Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 19 November 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

This is a shorter newsletter than usual, as you will have already received at least two important emails/posts separately through HERO this afternoon - if you haven't seen these already, please do look for them.

One is about how to access your child's report through HERO. These went live just aftr 3pm this afternoon.

The other is an important update about our end-of-year celebrations.

Learning Conferences next week

A reminder that this coming week, school finishes at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd AND Thursday25th to allow for Learning Conferences.

If you are NOT able to collect your child at 2pm, please let Jacky in the office know and we will keep them in the staffroom waiting for you until 3pm. If you want your child to walk home, and they don't usually do that, please also let the office know that, so we don't worry if they disappear and we can't find them! 

To book a Learning Conference with your child's home group teacher, please go to and use the code wwwsx 

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Tue 23 Nov - School finishes at 2pm - Learning Conferences
Wed 24 Nov - PTA Meeting 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Thu 25 Nov - School finishes at 2pm - Learning Conferences
Fri 3rd Dec - Book Character & Rainbow Diversity Day - Bring a gold coin

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 & 2022 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Eva Bethwaite - Year 3

Eva, you are a magnificent role model in our hub. You are always extremely positive, kind, caring and thoughtful. You always put your best effort into learning and are an outstanding helper. Thank you for always demonstrating our school values in everything that you do. Eva, you are a star!

School Notices

Senior Jackets (Year 7 & 8 students)

Students who will be in Kauri in 2022 are eligible to wear the senior jacket.  This is an optional item of uniform.
Senior jackets are only available from Mainland Uniforms,  189 Peterborough Street, Christchurch. Here is the link for their website:
As with all items of uniform please ensure it is labelled prior to your student wearing it to school.

HERO Notifications

To choose how you receive your HERO notifications, including important updates and newsletters. Please follow the below instructions:

1. Sign into your HERO app, which will take you to the home page that looks like this:

2. Click on the circle or photo in the top right corner, which will open a drop down menu.
3. Then, select edit profile.

Scroll down to the 'My Devices' section, which will look like this:

5. From here you can choose your notification preferences:

Mana Ake Drop Ins

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins”. Sessions are now on Tuesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 for parents, starting on November 2nd. 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 yj2ed. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Book Character & Rainbow Diversity Day! Friday 3 December

Get excited because Student Council and Diversity Group are teaming up to bring you an exciting, new mufti day. Just like we did in term 1 when we did “Purple day and Lots Of Socks day’ we are combining our fundraising efforts to support the Child Cancer Foundation and Qtopia. 

We are giving you the option of wearing the book character costume that you didn’t get to wear during lockdown, OR dressing up in something rainbow coloured to support the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate diversity. It is a fundraiser so it would be greatly appreciated if everyone could bring a gold coin donation. The day that this will be on is Friday the 3rd of December.

Sports News

Zone Athletics

We had a glorious day for our Year 7/8 Zone Athletics at Hansen's Park on Monday. To meet Covid restrictions meant that we had to run a very different event than we usually would with a smaller number of competitors and no spectators and it was really good to be able to keep this event on our calendar after so many cancellations. Thank you to the parents who provided transport and helped with the running of an event. 

I was really impressed with how our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto team conducted themselves at this event. They kept on top of the timetable, got themselves to their events on time, gave their all during their event and encouraged others while spectating between their events. 

'We love challenge' was the theme of the day. There were many impressive results and children who achieved personal bests over the course of the day. An event that warrants a particular mention was the Year 7 mixed relay. We always get the inside lane which can be a tricky place to start as it gives the impression that you are way behind the pack. This didn't phase Caitlin in the slightest. "It will just make me work harder!" And what a fantastic start she made too! The hand over to Soriel went smoothly and he rocketed up the far straight. Bella took the baton next, giving it all she had and holding our position in the pack, which was now second. Another smooth hand over to Billy who accelerated down the final 100 metres to cross the line first. It looked like a clear win but unfortunately, a dog had interfered with a St Martins runner, who had until that point been in the lead. A rerun of the event was required. The BTKP children had just given that race their everything and now needed to do it all over again. They took it on the chin, determined to prove themselves and win fair and square. Nau mai te wero! The second time around went just as smoothly as the first. A strong start from Caitlin, gains made by Soriel and Bella, and as the runners came around the final corner, Billy dug deep and found the speed needed to cross the line first. 


Year 7
Lola - 2nd 60m, 1st discus, 3rd shot put
Caitlin - 2nd 100m
Keanna - 3rd high jump
Billy - 1st long jump, 1st 60m
Mixed Relay (Caitlin, Soriel, Bella and Billy) - 1st

Year 8
Molly - 1st long jump
Ava - 2nd long jump
Cooper - 1st discus, 1st 100m, 3rd high jump, 
Jonty - 2nd long jump, 3rd 60m
JJ - 2nd 100m
Mahli - 3rd high jump
Mixed Relay (JJ, Mahli, Jonty, Cooper) - 3rd

Unfortunately, there is no Canterbury level competition this year due to our current alert level. 

Sports Uniforms

The only children who still require a sports top are the Year 3/4 mini ball teams. Please, could you check at home for any sports uniforms that your child may have and return them to the office as soon as possible. 

PTA News

Weetbix Kids TRYathlon

The Weetbix TRYathlon is on (fingers crossed!) next year, Sunday 6th of March in the morning at Jellie Park. If you have a child aged 6 or older who is keen to get involved you can easily register them online at and join our school group by searching “Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto”.

There will be a gazebo for the kids to hang out in and a BBQ cooking well deserved sausages on the day. It’ll be a great day family day out and something to look forward to for next year!

Salami Collection

Please note that pick up is from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto at the following times:

Thursday 9th December 2021
  • 9.00 - 10.00am
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm
Friday 10th December 2021
  • 9.00 - 10.00am
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm
Thank you for placing your order, your support is as always really appreciated. 

PTA roles for 2022

Our parents association plays such a vital role in our school- it’s our job to help raise funds, and also to advise and create events that build a strong school community. With several key members leaving next year, the time has come to ask new and interested Beckenham families to bring their fresh ideas and love for our community to join us. We particularly need people to volunteer for some key roles within the PTA. You are welcome to come to our next meeting just to see if this is something you could be a part of in 2022, or please message here to discuss or ask questions about the committee or the roles we need to fill for next year.
We’d love to have Beckenham families on board to help grow our kura funds and community events- please do get in touch. 2022 is going to be a big one for our little school!

Keep in touch with the PTA

To stay up to date with the PTA, please check out our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto PTA Facebook page, linked hereOr come along to one of our meetings - all welcome.
Meeting dates can be found in the weekly school newsletter, or on the school calendar - linked here.
These meetings are usually held on a Wednesday night 7.30-9.30pm.

The PTA bank account is 12-3148-0244558-00.

Community Notices

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

Opportunity for Ōtautahi Rangatahi 12-24 years old!

End of year recruitment is open! Check out the information below or apply now!

The Christchurch Youth Council (CYC) open night is at YCD (Youth & Cultural Development), 301 Cashel Street. This is an opportunity for any young person to come along and find out more about what CYC is and who is within the organisation already.

If you have any questions, please email us at, or message our Facebook.

Law change that impacts tamariki and whānau

Huntsbury Community Preschool

Huntsbury Community Preschool is offering FREE FEES for two-year-olds who enrol and start their sessions with us in Term 4 of 2021.  Conditions apply, phone 03 332 6001 or email: for more details if you'd like to secure a place in this limited-availability promotion!

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