Kauri Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 2

There is lots on in the Intermediate Hub at the moment. I apologise for the long blogpost. It is all important, so please read carefully. 

Learning Conferences:

We are looking forward to seeing you at learning conferences today and on Thursday. Please do not wait outside, just come straight in. Your child knows to get their bucket and start sharing their learning with you. We will join you to talk about writing, maths, key competencies and answer any questions.  30 minutes needs to be allowed for our conferences.


Tomorrow we will be holding our maths problem solving competition in the hall. The children will be in mixed ability groups, solving problems and running answers to get marked. It is an exciting event. We will be keeping an eye on individuals, as this is one part of the selection process for our Cantamath teams. 

Ski Trip:

We are just over a week away from our ski trip. Over the past two days I have been matching children up with ski clothing that they need to borrow. We have been short on glasses/goggles, medium sized gloves and larger ski pants. If your child still does not have what they need, Snowmania, 4 Dalgety Street, Riccarton, has the best deal on rental equipment, including gloves or goggles for $5. The package at Mt Hutt includes skis, boots, poles, helmet, ski pass and lesson, so no need to organise a helmet or hat. 

On the day we will need to leave school, Sandwich Rd, at 6:10am!!! Yes, I know, it is extremely early, however we need to be at ski hire on the mountain by 8:15. The tricky part is that the ski report, letting us know if the mountain is open, does not come through until 6am. This close timing is unfortunate, but not something we can avoid. If your child arrives for the bus before we have seen the ski report, please wait with them until the go/no go decision has been made. We will be leaving the mountain to head home soon after 3:30, which will get us back to school around 5:45pm. We will text with a more accurate time when we are on our way home.

Tomorrow we start our class preparation sessions. These include: dressing for the mountain, an introduction to gear, snow safety and mountain management. Many thanks to those who replied to say they can loan skis for our dry land session on Thursday morning.

Being dressed for the mountain conditions makes such a difference to the enjoyment of the day. Your child will need:
  • Several thin layers are much better for keeping warm and comfortable than a bulky layer. Cotton is not great for the mountains; thermal clothing is what’s needed.
  • Polypro or woolen thermal top
  • Thermal ‘long-johns’ or tights
  • Fleece or woolen top / jersey
  • Waterproof pants
  • A warm weatherproof jacket
  • Woolen or thermal socks, not too thick. Socks need to come up to mid calf at least.
  • Weatherproof gloves or mittens
  • Either sun glasses or ski goggles
  • A scarf is optional, but must be tucked into their jacket, to avoid dangling ends.
  • Hats are not needed as all children will be given a helmet
  • Sunscreen, for the face
  • A substantial lunch, including a drink. The mountain cafe is very expensive. Children may bring some money for a hot drink or snack, but please also pack a lunch. They are responsible for looking after any money they bring.
  • Long hair needs to be tied up. 
Plan for the day:
6:10am           Meet in school car park on Sandwich Rd, roll call
6:15am           Buses depart
8:15am           Arrive at the ski-field, snack, ski hire sorted and tickets distributed
9:00am           Lessons begin
10:30am        Morning tea break
11:15am        Free skiing with lots of adult supervision
12:30pm        Lunch break 
1:00pm          Free skiing with lots of adult supervision
3:20pm          Return gear to ski hire
3:40pm          Leave the ski-field
5:45pm          Arrive back at school

Parent Helpers:
Many thanks to the following people who have offered to help out on the mountain.
Skiers: Matthew Cowie, Paula Winsor, Stu Clarke, Joe Evans, Tony Sice, Iris Brookland, Liz May, Matthew Macdonald and Rod Gray
Non-skiers: Kate Packer, Anne Jaiswal, Jane Parrett or Hugh Reynolds and Fenella Jameson.
If you expected to see your name on this list, but didn’t, please contact me ASAP. If your name is on this list and you are now not available, again please contact me ASAP.
I will be sending out a parent helper notice later this week.

We have four teaching staff going, including Jarred. Many thanks to those who have sorted their $30 for this trip. We would appreciate the rest of the money in ASAP. 

Finally on ski trip, we need to make up another 20 arm bands, as per the photo below. If you are a sewer and able to help out by making these up, please email me.

Cantamath Home Learning:

There was a misprint on the notice that went home about Cantamath project home learning. This is due on Monday August 13th. Your child should be well underway with their project by now. Please let us know if any support is required for your child. 

Winter Tournament:

The weather really turned it on for our Zone Winter Tournament at Hagley Park yesterday. The children competed in a series of fast and furious games against teams from other schools in our zone. Three seemed to be the number of the day with many of our teams earning third place in the tournament, narrowly missing the chance to compete at Canterbury level. After the tournament, I received a number of emails from parents, commenting on the fantastic sportsmanship demonstrated by our tamariki, which is fantastic to hear. A mammoth thank you to all the parents who managed a team for the morning. The children loved this experience.

Mountain Biking Passion:

Last year, in Term 4, I (Jenny) offered mountain biking as a passion option. I would love to be able to offer this again this year and I know there are quite a number of keen participants in our Kauri whanau - I've been asked more than a few times to repeat the passion group this year!

This passion is made possible by adult helpers who are willing and available to support with child and bike transportation and child supervision. With Passion Thursday taking place during typical work hours, I am getting in early so that we can hopefully get enough adult helper committed to the venture to enable it to happen.
If you are able to commit to some or all Passion Thursday sessions, please fill out this form.

Primary and Intermediate Ski Race:

This annual event is held at Mount Cheeseman and is a fantastic opportunity for tamariki with a passion for skiing to represent their school in this sport. Following the success of last year’s event, we would like to put forward a team again this year and are now accepting entries on a first come first served basis. Children must be competent skiers. The event takes place on Sunday the 19th of August and costs $40 per child, payable to the school. Please, email Jenny if you are interested in entering.

Phew! That's it for now. Just a community message to finish with ...

Week of Engineering Expo – Come along and get inspired!

Interested in learning more about engineering or just want to learn more about how the world works? If you’re looking for a fun family day, are considering engineering as a career pathway or wish to answer your child’s tricky questions about how things work, head along to the Week of Engineering public open day. There’ll be drones, robots and virtual reality to get involved with! Find out more at www.weekofengineering.co.nz/engineer-expos-2018

When and where:

Canterbury University’s College of Engineering
69 Creyke Street, Christchurch
Saturday 18 August from 10am – 4pm.

Soup and cheese rolls for lunch this week.

Many thanks to those who have let us know they would like to order a soup and cheese roll lunch for their child this week: Monday for NE - Year 4 and Tuesday for Year 5-8. If you have yet to let us know, please fill in this form.

We encourage children to bring their own cup, however will have disposable cups for those who need them. Order your soup and cheese roll, or two cheese rolls and no soup by the flagpole before school, for $3.

Thanks for supporting Kauri fundraising.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 26 July 2018

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to a new term.  The promise of longer days, hopefully more sunshine and the sight of daffodils appearing in the garden always raises the spirits.  We are looking forward to catching up with many of you at the learning conferences next week.  As always, if you have any questions or things you would like to share with your child’s teacher, during the year, please make a time to meet with them before or after school  to have a chat.
Independence and the ability to manage our time are lifelong skills that we look to begin to develop in our children from an early age.  As caregivers, we are instrumental in coaching our children to manage increasing responsibility and sometimes, in our busy lives, this is a challenge.
How many things do we do for our children that they could do themselves?
Are we setting our children up for independence and success?
Habitually doing things for our children, that they are capable of doing themselves, can send an inadvertent message that we don’t have confidence in their abilities.  The outcome is a child who lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t—or won’t—do age-appropriate tasks. This is sometimes called “learned helplessness.”
As caregivers we want the best for our children and often, we are just trying to keep all those balls in the air. There’s a huge payoff for encouraging our children’s independence: confident, capable kids, and some tasks removed from our plates.
We would like to encourage you, as caregivers, to choose at least one of the tasks below to encourage independence in your child(ren).  Ask them to ...
  • Organise their own breakfast each day, older child can organise an evening meal each week
  • Carry their own bag to the classroom and do their morning jobs.
  • Pack their school bag the night before so it is ready in the morning.
  • Remember to take all they will need for the day. (An idea here is to make a list of what is needed for school each day, so the child can check they have everything needed for the day ahead.)
  • Make their own lunch or part of their lunch each day.
  • Do specific jobs around the house - “Here is a list of jobs you could do to help around the house - how many do you think you are old / capable enough of doing?”
At school, if a child forgets some special piece of equipment for their day, staff will try to help in any way they can.  If this is not possible e.g. forgotten swimming togs, forgotten specialist sports gear, we will refrain from phoning home to ask parents to come to school (unless it is an emergency).  Hopefully that will help our children to remember for next time.

Nga mihi
Sue Leadbetter
Acting Deputy Principal.

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Fri 27 Jul - Welcome Assembly.  10:50 - 11:20am. a special assembly to welcome all those who are new to the Beckenham Te Kura community. Morning tea hosted by the PTA will follow this assembly.

Fri 27 Jul -  Years 5 - 8 Weekly winter sport

Tue 31 Jul & Thu 2 Aug - School closes at 2pm due to learning conferences. Please pick up your children at 2pm.

Mon 30 Jul - Zone Winter tournament years 5-8, 9am - 12:30pm at South Hagley Park.

Monday 6 Aug - Yrs 7 & 8 Information Evening for year 6 families.

Thu 9 Aug - Yrs 7 & 8 Ski Trip

Term Dates

Click here to view 2018 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Tiffany Shannon - Year 4

Tiffany, you are an outstanding role model and a leading light in our Kōwhai whānau. You always show our school values by being an active learner and striving to do your absolute best. You are a wonderfully caring, positive and supportive friend, Tiffany, and we are very proud of you. Ka Pai!

Walter McLoughlin - Year 6

Walter, we love the way you involve yourself so fully in the daily life of our hub. You grab hold of challenges and make the most of opportunities to develop new skills. Your self-management skills enable you to make the most of all learning experiences. You show that you care by treating others with respect and working proactively within groups. You humour and positivity brighten our day. Tino pai.  

School Notices

Welcome assembly 

This will be taking place on Friday 28th July from 10:50-11:20am in the school hall. This is a special assembly to welcome all those who are new to the Beckenham Te Kura community. Morning tea hosted by the PTA will follow this assembly.

Year 7 & 8 information evening for Year 6 families:

Please mark Monday August 6th, 7pm, in your diaries. We will be opening the Intermediate Hub for Year 6 families to come along and get a taste of what happens in Year 7 & 8. When you arrive, there will be a table with post-its and pens for you to write questions. The first 20 minutes will be an opportunity to talk with students and staff and view digital displays. The last 40 minutes will be a sharing session, where your questions will drive the discussion. We firmly believe that the Intermediate Hub at Beckenham provides a fabulous middle school education. Come along and find out why.

Lunchtime activities

Would you like to feel a greater sense of wellbeing, generosity and belonging?
We have a way you can do this in just 45 minutes a week!
Special lunchtime activities.  Look at all these wonderful activities being offered to our whanau at lunchtimes;
‘Sit and knit’ club on Mondays
Chess and draughts on Tuesdays
Treemendous - out and about in the new area, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Jump Jam - exercise class on Wednesdays.
If you know of anyone -  grandparents, friends, relatives, who would enjoy helping to assist with one of these fun activities from 12.40pm - 1.15pm each week, please email catherine.barrie@beckenham.school.nz or rebekah.stoop@beckenham.school.nz.
Thank you in advance. 

Keeping ourselves safe
We are aware that one of our children thought she was being followed by a car yesterday afternoon after school.  The child involved did all the right things, not stopping, heading straight home, keeping calm and telling her parents when she got home.
Whilst we always encourage our children to walk home with others, sometimes this is not possible.  As parents we can equip our children to deal with situations that may arise, that make them feel unsure.  It is a good time to sit down and have a chat with them about a safety plan that will help them if this situation occurs.  There may be a friends house along the way home that could be a safe house they can go to if they need and returning to school is also an option.  The police have been informed.

The Drop Off Zone

Thank you to everyone who is using the drop off zone outside the admin block on Sandwich Road the way it is intended.  We have noticed that mornings are working particularly well.  In the afternoons please ask your child to meet you on the footpath, beside the zone, or, park elsewhere on the streets around the school so you can leave your car and walk to meet your child.  No parked cars in the drop off zone please.
The car park on school grounds accessed off Sandwich Road, in behind the New Entrant hub is for staff and service vehicles.  Thank you for remembering this, and for not using the area as a drive through drop off zone.

Soup Soup Soup

Remember to bring your bowl or cup for soup on Monday and Tuesday next week when Kauri Hub students will be selling tomato soup and a cheese roll for lunch. $3 will buy a cup of soup and one cheese roll, or two cheese rolls. Koru and Kowhai's day is Monday and Pohutukawa and Kauri are on Tuesday.

Children purchase their tickets by the flagpole before school.
To give us an idea of quantities to prepare, please fill in this very quick form.

Many thanks for supporting Kauri fundraising.

Allergy information

Across our school we have a number of children with different food allergies.
To support the wellbeing of these students we have the following guidelines in place which we ask you to follow:
For 2018, there are to be no peanuts in the Kauri (Year 7/8) or Kowhai (Year 3/4) teams please, due to the extreme anaphylaxis risk for one of our students who learns in Parenga.
Whenever children bring food to school for shared kai occasions, please follow the guidelines provided by the teachers for that event.
We will inform you during the year if specific guidelines for your child’s hub change.  Our full allergy policy and guidelines in this booklet, are also available on the Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto website under “Information - Policies - SchoolDocs” then search ‘allergy’, or alternatively use this link to go directly to the allergy page: https://bit.ly/2LCfQ3N  .  If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them in the first instance with your child’s point of contact teacher.

Sleep inquiry

 Last term, a school-wide focus was on sleep, with the students learning the benefits of  sleep and finding ways to improve their own sleep. Research has shown that as little as 10 minutes of lost sleep a night can lead to symptoms similar to ADHD. The purpose of the inquiry, which was run in partnership with the University of Canterbury, was to equip the children with the knowledge and skills required to make positive changes to their own sleep.

Initially the students learnt about the benefits of sleep and positive sleep hygiene. Then they were given the opportunity to monitor both the duration and quality of their sleep. Once the children had gathered that data they chose a goal to focus on. These goals ranged from establishing a set routine for bedtime, to ensuring their room temperature was comfortable, to not watching any screens before bedtime. Once a week these goals were assessed, and if they had been achieved, new goals were set. The overall process was very empowering for the children, as they felt equipped to make a difference to either the quality or duration of their sleep, They also understood the importance of having a good sleep, providing the motivation needed to make a difference.

When reflecting upon the programme, it was fabulous to hear from the children and some of their parents about the success the children had experienced with changing their sleeping habits.
‘I used to have trouble sleeping at night, but now I have been having a much better sleep.’
‘It was a really good idea focusing on improving your sleep because you get more sleep and it is good for your health.’
‘I now have a good sleep routine so I get to sleep quicker.’
‘It was a good idea to learn what stops you from having a good night’s sleep so that you can change some things.’
‘It’s really good to focus on things that you can improve on.’
‘The sleep inquiry provided rich learning for my daughter. She enjoyed researching and sharing interesting facts with us. She developed a good awareness of the importance of a healthy sleep routine and how it impacts on wellbeing.’
‘Before the sleep programme my child would try to stay up as long as he could each night and then, in the middle of the night, come through and crawl into bed with me.  A dreadful sleep for us both.  As the sleep programme has progressed he has asked for darker curtains in his bedroom so he can sleep more soundly, he takes himself off to bed at the same time each night so he is getting what he now knows is enough sleep and he stays in his own bed all night.  Thank you very much for this amazing programme it has really made the world of difference to our whole family.’
‘I was so impressed with the latest sleep study learning in Pōhutukawa. Not only did my son learn about the importance of sleep and the benefits for the body, but he also started to manage his sleep more effectively. I was impressed with his motivation to meet his sleep goals each night and this saw him putting himself to bed earlier to ensure he got the required sleep hours. As a family, we now talk about sleep and we have all started to make small changes to ensure that we all get a good rest each night.’

Transition to School Meeting 

Wednesday, August 22nd , 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Meet at the Office.
Please come along to find out about Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto and our New Entrant programme,
get some tips about a successful transition and meet the team and ask any questions.

This is a meeting for the parents of New Entrant children, prospective parents, preschool teachers and anyone who is new to our Beckenham whānau.

Elizabeth Drummond (Transition to School liaison)

Visit our website for more information and a range of games to help your child with their emerging literacy and numeracy knowledge.


Reduce food waste and your food budget, with great tips from LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE.

Learning Conferences

School will be closing at 2pm on Tuesday 31 July & Thursday 2 August.  Please pick your children up at 2pm.  If you require supervision for your child(ren) from 2-3pm please contact Jacky at the office, Ph:  3371404, or email: office@beckenham.school.nz.

Sports News

Small Sticks - Physical Education utilising professional coaches.

From Weeks 1 - 5 this term our whole school will be involved in the small sticks programme run by Hockey New Zealand coaches.  The Small Sticks In-School programme includes teacher training, five coaching sessions in school time with an accredited coach, a resource kit for the school to use after the programme is finished, a festival day at the completion of the programme, recruitment material to help engage children and their parents.
The children will develop
Hand eye coordination skills,
Understanding of the rules of hockey
Skills to play a team sport.
Sportsmanship skills.

Community Notices

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

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Soup and cheese roll lunch next week.

On Monday and Tuesday next week we will be selling tomato soup and a cheese roll for lunch. $3 will buy a cup of soup and one cheese roll, or two cheese rolls. Koru and Kowhai's day is Monday and Pohutukawa and Kauri on Tuesday.

Children purchase their tickets by the flagpole before school.

To give us an idea of quantities to prepare, please fill in this very quick form.

Many thanks for supporting Kauri fundraising.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 1

We have enjoyed welcoming everyone back to school this week. Unfortunately Hannah is unwell at the moment. We hope to have her back on board by Thursday. I will be in and out of the hub over the next four weeks. I will be teaching 50% of the time and will spend the rest of the time in the office as acting DP, while Sandy is away on a principal exchange in Australia. We are lucky to have Mel filling in for me. She is an experienced Year 7 & 8 teacher, with a multitude of skills and talents.

Cyber Safety:

Over the school holidays we were alerted to several Instagram pages that involved children from our hub. These pages had been set up anonymously and asked posters to request the owner give an honest opinion of what they thought of the poster. Accounts such as these have the potential to cause a lot of damage to the well-being of our children. One page started with warm fuzzy comments, but the 'honesty' promise led to some not so complimentary comments as well. Another page contained quite hurtful comments.  We had concerns on several levels, both for the person(s) who had set up the accounts and also for the many students who were asking for opinions of themselves. We have contacted the parents of the children we knew about who were involved directly. Due to the way the pages have been set up, we were not able to identify all of the children who posted. On Monday we had a very productive discussion about this at school, and will continue to revisit cyber-safety issues. It would be great to also have discussions at home to reinforce messages of safe on-line use.  One of our key messages is, if it is not something you would feel comfortable asking or saying to a person face to face, then don't say it on-line. Thanks for your support with keeping our tamariki safe on line.


We would like to gather some feedback from you on how this year is going for your child. We will use this information to continue to develop what we do in the Intermediate Hub. We would also like to use some of your comments at our Year 6 Open Evening which we will be holding in a couple of weeks time. Please click on this link to complete a brief feedback form.

Ski Trip:

Many thanks to everyone for filling in the ski info form. If you offered to loan ski clothing, please name this and sent it along to school in a named bag - preferably by the end of this week. We need to match gear to children who need it, next week.


Your child will have brought home a sheet outlining the choices for their Cantamath project, on Monday. If you have yet to see this sheet, please check their bag. All children need to complete a project at home over the next three weeks. If they need inspiration, there is a slideshow with photos of past projects on google classroom, which they can access at home. If they need to discuss ideas, we encourage the children to talk with us before school, after school or at break times this week. We appreciate your encouragement from home, to make sure this project is completed well.

Speech Writing:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, we will be running our story telling speech motivation and start discussing ideas. Thanks to those of you who have already talked about this at home. The children will have the choice of retelling a traditional story, telling a story from the point of view of a different character, creating a fractured fairytale or telling a story of their own. On Thursday we will look at exemplars, then writing will begin next week. The more talking about the story before the children write, the better. Thank you for supporting them with this.

Winter Tournament:

Jenny now has enough coaches / managers for all Year 7 & 8 winter sport teams. Many thanks to those who are helping out.  All children involved in the tournament need to come to school with sports uniform, drink bottle, substantial lunch, shin pads and mouth guards - as required, on Monday, July 30th. The tournament takes place in the morning, with the children back at school in the afternoon.

Learning Conferences:

A reminder that school finishes at 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday next week for learning conferences. If you have yet to book, please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz or click on this link and use the code z8vr4  In our hub, please allow 30 minutes for your conference. The children will share their learning with you and their home-group, maths and, possibly, reading teachers, will drop by to discuss progress and any questions you may have. This model has worked well for our older children since we started working collaboratively several years ago.

Soup and Cheese Roll Lunch:

Next Tuesday children can bring along $3 for a tomato soup and cheese roll lunch. We would love children to bring their own cups, but do have some disposable ones for those who need to use these. Funds will support future Intermediate Hub field trips.