Kauri Whānau Year 8 Photos

 Kia ora everyone,

It was lovely to hear so much positive feedback about our Leavers' Assembly yesterday. We are looking forward to getting the full video of the ceremony, including the songs that were cut during the live stream because of the youtube copywrite regulations. Once we have this, we will make it available to you.

Thanks to those who collected their yearbooks yesterday afternoon when they finally arrived. These can also be collected this morning. 

Below are some photos that were taken at the pool party and after the ceremony. If you would like a higher definition copy of one of the photos, please email Nicky.  We have also shared a folder on google drive with the children with many more photos. It is called 'leavers lunch 2021'. It would pay for the children to log in and access this before the end of the year when their accounts will be closed down. They can download these photos.

A huge thanks to the PTA for putting together a delicious lunch for our leavers'. The ice-cream sundae bar was a huge hit. Also thanks for setting up the photo frame; love those graphic design skills!

We have a table in the hub with some left-behinds. There are headphones, glasses, a leavers' certificate and a number of pencil cases. Collection today would be appreciated.

Safe and happy holidays everyone and all the best for a smooth start to high school. We always love seeing past students and they are welcome to drop by and visit next year, as levels allow.

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 9

In this post:

  • Reminders
  • Celebrations 
  • Photo Gallery

End of year reminders:

  • The Year 8 pool and pizza party is on Monday between 4 and 6pm. No money required. The best way to get there is to park on Dyers Pass Road by Cashmere Primary and walk through the school, down past the tennis courts. Liz will put a sign by the back gate. The street address is 79 Dyers Pass Road. They have a lovely outdoor pool and also access to the school playground. 
  • Year 8 arrive at school at the normal time on Tuesday, dressed in their best clothes.
  • Graduation assembly live stream details have been sent out via Hero.
  • Year 8 finish school after lunch on Tuesday.
  • Year 7 are planning to have a water fun activity on Wednesday morning, weather permitting, and will finish school at 12:30.


It was fabulous to present so many Gold Leadership Awards at last Friday's assembly. Congratulations to Ilia, Brooklyn, Fern, Sophie R, Zara B, Nevannah,  Frances, Olive, Syesha, Mac, Ollie, Te Paea, Mila, JJ and Otis.

Technology Awards:

Food technology: Te Paea Huntley
Hard Materials Technology: Rory Price
Fabric Technology: Mac Evans
Digitech: Zoë Clarke

Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award: Zoë Clarke

It has been said that “a good leader is one who takes a little more than their share of the blame and a little less than their share of the credit.” This philosophy reflects the poise, determination and sheer humility our young leader possesses. 

 It is with great joy, and pleasure that we announce Zoë Clarke, as our young leader of the year. 

Zoë, you have a natural ability to lead alongside your peers making others feel valued, and appreciated and this sees you gaining widespread respect without ever having to demand it. Your warmth, kindness and inclusiveness puts trust in people to look to you as their leader, and you graciously step into this role everytime with ease. When others are in need you are consistently there, whether it is providing encouragement, lending a hand or sharing your wisdom, our kura knows they can count on you.  It is a privilege to watch your vibrance filter through in all the extra opportunities you take on, and we have no doubt that you will thrive as you step forward into your high school journey.

Norman Kirk Memorial Prize for Citizenship - Molly Arnott

Nau mai te wero: Molly, you are not afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. You give 110% to all that you do whether that is running cross country, performing at ShowQuest or solving a tricky maths problem. 

Mā tātou katoa te waka e hoe: Molly, you are a fabulous team player. In sports teams, as a leadernclusi and as a learner you have proved time and time again that you can work effectively in any group dynamic. No matter who is in your team, you are inclusive and you have their back. 

He taonga te ako: Molly, you consistently push yourself to learn and grow. You know that learning can, at times, be difficult and that it can take time. You willingly put in the hard yards and reap the rewards. 

Nā mātou he rerekē te ao: Molly, you are proactive in being the change that you want to see in the world. One example of this is when you created a weekly newsletter during lockdown to entertain, inform and uplift your community.

Arohina te tangata me te taiou: Molly, you are warm-hearted, gracious and considerate. The support, encouragement and kindness you give is not exclusive to a few but generously extended to everyone. 

Year 8 Kete Awards

'We Love Learning': Nevannah Ashworth

Nevannah, you encompass everything it is to be a successful learner. Recognised not only by your teachers, but by a vast majority of your peers, you contribute to all class discussions, you give 110% effort to all tasks, and you are diligent in seeking and applying feedback. We proudly acknowledge your huge gains in literacy this year and applaud the time you spent at home furthering your progress through reading and writing. Tu meke Nevannah!

'We Love Challenge': Cooper Reddecliffe

Cooper, whether it’s out on the sports field, inside the classroom or up on stage performing, you rise to the occasion every time and do so with positivity, courage and determination. Praised by many around you and recognised as a fantastic role model, you consistently lead others and approach tasks confidently while remaining humble. You stand to make sport an inclusive environment for all genders and do so by challenging the norms and getting involved in anything and everything. Keep igniting the spark within and never lose your passion and drive. 

'We Make a Difference': Andi Green and Emily Buckley 

Andi, you are a committed, outgoing person who supports causes that you are passionate about. You have been an important part of our Kauri’s Diversity Group, showing commitment, compassion and acceptance of those around them. You made a difference by writing a powerful speech, educating others about how important it is to be who you are no matter what others think. Mahi whakamataku 

Emily, you are a bubbly, kind, inclusive person who seeks to make a positive change in the world around you. You are actively involved in many fundraising events held around the school, doing your part for those in need and celebrating these causes for change. You go above and beyond to ease the load of others around you by lending a hand, encouraging and doing everything with a smile.  Continue to find the spark in others, and the world will shine back on you.  

'We Get There Together': Thomas Zinzan

Thomas, you have such a welcoming and kind nature. No matter who is in your group, you treat them with respect and value their input. Leading alongside your peers is your style and this supports others to give their best. Your inclusivity is recognised by so many around you and they appreciate your fun-loving personality especially the way you approach tasks with a big smile and ‘go-getter’ attitude. 

'We Care': Te Paea Huntley

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua! Care for the land, care for the people, go forward!  Te Paea, this whakatauki perfectly describes your approach to life. You are such a kind-hearted soul, extending deep and genuine care to the environment and people around you. You keep Māori tikanga principles at the forefront of your mind. You are always polite, always personable and so positive. Always be you! 

Te Whānau Mahi Tahi Performance:

Photo Gallery:

Lots of fun was had last week as the children learned about how sports and equipment are adapated to meet the needs of people with disabilities. the had a blast playing wheelchair rugby.

We had the perfect day for our trip to Corsair Bay.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 10 December 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Reminder: School finishes for the year on Wed 15th December at 12:30pm

And just like that, we are at the end of the school year!

We Got There Together!

Mā tātou katoa te waka e hoe
We are all rowing this waka together

Thank you!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our school, our staff and our tamariki through this year. In a non-covid year, we would have had multiple occasions to publicly, and in person, thank people within usual school events, however, this hasn't been possible this year.

A huge thank-you to our Board of Trustees who have shown wise governance, care and support of me, our staff, our tamariki, our school and school community through this year. Ably led by Matthew Macdonald as Board Chair, our board members are: Lisa Taylor, Marcel Frei, Sampson Karst (Ngāi Tahu), Jude Clarke, Richard Scott, Suran Dickson, Nicole Forster and Anna Reid (staff trustee). 

To our PTA - Thank you! You have successfully navigated your way through another challenging year, supporting our staff, tamariki and community with your energy, pastoral care and fundraising. A special thanks to the co-chairs - Nicola Arnott and Jody Smith. We all appreciate the time, energy and creative enthusiasm that each member of the PTA brings in support of us all - thank you!

To all of our whānau - THANK YOU! This year has again provided many challenges in how we have had to rethink the ways that we physically engage with whānau and we appreciate that this may have been challenging and even frustrating at times. Thank you for continuing to drop off and pick up at the gates. Thank you for wearing masks every time you come onto the school grounds. Thank you for providing vaccine information, vehicle information, and being willing to do police checks when we have requested you to... for the safety of our children. Your support of us in following the health and safety guidelines we have been required to work under has been very much appreciated. Thank you for coming to talk with us when you have had a worry or concern, rather than letting it build up - we appreciate being able to work together to find solutions and move forward. Thank you for the support that many of you have given with trips, transport and with sharing your expertise and time with our staff and tamariki.
Next year will look different again, as we understand what operating under the Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Light system) will look like at school. We will provide clear communication in the new year about this before school starts. Like this year, we do anticipate that these guidelines will continue to change and evolve as the Covid situation in our community changes.

And finally, to our staff - Wow! It is such a privilege to work with you all.  To Sue and Jo - our Deputy Principals - you are our rocks and 'you rock'! Your patience, wisdom and leadership is appreciated each day by us all. To our Leadership Team - Nicky, Steve, Laura, Amber and Elizabeth - thank you for the warm, intuitive, steadfast and caring way you approach each new challenge; always looking for solutions and ways to improve and work forward together. To our amazing teachers, we appreciate each and every one of you and the care and energy you bring to your work each day to provide the best that you can for our tamariki. To our growing team of Teaching Assistants - thank you for the work that you do with our children who need the extra support, love and understanding that you are so willing to give in your small group and 1:1 interactions. To all of our relieving teachers this year, and there have been many - thank you for the way that you work to quickly understand how we work together at Beckenham, and fit so smoothly into each team that you have worked in. To our staff in the office and library - Jacky, Reihana, Rachel and Anne - you approach your work with care and warmth and this is evident in the patient way you approach each new challenge you are presented with. To Tony, our caretaker - thank you! The role you have is often a thankless one and we appreciate very much the support you give on a daily basis to both your general duties and the emergency requests that you are asked to fulfil. To our Ferndale colleagues - this year has been extra challenging as you have had to work in your own separate bubble since August - we value the strong professional relationship we share and the way that we continue to learn from one another. And to two special people who are contracted to our school - Dave from 24/7 Youth Work, and Whaea Cath our Kapa Haka tutor - we consider you part of our staff and really appreciate the wisdom, expertise and care of our tamariki that you bring to your mahi. 

To those of you who are leaving our school community - we wish you all the very best, wherever you are heading. To those of you returning next year, we look forward to seeing you again in 2022!
I wish each and every one of you a 'Meri Kirihimete' and I hope that you are able to enjoy some time with your whānau to relax and refresh over the summer holidays. 

Sandy Hastings
Tumuak - Principal

...and to finish with some fun and caring...

To finish our school year by demonstrating We Care for others and with some Christmas fun for ourselves, we encourage everyone (whānau, staff and tamariki) to wear Christmas accessories on Wednesday, our final morning of school for the year, in return for bringing a donation to our City Mission Christmas Foodbank Collection. We will have collection bins in the office every day this week, and at the flagpole on Wednesday at drop-off and pick up time.

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 13th Dec - Beckenham Cycle Safety Programme (Y6)
Tue 14th Dec
 - Beckenham Cycle Safety Programme (Y6)
Tue 14 Dec - Year 8 Graduation (live-streamed event - link will be resent via HERO on Monday to Year 8 whānau)
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

Layla McCallum - Year 6

Layla, what a positive person you are to be around!  It gives your teachers such pleasure to receive a cheery greeting from you every morning. This sets us up for a positive day. You love learning! You are always keen to contribute to discussions and you actively listen to others. You are an amazing friend and such a kind and caring person. Ka pai to mahi.

School Notices

Year 8 Graduation - Tuesday 11am

The link for this live-stream event will be reshared with Year 8 whānau via HERO on Monday. For the privacy of our tamariki, we are not able to share this link publicly. Year 8 whānau are welcome to share the link directly with friends and whānau, but are requested not to share the link on any public platforms.

Te Tuna Tāone / Urban Eel Group

Kia ora/hello we are the Te Tuna Tāone - Urban eel group and we take care of our river and the living things inside of it. We went around our neighbourhood putting blue eels (tuna) and fish (kokopu) next to stormwater drains. 

So, when walking around the Beckenham neighbourhood look out for drains with blue fish or eels around them. The blue fish remind us that the water that goes into those drains goes to the river so we need to keep these drains clean. You can find some of these stormwater drains on Sandwich Road and Eastern Terrace. These drains mean that if rubbish or dirty polluted water goes into our river it will become worse not only for us but for the living things inside of it like our eels and fish. You can help by picking up rubbish and putting it in the red bin.  Let's look after our river and our very special longfin tuna and pick up 5 pieces of rubbish every day!

Ngā mihi from Melissa and Izzy on behalf of the Urban eel/Te Tuna Tāone group

Gangsters! Cream pies!  Singing! Dancing! And Splurge guns...

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto ākonga, Aine Smyth is currently in rehearsals with Elmwood Players for the hilarious family musical BUGSY MALONE! 

Based on the hit 1976 film originally starring a preteen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster, and featuring a catchy, swinging score by the composer of The Muppet Movie. Two gangs, comprised completely of children, square off in a 1920s rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the "splurge" gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble! Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last chance that Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but that just isn't in the cards for our hero. Bugsy Malone is a classic musical comedy not to be missed.

Check out Aine on stage at Elmwood Auditorium over the Summer School Holidays in January.

Christchurch School of Music

Band Programme Music Lessons at your School
Does your child want to learn a musical instrument?  Did you know they can learn at school and play in a concert band from their first day? 
The CSM Outreach Band Programme combines individual lessons with ensemble playing right from the first note.  Being part of a band can provide students with skills that will last a lifetime.  As well as the wonderful musical benefits students will gain valuable social, physical and academic skills.  And most importantly, it’s fun! 

Students must be in year 5 or above and can choose from the following instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Percussion, French Horn.
Band Programme Fees
The Christchurch School of Music provides the Outreach Band Programme at your school. We work hard to keep the fees as affordable as possible. The fee for a standard 15 minute lesson per student in the band programme is $157.50/term or $630/year. Band is free to all students learning in the Outreach Band Programme. If you have a Community Services Card you may be eligible for a 50% discount on the base year’s fees. 

Students start in the Training Band, then move onto Concert Band and can then be invited to join Youth Band or Jazz Band.  Click to check out some of our level 2 performances. To enrol, click here to go to the enrolment form.

For more information contact Jody at outreachband@csm.org.nz

60 Ferry Road, Christchurch 8011
P (03) 366 1711

Dental Care during the School Holidays   

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays.  The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.   To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays (closed between 25th December and 10th January).  If your child requires dental care during the time we are closed contact your family dentist.
The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

·         Hillmorton Clinic, Sylvan Street, Christchurch – from Monday 10th January

·         Aranui Clinic, 240 Breezes Road, Aranui – on 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th January

·         Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby - from Monday 10th January

·         Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru – from Monday 10th January

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children.  If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.

To book an appointment at one of our clinics please:       

Call 0800 846 983

Community Notices

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

Our Hauora

Our Hauora have two programmes coming up this summer for tamariki:
- Hauora Heroes Holiday Adventure - 20th, 21st December 
- Hauora Heroes Summer Adventure 17th - 21st January 

These programmes are founded on building resilience and confidence. Activities include mindfulness, learning about emotions and self regulation, creativity, connection games, cooking/baking and outside movement. 

Feel free to check out our website www.ourhauora.nz for more information or email Ella ella@ourhauora.nz 

Christmas Around the World

Find out how Christmas Traditions and how Christmas is celebrated in lots of different countries and cultures around the world!

Risingholme’s Adult and Community Education - Courses for 2022

Are you a face-to-face learner? Make 2022 your year to learn something new with Risingholme.

Risingholme offer affordable and easily accessible evening, weekend, and daytime short courses with experienced tutors in a friendly environment.

Re-igniting what makes you tick through new skills reduces boredom, makes life more interesting, and can even open future opportunities. Whether you’re looking to learn new skills for enjoyment or employment - Skill development helps our interpersonal skills, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership, reflection, adaptability and much more. With over 76 years of experience delivering adult community education and activities throughout Ōtautahi at multiple locations – Risingholme has got your back!

Every year, Risingholme offer over 320 courses. There are the regular programmes of art, craft, woodwork, music and educational courses at Risingholme, and we always considering new course ideas and adding to the ‘New and Interesting’ section of the website. Some of the courses include:

Arts and Crafts in a variety of mediums including drawing, sketching, wood sculpture, printmaking, watercolours, acrylics, crochet, and upholstery.

Digital Skills
Advanced Photoshop and DSLR photography for all levels.

Exercise, Wellbeing & Health
For those wanting to improve their health, check out yoga, reiki, compassionate communication, mindfulness, mindset and zentangle.

Plus many more course categories.

Risingholme courses are open to everyone age 16+ who are not currently at school, regardless of educational background – it’s never too late to learn something new.

Check out the amazing variety of face-to-face courses on offer at Risingholme in 2022 and commence the week starting Tuesday 8 February 2022, enrol today to save your spot.

Full details available are on www.risingholme.org.nz

Risingholme office at 22 Cholmondeley Ave, Opawa

Phone 03 332 7359 |Email  info@risingholme.org.nz
  • 2022 Course Brochures will be available from the CCC public libraries over summer.
  • There is the possibility of financial support for WINZ clients through support the Course Participation Assistance scheme, which is financial help towards the costs of attending a short-term training course or programme. Check in with your WINZ case manager about your eligibility.
  • Christmas Gift Course Vouchers are also available.

Coding NZ

Exciting news! Coding NZ is offering a free 1 hour tutored holiday coding activity for students in years 6 to 13. Check out codingnz.com


CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-12 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems, presenting & collaboration. Create games, apps. 

Venue: Waimairi School, Bryndwr
Dates: 10th – 14th January, 
17th – 21st January

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 8

We are nearly there! Only a few days to go. Please read the important details below. In this post:

  • Corsair Bay trip.
  • Year 8 pool and pizza party
  • Leaver's assembly
  • Year 7 final day and classes for 2022

Corsair Bay:

At the end of this post, there is a social story that we shared with the children today. It would be good to review this at home.

For this trip to Corsair Bay tomorrow (Thursday) your child needs:

  • to wear school uniform
  • sunhat
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle and lunch (they can arrange a shared lunch with friends, and this would need to be nut free)
  • mask for on the bus
  • togs and towel (best to wear togs under their uniform)
  • a warm jacket
  • optional: wetsuit, book, game (non-electronic), drawing book, sunglasses
Phones will be left at school. We will be leaving school at 11am and will be back by 3pm. 

Year 8 Pool and Pizza Party

On Monday Dec 13th we are hosting a pool and pizza party for our Year 8s. This will be held at Liz May's home in Cashmere. The best way to get there is to park on Dyers Pass Road by Cashmere Primary and walk through the school, down past the tennis courts. Liz will put a sign by the back gate. The street address is 79 Dyers Pass Road. They have a lovely outdoor pool and also access to the school playground. Drop off is at 4pm and pick up at 6pm sharp.

Leavers' assembly - check Hero for details.

Last day for Year 7

The Year 7s finish for the year at 12:40 on Wednesday, Dec 15th. That morning they will find out their classes for 2022. We have had a bit of a shuffle around and many will find that they are with a new home-group teacher and with a different group of children. Much thought has gone into putting groups together so that the children have at least one person they relate well with and that the combinations are as harmonious as possible. Throughout the week there are many times when the children work with different teachers and combinations of other children: maths, literacy, passions, technology, etc. We have been talking about embracing change positively at school and would appreciate you also setting your child up for success. 

We also plan to have some water play that morning, with a slip and slide and water fight. Togs, sunscreen and a water propelling device (drink bottles are great) would be the order of the day.

Latest News From the Koru Team

Kia ora whanau, 
Here we are in Week 8, and the last two and a bit weeks have been just full to bursting with fun and exciting events. 

Kete Certificates

We love seeing our tamariki being celebrated at assembly for their successes with our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto values. In these past two weeks, kete certificates for our Beckenham Te Kura values of We Love Learning, We Make a Difference and We Get There Together have been awarded. Congratulations, and well done to our wonderful tamariki on their achievements!


Our Latest Newbie
A great, big Beckenham Te Kura welcome to Maya, who is our latest new member of the Koru hub. Maya is settling in well and quickly making new friends in her home group.

A Very Special Visitor

On Thursday, we were treated to a very special visit in the form of a cute and very sociable 3 month old Miniature Schnauzer puppy named Biscuit. She was so very cute and well-behaved, showing off her ability to sit, stand and drop on command. What a very clever puppy! The children were super excited before her visit and brainstormed a list of many very interesting and clever questions to ask her owner, Jan. This is just a tiny selection of the questions they prepared for Jan:

  • How fast can she run?
  • Does Biscuit like biscuits?
  • Can Biscuit shake hands?

Book Character Day

Last Friday, 3rd December, was our gold coin dress-up day. Children chose to dress as their favourite book character, or dress in colours of the rainbow to support LGBT and diversity. We were totally blown away by the range of fabulous and creative costumes. 


Learning Through Play 

Our learning focus has been on the warm and sunny season of Summer, (although the weather has other ideas). The children have been taking advantage of the warmer weather to include some outside play alongside other Learning Through Play activities indoors.

We have been reading lots of stories and sharing ideas together about the many fun and enjoyable activities we can enjoy in the summertime. Camping and toasting marshmallows, building sandcastles at the beach, eating ice-creams and picnics in the park are just a very few of the popular things our children love to do!  
Being SunSafe and Sunsmart is also super important at this time.
Follow this link Sunsmart-Level 1 sponsored by the Cancer Foundation, to find some fun and informative videos you can watch with your tamariki in order to encourage them to stay safe in the sun this summer. Remember to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat to stay safe when playing out in the summer sun.

Structured Literacy 

The children just love literacy times and enjoy showing the results of their awesome efforts and fantastic progress.

Teddy Bears' Picnic - Next week, Monday 13th December, the children are invited to bring a Teddy from home for our end of year Koru celebration. From 1.30pm, the Koru tamariki will be heading out to the big field for a picnic lunch and some fun activities with their Teddy Bear friends. Please note this change of date, as the weather isn't looking so flash for tomorrow, which was our original date.

Learning conferences.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the families who booked a time to come and have a chat with us at our recent learning conferences. These learning conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to have valuable conversations about the rich learning journey, and next steps, for our tamariki.

A short reminder
Please send a named bag to school with your child tomorrow. It will be very useful for your tamariki to be able to take home items belonging to them, such Literacy and Numeracy books. Any unused pages in these books may be useful at school next year, or they could be great be for some fun activities and writing practice at home over the school holidays.

We're looking forward to some fun final days of the school year! Thank you for all your support on the home front. We really appreciate this.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
The Koru teachers: Tracey, Nicola, Chelsea, Elizabeth and Stacey