Kia ora koutou
Another busy fortnight at school saw our Year 7 and 8 students participating in the JRock / Stage Challenge at the Horncastle Arena on Thursday evening. They drew the first performance spot of the night and set an amazing standard for the performers who followed. Those of us lucky enough to be in the audience were immensely proud of them all. Every single one of our Year 7/8 students was involved and there on the night. That is one of the strengths of being a Year 7/8 at Beckenham - everyone takes part. We really do Get There Together. Special thanks to the teachers in Year 7/8, Jenny, Jarred and Nicky, who supported the students, and to the parents who helped with food on the night.
Parent Seminar coming up: Tips for supporting Children with Anxiety
Canterbury District Health Board School Based Team are excited to present a workshop offering strategies for parents who want to help their child who is struggling with anxiety.
Wed 7th June 7:00-8:30pm
- Does your child suffer from anxiety?
- Do you want to know more about anxiety?
- Dow you want to find out more about how anxiety looks in children?
- Do you want to find new ways to help your child?
Venue: Beckenham School in the staffroom (Room 13 behind the garage).
This is a FREE seminar. Please contact the office or Michelle Maule (Deputy Principal) to book a space; firstname.lastname@example.org
As you will have probably noticed, our West Hub is looking very close to being ready. I was fortunate to have a look inside again this week and the ceiling tiles and wall coverings were nearly all in. The joinery units are mostly in, and carpet is due to go down this coming week. The last major pieces of work will be the installation and commissioning of the underfloor heating system and the final landscaping pathway work around the outside of the building.
The East Hub is also moving along quickly and both are on track to be ready for our Y1-4 classes to move into them for the start of Term 3.The new Bike Stand
are is working well. Special thanks Fahey Fencing who have loaned us the temporary fencing for no charge. When we get the permanent fencing installed, we will be looking to have two gates, an 'in' and an 'out' gate, to improve the flow of traffic at peak times.Sandy HastingsPrincipal
Upcoming Events (also available on the Community Calendar)Wed 24 May
Zones Cross Country at Halswell Quarry. Bus leaves Sandwich Rd site at 8:40am
Kowhai Trip to the City
7:30 - 9:30pm PTA Meeting, School staffroom. All welcome.
Fri 26 May
Winter Sport - all games start 1:15pm
Mon 5 JunQueen's Birthday - school is closed.
Wed 7 Jun
7:00-8:30pm Parent Seminar - Tips for Supporting Children with Anxiety
Free seminar - Beckenham School StaffroomThu 8 Jun
5:30-7:30pm Whānau Hui
Term DatesClick here to view the 2017 term dates
Citizen of the Week
Olivia Cochrane - Year 8Olivia, we are so proud to have you as part of Kauri Whanau. The enthusiasm and effort you display for learning, ensures that you consistently strive to give your very best. 'We Care' is a value that shines in you. Olivia, you display empathy towards others, helping and guiding wherever you see the need. You show our value 'We Get There Together' by working productively with a wide range of people, always being aware of what is required and ensuring the group stays on track. Thank you for the fabulous contribution you are making in the Intermediate Hub!
Maia Davis - Year 6Māia, you personify the value of 'We love learning', with your positive and enthusiastic approach towards all areas of your learning. You demonstrate that you are a fantastic team player through your clear leadership skills, and by being able to view things from different perspectives. You are actively involved in areas outside of the classroom and participate with commitment and energy. Your kind and caring heart is appreciated by everyone in Te Whānau o Pōhutukawa. Keep shining Māia - you are amazing!
Sharing our Learning
Kauri Team - Year 7 & 8
There are a number of advantages of choosing to spend Year 7 and 8 in a full primary school. One of the advantages is the opportunity to participate and contribute, as with fewer children at the same level, more have the chance to get involved. J-Rock is a prime example of this.
Yesterday the Year 7 & 8 team spent an awesome day at Horncastle area, taking part in J-Rock / Stage Challenge. This was the culmination of a term’s worth of learning, choreography, practise, refinement and the pursuit of excellence. For many schools, participation in this dance event is optional. At Beckenham we expect everyone to be involved. As Maddi said, ‘Some people might say they don’t want to do J-Rock, but when they do it, they would be proud of themselves and they would want to do it again’. Aside from our lighting technician and our backstage hand, every child stepped out under the lights, in front of a huge audience, and shone on stage. Boy were we proud of them.
Initially enthusiasm levels weren’t that high, but by the time we were ready to perform, 99% of the children were loving it. As Portia said: ‘It was great; one of my best times at Beckenham.’ Today the children reflected on their experience. They had lots of gems to share:
‘Don’t say you’re scared, just give it a go and you will have a great time.’ Joe
‘I liked how supportive everyone was, including other schools.’ Rosie
‘It put people out of their comfort zone and made then more confident.’ Sadie
‘We used synergy a lot, to help others.’ Boston
‘It improved my teamwork and leadership skills.’ Bella
‘It was a really cool atmosphere. I liked that we could share everyone’s ideas.’ Olivia
‘Everyone got a chance to be a star.’ Isaac
We are looking forward to sharing our performance, which focuses on our school’s whakapapa, with the rest of the school and our parent community, later in the term.
Safety around the buses
We have noticed a small number of caregivers who are dropping/collecting children from the buses who continue to park on the 'no parking' zone opposite the buses. This results in the children crossing the road between the buses, putting them at extreme risk of being hit by a passing vehicle.
We do our best to put systems in place and we rely on everyone to follow those systems to keep all to keep all of our children safe.
Our school account is receiving regular deposits from an individual identified as Y. E. Rozier. If this is you, or someone who is paying on behalf of your child, could you please get in touch with Vicky in accounts, Ph: 3371404 or email@example.com.
Lunchonline - Daily lunch ordering and delivery system
Thank you to Lunchonline for the service that they provide every day for our families who wish to order lunches. We were one of the very first schools in Christchurch to sign up to this lunch supply system and they and their two suppliers in Christchurch (Sydenham Bakery and Pita Pit) have done a fantastic job of providing lunches ever since.
When we moved to two sites, the orders for each site naturally halved in number and our two suppliers have provided unflinching support through that, committing to keep on delivering around half the quantity to two different sites for the duration of our building programme.
To register for Lunchonline, go to their website www.lunchonline.co.nz
and click on 'Families' then choose 'Create an Account'. Provided you put in your order by the 8:30am cut-off, the lunch will be delivered to school ready for lunch eating time at 1:15pm that day. You can order for future days, and you can also place a repeating order for a particular day(s). A recent update to their menu means that you can now order a kids size pita or a regular size pita for the students who require something a little larger.
Each term, Lunchonline sends us a cheque for commission from the total orders that our families purchase. In term 1, this came to $85.36
This money goes into our curriculum funds and may be used for a wide variety of curriculum costs.
Anne Chin - Learning support/Librarian
Kia ora koutou. I have been at Beckenham since 2001 as part of the support staff. I love working in the school library (in its many different locations) and engaging with the students.
(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)
Team Hutt is an outstanding provider of Alpine Ski Race Programs in New Zealand and offer programs from under 8 years of age through to full time athlete programs at FIS level. For the 2017 season they are offering 15 different programs, incorporating more Junior Team Hutt programs, and for the first time a Masters Training program.
Team Hutt’s programs have an emphasis on introducing children at the junior levels to the sport of ski racing (developing a passion and love of skiing) and full programs provide the opportunity for children to advance their alpine skiing skills to a competitive level - right through to the international FIS level. Team Hutt is run by the Canterbury Alpine Sports Trust, a not for profit trust where all funds are re-invested into supporting the alpine programs, and is directed and led by experienced and world class coaches. For more information or to apply for a programme please visit www.teamhutt.com. The first of their programs start on Friday 16th June.
Children's Yoga for 4-6 year olds.
Would your Child be keen to learn Imagi
We have some spare spots at the Huntsbury Community Centre Class, Tuesdays 3:30-4:15pm
Excellent for mind-body-social awareness, managing emotions, developing confidence and self-expression.
From their perspective it's a weekly, super-fun imaginative movement adventure!
Many Children benefit from this nurturing, creative & non-competitive environment.
Contact Lou on 0226 250 321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALICE IN WONDERLAND AUDITIONS!!!
Sunday May 21st 4 - 6 pm at St Ninians Church Hall,
9 Puriri Street, Riccarton.
Catchup auditions on Saturday May 27th 10 - 11 am
Wanted - young performers 7 - 17!
Rehearsals will be weekends May, June. beginning of July!
Show is July 11 - 22 at Elmwood Theatre, Christchurch
Enquiries and registration to Helen at email@example.com
See the Imagine Youth Theatre Facebook Page.
Further information if people want more detail
Canvas Bag Drama School opens in South Brighton!
Is your child dramatic? Do they love dressing up and acting out stories?
From Term 2 Canvas Bag Drama School will be running 2 classes for children at St Luke’s Church Hall, 212 Pine Ave. To kick-start the opening of our South Brighton Campus we are offering a free trial for the first class.
Don’t delay, places are limited!
Thumbelina: 5 -7 years (Thursdays 3.30-4.30)
Starfleet Class: 8-12 years (Thursdays 4.30 –5.30)
Our classes combine a structured fun-filled social environment with extensive use of improvisation and role-play to develop positive feelings of self-worth and the ability to confidently express thoughts and feelings.
Classes are run by a qualified drama teacher - Gina Fowler
Please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
. or 021 222 7273 or check out our web page for more information.