Beckenham School Newsletter December 16th 2016

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

So the end of the 2016 school year has arrived!

Yesterday we had our very special Year 8 Graduation Assembly. What an honour it was to be able to farewell these stunning young people who are our Year 8 graduates for 2016. Thank you to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this day so special.

Thanks to Don Ferguson for this video montage he put together from the ceremony yesterday...

You can view it through Vimeo here:

We wish all of our leavers, both from Year 8, and from other levels in the school who are moving to other schools for 2017, all the very best for their futures. We are always sad to say goodbye and we encourage you all to stay in contact with the school in the future.

Learning Conferences

If you have not yet booked your learning conference for the start of 2017, please do that as soon as possible.
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If you need childcare on either of the two learning conference days, you can book this through BOSCO at no charge by emailing

Once again, I would like to thank all of our amazing staff for their commitment and dedication to our children and our school.  It has been a very big year for our school with the rebuild and working from two sites and their continued adaptability and positivity has been unwavering.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our school community a very Happy Christmas, and a safe and relaxing holiday. Your continued support of us all is very much appreciated.

Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Tue 31 Jan 2017
Learning Conferences

Wed 1 Feb
Learning Conferences

Thu 2 Feb
8:55am - Classes begin

Mon 6 Feb
Waitangi Day - school is closed

Term Dates

Click here to view the 2016 and 2017 term dates.

School Notices

Office Hours over the holidays

The office will be officially closed from Wednesday 21 Dec and will re-open on Thursday 26 January.
Emergency email contact during the holidays can be sent to
Any accounts queries should go to and they will be dealt with when the accounts officer is working next week or in late January.

Dental Care over the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will operate an emergency service over the school holidays.
This service is to provide relief of pain only and will not undertake ‘routine’ treatment. The
service will be available each working day from 8:30am until 12:30pm from the Hillmorton
Hospital site.
Tuesday, 10 th January to Friday, 13 th January 2017 (excluding weekends)
Monday, 16 th January to Friday, 20 th January 2017 (excluding weekends)
Monday, 23 rd January to Friday, 27 th January 2017 (excluding weekends)
Monday, 30 th January 2017
This service will operate by appointment only and if we are unable to see your child,
alternative options will be given. If your child has dental pain as a result of an accident please
contact your dentist in the first instance.
You can phone and make an appointment for the emergency clinic by ringing 0800 846 983

Community Notices

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

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Kauri Whanau: last post for 2017

What an action packed fortnight we have had. Here are a few pics to show what we have been up to.

After the big climb up to Victoria Park, we had a great time chilling with friends.

On Monday morning we bonded with the children from Koru Whanau when they came to visit.

Monday afternoon was Christmas treat time, making 'hot choc' marshmallow cups.

The cooler temperature on Monday didn't stop Year 8 from having a blast at their pool and pizza party. Thanks Tracy!

Swimming, walking, cricket, rock exploring, nail painting (!!) ... we had a great time at Corsair Bay.

Amongst all this fun, there was also quite a bit of classroom learning!

Today we farewelled our Year 8s. Click on this link to view a video of the graduation assembly. A big thanks to Maddy's dad, Don, for putting this lovely movie together.

A reminder to Year 7s to come prepared (change of clothes, towel and 'weapon' - could be a plastic drink bottle), for our annual Year 7 water fight tomorrow.

Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone.

Koru Wk 10 News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Team Koru!
Thanks for a wonderful year of learning and fun. Read about some of our final week activities.

* Students have lost jumpers and hats recently. Please check at home and in bags. Many thanks.
* Run Jump Throw is on THIS Friday at 11.15 sharp. Children may wear house colours and need: named drink bottle, sensible running shoes and a sunhat. 

Champion Street Visit
What a fun time had by all on our trip to Champion St. Koru students did a variety of buddy Christmas crafts with senior students. The older students also showed us around their learning space.

Hub 10 & 11

Kia ora,

Over the past couple of weeks we have been watching and learning about tadpoles turn into frogs. This has lead to learning about other life cycles as well. A big thank you to Nicole (Layla's mother) for bringing the tadpoles in! Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are going to release them into the local Beckenham Ponds. We will walk down around 2pm and return before 3pm. Please ensure you child has their sunhat.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Charlotte and Amanda

Kowhai News Term 4 Week 10

Kia ora whanau,

The week of term has finally arrived. We are anticipating a great week ahead filled will fun and finishing off!  Please remember that school will finish at 12.30pm on Friday. Here are the essentials for this week:

We will be sending home school stationery from Tuesday. The children will bring these items home in a plastic bag. Any unused stationery from 2016 can be used for 2017. We highly recommend you put these items somewhere safe for easy access next year.

Each hub has organised a shared lunch on Wednesday 14th December. If you would like your child to participate, please send along a plate of food (preferably healthy, no lollies of soft drink). Any containers or plates that you would like returned, please put your name on them for easy identification.

On Thursday, we have our Year 8 graduation in the hall beginning at 11am. This is the time that we specifically celebrate year 8 student achievements. You are most welcome to attend if you know the Year 8 students graduating.

This Friday 16th December is our Junior School Athletics Day. This event will begin at 11am, with a greeting outside the hall prior to beginning. The athletic events will finish at 12.30pm. As this is the end of the 2016 year, you will be able to take your child home at the conclusion of athletics from their home room.

Thank you to all the wonderful parents who were able to come along as parent helpers last Monday on our trip to Orana Park. The children had a wonderful time sharing their understanding about animals and their habitats. We were overwhelmed with the high level of support and it was unfortunate that we couldn't take you all.

Eftpos is now available at the school office for anyone wanting to pay school accounts. Anne still has some over due books that she would love to have returned to the school library. Could you please check with your child to ensure that all books have been returned and if not have a hunt for any that are overdue. Many thanks to those who have already returned their books!

Our axolotls need a home over the holidays or part of the holidays. If you are keen and able to axolotl sit, please come and see Paulette or send her and email to make arrangements! They are VERY easy to look after and are well house trained!

On Thursday afternoon, the children will all be given the opportunity to visit and meet their point of contact teachers for 2017. This is an opportunity for the children to see the learning space they will be working in and the teachers that will be working in their hub. The current Year 4s will bus to Champion Street for their visit on this day.

Lastly, a HUGE thank you from all of us in Kowhai Team for all of your wonderful support this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know you all and have especially loved working with your tamariki this year. Have a safe, enjoyable and relaxing summer break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Kind regards
Paulette, Mike, Anna, Rebekah and Gayle