Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 25th September 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

What a lovely warm week we have had for the final week of this term. Yesterday, this warm weather was further celebrated as the tape was finally removed from the grass areas of the playground and the children rushed out with their morning tea to take advantage of sitting on the lush grass!

We were fortunate to be visited by 7 members of the New Zealand Army Band on Wednesday this week. They played a wonderful half hour concert for the children, hopefully inspiring many to begin or continue with their music lessons and practice in the goal of being a professional musician in the future!

We saw some of that wonderful talent on display this afternoon in our Annual Talent Quest! Congratulations to all of the children who performed, and who auditioned. Thanks to all of the staff who helped with the auditioning process, and to the team of staff and students who supported this today, back stage, judging and doing the sound desk.

Considering home groups for 2021

Next term we will be working on building our home learning groups for 2021. Our staff spend a lot of time carefully considering the needs of each child, and take into account a range of emotional, social, behavioural and academic considerations. We do NOT ask parents to choose a home room teacher that they would like for their child. We do know, however, that you hold information about your child's wellbeing at school that may be relevant when we are putting these groups together. Therefore, if you have any considerations about your child for us to add to our home group placement discussions for 2021 - please email these to Sandy by Friday 30th October (the end of Week 3 of next term).

Reminder - Term 4 begins on Tuesday 13 October.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday!

Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Sun 11 Oct: 10am - 3pm Te Whānau Mahi Tahi Wananga - School Hall

Mon 12 Oct: Staff Only Day - School Closed

Tue 13 Oct: Term 3 begins
Thu 15 Oct: Canterbury Swimming Championships - Selwyn Aquatic Centre
Fri 16 Oct: Welcome Assembly 9:15am - All family of new students this year who haven't yet been to a welcome assembly - Welcome!
Mon 19 - Fri 23 Oct: Kauri Team Camp to Dunedin
Mon 19 Oct: Canterbury Duathlon - Ruapuna Speedway
Mon 26 Oct: LABOUR DAY School Closed
Wed 28 Oct: Christchurch Schools Cultural Festival - Te Whānau Mahi Tahi performing
Fri 30 Oct: Whole School Athletics - Beckenham Park

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 and 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Cortana Mee - Year 4

Cortana, you display a positive attitude to all aspects of learning with your persistence and enthusiasm. You are a role model in our hub who naturally demonstrates our school values and this has seen you always willing to lend a hand or help others who need it. This helps to make our hub a wonderful place to be. Tino pai, Cortana !

Max Page - Year 6

Max, you are an extremely positive and enthusiastic member of the Pōhutukawa hub. You consistently demonstrate the school values and you approach everything with a great sense of humour. You are respectful of all those around you and you work hard to achieve your goals. Tino pai!

School Notices

Claiming back 33% of your School Donations and Contributions from the IRD

A reminder that via IRD you can claim back 33.33 cents for every dollar you donate to the school. This includes both school donations, and 'contributions' towards activities and camps. You can submit a receipt to IRD at any time within the past 3 tax years.
This means that right now, you can claim for:
  • 2017 tax year (ending 31 March 2018). 
  • 2018 tax year (ending 31 March 2019)
  • 2019 tax year (ending 31 March 2020)
One of our parents did this recently – it took 20 mins of her time and $400 was deposited in her bank account a week later (4 years of donations for 2 children). 
The steps are easy: 
1. Email Sandra Rauch (  to request a tax receipt for your school donation and contributions for the past three years.
2. Go to the IRD Website and search ‘Submit a Donation Receipt’ and follow the steps. 
3. Attach the receipts online and submit.

NB. You’ll have to wait till after Mar 31 next year to claim back this year’s donations.


Here are two YouTube clips of the recent concerts that were held at Hillview Christian School and Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto.  Great to see some of the emerging talent in both the Jazz band and the Training Band.

The PTA will be running a sausage sizzle from 10am - 2pm in addition to a bake stall.  Wheelie Good coffee will also be there so bring some coins and catch up with the community when you cast your vote.

BOT Update

School Board of Trustee Mid Term Elections 2020

Nomination round
Our school will be undertaking Mid Term Elections for our Board of Trustees this year. This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver in our community by Friday 9th October 2020.
The Board of Trustees has again employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination forms and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be e-mailed to you by Friday 9th October 2020Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees election site
For those that do not have access to the internet, nomination papers will be available at the school office and those nomination papers should be returned to the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing. 
Nominations close on Sunday 1st November 2020 at 12 noon.
We look forward to your participation in this process.

Wayne Jamieson 

Returning Officer

Community Notices

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

Children’s Aikido Class

For 8 – 12 year olds
Co-operative approach to conflict resolution. Physical and fun.
Thursdays from 4:30pm – 5:20pm, new intake - start of term 4.
At the Ōtautahi Community Dojo, cnr Truscotts and Martindales Roads, Heathcote.
For more details see
Limited numbers so registration essential
Run by Ōtautahi Aikido, a not-for-profit community organisation

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