Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Rāmere (Friday) 22 Sep 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

What an amazing end to Term 3 with the talent show! Beckenham has a lot of talent. Each team got to experience a variety of performances in their hubs, and from there 2 acts were chosen to represent each of the teams. 

Thank you to the Student Council for their organisation of the show and to all the performers for sharing your talents with us - We Make a Difference.

BOT Update

SchooI Board Parent Mid-Term Election 2023

Board of Trustees Nominations

Our school will be undertaking a mid-term parent election for 3 School Board vacancies.
This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community today, 
Friday 22nd September 2023.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with
legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination
into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address
in our database, or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on
to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 11 th October at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday
15th November 2023.

Our school needs to have people on the Board who reflect the wonderfully diverse community that makes up our school population. This means that we need as many different world views sitting at our board table together, to enable us to have a deep and rich understanding of the needs of our tamariki and the best ways to support them to be successful.

We look forward to your participation in this process. 

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing two weeks. See you on Monday 9th October for Term 4.

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.
Fri 22 Sep - Final day of Term 3
Mon 9 Oct - First day of Term 4
Fri 13 Oct - Welcome Assembly, 9.15am, in the Hall
Sat 14 Oct - Election Day, Voting Open in the School Hall 
Fri 20 Oct- Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Mon 23 Oct - School Closed, Labour Day
Wed 25 Oct - PTA Meeting, 7.30pm
Thu 26 Oct - School Athletics Day TBC
Fri 3 Nov - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Fri 3 Nov - CHCH Schools Music Festival Beckenham Performance Night
Wed 8 Nov - BOT Meeting, 5.30pm, Staffroom
Fri 10 Nov - Zones Athletics, Hansen Park
Thu 16 Nov - School Closed, Staff Only Day
Fri 17 Nov - School Closed, Canterbury Anniversary Day
Mon 20 Nov - Mon 27 Nov - Year 6 Beckenham Cycle Safe
Wed 22 Nov - PTA Meeting, 7.30pm
Fri 24 Nov - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Fri 24 Nov - PTA School Picnic, 5.00-7.30pm, Beckenham Park
Fri 1 Dec - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Thu 7 Dec - BOT Meeting, 5.30pm, Staffroom
Fri 8 Dec - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Fri 15 Dec - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Mon 18 Dec - Year 8 Graduation, 11am-12pm
Tue 19 Dec - Last Day of Term 4, School finishes at 12.30pm

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

Citizen of the Week

Tayla Finlayson - Year 6

Tayla, "We Get There Together" is one of our school values you excel at. You show empathy to others and will always give help if you see a need, as you are always keen to see others succeed. Excellent characteristics to have! You love to increase your knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum. Ka rawe, Tayla.

School Notices

Sunhat, drink bottle and sunscreen

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. Please make sure the hat is named.

Plogging for Keep New Zealand Beautiful

What great ploggers we had for our Keeping NZ Beautiful event!
Some students turned up every day - that really shows We Care!
Buckets and tongs were eagerly dished out and our ploggers set off to clean up the school grounds and Beckenham Park.
Two large bags of rubbish later and with many house points being awarded there were some very happy ploggers!

Congratulations to...

Elijah who has been selected to represent Te toka tū o Waitaha, Māori rugby league, for a tournament in Whakatāne over the weekend. Good luck Elijah! 

Sports News

Koru Games

This week, 48 of our Year 7 and 8 students spent three days at Koru Games, a three-day sports tournament held in the Selwyn District. Our kura had teams entered into basketball, hockey, ki o rahi, touch and ultimate frisbee. Competing teams traveled from all over the South Island from as far afield as Wanaka and Dunedin. 

As you might imagine, the level of competition was pretty high and all of our teams came up against some pretty slick opposition. Our tamariki held their own, playing with heart, resilience and teamwork. They all deserve to feel very proud of the way they played and conducted themselves on and off the field. As a kura, we place huge importance on the way we play sport with regards to sportsmanship and values. These values were firmly on show in the way the children played sport throughout the tournament. They were humble in victory and gracious in defeat. 

A huge thank you goes to all our adult coaches. Our tamariki were in fantastic hands under the guidance of passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable coaches. We are so grateful for their time and support. 

Hockey - The children played as a cohesive team, showing great development in skill and confidence over the three days. The team showed great enthusiasm in all their games. They placed 2nd in their competition. 

Ki-o-Rahi - The team were all fairly new to the sport, which is a traditional Māori game. None of them had previously played in a competitive environment outside of kura. The team showed incredible growth, implementing strategies that they observed in their opponents. The organisers presented our team with the Spirit of Ki-o-Rahi Award for the way they played the game with such positivity. 

Basketball - The girls' team played every game with exceptional enthusiasm and positivity. The team were incredibly supportive of each other and developed their gameplay throughout the competition. The boys' team showed fantastic teamwork and focused play. They were coachable and resilient. They enjoyed many exciting games including some where they gained redemption against teams who they had played prior. 

Touch - The touch team showed incredible progression and skill throughout the tournament. They came up against some extremely tough competition and they never stopped giving it their all. They showed great resilience, coachability and dedication.

Ultimate Frisbee - The wind added an additional challenge to the ultimate frisbee games, which the team took in their stride. Ultimate is a self reffed game, giving the children the responsibility of ensuring that the game is played in the right spirit. The tamariki worked together to make a strong team and worked strategically to finish in 5th place. 

Community Notices

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

With the school holidays just around the corner, we've got a fantastic show that'll make those days off even more special. The Court Theatre is bringing you The Kuia and the Spider!

Journey into the forest with Kui and Pūpai as they find out how to save the spider world from the damage of humans.

Adapted from the beloved children’s book The Kuia and the Spider by Patricia Grace, Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere takes you beyond the kitchen to find out what the old lady and the spider are really arguing about...

Performed in English with te reo Māori kupu (words) throughout. Perfect for primary-school-aged tamariki and their whānau.

Attached and below are the details:

Where: The Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch
Dates: 27 September - 7 October 2023
Times: 11am and 1pm


We are looking for a positive and enthusiastic staff member to work as an after-school care Assistant in Christchurch! 

We are looking for someone to work during school terms AND potentially during the school holidays for our holiday programme as well. 

The start date for this position is Monday 9th October.
Hours are from 3pm on weekdays.

Successful candidates will:
  • Love working with children 
  • Support our culture of child protection
  • Be available to work the after-school care programme every weekday from 3pm (and potentially during the holidays )
  • Have experience working with and managing large groups of children (this is a requirement!)
  • Undergo a children’s safety check and police check
  • Have great communication skills
If you meet all of the above requirements, we look forward to hearing from you!

To find out more about us- feel free to visit our website-

Please email your C.V to:

With thanks
The Homework Club

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