Kahikatea Newsletter T3 Week 4

Discovery is still proving to be very popular with the children as they get to explore various activities and use their wonderful imaginations. The children love to dress up and act out scenes and they also love to develop their artistic skills creating ferocious monsters or sketching their favourite cartoon. Here are some pictures of some of the children working collaboratively to create a Duplo, wooden block, train track extravaganza. They spent a long time working on this and what an amazing creation they ended up with!

Next week, teachers will be completing Running Records with your children so we can gather up-to-date information on their progress in reading. This means that there will be no guided reading lessons and your children will be taking home books from their browsing boxes. Please do make sure you are reading with your child every night as it is really making a difference! Thank you so much for your ongoing support with this.

The readathon starts today! Your child will have brought home a Readathon form to fill. Please feel free to discuss a goal with your child which will be manageable for them but also set a bit of a challenge. Then you can collect some sponsors who can support your reading quest and help to raise money for the PTA. Go on, you can do it!

Talent Show
Rehearsals for the Talent Show will be up and running next week. The children are extremely excited about it and have lots of fantastic ideas about what to do. We will give them a chance to rehearse during lunchtimes and it would be great if you could support your children at home too.  The act or performance is to last no longer than 3 minutes. The Talent Show finals will be in Week 10 and we will update you on this nearer to the time.

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Heavy Work
We have recently introduced a new programme which involves doing 'heavy work' with those children who are proprioceptive. This means they have more difficulty in sensing the position, location, orientation and movement of their body and its parts. A way to help these children is to get them to do heavy work like pushing up against a wall, moving the logs around on the grass and also using a weighted blanket which we have just acquired. It is a way for these children to regulate themselves and we are finding that it really works!


The children are continuing to work really well on their Maths problem solving and they are solving some very tricky problems! We thought we would share a few of the problems we have been working on and you can try them out with your child at home. How many different ways can you solve these problems? Now there's a challenge!

Maddox, Luca, Thisev, Lily and Hayzel are Milk Monitors in this story. They had 100 cartons of milk. They gave lots of cartons out. There were 24 left. How many cartons did they give out?

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The children were creating Kandinsky circle art.
Each child had 73 circles to colour in. On the first day, each child coloured in 27 circles. How many circles were there left to colour in?

Koru Week 4 News

Week 4

Wow, almost half-way through Term 3 already!
The provocation of 'Change' has filled our recent weeks with a busy variety of topics. Some of them have been about the change of temperature (freezing versus heated objects), colour and growth.

Look out for ordering your child's Calendar Art, these are great for Christmas gifts.  This too has filled the afternoons with expression through creativity and lots of hard work.

Our new outdoor space is beginning to show more colour and plant life with each passing week.  We are still on the look out for any large planters or containers for the transfer of seedlings.  A big thank you for the donated containers and baby plants so far.
Creating at Discovery Time

Focussing at writing time

Working as a team at Discovery Time

Skip and Bounce handwriting

Making potions

Literacy time

Calendar art preparation

"Look at my handwriting, Kristika!"

More team work

Caring for our plants

Proud of our new hanging baskets

Seed sprouting experiment

Friends showing We Care

Preparing for the seed sprouting experiment

Quiet time in the Chill Zone

A Discovery Time challenge

Roctopus fun!

Mindfulness activities

Experimenting with vinegar and baking soda

Look at our amazing volcano!

The result of changing runny yogurt into frozen yogurt - yum!

Experimenting with colour mixing

More experimenting with colours

Who would have thought you could change the colour of a flower? How does this happen?

Showing We Care for our learning spaces

Showing We Care by tidying the book shelves

Showing We Care by stacking the chairs

Showing We Care by cleaning and tidying the children's teaching station

Creating our very own experiments with food colouring

Preparing the pots for seed planting

Planting the seeds (sunflowers)

Making truffles: what sort of change is this?

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 4

It was exciting to see so many fabulous Cantamath projects arrive at school on Tuesday. It was obvious that many children had spent hours investigating and creating as they explored the maths within their chosen topic. Our hub display was up very briefly as we needed to reclaim the space for learning. Next week we will set up a display of all Cantamath projects in the hall foyer that will be open for viewing from Thursday through until Friday late morning. You are welcome to pop in before, after or during school to take a look. We have spoken to a few children about mathematical enhancements that need to be made to their projects if they are to go through to Cantamath. These projects will need to be back at school by Wednesday.

Ski trip

We are now just three weeks away from our ski trip to Mt Hutt and it is time to get started with preparation lessons at school and ensuring everyone has access to appropriate clothing.

It is essential that everyone fills in the ski trip form. So far half of the hub have filled this out. Please complete it now if you have yet to do so.

Circle time 

Every Friday we have circle time, where we discuss a wide range of topics that impact well-being. Last week and this week we have been looking at happiness. This video has been very thought-provoking.


Part of the BYOD agreement is that students bring their device, fully charged, every day. If your child has a BYOD please remind them to bring them.


  • A few children will need to do some work on their speech writing over the weekend. The main group need to have their introduction and first 'filling' paragraphs completed by Monday. Jenny's group need their introductory paragraph and their three topic sentences completed.
  • The other home learning focus is Maths-Whizz. A minimum of three progressions should have been achieved for the week.

Photo Gallery

A couple of learning highlights in the past week have been programming our Bee-Bots as part of our inquiry into self-driven cars and starting our next PE focus on both yoga and learning how to play korfball.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter August 9th 2019

Principal's Patch

Please remember that school is CLOSED this Monday,12 Aug, for Staff Only Day.

Kia ora koutou

It's lovely to see the sun, tempering these cold, winter mornings that we have had lately. 
Our senior kapa haka group, Te Whānau Mahi are in the final weeks of preparation with Sherrilee, for the Cultural Festival on Thursday 12th September. Our ukulele players are also preparing for their participation in the Ukulele, Recorder and Marimba Festival "Strum, Strike, Blow" on Thursday 29th September. Winter Sport, on Friday afternoons, has a couple more weeks to go before that concludes too.

Next Friday our Readathon cards will be coming home with children. This is an awesome fundraiser from our PTA, that really promotes the value of reading. Please look out for the sponsorship cards, and help your child to find sponsors among your friends, relatives, and neighbours!
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 12th Aug - School closed.  Staff Only Day.  Professional development - maths and digitech.
Fri - 16th Aug - PTA Readathon cards go home (two weeks of reading and trying to get sponsors)
Fri 16th Aug - Celebration Assembly.  11 - 11:30am.  All Welcome
Wed 28 Aug - PTA Meeting.  7:30pm
Fri 30th Aug - Book Character MUFTI Day - get thinking about what/who you want to come as now!

Term Dates

Click here to view 2019 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Charlotte Gray - Year 8

Charlotte, your maturity and positive attitude make you an exemplary role model in our kura. You embrace challenge and a love of learning by showing amazing dedication and diligence to all that you do. The effort that you put into learning, leadership and following your passions is awe-inspiring. Charlotte, you are wonderfully empathetic and inclusive to everyone in our team. You achieve all this with a winning smile and an awesome sense of humour. Thank you for all you bring to our team and kura. 

School Notices

2020 Term Dates (these have also been published and are available on the school website) 

Staff Only Days
Mon 27, Tue 28, Wed 29 January
Term 1
Thu 30 Jan - Thu 9 Apr 100 half days; 10 weeks
Waitangi Day Thu 6 Feb
NB: Learning Conferences all day Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January. Supervision will be provided for families who have requested it. Classes start Monday 3 February. 
Note that Easter holidays and ANZAC Day all fall during the April holidays in 2020

Term 2
Tue 28 Apr - Fri 3 Jul    94 half days; 10 weeks
Queen's Birthday Mon 1 Jun
Staff Only Day, date to be advised

Term 3
Mon 20 Jul - Friday 25 Sep   98 half days; 10 weeks
Staff Only Day, date to be advised

Term 4
Mon 12 Oct - Wed 16 Dec 92 half days; 10 weeks
Labour Day Mon 26 Oct
Canterbury Anniversary Fri 13 Nov

Total half days: 384 (as required by the Ministry of Education)

TERM 1 (10 weeks/96 half days)
Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April
Waitangi: Thursday 6 February
IEP/ITP meetings: 3 days on rotation - closed for IEP/Ts - dates TBC
Good Friday - Friday 10 April

TERM 2 (10 weeks/94 half days)
Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July
ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Queen's B-day: Monday 1  June
Staff Only Day: TBC

TERM 3 (10 weeks/98 half days)
Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September
Staff Only Day: TBC

TERM 4 (10 weeks/96 half days)
Monday 12 October - 18 December TBC
Labour Day: Monday 26 Oct
Show Day: Friday 13 Nov
The school year end date may be subject to change due to matters beyond our control. We will confirm the year end date as soon as possible.

Strum, Strike, Blow!

Strum, Strike, Blow! is an exciting amalgamation of the ChCh Marimba Festival and ChCh Uke Fest which will feature over 1000  students playing marimbas, ukuleles and recorders in the Horncastle Arena. The Festival is run by Music Education Canterbury and Christchurch Civic Music Council and is in it’s 7th year!
It is happening on 29th August at Horncastle Arena.
Tickets are $5 and are available to be purchased at the door on the night.
The concert starts at 7pm.

Dogs and students

Please, can we remind families who bring dogs to school at drop-off and pick-up times to be very vigilant and careful about making sure that their dog is always supervised, even when tied up. Not all children are comfortable with dogs and we do want to avoid any situations where children are surprised or hurt by an over-enthusiastic dog, or from approaching an unsupervised dog.

Lost Property

The lost property has been shifting around a bit lately, sorry for any confusion.  It now has a permanent new home.  Overnight it will be in the Library and every morning our lost Property monitors will roll it out to the library deck.  Please check it regularly - currently there are a number of items on the rack and in the bin. Named items are much more likely to be returned than unnamed - please name your children's clothing and lunchbox items, including drink bottles.
These two scooters have been in lost property for a while now - we would love to re-unite them with their owners.  Do you recognise them?

A pair of glasses in a green case was found after school today and handed in to the office:

Sports News

Players of the day for Term 3 weeks 1 and 2

Football: Aarav, Kever, Thomas, Max, Joel, Max, Henry, Sam and George

Hockey: Jonty, Grace, Lucy, Boyd, Stella.

Netball: Zara, Lola, Zoe Lewis, Devina

PTA News

Scrumptious Cheese Rolls (PTA’s Main Fundraiser for 2019)

Some of you may remember the 'A & P Show Tip Top' Fundraiser- this fundraiser would generate approx. $8k-$13k profit. 100+ caregivers would volunteer their time (across the 3 days) to sell ice creams in all weather!
We no longer do this fundraiser & are hoping you will support this Cheese Roll Fundraiser with the same gusto!

We would love to generate funds at a similar level. We need you to please share the ‘Order Link’ with all your friends, work colleagues & family.

These cheese rolls are guaranteed to be delicious & are economic. At $8 per pack (one dozen Cheese Rolls in a pack) OR $30 for four-packs, how can you resist such a scrumptious treat?

Thursday 15th Aug: Last day for orders. Payment also required to ensure the order is made.
Sunday 18th Aug 5-7pm: Collection of your order from the school Hall

Cheese Rolls Order Link

Cheese-Roll-a-thon: Another way to support this fundraiser is to volunteer to help make the Cheese Rolls. If you are keen to assist & have some free time on Sunday 18th Aug, please use the following link to complete a form. Assist with cheese roll making

Read-a-thon Dates

Friday 16th Aug: Check those bags for your child’s Read-a-thon sponsorship card coming home. Your child will then get 14 days to read & collect sponsors supporting your child’s reading journey.

Friday 30th Aug: We will celebrate the end of this reading journey with a ‘Book Character Day’-come dressed to school in your favourite book character.

Mon 2nd Sept: Sponsorship Cards & funds collected can be returned to the school office.

Fri 6th Sept: The final day of collection of the sponsorship cards & funds.


Whoop Whoop Just 30 Spots left- 70 Gone!!!
Secure your spot at Clubbercise Christchurch with Chloē at Beckenham on Wednesday 21st August at 7pm.  $10 per person (16yr+) Hall doors will open from 6:30pm

Book your Clubbercise Spot Now with the following link: book clubbercise
Or you will miss out on your opportunity to “Glow”.

Beckenham Booty

Filling up fast but spaces still available for the next Car Boot Sale on Sunday 25th August, 9-11am.
Last opportunity to book at the special “Winter” rate of $15 (normally $25)
Re-cycle, Re-use and Re-wear.
Book Now on the following link: Book Beckenham Booty

September Dates for the Diary

Mon 2nd: Sponsorship cards & funds collected can be returned to the school office.
Fri 6th: The final day of collection of the sponsorship cards & funds.
Mon 9th: Calendar Art Orders open online
Wed 11th at 7:30pm: 1st Twilight Fair 2020 Planning Meeting
Sat 14th at 7:30pm: Annual PTA Quiz
Sun 22nd from 2-4pm: Brewery Tour
Fri 27th: Calendar Art Orders close online
Sun 29th: Beckenham Booty

Community Notices

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

Smarttouch 2019 

We welcome your entries into our Term 4 Smarttouch rugby competition.
What: Mixed grade touch rugby
Who: 0 - 8 students
Where: Waltham Park
When: Thurs 24th Oct to 6th Dec
Grades/Times: years 0-2 & 3-4, 4 - 5pm. Years 5-6 & 7-8, 5:30 - 7pm.  $30 per player
Steps to register:
Get a team organised and appoint a team manager and coach.
Online entries open on 19th Aug - use the URL address www.sporty.co.nz/smarttouch
On the Smarttouch home page fill out the touch team manager sign up form and submit it.
You will then receive an email giving you the link to enter your player details.  Closing date for entries, 23rd Sept 2019.

Remember the competition is social MIXED and you need to have a minimum of 3 girls on the field at a time (except for Grades 0-2 which is mixed but any combination of girls and boys). Grades: Year 0-2, Year 3-4, Year 5-6, and Year 7-8.
We are all looking forward to a great season,
From the Smarttouch Team.

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

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Increase their Self Esteem
Develop Speech and Language skills
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Have Fun and Make Friends
Be Part of a Team
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St Martins Drama Club
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Enter the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River Network's annual photographic competition.

This is the first year we are offering a schools division with two themes students can choose from. It runs from 9th - 22nd September - World Rivers Day is Sunday 22nd.

The competition is designed both as an e-learning process and a creative activity. It is open to all students (Y3-13) within the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River catchment. It provides an opportunity for students to be inspired, to innovate and to create. The awards evening on November 1st will provide a chance for student finalists at all levels to share and celebrate their skills and talents alongside the finalists in the Open division.
Entries must be submitted by September 26th. Detailed information about the competition can be found here on the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River Network website.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 3

The children have been enjoying the starting phases of our inquiry learning for this term on self-driven cars. Earlier in the week we viewed and discussed this TED Talk, and thought you might like to check it out.

Ski Trip

Thank you to the 25 families who have filled out the ski info form. Just waiting for the other 87 families to do this. Please click here if you are one of them. 

Our focus on completing work on time.

We have been impressed with how the children have stepped up to ensure they are completing work within set timeframes. That said, we do not want to place undue stress on children who have absent with illness and are happy to adjust expectations to suit circumstances.  Today, Friday, static images (including explanation) and speech planning should be complete.


A reminder that Cantamath projects are due in on Tuesday, August 13th. We are looking forward to these being brought to school before the children head off to technology on Tuesday. It has been exciting to hear about how the children are exploring their passions through a maths context.

This week we wrapped up our class Cantamath projects maths and enjoyed our annual Becamath problem-solving competition. We have designed playgrounds and bike jumps, operated a small business and created a mural on a series of painted panels. Along the way we have learned about profit and loss, Pythagoras's theorem, enlargement and angles and the mathematical thinking that goes into design, as well as solving lots of context-rich mathematical problems.

Special congratulations to our winning Becamath teams: Riley, Kate, Max and Arabella in Year 7 and Freddie, Amber, Matilda and Charlotte T in Year 8.   

A reminder that Monday is a staff-only day. The perfect opportunity to put finishing touches onto individual Cantamath projects!