Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 27 August, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

As you will have no doubt heard, we are planned to shift to Alert Level 3from 11:59pm on Tuesday. This means that, from Wednesday, we will be operating at school on a very small scale for those children whose parents must go out of the home to work.

Whilst we are still waiting for more detailed information from the Ministry of Education about the way that we will be required to operate at Level 3, we need you to start thinking about your home and work situation and to let us know if will need your child to come to school during Level 3.

As Jacinda said during the announcement today "Children should only go to school if their parents are required to go to work and there is no other option available."

The flow chart below makes the decision process very clear...

We need EVERY family to fill out the following survey so we can plan our staffing accordingly:

Survey: Alert Level 3: Advising us of your intentions.

We will only have the minimum number of staff at school that we need. 

Learning at Home Website

Hopefully, you have all been able to access and read through the resources on our 'Learning at Home' site ( which is linked to our school website.

This website has been designed so that you and your children can select activities from it that are going to be appropriate for your situation. If you don't have access to lots of wifi or devices, there are plenty of 'non-digital' learning options available, particularly for the younger students. Remember that every opportunity to write, to read, or to have a conversation is an opportunity for learning with your child. 

We have loved seeing updates from whānau showing the many fun and exciting things you have been learning and doing while in lockdown!
We have made some layout changes to the Learning at Home Website based on some feedback we have had. To find the learning activities for your child's team, you can now scroll down the page and find a large link for each team.

Non-digital learning at home

Given we are going to be at least another week in lockdown, you might want to take some time over the weekend to look at the Learning at Home website and think about what activities you are going to support your younger children with next week. Supermarkets have usually got felt pens, coloured pencils, exercise books, jotter pads and cellotape in stock, so it may be worthwhile popping some of these items into your shopping over the weekend! 

Borrowing a school Chromebook for learning at home

A small number of families let us know that they would like to borrow a school Chromebook for their child to use when learning at home. These were issued last week.
If you are finding that your child would benefit from borrowing a school device, we will be able to loan some more early next week. Please complete this form to let us know you would like to borrow a school Chromebook: Borrowing School Chromebooks Survey

Reminder - School Grounds are closed at Level 4

Please remember that the school grounds, including the playground and basketball courts, are closed at Alert Level 4.


We know that many of you have successfully downloaded the free HERO app from either the Apple Store or Google Play store. Earlier this week, the app disappeared from the Google Play store but it has been reinstated and is able to be downloaded again. 

These are challenging times for us all and our thoughts are with you all as you navigate life in bubbles once again. Please do reach out to our staff by calling the school phone 03 337 1404, by emailing the office or by emailing a member of our teaching staff if you would like someone to call you. Please be aware that when our teachers call you, they will be using their personal phones, so their number is likely to come up as a 'private number'.

Do send the teachers photos of your children and their learning at home - the teachers love getting to see what the children are doing too.

Ngā mihi mahana
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki / Principal

Important Dates

Citizen of the Week

Kawariki Taylor - Year 4

Kawariki! We love your enthusiasm and positivity in everything you do. Students in Kōwhai look up to you as someone who is a kind and humble leader. Your self-management and dedication means that your schoolwork is always completed to a high standard. Ka mau te wehi! Thank you for being your fantastic self. 


... to Zoe M Clarke on winning a leadership Scholarship to Cashmere High School for 2022. 

School Notices

Mana Ake

Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow provides mental health and wellbeing support for children in primary school years 1-8 across Canterbury. Click here to see way's you can support your tamariki.
A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am (on a normal school day, not in Level 3 or 4). 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.

Scholastic Book Club Orders Update

This is an update to let you know that if you have not yet received your Issue 5 orders, they will be in the Scholastic warehouse. Until Alert Levels drop to Level 2, we are unable to despatch orders to schools. 

"Right now, we are all adjusting to the restrictions to keep our communities safe and well. The extension of lockdown is presenting us all with challenges. It is impacting our ability to work, connect and have our children in school. 
If you haven’t yet received your order, it will be part of many orders that are currently in the Scholastic warehouse.
Under Level 4, only essential businesses are allowed to operate and unfortunately, this means that the Scholastic warehouse is closed. Consequently, we are unable to fulfil your orders until Auckland reaches Level 2 or lower.
Home deliveries that are already in the system, will be despatched at Level 3 as will any new orders marked for home delivery.
Lockdown is hard on everyone including our children. During lockdown, reading is more important than ever. Reading for at least 10 minutes every day not only benefits children academically but also allows children the time to quieten their minds and to unwind, soothing stress and anxiety.
Please be assured that we are aware of the disappointment of not receiving your books and we will send you an update when the situation improves.

If we can be of assistance, please contact Customer Services on 0800 266 525.
In the meantime, stay safe everyone.
The Scholastic Team"

Sports News

Primary Sports Canterbury (PSC)'s 'BUBBLATHLON'

PSC have come up with an alternative to the PSC Duathlon scheduled for Monday (30th Aug), a first ever ‘Bubblathlon’, and would love for you to share this with your whānau. You may have already seen our post today on the PSC facebook page, link here, and you are welcome to share it.

Essentially this is about completing a duathlon (run-bike-run) within your bubble. Any course, any time of the day and at any speed, we are encouraging all participants to share their experiences using a picture collage or even video on our facebook post that will go up on Monday. 

Extra Learning Spot 

Story time - Links to online stories for Tamariki:

Community Notices

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

Summer With Your Neighbours

Subsidies for neighbourhood events held between 29 October 2021 and 31 March 2022

'Summer with your neighbours' is about bringing people together. It's an opportunity to organise a small get-together or local gathering to get to know your neighbours.

The Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board is making small subsidies available towards neighbourhood gatherings in its Board area.

Apply online at:
Or request a hard-copy application form by phoning CCC Call Centre (03) 941 8999.

Applications for subsidies close on 10th September 2021

Please Note:
1. Subsidy reimbursements are paid after the gathering, on presentation and approval of receipts.
2. Subsidies are not available for alcohol, fireworks, or paid entertainment.
3. If your gathering is to be held in a public space such as a local park or reserve, you will need to contact Council Bookings on (03) 941 8888 to check availability and make a booking for your chosen venue.

Golden Rules - Alert Level 4 Information videos 

For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples in nine different languages.

Write like an author, draw like an artist.

Opportunity for young people (? couldn't decide on this - opted to include - remove if neeeded)

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