Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 7

Another busy week in the Intermediate Hub is drawing to an end. 

This morning we played three very close games against Carisbrook School. As the team from Carisbook arrived, there was some sharp intaking of breath, when we saw the size and athleticism of a number of their players. The basketball was neck and neck until they drew away from us in the closing minutes of the game. We were comfortably winning the football, until Carisbook came back with two quick goals near the end. Not enough though, and we won that game. The touch was another close game. We were up against a team who play in a weekly Dunedin competition. Our team really stepped up and gave their best effort, however were narrowly defeated. So the trophy makes its way down to Dunedin this year, but we'll be out to win it back at the end of the first term next year. A huge thank you to the PTA who put on a delicious lunch for our visitors. Also a big thank you to Aaron for refereeing the touch and our Cashmere High referees for football and basketball. 

Week 9 Outings

Last week I asked for helpers for two outings on December 13th and 14th. So far one parent has signed up for each trip. As a result we have rethought these trips and altered our plan. Instead of going to Corsair Bay, we will walk down to Waltham pool for lunch and pool time on Wednesday December 13th. With lifeguards at the pool, we will not require parent support for this trip. We have moved the Victoria Park walk to Thursday, December 14th. We will head off at 10:30am and will be back at school by 3pm. Now, this trip we cannot do without your help, so please fill in this form if you can join us. For many of you, this could be the last opportunity to help out on a school trip.  We really don't want to have to cancel this trip.

The Trials of Alice in Wonderland

Today we performed in front of an audience for the first time, in costume with most of the props. The show is coming together well and we are excited to be sharing it with you next week. All children need to be at school by 6:45pm on Monday evening, for a 7pm start. Some will need to be here earlier for makeup. We will let those children know tomorrow. Bring your family and friends and a gold coin, for an entertaining evening. We will be performing again on Thursday evening.

Canterbury Triathlon

A big congratulations to our three triathletes who competed on Wednesday at the Canterbury Triathlon. Kaia was placed 8th,  and Alex and Rosie both came 14th. This is a fabulous result as there were large numbers competing.

Theatre Sports Finals:

After an amazing win of their qualifying heat the Beckenham Improv team are in the finals of the 2017 South Island Junior Theatre Sports Competition against the other five strongest teams who won their respective heats.

The final will be held on the main stage at the Court Theatre in Addington, on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm. The tickets are only $10 for an adult and $5 for a student. These can be purchased at the box office at the theatre.

If you are a fan of laughing, crying or just being amazed we would love it if you came along and support our team as they jump through metaphorical hoops and create theatre on the spot with no safety nets. Having a vocal crowd there supporting our children may just be the nudge that gets them across the line in first place. Of course improv will be the winner on the day, and the players will leave it all out in the field (these analogies are the closest thing to actual sport associated with this event).

Best of luck to our improvisors and hopefully we will see your smiling faces and hear your raucous applause on Sunday.

Finalist include:
  • St Thomas of Canterbury
  • St Andrew’s College
  • Beckenham School
  • Christchurch South (A)
  • Burnside High School (A)
  • Motueka High School (Nelson Winners)

Pōhutukawa Team Newsletter – Term 4, Week 6, 2017

Spencer Park Trip

The Pōhutukawa Team is currently arranging an end of year trip to Spencer Park on Wednesday, 13 December 2017.

We need parent helpers who are willing to travel with us to and from Spencer Park and who are happy to be responsible for a small group of children while they are there. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you are interested in attending.

We will depart by bus at 9:00 AM and will return to school by 3:00 PM.

Students (and parent helpers) will need to bring:

  • A water bottle
  • A wide-brim hat
  • Lunch and morning tea (no lunch orders on the day of their trip)
  • A warm layer of clothing
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Any medication they will need (e.g., inhalers for asthma)

A small contribution will be added to your school account to cover the cost of the bus.

Probability Carnival

Recently, the students in Team Pōhutukawa have been learning about probability. As part of this, the students designed and constructed games of chance. We then ran a mini carnival and tested out each other's games. Here are some photos of the carnival:

Twin Day

On Friday, we had a lot of fun dressing up as twins, triplets and quadruplets. Here are some photos of the event:

Kowhai News Week 6, term 4, 2017

Christmas Trip to the City

On Thursday 14 December Kowhai Whanau will be visiting the Transitional Cathedral to sing Christmas Carols under the big Christmas tree. We will follow this up by walking to the Botanic Gardens for a picnic and a play. We will be leaving school at 9.30 to travel to the Transitional Cathedral, arriving at 10am. We will leave the Botanic Gardens at 2.30 to be back at school by 3pm.

The trip will cost $4.00 per child to cover the buses. This donation will be added to your school account. Children will also be able to place a present under the Christmas tree for less fortunate children.

We will need parent help for this trip. If you can support us in this please email your child's home group teacher. Thank you so much. This will be an awesome trip!

Pizza Making

Each Monday, the children who received a certificate at our team hui are be able to make pizzas for their lunch. If you are able to help us with the pizza making, please add your name onto this document. We still need helpers for the last couple of weeks.

Marae Trip

On Thursday 16 November we had a wonderful visit to Rehua Marae. We were welcomed onto the marae with a formal powhiri. This was followed by morning tea and an opportunity to explore the wharenui and sketch the beautiful carvings and kowhaiwhai.

We were so impressed with the wonderful behaviour of the children. They showed immense respect at all times. Thank you to Sherrilee who taught us about the marae and supported us during the powhiri. Thank you also to the lovely parents who supported us on the trip. We hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did.

Athletics Day

This Wednesday was our annual athletics day. It was wonderful to see all the parents at school supporting their children. The Kowhai children competed in five events:

  • High jump
  • Long jump
  • Shot Putt
  • Discus
  • Sprints

We finished off the afternoon by joining up with Koru to run house relays. Congratulations to Heathcote for their win. It was great hearing your enthusiastic house chant.

Library Visits

We are continuing to visit South Library on Mondays during our literacy time. Each literacy group has one more visit each:

Monday 27 November - Anna and Mike's literacy group.
Monday 4 December - Susan's literacy group.
Monday 11 December - Paulette and Rebekah's literacy group.

If you can help with walking down to the library with us please let us know.


A big congratulations to our star Lauren Maule, who was awarded a certificate of excellence for learning Mandarin. This was awarded at a special prize giving at St Margaret's college. Well done Lauren, you can be so proud of your achievement!

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 6

We have had a twintastic day at school today! Thanks to the parents who supported their children to get their matching outfits together. Check out the photos at the end of this blog.

Between now and the end of term there is lots happening for our students. The events are listed below, along with details and requests for parent help. Please click each link to record if you can help.

Thursday November 30: Carisbrook School sports exchange (morning)

20 children and a crew of parents / teachers will be arriving from Carisbrook School in Dunedin, at 9am, for a morning of sport. The children will play basketball, football and touch. At the end of the morning we will provide them with lunch, before they make their way back to Dunedin. If you are able to help with lunch preparation, please click on this link.

Monday December 4: The Trials of Alice in Wonderland (7pm start for everyone)

Our show is getting to the exciting stage now, with wonderful singing and a hive of creative activity in our hub this afternoon. Opening night is just over a week away! All children are required at both shows. Bring your whānau along for a highly entertaining evening, all for the cost of a mere gold coin. Come along and enjoy the opening night.

Wednesday December 6: Canterbury Athletics

We have a team of eight from Year 7 & 8 travelling to Ashburton for this event. Jenny will be contacting you directly with details.

Thursday December 7: The Trials of Alice in Wonderland (7pm start for everyone)

Our final show will be preceded by a whole school picnic. Families are invited to come to the picnic and carry on to the show afterwards. We could end up with a bumper audience for our final show.

Year 8 Pool and Pizza Party

This is a special afternoon for the Year 8s to have fun together. Jarred will be hosting this party at his place. Start time is 4pm and collection time is 6pm. Children are welcome to bring their togs if they would like to swim.

Wednesday December 13: Walk to Victoria Park

We will be leaving school at 10:15am to walk up the hill to Victoria Park. Once there we will have lunch and play, before heading back down. We will be back at school by 3pm. Children wear mufti on this day. We need a small team of parent helpers to accompany us. Please click on this link if you can help.

Thursday December 14: Trip to Corsair Bay

We have our fingers and toes crossed for a warm and sunny day on the 14th for our trip to Corsair Bay.  Children again come in mufti and bring their togs and towel. We will have supervised swimming in the bay, games on the beach, a walk around to Cass Bay and chilling with friends. We are looking for parent helpers, both for on the beach and in the water. Please indicate on the form how you would prefer to help. We will be departing from school at 10:30 and will be back by 3pm.

Monday December 18: Leavers' Graduation Assembly

There will be an invitation sent out to Year 8 families next week for this event. Children come to school at the usual time, dressed in their best clothes. The assembly starts at 11am and generally runs for around 80 - 90 minutes. After the assembly there will be a luncheon provided by the PTA for Year 8 children and their parents. After the lunch, primary/intermediate school is all done and dusted for the Year 8s. Year 7 continue until 12:30 on the following day.

Home Learning

A reminder that home learning this week is finishing off information reports and presenting these. All instructions are on google classroom. Children are welcome to come to school early, or stay after school if they need access to the internet. Work is due to be completed by Friday.

Fun at our multiples day...

Beckenham School Newsletter Thursday 16 November, 2017

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

What an amazing turnout we had on Saturday for the working Bee! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it, young and old, to help bring our school back to its beautiful best! We know that many who wanted to attend had other commitments and we plan on having more working bees next year, to continue this great work.

Staffing and Teams for 2018

In the last newsletter I was able to give some information about staffing appointments for 2018. I am now able to confirm the full staffing picture for 2018.

Michelle Maule, our Deputy Principal, has been invited by the Ministry of Education to join their Learning Support Team on a 6 month secondment in Terms 1 & 2 of 2018. This is a wonderful recognition for Michelle of the level of expertise and knowledge that she has developed in the area of Learning Support and an opportunity for her to both share and increase her expertise and skills. The Board and I are 100% supportive of her taking up this opportunity and wish her very well for this secondment.

Sue Leadbetter will step up into Acting Deputy Principal role for Term 1/2. During this time she will support Koru team and will take a start up NE class in Term 3 & 4 when Michelle returns.

Amber Donovan will be the Acting Team Leader of Koru team for Terms 1 & 2.

Cath Barrie will continue on part-time as SENCO (including ESOL) and will lead the Learning Support team.

Jarred Skelton has resigned his permanent full-time teaching position to pursue both his acting career and to explore business opportunities. However, he doesn't get away that easily! We have re-engaged him for 2018 for a part-time position, 2 days a week.

Amy Buick is taking a year's leave in 2018 to travel.

Teams for 2018 will be as follows:
Kauri (Y7/8): Nicky (Team Leader), Jenny, Hannah Elliott & Jarred Skelton (part-time)
Pōhutukawa (Y5/6): Tracy Inwood (Acting Team Leader), Nick Bruce, Gayle McNaughton, Katie Chapman
Kowhai (Y3/4): Paulette Newton (Team Leader), Mike Matulewicz, Anna Reid, Rebekah Stoop, Susan Walsh
Koru (New Entrants - Y3): Amber Donovan (Acting TL), Caitlyn Downing, Rowena Barker, Elizabeth Drummond, Charlotte Verity, Dorinda Hampton and Kristika Burridge (Part-time Reading recovery and Team Leader release)

I am thrilled that we are able to confirm such a strong and stable staff who are so dedicated to our school and our tamariki.

Ngā mihi
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 22 Nov
Junior School Athletics.  10:30am - 3:00pm

Thu 23 Nov
"Identicals" Mufti Day run by the School Council.  Gold coin donation please.
Strings Promotion - 2-2:30pm.  Trial of instruments for interested children from 2:30-3:00pm

Wed 29 Nov
CSM Blow test on the school hall from 9-11am.
Canterbury Primary Schools Triathlon at Pegasus.

Thu 30 Nov
Sports Exchange with Carisbrook for years 7 & 8.

Wed 6 Dec
Canterbury Athletics in Ashburton

Thu 14 Dec
Koru Team: Rehua Marae Trip
Kowhai visit to Transitional Cathedral 10-10:45am

Mon 18 Dec
Year 8 Leavers' Assembly

Term Dates

Click here to view 2017 and 2018 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Nathan Salgado - Year 8

Nathan, what a fantastic evolution you have made in the Kauri Hub over your last two years at Beckenham School. Your focused approach to learning has seen you achieve excellent results and you have harnessed your skills and passion for sports, particularly basketball, displaying outstanding teamwork. You are a caring friend to all members of the Kauri whānau. It has been such a pleasure to see your wry sense of humour surface. We celebrate your generous nature and thank you for your contributions to making our school a better place to learn. Tino pai Nathan!

Jonathan Le Comte - Year 8

Jono, you are a supportive and loyal friend within our hub. You are willing to take on risks and challenges without your friends by your side, demonstrating true dedication and real strength in character.  You have demonstrated fantastic commitment to sport over the year, showing that you love challenge on the running track and football field. You are a quiet achiever and modest, but also a deep thinker who often surprises us with your insight. The maturity you display within our learning environment makes a positive difference to others. You are a calm, effective leader and have a fun loving approach to life. We love having you as part of our Kauri Whanau. 

Sharing our Learning

Kauri Team

Kauri Whānau are loving being back at Beckenham. We had our leadership wings a little clipped when we were at Champion Street and now that we are back, we’re making up for it! We have now had two house games afternoons, run by the house captains and their deputies. After the first session, the students debriefed their experiences and were given feedback by staff. Reflective thinking was at the fore as they planned for the second event. A few wrinkles were ironed out and the second games afternoon was a roaring success, with the students in the drivers' seats, being supported by staff in roles the students had asked them to fill. The second debrief session was very buzzy, as the students enthusiastically reflected on what made positive differences. They are looking forward to the next house games event on December 1st.

We are starting to look ahead to student leadership in 2018. Earlier this term Year 7 students applied for and were then interviewed to decide who would be appointed as house captains and student council executive members in 2018. Eleven students were appointed. This happened early so that they could attend ‘Be Inspired’, a leadership afternoon put together by Christ’s College for Year 7 leaders.
Cam Calkoen, the keynote speaker for ‘Be Inspired’ talked about the importance of resilience and perseverance in leadership. Cam, who has cerebral palsy, was told as a child that he would live his life in a wheelchair. He told how his parents played a pivotal role in his upbring, always encouraging him to push his limits. As a 14 year old he decided to take part in a 100m sprint event at school, which was the start of a sporting career that took him all over the world. He said that all of us are faced with challenge in our lives, but that our attitude can enable us to turn dreams into reality. The mantra of the day: dream big, achieve more. After the presentation the children were split into groups and took part in a range of practical activities that facilitated the unpacking of various leadership skills and styles. An afternoon tea sat out on the sports field finished off the afternoon.   
In term one next year, all of our students will learn about leadership, as all have the opportunity to step up as leaders in the senior school.

The Trials of Alice in Wonderland

On Monday and Thursday afternoons this term our Year 7 & 8 hub is buzzing with activity as we work towards our performance of ‘The Trials of Alice in Wonderland’. This year we are taking a different approach, by working with a script, instead of an improvised show. Singing, acting, sewing, designing, drawing, painting, constructing ... we are immersing ourselves in creativity. We are embracing our values, ‘we get there together’ and ‘we love challenge’. Our performance hits the stage in less than a month Monday December 4th and Thursday December 7th, starting at 7pm. Mark it in your calendar, as we’d like everyone to have the chance to see this entertaining show.

Congratulations and good luck...

The Kauri Improv team 'Home Improvement' competed in heat 3 of the South Island Junior Theatre Sports Competition on Sunday 12th of November at St Bede's Performing Arts Centre. It was a fun night of improv with our team coming up against Year 7-10 students from St Margaret's, Christ College, Medbury, and Riccarton High. Our students represented Beckenham very well, displaying a high level of skill and cohesion, while supporting all of the other performers on and off the stage. They came out as the champions on the night.

This stella effort means that Beckenham will be competing in the finals on Sunday 3rd December (details yet to be announced). If you love to laugh and would like to support our team, it would be great to have lots of friendly faces in the crowd cheering them on.

Well done again to all involved and good luck in the finals!

School Notices

No Hot Chocolate in Classrooms please

If you want to buy your child(ren) hot chocolate drinks in the morning from Nic's Coffee Cart, PLEASE only do this if your child has enough time to completely finish their drink before classes begin at 8:55am. We do not want children bringing hot drinks into the classroom, nor do we want milky drinks spilt on the carpets. Many thanks for your support in this.

Lost Property

We have a 'mountain' of lost property on the verandah outside the office at the moment, all of which is un-named. This includes uniform and non-uniform items, and lunchboxes.
If these items are not claimed in the next week, they will all be either sent to charity bins, or (in the case of uniform items) given to the 2nd Hand Uniform shop.

House Shirts

A reminder that these can be purchased from the office and worn on Fridays or other days designated as a House Shirt day (such as athletic sports days). We have noticed a few children wearing house shirts on other days (such as today) and ask that parents reinforce the above policy please.

Sports News

Zone Athletics

Hansen Park was a hive of activity this Monday as children from our 6 local schools competed in our zone athletics event. We were so impressed by our children’s ability to self-manage and get themselves to the right place at the right time ready for their event. The children gave their heart and soul in their events and achieved some impressive results. The top two placings from each event qualify for Canterbury’s on Wednesday the 6th of December in Ashburton.

Long jump: Olivia Cochrane (1st place 13 year old girls)
High jump: Nina Callaghan (2nd place 11 year old girls) Vita Gear (1st place 12 year old girls) and Kaia Joergensen (2nd place 13 year old girls)
Discus: Shakira Radnoty (2nd place 12 year old girls)
50m sprints: Hebe Butland (1st place 9 year old girls)
80m sprints: Nadia Russell (2nd place 10 year old girls)
100m sprints: Tilly Harris (1st place 11 year old girls) and Olivia (1st place 13 year old girls)
1000m: Hebe Burland (1st place 9 year old girls) and Jesse (2nd place 9 year old boys)
1200m: Alex Braun (1st place 13 year old boys), Kaia Joergensen(1st place 13 year old girls) and Amelia Cunningham(2nd place 13 year old girls)
Relays: Kaia Joergensen, Amelia Cunningham, Olivia Cochrane and Rosie Zinzan-Dickie (1st place 13 year old girls)

Staff Profiles - Kat Cotter

I am lucky to be working this year in the Pōhutukawa hub supporting all the teachers as a release teacher.  This is my second year working in the year 5/6 team and I am really enjoying the diversity in our amazing students. Originally from the UK, I have lived in Christchurch now for 9 years and still enjoy discovering new parts of New Zealand with my family. I have 4 year old twins who keep me on my toes. I enjoy being outside especially at the beach. I have really enjoyed becoming part of the Beckenham team and supporting our ESOL children to become a valuable part of our Beckenham community.

Elizabeth Drummond

Kia ora whānau! From as early as I can remember, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I specialised very early on in my teaching career, in teaching children with learning needs and physical disabilities, after which I taught for some years here in Christchurch at Hammersley Park School, and then for four years in London's East End. I have now taught at Beckenham School for nearly 22 years and absolutely love our community and environment. I adore seeing our wee 5-year-olds growing up, and have recently had the pleasure of catching up with some (now) ex-Beckenham 20 year olds as they 'shoot hoops' out in the courtyard near the East Hub. What a delight!
Recently, Andrew and I were married, and we have just returned from our honeymoon, in Italy, where I discovered that I have a new favourite (equal) place on the planet - Venice! My other favourite place is Lake Alexandrina, where Andrew, my son, Will and his wife, Jo, and I spend as much time as we can. My spare time 'passions' include reading (avidly!), the theatre, my family (my parents, 3 brothers and their wives, and my 9 nieces and nephews), music and dancing.
Beckenham School is my 'home away from home' and I treasure the relationships I have here with colleagues, the children and their families. Andrew jokes that he loves seeing me every day as I dance out the door each morning on my way to my 'other home'!

Sandy Hastings - Principal

I have had the great honour of being the Principal at Beckenham School since just May 2011, just after the earthquake that caused significant damage to the school. The earthquake, and subsequent library fire in 2012, considerably changed the journey that I thought the school would be taking in my first six years as its principal. I had no idea we would spend at least three years of that time in a major building programme! While it has been an exciting and rewarding journey to be on, we are all very much looking forward to not being a building site and to being able to move freely around our much improved site again.
I am mum to Becky (21yrs and recently moved to Auckland) and Sam (Y12) and wife to Bruce. In my spare time (yes - I do have some) I love to sing. For 17 years I was a member of the Christchurch City Chorus of  Sweet Adelines (Barbershop signing) and last year I switched to become a member of the Christchurch Pops Choir, which is conducted by one of our parents, Ravil Atlas.
Tonight I am heading to China, with the Christchurch Pops Choir, for a very fleeting visit to the island of Hainan, where we have been invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the  Hainan International Choral Festival!

We arrive in Haikou, the main city of Hainan, tomorrow morning, and stay there for four nights, before returning home on Wednesday evening! Right at this moment I'm not sure if it's craziness or passion for musical adventure that is my motivation, but I am very much looking forward to the experience!

Community Notices

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

$10 First Aid for Carers

Caring for someone on a voluntary basis can be hard work.

To thank you for your dedication and to support you in your role, Red Cross is offering a $10 First Aid course for carers in the greater Christchurch area. The course includes a free First Aid kit.

Who qualifies?

Volunteers who regularly have groups of children in their care: sports coaches, pre-school volunteers, etc.
Volunteers and family members/ whānau who are caring for someone who cannot manage everyday life without help or support (a person with a disability or a long-term physical or mental illness, an elderly person, etc.)

More information

A limited number of courses are available so enquire soon. Bookings can be made until Friday 15 December 2017 and must be attended by 30 June 2018. Conditions apply. Terms & conditions available on website below.
For more information:and to book a course go to redcross.org.nz/corporate-bookings/carers10 Coupon code for bookings: PROMO2017
redcross.org.nz  0800 RED CROSS

Archer Home Market Day

There will be a variety of stalls offering exciting gift ideas for Christmas.  Pleass join us at our Leisure Centre, 166 Colombo Street, Sydenham, on Friday 24th November from 1-4pm.  Kerbside parking available on Percival Street.