Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter September 28th 2018

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Kia ora e te whānau

Another term has come to an end and we are all looking forward to recharging over the next two weeks. The children have been engaged with amazing learning across the teams with a focus Sustainability.

We have all enjoyed hosting Tyson Grinham from Lockleys North School here for the past four weeks. Tyson and I were invited to Wellington this week on Monday and Tuesday to visit the Ministry of Education and to speak with a number of different sector leaders who were interested in our exchange and who wanted to share with Tyson about our New Zealand system. With being away in the first four weeks of term, and then having Tyson here in the last four weeks, I am indebted to Sue Leadbetter and our Leadership Team who have kept their eyes closely on school during this time. 
Thank you to everyone who made him feel so welcome. We finished his visit with a Trans-Tasman Masterchef Pizza Challenge this week! I will leave you to watch the video to find out who won! Needless to say, lots of fun was had by everyone.

Our Koru New Entrants hub have finished the term with an amazing oral language focus day with a pirate theme! There was lots of 'Ahoy me hearties' and they were visited by two pirates who put on an amazing performance and generated lots of singing and language opportunities!

Congratulations to Caitlyn Downing, one of our wonderful Koru Year 1/2 teachers, who is getting married to Jake during the upcoming school holidays. Today the staff celebrated with her at morning tea time, and we all wished her well in assembly today.

Staffing Update for 2019

As is common at this time of the year, we become aware of some changes in our staffing for the following year. Our Board have received resignations from two of our teachers this term, which they have reluctantly accepted, and we wish both of these teachers all the very best.

Susan Walsh is retiring from full time teaching. Susan is an avid follower of fashion and a keen traveller, and is looking forward to spending more time in pursuit of both of these passions. We do expect to still see Susan back at Beckenham in the future as a reliever and we thank her for the wonderful contribution she has made to our staff since she started in 2013.

The other resignation we have received is from Amy Buick. Amy began at Beckenham as a beginning teacher in 2007 and we have had the joy of watching her grow from a promising young teacher into a highly skilled and effective teacher and team leader. Amy has been on leave this year, and she and her partner have made the difficult decision to move to the North Island and settle in New Plymouth. We are very sad to see this long relationship with Beckenham come to an end, and we wish Amy and her partner all the very best for their new life in the north!

We are delighted to announce three new staff appointments for 2019:
Steve Cooke will be joining our permanent teaching staff from Breens Intermediate. Steve and his family live in the St Martins area and we are looking forward to welcoming him to our staff.
Jules May will be joining us as a fixed term teacher for 2019 from Wellington where she has been teaching at St Patricks School. Jules is originally from Canterbury and is looking forward to returning to her home town.
Kate Swan will be joining us to cover the position that Caitlyn will be taking maternity leave from for 2019. Kate has been teaching for a number of years in Auckland and she and her partner have recently moved to Christchurch to make it their home.

Congratulations to all of the children (and staff!) who performed in the School Talent Show this afternoon. Each one of the children demonstrated our school values to the core, and we all were amazed at the confidence, energy and commitment that they brought to their acts.

I wish you all a safe and restful two week break and look forward to seeing everyone again in the new term.
Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 15 Oct - First day of term 4.  School starts at 8:55am
Mon 22 Oct - Labour Day.  School is closed
Sat 27 Oct - PTA Ladies Night
Mon 26 Nov - School closed - Staff Only Day

Term Dates

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Citizen of the Week

Lurandt Wolmarans - Year 6

Lurandt, you are an outstanding role model in the Pohutukawa team. You consistently demonstrate a positive, respectful and caring attitude towards others. You are an excellent self-manager and always put your best effort into learning. You have a witty sense of humour and make our hub a wonderful place to be. Thank you for being such a fabulous leader in our team.

Jemma Sunderland - Year 3

Jemma, you are a positive, enthusiastic and hard working student and you always strive to do your best. Your deep thinking skills and empathy towards others are  highly appreciated in our hub and this sees you well liked and respected by your peers. You are such a thoughtful and caring friend towards others and your willingness to lend a hand or take on extra responsibilities makes our hub a better place. Ka Pai Jemma, you are an absolute star! 

School Notices

Term 4 - Hats required at school please

As is always the case, your child(ren) will require a hat for all outside activities during Term 4 (and Term 1). You can purchase black or red bucket hats from the school office for $10. Alternatively (as they are plain and without our logo on) you can purchase a bucket or wide-brimmed style hat in plain red or black from another source.

Piano and Singing lessons available from Term 4

Margot Holcroft has been teaching in Christchurch for more than 10 years with the NZ Modern School of Music.  
She teaches a broad range of musical styles from pop through classical, including music reading and theory.
She will be taking private lessons at Beckenham Tuesdays during school hours. Suitable for students 7yrs old and up.
Lesson cost: $25 per half hour lesson.  Small initial cost for books.
For more information, contact Margot on 0211782418 or 3857825.

Staff Carpark

Please do not enter the staff carpark either by vehicle, bicycle or on foot. The only vehicles in the staff carpark should be staff cars and vehicles with an accessible parking sticker.  The staff carpark is not a safe place to drop off or pick up children and should not be used as a turnaround area.

Many thanks for your support of this.

Māori Education Engagement Wānanga - Ministry of Education

Earlier this year, the Minister of Education announced a major programme of review and reform across the education sector (the “Education Work Programme”). This work is designed to ensure New Zealand has an education system that is fit-for-purpose for the 21st century.

The Government has been clear that issues and opportunities for Māori education must be addressed across the entire system. In addition, it has commissioned work to refresh and update Ka Hikitia (the Māori Education Strategy) and Tau Mai Te Reo (the Māori Language in Education Strategy).

As part of our work to engage with whānau, hapū and iwi, we are planning a series of wānanga in communities across New Zealand. Through these wānanga, we would like to hear from people about what is important to you: what you like about the current education system; what frustrates you; what you would like to change and how you would change it. We have not prepared a consultation document or any other material because we want to hear from you.

We would like to invite you to be a part of these conversations at wānanga being held in the Canterbury/Chatham Islands region:

  • Monday, 1 October 2018, Addington Event centre (Christchurch), 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Addington Event Centre (Christchurch), 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Thursday 4th October 2018, Temuka Alpine Event Centre (Temuka), 6:00pm to 9:00pm

These are open events and we encourage you to bring along as many voices as you can rally.

Please send your RSVP to by Midday Monday 1 Oct, 2018.

For further information, please contact :

Sports News


The following students who took part in the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Competition on the weekend of 15 - 16th September.
Quinn Clarke, Marcellus Scott, Connor Ingram, Fergus Macdonald.
Anna Wright, Torun Joergensen, Hebe Butland, Zoe Clarke, Vida Gerard.
Gemma York, Florence Gerard, Ella Clarke, Meg Macdonald, Vienna Scott, Charlotte Grey.

The first day of the competition was a sprint event held at South Brighton Domain. The second day
was a long event held at Bottle Lake Forest. The Beckenham team had some outstanding
performances which resulted in joint first place for the Year 6 and Under Boys team and a second
place for the Year 6 and Under Girls team. Ka Pai

Congratulations to...

Roxy Murfin who competed in the Intermediate Schools Sword Fencing Championships last weekend.  Roxy was unbeaten during the rounds and won the final 10-8.

Koru Games

This week, 12 children from Kauri participated in the Koru Games. The three day tournament is the full primary school’s version of the AIMs Games and took place at various locations in the Selwyn district. This is the first occasion that Beckenham has participated in the games and so was an exciting event for all involved. A passion for volleyball has emerged in the Kauri hub after Carisbrook selected the sport for our annual sports exchange during Dunedin Camp. We entered two teams into the tournament, who both played exceptionally well, finishing 10th and 2nd overall. The children demonstrated fantastic dedication in the lead up to the tournament, giving up many a lunch time to practice and hone their skills. On the court they showed great cohesiveness as a team, working together to build an effective attack. A huge thank you goes to Nicola Reddecliffe, Izabel Lyall and Leigh Conley, who gave their time to manage the teams and umpire games during the tournament. 

PTA News

Registrations are now open for the 2018/2019 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kid TRYathlon Series!

The world’s largest kids TRYathlon series is back.  Open to kiwi kids aged 7-15 years of all sporting abilities, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix kids TRYathlon is a fun day out for the whole family.  Swim, bike and run your way to the finish line as an individual or in a team of two, and receive your very own gold medal from top Kiwi sporting stars.  Go on give it a TRY!

Register NOW to receive the Early Bird Discount price of only $40.00 per participant.  Be sure to link your entry to Beckenham School - the school with the most entries can win LOADS of prizes!!  To register under the Beckenham School Group use the link below;

Sunday 24th February 2019
Jellie Park, Burnside



A very very BIG thank you from your PTA for all of your INCREDIBLE SUPPORT of our children as they took part in this years Read-a-thon.  We were all blown away by the enthusiasm from all the children and families and just how much money was raised.
Soooooooo… Hats off to EACH and EVERY one of you.  An incredible $9189.10 was raised giving our Outdoor Spaces Fund an incredible boost!!!

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Community Notices

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


We are delighted to invite your school community to the 2018 Hohepa Art & Sculpture Exhibition, held in the last weekend of September. Monies raised from the Exhibition will be used to support adults with intellectual disabilities.  Opening Night tickets are available from our website,,  and the exhibition is free to the public over the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you!


459 Cashel Street.  Learn to Swim & Coaching.
Book now for October Holidays and Term 4
Leaders in Aquatic Education.

The Breeze Walking Festival

Spring is on the way and so is The Breeze Walking Festival, 29 September to Sunday 14 October 2018.
Now in its seventh year, the festival offers 50 free walks with a range of easy, medium and challenging routes.  Many of the walks combine the chance to learn more about nature, culture, history and new developments around our city and region. 
The opening weekend sees the return of the popular feature walk 'Dogs Day Out' that begins with a guided scenic walk in the Heathcote Valley and then the opportunity to explore Ferrymead Heritage Park at your leisure with doggie-tram rides, free micro chipping for Christchurch registered dogs, and lots of treats for dog lovers of all ages!
Exciting new additions to the 2018 event are: Discover Quail Island, Walking Netball, walk from the Malthouse to Cracroft along the Heathcote river, view the Historic Glentunnel Museum and surrounds, the stunning Hinewai to Look Out trek, explore the East with the Rawhiti Roam and the NEW Allright? Amble in Waimakariri.  Back by popular demand are the exciting and interactive walks designed specifically for pre-schoolers and children: the Gruffalo Explorers, Pukeko Stomp and the ever muddy Going on a Bear Hunt, as well as many other family friendly walks.
So get your family and friends together, head outdoors and put some spring into your step with The Breeze Walking Festival.

Pick up a copy of the festival booklet with all the walk details from your local Library, Service Centre or Recreation and Sport Centre, or check out the programme online here.

Mega Air Trampoline Arena

Trampolining is one of the best activities for improving fine motor skills like balance, agility and coordination. It aids in building physical strength, flexibility and power and it’s so much FUN! Learn how to bounce SAFELY with correct techniques with Mega Airs newest addition to Term time fun! Our Jumpstars 9 week program will have your children safely flipping about in our huge padded playground in no time at all!

Vegan Expo Christchurch

Horncastle Arena, Addington
10am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Studies have shown eating excess meat is causing health issues, so whether you are looking at reducing your meat intake by including Meatless Mondays into your family’s diet, or if you already eat a wide range of vegetarian/vegan meals, you will find something at this year’s Vegan Expo to interest you.

Enjoy great vegan food, watch top veggie chefs display their cooking secrets, learn about vegetarian living and enjoy celebrating cruelty-free, pro-planet lives with Christchurch’s vegetarian and vegan community. Whether you are vegetarian or not, you will love the variety of foods and entertainment on offer, which includes a special kid’s zone and activities.

Eftpos and plenty of free parking will be available.
Kids free (12 and under), adults $5 if bought online now ( or $6 on the door.
More info:

SUMMER FOOTBALL for Kids at Halswell Domain

First Kicks / Fun Football Summer – 4-8 year olds
Fri 26th Oct until Fri 14th Dec 2018, 4.30pm - 5.30pm. Cost:  $50.00 (7 weeks)
Halswell Skills Centre (Academy) - (Boys & Girls) 8-12 year olds
Tues 16th Oct until Tues 4th Dec 2018, Cost:  $70.00 per player (8 weeks)
9th-10th Grades: 4.30pm-5.30pm, 11th-12th Grades: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Halswell GIRLS ONLY HUB (Academy) – 12-16 year olds
Thurs 18th Oct until Thurs 6th Dec 2018, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, Cost :  $70.00 (8 weeks)
Halswell Summer 5v5 Tournament – 12-15 year olds
Bring your friends and have some fun - you can register now or register on the day with our coach!
Don't worry if you don't have a team - you can join with new friends each week.
Thurs 31st Oct until Thurs 6th Dec 2018, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Cost :  $20.00 per player (6 weeks)
Questions? Email Sam Bunn (General Manager - HUAFC):
First Kicks/Fun Football Questions Email Petra Baker:

SPCA Walk your Dog to the Moon

Join us on Saturday the 4th of November at Bottle Lake Forest, for a Walk Your Dog to the Moon launch event! Featuring a group walk with your dog, this is the perfect opportunity to get inspired and meet your fellow moonwalkers. There will be extra surprises on the day, making it the perfect way to kick-start your kilometres.
 For more information about Walk your Dog to the Moon, head to our website and feel free to get in touch should you have any questions. 

Week 9/10 Term 3 Koru Team (Hub 1-4)

Kia Ora Koutou
We are all enjoying the warm spring weather now, so do collect your child/children's' slippers and socks from the shoe racks and take them home. As the weather improves our children are taking off their jackets and leaving them around the hub. It is much easier to return a jumper or jacket when it is named. Thank you for ensuring everything is clearly labeled.
Hub Home Base
Next week hub teachers will move into new home bases. This is where the morning roll will be done and where your child/children will be farewell from at the end of the day.
Please return all reading books this week. During Week 10 students will stay with their hub teacher for poetry and shared reading. Your child/-ren will bring their poetry home to read at night. Please return the poetry book each day.
Supporting Your Child's Independence 
We are encouraged to see many of you supporting your child/children to be independent as they complete daily routines such as unpacking their school bags and taking care to keep track of their clothing and personal items. It's also great to see families giving each other happy goodbyes at the hub door or fare- welling children from the library steps and allowing them to walk into the hub independently.
The morning routine is an important time for teachers to help settle children connect and communicate about the day ahead. Our hubs are increasingly busy in the mornings and we appreciate that some of you may wish to share important information and/or private information with teachers. Making a time to talk after school or sending an email is always a good way to keep in touch too.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update; Term 3 Week 9

A big thanks to all the parents who have supported our learning this week. It has been quite a week, with lots of highlights.

Volleyball at Koru Games:

A spark of enthusiasm for volleyball was ignited when we were playing against Carisbrook School in Dunedin at the end of term 1. Our team was well and truly beaten, but really enjoyed the friendly mixed session that followed the game. Jenny kept that enthusiasm going by running a volleyball passion group in term 2. With more skill and experience under their belts, the children were keen for another challenge. That came in the form of the Koru Games, a South Island multi-sport tournament for Year 7 & 8s. We sent two volleyball teams to the three day tournament this week. They had a great time and thrived on the competition. Our B team won four games and lost three, finishing in 10th place. Our A team won 6 and only lost the final, finishing in second place overall! Thanks to Carisbrook for selecting volleyball as one of our tournament games and starting us on this road to success.

'People must act to sustain what is valued'

... is our key conceptual understanding for inquiry this year. We are in the midst of a focus on sustainability around food. This week that took the form of visits to the supermarket to undertake research and the making of re-useable beeswax food wraps.

Next week's programme:

Touch Canterbury will be working with us Monday - Thursday next week to teach and play Turbo Touch. Each group will have a half hour session each day.
On Thursday we will be having a passion day, so that we can complete passion projects that are looking to take more than 90 minutes to wrap up.
Technology will be on Friday next week. This means that Tuesday is a normal start time and on Friday children will need to be at school by 8:30am.
We wrap up the term with the school talent quest on Friday afternoon.

Kōwhai News Week 9 Term 4

Hi everyone,

Well, it's hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of the term with only one week to go! Here is the important info for the week ahead.

School of Gymnastics
Image result for gymnastics image clip artWe are off to the Christchurch School of Gymnastics on Tuesday. We still need parent help for this trip - 2 parent helpers per group. We will be going in 3 groups and the children will be in mixed groups. If you are able to parent help, please email Mike at:
He will let you know what group your child is in and what time you will be needed. Each group session will be 2hrs in duration.

Talent Quest
We are having the school talent quest finals on Friday from 1.30pm-3pm. If your child is in the final, you are most welcome to attend.

Discovery Items Wanted
We are wanting some donations to support our Discovery learning in the morning.
We would LOVE any donations of:
* WOODWORK TOOLS- small hammers, nails, screwdrivers, wood etc.
* CROCKERY- cups, saucers, plates, cutlery etc.
* PEGS- crocodile style
* TOYS- any old or broken toys that the children can dismantle and make into new toys
* PIPES- any pipes, spouting etc.

Many children need to replenish some of their stationery items. Please ask your child if they need to replenish any items, especially pens/pencils, whiteboard markers or glue sticks.

That's about all for now.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

Pōhutukawa Market Day on today!

Good morning! Today is the day, Pōhutukawa Market Day!

We will be selling tickets outside each hub from 8:30 am this morning. Tickets are 50c each, and all items will be selling for between 50c and $5.00 per item. These tickets are used to buy items for sale during market day. We suggest the children write their name on the back of their tickets, in case the tickets become dropped or lost. Bringing the exact change to school would be very helpful, as we will not have a lot of change for large notes.

Market day will run from about 11:45 am to 12:40 pm. We will invite the New Entrants over first, and then the rest of the school.

This learning has been a small business inquiry and fundraising venture. The profits made will be going towards the Pōhutukawa camp in Term 4 to Living Springs.

Thank you to all of our school community for your support.