Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter, Friday 3rd July 2020

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Hooray! The sun is out, and we made it to the end of what has been a very long and quite challenging term! Whilst the first three weeks back after lockdown saw high attendance with very low levels of sickness, the winter coughs, colds, sniffles, sore throats and occasional tummy bug have all been present and challenging both students and staff this last four weeks of term. The rain and cold over the past two weeks just added to that challenge, and Learning Conferences for two evenings this week have meant that teachers have absolutely worked to their capacity and beyond. As a staff, we are all very much looking forward to the first proper break since the Christmas holidays.

The huge rainbow that appeared over the school yesterday, captured by one of our lovely cleaners, Ellen.
This is an important opportunity to acknowledge again, the incredible dedication that our staff all have to our school, our children and their professional responsibilities. During lockdown, they didn't really stop, whilst they learned new digital skills and set up new ways of working to try and keep learning available for all of our children. We would also like to acknowledge the support that we continue to get from you, our parents and whānau, for the challenge that you took on in becoming the teachers during lockdown, and then supporting the different ways that we have needed to operate during the changing Alert Levels.

We do wish you all a very safe, warm and relaxing break over the next two weeks, and we look forward to seeing you on TUESDAY 21st July for the first day of Term 3.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 20 Jul - Staff Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
Tue 21 Jul - First Day of Term 3
Thu 23 Jul - Year 6 Caregivers meeting - Kauri Hub
Wed 22 Jul - Y5/6 Zone Basketball, Hillview Christian School
Wed 22 Jul - PTA Meeting 19:30 - 21:30
Thu 23 Jul - Laura Williamson Y3/4 Catch-up Learning Conferences 1:30-5pm
Thu 23 Jul - Year 6 Whānau Evening in the Kauri Hub
Fri 24 Jul - Welcome Assembly 9:15am
Mon 27 Jul - Joe Eccleton, Pri8ncipal, Cashmere High @ Beckenham to talk with Y8 whānau
Mon 3 Aug - PTA Readathon starts
Thu 6 Aug - Board Meeting - All welcome
Wed 12 Aug - Canterbury Cross-Country - Halswell Quarry
Fri 14 Aug - Book Character Day! (Final Readathon day - come dressed as your favourite Book Character.

Term Dates

Click here to view 2020 AND 2021 term dates.

Year 6 Parents and Whānau evening - Thursday 23 July 7-8pm

We are very excited to invite the parents and whānau of our current Year 6 students to come along and visit the Year 7/8 hub on Thursday 23rd July from 7-8pm.
Please do take the opportunity to come and learn about our Year 7/8 programme, and find out from both students and the teachers about what our programme offers your intermediate aged children. 
Find out about how the Year 7/8 team operate, and what 2021 has in store, including camp programme, sport, extension, technology and general learning programmes.

Farewell to a very special friend

Most of our children will be very familiar with 'Beau' who has been our school 'Canine Educator' for the past 5 or 6 years. Beau belonged to Tracy Inwood, and would regularly accompany her to school and participate in learning in the hubs! He was a very gentle, loving and patient dog. 
Sadly, after 16 and a half wonderful years, Beau passed away earlier this week. We know that Beau will be so missed by Tracy and Phil, as we will also miss him, quietly keeping up with Tracy when she comes into school. 

Thank you, Beau, for all the wonderful memories!

ShowQuest - seeking a videographer

For the past two terms, a group of Year 7 and 8 students have been conceptualising and choreographing an entry for ShowQuest. This is usually an on-stage performance but in response to Covid, the organisers have switched to an online video entry. We are wondering if there is anyone in our school community has any experience or expertise that they could contribute to this project. Please, get in touch with Jenny, if you think you could help. The plan is to film early in term 3.

Dental Care during the School Holidays                                               

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays.  The clinics will offer treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only.   To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.
The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

·       Burnside Clinic, 96A Memorial Avenue, Burnside,

·       Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,

·       Lincoln Clinic, 35 James Street, Lincoln,

·       Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children requiring treatment.
If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.
To book an appointment at one of our clinics please: call 0800 846 983
Or email

Sports News

Winter Sport

We are hoping to be able to continue to offer a local winter sport competitive programme with our zone next term on Thursday afternoons. Thank you to the parents who have already offered support with this. For this programme to run, we are in need of adults to manage hockey and football teams for Year 5/6 and 7/8. This is a six-week commitment.

School Cross Country Champions

Year 8 champions - Mia, Lucky and Erik

Year 7 champions - Mila and Jonty

Year 6 champions - Billy and Petra

Year 5 champions - Archie and Jayde

Year 4 champions - Lily and Jack

Year 3 - champions - Kawa and Isla

Zone Cross Country

Monday, was a fantastic day at Halswell Quarry for our zone cross country. Our competitors did our kura proud by showing exceptional perseverance and sportsmanship. It was great to see the way that the children supported each other. A special mention goes to Mia, Jain and Ruby who stayed back at the finish line to cheer every last runner over the finish line.

Congratulations to Jonty Mitchell, who placed 4th in the year 7 race, and Torin Jorgensen, who placed 5th in the year 6 race. Both children will be representing our kura at Canterbury’s in term 3.

Year 7/8 Zone Basketball

Congratulations to our girls’ basketball team who won our zone basketball tournament on Wednesday. 

Community Notices

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

Hola , Kia ora !

Celebrate Argentina Day with us in Riverside Market on Friday 10th of July. Come after work and stay all night long!


- 6pm- Argentinean Street Food from El Quincho
- Live music: El Ristu + Open Mic - El Quincho
-7pm- Social cards games (Truco & Chinchon)
- 7pm- Argie Quizz - Upstairs Cantina
- 8pm- Social Tango - Milonga -upstairs at Cantina
-10pm - Fiesta Argenta at Castro Bar
- Dance until 3am with Argentinean DJ Sofia
-Riverside Market and El Quincho $50 vouchers

- Free Entry

- To make the event safe and comply with COVID 19 regulations, please register your name for the event.

Thank you for sharing this event with your amigos!

Hasta pronto, Gracias!

Denise Lovato

The Big Planting Day Farnley Reserve 

19 July (last Sunday of school holidays), 9am -12pm  81 Eastern Terrace Beckenham
An opportunity for families to get to know your local reserve, plant some plants and meet some of the regular Friends of Farnley volunteers.

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.

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