Beckenham School Newsletter, Friday 30 June 2017

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Teacher Only Day - Monday 24th July. Term 3 will begin on Tuesday 25th July

We will start Term 3 with the opening of our second new building at 8:00am on Tuesday 25th July!

We will meet on Beckenham Park, near the new eastern building and have an opening ceremony. Following that, there will be an opportunity for everyone to look through the new building. The Champion St buses will still leave at the normal time of 8:40am.

During the final week of this term, our classes will be starting to deconstruct and pack. If you have an hour or two to spare in the next week, you may want to offer your help to one of our teachers, with removing art from the walls or packing a box. They will be able to identify if they have any jobs they would like help with.

During the first week of the holidays, the admin block will be emptied and all of the office and senior leadership team will be moving (for Term 3) to the Sandwich Road end of the western building. In the second week of the holidays, the Ferndale satellite class, and all our Year 3/4 Kowhai Team will be moved into the new eastern building. Our New Entrant classes will be moved into what has been Hub 8/9.

We are likely to be looking for a few parents (no children sorry) to assist with moving on Monday 17th July. We will send an email out to confirm this during the second week of the holidays.

This is a very exciting and busy time. Thank you all for your understanding and support.

Kind regards

Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Tue July 4
Year 0-4 Cross Country Zones at Hillview School. 11am - 2.00pm

Thu July 6
Yr 5-8 Showcase at Hillview Christian School. 7-8:30pm

Fri 7 July
Winter sport for years 5-8
Last day of Term 2 - school finishes at 3.00pm

Mon 24 July
Teacher only day.  SCHOOL CLOSED

Tue 25 July
Term 2 starts.  Classes start at 8:55am
8am Opening Ceremony for second new building.  This will happen on the park side of the new building.

Fri 28 July
Winter Sport for years 5-8

Mon 31 July
Zone Winter Tournament - yrs 5-8 at Hagley Park. 11am-3pm

Wed 2 August
Strum, Strike, Blow practice at Horncastle Arena. 9am-3pm
Strum, Strike, Blow performance.  7pm at Horncastle Arena

Thu 3 August
Year 7/8 Open Evening at Sandwich Road site. 7-8:30pm

Term Dates

Click here to view 2017 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Harvey Graham - Year 3

Harvey, you are such a calm and positive student in our hub. You are extremely popular among your peers due to your smiley, happy nature and your great sense of fun. You are also an amazing role model, always working hard to produce your very best work and when the learning is challenging, you show great perseverance and persistence which enables you to make steady progress in all areas of learning. We love having you in the Kowhai team, Harvey. You rock!

Imedha Hettiweediya

Imedha, you are such an enthusiastic learner who consistently displays the school value, 'We love challenge' by everything a go and always putting in 100%. You are an incredible role model for others at school especially in the way that you respect others, act with kindness. You are an active learner who is always willing to take on extra responsibilities like being a Junior School leader and you fulfill these roles with honesty and reliability.  You constantly 'make a difference' by supporting those around you, both in and out of the hub. You have a huge heart and 'care' about everyone's wellbeing. We just love having you in Kowhai Whanau! Ka pai!

Sharing our Learning

Kowhai Team

MAD time in Kowhai is Make A Difference time and a group of children have been making a difference by learning Italian.

We have been learning simple greetings and phrases, as well as the names for people, animals, clothing and colours. We have also been exploring Italy through the magic of Google Maps and Streetview.

On Tuesday two parents, Ravil and Amanda Atlas, who are both opera singers, visited to tell us about Italian opera, and what it was like living in Italy. Amanda sang Il Mio Babbina Caro, by Puccini. Then Ravil taught us to sing Funiculi, Funicula. Finally they sang a duet together.

We learnt about different opera voices, and what it is like to learn a new language. They also demonstrated some of the dance moves they use in opera to simulate dying! That was really fascinating.

On Friday another parent, Esther Vallero, who is from Torino in northern Italy, is coming in to help us make authentic Italian pizza. We are all so excited.

Thank you so much for sharing your unique knowledge with us. It has been a wonderful cultural experience. Now we are all so keen to visit Italy!
Grazie mille. Grazie per averci cantato.  Grazie per averci aiutato a imparare a fare la pizza.

School Notices

Year 5-8 ShowCase at Hillview Christian School 7-8:30pm

Please remember to come along to this exciting evening of performance and celebration of learning from Years 5-8.
We will also have our new House Shirts on sale that evening.


The following children were successful in their auditions for places in ensembles/choirs in the Christchurch Schools Music Festival:

Jamie Bennett   Selected for: Concert Band - Electric Bass
Sadie McLoughlin Selected for: Senior Choir
Walter McLoughlin Selected for: Junior Choir
Bella Reddecliffe Selected for: Orchestra - Viola
Paolo Reid Selected for: Orchestra - Cello
Tom Woodhouse Selected for: Concert Band - Trumpet
Daisy York Selected for: Concert Band - Clarinet


Why is wellbeing important, and why now?

The Christchurch Earthquakes have resulted in extra stress for many people, and this has generated interest in how each of us can manage, improve and protect our wellbeing during everyday life, as well as in times of high stress.  Higher levels of Mental Health (MH) and wellbeing are associated with:
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Less procrastination and more self-control
  • Better academic engagement and results
  • Reduced risk of illness
  • Stronger social-emotional skills
  • Stronger community involvement
*Data from Lucy Hone Presentation to School Leaders Network (March 2017) &

If we can help ourselves and our children to understand and develop strategies that increase wellbeing, we can help achieve the above...and better prepare everyone for times of stress. Of course, this means we need to create a shared understanding of what wellbeing is.

Our staff and wellbeing leaders have been drafting a definition for mental health and wellbeing, in child friendly language. To guide us, we have used:  Te Whare Tapa Wha, Martin Seligman's PERMA model, the NZ Curriculum and research from Lucy Hone (a Christchurch psychologist specialising in school and organisation wellbeing).

We would value your feedback...

We are pleased to share our draft definition with you and we would value your feedback. Please read the draft definition and click on the following link Wellbeing Google Form with your feedback on; the wording and anything else you would like us to consider in our definition before Thursday 6th July.

Beckenham’s DRAFT Wellbeing definition:
We have linked the definition to our school values. (We Care, We Get there Together, We Love Learning, We Love Challenge & We Make a Difference)
  • I think and talk about my feelings. I am starting to understand how my feelings affect my well being. (We Care, We Love Learning)
  • I can talk about what matters to me and why. (We Care, We Make a Difference)
  • I do the things I love, and try to get better at them. (We Love Learning, We Love a Challenge)
  • I can be a good friend and family member. I care for others. (We Care. We Get There Together)
  • I belong and contribute to various groups (this may include family, neighbourhood, team and school, sports teams, dance clubs, bands etc). (We Get There Together)
  • I have a ‘can do’ attitude in life and learning. I can bounce back from challenges. (We Love Learning, We Love a Challenge)
  • I keep myself well with food, movement and sleep. (We Care, We Make a Difference)
Many thanks, The Wellbeing Team

Lost Property

The lost property box is full to overflowing.  As per usual this will be emptied on the last day of this term and any unnamed items will be donated to the PTA uniform shop.  Please check this bin out if you are missing items of school clothing.

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 8:45am until 12:30pm from the Hillmorton Community Clinic, Sylvan Street, Christchurch for the following times: Monday, 10th July to Friday, 14th July 2017 (excluding weekends) and Monday, 17th July to Friday, 21st July 2017 (excluding weekends) 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.

PTA News

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Sports News

South and South East Netball Trial

This week, six girls from the Kauri Hub attended the South/South East Zone Netball Trials.  Olivia Cochrane and Shakira Radnoty were among the ten children selected to go through to the second round of trials. Tino pai, girls! Congratulations to Bella Reddecliffe, Tilly Harris, Amelia Cannon and Amelia Cunningham for participating in the trial and giving their all. There has been exceptional feedback around how you all conducted yourselves at the trials.

Junior Cross Country

Well done to everyone who participated yesterday in the junior cross country, There were a lot of happy and tired faces at the finish line! A big thank you to all our helpers and to our supporters who cheered the children on - it makes a real difference having an enthusiastic crowd.
The following students have qualified for the Zones cross country event which is held at Hillview Christian School on Tuesday 4th July from 11am-2pm.

Staff Profiles

Last week we were thrilled to have a flying visit from Amanda McLean (currently on maternity leave) and her 4 1/2 month old son, Arthur. Amanda was teaching in our New Entrant team in Hub 10/11 last year and when she visited last week, she and Arthur were swamped by adoring children who were so pleased to see Amanda and wanted to get to know Arthur. It is their first visit to Christchurch since Arthur was born in February, as they have moved to Auckland for a year.

Community Notices

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


Learn to Swim  & Coaching
July Holiday Courses  & Term 3
Fabulous Instructors
Warm all year round
Small Classes
459 Cashel St    Ph:381- 0299
Leaders in Aquatic Education

YMCA After School Recreation Programmes Term 3 Enrol now!

The YMCA Christchurch offers a wide range of after school recreational activities to cater for those of all ages and abilities, during school term time.

Miniball & Basketball
Get your child involved and see them develop skills, friendships and a team spirit while also staying fit and healthy.
Gymnastics & Dance
Both programmes are designed to help children develop their motor skills, confidence, balance and body awareness.

All programmes are $95 a term.  To enrol, pop in and see us at 13a Bishopdale Court, Bishopdale Mall, or for further information and online booking go to

CASPA Holiday Programme 

Enrolments are open either via our website or call our CASPA office on 03 3499260

Canvas Bag Drama School South Brighton!

Is your child dramatic? Do they love dressing up and acting out stories?
From Term 3 Canvas Bag Drama School are running 2 classes for children at St Luke’s Church Hall, 212 Pine Ave..
There are limited places available. So be in quick.

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 or 022 351 2519 or check out our web page for more information.

Kauri & Pohutukawa – Showcase Rehearsal and Final Details

Kia Ora Whanau

RE: Showcase Rehearsal and Final Details 

Next Monday 3rd July, we will be walking down to Hillview Christian School Hall to have our rehearsal. We will be leaving from Beckenham School, down by the buses, at 8:40 am to walk down. The buses will take us all back to Champion Street at 11:00 am.

On Thursday evening (6th July), we have asked all of the students to arrive at Hillview Christian School Hall at 6:40 pm to get ready for starting at 7:00 pm. Sherrilee will provide further details to Kapa Haka and Te Whanau.

During the evening presentations, we will also be including sporting event certificates.

We are still very keen to enlist some help with hall set up and pack down, as we have had no offers so far. Please let your child's teacher know if you are able to help with either of these. We will meet at Hillview Christian School at 3:15 pm for setting up and pack down after the showcase.

Main points: 

  • Monday 3rd July - Leaving from Beckenham School at 8:40 am
  • Thursday 6th July - Arriving at Hillview Christian School Hall at 6:40 pm
  • Help is still required for setting up and packing down of the hall. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Kauri Whanau: Term 2 Week 9

The end of term is in sight, however we are still full steam ahead in the Year 7 & 8 hub.

Cheese Rolls:

Orders have closed and we now have 300 dozen cheese rolls to make and package over two separate days. This will be a great learning experience for the children. They will be working in 45 minute shifts, with classroom learning and PE happening in their off shifts. Our first making day is this Thursday and the second is next Wednesday. It would be helpful if the children could bring an apron on these days, if they have one. We are also in need of used supermarket bags to help with the distribution of orders. Please send what you can spare along to school tomorrow. If you have volunteered to help, could you please arrive at Champion Street by 8:45am, with your apron and a set of measuring spoons.


We are expecting all Year 7 & 8 children to be at our Yr 5-8 Showcase evening on Thursday July 6th, starting at 7pm in the Hillview gym on Wilsons Rd. This will be a chance for us to share our J-Rock performance. The choir, some of the band and Te Whanau Mahi Tahi will also perform. This will also be an opportunity to present citizen of the week certificates, Gold leadership awards and a very special leadership award. We need a team of adults to help set up and put away carpet tiles and seats. If you are able to help with this, please click this link to fill in the quick form.


Kia Ora Whanau

RE: Showcase

We welcome you to attend our Pohutukawa and Kauri Team Showcase on Thursday 6th July 2017 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. This event will be held at Hillview Christian School, in their hall (150 Wilsons Road, St Martins, Christchurch).

The following items will be presented during this evening:

  • Pohutukawa Kapa Haka
  • J-Rock Performance
  • Pohutukawa Team Jump Jam Dances
  • Pohutukawa and Kauri Team Citizen of the Week certificates
  • Year 7/8 Choir
  • Band (a group will be decided upon this week)
  • Leadership awards 
  • Intermediate Hub video 
  • Te Whanau Mahi Tahi 

All of our children have been involved in learning a Jump Jam dance throughout this term to share. We are encouraging them to wear:
  • a black, red or white t-shirt or long sleeved top
  • dark shorts or pants 
  • a hat and/or sunglasses (optional). 
It is fine if this outfit is the school uniform. 

If you are available to help set the hall up and pack down, please let your child's teacher know. We will meet at Hillview Christian School at 3:15 for set up and pack down after the showcase. It will involve putting mats and seats out and then putting them away and ensuring the gym is tidy afterwards. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

KORU (Hubs 1,2,3,4 and 10,11) HIGHLIGHTS Weeks 7-8

 Upcoming Events - Help Needed Please  

Week 9 Friday the 30th of June

 We are going to relocate our Junior readers to the new building on Friday the 30th of June. If you are able to help us by carrying boxes of books from the upstairs resource room to the new block from  9:00 that morning please email Amber.

Week 10 Friday the 7th of July

On the last day of term we will be shifting Hubs 1 to 4 into our new learning spaces. We would really appreciate parents, grandparents and friends of the school coming along to help move our classroom tables, chairs and resources to the new space. If you like sorting we could also use some help combining and sorting some resources. We will begin shifting from 9:00am.
If you are able to help please contact Sue.

Our Fabulous New Space

  • Thank you to all the parents and extended family who have visited our new building this week.  The learning spaces were officially opened on Wednesday and it has been lovely to see everyone exploring and admiring them.
  • We will be trialing a "shoes off" policy in the new buildings.  Please can you check your child can put on and off their shoes, tie their laces or fasten velcro independently.  Many thanks.
  • Litter-Free Lunches - we are encouraging our children to reduce the amount of rubbish in our environment so the children will bring their lunch waste / and packets home from term 3 on.
  • We will continue to compost any organic material. This is part if a school-wide approach to reduce waste.
We LOVED going into our new learning space this week and are excited about what comes next. 
Hubs 1,2,3 and 4 all fit so nicely in the 'amphitheater'.  As a school we will be naming the special learning spaces all ready for next term.

Growth Mindset

This term we have been talking about developing a growth mindset.  We can say things to ourselves to help us focus on our learning and encourage ourselves to keep going.
I can do it.
I will keep trying.
I learn from my mistakes.
I believe in myself.

Learning can be hard and I can push through the struggle.
I love learning.
I will try my best.
Bring on the  challenges!

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk below, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?

Thank you for all your help and support.Kindest regards

Koru Team.
Elizabeth, Rowe and Gail - Hub 10 and 11
Charlotte, Dorinda and Amber - Hub 1 and 2
Sue and Caitlyn - Hub 3 and 4.