Kahikatea News for Term 3, Week 10

Kia ora Whānau

Thank you for all of your help and support over the term.

He waka eke noa - this is a canoe we are all in together, and we only keeping it moving by paddling together!

South Library Trip

We had a fantastic time exploring innovation and technology at South Library. We used Beebots, Scratch, undertook a library tour and saw a 3D printer operating! Scratch is a free app. It will be key in helping our students learn early programming skills, in line with the new Digital Literacy curriculum. 

Look at these little readers! 

Look what you can make with a 3D printer! Wow!

Watching the magic

Bee Bot Fun

Scratch Junior

Scratch Junior

Keep NZ Beautiful Week

We have picked up rubbish galore this week! We know that the rubbish in our local environment can easily blow into rivers and gutters, and out to sea. We encourage everyone in our community to make a difference by picking up the rubbish they see (even if it wasn't theirs!).

Mental Health Week

We learnt more about Te Whare Tapa Whā and the four (now five!) areas of wellbeing. See here for useful information and lots of ideas for working on your own wellbeing at home. 
Here are some photos of our tamariki doing yoga: 

Connecting with Community

Holidays are a perfect time for connecting with each other, and your local community. Some options: 
* The CCC Libraries have a number of interesting events and workshops for children.
* The Breeze Walking Festival includes free walks....check out the Gruffalo Exploration!
* Local planting and clean-up days are advertised on the Canterbury Enviro Calendar.

March for Climate Change
We are proud to have students who have given up talent show to march in the Climate Change Rally. Here are one family, getting ready to set off.

Kōwhai News – Week 10, Term 3

Litter-Free School

This week, the Kōwhai students have been working hard to keep our school litter-free. Each home group has been involved in one of the daily clean-ups and we even have some students who have taken it upon themselves to scour the school for rubbish in their own time. We are really impressed with the wonderful difference the children are making to our environment.


The children had a lot of fun and learnt some new gymnastics skills during our recent trip to the Christchurch School of Gymnastics. Here are some photos of our trip:


This term Nick and Kate's home groups have been learning to play the recorder with Josie, our recorder tutor. The students have worked really hard and have learned to play several songs.

Paulette and Rowe's home groups will have the opportunity to work with Josie next term.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 3 Week 10

We are busy in the Intermediate Hub this week wrapping up our Choice health unit and getting stuck into athletics. We are looking forward to the talent quest final on Friday. All the best to our finalists: Walter, Paolo and Ben.

Cultural Festival

We were so proud of Te Whānau Mahi Tahi when they performed at the Cultural festival recently.  Here is the official Cultural Festival Video.


A big congratulations to Maddi and Henry who represented Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto at the South Speech Competition on Monday evening. Opawa, St Martins, Cashmere, St Peters and Hillview were all part of the event. Henry and Maddi were commended for the research, ideas and structure of their speeches. Henry was placed third in Year 7 and Maddi was first in Year 8!

We need your help

On Thursday in week 1 of term 4, we have Carisbrook School visiting from Dunedin for our annual sporting interchange. The children will be playing, Ki o Rahi, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and football.  The exchange runs for the morning and finishes with lunch that we provide for the visitors. If you are able to help by providing a lunch dish, please fill in this form. 

Furry friends need a home for the holidays

Fidget and Snowy are looking for somewhere to stay during the first week on the school holidays. They come with their own indoor hutch and supplies. If your family would like to welcome these wee furry bundles into your home from Friday Sept 27th until Monday Oct 7th, please send Nicky an email. 

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter 23rd September 2019

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award

 ...Every year we have the great pleasure of nominating an outstanding leader for the Sir  Peter Blake Leadership Award. Children and staff have a voice in who should be the recipient of this prestigious award. We have a number of outstanding leaders in Year 8 this year, all of whom would have been worthy recipients. Each of these outstanding leaders stand out for different reasons, be it a passion for a cause, a commitment to the team in sport, compassion and support of others or having the initiative to rally the troops when required. Congratulations Year 8 on the fabulous leadership you are displaying this year.
Last Friday, Hinewai Collins, from Westpac, attended our Celebration Assembly to present this year’s Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award.

The citation ... Great leaders don’t say, ‘I’. They don’t think, ‘I’. They think, ‘we’. They think ‘We get there together’. A great leader works with everyone to help them be the best that they can be. As our 2019 recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, this philosophy is a perfect fit with your personal leadership style.
At times when a leader is needed in the Kauri Team, a magical phenomenon occurs: our team naturally looks to you, while you simultaneously step forward to lead. This happens with mutual trust, respect and humility. At times when a leader is needed, you deliver.
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
Inclusive. Encouraging. Supportive. Kind. Enthusiastic. Fun. These words came up again and again by peers to describe you. Many wrote ‘He really deserves this award’ and we couldn’t agree more. Congratulations, Ben Evans.

Ben Evans - Sir Peter Blake Award recipient, and Hinewai Collins, Westpac Bank

More great feedback from our community...

Today I received this lovely, unexpected email from Sally Airey, who is the Education Coordinator -Healthy River Ōpāwaho Programme

Morena Sandy

I met some of your students on World Rivers Day helping out with a volunteer maintenance and planting day at Farnley Reserve on the awa.  (They spent at least an hour weeding Tradescantia sp. beside the river  before they rushed off to make signs for the climate change march…). 
Ngà mihi


Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 25 Sep - PTA meeting 7:30pm in the Green Room (next to hall foyer)
Thu 26 Sep - unveiling of CCC Rubbish signs, designed by Y2/3 students
Fri 27 Sep - Tech for Kauri students, changed from Tuesday.
Fri 27 Sep - School Talent Quest in Mapūna (hall).  Commences at 1:40pm.  All Welcome!
Fri 27 Sep - last day of term 3
Mon 14 Oct - Term 4 commences, 8:55am
Mon 4 Nov - WHOLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS - pop this in your diary now

Term Dates

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Citizen of the Week

Millie Jameson - Year 8

Millie, you live our value, 'We Care', on a daily basis, through your empathetic interactions with others. You bring deep thinking to discussions and written work, displaying your love of learning. When problem solving you are persistent, creative and collaborative. You have so many talents, Millie, and your willingness to share these brings joy to others.

Syesha Mee - Year 6

Syesha, you are a stunning role model in the Pōhutukawa hub, exhibiting our school values in all that you do. You give your best in all of your learning and are always seeking to improve. You are a mature and diligent student Syesha, who can be counted on to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right place. Tino pai mahi!

School Notices

What a great group of Nature Ninjas we have here at Beckenham! These students from the Koru team picked up all of this rubbish from our grounds last Monday morning.

Unveiling of new, student designed, Environmental Signs for our community

This coming Thursday afternoon, at 2:30pm, down by the ponds on Eastern Tce, we will be meeting as a school to unveil some new community information signs. Several junior students, as a result of an inquiry they had been undertaking, went to our local Community Board late last year, proposing we have local 'pick up rubbish' signs in our community, to help protect our river. Their idea was accepted and we will have a special unveiling at 2.30 on Thurs, beside the mural (toilets) near the ponds. 
Whānau are invited to join us to celebrate how We Make a Difference.

Ferndale Drop Off Area and Staff Carpark

The covered drive through turn-around area by Ferndale is solely for use by parents and staff associated with Ferndale School.
Whānau of Beckenham students are asked not to bring cars into the carpark for drop-off or pick-up at any time.

Immunisation information still needed please

With the risk of a measles epidemic still a very real one in New Zealand at present, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education require us to keep up-to-date records of the immunisation status of all students.
As you will have heard in the media recently, for a community to achieve what is known as 'herd immunity' around 95% of the community need to be vaccinated. This protects the other 5% who are not able to be vaccinated for reasons of age or immuno-vulnerability.
We currently are not close to that goal, with the following data being held on our student community with us having no information for 16% of our students.
Jacky will be continuing to make contact with those families for whom we have 'no information' to try and get our records up to date. Please do not be offended if she contacts you - we are trying to protect all of our community by making sure we have accurate and up-to-date information on file. If you know that your child's immunisation status has changed, please would you contact Jacky in the office.

24/7 Youth Work, Cashmere New Life Church and Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto - Partnership

As external funding has been secured, last week we were able to sign our partnership agreement with 24/7 Youth Work and Cashmere New Life Church to secure the ongoing support of a Youth worker for our Year 7/8 team for 10 hours a week. We are very excited about this new venture and the new capability that is being provided for supporting the wellbeing of our tamariki.

Lockdown Review - Information from the Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has released the final report of the Lockdown Review report. The report is based on input from a wide range of stakeholders, including leaders and staff from schools and early learning services in Canterbury, parents, children, young people, NZ Police and Ministry of Education.

It was evident throughout the Lockdown Review that everyone’s key focus was to improve practice and preparation to ensure children’s safety for any potential future emergency event.

The safety of children and young people is our highest priority and the Ministry of Education are committed to working with schools, early learning services, and NZ Police to respond to the opportunities for improvements that have been identified through the review process.

It has been identified there is more that can be done to support communities to understand their roles during an emergency event. The Ministry of Education will be working with NZ Police to develop guidance for parents and caregivers to support communities responding to an incident and what to do during a lockdown.

Schools and early learning services have a responsibility under Health and Safety legislation to keep staff and children/young people safe. This responsibility needs to be balanced against a parent’s right to take their child out of the school or early learning service should they wish to do so. However, it should be noted that opening the school or early learning service to a parent could be a risk when there is unknown danger.

A copy of the Lockdown Review is available on www.education.govt.nz 

If anyone wants to discuss the outcomes, recommendations or our procedures on the day please contact us to arrange a time to meet. You can be confident the current guidance provided by the Ministry of Education will support a review of our existing policies.

Congratulations to ...

Meara Stace

This past weekend Meara competed at both the South Island Secondary and Primary School Championships and the Canterbury Cup in Karate. She competed in the Premier division for the first time and gained a bronze medal in all her competitions, putting her in the top three for 10/11 year olds in the South Island.

Board Talk

Enrolment Zone Review

The Board has been approached by the Ministry of Education to review the school's enrolment zone, due to the school being at risk of overcrowding. St Martins, Thorrington and Somerfield Schools are also being asked to undertake an enrolment zone review. The Ministry has engaged an external consultant who will work with the schools and their communities to undertake this consultation and review next term. We will provide more information to the community about this process as it comes to hand.
Whatever the outcome of the review, it will not have any impact on students already enrolled in the school. If a family is currently 'in-zone' with a child at the school, and the review puts them 'out of zone', siblings will still be able to attend using a grand-parented provision.

Sports News

The Canterbury Schools orienteering competition 

The following students took part in the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Competition on the weekend of 14-15th September. Quinn Clarke, James Stoney, Stella Gillman, Claudia Hood, Fergus McMillan, Anna Wright,  Zoe Clarke, Vida Gerard, Gemma York, Florence Gerard and Vienna Scott.

The first day of the competition was a sprint event held at the old Avonside Girls School and adjacent Red Zone. The second day was a long event held at Spencer Park forest. The Beckenham team had some outstanding performances which resulted in first place for the Year 6 and Under Boys team and a second place for the Year 6 and Under Girls team. Ka Pai

PTA News

Back in 1969 Quiz

Quiz Helper Team

Wow-what a night we had at the ‘Back in 1969 QUIZ Night’ last Saturday. Not only did we have a Groooovy time but $4.2k profit was raised!

A big shout out to the Quiz Master, Phil, all of you that braved the cold weather in your polyester attire & to all the businesses that supported this quiz with their fabulous donations - Quiz Sponsorboard

Winning TOP Teams were:

1st: Woodstock 6

2nd: Honky Tonks

3rd: Awesome Sparkling Unicorns

And the Best Dressed Team went to the "Get your Vax Right" Team- marking the introduction of the Measles Vaccination to NZ in 1969

Check out the Sitech Battery Powered Sports PA System (Portable Outdoor Sound System) that has been purchased using the profit from the Quiz! Look out (listen out) for this new piece of equipment at the next school event.

Snazzy new outdoor speaker system

Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser ❤️

Calendar Art Orders are open now

Check you kids school bags- hopefully, you have received their individualised order form. This has a unique code on it for your child – use this code to order your artwork online. If you lose this code please contact Jacky at the office.

The kids have been working hard this term to create some great art for their calendars (or diaries, note pads, mouse pads etc) & it’s all happening earlier this year so that those with relatives overseas can get those treasured gifts to them for Christmas.

If you do not have access to the internet at home there is a laptop in the office that you can use to place your order.

You can still order via the office if you want to pay cash.  The order form and the correct money need to be placed in an envelope and left at the school office.

Last day for orders is the last day of term, Friday 27th September

Beckenham Booty

Time for a “Spring Clean?” - well book in now for the next ‘Booty’ on Sunday 29th September, 9-11am. The new rate of $20 per car boot space is sure to please. Come along & Re-cycle, Re-use and Re-wear at this cosy community event.  

Community Notices

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

Chinese parents community group

Helping hand for parents of Chinese students in NZ schools

Kia ora, Hello, Ni hao,

We are a community of Chinese parents trying to help Chinese speaking parents that are new to New Zealand. Our aim is to help them find resources, seek help, connect with others and to keep current with major events that may affect their new life here in New Zealand.

This is a private, not for profit initiative.

You can find out more about us here:  https://educationcentral.co.nz/helping-hand-for-parents-of-chinese-students-in-nz-schools/

Arts Centre Market 

My name is Abbie and I am the Makete Co-ordinator for the Arts Centre, I’m getting in touch as I thought some of your music students might be interested in the young buskers day coming up on Sunday the 6th of October.

We want to celebrate young talent whether that’s a solo singer/songwriter, a rocking three-piece band, a dance troupe of 10, or a comedy duo. We are offering 15 or 30 minute time slots for 6 to 16 year olds at the Makete. There is no cost involved and the tamariki are welcome to put out a hat to collect from the audience.

 Acts must register their interest as spaces are limited and the programme will be curated to ensure it is varied. I would appreciate if you could take the time to pass this information on to your students, below is a link to the event where they can register:


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