Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Schoolwide Newsletter Term 4 Week 4 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

It was a huge privilege and joy to attend the Christchurch Schools Music Festival on Friday night at the Christchurch Town Hall. Our 66 Year 5-8 tamariki who participated had an amazing time, both in their singing, and in enjoying the unique experience of being in the town hall and singing with an orchestra and a pipe organ! Huge thanks to Thomas Woodfield who led the choir this year, sharing his talent and skills to support the choir to be amazing and make the most of this experience. Thanks also to Megan Culver and Margot Holcroft who supported Thomas and the choir.
You can hear an extract of the final number, Elton John's 'Rocket Man' by clicking on the YouTube link below.

Trading Cards (and other precious belongings)

We have noticed an increase in students bringing trading cards to school. We understand these cards are valuable to the children. Unfortunately, due to the tendency of these cards to go missing, or making trades they later regret, we ask that students leave trading cards at home This includes having trading cards on the grounds or at the gate before and after school. It is much easier for everyone if cards are kept as an out-of-school activity. Thank you for your support with this.

Ngā mihi nui

Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

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

Wed 8 Nov - BOT Meeting, 5.30pm, Staffroom
Fri 10 Nov - Zones Athletics, Hansen Park
Fri 10 Nov - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Wed 15 Nov - 4pm Voting Closes - Board Elections
Thu 16 Nov - School Closed, Staff Only Day
Fri 17 Nov - School Closed, Canterbury Anniversary Day
Mon 20 Nov - Mon 27 Nov - Year 6 Beckenham Cycle Safe
Wed 22 Nov - PTA Meeting, 7.30pm
Fri 24 Nov - Celebration Assembly, 9:10-9:50am, in the Hall
Fri 24 Nov - PTA School Community Picnic, 5.00-7.30pm, Beckenham Park
Fri 1 Dec - Student Council - Celebrating Diversity and Culture Day (non-uniform)
Fri 1 Dec - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Thu 7 Dec - BOT Meeting, 5.30pm, Staffroom
Fri 8 Dec - Celebration Assembly, 10am, in the Hall
Fri 8 Dec - 12:15-3pm, Kahikatea Team trip to Isaac Theatre Royal, Southern Ballet
Mon 11 Dec - 7-8pm Kauri Production, in the Hall
Tue 12 Dec - 7-8pm Kauri Production, in the Hall
Fri 15 Dec - Final Celebration Assembly, 9:45am, in the Hall
Mon 18 Dec - Year 8 Graduation, 11am-12pm
Mon 18 Dec - Year 8 Leavers' Lunch 12:30-1:30pm
Tue 19 Dec - Last Day of Term 4, School finishes at 12.30pm

Term Dates: Click here to view 2023 & 2024 term dates

Citizen of the Week

Billy Hudson - Year 5

Billy, your self-confidence has grown so much this year. You manage your learning appropriately and challenge yourself on a daily basis. You are full of a wealth of knowledge that you happily share with classmates. You show our school values 'We Love Learning' and 'We Love Challenge' often. Ka pai tō mahi, Billy!

School Notices

Congratulations to... 

Leo Cronin-Wilson
Maths Cup

Leo, you have an unquenchable thirst for mathematics. You possess a gift that sees you making amazing connections with numbers. You share these insights with great enthusiasm, baffling us all with your cleverness. This year you qualified for the Final Challenge in Otago Problem Solving and were part of the Year 8 Cantamath problem solving team who finished 12th out of 90 teams. Your vibrancy brings an extra sparkle to our weekly maths club. Congratulations Leo. 

Noah Palmer
Maths Cup

Noah, you are such an enthusiastic mathematician! Challenging problems motivate you and you have a thirst for new knowledge. You have been a regular at maths club over the past two years and even when overseas, continued to engage in maths competitions. In 2022 and again this year you were one of three from the Canterbury region to be awarded an Outstanding award for your dynamic models. This year you qualified for the Final Challenge in Otago Problem Solving and were part of the Year 8 Cantamath problem solving team who finished 12th out of 90 teams. Congratulations Noah.

Cian Scott
Social Sciences Cup

Cian, you possess such a wealth of knowledge about sociology, geography and history. Over the past two years, your insightful questions and observations have enriched our class discussions, sparked interesting debate and taken us off on many fascinating tangents. Your enthusiasm to understand the world around you is contagious. Your deep thinking and curiosity is your superpower. Jacob Bronowski, famous mathematician and philosopher once wrote, students ‘are not here to worship what is known but to question it.’ Question it you most certainly do and the world is a better place for it - and it makes our lessons far more interesting. Congratulations, Cian.

PTA News

The Great 2023 PTA Christmas Goodies Fundraiser

Orders are now live for our 2023 Christmas fundraiser.  

We have a delicious range of honey, fudge and Christmas tarts. Look out for an order form in your child's bag or you can order here today!

Orders close at 6 p.m. on 22nd November and will be available for collection by the hall on 8th December.

Panforte Fundraiser

Panforte deals are also available again, the 1kg is the same as last year.… and this year we have 3 additional flavours in the panforte mini range.

Order Online here:
Don't forget to order before December 1st, and use the code 'BECK'.
Orders using the code will be delivered to school for collection on Friday 8th of December, with 10% of sales going to our kura!

PTA Secondhand Uniform Shop

Our Second Hand Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.45 to 3.15pm and Fridays from 8.45 to 9.15. We’ve recently had an influx of senior jackets so pop in if you have a child entering year 7 next year!

Community Notices

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

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