Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 26 June 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Learning Conferences - this coming Tuesday and Thursday

This coming week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, we will be having mid-year Learning Conferences.
This meeting is designed to be a three-way conversation between you, your child and their home group teacher about their learning and wellbeing.
At the conference, you will receive a Learning Snapshot in place of a mid-year report, which will be a brief, written synthesis of some of the discussion you will have had about your child's learning.

NOTE that school finishes at 2pm on each of these days. If your child is booked into BOSCO for either of these days, they will be able to go to BOSCO from 2pm.
If you need your child to be supervised on either day, please contact Jacky in the office so we know to expect them, AND ask your child to go to the hall foyer at 2pm on those days to sign in to the supervision programme until 3pm. Children at BOSCO and in supervision will not be playing outside between 2 and 3pm.

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

Thank you, PTA!

A huge "Thank You!" to our PTA for the energy and commitment they put into ensuring that our School Disco happened this year. Thank you also to the staff and `whānau who came along to support with supervision and ensured that the children were safe and having a great time.

Staffing Update

At the start of next term, we will welcome another new teacher to our Koru Team (NE/Y1). Sari Farrant will join Jo, Elizabeth, Stacey and Sophie until the end of the year, to be the point of contact teacher for our fourth New Entrant home group.

Sari Farrant - new NE teacher

New Entrant Enrolments for 2020 and 2021

If you have a 3 or 4 year old at home whom you are intending to enrol at Beckenham, we would really appreciate if you do that this coming week. Whilst their 5th birthday might seem like a long way away, we are required to 'predict' our 2021 roll at the end of this week in our formal 'roll return' to the Ministry of Education, and this prediction will be more accurate with actual enrolments on our system.
If you have friends or neighbours with 3 or 4 year olds and you know they are planning to enrol at Beckenham, please let them know that we would like to hear from them sooner, rather than later! Many thanks.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

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. (Staff only day on Monday 20 July)

Monday 27 July - Year 8 whānau meeting about Cashmere High (see below)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 & 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Hatsumi Yuge - Year 4

Hatsumi, You are a role model in our hub who naturally demonstrates our school values and you are always willing to lend a hand or help others.  You display a positive attitude to all aspects of learning. You show initiative and drive to do the right thing and help make the Kōwhai Hub a happy place to work. Your bright smile and warm friendliness everyday is appreciated by everyone around you. We love having you in our team!   

School Notices

Lost property from the mid winter breakfast

Please come to the office to claim these items.

Year 8 whānau meeting - learning about Cashmere High...

Joe Eccleton, Principal of Cashmere High, will be coming to speak to interested whānau about Cashmere High on Monday 27 July from 6pm - 7pm at Beckenham. Diary the date - more information to come.

Term Dates for 2021

At our Board of Trustees meeting this week, we finalised the Term dates for 2021. Click here to see these on our website.

Sports News

It is great to have sports news to share after the long period of no sporting activities.

This week we had a number of teams participate in a zone basketball competition at Hillview Christian School.
Congratulations to our senior girls who won their competition!

Zones Cross Country

These kids were superb representing BeckenhamTe Kura o Pūroto at the Zones Cross Country.  Some toe to toe action!

Congratulations to Jonty Mitchell, who placed 4th in the zones cross country, earning him a place at Canterburys next term.

PTA News

Again - a huge thanks to our PTA for the mid-winter breakfast and the school DISCO - both held in the last two weeks. We really appreciate everything you do for our children and community.

Community Notices

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

The Big Planting Day!

An opportunity for families to get to know your local reserve, plant some plants and meet some of the regular Friends of Farnley volunteers.
19 July (last Sunday of school holidays)
9am -12pm 
Meet at Farnley Reserve
Bring your own shovel and gloves if you have one (make sure they are named).  Wear warm clothes, sturdy footwear and bring your own morning tea.
This is a community planting day.  Parents need to also attend and supervise their own young people.

Free Martial Arts for Taekwon-Do School Holiday Programme

Monday 13th July 2020 to Friday 17th July 2020
Visit   for more information

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