Kia ora koutou
As many of you will be aware, our Term Dates for 2021 have noted that there will be three Staff Only Days (dates to be advised).
We are now in a position to publish those dates and they will be:
- Friday 21st May
- Tuesday 8th June
- Friday 27th August
Please make sure that you add these dates to your calendar. School will be closed for instruction on those dates, to allow for staff to undertake professional development. Schools across the country have been given a set number of Staff Only Days to use for professional development as part of their collective agreement. Each school is able to select the days it will use as it sees fit.
Congratulations to our swimmers who participated in the Zone Swimming Sports this week - we had a record number of children qualify for the Canterbury Swimming Sports. (see results below).
Ngā mihi nui
Tumuaki - Principal
Upcoming EventsWeek 8:Tue 23 Mar
- 9.00 - 2.00 Canterbury Triathlon at Eyrewell Forest, South Eyre Road.Wed 24 Mar -
7.30 - 9.30pm PTA MeetingFri 26 Mar
- 12.00 - 12.30 Celebration AssemblyWeek 9:
Wed 31 Mar
- 4:15-5:45pm Kiwi Volleyball at Hillview Christian SchoolThu 1 Apr
- 3:15 - 6:00pm Miniball Grade C at Pioneer StadiumFri 2 Apr
- Good Friday - School ClosedWeek 10:Mon 5 Apr -
Easter Monday - School Closed
Tue 6 Apr -
Easter Tuesday - School ClosedThu 8 Apr
- 9.00 - 2.00pm, Canterbury Swimming at Selwyn Aquatic CentreThu 8 Apr -
3:15 - 6:00pm Miniball Grade C at Pioneer StadiumFri 9 Apr
- 12.00 - 12.30 Celebration Assembly
Term DatesClick here to view 2021 term dates
Citizen of the Week
Jalori Mathias - Year 8JJ, we love your inquisitive mind and caring nature. You bring so many innovative thoughts and ideas to group discussions. You are a fabulous self-starter who puts forth great effort into your work. You are very empathetic and a supportive leader in the Kauri hub. You live our school values on a daily basis. Ka Pai JJ.
Medication at School
If a child requires medication at school on a long or short term basis, parents/caregivers need to complete a medicine authority form with Jacky or Reihana in the office. Procedures are followed to ensure that it is kept securely, and administered appropriately.
Any medication that is required to be kept at school on an ongoing basis, expiry dates need to be checked regularly by parents/caregivers. If the school notices an expiry date is due parents/caregivers will be advised.
Parents/caregivers are asked to please update the school on any medical/health information about their child by contacting the school office.
Student Council Fundraiser for Epilepsy and Down Syndrome
Next Friday, 26th of March, the Student Council will be having a Lots of Socks and Purple Day. You can choose to wear purple, mismatched socks, or both!
Wearing purple will be raising awareness for people with Epilepsy and letting them know that they are not alone. Wearing mismatched socks will be raising awareness for people with Down Syndrome. So please join us by doing your part and bring a gold coin donation so we can support these organizations together.
Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…
A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking The code to use is 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.
Junior ESOL Classes
Junior ESOL classes have started. Kōwhai and Kahikatea ESOL students are enjoying these, and meet twice a week with Teacher Aides Jeanette and Elizabeth.
Recent highlights include:
Kahikatea children sharing cultural momentos from home, and asking questions about other cultures.
Kōwhai children collecting produce and making salads and playing traditional games.
Introducing our Senior Leadership:
Left to right we have; Jo Smith, Deputy Principal. Sandy Hastings, Principal. Sue Leadbetter, Deputy Principal.
At the start of the year, we were very lucky to have our own Jo Smith step into a leadership position with us as acting Deputy Principal. Jo continues to lead our New Entrants team, and has made a wonderful transition into her busy new role.
Sandy Hastings, our Principal, and Sue Leadbetter, our Deputy Principal make up the rest of our Senior Leadership Team. Sandy is just coming up to the completion of her tenth year at Beckenham, whilst Sue has just started her fifth year at Beckenham.
A huge congratulations to the swimmers who represented our kura at our zone swimming event on Thursday at Jellie Park. The children all did amazingly well against strong competition. There were some races where our swimmers managed to maintain a convincing and impressive lead, and others that were nail bitingly close. The children’s sportsmanship was phenomenal. If there was an award for the most enthusiastic supporters, I’m sure we would win it! Thank you to Nicola Arnott and Karen McMillan for supporting the children at this event.
Children who placed 1st and 2nd qualify for Canterbury Swimming at Selwyn Aquatic Centre on the 8th of April.
Due to renovations and limited space, spectators are not allowed inside the pool at this event.
Year 8 Results
Year 8 relay - 2nd (Cooper, Zoe, Fergus and Ilia)
Zoe Clarke - 1st Freestyle and 1st Butterfly
Cooper Reddecliffe - 1st Freestyle and 1st Breaststroke
Fergus Mcmillan - 1st Backstroke and 2nd Butterfly
Connor Ingram - 4th Freestyle and 4th Breaststroke
Ilia Henderson - 4th Backstroke
Year 7 results
Year 7 relay - 2nd (Lola, Soriel, Tahere and Stella)
Tahere Tayler - 1st Backstroke and 1st Breastroke
Lola Harris - 1st Backstroke
William Pooch - 2nd Backstroke
Stella Gillman - 2nd Freestyle and 3rd Backstroke
Soriel Kim - 4th Freestyle
Charlotte Ryder - 4th Breaststroke
Year 6 results
Emma Vaile - 2nd Backstroke and 4th Freestyle
Archie Arnott - 3rd Backstroke
Violet Morel - 3rd Breaststroke
Year 5 results
Jack Sayer - 1st Breaststroke
Spencer Ingram - 4th Backstroke
Annabelle Smith - 4th Freestyle
A special mention goes to Rose Braithwaite, (year 6) who embraced challenge by competing in the open butterfly event. This saw her swimming an incredibly difficult stroke against Year 8 students. Nau mai te wero!
South Island Mountain Bike Championships
Congratulations to Jonty and Morgan who competed in the above event last weekend. There was strong competition with children travelling from all over the South Island to compete in this event.
Jonty - 3rd place in Cross Country and 10th Enduro
Morgan - 11th Downhill and 18th Enduro
Good luck to all the tamariki, (and adults) competing in the Hanmer 4 Hour Mountain Bike race this weekend. Good luck also goes to the children competing in the Canterbury Triathlon next Tuesday.
(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)
BOSCO School Holiday Programme
It is almost time for the April Holidays and if you are in need of childcare or just want to relax and know your kids are taken care of and having loads of fun – this is the answer for you! We will be going to Willowbank, the Antarctic Centre, doing a bit of Disco Roller-skating and also play mini golf at Ferrymead. We have exciting crafts planned and also baking. If sports and outdoor activities is what you are after, we have sports and games planned too. Get in quick to avoid disappointment. Contact Juanita at firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings or book online by clicking this link.
Potential Fisher Ave Closure
In a Beckenham Neighbourhood Association (BNA) newsletter delivered to local residents this week, there was reference to the closure of Fisher Ave to car traffic between Beckenham St and Norwood St as part of the Better Beckenham Project, supported by the Community Board. Work was reported to be commencing in April.
Amy Hart, Community Board Advisor (email@example.com), has clarified that the decision is tentatively scheduled to take place on 30th March. Amy has issued an urgent investigation into the consultation process undertaken (or lack thereof) and welcomes written submissions to the Community Board with local views.
If you want to know more about the Better Beckenham project, especially the potential Fisher Ave closure to traffic, see below:
- Saturday 20th March 4pm. At the junction of Fisher Ave and Beckenham St, join Mike and Marise who will tell you all about it and answer any questions
- Sunday 21st March 4pm. At the junction of Fisher Ave and Beckenham St, join Mike and Dave who will tell you all about it and answer any questions.
Sydenham Rugby Club
Junior Registrations are open!
To be a part of the greatest, family-focused club, register & pay online by clicking this link.
Under 6 - Under 13 pricing (which includes use of playing jersey, and game day jacket for the season)
1 child - $85.00
2 children $130
3 children $150
4+ children $180
For more info follow our Facebook page: facebook.com/sydenhamrugby
Or, contact Riki Tahere - firstname.lastname@example.org
Canterbury Rams Season Memberships
Season passes are now up for our Basketball community. There are a number of different options to suit, including family packages with 3, 6 and game membership options. These can be purchased by clicking on this link.