Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 03 September, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

A shorter than usual newsletter this week, mostly to let you know that we, like most of you, are missing being at school and have all of our fingers and toes crossed that we will be moving to Alert Level 2 soon. 

A very warm welcome to four new families who have had children start during lockdown! A very unusual start for these children, but we hope that they have felt welcomed and we very much look forward to meeting them at school when we move to Alert Level 2
We have three bubbles of children learning at school at the moment, with the rest of our tamariki continuing with learning at home. The staff have been really impressed with the engagement of so many children, and enjoy catching up with learning, whether it has been via a group zoom (Years 3-8) or from phone conversations, emails and individual zooms with some whānau.


Electronic communication has been a critical part of staying connected as a school community through lockdown. From time to time, we send out surveys or quesstions to you that require a response to enable us to plan and prepare at school. 
We are now sending ALL of our communication out via our HERO platform. You can log onto HERO through your internet browser on your home computer, or via the app on your phone or handheld device.

Downloading the HERO app will allow you to have push notifications sent to your phone whenever an important communication is sent out. Search for "HERO by Linc-ed" on the google Playstore or Apple Store.
Once you have downloaded the app, you can log in using your email address as a 'new user' (note that the email address needs to be the one you have given us to use at school.

Stay safe, and stay in touch. You can still call the school via the office cellphone during school hours, or email or email any of the staff via their school email (

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there...

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Whilst we are working through Alert Levels, confirming dates of upcoming events is not possible. 

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Isla Graham - Year 6

Isla, you have such a passion for learning and we love how you approach new challenges with an open, inquiring mind. Always let this shine, Isla! He taonga te ako, the treasure is learning. Thank you for being a kind, compassionate person who is always thinking of others, and ready to lend a helping hand. Tino pai, Isla!

School Notices

Ministry of Education - Gifted Learner Awards

The Gifted Learner Awards can be used to challenge learners to try something new, or extend them in areas they're already involved in and passionate about.
Applicants can include tamariki in early learning through to high school students. 
Applications can be for an individual or a group of learners, and can provide funding of up to $2,500 per individual or $5,000 per group (to be used within a 12-month period). 
APPLY TODAY: (Applications close at 4pm on 30 September 2021)

Lunchonline in Level 3

Public Health: Everyone aged 12 years and over can now be vaccinated

Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 years and over can now book their free COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The Ministry of Health advises that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are necessary to protect each other, our whānau and our community against the Delta variant of the virus.

  • Reservations can be made through – when booking appointments remember to stay local and book as close to home as possible.

  • If you have questions or need help booking, call the COVID Vaccination Healthline 0800 28 29 26. 

  • It may be able to book directly at your local general practice, community pharmacy or hauora provider. For more information visit Healthpoint or Karawhiua.

PTA News

Readathon Fundraiser 2021

Well with the Covid lockdown sprung on us this year, our annual Readathon and the money our amazing school of readers usually raise is looking a little different.

Our usual practice of collecting money and offering bookmarks to the children as they return their cards to the PTA hasn't been able to take place.  As we are yet to know when we will return to school and what that may look like, we would love to see all your wonderful donations made online.  Once we are back to school we will look at getting bookmarks distributed out.

Bank accounts details are:

Ref - Readathon

A very big thank you from the PTA to those of you who have already sent your money in. 
We hope you are all having a safe lockdown and are all finding moments to lose yourself in a good book.

Extra Learning Spot

'The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis) 

Dr Murray Gadd Phd, reads 'The Rascally Cake' (by Jeanne Willis). A fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well.  This lesson promotes procedural writing, and starts with a book.

'Diary Of A Worm' (by Doreen Cronin)

Dr Murray Gadd PhD, reads "Diary Of A Worm". Another fun writing lesson primarily for Year 2-6 students, though again some Year 7-8 students might enjoy it as well. Every lesson starts with a book.

How the Kiwi Lost its Wings

A shadow puppet performance, based on the story by Alwyn Owen, which tells of how the kiwi came to be the most beloved bird in Aotearoa.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats…and eats his way through the week.  Taken from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories collection. Based on Eric Carle's picture book.  Click here to watch.

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