Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto newsletter, Friday 9 July, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

HERO for notices and information

If you haven't yet downloaded the HERO app onto your phone, we strongly encourage you to do this ready for Term 3 when we will begin pushing out notices via this app, in advance of the Friday newsletter. The app will be particularly useful for pushing information out to specific groups within the school, e.g. a homegroup, team, or a particular activity group such as a choir. 

New Building Opening

We officially took possession of our new building yesterday, two weeks ahead of schedule! 

We will be holding the official opening of the new 'Hangere' building at 9:10am on Monday 26th July, the first day of Term 3. Please ensure that your children are at school before the 8:55am bell, and that they go to their hubs first so that they can be marked present on the roll. Teachers will bring everyone over to the new building as soon as their rolls are done. All whānau are most welcome to join us for this special celebration!

Working Bee

We are planning a working bee for Sunday 8th August from 10am -12noon to replant around the new building and do some other gardening work.
Our PTA has funded 6 new picnic tables for our children to use. These have been delivered flatpack and need to be assembled. 
Please put this date in your diary and come along to help. Bring a spade if you have one.

Four-Square Festival

We have seen a huge interest in four square this term. Toby, Isla, Eadie and Nikoda from Kōwhai hub organised a fabulous Four Square Festival which ran very successfully this week.  There were approximately 45 - 55 children playing each day.  The skill level, sportsmanship and the way the children were cheering for each other increased each day.  The school values were alive and shown all the way through the Festival.

The video below has been shared with the children at school to help them learn the rules and to ensure that everyone is playing by the same rules! If your child is keen to learn how to play four-square, you might want to look at this as a family.

We have had a very kind offer from a parent to paint some permanent four-square lines around the school so we are looking forward to having those in place soon.

CCC & Opawaho River Network Matariki Celebration

Our senior kapa haka students, Te Whānau Mahi Tahi, were invited to perform last Friday at the CCC & Ōpāwaho River Network Matariki Celebration at the Christchurch South Library. The email below was received from the Deputy Chair of the Ōpāwaho River Network:
Please pass on a huge thanks to your Kapa Haka group, and all their supporters that came to the opening of the OHRN Matariki Celebration last Friday.
I had a lot of feedback about how well rehearsed and beautifully dressed they were. They were focused, and put so much heart into their performance. A real highlight of the Matariki Celebration!

Huge thanks to our tamariki for being such great performers and ambassadors for our school. Special thanks to Cath Milio and Megan Culver for their support and organisation, and all of the whānau who came along and supported them.

We have been very aware of a lot of throat, tummy and flu-like bugs circulating over the past two weeks. I hope that you all manage to get/stay well and have some family time to recharge over the next two weeks. 

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Term 3, Week 1:
Mon 26 Jul - First day back at School
Mon 26 Jul - New Building Opening (9:10am)
Wed 28 Jul - PTA AGM and regular meeting (7:00 - 9:30pm)
Thu 29 Jul - South Zone Winter Sport (12:00 - 3:00pm)
Fri 30 Jul - Welcome Assembly (9.15 - 9.30am)
Thu 5 Aug - South Zone Winter Sport (1200 - 3:00pm)
Thu 5 Aug - Parent Info session on 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' and 'CHOICEs' programmes (2:15 - 3:00pm)
Fri 6 Aug - Celebration Assembly (12:00 - 12:30pm)
Sun 8 Aug - Working Bee (10am-12noon)
Tue 10 Aug - School Duathlon (pm)
Thu 12 Aug - South Zone Winter Sport (12:00 - 3:00pm)
Thu 12 Aug - Board of Trustees Meeting (5:30 - 7:30pm) All welcome

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Ally Penter, Year 6

Ally, you are such a positive and hard-working learner and you show huge persistence even when learning is difficult. This is such a fantastic attitude to have. You are also a kind and caring friend and you always bring a smile and a can-do attitude with you to school every day. You are amazing!

School Notices

Hand trowels and forks needed

Our  Enviro / compost students are getting involved in garden activities and we are short on hand trowels and forks. If you have any spare that you would like to donate, please send into the office or email:

'Sushi Meets Dumplings' - lunch orders

We will be trialing an additional lunch supplier from the start of term 3.  It is Sushi Meets Dumplings which is located at Beckenham Central on Colombo Street.
You will need to order online using a link that will be on the website under the information tab and then lunch orders  The lunch ordering link for Sushi Meets Dumplings will be added to the website over the holiday break.
You will be able to order from Sushi Meets Dumplings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Orders need to be placed by 9am.
Lunchonline orders (our other lunch provider) need to be placed by 8:30am on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Any feedback you may have, once you have used the new lunch provider would be great!

Safety around the area

One of our students was approached when out for a run last weekend by a man who wanted directions to Beckenham Park and who then asked her to get into his vehicle. She ran home and the police were contacted. This is a good reminder to regularly talk with your children about being safe when out and about without an adult.

HERO - School Accounts & Donations

Thank you to all of you who have logged onto our new app "HERO" and have paid, or part-paid your accounts and donations. We really do appreciate every bit that you are able to contribute towards enriching the experiences that we are able to offer the children.

(Click here if you haven’t yet set up HERO on your phone, and download the app)

To see your current statement, log onto HERO and click on Finance.

If you need more detailed information on how to log in, click here.

'Keeping Ourselves Safe' & 'DARE' Parent/Whānau Meeting

2:15-3pm on Thursday 5th August
Parents and Whānau are invited to an information afternoon with Constable Ross who will be supporting the teaching of Keeping Ourselves Safe (Year 0 to 6) and the DARE program (Year 7/8). 

Student Council - KidsCan FunRun

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their sponsorship money this week. So far you have raised over $3000 for KidsCan! If you are still collecting your sponsorship money, please gather it all over the holidays and drop it in the purple box in the office at the start of the first week of Term 3.

PTA AGM Wednesday 28th July, 7 pm

Every year the PTA are looking for new ideas, energy and whānau to join the team and look at different ways that the PTA can support our school, our families and our children. If you would like to get to know some other school caregivers, have a little bit of time to share, or have some ideas about how the PTA might support the school, please come along to the AGM on Wednesday 28th July in the Green Room (adjacent to the hall foyer) at 7pm.

Community Notices

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

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