Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 12 June

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Now that we are at Alert Level 1, we are seeing the return of much more normality in the events that we are used to having at school and as part of our curriculum. It was with great excitement today, that we held our first full school Celebration Assembly since Friday 13th March. This week also saw the start of a different and more localised winter sport programme between our sports zone schools for our Year 5-8 students.  Next week we have more events back on the calendar.

The first of these events will be the school Cross Country which will be held on Beckenham Park this coming Tuesday, 16th June from 2-3pm.
The order of running will start with Year 8s and conclude with Year 3s.
All children in Years 5-8 are expected to participate unless there has been a prior notification to their teacher. Year 3/4 participation is optional.
Children are encouraged to wear their house shirt if they have one, otherwise wear their school polo shirt. Trainers are essential.
Adults who are available to help out - please meet Jenny on the field at 1:45pm.

Also,  next Friday will be the Mid-Winter Bring-A-Can Breakfast, and the following Friday will be the annual school Disco! Please scroll down for further information about both of these exciting events!

We had exciting news today that the Cultural Festival has not been cancelled, as was originally thought might happen. This year will be the final year of the Cultural Festival, so we are thrilled that it will happen, in the third week of Term 4 (27-30 October). Hannah Elliott will be sending important information home next week to the whānau of our Senior Kapa Haka group, Te Whānau Mahi Tahi, about this event. We will be asking for a commitment from you to ensure your tamariki attending the extra practices that they will need to commit to so that they can perform with confidence and pride.

Potentially Concerning Behaviour

We were advised by the Ministry of Education that there was an incident in Christchurch this week where school students were approached by a stranger asking for help to find his dog. See the Stuff article. There was also an incident yesterday where a man was behaving in an inappropriate way at the Beckenham Ponds, prior to school finishing at 3pm. Police arrested him, and anyone who has any information about that incident should contact the police.
Please do regularly speak to your children about staying safe on the way to school and remind them of stranger danger rules. It is also a good idea to organise for children to walk to and from school in pairs or groups whenever possible.

Reminder: Learning Conferences - last week of Term 2

During the last week of Term 2, we will be having Learning Conferences. This will provide an opportunity for you to talk with your child and their home group teacher about their learning and wellbeing at school.
If you haven't yet done this, please book a learning conference time for each child you have at school.
The learning conference bookings are for 15 minutes each (NOTE that in Year 7/8, even though you will be booking for 15mins, the conference will take 30 mins as your child has a bigger role in the discussion at the intermediate year level.) If you have more than one child to book for, please do not book back to back time slots, as you will lose some of your time in moving from one conference to the other.

The conferences can be booked by going to and entering the code yseec

Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 16 June - Cross Country for years 3 - 8.  2pm - 3pm in Beckenham Park
Friday 19 June - PTA/Student Council Mid-Winter Breakfast from 8am in the hall
Friday 26 June - Celebration Assembly 2:20 - 2:50pm in the hall.  Everyone Welcome
Friday 26 June - School Discos - see below for specific times
Monday 29 June - Zones Cross Country event at Halswell Quarry.  9am - 12:45pm
Tuesday 30 June - Learning Conferences - School closes 2pm
Thursday 2 July - Learning Conferences - School closes 2pm

Friday 3 July - Final day of Term 2.  School closes at 3pm

Term 3 begins TUESDAY 21 July

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Emma Elphick - Year 6

Emma, your enthusiastic and positive approach to everything you do is contagious! All activities are confidently given a go and you persist until they are your very best work. You bring a bright smile and warm friendliness to our hub every day which is appreciated by everyone around you. We love having you in our team! Tino pai.

Kate Breitmeyer - Year 6

Kate, you are a joy to be around. Your enthusiasm for learning is second to none and indeed, you are a student who shows all of our kete values on a daily basis. Your creativity is an inspiration to many others, as is your desire to continue to add to your knowledge and skills. This will stand you in good stead for your future.

Congratulations to...

... Henry for placing First in the Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch Year 7/8 Category of the 'Speaking 4 the Planet" Speech competition.
Listen to his speech here:

... Otis (Year 7) who has been taken on as an illustrator for Toitoi, a NZ magazine that publishes the writing and art of young people. Over 1000 submissions were entered for the upcoming issue. What a fantastic achievement!

... Rosie (Year 7) has been awarded 2nd place in the School for Young Writers monologue competition. Grace H (Year 7) achieved a Highly Commended for her monologue.

School Notices

Canterbury District Health Board Community Dental Service

Free Dental Care for Children - including special information regarding Year 8 students
One of our Community Dental Service vans will be making a visit to our school soon.

Only the children who currently require a check-up will be seen at this visit.
Please do not be concerned if your child is not called for a check-up this time.

The dental therapist will provide a regular check-up and preventative care which may include:

  • Cleaning/Scaling (to remove plaque from teeth)
  • Dental x-rays (to check for decay in teeth, or presence and position of teeth)
  • Fluoride Varnish (painted on teeth to help prevent decay)
  • Fissure Sealants (coating put on teeth to prevent decay) if required.

If your child requires any other dental care, they will bring home a ‘Care Plan’ which will explain
what dental care and appointment times are required.
When you receive the ‘Care Plan’ please contact our Call Centre as soon as possible as you will
need to arrange a time to bring your child to one of our Community Clinics for this dental care.
Please contact our Call Centre if you want further information on the Community Dental Service, to
enrol your child or if you have any specific questions about your child’s dental care (a dental
therapist will call you back)
Year 8 students: all year 8 students enrolled with the Community Dental Service are transferred
from the Community Dental Service to a FREE private dentist from year 9 until their 18th birthday.
To help with this transition please ensure you have informed your child of their family dentist (not
orthodontist). This will enable us to transfer your child onto the correct dentist for year 9 onwards.
More information will be sent home after their year 8 check-up.

To contact our Call Centre: phone 0800 846 983 / email

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 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 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Thinking ahead.

Many of the children really enjoy playing in the sandpit areas at school. It would be really helpful for our younger tamariki if they came to school with a spare set of clothes for those occasions when they have made wonderful creations in the sandpit and have fully immersed themselves in the process!

PTA News

The PTA and the School Council are excited to bring you the Mid-Winter, Bring-A-Can Breakfast this coming Friday, 19th June from 8am - 8:40am in the hall. Porridge or weetbix (incl gluten free weetbix).


The annual school PTA disco is also ON!

Friday 26th June

4:30 - 5:30pm NE - Year 3 (Year 3 students can choose which Disco they want to attend so they can be with their friends)

6:00 - 7:00pm Year 3 - Year 6 (Year 3 students can choose which Disco they want to attend so they can be with their friends)

7:30 - 8:30pm - Year 7/8

Bring a gold coin for entry, your water bottle, and a more gold coins if you want to buy popcorn or other snacks.

Rainbow Theme - Be Bright, Be Bold, Be a Rainbow!

Community Notices

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

Christchurch Bird Club Bird Sale and Show

93 Orbell Street, Sydenham 11th July 12:30 - 4pm  Admission $2 per person or $10 for a family pass.

Cook up a Storm This Winter School Holiday

Give your budding chef the confidence to learn new skills and grow
their love of all things culinary with our Winter School Holiday or
Baking & Cooking Programme. A fun and interactive way to get
cooking from home, using common ingredients, and everyday
kitchen equipment. Submit your finished products online to get
feedback from our Chef Instructor.

International Culinary Studio 

Winter School Holiday Programme
Normally $49 now $30

To enrol, simply click on the link above, add to cart and use Coupon
Code Schoolswinter2020

Baking & Cooking Programme
Normally $80 now $40

To enrol, simply click on the link above, add to cart and use Coupon
Code Schoolsb&c2020
We have been blown away with the level of skill on our
Facebook Kids Creative Cooking page during lockdown
and invite you to post your holiday programme results
here – at the end of the school holidays one lucky winner
will receive 2 x movie passes!
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