Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Rāmere (Friday) 15 Sep 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

A huge thank you to the team from Camera and Digital (16 Colombo St) who were at school from 7:30am this morning, setting up for a full day of homegroup and individual photographs. We are grateful to them for rebooking this date, after our first try in Term 2 was called off due to so many staff and students being away sick.
We look forward to seeing the photos when they have them ready, early next term.

Next week we are expecting the SmartGrass contractors in, to begin putting down the SmartGrass on the grass areas of our junior playground and pathways. Much as we would prefer to have real grass, unless we put a permanent "Keep off the grass" sign on it, we just can't grow real grass with the volume of happy children who want to play on it! It will be exciting to see this go in, and it should be completed by the start of Term 4.

Next week, a large proportion of our Year 7/8 students will be at the Koru Games with other Year 7/8 students from Canterbury, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On Friday, our Year 7/8 team will be going to Technology (usually this is a Tuesday morning). So this means that next week, Celebration Assembly will be on Monday at 10am, not Friday!

One more week of school to go next week, before we head into the Sep/Oct holidays. Have a safe weekend, everyone!

Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

NB: You can find our Community Calendar on our school website. You can embed this calendar into your own digital calendar and stay up-to-date with events and information.
Mon 18 Sep - 10am Celebration Assembly  
Wed 20 Sep - 7:30pm - PTA Meeting
Thu 21 Sep - 5:30pm - BOT Meeting - Staffroom
Fri 22 Sep - Final day for PTA Calendar Art orders
Fri 22 Sep - 1:45pm Beckenham's Got Talent!
Fri 22 Sep - Final day of Term 3
Mon 9 Oct - First day of Term 4

Term Dates: Click here to view 2023 & 2024 term dates

Citizen of the Week

Ruby Marsh-Crates  - Year 8

Ruby, your friendliness and positivity is appreciated by all in the Kauri team. You bring enthusiasm to the team and your positive nature brightens up the day for others. You are an engaged learner who has been making progress in all areas. Keep on shining!

School Notices

Lost Property

Please check out the Lost Property before the end of term. We have a number of uniform and other items waiting for their owners to claim them. Please also take the time to ensure your childs items are all label, and readable to others, so we can return these to your children directly!

Congratulations! Innovation Expo - Overall Winners!

On Sunday, September 10th, three teams of four Kauri students participated in the Build Ōtautahi: Minecraft Build Challenge at Te Pae's Innovation Expo. One of our teams was the overall winner of their group. Their task was to use Minecraft to design sustainable structures for vacant city centre lots, all within a 60-minute timeframe. Leading up to the competition, our students learned about sustainable design principles and practiced their building skills. On the event day, it drew a large crowd, with 13 schools and 48 teams, involving over 200 students across multiple sessions.

Te Whānau Kapa Haka Performance

Our senior Kapa Haka Group, Te Whānau Mahi Tahi delivered a stunning performance at the South Library as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori on Tuesday evening. 

Thank you to Whaea Cath for her mahi (work) with this rōpū (group).

Community Dental Service Term 3 School Holiday Closure

Sunscreen, Hats and Drink Bottles

Term 4 is incoming and this is a reminder that in Term 4 all children need to come to school each day with a school hat and their drink bottle, it is also recommended that children come to school with sunscreen applied. We welcome children to begin bringing their hats now!

Sports News

Year 4 Touch Rugby

We are looking for a couple more players to join so we can make a team. Games are Thursday Term 4 and Term 1, at Centennial Park. Please contact Jaime, if your child is interested in joining.

PTA News

Calendar Art

Don’t forget to get your calendar art orders in! They make great Christmas presents as handy cards and notebooks to use all year. Orders close on 22nd September. 
Go to and enter your child’s code to order. 

Weetbix TRYathlon

The Weetbix TRYathlon is coming around again and we have created a School Group. Click on the link below to join the Beckenham te Kura o Pūroto Group when you enter the TRYathlon.  You can also join our School Group, without the link, by using the School Group search functionality when entering online.

Community Picnic

And don’t forget the Community Picnic, on Friday 24th November from 5pm.  We’ll have a Sausage Sizzle, Bouncy Castle and ice blocks.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!

BOT Update

Policy Review

  1. Visit the website
  2. Enter the username (beckenham) and password (pride).
  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4. Read the policy.
  5. Click the Start your review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type.
  7. Enter your name (optional).
  8. Follow the prompts to show that you've read the topic and enter your feedback if you'd like to comment.
  9. Agree to the privacy statement and click “Submit review”.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

Community Notices

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

Draft Equity and Inclusion Policy - consultation open!

We’d like to hear what you think about Draft Equity and Inclusion Policy.
We’re committed to building inclusive, safe, resilient, and connected communities.

You can find out more about this Policy and tell us what you think online until Tuesday 3 October 2023.

Ngā mihi nui
Engagement Team

Action Indoor Sports Hornby - Junior Term 4 & 1 Indoor Sports Competition

Action Indoor Sports Hornby is looking for sporting superstars to register teams in our junior competition league during Terms 4 and 1.

The competition starts on Friday 13th October and we have spaces available for teams to register in indoor netball (7 aside), football (5 aside), and basketball (3x3).

Game times range from 4:00pm onwards every Friday with the younger age groups playing first. Teams will also be placed in grades to match their sporting ability; 9-11 years, 12-14 years, 14-16 years, and 16-18 years old.

You don’t need to enter as a school and If you are interested in entering teams, contact Action Indoor Sports Hornby on 03 342 6800 for more details or register your team online at


The Cashmere Parents Group (CPG) are hosting a free evening talk for parents on Financial Literacy. 

What IS Financial Literacy and why is it so important? What are our young people learning at school to prepare them for the future financially? Why do parents + caregivers need to know this?

Parents have requested to learn more about this extremely valuable topic, so we've enlisted a great team led by Cashmere High School's Commerce HOD Rasha Magdy. This panel talk will also benefit your students as well, they are most welcome to attend.

The evening will consist of a panel of presenters from the following groups. They will share their knowledge and answer questions to help parents gain skills, tools and understand concepts not only for themselves but to support their whanau.

Commerce Department at Cashmere High school -
Banqer - Building life skills for students through an online platform.
University of Canterbury Business School -
MYOB – Business Management Platform. 
Chartered Accountants Association -

Date: Tuesday 17 October: 7pm - 8.30pm
6.30-7pm Hot drink, 'Brain Teaser' and kōrero in the foyer.

Venue: Cashmere High School, Performing Arts Centre (PAC)
Entry off Barrington Street, 2 car parks onsite.

Please REGISTER HERE and we look forward to seeing you from 6.30pm at the Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 17th October.

Cashmere Parents Group

Art Classes for Children

Is your child passionate about art? Would they like to extend their creativity through learning a range of new art skills and techniques? Maybe Kat's holiday painting workshops or after-school art classes are just what you've been looking for. Kat's Art Studio is located at 171 Waltham Rd. Art tutor Katrina is a professional artist and tutor who has over 10yrs experience teaching children art. For more details, please visit

Southern Districts Cricket Club

At Beckenham Park, We not only deliver cricket for all ages but a quality, engaging sport and physical activity program that we deliver through play, using our natural environment and varied equipment. We aim to improve the physical literacy of our community and encourage them to stay physically active. We would love to see more of our Beckenham Whānau join us for a Summer of cricket. 

We have teams from Friday afternoon Smashies, Year 1-2 Cricket through to Year 6 Hardball, and then for our female-only players we have teams from Year 3-4 through to Year 8-10.

Canterbury Rams & Mainland Pouākai Basketball Camp Registrations Now Open

The Canterbury Rams & Mainland Pouākai Basketball Camp registrations for the September School holidays have now been released.

Our camps are the perfect opportunity for basketball enthusiast to learn training techniques from our Canterbury Rams and Mainland Pouākai professional players. The camps are fun, energetic and will support players with their development for their school & club seasons.

Spots are limited, get in quick and sign up today.

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