Trip to the Gardens and Museum tomorrow 10th June – Amber and Charlotte’s Groups

Kia ora Whānau, 

At this stage, Amber and Charlotte's groups will undertake the planned trip to the gardens and Museum tomorrow. 

Each child will need:

  • Good walking shoes  - sneakers or other covered shoes
  • A lunch with extra snacks (no lunch orders today)
  • A named drink bottle 
  • Their named school sweatshirt or jumper
  • Any medications - pls hand this to the teacher tomorrow morning

As it is Winter, please do dress children warmly and send jackets, hats and/or gloves if needed. 

Children need to be at school between 8.30 and 8.45 tomorrow

Parent helpers -  please meet in our hub theatre from 8.30 tomorrow. Briefing will begin at 8.40 sharp.

Many thanks, 

Amber and Charlotte

Photo Order Forms

Kia ora Everyone, the forms for the photo orders have been given out.  Please ensure that you complete the section at the top of the form that asks for your child's name, their hub and their teacher. The small photo that is on the form must be returned as well.  This has a unique code on it which identifies your student.
Photo order forms can be handed in at the office - there is a box on the front desk for them.
The closing date for handing the forms back in is Wednesday 16th June.  No late orders will be accepted.

Nga mihi

Koru News Term 2 Week 5

Kia ora whānau,

We have had another very busy fortnight, with the children engaging in a range of learning experiences. 

We have explored Space during our Learning Through Play, with the children building spacecraft using a variety of equipment including boxes and tubes. We also followed the Space theme in our Maths, as each child worked with a friend to make up groups of ten astronauts. Each time a group of ten astronauts was formed, they were then able to climb aboard the spacecraft, and some children were even able to make up ten groups of ten astronauts, all of whom were then able to leave the spacecraft, and enter the space station. The children practised their skip counting in tens, and also learnt a great deal about place value as they worked out the number of astronauts in their space craft and added on those who were still waiting to enter the space craft.

The children have also been introduced to a new Maths game called 'Move and Prove'. In this game, they are given a statement, which might or might not be true. Children have worked out that they need to:

  • think
  • decide
  • listen
  • talk
  • be able to say why they think what they think (we have used the words 'justify' and 'justification' when discussing the 'prove' part of the game).
This week we have been exploring Colour to support our Art Gallery excursion. We have used our shared writing time to think and write about particular colours in poetic ways, for example, 'We think black is like a moonless, starless night'. It's been lovely hearing and writing about the children's thoughts on different colours, and this will continue in the week ahead, as they think about the colours blue and green.

Many thanks once again to those parents who were able to lend their support when we visited the Art Gallery. Your help was absolutely invaluable, and we appreciated your presence very much indeed. We do hope you had fun. The children were buzzing with excitement, and it was lovely to hear from Bianca and her support team at the Gallery about how impressed they were with the children's behaviour, thinking and manners! Well done, children! We are very proud of you. Please ask your children to share some of their thinking about Ralph Hotere's art with you.

We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the past fortnight...

Our big buddies supporting us on a Friday afternoon

Beautiful concentration here!

Having a great time together in the Gallery classroom.

Very happy to be visiting the Art Gallery.

One excited boy with his Dad on the bus!

Love that focus.

Beautiful use of colour.

Showing 'We Care'.

More lovely focus.

We look forward to finishing our art works and displaying them at school.

Great concentration.

This is going to be wonderful when finished.

Gorgeous attention to detail here.

Great work here too.

Carefully taking the tape from the black background paper.

Practising writing our Heart Words.

Providing friends and teachers with a small concert performance.

Viewing and discussing one of Ralph's works, Black Phoenix.

One of Ralph's works on narrow corrugated iron.

Noticing the way the work changes as you move past it.

Listening carefully for sounds in words.

Showing 'We Care' about our learning.

Getting ready to slide the sounds together.

Just a reminder, everyone, that tomorrow, Tuesday, is a Staff Only Day here at school, so we hope that you are all having a wonderful long weekend, and look forward to seeing the children back at school on Wednesday.

Ngā mihi mahana,
Koru team teachers

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 4th June

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Please remember that Monday is a public holiday and Tuesday is a Staff Only Day. 
We hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing break.

2021 Family Accounts

We mentioned at the start of the year that we have switched over to a new Student Management System this year. This system will have a parent portal that you can log into and get a range of information through, which will ultimately include student progress and achievement information, notices, and your family account information. It has taken us a little bit longer than expected to get this ready for accounts, however, next week you will be sent information on how to log in to the portal and access your statement. 

Thank you to those people who have already set up a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly automatic payment - it is never too late to do this, and by far the most painless way of making your contribution to the school donation ($150 per student).

The school account number is: 12-3148-0131641-00
Please make sure to put your child/children's name and surname as reference.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 6:
Mon 7 Jun 
- Queens Birthday (School Closed)
Tue 8 Jun - Staff Only Day (School Closed)
Thu 10 Jun -
 South Zone Winter Sport (12 - 3)
Thu 10 Jun - Kahikatea City Excursion - Amber & Charlotte's Homegroups
Fri 11 Jun - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30)
Fri 11 Jun - School Discos (see below for times)

Week 7:
Wed 16 Jun - South Zone Basketball Tournament Yr 7/8
Thu 17 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Fri 18 Jun - PTA Mid-Winter Breakfast (7.30 - 9am)

Week 8:
Wed 23 Jun - Canterbury Cross Country (Halswell Quarry 9 - 2)
Wed 23 Jun - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm)
Thu 24 Jun - South Zone Winter Sport
Thu 24 Jun - Board of Trustee's meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm)
Fri 25 Jun - Celebration Assembly (12.00 - 12.30)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Ben Scallan - Year 7

Ben, you are such a highly engaged and responsible learner. You do this by asking questions, contributing ideas and knowledge and always focusing on your learning. Working cooperatively with others is another one of your strengths. No matter who you work with you engage positively and display a proactive attitude. Thank you for the awesome contribution you make to Kauri Whānau. Tu meke Ben!

House Points

We have started a new system of awarding House Points and more information about this will be in next week's newsletter.
The points are awarded across a fortnight and the winning house announced at Waiata each Friday fortnight. Today's winning house was... Tennyson! Congratulation Tennyson team!

School Notices


Looking for something fun to do with the kids these holidays? Look no further – BOSCO is the place to be! You don’t want to miss out on our exciting outings these holidays. We are off to the Airforce Museum, the movies to watch Hotel Transylvania 4, having some LEGO fun with House of bricks and we will also be going to the Winter Circus. Our on-site days will be filled with baking crafts, games and activities at BOSCO. We also have our favourite Wacky Wheels days back too. For bookings contact Juanita at or book online via Aimy Plus. For two weeks our holiday program will only be open for Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto families.

Cashmere High School Open Day - Important Info

The annual CHS Open Day is this coming Thursday - 10th June (from 4pm until 6.30pm).
There is currently very limited car park space available on site due to some major construction projects impeding on spaces previously used for staff and visitor parking.

It would be a HUGE help if families can allow an extra ten minutes to find a park on Barrington, Rose or surrounding streets as they may find a 'car park full' sign at the Barrington and Rose St CHS entrances this Thursday. 

PTA Disco - This coming Friday, 11 June!

It’s disco time! With thanks to the school seniors for their beautiful artwork, the details are on their poster. Bring gold coins for entry & snacks and don’t forget your drink bottle. See you at the disco!

Staff Profiles

PTA News

Community Notices

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

Time2Talk - Devices & Pornography

Christchurch South Intermediate School is hosting our next event “Devices & Pornography” on Wednesday 9th June @ 7pm. Venue: Christchurch South Intermediate School, 204 Selwyn Street, Spreydon. 

We know these conversations can be awkward, but the challenges are a reality for our young people and without courageous conversations, change doesn’t happen.

This is an awesome chance for parents to not just gain knowledge, but more importantly the skills to have great conversations and support their young people.   Please note this event is for parents/caregivers only. 

This is a free event.  Please register through this link.