Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Schoolwide Newsletter, Rāmere (Friday) 31 May 2024, Week 5

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

A reminder that school is closed this Monday the 3rd of June, King's Birthday.

Mid Year Report and Learning Conference Information

Reports are being published at the end of next week, 7 June, and will be available to view on HERO. Following this, Learning Conferences will be held in Week 7 on Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June. 

Conferences will start at 1.45pm on both days. To support the availability of staff for these conferences we ask for children to please be collected from school on both days at 1.30pm. Supervision will be available until 3pm for a small group of children. More information about this will come out to you via Hero next week. These conferences will be an important opportunity to connect with your child's teacher and learn more about your child's learning progress and achievement. Your child attends the Learning Conference with you.

Please book a Learning Conference for each of your children by clicking on this link and enter the code usvg6 and follow the instructions. 

If your child is in Steve Cooke's Home Group please book by clicking on this link and enter the code 6ab6s. Steve's conferences will operate slightly differently as he has a professional commitment to facilitate learning for teachers from other schools on those days.

We recommend not booking time slots back to back, in case meetings run over the allocated time.

If you need any assistance to book a conference, please contact Jacky in the office on 03 337 1404 or

Ngā mihi nui
Jo Smith - Tumuaki (Acting Principal)

Important Dates

(you can also find the Community Calendar on our website here)

Fri 31 May - Staff Only Day (kura/school closed)
Mon 3 Jun - King's Birthday (kura/school closed)
Fri 7 Jun - Celebration Assembly, 10:00 - 10:30am, in the Hall
Fri 7 Jun - School Disco (details below)
Tue 11 Jun - Learning Conferences
Wed 12 Jun - Learning Conferences
Fri 21 Jun - Celebration Assembly, 10:00 - 10:30am, in the Hall
Tue 25 Jun - Matariki Evening at Kura, 5.30-7pm
Wed 26 Jun - BoT Meeting, 5.30-7.30PM, Staff Room
Wed 26 Jun - PTA Meeting, 7.30-9.30PM, Green Room
Fri 28 Jun - Matariki (kura/school closed) 
Fri 5 Jul - Celebration Assembly, 10:00 - 10:30am, in the Hall 
Fri 5 Jul - Last day of Term 2

Mon 22 Jul - First day of Term 3

Term Dates: Click here to view  2024 term dates

Citizen of the Week (W4)

Caoimhe Ryan - Year 6

Caoimhe, we love your cheery greetings to the teachers each day, and you are always willing to lend a helping hand to your team. You have a love of learning that is an inspiration to others, and you're always determined to do your very best work. When you put your heart and mind to something, Caoimhe, you are unstoppable! Kei runga noa atu koe.

Citizen of the Week (W5)

Lewis Potter - Year 8

Lewis you are such an enthusiatic and focussed learner, you have a hunger and thirst for knowledge which translates across all curriculum areas. You are an excellent example of someone who pushes and challenges themselves constantly. You are an awesome role model and problem solver. We love having you in our Kauri team!

School Notices


Our school uniform has been designed so that many items are easy wear and available to be purchased at most clothing stores where cost and quality is your choice. We appreciate your support in ensuring tamariki are wearing the correct uniform items to school.

The full uniform can be found on our website, linked here.

Please would you also check the names on your child's jerseys as we have a few missing but named uniform items that may have accidentally been collected and taken to the wrong one home. 

Spare Uniform 

As we head into winter we are noticing the inevitable increase of muddy shoes and clothes as students come back from play and lunch, having played sports and games on the Park (or in the puddles!). If your child is coming home with very muddy or wet clothes, please consider supplying them with a spare pair of school shorts and a spare school top for them to change into once they finish their play. 

PTA School Disco (held in the School Hall)

We’re looking forward to the PTA School Disco taking place on Friday 7th of June in the School Hall... get your dancing shoes and a gold coin ready! The PTA will have chips and popcorn to buy. A named drink bottle of water is recommended.

N/E, Year 1 & 2     2:00-2:45PM
Year 3 & Year 4     4:00-4:45PM
Year 5 & Year 6     5:10-6:10PM
Year 7 & Year 8     6:30-7:30PM

Thank you Lilly-Ann for our awesome Disco posters!

Cyber Safety Information

As our tamariki spend more time online, it’s important parents and whānau help them stay safe. Now is a great time to talk to your tamariki about how we use the internet and digital technology safely.

Netsafe has created the Online Safety Parent Toolkit so parents and whānau have all the information they need to talk about online safety.

If you or anyone in your whānau needs support, or expert incident advice, you can contact Netsafe through the options below:
  • Email
  • Call toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723)
  • Online report at
  • Text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282

Book Character Dress Up Day

Book Character Dress Up Day last Friday marked the end of our Readathon. Book Character Day is highly anticipated and enjoyed right throughout the school, with staff and tamariki invited to dress up as their favourite book character. The costumes did not disappoint! 

Our colourful Kōwhai crayons!

PTA News

Thank you for getting involved in this year’s Readathon. It has been wonderful to see the tamariki proudly bringing back their forms and sponsorship. I hope some good reading habits have been embedded! We raised a grand total of $4557.30 which will help us towards our fundraising goals of supporting school bus trips and updating the kapa haka uniforms. Thank you to Paper Tree St Martins for helping out with the voucher draw. 

The PTA meet monthly and our next meeting is on Wednesday 26th June so if you think you would like to get involved in helping with fundraising and other fun events around the school then get in touch at

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto PTA

An insight into the PTA experience from the PTA Chairperson

"In 2016, when my daughter started school, I joined the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) with the aim of giving back to the school community that had been so warm and welcoming to our family. 

As a member of the PTA, I quickly became involved and was soon elected as the Chairperson of the organization. Working alongside a fabulous group of like-minded and passionate parents, we dedicated our time to volunteering and providing support to our school whānau. 

As the Chairperson, I led the PTA in developing and implementing initiatives that would benefit our school community, such as fundraising events, community programs. 

Through my involvement in the PTA, I gained a deeper appreciation for the importance of community involvement in education and the positive impact it can have on everyone involved."  Jason Orchard, PTA Chairperson

BOT Update

In Term 2 we are reviewing topics in the Employer Responsibility Policy section. If you would like to review these policies, and give feedback on the content or implementation, please follow the instructions below.
  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the username (beckenham) and password (pride).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Start your review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Follow the prompts to show that you've read the topic and enter your feedback if you'd like to comment.
  9. Agree to the privacy statement and click “Submit review”.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

This review closes on July 5th 2024, please get your feedback in before this date.

Community Notices

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

Andrea's Sewing, Alterations and Repairs

School Uniform Fittings and Alterations, Repairs
Full Suits and Formal Dresses Fittings and Alterations 
Enquiries Welcome 

My contact details are Ph 0274665646
I am located at 37 Mathers Road Hoon Hay 
My current hours are 8am till 5.30pm  Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.  (Closed Wednesday)

FREE Event for Students: Swimming Have-a-Go Carnival

Canterbury West Coast is excited to announce our second dedicated "Have-a-Go Carnival" event for 2024 on the 16th June at Taiora QEII Recreation & Sport Centre.

The event is open to any swimmer (of any age) who is not currently registered as a club or competitive swimmer with Swimming New Zealand and is capable of swimming 25m without assistance.

Participation is free, and registration is available on our website. Swimmers are welcome to swim in 25m, 50m, kick, and relay races!

Koru Team News: Term 2 Week 4

 Kia ora e te whānau,

We hope this finds you all well and managing to stay clear of the winter bugs which are starting to circulate. We'd like to officially welcome Callia and her family to Beckenham to Kura o Pūroto. Callia started school with us on Monday this week. A warm welcome also goes out to Ehsan who is going to be starting with us on Monday next week. Ehsan has a big sister in the Kōwhai team, so we welcome Ehsan's family back to the Koru team!

We've had a very busy couple of weeks since our last Blog post. Activities have included:

  • Pink Shirt Day last Friday (emphasising the value of 'kindness')
  • the school Cross Country on Tuesday last week
  • learning how to play charades
  • learning some new waiata and playing Te Reo (emotions) Bingo
  • Book Character Dress Up Day today...
  • ... and of course lots of lovely Learning Through Play, with 'Inclusion' and 'Kindness' being our Words of the Week, and therefore a big area of focus for us all.
Cross Country:
Leading up to the school Cross Country, the tamariki, with the help of their kaiako, set themselves goals, which day by day they worked hard to achieve. They talked about 'pacing themselves', stamina and doing their best to have enough energy to continue to the end of the run. The children all worked very hard towards achieving their daily goals and we feel very proud of the effort they all put in on the day.
Well done, children, and hopefully, families, you have all seen the Cross Country participation certificates which the children brought home this week.

Your children are doing so well in their Literacy learning. We just love the eager and excited attitude which they bring to their small group learning each day!
Please follow these links for information about what we are focusing on at Stages 1 and 2 in our Structured Literacy programme, and also learn about ways in which you are able to help at home, at each of these stages:

How can you help your child at home?

The emphasis in teaching spelling is to focus on the sound, as opposed to the letter name. Making the phoneme (sound) - grapheme (letter shape) connection is the first step in literacy learning.

Ensure that both you and your child are saying the ‘pure’ sound without an ‘uh’ sound on the end, for example, ‘lllll’ rather than ‘luh’. Please refer to this Youtube clip, The Sounds of New Zealand English, for more information on the sound that matches each of the letters.

Here are some ideas about ways you might use the letter cards at home with your child: 

Speed Sounds: use the cards as flash cards - your child can look at each letter card and say the sound it represents. See if your child can do this at speed.

I Spy’: You can play games such as ‘I Spy’, using the letter sound (not the name).

Stepping Stones: Place the cards on the floor with the letter facing up, as if they are stepping stones across the river. Explain to your child that they have to cross the ‘river’ without falling in the water. Your child steps on each card and says the corresponding sound.

Fish or Memory: You could make up a matching set of letter cards, and use both sets to play Fish or Memory together, by placing both sets of cards face down on the table or floor. Each player has to be able to say the sound, if they are to keep a matching pair of cards.

Writing the graphemes: you might make the letter sound and ask your child to write the matching grapheme (support your child as much as is needed with this activity)

Some of the above ideas can also be used with the heart words that your child either is, or will be, bringing home in their literacy folder.

Look out for more information about our Structured Literacy programme in future Blog posts.

...and now just a few more fun photos from the past fortnight!

Cyber Safety Information for Whānau:

Staying Safe Online...

As our tamariki spend more time online, it’s important parents and whānau help them stay safe. Now is a great time to talk to them about how we use the internet and digital technology.

Netsafe has created an Online Safety Parent Toolkit so parents, families and whānau have all the information they need to talk about online safety.

If you or anyone in your whānau needs support, you can contact Netsafe.

All You Need to Know About TikTok:

Tiktok is one of the fastest growing social media apps. It’s a platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos – and many young people love it! From new dance crazes to funny clips to animal videos, Tiktok can inspire creativity and bring joy.

But it’s important that parents and whānau help their tamariki navigate Tiktok safely. Today we’re sharing the Netsafe Tiktok Family Safety Toolkit so you can help guide your whānau to a fun and safe digital experience.

We wish you all the best for a lovely weekend, everyone, and we look forward to seeing all of those beautiful, wide smiles at school again on Monday.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,

Elizabeth, Stacey and Georgia

Kauri Whānau Update: Term 2, Week 4

In This Post

  • Wellbeing Week
  • Cyber Safety: TikTok
  • Cross Country
  • Getting Winter Ready: Ski Sale

Wellbeing Week: A Focus on Emotional Literacy and Social Skills

We're excited to announce our upcoming Wellbeing Week, dedicated to enhancing our students' emotional literacy, social coaching, collaborative problem-solving, and overall sense of connection.

Throughout the week, we will:
  • Emphasize Emotional Literacy: Helping children understand and express their emotions effectively.
  • Provide Social Coaching: Guiding students in building strong, positive relationships with their peers.
  • Encourage Collaborative Problem Solving: Teaching children to work together to find solutions and overcome challenges.
  • Reinforce Connection: Strengthening the bonds within our school community.
Additionally, we will review our routines and expectations to ensure a smooth and supportive environment in the hub.

If you have any questions about this, please contact your child's homegroup teacher in the first instance.

Cyber Safety: All You Need to Know About TikTok

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps. It’s a platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos – and many young people love it! From new dance crazes to funny clips to animal videos, TikTok can inspire creativity and bring joy.

But it’s important that parents and whānau help their tamariki navigate TikTok safely. Today we’re sharing the Netsafe Tiktok Family Safety Toolkit so you can help guide your whānau to a fun and safe digital experience.

Cross Country

On Tuesday afternoon last week we had our school cross country. Unlike last year, it was a lovely clear day, perfect for running. All of the Kauri students did well on the day, running hard and supporting others in turn.

On Wednesday, some students from both Kauri and Pohutukawa teams went to Zones at Hansen's Park. We will have a record number of students representing our kura at the Canterbury finals.

A massive thank you to Jenny for organising the school Cross Country and setting our students up for success at Zones.

Getting Winter Ready: Ski Sale

The following was spotted on Facebook in the last week and was passed on to us to share, as it would be great with the cold winter and our Ski Day coming up next term:

City Mission Op Shop
We’ve just received a huge donation of second hand ski gear from NZSki just in time for winter!
Jacket, pants & overalls in a range of sizes are just $5 each!
It’s chilly out there but thanks to NZSki we can keep you warm!
Available at of our City Mission Op Shops.

Kahikatea News Term 2 Week 4

 Tena Koutou Katoa, 

The cooler weather is now here and rainy days too! Thank you for naming rain jackets, coats, hats etc and checking in the hub to locate your child's belongings at the end of the day. Each home group has at least one large tub for school jerseys and jackets and we encourage children to check all of these if they have lost something. 

School Uniform 

Teachers have been reminding tamariki about the correct uniform items that they should be wearing to school. The following list is taken directly from our school website: 


Plain black culottes

Black and white gingham culottes

Black and white gingham dress

Black track pants

Black drill shorts

Red polar fleece jacket

Red polo shirt (long or short sleeved)

Red fleece sweatshirt

Plain red zip Merino top

School Footwear

Black school shoes

Plain white or dark runners

Black school sandal, preferably with a closed in toes

Black or white socks

Hair Accessories

Plain black/red headbands, ties, ribbons or clips.

Cyber Safety 

All You Need to Know About TikTok

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing social media apps. It’s a platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos – and many young people love it! From new dance crazes to funny clips to animal videos, TikTok can inspire creativity and bring joy.

But parents and whānau must help their tamariki navigate Tiktok safely. Today we’re sharing the Netsafe Tiktok Family Safety Toolkit Netsafe Tiktok Family Safety Toolkit so you can help guide your whānau to a fun and safe digital experience.

Pink Shirt Day & Learning Through Play

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 
Team Kahikatea 

Kōwhai News Term 2 Week 4

Kia ora Whānau, we have had another busy and fun fortnight in Kōwhai! 

Cross Country

We were so proud of all our tamariki with Cross Country! Not only did they give 100% to the event on the day, they also practised diligently each day for the fortnight before the event. Well done everyone!! Thank you to parents and whānau and friends who came out to support us, or who talked to their students and encouraged them prior to the event.


We have noticed a number of students wearing non-uniform clothing to school, such as hoodies, jackets, crocs etc. Please make sure your children are wearing correct uniform items and colours, as detailed here. Please also send children with shoes each day, and if they have gumboots for outside wear, then please still send shoes or slippers which they can wear in the hub. A number of children are also coming to school without a polar fleece or jacket. Please ensure they have both, so that they are well prepared if the weather changes.

Cybersafety - The HDCA for Parents and Whānau

The Harmful Digital Communications Act (or HDCA for short) is an act passed by the Government back in 2015

to help people dealing with serious or repeated harmful digital communications. It covers anything digital like text,

emails or social media content. The most useful thing for parents to understand about the HDCA is the way the 10

communication principles define what is good or bad behaviour online. If you’re ever concerned about your young

person (or you just want to brush up on your knowledge!) visit Netsafe’s Guide to the HDCA.

Learning about Recycling and Waste

Last week, each home group enjoyed a visit from the CCC Education Team, who taught us about recycling, compost and waste in Christchurch. We learnt about what goes in each coloured bin, how different materials are recycled and the benefits of recycling. The CCC Educators also told us about some of the amazing technology used in Christchurch's recycling plant and our city garbage and compost trucks, and that much of the gas emitted from our landfill is turned into electricity for the Council building and Art Gallery. How cool is that! Check out photos below, and you might like to play the Bin Good Game at home. Find out about what can go in the yellow recycling bin here.

Book Character Day

What an array of costumes we had today for Book Character Day! We had a lot of fun guessing the different characters as they arrived at school. Even the teachers and the teaching assistants got into the swing of things.

Have a great weekend!

From the Kōwhai team