Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Rāmere (Friday) 28 October 2022

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

We know that Diwali is a very important time of the year for a number of our families and we hope you have all enjoyed celebrating Diwali together this past week.

Upcoming works - Heathcote River Crossing - Footbridge closed

There is a section of major works beginning soon on Eastern Terrace (at the end of Malcolm Ave) which will affect pedestrian traffic from those that use the footbridge.

A new pipe is being installed underneath the Heathcote River, next to the footbridge at Malcolm Ave, and into Palatine Reserve. Palatine Reserve will also be closed for quite a long period of time, and the bridge will be closed over a 6-week period.

There will also be a section of Palatine Road closed just next to the bridge.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki (Principal)

Important Dates

Fri 4 Nov - Celebration Assembly (10 - 10.30am)
Fri 11 Nov - Canterbury Anniversary Day - (School Closed)
Thu 17 Nov - School finishing early at 1pm (Union meetings)
Thu 17 Nov - BOT Meeting (5.30 - 7.30pm - Rūma Kaimahi)
Fri 18 Nov - Celebration Assembly (10 - 10.30am)
Wed 23 Nov - PTA Meeting (7.30 - 9.30pm - Green Room)
Fri 25 Nov - Celebration Assembly (10 - 10.30am)
Fri 2 Dec - Celebration Assembly (10 - 10.30am)
Thu 8 Dec - BOT Meeting (5.30 - 7.50pm - Rūma Kaimahi)
Fri 9 Dec - Final Assembly (9.45 - 10.30am)
Thu 15 Dec - Last day of Term 4 - School closes at 12:30pm

Term Dates

Citizen of the Week

William Orchard - Year 6

William, you are a hard-working student who is always giving your best and taking care to take on board and practice new learning. You show empathy for others and ensure you are an upstander when necessary, thereby always showing our 'We Care' and We Get There Together' values. You notice and do things that need to be tidied or sorted out and this is such a good skill to have. Ka rawe, William.

School Notices

School Photos

School Photos are now available to purchase again on the photographer's website:

The Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto link was temporarily removed at midday yesterday, while the photographers increased the security of their website and our pictures.

Thank you to all parents who informed us of various issues with passwords and our photographs - this should all be working again now with the same password provided previously.

As we have lost 2 days and had quite a few queries in regards to the link being unavailable, the Photo order close-off is being extended until Sunday 30th October.

Last chance Calendar Art orders

Did you forget to get your Calendar Art orders before they closed at the end of last term?

The order portal has been reopened until 1 November.  This is your last chance.  

Each product is made from your own child’s art.
These make unique Christmas gifts for family and friends and are perfect for posting overseas.

Follow these instructions to place your order online:
  1. Go to

  2. Use the Entrance Code: KZ*….. (add in your entrance code from your welcome letter e.g. “KZ3452”)*

  3. Enter your child’s room & name
Payment can be made over the website via credit card or account2account.

Congratulations to...

Andrew Robertson, for receiving the Rātā Cub Award at Scouts.

Congratulations to...

 Fergus Macdonald and Christopher McCracken-Shannon for placing in the Speech Zone Finals Competition which took place on Thursday evening. They delivered their speeches beautifully. Congratulations to Fergus for placing 3rd for the Year 8s. 

Mana Ake


We still have some spaces available for Tuning into Kids and Triple P. Please see the attached flyer with parents. Triple P is offering a free online course for parents who would like to support their children who experience anxiety.

Helping whole families manage anxiety - Triple P Positive Parenting New Zealand (


Parents going to this site can be assured of finding up-to-date and quality information on wellbeing and parenting skills.


Unless your child is competing in the Zones, we now require all sports uniforms to be returned to school, please have these cleaned prior to returning.


Issue 7 is out now. Please click here to view the catalogue, or here to sign up and learn how to order.
In this Bumpre edition you will find:
  • Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas
  • The Best Books of 2022
  • Halloween Reads
  • Big Savings on Packs
  • $7 and Under Books, $3.50 Value Books and much more!
To make it easy to give the gift of reading this year, the LOOP Gift Function has automatically been turned on for this issue. Gift orders are intended to be given directly to the parents, not the child. 

Sports News

School Athletics Day

We were fortunate to wake up to a beautiful sunny day on Wednesday for our whole school athletics event. This day is a celebration of the learning that our tamariki have been participating in over the past few weeks, focusing on run, jump and throw. It's an opportunity for the children to challenge themselves, encourage others and come together in a day of shared experiences being outside and active. 

A huge thank you to all the staff for their planning and running of the day's events, to the adult helpers who made the event possible and to the crew of dedicated senior students who came to school early to turn Beckenham Park into an athletics arena. 

A personal highlight was seeing tuakana teina in action at the house relay. It was an exceptionally close race between Heathcote and Tennyson for a while, but Heathcote ultimately took the win. 
Jenny Diggle
Sports Coordinator

See below an awesome athletics day video made by Luka Aramowicz on our Media Team.

PTA News

We are well into this short last term and we have a few requests for help, please!!!

Uniform room

One of our dear PTA members is off on a new adventure so she can no longer work in the school uniform room. We would love a volunteer to open it one afternoon a week. This is about a 20-30 minute job and is an incredibly valuable service for our school. We are looking now so Jaana can train you up before she goes.

Please private message us on Facebook or email

Leavers Lunch

Every year the PTA coordinates a lunch after the Leavers assembly (14th December). Most of the PTA have leavers themselves and want to relax and enjoy the lunch this year. If you think you could help out by coordinating ordering the lunch or helping on the day to serve it, please let us know! 

Bike and Scooter racks

We would like to use some of the Outdoor Spaces funds that we hold by upgrading the scooter and bike stands. If you have particular knowledge about bike stands and how to fit the most bikes in a space we want to talk to you! Please contact us. 

As always, thanks for your continued support! 

Community Notices

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

From the Christchurch City Council:

Kia ora,

We’d like to hear what you think about Safe speed neighbourhoods.
We’re making it safer around all schools and surrounding neighbourhoods. Whether you’re visiting whanau and friends, letting tamariki walk, scoot or bike to school or driving to work and home again, you should be able to do it safely.

You can find out more about this plan and tell us what you think online, until Wednesday 30 November 2022. 

Talk to the team.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please email me, or give me a call on the numbers below. 
Ngā mihi,

Hannah Ballantyne
Engagement Advisor
Communications and Engagement  
03 941 8055 | 027 310 1546

Somerfield Playcentre Garage Sale

Saturday 29th October
9am - 12pm

Clothing | Toys | Books | Plants | 
Baking | Candy Floss | Bouncy Castle | 
Sausage Sizzle | Bric a Brac |

BYO bag. Cash only.

Koru Team News Term 4 Week 1

 Kia ora, e te whānau,

What a lovely first week back at school, following the holidays! The children, as always happens after a holiday break, have loved reconnecting with teachers and friends. We warmly welcome our new children and their whānau: Ana, Asher, Ava, Aya, Charlie, Ethan, Finn, Poppy and Rome. It's wonderful to have you all at school with us, and well done to all for settling so beautifully into school life. 

A very warm welcome also to our new children, and their whānau, who joined us towards the end of last term - Finley and Freddie. It is so lovely to have these children in the hub with us as well. They too have both settled in beautifully and our 'golden oldies' have been really amazing at making everyone feel very welcome.

Nut-free lunches, please:

A reminder that in the Koru team we are nut-free. We recognise that some children may have dietary requirements which mean that nuts do need to be included in some lunchboxes, however we do ask that, as far as possible, your children's lunchboxes remain nut-free. This also includes coconut. Many thanks for your support with this.

Our school-wide 'Word of the Week':

Your children may have discussed with you that each week at Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto, throughout the school we have a 'Word of the Week', which, in the Koru team, is embraced by one and all, and guides our Learning Through Play. Our 'Word of the Week' last week was 'upstander'. An upstander is 'a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person who may have been hurt by someone else.' An upstander is the opposite of a bystander.

Coming up, we have other such 'Words of the Week' as: honesty (which will be our focus throughout the week ahead), inclusion, respect, kindness, resilience, empathy, determination and cooperation. These concepts are so important for our wee ones, and we are always incredibly impressed with the way the children put these words into practice, as well as reflect on and discuss specific instances of their use.

Hats required:

Most children are remembering their hats each day, and are doing very well with looking after their hats when indoors. We are asking the children to keep their hats in their bags while they are inside. This way, the children should, in theory, always know where their hats are!

The week that was:

Don't you just love numbers?! Ready and awaiting their next number challenge!

On some days, the sandpit is definitely the place to be! Check out the collaborative and problem-solving skills on display in these photos.

Dolls for sale!

Practising for Athletics Day: the gumboot throw requires a fine combination of skill and style, as you will see in the photos that follow.

We look forward to seeing as many family members as possible at our Athletics Day on Wednesday. Please note that the Koru team children will be participating in their events from the start of the school day through to the morning tea break at 10:30 a.m. It's crucial that your children have sunblock applied before they arrive at school and that they have their hats and named water bottles. 

Please note that we have sunblock at school in the hubs, if, on any morning, you would like to apply more sunblock or perhaps have run out at home.

We do trust that you've all had a wonderful long weekend with your families, and we look forward to those wide smiles and sparkling eyes at school again in the morning.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,

Elizabeth, Georgia, Nicola, Tracey and Stacey

Kahikatea News Term 4 Week 1

Kia ora e te whānau,

We have had a wonderful start to Term 4! This blog contains a lot of important information about the next few weeks of Term 4.

Thank you for sending your child to school with a hat this week. We find it helpful for your child to keep their hat at school as this ensures that your child always has one!


We have launched straight back into our literacy and maths learning this week. Some children are with a different literacy group this term. At the conclusion of each term, we run a series of assessments to ensure that children are working at their correct instructional stage. It has been exciting to see the ongoing progress of our literacy learners!

If you have any Little Learners texts at home, please send them back to school. We are giving out one house point per book returned. 


Our maths focus for the first four weeks of this term is Time. We have started this with learning the days of the week (reading, writing, counting forward and back the days, and sequencing), and next week we move into learning about the months of the year and reading a calendar. We will also touch on telling the time on digital and analogue clocks in the coming weeks. Please feel free to have a chat with your child/ren about what they are learning, and reinforce this at home.


Please note that library days have changed for some. Emma and Katie's home groups go to the library on Tuesday, and Krystal and Megan's home groups go to the library on Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their library folder on their library day.


We are really looking forward to our school athletics day next Wednesday, the 26th of October. You are welcome to come along and support your child. We will be running our event from 11:00 until 11:50. You will find us in the park in front of the hall.
Here is the social story that we have shared with the children in preparation for the day.

Kahikatea Swimming

Swimming begins on Monday of Week 3. Tamariki will have nine sessions in total. The dates are as follows: 

Monday 31st October
Tuesday 1st November
Wednesday 2nd November
Thursday 3rd November
Friday 4th November
Monday 7th November
Tuesday 8th November
Wednesday 9th November
Thursday 10th November

Thank you so much to the parents who have offered to help. We now have enough helpers.

Please go through the following social story with your child to support us in setting them up for success...

Learning in action...

Here are some photos of what our tamariki have been up to this week:

Thank you for taking the time to read through this week's blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with your child's home group teacher.

Have a lovely long weekend!

Katie, Emma, Krystal, Megan, and Lisa

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto School Newsletter, Friday 21 October 2022

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to Term 4! 

We have another exciting term of learning planned. With the weather warming up, we are looking forward to Athletic Sports next Wednesday.

A reminder that school is closed this Monday the 24th as it is a public holiday.

Welcome to the team to Stacey Hart, who will be joining us as a Teaching Assistant. If you see Stacey around our kura please make her feel welcome!

Dogs in and around school grounds

A reminder that no dogs should be on the grounds during school hours, unless by prior arrangement. Please ensure ALL dogs are on a leash when dropping off and picking up children as some people are not comfortable around dogs, and this keeps everyone safe.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki (Principal)

Important Dates

Mon 24 Oct - Labour Day - (School Closed)
Tue 25 Oct - Netsafe Workshop for all whānau - St Martins School, 7pm
Wed 26 Oct - School Athletics Day (details below)
Fri 11 Nov - Canterbury Anniversary Day - (School Closed)
Thu 15 Dec - Last day of Term 4 - School closes at 12:30pm

Term Dates

Citizen of the Week

Vivienne Cross - Year 3

Vivienne, you are such a vibrant and bubbly personality in our hub. You tackle any situation with great positivity and you have a wonderful sense of humour. You are a role model learner, showing great focus on your learning tasks and you put every effort into doing the best that you can. You are also very inclusive, ready to welcome anyone into your fold. You are a star!

School Notices

Sunhats and Drink Bottle Reminder

This a reminder that Term 4 is a Sunsafe term. Time to find the sunhat!

Please ensure that you send your child to school with a named red or black sunhat (bucket or wide-brimmed) and a drink bottle every day during Term 4. 

Sports Uniforms

All sports uniforms that have been issued to students need to be returned, clean, as soon as possible. There is a labelled box "Returned Sports Uniforms" between the Office and Library that is accessible all day.

Do you, or your neighbours, have someone turning 5 next year?

We need to get all enrolments for 2023 in, ideally by the end of next week, so that we can ensure that we have been given enough staffing for the year from the Ministry of Education. We have the opportunity to apply for a review in early November, if we think we have been under-staffed.
PLEASE contact Jacky or Reihana in the office for an enrolment form, or download one from our website.

Keeping Young People Safe Online - Tuesday 25 October, 7pm

Te Kura O Hato Matini - St Martins Primary School are hosting a free event for all local parents and whānau about keeping young people safe online. Netsafe's Relationship & Education Advisor, Paula Wistrand, will be talking about the risks, challenges and opportunities of digital technology, and the practical ways we can all help young people to be safe online. The session will look at how parents and whānau can support and enable children and young people to navigate online opportunities, challenges and complexities. 

This will be a great chance to get educated on how we can keep our tamariki safe, and we would encourage you to consider attending.

Comedy Quiz Night 2022

Come and join us for a night of fun on Saturday, October 29th, while supporting Kauri Camp fundraising for 2023. 

Tickets are $10 per person. Form a team of  4-7 people. Delicious supper provided. Bring money for bar and raffle tickets. Doors open at 7pm with quiz starting at 7:30. This quiz will be hosted Jarred Skelton, our local and much loved comedian.

Grab a team and click here to book $10 tickets: (click this link to sign up - fill in this form only once per team)

Scholastic Lucky Book Club

Issue 7 is out now. Please click here to view the catalogue, or here to sign up and learn how to order.
In this Bumpre edition you will find:
  • Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas
  • The Best Books of 2022
  • Halloween Reads
  • Big Savings on Packs
  • $7 and Under Books, $3.50 Value Books and much more!
To make it easy to give the gift of reading this year, the LOOP Gift Function has automatically been turned on for this issue. Gift orders are intended to be given directly to the parents, not the child. 

Lunch Online


Term 4
Monday 17th October – Friday 9th December


Term 1
Monday 30th January – Thursday 6th April

Sports News

Congratulations to...

Levi Bunting, who in June of this year was selected to represent Canterbury in the South Island Halberg games. He attended training sessions from June through to September before competing in a 3 day sports festival against athletes representing Tasman, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland and West Coast.

Halberg Games is a three-day national sports festival open to young people aged 8-21 with a physical or visual impairment.

Bella Day and Lola Harris, who are pictured wearing their championship medals and holding the trophy. They represented Canterbury in the South Island Regional Basketball under 13 tournament last week where they won 7 from 7 games and beat a tough Otago team in the final to win the tournament.
Both girls had strong performances and it was an amazing way for them to finish their season off in style.

Luca Arthur, who competed in the Secondary Schools National Mountain Bike Championships over the holidays. This involved racing in three events: downhill, enduro, and cross country. Luca placed first in the downhill and enduro and sixth in the cross country, an outstanding achievement that resulted in Luca also taking the overall win. Tino pai, Luca!

Athletics Day

We are looking forward to our Whole School Athletics Celebration on Wednesday the 26th of October.  Years 5 to 8 will be out on Beckenham Park competing in field and track rotations all day. Years 0 - 4 will start the day with their usual school routine and join us on the park for their run, jump, and throw rotations throughout the day. 

Athletics learning is a key part of our PE curriculum across all teams. The children are being taught safe and effective techniques as well as perseverance, resilience and sportsmanship. Our whole school athletics day is a celebration of this learning. 
Koru and Ferndale - 9:00 to 10:30 
Kahikatea and Kōwhai - 11:00 to 12:30
Our athletics day concludes with sprint finals, starting at 2:00. Our whole school will come together to cheer on the runners. The final event is a House Relay, which doubles up as an adults versus children race. With years 0 - 8 participating in this relay, we are going to need your support to make up an adult team. Bring your running shoes!

Community Notices

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

Fair Go - Consumer Heroes competition

We’re looking for tamariki who have a vision to change something in Aotearoa – it could be a big idea for the whole planet or the whole country, or a little change making a difference to their local community.

They come up with the idea, write a couple of sentences about what the vision/change is and what they need help with, and send it off to us.

If we choose it, the Fair Go team will leap into action, visiting with our camera and reporter teams, and helping them make a video pitching their amazing idea which will of course, then feature on Fair Go.

And – the lucky creatives will score amazing prizes provided by Canon, to help them continue with their creative journeys.  

The website link below provides the relevant information (along with a helpful video).

Entries close on the 26th of October so they’ll only have a few days, and we don’t mind if the entries are a bit rough – as long as the key vision is there.

What we’re looking for is great ideas, a willingness to be on camera, and – of course – parental permission.

Port Hills Athletics Have a Go sessions

Have a Go is a community-based athletics programme for 4-11 year olds based on Run, Jump, Throw from Athletics New Zealand.

The sessions go from 5pm to 6.30pm starting Monday 31st October, and will run for 8 weeks in Term 4, 7 weeks in Term 1. 

Families are welcome to have a two-week trial before registering with the club. Registration is approx $80 for those under 6 years and $100 for those over 6 years.  No uniform is needed.

Please email if you have any questions

Looking forward to meeting you and your tamariki!

Biketober Event

St Martins Scout Spring Fair

The St Martins Scouts are holding a Spring Fair on Sunday 30 October 12-4pm.
This includes rock climbing, river crossing, kayaking and a car boot sale.

Support your local Athletics Club

Want to learn how to run, jump or throw? The skills you learn in athletics are the perfect foundation
for almost any sport.

Every student can give athletics a go. Your local athletics club is welcoming new members now and we encourage students to get involved and get active.

Contact details for all athletics clubs nationwide are available here and become a member.

Go Crew Events presents... Go Chef!

AKA: The Great Cupcake Challenge!

We’ve got a cool new brand called Go Crew Events and this is our first event!

The Great Cupcake Challenge will see teams of four rangatahi bake their own cupcakes, and then decorate them however they want. And then comes the fun part... eating them! 

All ingredients are supplied. And all teams will have the help and super-fun support of a ‘chief chef’ from the Go Crew.

Whether you like to bake alone or prefer to decorate with your mates, come along for an afternoon of fun with our Go Crew team!

Numbers are strictly limited.

This event is ideal for ages 10-13yrs. 

When: Saturday 29th October 
Where: Majestic House, 189 Durham Street South, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011 (plenty of parking onsite from Wilmer Street)
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $30 per ticket per person

NOTE: All our Go Crew team members are police checked
Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

We'd love to see you there!

If you have any questions, please feel free to message us directly:

Phone: 021 919427 or 021 915039

Applications NOW open for MindPlus in 2023!

One in 20 students are gifted, and they need specialist education support to unlock their talents and passions and to thrive as learners.

Applications are now open for MindPlus OurSchool in 2023.

MindPlus OurSchool brings Y2 - 8 gifted kids together one day a week at one of our 13 units across New Zealand. The application closing date is 28 October.

Applications are always open for MindPlus Online which Y2 - 10 students can access online from anywhere in New Zealand, at school or home.

Term 4 is a great time to talk with parents about options for their gifted kids in 2023. We have a webinar on 18 October from 7 to 8pm so parents and teachers can find out more about MindPlus in 2023.

Kōwhai News Term 4 Week 1

Kia ora e te whānau,

We had a lovely start to Term 4 this first week back. We hope you had a pleasant and relaxing holiday in the beautiful weather.


Now that summer is fast approaching, we need to make sure that we are SunSmart. Please make sure your child comes to school with a sunhat every day. If they don't wear a hat outside during break times, they will need to go to a designated area and stay in the shade.

SwimSafe Programme

We are excited to join the SwimSafe programme provided by Pioneer in weeks 3 and 4 this term (from 31st October to 10th November). It will run every day for these two weeks from 1pm to 3pm.

Please go through this social story with your child so that they know the expectations for when they go to Pioneer. It is also highly recommended that they practise getting changed at home to help the programme run smoothly.


Our tamariki have been practising and showing our school values wonderfully at athletics practice. The main event will be on Wednesday 26th October, starting at 11am, weather permitting. The postponement date is Friday 28th October. 

Please make sure your child has a named drink bottle, sunhat and spare change of clothes (if needed) on the day. 


We have been having fun with Discovery activities this week, including making corn flour slime, bug spotting, play dough and so on. 

Welcome Assembly

We had a whole school Welcome Assembly today. Nau mai, haere mai ki Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto. A warm welcome to our new students and whānau! :-)

We wish you a lovely long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui.

The Kōwhai team