Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Rāmere (Friday) 13 May 2022

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

This week is New Zealand Sign Language Week. Sign language is one of our three official languages in Aotearoa, along with Te Reo Māori and English. 
Whilst none of us at Beckenham are yet proficient in Sign Language, we do take opportunities where we can to increase our knowledge and understanding of the important place that it has in our society and to understand more about it. 
Below is the video of the New Zealand National Anthem that we use at school, and that we all try to follow along. Even our newest New Entrants can follow along with parts of this already! 

This week we have had our first assemblies in the hall, recognising that the weather is getting cooler! To stay within our COVID guidelines, we have split the school for assemblies and will be having separate Junior and Senior Assemblies this term. This allows us to spread out a bit more, and with the doors open, even get some singing going!

It was great to see our Year 5-8 students out in force on Tuesday participating in the Year 5-8 Cross-Country. The weather held out, and we will be sending students to zone competitions again for the first time in a while.

This term we have welcomed four Speech-Language Therapy students from the University of Canterbury to our school. They will be working for two afternoons a week for 5 weeks in our Year 1/2 
team with groups of students on developing specific literacy skills. 

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Term 2 Dates

Wednesday 25 May - BOT Meeting - 5.30-7.30PM in te Rūma Kaimahi (the Staff Room)
Wednesday 25 May - PTA Meeting - 7.30-9.30PM in the Green Room
Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday - School closed
Wednesday 22 June - Whānau Hui & Hangi
Friday 24 June - Matariki - School closed
Friday 8 July - Last day of Term 2

Citizen of the Week

August Bolling - Year 6

August, you do a fantastic job at displaying our kete values on a daily basis. Your positive, can-do attitude demonstrates your love of learning. This, along with your kindness and great sense of humour is appreciated by everyone in the Pōhutukawa hub. Tau kē koe!

School Notices

Reminder on School Hours

A reminder that tamariki (children) should not be at school before 8.30am. If you are needing childcare before this time, please look to our onsite before and after school care facilities run by BOSCO.

Request for corflute - Real Estate Agents, Printers & Sign Makers alike look here!

Our amazing Kapa Haka teacher - Whaea Cath is all out of corflute, the white corrugated plastic sheets our kapa haka words are on. In the past, recycled corflute from printers or real estate agents has been used (think House For Sale, and advertising signs). We are hoping we might have some people with access to these amongst our Beckenham families. One clear side is all we need for our words. About ten sheets would be good. If you are able to source these please drop anything you may have to the Office. We get there together! Thanks for your help whānau.

Example of corflute in use

Naming Items - Lost Property

Please ensure all of your child's uniform and other items are clearly named. First and last name is preferable as we often have multiple children with the same first name. This helps us ensure any of their lost property is returned to them via their Home Group teacher. If any items are not named, they stay in the Lost Property - which is located on the steps of the Library during the school day. Lost property items are mentioned to ākonga (students) in the Daily Notices.

If unnamed items are still unclaimed by the end of the term, school items are donated to the 2nd Hand Uniform shop, and all other items are donated to the Salvation Army.

Please take the time to name your child's items, and encourage them to have a look in the lost property if needed.

Sports News

Year 5 - 8 Cross Country

So great to see everybody out on the field doing their best for the Year 5-8 Cross Country this week. It was great to have parents on site again to cheer tamariki on in a social distanced manner!  

Congratulations to
Heathcoate for winning the house cup for team spirit.
Results will be out in the next Newsletter.

PTA News

Your trusty PTA have a few things in the pipeline that we would like to share with you. 

Do you like peanut butter? We will be taking orders from next week for a Fix and Fogg peanut butter fundraiser. Buy your family's nutty goodness from us!

Save the date: we are planning a fun whānau event to celebrate Matariki - Wednesday 22nd June. Look out for more news soon.

Lastly don't forget the PTA uniform room is open every Monday and Friday 2:50-3:15 after school. We have a good range of second-hand uniform items at very reasonable prices. We always welcome clean, good quality donations.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date! Click the link here.

Community Notices

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

Aotearoa TrailBlazers 

The Trailblazers’ Programme for term 2, is a fee-free initiative that utilises the power of running and the magic of nature to help rangatahi (young people) develop self confidence, social and emotional skills, leadership, determination and resilience to stress. 
They will actively participate and challenge themselves to complete events. They will gain a strong sense of belonging, develop positive relationships and experience great achievement. 
It will be running on Tuesdays (Beckenham Park) and Thursdays (Victoria Park).

You can find out more about it on this facebook page:

Read ALL about it through this link.

Ngā mihi, 
Jo Ryder - Program Director
022 4665488

School Holiday Activity

Book your troupes in to watch the Kidsfest musical theatre production of Monty Python’s Spamalot Young@Part! The Kid-Friendly Version.  Monty Python hits the local stage with their quest for the Holy Grail in an excitingly ridiculous musical specifically adapted to be performed BY children FOR children.  Luminaires Charitable Trust presents an incredibly talented cast of 8-18 year olds who bring you this uproarious show. There’s audience participation, fart jokes, and remarkable singing and dancing to incredibly well known Monty Python show tunes. Afterwards your tamariki will all be singing about the Bright Side of Life - in fact we will provide you with the lyrics and tune beforehand so if you want to learn it before the show they can join in with the cast for the final song! 

● Suitable for all primary aged children 
This version has been adapted from the original broadway version specifically for children 
● Venue Nasda Performing Arts, E-Block, Ara Institute of Technology (we will send you a map when you book) 
● Pricing $15 per head, or a flat fee of $1200 if you would like to book the entire show for your group only. Our seating capacity is 85, but with the entire theatre booked for your group we may be able to accommodate 100 by arrangement. NB bookings for the public go live on 30 May, so if you would like the entire venue, please contact us before then. 
● Run Time 60-70 minutes 
● Contact us directly to arrange your booking (therefore no booking fees!) 021666921 

Wednesday 13 July 11am & 1pm 
Thursday 14 July 11am & 1pm 
Friday 15 July 11am & 1pm & 7pm 
Saturday 16 July 7pm 
Wednesday 20 July 11am & 1pm 
Thursday 21 July 11am & 1pm & 7pm 
Friday 22 July 11am & 1pm & 7pm 
Saturday 23 July 7pm 

Based directly on the film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT YOUNG@PART retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, with singing and dancing to tunes that you’ll never get out of your head! Re-worked especially for children.
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