Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Schoolwide Newsletter, Wednesday 15 November, 2023

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

School is closed tomorrow for a Staff Only Day and on Friday for Canterbury Anniversary Day. 

Tomorrow our teachers will be spending the day familiarising ourselves with the draft English and Mathematics Curriculum refresh documents that have been recently published by the Ministry of Education. During the afternoon, teachers will be working in the 2024 teaching teams for the first time, looking at initial planning for next year.

Our teaching assistants will be spending the day at Te Waka Unua School participating in Ministry funded professional development in Digital Fluency. This will significantly support them in the work that they do to support teachers and learners across our school.

I hope that you all have a safe weekend and are able to take some time to relax over the long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui
Sandy Hastings
Principal - Tumuaki

Important Dates

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

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

Hamish Zinzan - Year 8

Hamish, you do a fantastic job of displaying our kete values on a daily basis, with your friendliness and sense of humour shining through the Kauri hub. You willingly take on and persevere through challenges in and outside of the classroom, clearly demonstrating your love of learning. Hamish, it's been a pleasure to see all your hard work result in such great growth in your learning this year. Tau kē koe!

School Notices

Year 8 Whānau Hui for Ākonga Māori

Cashmere High School has formally invited our Ākonga Māori and their whānau to attend the CHS Year 8 hui to welcome them to their kura. It's a great opportunity to meet some of the CHS ākonga and kaiako before they are welcomed with a pōwhiri next year. 

Date/Time: On Thursday 30th November at 5:30pm
Where: Wharenui, Cashmere High School

Year 5-8 BYOD Programme

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto has an optional Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme for students in Years 5-8. This programme is very popular and has been in operation since 2014. 

If you want to find out more about our BYOD programme, please watch the video on our BYOD website. If you have any questions, please view our Frequently Asked Questions page, email your child’s homegroup teacher or email Nick, our ICT lead teacher.

If you choose to get a device for your child, we generally recommend that it is a Chromebook. You can see our standard BYOD offering from PB Tech here. All models on the linked page are suitable for learning. It is also fine to get a device from another supplier if you prefer. If you choose to use PB Tech, please use “beckenham” as the promo code to get a discount.

End of Year Reports - now live on HERO

End-of-year reports are now available through the Hero portal. The end-of-year report reflects aspects of your child's learning for the second part of the year. 
Please take the time to sit with your child and share their report with them, celebrating their learning and reflecting on their next steps.
To find your child's report open Hero, click on their name and then click '2023 report'. 
If you need any help accessing the report through Hero please contact your child's Home Group teacher or come into the office for assistance.

Drink Bottles

We have very generously been donated a number of metal drink bottles.  If your child needs a drink bottle please send them to the office with a note and we will provide them with one to keep.
Please ensure you name these drink bottles as there may be quite a few that look the same!

Health Update

A reminder that we still have a steady number of cases of; conjunctivitis, vomiting, tummy bugs, and flu/COVID across the school.

If your child is sick, please keep them home, and practice good hygiene.
Staying at home if you are feeling unwell helps to reduce the spread.
If your child has been vomiting, they need to stay home for 48 hours since their last episode/event.

Congratulations to...

Christopher McCracken-Shannon
Years 7&8 Speech Cup Winner (Beasley Cup)

Christopher wrote a wonderful speech on modern learning environments. He presented it with wonderful gestures and great confidence in front of the Kauri hub last term. Congratulations, Christopher.

Rose Bethwaite
Radcliffe Award for Special Contribution to Drama

Rose, your delightful sense of humour brings positivity and charm to captivate and entertain your audience, all while staying within the guidelines of Theatre Sports. This truly highlights your dedication and talent in this field. Your relaxed demeanour and sharp wit make you a true master of improvisational activities. Congratulations Rose.

Lilian Shelku
Literacy Cup

Lilian, you produce exceptional work in literacy. You have a natural talent and can write beautifully across numerous genres. You have a flare for weaving in fitting language features and using your extensive vocabulary to your advantage! You have sophisticated and thought-provoking ideas that you develop throughout your writing. You put a lot of thought into your speech this year and wrote a fantastic piece that you presented well in front of the class. It has been a joy to see your confidence improve and develop over time. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Lilian!

Staff Profiles

Just as we recognise the strengths of our tamariki, it is also exciting to share in the success of our kaimahi, who all bring their individual strengths and interests which enrich our kura greatly. Thomas Woodfield has done this with his contribution to our Music & the Arts this year, and it is very exciting to share with our whānau some of his extra-curricular endeavours! Thomas is the Musical Director of this choir, and the concert below will be a great event!

PTA News

Let the PTA help you out with your holiday shopping! We've curated a collection of yummy treats that everyone on your list will love and helps raise funds for our school! 

Order forms have been sent home in children's bags or you can order online using this link: Christmas Goodies Fundraiser.  Spare paper forms in school office. 

We have the following delicious range:

Honey from Beebro: 100% NZ Honey - $15.00 each 
Authentic, small-batch honey direct from the farm. Beebro will donate $1 for every jar of honey sold to Mike King's Nutters Club, a nationwide radio show and mental health support group. Three varieties to choose from. 

Naked Baker Fudge Gift Boxes - $6.50 each 
Delicious, creamy fudge available in four flavours and packed in lovely gift boxes. 

Naked Baker Christmas Tarts - $6.00 pack 
A six pack of crispy pastry available in two tasty varieties Traditional or Berry. 

Orders close at 6pm 22 November 2022. 

We will be collecting forms from the flagpole before school Mon-Wed 20-22 November. 

Collection of your yummy treats will be on 8 December at the school hall. 

The PTA thank you for all your support this year

We are also selling delicious panforte again, now in four yummy flavours.  Order panforte here and collect at school on 8th December.

Community Notices

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

BNZ Breakers

The school holidays are nearly upon us – keep the kids entertained by taking them to an action-
packed game of basketball.
The BNZ Breakers have 8 Auckland games remaining this season and every single game promises
plenty of fun, giveaways, and entertainment for the whole family. Choose the dates that suit you
and get behind the BNZ Breakers. Tickets are on sale at

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