Kahikatea Newsletter

Kia Ora

Wow! What an amazing year it has been! We are enormously proud of all the children have achieved and very grateful for the strong home-school partnership. Thank you very much for your time and efforts this year.  We Get There Together!

This Wednesday 14th December is Dorinda's final day, this year. She is getting an early Christmas present and heading into hospital for a new hip. We suspect it was all the 'hip-hop' she was doing in preparation for our Wearable Arts Performance. We will see Dorinda back at school next year in 2017.

Please keep hunting for final library books and reading books and return them this week.

Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon 2016/2017 
Sunday, 26th February 2017. Refer to the PTA facebook page for registration information and more event details. This event is so much fun and entries fill fast. You don’t want to miss out this year!

Hub Visits
This Thursday 15th December children will be spending some time in their new hubs with their teachers for 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with familiar faces, while getting to know their teacher.

Junior Athletics
This Friday 16th December is our final day of school. It is a half day and we are holding the Junior Athletics at 11:15 - 12:30. After the event teachers will take their children back to the hub for final farewells and release them after that. Please ensure your child has their drink bottle, suitable footwear, a sunhat and house colours (if they would like to).

Have a safe and fun-filled Christmas break everyone! Looking forward to seeing you all in 2017.

Water Fun

As you may be aware, the Pōhutukawa children are currently involved in some water-themed team challenges as part of our end of year activities. Our final challenge will be a water fight on Wednesday, 14 December. The children will need to bring a water pistol (or a drink bottle) along with their togs and towel.

Any children who do not want to participate will be able to do alternative activities with Susan.

Also, a reminder that we will be walking to the Margaret Mahy Playground on Tuesday, 13 December, leaving Champion Street at 12pm and returning by 2.30pm. Thank you to all the parents who have offered to help on this trip. If you are able to help please contact your child’s home group teacher.

Beckenham School Newsletter December 9th 2016

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Well, the end of the year is racing along now, with just one week of school remaining. We are ticking off items each day from the very long list of end of year jobs that need to be done, and celebratory events that are such an important part of this time of the year.

We had a fabulous final celebration assembly on Thursday where we also took the opportunity to acknowledge Audrey Cooper's 30 years working at Beckenham. Audrey's connection with the school began when she was a pupil here as a 5 year old, then continued when her own children attended the school and she began working here in 1986. Her two granddaughters now also attend the school. We are very grateful for Audrey's commitment and dedication to the school over this time and wish her all the very best in her retirement. We aren't really saying goodbye, as we know we will see her in the school being a grandparent helper and supporting her grandchildren and other children over the years to come.

We are grateful to Tracy Dunn who is filling in and doing our accounts at the moment. The Executive Officer position will be advertised mid January on SEEK and will run until mid-February. We hope to have a permanent appointment made to this position by March 2017.

We also acknowledged and farewelled April Chapman and Megan Harris. Both have been on leave this year and, sadly for us, both have decided to move on to new challenges in 2017. We wish them both every success.
We also thanked Jo Smith for her contribution to our school community, taking our most recent group of New Entrant students from the middle of Term 3. We wish Jo all the best for what her future brings for 2017.
We wished Amanda McLean well as she takes 2017 off to become a first-time-parent and we wished Tracy Inwood well as she also takes a year off, to spend some time travelling and exploring a different pace of life and interests for 2017.

This coming week we farewell our current Year 8 students at their Graduation and Prizegiving Ceremony on Thursday at 11am. On Thursday afternoon, the rest of the students will be meeting in their 2017 learning groups with their new teachers to spend some time together, before the year ends.

We are planning to send reports and 2017 stationery lists home this Wednesday - please keep a look out for these.

Ngā mihi
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 12 Dec
10:15am-1:40pm Koru team visit to Champion St
Tue 13 Dec
Kauri Team trip to Corsair Bay
12noon - 2pm Pohutukawa trip to Margaret Mahy Playground
5:30pm - Community Christmas Celebration - Junior Playground (see community notices)

Thu 15 Dec
11am-12pm Year 8 Graduation Assembly followed by Leavers' Lunch
12:30-3pm Y4-7 students bus to Champion St to meet 2017 learning groups and teachers
1:30-2:30pm NE-Y3 students meet new learning groups and teachers at Beckenham Site

Fri 16 Dec
11am-12:30pm Junior School Athletics
Term 4 ends.  School finishes at 12:30pm

Term Dates

Click here to view the 2016 and 2017 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

William Day Year - 4

William, the Kowhai whānau have been immensely proud of your progress this year.  You have consistently made great choices for your learning as the year has progressed.  You have shown focus and determination and have challenged yourself when learning about topics that are of great importance to you.  You have increasingly participated and contributed alongside your peers, demonstrating growth and maturity and the ability to monitor your own interactions.  We have seen more of your lovely, empathetic nature when you have supported your team mates using kind words and actions, on many occasions. Tino pai William.

School Notices

School Reports: 

As usual reports and stationery lists for 2017 will be sent home in the final week of school.  This year some of them will be in window envelopes as we attempt to use up some of our surplus stock.  Generally we would use window envelopes when we post out the statements for students, but as we are now emailing statements these envelopes are being repurposed!

End of Year Reports Guide for E.S.O.L families

If your child receives ESOL support at school, they will receive an End of Year report and also an ESOL report. Please click on the following link to view the guide to these reports and for ideas on how you can support your child at home.

Library Returns

 As the end of term is nearly here it would be much appreciated if all library books could be returned to school.  Either bring them into the office or hand them in to a teacher.

Updates for 2017:

By now you will have received notification of which hub your child will be in for 2017. Please take a moment to visit www.lunchonline and update your child's details so that lunches get delivered to the correct hub and more particularly the correct site in 2017. Only do this when you're sure you will not be ordering any more lunches this year!!

Learning Conferences - 31 January and 1 February

As usual, we will begin the year with learning conferences on the first two days of term. Please ensure that you have booked a learning conference before you go on holiday! Book it now if you haven't already done this!
www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and use the code 6h5xw

Help with one-off uniform and stationery costs:

Since 25 October, changes made to the Ministry of Social Development’s online service MyMSD allow some MSD clients to apply online for assistance with school uniform and stationery costs. Applicants can upload and send verification of the cost, which will likely be a quote from the supplier. If the payment is approved, they will receive notification by text or by email and the approved amount will be loaded to their payment card. The card can only be used for the amount and supplier for which it was approved. Many of the applications that MSD approves for help with school uniforms and stationery are paid to schools. General information for suppliers is available here on the MSD website

Schools are asked to draw the following to parents’ attention: Can you claim a tax credit for donations? If you’ve made a donation, you may be able to claim a tax credit. To be eligible, you need to have made a receipted donation of $5 or more to: • an approved donee organisation • an approved New Zealand religious or educational organisation • approved overseas aid funds • kindergartens • state schools, state integrated schools, other schools who have been approved as a donee organisation, school boards of trustees or parent teacher associations. Find out more about tax credits for donations

Year 8 Leavers' Book

It is a tradition for our year 8 leavers to receive a Beckenham School Year 8 Leavers book, at their graduation ceremony, which contains photos of each student, their memories and memories from staff who knew them well.  For the past three years, this has been fully funded by Debbie Pettigrew from Grenadier Harcourts.  We really appreciate her generosity for supporting this wonderful memento for our students.

PTA News

Beckenham School PTA organises the ordering of the senior jackets.  These can only be worn by year 7 & 8 students.  The jacket is aimed at giving the students both pride in themselves and pride in their school.  Please note the jacket is not a compulsory item of uniform.
Jackets cost $70 and are available in various sizes.
To try a jacket on and for an order form, please come to the office.
Payment can be made by cash, internet banking or cheque. Please note - Eftpos will be available for this item in the new year, when the PTA account has been registered to the school eftpos machine.

Community Notices

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

In the grounds of Beckenham School
Tuesday 13th December 2016 5.00-7.00pm
Free BBQ and/or bring a picnic.
Come and join the Choir, join in or just listen to some community carol singing.
Come in Christmas dress-ups
Organised by Beckenham locals for the Beckenham community. BBQ provided by Beckenham Neighbourhood Association and cooked and served by local Cub Scouts. Music provided by local choirs and other keen folk.

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Tuition 2017

Beginner Guitar, Bass and ukulele lessons, both group and some individual are available during
school time beginning February 2017.
Roger Hamilton has been teaching these instruments for 10, 2 and 4 years respectively and does
so in 2 other South West Christchurch schools as well.
For further information, contact Roger directly on the address or phone number below.
email: rbhamilt@gmail.com
cell: 027 3070466 / 9424619


Childrens Surfing  Programme.
Learn the skills of Surfing in a fun, safe environment. All equipment provided and professional instruction from Aaron Lock and team. For kids 8 - 14 years.
 December : 19 to 23 Dec. and 27 to 31 Dec.
January : 9 to 13 Jan. and 16 to 20 Jan.  plus 23 to 27 Jan.
Cost $30 per day or $135 for five. Bookings essential.
Venue :Sumner.
Call Aaron on 0800 80 SURF (7873) or register online at www.surfcoach.co.nz

The School for Young Writers

For Year 4-9
Bookings essential
Ideal for young writers wishing to sharpen their writing skills before school starts.
Ideal for parents looking for worthwhile holiday activities.
Easily affordable thanks to Creative Communities partial funding.
Bookings now open: youngwriters@xtra.co.nz

Junior Athletics – Friday 16th Dec, 11:15 – 12:30.

Kia Ora Whanau

We have our postponment Junior Athletics Day coming up next week, on Friday 16th December 2016. We will begin at 11:15am and be finished by 12:30pm. Please meet us outside, on the junior side of the hall. We will then move out into Beckenham Park.

Children are invited to wear their house colours for the day.

This is a timely reminder to please ensure your child has their sunhat, drink bottle and appropriate footwear each day. Teachers will take their children back to their hubs after athletics, so they can collect their bags and then you will be able to take your child home at 12:30pm, as this is the last, half day of school for the year.

This is where teams will be doing their athletics in Beckenham Park:

  • Koru will be beside the Tennis Club
  • Kahikatea will be in front of the school hall on the park side
  • Kowhai will be in front of the re-build, beside the big tree

Warm Regards
Koru, Kahikatea & Kowhai

Team Koru Trip to Champion Street

7 December 2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Koru team are in full swing with Christmas excitement.
On Monday 12 December we are off on a festive adventure to Champion Street. Santa’s red buses will be whisking us away to visit the Senior children. We will join with them for a morning of Christmas fun and games.

This trip is free thanks to the lovely PTA who are paying for the buses.
We will be leaving at 10.15 am and returning to school at 2pm.

Children are to bring:
  • a packed morning tea and lunch. Lunch online will not be available that day for our children
  • drink bottle with water
  • sunhat
  • polar fleece
Please wear school uniform  and , if you like , wear some  Christmas accessories , e.g. tinsel, Santa hat, Christmas badge.

Merry Christmas,
Rowe, Andrea, Charlotte, Amanda and Jo
Koru Team teachers

Christmas tree with balls, ...