Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Rāmere (Friday) 8 Sep 2023

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Kia ora koutou

Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Next Week

Kapa Haka
Christchurch South Library has invited our Te Whānau Kapa Haka Rōpū to perform as part of their programme of events celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori next week. 

We have a performance slot starting at 5p.m. on Tuesday the 12th. 

We would love to see some of our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto whānau there to support our tamariki.

The performance will last between 15 and 20 minutes and will be a diverse showcase of the waiata and haka that the group has been practising. 

Strum Strike Blow

On Wednesday night Beckenham Ukelele and Recorder students took part in the amazing "Strum, Strike, Blow" performance at the Wolfbrook Arena, along with over 800 other students from Canterbury schools.

A special thanks to those whānau who helped make this a success with transport support for rehearsals, and to Roger and Josie, who have put a lot of time and effort into supporting musical opportunity and talent within our kura.

I will be away at the annual New Zealand Principals' Conference from Monday to Wednesday this coming week. 
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.

Tue 12 Sep - Te Whānau Kapa Haka Performance at Christchurch South Library, 5pm
Wed 13 Sep - Year 5-8 Choir - Music Festival Rehearsal
Wed 13 Sep- Year 8 Student and Parent Evening at Cashmere High, 6-7pm
Thu 14 Sep - am - Year 8 entrance testing at Cashmere High
Fri 15 Sep - School Photos
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 - 10am Celebration Assembly
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

Clara Shaw - Year 4

Clara, the positivity and enthusiasm that you bring to Kōwhai Hub every day is infectious! You are someone who leads by example, displaying our school Kete in all that you do. Your caring nature, sense of humour, and willingness to help out whenever you see a need makes a difference to our hub. Tēnā rawa atu koe Clara, keep shining!

School Notices

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean up Week; 11th - 15th September 2023

Who wants to be a Plogger?
Plogging is a combination of 'jogging' with 'picking up litter', merging the Swedish verbs 'plocka upp' (pick up) and 'jogga' (jog) gives the new Swedish verb 'plogga', from which the word plogging derives.

Everyone will get a chance to plog next week when it is Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up week.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at lunchtime there will be buckets and tongs available for any and all ākonga and kaimahi (students and staff) who want to plog and get Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto 100% litter free!
See you by the flagpole!

Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori - Māori Language Moment

Te Āo Māori is celebrated and embraced every week within our kura, from waiata to karakia in the mornings, the way our tamariki embrace Mātauranga Māori each day is truly inspiring. Here are some new and exciting opportunities happening at kura, and some ideas for your whānau to explore together.

Tapu Ae!

We have a freshly painted Tapu Ae court in the Parenga/Pūkaki courtyard. Thank you so much to Gayle and Jenny for the organisation. 

This game is a hit with the kids, and relatively easy to teach and learn. 

We are just waiting on the middle path (te ara) to be painted, but the game can definitely still be played on the court as it is. 

Here is a link to a clip about how to play:


There are many different ways to upskill and embrace learning in ways that suit the way you learn, below are some great resources with different ideas for you and your whānau to explore together. Thanks to Steve for sharing these resources, and Tapu Ae details with us. We Get There Together, and this includes our learning journeys!
A simple yet great resource is Te Aka (The Māori Dictionary), where you can find the translation and meaning of a word by entering it in English or te reo Māori. Te reo Māori is a spoken language, and Te Aka offers a button to hear how a word is pronounced. This is a great way to learn the correct pronunciation of a word if you are unsure. Try it out using our hub, or kura names!

Cashmere High School Q&A Evening 

Please remember to RSVP here if you are a whānau with a Year 8 student headed for Cashmere High School in 2024, and plan to attend the Q&A session with CHS Principal, Joe Eccleton.

If you have any queries please contact Bianca Edmonds, Principal's PA -

Staff Profiles

Nau mai haere mai ki te Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto kaimahi... Anita Baker

We have welcomed another new face to our Beckenham Staff, and we are very excited to introduce Anita Baker who joins us on our Teaching Assistant team, supporting ākonga across our kura.

I’m Anita, a mum of 2 young boys. I love running, baking, coffee, and keeping fit. I’m looking forward to supporting the kids at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto.

Sports News

School Duathlon Results

All children who participated in our school duathlon deserve to be very proud of their achievements. The course is a test of endurance and requires competitors to show perseverance and a love of challenge. It was really impressive to see how competitors supported and encouraged each other throughout the race. 

Year 5 Champions: Ben Stoney and Laura Stoney 

Year 6 Champions: Lily Miller and Kawa Taylor

Year 7 Champions: Jack Sayer and Isabella Guise

Year 8 Champions: Ella Coleman and Cahlen Stace

Canterbury Duathlon

On Monday, a group of children represented our kura at the Canterbury Duathlon. This course is even more challenging than the school duathlon with a 3km run and a bike of up to 9 km. The highlight for many is riding their bike along the Ruapuna Raceway.

I think this might have been our most successful Canterbury Duathlon yet!

For context, there are around 100 competitors in each race. We are super proud of all our competitors. Here are the results from the top 30. 

Lily Miller - 1st in Year 6 girls
Ben Stoney - 4th in Year 5 open
Laura Stoney - 6th in Year 5 girls
Izzy Clarke - 15th in Year 5 girls
Ella Coleman - 16th in Year 8 girls
Zach Guise - 20th in Year 5 open
Isabella Guise - 20th in Year 6 girls
Annabelle Smith - 21st in Year 7 girls
Kawariki Taylor - 26th in Year 6 open

Huxter Mountain Bike Relay Race

This event has been a very popular event in previous years for children who love biking. It is open to Year 5 to 8 children. Transport to this event and supervision during the event needs to be organised by caregivers. There will not be a teacher from kura at this event. 

If you wish for your child to be entered in this event, please fill out the following form linked here. The entry fee of  $25 for a team or $15 for an individual needs to be paid to the office upon registering your child.

PTA News

Readathon Fundraiser

A big thank you to everyone for the fabulous reading, costumes, and support for the annual Readathon.  We raised a magnificent $5160!  We will be able to buy lots of new books for the library, as well as some new games for the hubs. 

Upcoming Events

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!

The Weetbix TRYathlon is coming around again and we have created a School Group. Click on this link 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.

Notes from the organisers:
Sign up now for the OPENING WEEK SPECIAL, be sure you use the code ‘GIVEITATRY’ to unlock this VERY SPECIAL $25 discounted price. Limited entries, ONLY 100 entries per event at this price will be available so make sure you get in quick!

If someone you know requires financial assistance to enter the TRYathlon, should it be subsidised entry fees or funding for necessary equipment, then you can apply to the Weet-Bix TRYathlon Foundation for assistance. Visit for details.

BOT Update

Please note the next Board of Trustees meeting date has changed from Wednesday the 20th September, to Thursday the 21st of September. To be held in the Staff Room at 5:30p.m.

Community Notices

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

Cashmere High School Music presents Off to Oz a farewell concert for the Music tour to Sydney.

Tickets available from eventbrite

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