Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Newsletter Thursday 1 April, 2021

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Structured Literacy Workshops this week 

Thank you to all of the whānau who managed to get along to one of our parent workshops this week. We do apologise for the very short notice on these. Caroline had an opening in her calendar at the last minute and we took it. We are hoping to repeat this again during Term 2, with more notice than we were able to give this time. We recorded one of the sessions, and hope to be able to make this available next week.

Sleep Tips for Children

With daylight saving ending this Sunday, 4th April, we thought you might appreciate reading some tips for helping children to get a good night of sleep... We all know how important good sleep is for our children's success, and how poor sleep can negatively impact on learning and behaviour.
The Sleep Health Foundation has put together a number of tips for developing positive sleep habits and patterns for children.

We hope that you all manage to get some quality time with family and whānau over the Easter break. 

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Week 10:
Mon 5 Apr - Easter Monday - School Closed
Tue 6 Apr - 
Easter Tuesday - School Closed
Thu 8 Apr - 9.00 - 2.00pm, Canterbury Swimming at Selwyn Aquatic Centre
Thu 8 Apr - 3:15 - 6:00pm Miniball Grade C at Pioneer Stadium
Fri 9 Apr - 12.00 - 12.30 Celebration Assembly

Week 11: 
Mon 12 Apr - Learning Conferences - SCHOOL CLOSES at 2pm 
Wed 14 Apr: - Learning Conferences - SCHOOL CLOSES at 2pm
Fri 16 Apr: - Last day of Term 1

Term Dates

Click here to view 2021 term dates.

Citizen of the Week

Isabelle Inglis - Year 6

Izzy, you truly make a difference to our team. You are always willing to contribute to our school community and we love that you always think of ways to help and look for solutions. You truly love learning and this shines through to us everyday. The treasure is learning, Izzy, he taonga te ako.

School Notices

Learning Conferences

Week 11 - Monday 12th April and Wednesday 14th April

School will close at 2pm on both days, to allow Learning Conferences to begin at 2:15pm.

Please go onto the School Interviews website and use the code kk64k to book your learning conference. The Learning Conferences are for 15mins each, except for Year 7/8 where you need to book a 15-minute slot, but allow 30 mins (it works!)

The focus of these Learning Conferences will be to update you on how your child has settled into the school year, and to give you a picture of the areas of focus they are working on, particularly in numeracy and literacy. 

Updating Contact Details

A reminder to all parents and caregiver's to please update details or changes with the office. This includes any changes in circumstances, addresses, or contact numbers.


Please remember that Term 1 and Term 4 are sunhat terms. Every child needs to have a school hat at school every day.

Mana Ake “Drop-Ins” are continuing…

A number of whānau have already made great use of the Mana Ake “drop-ins” that are available on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30am. These drop-in sessions are here to provide parents with an opportunity to have a private, informal conversation around the well being of their child with one of our Mana Ake workers (kaimahi). If you feel like you would like to attend a drop-in session, please book in a time via the link here: Mana Ake booking  The code to use is 88t39. Alternatively, you can contact Jacky in the office and she will make a booking for you.

Lost Property

In the office we are building quite the collection of watches, and various other items in our lost property pile. If your child is missing something special, please come see us and describe your item - we may be able to reunite you with your treasures! During the school day, children and parents will also have access to the lost property rack for clothing, and the lost property bin for hats. These sit outside the library.

Staff Profiles

Introducing our Kauri Hub teachers. Our Kauri hub supports the learning of our Year 7 & 8 students.

From left to right we have; Jenny Diggle (Sports), Caitlin Worsfold, Megan Culver, Nicky Dunlop (Team Leader), Georgie Jones. It was a challenge to get these busy people together and paused for long enough to take a photo... they are always on the go!

Community Notices

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


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 relocating to 171c Waltham Rd. Art tutor Katrina is a professional artist and tutor who has over 10yrs experience teaching children art. For more details, please visit

Audition Call

Studio One Performing Arts, your local dance school, is currently giving Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Acro lessons in your area. The school’s director is teacher, choreographer & ex-ballet dancer Patricia Paul A.R.A.D. (London). Ballet lessons from 3 years through to Advanced, and all levels in Jazz and Contemporary starting from age 7.
For all enquiries please phone 03 372-9191 or email

Imagination Station after school LEGO classes are coming to South Christchurch Library, with all our LEGO robotics, mechanics, and movie making fun! In Term 2 our South Christchurch classes will be held every week on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, with a cost of $15 per session. Find more info or reserve a space at

Family Day Out!
Event Hire & Placemaking at One Central are proud to present the Family Day Out!
Make sure to bring the whole family for a day packed full of fun! There will be bouncy castles, rides & amusements for all ages, coffee & food, local stalls + heaps more!
Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Can't wait to see you there!

Christchurch Netball, in collaboration with Origin Sport, Mainland Football and Scotty’s Skate Skool are running a FREE multi-sport event on Sunday 11th April starting at 12 noon.
  • The event will be held at Hagley Netball courts in South Hagley Park.
  • The sports participating are Netball, Ki ò Rahi, Skateboarding and Futsal.
  • The will be a free sausage sizzle and fruit for lunch.
  • This event is for young people aged between 5 and 18. Please bring a friend with you, participants do not have to be currently registered with a sport, this is simply an opportunity to have a go, have some fun and enjoy a FREE event and some FREE food.
Register here:

“The Peace Train bike ride attempts bring our whanau together and to break down cultural barriers, especially after the March 15 tragedies in Christchurch.

Join in your whanau and friends in any one of the 4 rides on Sunday 11 April.  Each ride stops briefly at 4-5 faith-based places of worship around our city. All 4 rides end at the Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham St North for afternoon tea at around 4.30pm.

By cycling together and visiting centres of different faiths, we’ll be reminded of the thing we have in common and  the diversity we can celebrate.

For more information:
Ian Wells, Meg Christie”

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