will be limited.

Does your child have a water bottle at school every day?

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is critically important for healthy hydration that promotes brain function, and therefore learning. We request that every child has a drink bottle (preferably a clear bottle, so that they can monitor their drinking) at school every day, that can be refilled with water throughout the day.
Apart from water, and milk (available through the Milk in Schools programme), we request that no other drinks be brought to school.
Click here for an interesting NZ article on water at school

Building Update

Whilst we were hoping that the building programme would begin this term, we have been advised that the earliest it will now start is the beginning of Term 4. The Board are determined that we will not begin moving students and teachers to the Champion St site until we are guaranteed that work will begin here at school. We do not want to be moving off-site and have nothing happen for a long period of time. We will keep you posted.

Ngā mihi
Sandy Hastings - Tumuaki/Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Fri 29 Jul
8:30am - 9:15am
2nd hand Uniform Shop Open

Fri 29 Jul
Welcome Assembly

Fri 29 Jul
Celebration Assembly
(Sir Peter Blake Award)

Fri 29 Jul
2nd Hand Uniform Shop Open

Mon1 - Fri 5 Aug
Cook Islands Language Week

Mon 1 Aug
Y5-8 Winter Tournament
Hagley Park

Tue 2 Aug
ICAS English test

Wed 3 Aug
7:00pm, staffroom
PTA AGM, then normal meeting

Tue 9 Aug
6:30-8:00pm, staffroom
Positive Parenting Workshop

first of 6 weeks of free workshops 
sign up by clicking on link above

Thu 11 Aug
6:00 - 8:30pm
BOT meeting

Citizen of the Week

Billy Murfin - Year 2

Billy, you are an outstanding role model who consistently demonstrates our Beckenham School values. Your kind, thoughtful and humourous approach to learning and social situations is appreciated by everyone around you and your peers look up to you. You put 100% effort into everything you do and help others to achieve alongside you which is evidence of your caring nature. Your smile and positive attitude to life brightens our day and we are very lucky to have you in our Kahikatea Team. Tino pai, Billy!

Sharing our Learning


Kahikatea have enjoyed a fabulous start to the term with children arriving refreshed and excited to be back at school. Something that has been generating excitement and interest is ‘Discovery Stations.’ This is a new element to our daily routine that runs alongside our Reading, Writing and Maths programs. You will be aware that schools are changing and adapting to the needs of the 21st Century. Discovery stations is our way of meeting those needs and developing soft skills such as creativity, confidence, collaboration and problem solving. Discovery Stations is all about giving children agency through offering a variety of stations, which provide coverage of the curriculum while fostering the development of ‘soft skills’.

Stations are 'good to go' from the moment the children arrive at school with most children choosing to start their learning right then and there. This week the children have been working collaboratively to: create a bridge out of string and paper; work in pairs to write their name using the binary code; take on the role of teacher and curl up on the bean bag with a good book.

Each day we focus on a reflective question to support the children to make connections between the stations and their learning. This week we have thought about how we choose a station and what we can do to help others.
“I like Discovery Stations because there is a lots of learning. My favourite one is making codes so you can talk to a computer. I taught Sandy how to write her name in code!” James

“I like the building station. My bridge didn’t work at first, but I kept trying.” Lyndsay
“I have been doing the Impossible Bridge Station. I have been trying different things to see what will stabilise my bridge.” Dan
“Discovery Stations is really fun. I like having time to read my book in the Quiet Zone.” Vida
Stations change and adapt to meet the needs and interests of the children and to link in with our current learning contexts. You can be sure that there will always be opportunities for Reading, Writing and Maths on offer! 

School Notices

Lost and Found

The badge below has been handed in to the office.

Immunisation Records

If you have already brought in immunisation details to the office for your child(ren) many thanks. If you haven't then please have a hunt for the plunket book or contact your GP and get a copy of the immunisation details. If your child has not been immunised I also need to know this. If you can take a clear photo of the relevant page with your phone, just email it through to me with your child's name in the email.
Many thanks - Jacky

Junior Neighbourhood Support:

Welcome back to school, I hope you have all had a fun and safe break. Last term seemed very busy but the Junior Neighbourhood Support Leaders have worked on the focus- Be Fair and Helpful. You may have seen the colourful chalk messages in the playground. I also presented 6 Awards to children who have shown assistance, caring behaviour and given their time to help the community. Please remember to nominate any children that you feel have done something that shows a community spirit, an act of assistance or care. The forms are by the JNS mailbox in the office.
Check out the Junior Neighbourhood support website.
Regards Elissa Smith 

PTA News

Save the date! This is one you won't want to miss if you love a good belly laugh and lots of fun,
Comedy Bingo Show,
Friday 26th August.
More details to follow in term 3.

Community Notices

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

ADHD - University of Canterbury study - opportunity for your ADHD child...

The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury are currently running a study testing a vitamin-mineral formula to treat ADHD in children. If you have a child 7-12 years old with ADHD symptoms (an existing diagnosis is not required) who is not currently taking medication, see the study website:, or contact Kathryn Darling or 03-364 2987 ext. 7705. We only have a few spaces left and will only be taking new participants until the end of term 3, so get in quick!”

O'Callahan Dance Studio

Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary classes held in Fisher Ave and Domain Tce. Exam and Performance opportunities for all students. Enquire now to join us for term three!

Christchurch City Council and Community Boards...

Do you know passionate people who care about their community and want to make a difference in their area or in the City, who could be interested in standing for the Community Board or for Council?
Council needs a wide variety of skills and different perspectives, not unlike a school board.
Nominations are now opened, until the 12th of August.
You can find useful information here:
Nomination forms
New wards

After school art

Monday's 3.30 - 4.30, 5-9 years. Tuesday - Thursday 3.20 - 5.30 10 years and up. Saturday arts and crafts sessions in Opawa.

Contact Ira on 0274489932

Andy Griffiths is coming to town...!

National Scout Scarf Day

Friday 5th August is the 3rd annual National Scout Scarf Day which encourages all present and ex Scout members to wear their scarves to School, work etc.

International advocate and speaker Melinda Tankard Reist, speaking on the sexualisation of children... Hillview Christian School on Sunday August 7th (7-8.30pm) and we would love to invite your school community to attend. (see flyer here)
Melinda will be speaking on the sexualisation of children, how this is impacting the global exploitation of children, and looking at practical things we can do in response.
There is an interview about this event on page 5 of todays press, and another article on Stuff
Stuff - Sexualisation of Children - an issues that needs to be faced

Insulation Subsidies for Landlords

Community Energy Action can provide a 50% insulation subsidy for landlords whose tenants either
  • Have a community services card OR
  • Are low income and have a health condition that is affected by the cold
Conditions apply. Subsidy includes ceiling and underfloor insulation, and installation.

Call us now to arrange a free, no obligation quote.

Please be aware that funding is limited for these subsidies. We are currently experiencing a high volume of enquiries, and there may be a waiting list to have your property assessed.

0800 GET WARM ● 03 374 7222 ●