Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter August 23rd 2019

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Kia ora koutou


We are thrilled to hear that Beckenham students were awarded two of the four Leadership Scholarships on offer at Cashmere High School for 2020. Congratulations to Ben Evans and Lucy Gray. They are automatically members of the Student Council at Cashmere for 2020 as part of this award, and we wish them all the very best with their leadership journeys.

Calendar Art 

This has been our Visual Arts focus across the school for the first four weeks of this term. This is now being completed and collected in, and the PTA will be sending you information about how to order in the next newsletter.

Physical Wellbeing - Nits/head lice and Gastro Bugs are rife!

PLEASE check your children's hair for nits (eggs) and louse (head lice bugs) weekly, and actively treat them to get rid of both eggs and bugs. We have reported cases across all hubs and these will only disappear if EVERYONE is vigilant and treats them regularly. Please do not be offended if we call you and ask you to come and collect your child if we notice that they have nits - we need to try and stop them being spread from person to person.

Gastro Bugs

We have a number of staff and students currently away sick with a vomiting/gastro bug. PLEASE keep your child at home for 48 hours after the last vomiting (or diarrhea) event to prevent the spread of this bug. 

Swimming programme Review - Kahikatea and Kōwhai teams

We are keen to review the way that we deliver aquatic education for our children. We have had some helpful feedback via email from a small number of parents and we would like to invite those who haven't emailed, to give feedback through this short survey. This survey will close on Monday 2nd September at 3pm.

We would also like to invite all Year 1-4 whānau to a meeting in the staffroom on Tuesday, 3rd September from 2:15pm - 3:00pm to discuss aquatic education options going forward.

Keeping Ourselves Safe

Keeping Ourselves Safe [KOS] consists of a comprehensive range of child protection lessons and resources to help students learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. 

At Beckenham, all our teams will be working with this material as part of our Health curriculum this term. 

Constable Ross Mitchell supports our staff with the implementation of this programme and he will be in the school running a whānau information session on Wednesday, 28th August from 2:15-3:00pm.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Wed 28 Aug - 2:15pm - 3pm - Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Session
Wed 28 Aug - PTA Meeting.  7:30pm
Thu 29 Aug - "Strum, Strike, Blow" at Horncastle Arena
Fri 30 Aug - Book Character MUFTI Day - only a week to go!
Fri 30 Aug - Celebration Assembly.  11 - 11:30am
Tue 3 Sept - 2:15 - 3:00pm - Year 1-4 Swimming programme review meeting
Tue 3 Sep - 5pm - 6pm - Outdoor Spaces Team sharing the Big Play Space Proposal (staffroom)
Fri 6 Sep - Kauri Ski Trip
Wed 11 Sep - 5:30-7:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting, Ferndale Satellite Unit. All welcome
Thu 12 Sep - Cultural Festival, Horncastle Arena
Mon 16 Sep - Whānau Rōpū Hui

Term Dates

Click here to view 2019 and 2020 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Bobby Macdonald - Year 3

Bobby, your inquisitive mind and positive attitude makes you a role model in our hub. We appreciate and value the thoughtful contributions you make to our discussions. These contributions often reflect your extensive knowledge about many topics. You are an active learner who participates in all learning and you always put in your best effort. We love your kind, caring and thoughtful nature and this sees you surrounded by many friends in our hub. Teno pai, Bobby.

Ruby Lovelock - Year 8

Ruby, you are such a mature and reliable member of the Kauri Whānau. You take your leadership responsibilities very seriously and can always be relied on to get jobs done without any reminder and with a cheerful attitude. You show great empathy for those around you and are always there for those who need you. Thank you for being such a fabulous leadership role model. Ka pai, Ruby!

School Notices

Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival - tickets now on sale

Beckenham Te Kura o Puroto Year 5/6 choir will be performing on the evening of Thursday 7th November. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketek. This year marks 80 years since the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival began. Titled ‘You’re the Voice’, this year’s programme features songs from the past eight decades of the festival, as well as some new ones. Some parents or grandparents may remember singing some of the songs themselves as children in the massed or representative choirs during their youth! This year is also the first year that the festival will be held in the Town Hall since the earthquakes. We encourage you to get hold of your tickets asap, as the Town Hall has limited seats in comparison to our previous venue, Horncastle Arena.

Sharing our cultures - India

We have many wonderful cultures represented at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto. This term, we will be sharing and celebrating our cultures at Celebration assemblies. Last week, Tiya, Ishaan and Sachit shared about India. They taught us how to say 'Namaste' (Hello), what the flag looks like and shared interesting facts. Did you know that India makes the most movies in the world, and is the second most populated country in the world? They also shared some of their family pictures. 

Public Health Nursing Service

What can the Public Health Nursing Service offer you and your family?
The public health nursing service is a team of registered nurses who can:
  • Meet with you at home/school/workplace/café to talk about how to manage health problems in a way that suits your family, and work alongside with you, your child and the school. Deliver School Based Vaccination Programmes.
  • Attend health appointments with you and your child to support you to ask questions and have your questions answered.
  • Support teachers to manage your child’s health issue during the school day by providing advice and care plans.
  • Access further support with your consent, for example for parenting/budgeting/mental health, and follow through to make sure that you have the support that you want.
The public health nurses are very happy to be contacted, and parents can self-refer for support with any health problem. Referral Forms can be found at

Anna Marshall (RCpN, PHN)– Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse for Waltham School, Opawa School, Rudolf Steiner School, St Marks School, St Martins School, St Peters School, Beckenham School, Hillview Christian School.
Ph: 0274336529 E.

Outdoor Spaces

Update and invitation to hear about the proposed plans...

The Outdoor Spaces team have been charged with bringing together feedback and giving input into the ongoing design of our outdoor spaces. The first project they worked on, and have completed, was the Pūkaki Play Space. This is already being well utilised and enjoyed by our children.
The second project was the planting of heritage apple trees to make a small orchard on site. This has almost been completed and Paulette and the children in the Kōwhai team have been the 'activators' for this project, down the western side of the Tahaki building, on the way to BOSCO.

The third, and biggest stage, is the development of the large space in front of Kopua (Administration Building). Being a large space, it has taken lots of thought and planning, and it has been contingent on getting surrounding drainage and asphalt issues worked through, the last of which happened in the July holidays.

You are invited to come and hear the Outdoor Spaces team talk about the proposed plan, on Tuesday 3 September from 5-6pm in the staffroom.

Sports News

The Canterbury Schools orienteering competition taking place on the weekend of 14th and 15th September 2019.  All students are welcome to enter - no previous experience is required. Children can compete in pairs if they wish. Cost is $12 per child per day.  You can enter one day or both days.
  • Day 1 Sprint | Saturday 14 September 2019 | Old Avonside Girls High & Red Zone | Starts from 12:30pm
  • Day 2 Long | Sunday 15 September 2019 | Spencer Park | Starts from 10am

If you are interested in being part of the Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Team please email Sarah Wright with your name, year group, previous experience and the days you would like to enter, by Thursday 29 August. Parents will need to be responsible for transporting their own children to the event and supervising their children.
See the Peninsular and Plains Orienteering website for further details.

Ski Race Team

Congratulations to our Ski Race Team who competed at Mt Hutt last weekend. The team won third place and Winni won an individual second place.

Winter Sport Players of the Day for Week 3

Football: Jesse, Henry, Oliver, Cleo, Sachit
Hockey: Lucky, Ilia
Netball: Lily, Imedha, Helena, Charlotte

Board Chat - August 

The Board of Trustees would like to first of all thank the entire school community for a fantastic response to the voting for BoT representatives. This was well above the average voter response across Canterbury schools, and goes to show just how active and engaged our whānau community are with our school. 

We would also like to thank our outgoing board members and welcome our 4 new board members: Carmel Wade, Marcel Frei, Lisa Taylor and Jules May. Over the next few newsletters we will endeavour to give you a profile of each of the board members – so you can get to know us all better.

This term has seen the opening of the Pukaki play space. As well as thanking all of the whānau who helped with working bees, as a Board we wanted to say a very big thank you to the PTA, for all the hard work and contributions they have put into enabling this ongoing project. We are certainly looking forward to the next stage of work, and we encourage anyone who is interested to attend the information evening on the 3rd September.

School Donations – Thank you to all those families that have already paid the donation. It is this support that enables the school to provide all the extra activities we believe are important to ensure a holistic education for all our students: trips, camps, swimming, etc, throughout the year. 
Did you know that your school donations are tax-deductible? You can find more information at the IRD website.

Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees.

Mana Ake news 

Mana Ake "Drop-Ins" are continuing...

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on alternate Wednesday mornings (28/08, ) from 8:30 – 9:30am. 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 ku2j6. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

PTA News

Scrumptious Cheese Rolls 

Thank you to all those who ordered cheese rolls, chopped onions & helped make cheese rolls. Over 5000 cheese rolls were made!! We now have leftover frozen stock that will be sold at the Beckenham Booty Car Boot Sales till we sell out. So if you have devoured your order & need more, come along this Sunday between 9-11am to restock.


Another fabulous session this Wednesday-next session will be Wednesday 18th September. Bookings will open soon, check PTA Facebook page for updates.

Read-a-thon 2019

Your child’s Read-a-thon sponsorship card would have come home last Friday-check those bags for the sponsorship cards. If your child still has not received their card, please contact their teacher.

Their reading journey will end on Friday 30th August & we will celebrate with a ‘Book Character Day’ - so come dressed to school in your favourite book character.

Enjoy your book/books of choice and remember Dr Seuss' wise words, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Beckenham Booty

Only 1 space left at the Car Boot Sale this Sunday 25th August, 9-11am.

It is your last opportunity to book at the special “Winter” rate of $15 (normally $25) Book Now at the following link: Beckenham Booty booking

We have Happy Hounds, Cat Rescue, fundraising for Salvation Army, Chooze2Re-uze Sniff-eze Handkerchiefs, Muslin Wipes, Re-usable Bags, We Care range & of course the Scrumptious Cheese Rolls. Come along this Sunday & Re-cycle, Re-use and Re-wear.

Back in 1969 Quiz: Saturday 14th September

So many amazing things happened "Back in 1969". Let's celebrate some of these 50 year milestones with a quiz.
The quiz will follow the usual format & one category will be focused on all things 1969.
Tickets are $20 each, max. of 6 per team. Supper provided, bar available & prizes galore.

This event is an adult-only event (R18). Doors open at 7pm.
Dress up is optional but sooooo encouraged!!! Prizes for the "Best Dressed".

Profit raised from this event will be used to purchase a Portable Outdoor Sound System.
The annual PTA Quiz always sells out. Quiz Ticket Bookings are now open.  Book at the following link: Quiz Ticket bookings.

Three Boys Brewery Tour: Sunday 22nd September, 2-4pm

Calling all Craft Beer Enthusiasts - Come along to the Three Boys Brewery Tour & take up the opportunity to see the inner workings of a locally owned and operated craft brewery. The tour includes tastings of four of their craft beers. You also get to take an etched glass home with you. After the tour, relax in the bar with a quiz, be in to win some prizes & munch on some nibbles. $50 per person. Over half of the available spots have been booked, so book now to avoid disappointment. This event is an adult - only event (R18).  Book using the following link: Three Boys Brewery Tour booking.

BOT Update


Community Notices

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

Parenting Week

‘Strategies to help your family through the difficult times and enjoy being together’

‘Neighbourhood Trust is proud to bring you Parenting Week here in Canterbury. It’s happening from the 9th to 19th September and has around 30 events for any stage of parenting. We have a great line-up of experts including Mike King, Pio Terei, Dr Sue Bagshaw, Jenny Hale and Jax Hamilton, all right here.

Our facebook page: Parenting Week, Christchurch has all our events listed and more information.

A separate email has been sent home to you today, with the full programme attached.

Girl Guiding NZ

GirlGuiding NZ is looking for fun, energetic leaders that will provide positive support to girls aged 5 – 17 years old while delivering exciting programmes once a week. Group meetings run for 1 to 2 hours once a week during school terms.  We have developed an amazing programme that uses fun, adventure and friendship to build girls’ confidence and life skills to help grow the next generation of female leaders.  All support and training is provided by a dedicated team to help you do a great job.  You just need to bring a drive and a passion to empower girls and lead them towards a bright future!  If this sounds like you, find out more information here

Breeze Walking Festival

Spring is on the way and so is The Breeze Walking Festival, 28 September to Sunday 13 October 2019.
Now in its eighth  year, the festival offers 50 free walks with a range of easy, medium and challenging routes.  Many of the walks combine the chance to learn more about nature, culture, history and new developments around our city and region. 
The opening weekend sees the return of the popular feature walk 'Dogs Day Out' that begins with a guided scenic walk in the red zone, free micro chipping for Christchurch registered dogs, and lots of treats for dog lovers of all ages!
Family Friendly walks include the Wookie walk, Charlesworth Wetland discovery trail, Going on a Bear Hunt, Pukeko Stomp, Gruffalo Explorer, Adventure on Te Ara Ihutai - Christchurch coastal Pathway, The Generation Game and many more.
So get your family and friends together, head outdoors and put some spring into your step with The Breeze Walking Festival.  Bookings are now open!
Pick up a copy of the festival booklet with all the walk details from your local Library, Service Centre or Recreation and Sport Centre, or check out the programme online here.

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