Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 7

 In this post:

  • Film study in literacy
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Corsair Bay trip, Thursday, December 9th.
  • Leavers Assembly
  • Celebrations

Film study in literacy

Jenny, Megan and Caitlin's literacy groups will be starting a film study tomorrow where they will be taking an in-depth look at cinematography elements, themes and characterisation. The films include Home Alone, Lion, and Soul Surfer. Each student has voted on which film study they would like to be a part of and the groupings will be decided as per their interests and a need to balance group sizes. If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please email through and we are available to discuss. 

Relationships and Sexuality

We are currently in the midst of the 'growing and changing' subtopic of our relationships and sexuality learning. This topic covers changes at puberty, conception and the reproductive systems. The next topic, which we will get into later this week or next week, is around keeping safe. This includes looking at the consequences of sexual activity and contraception, cyber-bullying, pornography and seeking support.

Corsair Bay Trip

Next Thursday (Dec 9) we are off to Corsair Bay for a day of fun. Children need to come to school in uniform.  We leave school at 11am and will be back by 3pm. Children are to bring with them:

  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming togs (wetsuits are optional)
  • Towel
  • Jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch (children are welcome to arrange a shared lunch with friends if they would like to)
  • Picnic rug (optional)

Year 8 Leavers' Assembly

On Tuesday, December 14th we will be celebrating our Year 8s and their time at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto. This assembly will be live-streamed to whānau, starting at 11am. After the assembly, the PTA is putting on a lunch for our leavers.  Year 8s are to come to school in their tidiest clothes. School finishes for Year 8 after the luncheon. 


Last Friday at assembly we presented awards for art, music, ICT and Māori culture. Below are the citations for these awards. We also enjoyed listening to the ukelele group. Thanks to our media team who are capturing these presentations and performances on video so that they can be shared with whānau. 

Music: Luca Hume-McBeath

Luca, to watch you share your love of music with people around you, is to truly know you are in the presence of something special. Your ability to captivate your audience and create an atmosphere in which everyone can escape reality is second to none. It has been incredible to see your confidence in yourself grow as an artist and to watch you embrace the absolute rockstar that you are. Whether it’s a laid-back tune on the acoustic guitar, or belting out Nirvana on the electric guitar, the possibilities are endless for you and I can’t wait to see you continue to shine over the coming years. 

Art: Rosie Day and Otis Yeoman

Rosie, I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we were completely blown away by your Learn Create Share project this year. Through the design of your own comic book characters, you brought the book to life! Thank you for your contribution to our school community through your involvement in planning and designing our sports shed mural.  It is such a joy to see you evolving as an artist as you bring originality to your work through precise detail, intricacy and a sprinkling of beautiful colours. Continue to find beauty in the world around you as you inspire, explore and create. 

Otis, you are a talented artist. Whenever you have a pencil in your hand, your hand is driven to sketch and create. From realistic pencil portraits to comical characters, you apply observational skills and attention to detail to create awesome works of art. Your artwork has been published in Toi Toi and recognised in competitions. Most memorable of all is perhaps the Kobe Bryant portrait that was featured in Te Tai’s collaboration art piece for our last school fair. Your impromptu illustrations that accompany your group’s serial story each afternoon bring joy to many. 

ICT: Joshua Welch and Brooklyn Allan

Josh, it is so amazing to see you shine when it comes to using technology. You have willingly poured your time and effort into creating fantastic settings at our school which are enhanced by the use of ICT production. We loved watching you be so involved in our ShowQuest production and it was a highlight to see you in your element balancing the lights, volume and video; you were a superstar! You approach every task with a cool, calm and collected manner and your ability to problem-solve until everything is just right, is brilliant. 

Brooklyn, you are in your element when it comes to ICT. You reliably and efficiently set up the ICT systems for all manner of events. The number of times that you have come to the rescue and troubleshooted a problem that no one else could fix is far too many to quantify. Who can forget the NCEI meeting when the microphone wasn’t working. There was a hall full of adults but it was you who saved the day and got the technology working again. You were an integral part of our ShowQuest rehearsals and performances. Thank you for all your contributions to ICT at our kura. 

Te reo Māori: Jayda Taylor and Marcellus Scott


E kore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka. The kūmara doesn't speak of its own sweetness. It doesn't need to!

You are without a doubt a leader by example. Your movements are graceful and full of meaning. Your face is expressive. Your voice is sweet and strong. Your mahi poi is phenomenal and your pukana would melt metal, yet you still retain graciousness and dignity in your role as a  rangatira in our rōpū. You lead by example, without needing to call attention to all the talent you have. This humbleness - hūmarie -  gives you such mana within our group and beyond.

Mana is something you only hold through your whakapapa and in how others see you, and you, Jayda, have it in spades. 

You are te hā ā kore mā ā kui mā - the breath of your tupuna.

Poho kererū mātou katoa i a koe e hine.



Passionate, enthusiastic, and bursting with energy, ideas and joy in your mahi kapa haka, you have enjoyed your role as leader in Te Whānau Mahitahi this year. 

As a leader you have been able to inspire others in many ways. 

Your head is full of possibilities and you show the rōpū that contributing our ideas is important. 

You completely engage yourself in haka, waiata, mau rākau, mahi poi and everything we do, and demonstrate to others the value of taking risks and learning by doing. What an asset this is - both as an inspiration for others, and for you as a person and a lifelong learner. 

Because of you, the confidence of others has grown. What an amazing gift Marcellus.

Ko Tu-mata-whāura koe.

Haere tonu e tama! Hoea te waka.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 26 November 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Welcoming new staff for 2022

We are very excited to introduce four new teaching staff for 2022. In next week's newsletter we will share the teams for 2022.

Kia ora, I'm Krystal Hunt and I am excited to be joining the teaching team at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto in the new year. I have been teaching since 2013 and have recently moved to Christchurch from Australia with my family. I love helping all students reach their full potential. I can't wait to meet you all. 

Krystal Hunt

Kia ora - I'm Emma Hayes-Smith and I'm just finishing up my first year teaching up in Wellington at Houghton Valley School. I has a love for music, Te Reo Māori and literacy and a passion for learning new things. I'm originally from Christchurch and am looking forward to coming back to my hometown.

Emma Hayes-Smith

Kia ora koutou! I’m Georgia McKenna and will be a new teacher at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto in 2022. I am a qualified beginning teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) from the University of Canterbury. I was born and raised in Ōtautahi. I love the outdoors and sports, baking sweet treats, reading books, and going on adventures with my partner and our dog Rocky! I am so excited to begin this journey and be a part of an amazing school! I look forward to meeting you all! Stay safe and take care!  

Georgia McKenna

Tēnā koutou katoa. My name is Anna McNeill, I am a newly qualified teacher and am looking forward to commencing my career in 2022. I am very excited to be joining the teaching team at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto and becoming part of the school community. Ngā mihi nui.

Anna McNeill

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 1st Dec - BoT Meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm in the Staff Room)
Fri 3rd Dec
 - Book Character & Rainbow Diversity Day - Bring a gold coin

Thu 9th Dec - Corsair Bay Year 7/8
Thu 9th Dec, Fri 10th Dec, Mon 13th Dec, Tue 14th Dec  - Beckenham Cycle Safety
Tue 14 Dec - Year 8 Graduation (livestreamed event)
Wed 15th Dec - Last Day of School for 2021 - School Finishes at 12.30pm

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

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Citizen of the Week

Morgan Lee - Year 8

Morgan, the energy you bring to school everyday makes you a joy to be around! You set high expectations for yourself both in the classroom and out on the sports field giving everything 110%. You treat everyone around you with respect, kindness and you wear a smile in all that you do. Keep being you! 

School Notices

Mana Ake Drop Ins

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins”. Sessions are now on Tuesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 for parents, starting on November 2nd. 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 yj2ed. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Book Character & Rainbow Diversity Day! Friday 3rd December

Get excited because Student Council and Diversity Group are teaming up to bring you an exciting, new mufti day. Just like we did in term 1 when we did “Purple day and Lots Of Socks day’ we are combining our fundraising efforts to support the Child Cancer Foundation and Qtopia.

We are giving you the option of wearing the book character costume that you didn’t get to wear during lockdown, OR dressing up in something rainbow coloured to support the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate diversity. It is a fundraiser so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone could bring a gold coin donation. The day that this will be on is next Friday the 3rd of December.

Celebration Assembly & Intermediate Leadership Awards.

All of our ākonga (students) gathered together today and were able to celebrate each other in the nice early morning sun. We had performances from Te Whānau Kapa Haka, as well as The Strum, Strike Blow team and our Ukelele group.
Congratulations to all of our students who received awards today.
students in Te Whānau Mahi Tahi, acknowledging the recipients of the Māori Culture Awards through a haka

Special Contribution to Māori Culture

Janne Rowson ICT Award

O'Sullivan Cup for Excellence in Art

Kete Certificate recipients

PTA News

Weetbix Kids TRYathlon

The Weetbix TRYathlon is on (fingers crossed!) next year, Sunday 6th of March in the morning at Jellie Park. There will be a gazebo for the kids to hang out in and a BBQ cooking well deserved sausages on the day. It’ll be a great day family day out and something to look forward to for next year!

If you have a child aged 6 or older who is keen to get involved you can easily register them online at https://tryathlon.co.nz/locations/christchurch/ and join our school group by searching “Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto”.

Salami Fundraiser Collection

Please note that pick up is from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto at the following times:

Thursday 9th December 2021
  • 9.00 - 10.00am
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm
Friday 10th December 2021
  • 9.00 - 10.00am
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm
Thank you to our whānau who were able to place an order, your support is as always really appreciated!

Keep in touch with the PTA

To stay up to date with the PTA, please check out our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto PTA Facebook page, linked hereOr come along to one of our meetings - all welcome.
Meeting dates can be found in the weekly school newsletter, or on the school calendar - linked here.
These meetings are usually held on a Wednesday night 7.30-9.30pm.

The PTA bank account is 12-3148-0244558-00.

Community Notices

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

Christchurch South Lions Live Zoom Magic Show 2021

Today the World is a Very Different Place. You would normally come to Us - instead this year, we're bringing the Magic Show to Your House.

5 Great Magical Acts
45 minutes of Magical Fun for the Family
Fully Live and Interactive Zoom Performance
Join in to see Magic like you've never seen before.
Turn on Your Camera!
Bring a Deck of Cards!
Have a chance to be Part of the Magic!  

Tune in 10 minutes early to enjoy Pre-Show entertainment.

👇👇 Click the Link Below to Enter the Magic Show!  👇👇
Christchurch South Lions Club Live Zoom World Festival Of Magic
Sunday 12th December 2021 - 3:00 PM

Meeting ID: 912 4580 8383
Passcode: 622975

The Star of Christmas: 


This Christmas morning on Newstalk ZB – it’s The Star of Christmas singing competition… on The Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show! The grand prize? The opportunity to professionally record any Christmas song with Nathan King, judge from POPSTARS. You’ll be treated like a star – with return flights for two to Auckland (if you’re out of Auckland), hotel accommodation, and a music studio tour. If you can sing, and are under 13, email your audition singing a Christmas song to christmas@newstalkzb.co.nz or call 0800 843 864 before 13th December. Then tune into Newstalk ZB on Christmas morning from 6am to see if you’ve won! 

Edible Canterbury

Feed the future with fruit trees for schools, community groups and public spaces in Canterbury.

Christchurch Youth Council

Kōwhai News Week 6 Term 4

 Kia ora whānau, 

We have had a lovely week in Kōwhai this week. It is great to have the weather becoming nicer, so we can do more activities outside. 

It was fantastic to see so many caregivers at our Student Led Conferences. It feels like it has been a very long time since you were in the hub. We loved having you back in and being able to chat with you about your tamariki, the year they have had and any wonderings about next year. 

During Week 5, 6 and 7 the student leaders have been leading House Games on a Thursday at 12pm. It is a great opportunity for our tamariki to get together with their houses and play a variety of team games. 

Kapa Haka

Next week we will be filming our Kapa Haka performance to share with you. If your child is part of Kapa Haka please make sure they are wearing their correct red uniform top on Thursday. 

Here are some pictures of some of the activities we have been doing in the hub over the last few weeks. 

Have a lovely weekend.

The Kōwhai team 

Koru News Term 4 Week 5

Kia ora whanau, 

It is hard to believe it is already Week 5 of Term 4! We have had a very eventful couple of weeks and we love seeing the children bursting into school with big smiles, energy and enthusiasm. 

We are so proud that every child participated in the Junior Athletics Day recently. This involved competing in the sprints, the high jump, the gumboot throw and the bean bag toss. The children demonstrated eagerness, dedication and a wide variety of techniques! They were also incredibly calm and patient, as evidenced when there was an unexpected fire drill halfway through their events. 

Here, we have captured some of the action and some of those magical moments:

'Bears in the Night' and 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' have been the focus for shared reading this past week. The children have explored a range of vocabulary, including prepositions, e.g., The bears go out their window, down a tree, over a wall, under a bridge, around a lake, through the woods, and up a hill, where they are spooked by an owl. 

The children have enjoyed actively joining in with the stories and predicting what happens next. They have been practising retelling the story in their own words and then sequencing the events. 

During Learning Through Play, the focus has been obstacle courses and some children have represented parts of the bear stories and the vocabulary involved. It is wonderful to see the children taking risks with their ideas and working collaboratively on their creations. 

It is always an absolute joy to see our Koru children standing up in assembly with their Kete awards and their proud faces. It is lovely to hear that these awards are celebrated at home, too. 

Learning Conferences: 
Thank you to those of you who have already booked in for your child's Learning Conference for next Tuesday, 23rd November or Thursday, 25th November. We look forward to sharing and celebrating your child's efforts and achievements.

Over these final few weeks, the children will be introduced to their new learning spaces for 2022. We will be visiting the Kahikatea team teachers on several occasions for introductions and some little activities with the teachers.

We look forward to catching up with you all next week. 

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou, 

The Koru teachers: Elizabeth, Nicola, Tracey, Chelsea and Stacey. 

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 5

 In this post:

  • Coming up
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Top Team
  • Congratulations

Coming up:

We are down to the last three and a bit weeks of 2021 at school and it feels like the time is racing by! Here is a rundown on what lies ahead in the next few weeks.
Week 6:
  • Tuesday, Nov 23 and Thursday, Nov 25: Learning conferences. School will finish at 2pm on these days. See the school newsletter for details on booking a conference and after-school care.
Week 8:
  • Tuesday, Dec 7: the last technology session.
  • Thursday, Dec 9th: Corsair Bay trip. Many thanks to the parents who have signed up to help with this. If you would like to join us and have yet to fill in the form, click here.
Week 9:
  • Monday, December 13th: Year 8 pool and pizza party. Liz May has kindly offered us the use of their pool; we will send address details out the week before. This event runs from 4pm until 6pm.
  • Tuesday, Dec 14th: Year 8 Graduation. This year we will be live-streaming graduation as, due to Level 2 restrictions, parents sadly are unable to attend. Year 8s will finish school after lunch that will follow graduation.
  • Wednesday, December 15th will be the last morning for Year 1-7.
  • We are also organising two high school transition events for our Year 8s. Firstly, a 'high school hacks' session, with a group of Year 9s returning to share their advice. Near the end of the term, the 24/7 youth workers and a couple of ex-Beckenham seniors from Cashmere High will be hosting an afternoon of information and fun. 

Relationships and Sexuality:

Over the past two weeks we have been exploring relationships. Next week we finish this topic off and move on to 'growing and changing'. This topic includes discussing changes at puberty, the reproductive system and conception.

Top Team:

With so much canceled recently, due to Covid, it was exciting to be able to gather on the field to enjoy the fun and team spirit of Top Team. Many thanks to the parents and teens who helped with the running of this event. Check out the end of this post for photos and a movie.


Well done to our zone athletics team who competed last Monday at Hansen Park. See the newsletter for details about results and the exciting Year 7 relay race.

Over the past two Fridays, we have presented the literacy and drama Year 8 awards at our celebration assemblies. Below are the citations.

The Literacy Cup was jointly awarded to Fergus McMillian and Grace Howard. 

Fergus, any teacher who has ever taught you will know that wherever you are, there will undoubtedly be a book close at hand. There is being an avid reader and then there is being an avid reader to the Fergus Mcmillan degree. As a result, you have a deep understanding of what the reader needs and what makes writing effective. As a writer, you use your extensive vocabulary and creative mind to craft texts with the reader in mind. Your writing is deliberate, controlled and complex. I’m going to miss reading your stories next year. 

Grace, through your love of literature, you have acquired an extensive understanding of what it means to captivate an audience and what makes a truly successful writer. You have the ability to transport your reader to new worlds with your bank of rich vocabulary and your precise use of language features within your crafted texts. With these talents, you have been rewarded with incredible results, most notably through your participation in ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’ where you have been awarded with both silver and gold merits. Grace, you have a wonderfully sophisticated mind and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. 

The  Radcliffe Award for Special Contribution to Drama was jointly awarded to Syesha Mee and Jalori Mathias.

JJ, I have been so impressed with your leadership and maturity in helping lead your Theatre Sports team this year. You are so calm, cool and collected and have the patience of a saint. You have embraced your love for drama and music with your whole heart. You have sought opportunities outside of school to help you gain more skills with something you obviously love doing. You have the confidence and the drive to do great things JJ, so keep nurturing your ‘theatre wings’ and fly!

Syesha, you have been a committed member of Theatre Sports for two years. As a Year 7, you watched, learned all you could and developed your drama skills. As a Year 8, you helped lead a team, stayed 100% committed to our team and made all of us laugh with your offbeat characters. You always stepped up, Syesha, and because of that you will be an important part of any drama/theatre group that you are a part of in the future.  I will miss your leadership skills next year. Congratulations Syesha!