Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto School Newsletter Friday 23 June 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Thank you to all of you who participated in our Matariki Whānau Hui! What a wonderful evening of whanaungatanga - connection, manaakitanga - hospitality and generosity, and ako - learning. Matariki is a time of rememberance and a time for communities to come together and celebrate - which we certainly did!
A huge thank-you to Jason Orchard and the PTA for enhancing the manaakitanga by providing delicious hupa huawhenua - vegetable soup.

Whānau Feedback

Over the next couple of months, our Board will be developing a new strategic plan to take us through the next two years. As part of this process, we will be engaging with our community, asking for your feedback and suggestions about what we do and focus on at Beckenham.

You may have already filled out a feedback form at the Learning Conferences, or at the Matariki Hui, and these forms are also available at the office, and will be around outside some afternoons at pick-up time.

We appreciate and value all of the feedback we get and are keen to talk to you if you have anything you might want to discuss, rather than write down. If that is the case, pop that on the form, and someone will contact you.

Alternatively, you can comment by clicking this link.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Mon 26 Jun - Year 7/8 Basketball - Hillview Christian School 9:00am - 12:30pm
Tue 27 Jun - 12:30-2:30pm - Y0-4 Zone Cross Country - Hillview Christian School
Wed 28 Jun - Board Mtg - 5:30pm Staffroom                                                                                
Wed 28 Jun - PTA Mtg, 7:30pm Staffroom       
Fri 30 Jun - 10am - Celebration Assembly                                                                                 
Fri 30 Jun - last day of term 2                                                                                                             
Sat 1 Jul - School Holidays begin                                                                                                     
Mon 17 Jul - Term 3 begins

Term Dates

Citizen of the Week

Myka Orchard - Year 3

Myka, you are an incredible role model in the Kōwhai hub, the way you consistently show all of the school values. You are a conscientious learner, keen to do your best, and you are highly organised, thinking ahead and making sure you are prepared. You are also an extremely caring friend, always looking out for others and helping where needed. Myka, you are an absolute star!

School Notices

Kids Fest event: Native tree planting at Beckenham Ponds. Wed 5th July 10-11.

Our tamariki from Year 5/6 have been working very hard over the past few years at the Beckenham Ponds on restoration and planting. These holidays, there is a KidsFest Event happening at the Ponds.


Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto - Music Festival Audition Results

Following the recent auditions for the Representative Groups of the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, we wish to advise you of the audition results for pupils from Beckenham Te Kura O Pūroto. 

Nearly 600 pupils auditioned for the 330 places this year and we have been impressed by the high standard of many of the pupils applying. 

The number of children applying for positions in the Representative Groups may mean that some children who were in groups in a previous year may have missed out in a getting a place this year.  We regret this but, to be fair to all children auditioning, we need to treat everyone openly and fairly.

Freyja Schoeler: Senior Choir 
Isabelle Parrett: Concert Band - French Horn
Mia White: Junior Choir

Sports News

Our Cross Country team represented Kura at the Canterbury Cross-Country Championships this week. These were held at Ngā Puna Wai. 
A special mention to Jack Sayer who placed 6th out of nearly 200 Year 7 boys. Well done to the other 7 students who gave it their all! What a great experience!

Community Notices

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

Community Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service

This winter, between Monday 12 June and Saturday 30 September, participating community pharmacies in Canterbury will provide a Minor Health Conditions Service for Māori and Pacific people, children aged under 14 years, and community service card holders.

The service allows pharmacists to have a clinical consultation and provide advice as well as medication if needed for a select set of minor ailments at no cost to the patient.
It also includes whānau members of a child with similar symptoms. For example, if the pharmacist determines your child needs treatment for scabies and they have older brothers or sisters, or you yourself also have symptoms, they may provide advice and medication for all of you.
The following health conditions are included in the Minor Health Conditions Service:
  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Eye inflammation and infections
  • Scabies
  • Headlice
  • Pain and fever
  • Eczema/Dermatitis
  • Minor skin infections
If your condition needs further support, the pharmacist can tell you the best place to go for your condition to get further help.
Participating pharmacies can be found by going to HealthPoint and searching “Minor Ailments”. You can also find a list here  

Have a Go Swimming Event

Swimming Canterbury West Coast is excited to announce our second dedicated "Have-a-Go Carnival" event for 2023.
The event is open to any swimmer (of any age) who is not currently registered as a club or competitive swimmer with Swimming New Zealand and is capable of swimming 25m without assistance.
Participation is free, and registration is on the day. Swimmers are welcome to swim in 25m, 50m, kick, and relay races!
Please share with anyone looking to explore swimming as a sport, or recreational activity.
For more information, head to our website:
Event Page:
Event Information Booklet:
Event Poster A4:

Matariki Around the World

Matariki around the World, a beautiful musical journey exploring the Matariki star cluster around the globe, based on the book written by Professor Rangi Matamua and Miriama Kamo, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, and published by Scholastic New Zealand.

We will be holding x2 performances at the James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall on Wednesday 5 July - 10.00am and 11.30am. 

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