Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto, school newsletter, Friday 19 May, 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Winter illnesses continue to be causing challenges for both our staff and families at the moment. Our worst day this week was Monday when we had 92 out of 490 children away, 80 of them sick. Thank you for keeping sick children at home. 
If you have changed your address or contact details since the beginning of the year, please do check that you have updated them with Jacky by emailing It is important that we have more than one contact for each child in the case of an emergency.

Information needed by the Council about how we get to school...

PLEASE do fill out this brief survey, if you can, as we are trying to work with the CCC around improving our bike storage capacity and this information will really help them to understand our needs... so if your children bike or scooter to school, click on this link NOW!

The Christchurch City Council annual School Travel Survey is now live! This 5-10 minute survey will improve understanding of school travel patterns across Christchurch. This will help with improving safety, especially for those using active transport. The survey is open to all school communities (students, parents/caregivers and one staff member per school), until 5pm Wednesday 31 May 2023. There are 10 $50 supermarket vouchers up for grabs. 

The survey can be found here.

Learning Conferences 14 & 15 June

These are coming up in Week 8 of the term, on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June. 

Reports will go live on HERO at the end of Week 6, and these conferences will be an important opportunity to learn more about your child's learning progress and achievement.

School will close at the earlier time of 2pm on both days (not 1pm as indicated in a previous email). Children who are usually booked into BOSCO on those days will be able to attend from 2pm. We will provide supervision for children between 2-3pm IF NEEDED... 

Each family need to fill out BOTH forms below, please:
First, please book a Learning Conference for each of your children by clicking on this link.
Then, please fill out this form, to let us know what you want to happen for your child at 2pm. We need this form filled out by EVERY family, please.

Strike Percussion visit

All of our tamariki were mesmerised by a visit from a very talented team of three musicians on Monday, who perform under the name of 'Strike Percussion'. Whilst their music couldn't be described as 'restful', it was very exciting and stimulating. Many of our children enjoyed the full soundscape and a small number of them found that having ear muffs on during the performance took the edge off the sound, and enabled them to still appreciate the skill and energy of the performance. 

Ngā mihi
Sandy Hastings
Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Tue 23 May - Zone Cross Country - Y5-8 qualifiers, Hansons Park 9am-12noon
Wed 24 May - School photos! 
Wed 24 May - PTA Mtg 7:30pm - Staffroom
Thu 25 May - Board Meeting 5:30pm - Staffroom
Thu 25 May - Winter Sport begins for Y5-8 students
Fri 2 Jun - Celebration Assembly 10am, All welcome
Mon 5 Jun - School Closed - Kings Birthday Weekend Public Holiday
Thu 8 Jun - Cashmere High Open Day 12noon - 4pm
Wed 14 Jun - Learning Conferences - School Closes at 2pm
Thu 15 Jun - Learning Conferences - School Closes at 2pm
Fri 16 Jun - Celebration Assembly 10am, All welcome
Wed 21 Jun - Whānau Matariki Hui, followed by PTA Hāngi
Wed 28 Jun - Board Meeting, 5:30pm, Staffroom
Wed 28 Jun - PTA Mtg, 7:30pm Staffroom

Citizen of the Week

Anika Wallbanks - Year 6

Anika, your desire to be the best version of yourself is impressing us no end! You have shown the kete value 'We Love Challenge' by embracing new challenges and have shown that when you put your mind to it, you can be brilliant! Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina - take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality.

School Notices

School Photos this Wednesday, 24th May

Our friendly, local photographer from Camera and Digital on Colombo St will be at school on Wednesday morning to take our annual school photos.
Please send your child in their best version of the school uniform. 

Community Notices

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

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