Pōhutukawa News – Week 2, Term 2, 2021

Ngā mihi e te whānau, warm greetings to you all.

School Cross Country

What a fantastic day we had for our school cross country on Tuesday afternoon. As it turned out, the weather was perfectly planned and it was lovely to see so many whānau come along to tautoko, support the tamariki. It was so pleasing to see the students giving their best and supporting each other to achieve their goals. You, and they, can feel very proud of their efforts. Congratulations to all of our young athletes who have qualified for the Zone cross country. More information about this event will follow

The Wonder Project

This term as part of our continuing inquiry into the concept of  'Change' for 2021, we are taking up the Rocket Challenge as part of the Wonder Project, which is run by Engineering New Zealand. Students will work with their homegroup teacher and a Wonder Project Ambassador to design, build and launch their very own water rocket! We are lucky to have John Aramowicz (Luka's dad) as one of our ambassadors, along with 3 other volunteers, all of whom are STEM professionals. This project teaches students about Newton's laws of motion, the engineering design process, and also promotes creative thinking and teamwork. This project aims to get the tamariki excited about a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. He taonga te ako, the treasure is learning! To enable our project to take off, we are asking for your help. Each student is being asked to bring along a clean, washed 1.5 litre plastic bottle with the lid attached from which we can create our bottle rockets. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.

Muddy Months

As we head into winter we are noticing the inevitable increase of muddy shoes and clothes as students come back from play and lunch, having played sports and games on our beloved Park. We have spoken as a hub about the need to show We Care for our school environment by taking off muddy shoes before we enter the Hub and lining them up neatly outside the door. We are lucky to have wonderful underfloor heating in the classrooms, so feet stay nice and warm. In addition to this, we suggest that if your child is coming home with very muddy clothes, please consider supplying them with a spare pair of school shorts and a spare school top for them to change into once they finish their games. We appreciate your support with this.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, May 19 - School Photos

Friday, May 21 - Staff Only Day

Tuesday, May 25 - Zone Cross Country at Halswell Quarry

Monday, June 7 - Queen's Birthday (School closed)

Tuesday, June 8 - Staff Only Day

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 2 Week 2

 In this post:

  • ShowQuest
  • Getting muddy
  • Hamper donation for Quiz Night
  • Uniform
  • Staff only day
  • Photos


We are less than a week from showtime. Please click here for important information and a form that everyone needs to read and complete.  Costumes need to be at school tomorrow, Wednesday.

Getting Muddy 

As winter approaches Beckenham Park is developing some muddy patches. The children are very good at finding these! If your child tends to come home muddy or has the potential for this, please make sure they have a spare school shirt and pair of pants in their bag.

Hamper Donation

We would like every Kauri family to donate a luxury item from the supermarket to our Quiz Night hampers. These hampers will be raffled on the night and we may also sell tickets beforehand. Please send an item along to the hub before the end of next week. We will have a collection box in the hub.

Quiz Night ticket sales opened in the weekend and we have already sold over half of the tickets. If you plan to enter a team, do so now.


Just a reminder that caps, beanies and hoodies are not part of our unifrom at school. Children are welcome to wear beanies to school and at breaktimes on cold days, however not in the hub. School jackets are to be worn, not hoodies. We have a good supply of second hand jackets at the PTA shop if your child does not have a school jacket. 

Staff Only Day

A reminder that our first staff-only day for this term is next Friday, May 21st. School will be closed for students on this day.

Photo Gallery

Here are some pics from our first dress rehearsal last week.

Help Needed for Winter Sport

Winter Sport

Winter sport starts in Week 5 of this term. We would love to be able to provide every child who wants to participate in competitive winter sport a place in a sports team. To make this possible, we are still looking for adults to accompany teams. Ideally, this adult would be comfortable having a go at refereeing a game. This is something we can support you in learning how to do if you are new to it. If you are not comfortable refereeing but would be available to support a team, please do still get in touch. The most important thing we need is for the children to be adequately supervised.  

Unfortunately, at the moment we still do not have enough adults for a competitive winter sport to go ahead, and we are still looking for support to help with football, netball, and hockey.

Please get in touch with Jenny Diggle directly at jenny.diggle@beckenham.school.nz or with your child's homegroup teacher. Mā tātou kātoa te waka e hoe, we are all rowing the waka together!

Cross Country Tomorrow

There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon. This is not forecast to arrive until later into the afternoon and so should not affect our whole school cross country tomorrow. Our plan is to go ahead and reassess tomorrow as needed. This might mean that we need to make a postponement call tomorrow morning. If we decide to postpone to Thursday, we will send out an email and put a post onto our kura Facebook page. If you do not hear from us, assume that cross country is on. 

  • Year 5 to 8 races will not start before 1:30
  • Year 8 will race first.
  • Year 0 - 4 races will not start before 2:15.
  • Year 4 will go first.

Children can race in their red school polo or their house shirt. Shoes that are comfortable to run in should be worn to school.  

If you are able to join us tomorrow afternoon, please support your child in returning to their team's base area after you have congratulated them on their efforts. 

Nic will be at the park with some Wheely Good Coffee for purchase.