Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Schoolwide Newsletter, Rāmere (Friday) 8 March 2024, Week 6

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou,

We Care
We are now halfway through Term 1 and officially it is Autumn! Although we are having some cooler days as a SunSmart school we are still officially in a hat wearing term. The staff are reminding all children to wear their school sunhats during outside play. Please support this by checking with your child that they are bringing their hat to school.

We Love Learning
For the first part of the term, teams have worked on building connections, routines and expectations. Teams are now moving into the learning timetable, groupings and programmes for the year. As always please contact your child's Homegroup teacher if you have any questions or things you would like to share.

We Make a Difference 
Thank you to the Road Patrol volunteers. You contribute to the safety of the community by ensuring a safe place for everyone to cross Sandwich Road.

We Get There Together
We have been advised that the Christchurch City Council will be working on an urgent repair to the sewer system on the street front outside Tahaki (Kōwhai). Some of you may have seen the plumbers on site a couple of weeks ago. This was caused by a blockage in the pipe on the street front. The work will take place on Tuesday 12th March for the day. This means there will be very little parking on Sandwich Road and the drop-off area will be closed. Please consider using alternative entries on this day, Eastern Terrace and Norwood Street. There will be a temporary footpath that will run along the bike stand area.

Ngā mihi nui
Jo Smith - Tumuaki (Acting Principal)

Important Dates

(you can also find the Community Calendar on our website here)

Mon 11 Mar - Zone Swimming, 9-12.30PM, Wharenui Pool
Wed 27 Mar
 - Canterbury Swimming
Wed 27 Mar
 - BoT Meeting, 5.30-7.30PM, Staffroom
Wed 27 Mar - PTA Meeting, 7.30-9.30PM
Fri 29 Mar 
- Good Friday (kura/school closed)
Mon 1 Apr
 - Easter Monday (kura/school closed)
Tue 2 Apr
 - Kura/School closed
Fri 12 Apr 
- Last day of Term 1
Mon 29 Apr - First day of Term 2
Fri 3 May 
- Welcome Assembly, 9.15-9.30am, Hall
Tue 14 May 
- School Cross Country TBC
Wed 22 May 
- PTA Meeting, 7.30-9.30PM
Wed 29 May
 - BoT Meeting, 5.30-7.30PM, Staffroom
Fri 31 May
 - Staff Only Day (kura/school closed)
Mon 3 Jun -
 King's Birthday (kura/school closed)
Tue 25 Jun - Matariki Evening at Kura
Wed 26 Jun
 - BoT Meeting, 5.30-7.30PM, Staffroom
Wed 26 Jun -
 PTA Meeting, 7.30-9.30PM, Staffroom
Fri 28 Jun
 - Matariki (kura/school closed)
Fri 5 Jul
 - Last day of Term 2

Term Dates: Click here to view  2024 term dates

Citizen of the Week

Korell Carlyle - Year 8 (Week 5)

Korell, you have shown yourself again and again to be a true upstander. You have strong morals and stand up for what you believe in. You help others and are not afraid to speak up in support of your peers. You are quiet, kind and humble and we love having you as part of our Kauri team, you make a difference. Keep shining Korell, you are a star!

Alex Straker - Year 6 (Week 6)

Alex, your caring, thoughtful and resilient nature shines in all that you do. You have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards all areas of learning and you are a fantastic role model to other students. You are self-motivated and you constantly strive to be the best you can be. Tino pai tō mahi, Alex!

School Notices

Request for Annual Donation

You will have received a link to your Financial Statement in mid February, with our annual donation request.

We greatly appreciate all contributions you are able to make towards donations. These go a long way towards providing a rich and diverse programme for our tamariki.

If you need any assistance logging into Hero to view your statement or wish to find out more about the school donation or setting up payment instalments, you can refer to our website and follow the “Finances and Annual Donation” link in the “Information” dropdown menu. 

You will also find information about applying for Donation Tax Credits from the IRD on this page. This scheme entitles you to claim back 33% of your donation payments, if you meet the eligibility criteria. Receipts for donations payments (including camp donations) made to us before 31st March this year, can be submitted as part of your application for the financial year ended 31 March 2024.

Payments may be made in part or full to the school bank account -

ASB Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees,  12 3148 0131641 000 using the child's name as a reference. The school office also has Eftpos facilities available.

If you have any queries, please email


We know that within our community many different celebrations happen for whānau and friends. One we often hear about at school is birthdays. From time to time discussions about birthdays do arise and staff explain to the tamariki that all whānau celebrate differently. Some have small or large parties, some celebrate with just their family and some choose not to celebrate. We encourage invitations to be given outside of the school setting.  If invitations need to be given out at school we recommend that whānau contact their child's Homegroup teacher so that this can be done with discretion.

Arriving early to school

The doors to hubs are opened at 8:30am and school starts at 8:55am.  We have noticed a growing number of children arriving at school as early as 8:10am. There is no supervision for these children.  We strongly suggest that children do not arrive at school until 8:30am to ensure that children are kept safe.

If your child needs to be at school before 8.30am, please enquire with BOSCO, our on site before and after school care.

Cheese Rolls

Year 7 & 8 are fundraising for outdoor education days by making cheese rolls. These delicious cheese rolls are made with the traditional Southland recipe! Please click on this link to place your order.

Many thanks for your support. This form must be submitted or the paper form completed and handed into the Office, by Friday March 22nd. Orders will be made up on Thursday, April 4th and will be ready for collection after school. If you would like to supply your own container (and we very much hope you do), please clearly name it and drop it off in the collection box outside the hall from Monday, March 25th. 

Sports News

School Swimming Sports

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of swimming sports at Wharenui Pool with a group of our Year 5 to 8 students. The children showed awesome values as they embraced the challenges of their races and there was lots of amazing swimming on display. Thank you to the Year 8 leaders and whānau whose mahi made the event a success. In the house relay, Heathcote came out victorious in a very exciting and competitive race. 

A group of children are on their way to our zone swimming sports on Monday to compete against children from schools in our local area. All the best to them.

Staff Profiles

Best of luck... to our Year 7/8 Kaiako Thomas Woodfield, who will be debuting with Toi Toi Opera in their production of 'The Three Little Pigs', this Saturday the 9th of March. Read more about Thomas' mahi here.

Congratulations to... our Teaching Assistant Paul McKinnel, who won the Canterbury Pairs for bowls! 

PTA News

Weetbix TRYathlon

It was fantastic to see so many Beckenham kids and their whānau at the Weetbix TRYathlon. 

Thanks to the PTA for all the work getting the tent and banners up, along with the ice blocks, and having Sandy there! It was so great to have the school banner for families to gather by and have a meeting place. 

We had 62 students registered. Prebbleton won the most children registered with 65, as well as the school with the highest percentage of participants based on student roll. What about setting an aim to be the highest next year? We were very close. 

Hot Cross Buns

Don't forget order your yummy hot cross buns now! Orders close 15th March 2024.

The PTA are raising money to help update the Kapa Haka uniforms and replace the school's gazebo, which was broken last year.

We'll be collecting forms on Wednesday the 13th, Thursday the 14th, and Friday the 15th of March.
Paper forms can be returned to the box in the school office. Please make sure any cash is in an envelope, or note clearly the date paid.

Or - order online here.

Thanks for your support.
Jason Orchard (PTA Chairperson)

BOT Update

Congratulations to Marcel Frei on being re-elected as the Presiding Member (Board Chair) for 2024. 

Please click here to see the 2023 Te Reo Māori in our Teams update that was shared with the Board at the end of last year. Particular thanks to Steve Cooke for all his work in this space, and to all our kaiako who support the success of all our tamariki.

Community Notices

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

Maths Club

Hi, I run a "Fun Maths" club on Wed afternoons, for students who enjoy maths, games and puzzles.
At present, I'm taking year 7 and 8 students on a Wednesday from 3.30-5pm.
I'm happy to run another class for younger students should there be enough interest.
We look at mathematical patterns, puzzles and problems, then after a short break for a snack, we play strategy games.
I'm a fully qualified and registered teacher of Mathematics.
I operate from home at the bottom of Cashmere Hills.
$20 per session.
Please feel free to contact me on 021 072 2939
Kirsty Frew

Get down to Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre for the Off Centre arts festival on the 8 – 9 March. There will be loads of fun, free and low cost entertainment for tamariki and their whānau.
See the full programme and book tickets at

Sharpen your game these April holidays with Rams & Pouākai basketball camps, coached by Tall Blacks Taylor Britt, Walter Brown and Max Darling, and Tall Fern Esra McGoldrick!

There are junior camps available for school years 5–8 and senior camps available for school years 9–13. Registrations close April 14th. 

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