Kauri kitchen closed for one week

Kia ora everyone,

We have decided to close our hub kitchen for lunch preparation for the next week. This to refocus the children on following guidelines of use: coming in to prepare food at least 10 mins before the bell and cleaning up after themselves. The kitchen will close from tomorrow, Friday, and reopen next Friday, Nov 8th. Please check that your child comes to school with a lunch that does not need cooking.

Thanks for your support.

Big Bang Concert

29 October 2019

Kia ora whānau,

On Wednesday 13th November, the children in Kōwhai team are going to be going to the Christchurch Town Hall to see the Big Bang Concert, performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The children will see two vibrant and entertaining performances with the full orchestra. This is a great way for us to introduce our students to the world of live music. Students will have the chance to explore ideas of melody, rhythm and tone through listening to a range of music from greats such as Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Mussorgsky, plus popular hits from Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Frozen. 

We will need up to four parent helpers per home group for this trip. If you are able to assist, please email your child’s teacher.

The contribution of $4.50 per child would be appreciated. This is to cover the bus cost. 
We will be leaving school at 9.15am and will return to school at around 11.30am. We are sure the children will really enjoy this experience!

Ngā mihi mahana,

Paulette, Rowe, Nick and Kate

Kahikatea News Term 4 Week 2

Kia ora Koutou
He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa,
What a wonderful start to Term 4 we have had!  Hopefully, the weather will start to improve soon and we can enjoy consistently sunny days.

Our Kete Values and Tokens

Our wonderful PB4L team has created Kete Value Tokens to reward ngā tamariki who show our values throughout the day.  The house with the most tokens each fortnight is rewarded with exciting activities such as time in the Big Adventure or, for example, using the Bee-Bots.

Calendar Art

This week all the calendar art orders arrived and were sent home.  If you have any queries regarding your order please contact the PTA at pta@beckenham.school.nz
Ngā tamariki artwork is now displayed in the hub. Beautiful!

Calm Space

We are setting up a calm down / chill out space in the hub.  We would love a small collection of quality cushions, soft toys, 2-3 baskets (or similar) for packing toys, blankets etc, old Where's Wally or similar search and find books, fidget spinners or other finger toys.
If you can donate any of these, or have something else that might be useful, please send it to Charlotte. Thank you.  

Sharing our talents

Erina brought along her Cello for us to see and gave a lovely impromptu show.

Sun Hats

During Terms 1 and 4, the expectation is that everyone is to wear a sunhat. We require everyone to wear hats that shade the face, neck, and ears, whenever the children are outside and involved in school activities. Hats must be broad-brimmed (min. 7.5 cm), or legionnaire/bucket hats (min. 6 cm brim, deep crown). These hats provide significant protection to the eyes. If a child does not have a hat at school, they will be asked to stay in an allocated shaded area.

Boxes for craft and construction

Ngā tamariki love making all sorts of wonderful creations using recycled materials.  We would really appreciate donations of any clean empty boxes, egg cartons, milk bottles or other plastic containers to use at discovery time. 


Our School Athletics will take place on Monday 4th November.  Ngā tamariki are practicing their running, jumping and throwing. Team Kahikatea students will start our rotations at 11:50am, after having an early brain break snack, and we will finish the day after lunch with fun sprints and the annual House Teams relay.  As ngā tamariki will be out on the field for the duration of the rotations, could you please apply sunblock to your child/children before arriving at school.  We will have sunblock at school to reapply if needed.
After physical activity ngā tamariki often have a larger appetite so please supply a larger lunch on the day as well as a named drink bottle for them to take with them to their rotations.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 3

This week we are looking forward to interviewing for our 2020 House Captains and Student Council exec. It was great to get 18 applications for these positions.

If you have a Year 8 child, please check with them how they are going with sorting their own, their friend and their teacher memories. Many thanks to those Year 8 parents who have already sent in 'when I was 5' photos. I have 23 so far, which leaves 37 still to be emailed or brought into school for scanning.

Sexuality Education

As part of our health curriculum, we will be teaching 'Nagivating the Journey: Sexuality Education' to our Year 7 & 8 classes, starting from Tuesday of week 5, November 12th.  If you would like to find out what is involved in these lessons or have any questions, you are invited to attend a parent meeting in the staffroom on Monday November 11th, between 7 and 8pm. Please indicate on this form if you plan to attend.

Adult support with term 4 activities

Many thanks to the parents who have completed our form with requests of adult help for events that are planned for this term. If you have yet to do so, please click on this link.

We still need a couple of people to assist with athletics on Monday. This will be working alongside a teacher at a throwing event. Please email Jenny if you are available.

In addition, we are headed to Hillview Christian School to use their long jump pit this Friday and need a couple of extra adults to walk down with us. Please email Jenny if you are available to help out from 12:40. 

Athletic Sports Day

Next Monday, November 4th, is our whole school athletics day. Today we shared the following social story so that all children are well prepared to have a great day.

Term Four Weeks 1-2

Kia ora, whānau,

Welcome to term four and to an exciting, busy one at that!

Our Discovery provocations, relating to nature and the environment, have been welcomed with keen interest and creativity. During week one we introduced 'Creepy Crawlies,' followed by 'Habitats,' in week two. If only there was more time in the day to research and explore, as it is proving to be a very strong interest for many.  Building bug hotels, bumblebee sketching and creating a variety of other little critters, are just a few of the recent 'Learning Through Play,' activities.

'Bring a soft toy to school' has been a hit this week! Thank you for the variety of boxes that were brought in. There were beds, houses, vehicles (some fancy enough to have TV screens), and other comforts, imagined and created. Measuring and comparing each toy created a fun way to strengthen mathematical knowledge. In the Junior years, measuring length is introduced by measuring in units (such as cubes) versus centimeters, so for the larger toys that was a lot of counting!

Tino pai, tamariki. It has been a fun two weeks!

Thank you,

 Elizabeth, Jo, Kristika and Stacey