Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Friday 9 April, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Learning Conferences next Monday and Wednesday

Monday 12th April and Wednesday 14th April

School will close at 2pm on both days, to allow Learning Conferences to begin at 2:15pm.

Please go onto the School Interviews website and use the code kk64k to book your learning conference. The Learning Conferences are for 15mins each, except for Year 7/8 where you need to book a 15-minute slot, but allow 30 mins (it works!)

The focus of these Learning Conferences will be to update you on how your child has settled into the school year, and to give you a picture of the areas of focus they are working on, particularly in numeracy and literacy. 

Learning Conferences - After School Supervision

If you require your child to be supervised from 2 - 3pm on either or both of these days, please contact Jacky at the office, 3371404 or

House Games

Our senior students are putting their leadership training and skills to great use in the running and support of our House Games that are scheduled to happen weekly (weather permitting) on Thursdays this term and next. Below is a photo taken yesterday - a lot of fun being had by all as they worked together to get the parachute to behave in the way they wanted it to.

Structured Literacy Parent Workshop video

We know that there were many people who couldn't make the Structured Literacy workshop two weeks ago, so we videoed it and have uploaded it to a school YouTube Channel for you to access:

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 11: 
Mon 12 Apr - Learning Conferences - SCHOOL CLOSES at 2pm 
Wed 14 Apr: - Learning Conferences - SCHOOL CLOSES at 2pm
Fri 16 Apr: - Last day of Term 1

School Holidays

Term 2, Week 1:
Fri 7 May -
Welcome Assembly 

Week 2: 
Tue 11 May -
Whole School Cross Country
Thu 13 May - Cross Country (postponement date)

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Mila Montejo - Year 8

Mila, you are an exuberant, bubbly, ray of sunshine. Your lust for life and positive energy is contagious. It has been great to see you make great gains in your learning, all due to your positive attitude and the way you embrace extra opportunities to learn. You are wonderfully supportive and encouraging to you peers, teachers and younger students. 

School Notices

Cross Country

Our whole school cross country is coming up at the start of next term. This will be held on Tuesday the 11th of May in the afternoon. 

Seniors will have an earlier lunch and start first. The Junior students will start later in the afternoon. Timings will be confirmed during Week 1 of the term and sent out to you via the school newsletter. 

We encourage all the students to embrace our school value "We Love Challenge" and to try their very best. While for the majority this will be participating as a runner, there will be additional ways to make sure all our tamariki are involved in the event. Teams have started our practices already and will continue during the first week of Term 2. We know that some children will enjoy practicing over the holidays. Happy running! 

Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…

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. 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.

News from our ESOL classes

ESOL students from Kahikatea have been busy cooking muffins over the last fortnight, and practicing sequential language (first, then, next etc.). The students also wrote a recount of the experience in their books. Fun was had by all!

Meanwhile, our Kōwhai ESOL students have been learning about prepositions and giving directions. They have created mazes, given directions to help partners get to the playground and had fun playing the Minefield Game. Many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this fun, learning activity!
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Sports News

Last weekend our Year 7 student Billy Murfin, represented Canterbury in an athletics meet in Dunedin. He was part of a team of athletes selected from all the athletics clubs in Canterbury. They competed against athletes from Otago and Southland in a range of events.

Billy came first in the boys grade 11 100m race, his team also won the 4 x 100 relay.

Canterbury won the overall tournament trophy thanks to an awesome effort from the whole team, which also included the mighty Isla Mitchell (Y4). Ka pai!


Three teams from Kauri participated in weekly volleyball sessions at Hillview Christian school this term. These sessions were run by Canterbury Volleyball and incorporated skill development and competitive games. The children participated with huge enthusiasm and made huge progress in their skill development, especially their serves! A massive thank you to Gail for supporting the children at these sessions each week. 


Four teams of children from Kōwhai have been participating in a miniball league at Pioneer this term. This group of enthusiastic children have gone from strength to strength in their skill development. Many of them were trying the sport for the first time. Thank you to all the parents who supported the children at the games by managing the team and doing the score board. Another thank you goes to Lola, Cooper, Zoe, Marcellus and Ollie, (students from Kauri) who have been sharing their knowledge and giving their time to coach these teams. 

Canterbury Swimming

A huge congratulations to all the tamariki who competed at Canterbury Swimming on Thursday. It is a massive achievement to qualify for this event.

Nau mai te wero!
Zoe, Cooper, Fergus, Tahere, Stella, Lola, William, Emma and Jack

Zoe Clarke - 5th Butterfly and 9th Freestyle
Jack Sayer - 11th Breaststroke
Lola Harris - 12th Backstroke
Stella Gillman - 19th Freestyle
Fergus Mcmillan - 18th Butterfly
Cooper Reddecliffe - 18th Freestyle 

Community Notices

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

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 check-ups, 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:
  • Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,

  • Northcote Clinic, 24 Tuckers Road, Casebrook,

  • 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.  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
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