Kahikatea Gymnastics Term 3 Week 3

25th June 2021

Kia ora whanau, 

Kahikatea students will be attending 6 gymnastics sessions at Olympia Gym (Wigram) in Term 3. 

Each session will be one hour long, the first session will run from 10.30am to 11.30am and the second session will run from 11.30am to 12.30pm. 

Amber and Lisa’s Home Groups: 

Monday 9th August

10am departure 

11.45 return

Tuesday 10th August

10am departure 

11.45 return 

Monday 16th August

10am departure 

11.45 return

Tuesday 17th August

10am departure 

11.45 return 

Monday 23rd August

10am departure 

11.45 return


24th August

10am departure 

11.45 return 

Katie and Charlotte’s Home Groups: 

Monday 9th August

11am departure 

12.45 return

Tuesday 10th August

11am departure 

12.45 return 

Monday 16th August

11am departure 

12.45 return

Tuesday 17th August

11am departure 

12.45 return 

Monday 23rd August

11am departure 

12.45 return


24th August

11am departure 

12.45 return 

Adult Helpers

We require 2 adult helpers per homegroup per day. If you are able to help please email your child’s homegroup teacher. Our adult helpers are not required to assist children during their lesson, the coaches and their homegroup teachers will do this.


amber.donovan@beckenham.school.nz, lisa.collier@beckenham.school.nz

Children Need to Wear

  • No tights, extra long pants or school dresses 

  • Easy to remove shoes

  • School shirt or equivalent (eg a red t-shirt) 

  • Leggings or shorts

The student contribution is used to help cover the cost of these sessions. If you have not yet made a contribution to your child's school account please do this as soon as possible. 

Arohanui, Amber, Katie, Lisa and Charlotte

$2 Sausage Sizzle Tomorrow 25/06/2021

Sausage Sizzle Reminder!

A reminder for this Friday 25th June... tomorrow!

$2 per Sausage. Pay at the flag pole before school, from 8.30am

Sausages will be delivered to Koru, Kahikatea, Kōwhai at normal kai (food) eating time - 1.20pm.

Pōhutukawa and Kauri students to collect their sausages from the Hall Kitchen at 1.20pm.

Matariki Whānau Rōpū Hui

Kia ora e te whānau, 

Haere mai! This Whānau Rōpū Hui is based around Matariki. It is an opportunity for us to connect with each other, celebrate Māori culture and learn about Matariki. See you there!

Please use this form to indicate your attendance to our whole-school Matariki celebration 
5:00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th  June (Kōwhai Hub)
and to place your order for our whānau rōpū hangi. 

Ordering Hangi:

Individual servings of hangi are $20 each. (These are large portions and could feed 2.) 
Each serving will have pork, chicken, potato, kumara, carrot and stuffing.  
Vegetarian options are also available. 

Please pay by Monday 28 June at the school office OR into the school bank account 
(12-3148-0131641-00) with "Hangi" and your name as the reference.

Ngā manaakitanga
Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto

(Link to form to confirm attendance, and optional food order - https://forms.gle/5MWnTdx2LMdLf7Y2A)

Koru Team news Term 2 Week 7

 Kia ora, whānau,

We've had a wonderful fortnight, and once again, we've been very busy and our days have been full of fun.

Nicola and Chelsea's Home Groups have 'moved' over to Kōmanawa, where they are starting and finishing each day. Inbetween times, our Structured Literacy and Maths interchanges are still taking place. The children have embraced our new arrangements with typical flexibility and willingness! Teachers have been enormously impressed with the seamless and sensible way the children have moved between spaces, following the lead of one of their teachers whenever they need to transfer. Congratulations, tamariki - we are all very proud of you.

How cute were the children on Friday, dressed in their onesies and pyjamas for our Mid-Winter Breakfast at school! Thanks you very much to all of those families who were able to contribute a can of food for donating to the City Mission.

Kinetic Letters:
The children continue to work very hard on their handwriting skills through the Skip and Bounce handwriting programme. This programme involves practice in several areas which contribute towards children being able to produce legible writing with ease and fluency, including: 
  • correct pencil and pen grip
  • finger strength and dexterity exercises
  • core strength exercises
  • tummy lying, with strong arms and straight legs, to help strengthen the shoulder girdle.
Our monkeys, Skip and Bounce, are always on the look out for those children who are putting great effort into their handwriting. Teachers are always thrilled to see children deliberately transferring their handwriting skills into their Structured Literacy lessons. 

Learning Through Play:
We are always delighted to see the different forms of play which the children engage in. Sometimes the children's play might relate to different curriculum areas (for example, Science and Technology) and sometimes the play might take the form of 'role play'. Some of the children have created a game called 'Puppy School'. This game continued throughout last week, and as the days went by, the children realised that they needed more and more resources for their game, including their own karakia and karakia kai, some toys for the puppies (bones and balls), some stickers (!), and a computer for the puppy teacher.

Structured Literacy Parent Meetings:
We hope that those of you who weren't able to attend one of these meetings held earlier in Term 1, either have (last Thursday) or are able to attend on either Tuesday (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.) or Thursday (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.) this week coming. These meetings are being run by Caroline Morritt, our Resource Teacher of Literacy. Caroline is a mine of information and is very happy to answer any questions which you might have. She is also able to refer you to specific youtube clips and websites which will be of enormous value to you, as your children are learning to read and write. Here is the link to the video of a child demonstrating the pure sounds for each of the letters of the alphabet. We have shared this before, but thought it might be of help for those parents of children who are newer to school.

Have a wonderful week to come everyone! 
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
Jo, Stacey, Nicola, Chelsea, Tracey and Elizabeth

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 18 June 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

The recent rain that caused so much flooding and damage to Mid and North Canterbury areas also had the potential to cause flooding in our Beckenham part of the world too. However, it would seem that the work that has been done over the past few years on improving the river has paid dividends. It was quite extraordinary to experience that much rainfall, and to see the Ōpāwaho stay largely within its banks around the loop. We at school were very grateful for that, as no doubt many local homeowners were too.
Some of our Year 5/6 students put together a 'thank you' video which has been sent to the Council...

Celebrating PRIDE week

This week has been PRIDE week in New Zealand Schools. It has been interesting seeing the growing interest in this conversation at a primary school level across New Zealand. I believe that this demonstrates our growing understanding of the critical importance of being inclusive and valuing diversity, rather than merely tolerating it, or worse, fearing or condemning it.

Celebrating Pride in Every School

Whakanuia te uenuku ki ia kura

Supporting rainbow young people and their whānau to have a sense of belonging in their schools and communities.

Thanks to Anne Chin and the Diversity group for the fabulous displays in the library to support Pride week.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 8:
Tue 22 Jun - Structured Literacy Parent Seminar (7-8pm)
Wed 23 Jun - Canterbury Cross Country (Halswell Quarry 9am-2pm)
Wed 23 Jun - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)
Thu 24 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Thu 24 Jun - Structured Literacy - Parent Seminar (9-10am)
Thu 24 Jun - Board of Trustee's meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm)
Fri 25 Jun - Celebration Assembly (12.00-12.30pm)
Fri 25 Jun - PTA Sausage Sizzle (1:20pm)

Week 9:
Mon 28 Jun
 - Winter Tournament (Hagley Park North)
Tue 29 Jun - Year 0-4 Cross Country Challenge (Hillview Christian School, 12-3pm)
Wed 30 Jun - Whānau Rōpū Hui and Hangi (5-7pm)
Thu 1 Jul - Postponement date for 0-4 Cross Country Challenge
Thu 1 Jul - South Zone Winter Sport

Week 10:
Thu 8 Jul - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 9 Jul - Celebration Assembly & Band Concert (11:50am -12:40pm)
Fri 9 Jul - Last Day of Term
Fri 9 Jul - Celebration Assembly & Band Concert (11:50am -12:40pm)
Fri 9 Jul - Last Day of Term

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Charlie Price - Year 6

Charlie, it is always heartening to see that you show the "We care' and "We get there together' values by giving help to others, often without being asked.  You are always in the right place at the right time and are a role model in this area. The effort you put into your learning shows a great desire to always be and do the best you can. Kia ora mo to mahi!

School Notices

Teachers Paid Union Meetings - Next Thursday 24th June

Next Thursday all of our teachers who are union members (almost 100%) will be attending one of two paid union meetings that are being held (conveniently for us) in our school hall. The first meeting is at 10am and the second will be at 2pm. This means that we have booked a number of relievers for that day to release the teachers for one of the two meetings.
As the meetings will also be attracting many teachers from other schools in the area, car-parking in the afternoon is likely to be very hard to find.  

Structured Literacy Parent evening

We are very pleased to have Caroline Morritt, our Resource Teacher of Literacy working in our school over the next two weeks.  Caroline is going to run parent sessions around Structured Literacy over this time.
Structured Literacy Parent sessions:
Tuesday 22 June - 7:00 – 8:00pm
Thursday 24 June - 9:00 – 10:00am

Access To Period Products Initiative

The access to period products initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all state schools and kura across New Zealand during 2021.

Access to period products is a necessity, not a luxury. The need to access period products exists for every young person who experiences menstruation including young women, girls, transgender, and gender diverse youth, in ways that meet diverse needs and cultural perspectives.

If you have a young person who is in Year 5/6 or Year 7/8 who experiences menstruation, we would appreciate you getting together with them and taking the time to complete this form.

More information to come.

Whānau Rōpū Hui and Hangi

We would like to welcome you to our first Whānau Rōpū hui of 2021. The hui will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th  June, in the Kōwhai Hub

Nau mai haere mai! Come along, get to know other tamariki and whānau, enjoy some kai, and get involved in this important aspect of our kura. Come to the staff room first and get a cup of tea to bring over to the Kōwhai hub if you would like.  The hui will coincide with Matariki, a time of renewal and celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. We are going to come together to connect, celebrate and learn. All welcome, for more information please click here.

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.

Guinea Pigs in the Library

Our furry friends were being well looked after in the library, by our kind and caring students. They were well educated on all things Minecraft - and provided with a little kai (food) too. 

Literacy Learning and Dyslexia

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” 

Ashraf Samsudin, spoke at the Sounds-Write Symposium in June 2021, delivering a webinar called 
‘Dyslexia, Working Memory and Literacy’. He discussed what dyslexia is, working memory and dyslexia, and simple strategies for effective literacy learning. 

Ashraf stressed that in order for a person with dyslexia to learn literacy effectively, there are certain criteria that need to be met in their reading and writing instruction. These include: 
-explicit and systematic instruction in phonemic awareness
-phonics instruction that is systematic and sequential
-oral reading that is supported with specific, consistent error correction and feedback to aid fluency
-repetition/ repeated exposure
-explicit instruction in vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling and writing

These areas are illustrated in Scarborough’s Rope (pictured on our science of reading page). 

Structured literacy is a term to describe evidence-based approaches to reading and writing instruction. Our structured literacy programme at Beckenham Te Kura ō Puroto, addresses the areas mentioned above, and is crucial for learners with dyslexia. This programme is also beneficial for all other literacy learners, as you can see on The Ladder of Reading infographic. Following a specific scope and sequence helps to ensure our tamariki don’t have gaps in their reading and spelling knowledge, and helps us create a solid foundation to continue to build upon.

We have had an exciting and busy structured literacy journey so far and are continuing to develop our skills and knowledge!

Mā tātou katoa te waka e hoe, we are all rowing this waka together.

Speaking 4 the Planet...

... is an art based competition for students to address sustainability issues creatively.
The live event was held last Friday at Tūranga.  The theme of Ecosystem Restoration was explored through prepared speeches. 
Zoe placed second and Cleo was highly commended in the Year 7/8 category. 

Otis placed second overall for his visual art submission in the Year 7/8 category.
The consideration and application of the theme was acknowledged in the success of these students. 

Staff Profiles

Congratulations to...

...the students from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto and their families who came out to Ilam to warm our hearts with their music on the 12th of June.
Samson N, Bonnie H and Lillie N played confidently on a big black grand piano. Tahere T played the guitar and sang.

Thank you to all the families for joining us and supporting the Modern school of Music concert. 
Regards Margot

PTA News

Mid Winter Breakfast

Thank you to the parents, teachers and the student council who helped out with the Mid Winter Breakfast this morning.

It was wonderful to see our Tamariki in their snuggly PJ's while enjoying a yummy warm bowl of porridge. 
We collected a huge amount of cans which have been donated to the Christchurch City Mission. 
Midwinter Breakfast! 

Sausage Sizzle

The PTA will be holding a sausage sizzle at lunchtime on Friday the 25th of June.

Sausages will be $2 – children who want a delicious hot sausage in bread for lunch can order and pay at the flagpole in the morning before school on that Friday.

Community Notices

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

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