Sunday 28 August 2016

Swimming Lessons

On Tuesday 30 August we begin two weeks of swimming lessons at Aquagym. Children need to come prepared every day with togs and towel in a plastic bag. We have three buses travelling to Aquagym each day. On Tuesday 30 August the first bus will depart at 8.30am, the second will depart at 9am and the third will depart at 9.30am. Every day after that the first bus will depart at 9.30am, the second at 10am, and the third bus will leave at 10.30am. There is no swimming on Tuesday 6 September.
 Please check below to see which bus your child will be on:

Bus leaving:
8.30am 30 August
9.30 am all other days
Bus leaving:
9am 30 August
10am all other days
Bus leaving:
9.30am 30 August
10.30 am all other days
Boyd GoldsburyJack BartonJoshua Allen
Declan AllenJordy BoonDelana-Mae Areli
Bradley PyeAva Winstanley-HTamryn Bately
Sophia BrownTheodore ClancyTyler Chesterman
Georgina CockfieldOskar CooperLydia Coombs
Helena SiceEmily EadeKate Cornfoot
Maia DavisTessa FoleyFrankie Ebert
Michael FaircloughElla FreemanBenjamin Evan
Charlotte TindallRiley FrenchJoel Fergusson
Winnifred GoldsburyEthan GillerJordis Flynn
Charlotte GrayMillie GrahamKeira Tough
Jess HancockMaddi GrantRiley Walsh
Aaron KumarLucy GrayAlexander Howarth
Gabriel LyallCharlotte GreyZachary Knowles
Gemma YorkNoah Harmer-CMatthew Moore
Jimmy MiddleditchTilly HarrisAbbie Murray
Santiago MontejoJessie LeaskCharlotte O'Connor
Flynn Moses-JRohith ThonyConnor O'Leary
Ayden MustyMeg MacdonaldLiam Price
Portia PascoeMorvern McDaidBella Reddecliffe
Caleb PodmoreArran RobertsonChristopher Reynolds
Aliya PhiskieOlivia WilsonVienna Scott
Paolo ReidRoxanne MurfinFreya Pratt
Samuel RogersFlorence GerardAaliyah Ranguhuna
Matilda HindinElla ClarkeRekha Thony
Nadia RussellLily Cummins-NCallum Lucas
Fynn SkeltonMorita DuaneAdam Barton
Daniel SmithEdward FeryaginTom Woodhouse
Imogen Stevenson-FIzak JohnsMurphy McCabe
Sama AhmedReid CraigSamantha Maule
Anton AdamsonCharlotte StrahlFelix Morgan
Hannah WinchesterEmily RoweNina Callaghan
Kwahli BeauchampKaty AgarDuncan Moulin-G
Tash BoonAmber JaiswelThom Bell
Gemma CampbellJoel KinghamSophia Ramirez
Bonnie BrooklandRuby LovelockMillie Jameson
Daniel CowieAsha LewisConstantin Gorny

Madeleine McIvorOlivia Kneale

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Living Springs Camp

Planning is well underway for Team Pōhutukawa's Term 4 camp at Living Springs (23 - 25 November). Living Springs is a self-contained complex where the children stay in comfortable and clean bunk rooms with attached ablution blocks. Parent helpers stay in the Harbour View Conference Centre or, if on bunk room supervision duty, in an adult bunk room adjoining the children's bunkrooms.

If you are able to be a parent helper at the camp, please complete the online form at by Friday, 2 September. We require the help of approximately 15 parents if the camp is to go ahead. If you are able to help, your role will involve direct supervision of groups of children (inside/outside activities, evening bunk room duty, setting tables, supporting children during the bushwalk into camp), serving meals, operating the dishwasher, helping with the cleaning of all areas used at the end of the stay. You will need to be able to stay the entire camp. As the cost of parent helpers is covered in the camp fee, we will only take the necessary number of parent helpers in order to minimise costs. If we have more volunteers than we need, we will select first based on the skills needed and then names will be drawn from a ballot.

A consent form and medical questionnaire will be sent home in Term 4 to students and parent helpers.

The camp costs us $135 per child to run and this includes food, accommodation, the cost of the programmes run by the Living Springs staff and transport. Your next statement (due out at the end of August) will have a request for contribution for $135. You are welcome to make payments either in full or by instalment at any time. Please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher or Audrey Cooper (Financial Officer) in the office, if payment will be difficult for you. Any funds raised prior to camp, including our Term 3 Market Day, will be shared evenly across the team and will appear as a credit on the Term 4 statement.

We are looking forward to a great camp.

Thursday 11 August 2016

Literacy Learning in Hub 21/22

In Hub 21/22 we settle into the school day with literacy learning. We begin with writing, which is done in home groups. Our latest text type has been persuasive writing which was ignited by the topic of 'Scooters should be banned at Beckenham School'. We had some very interesting discussions around this.

Please enjoy reading the following two examples of children's work.

After writing, we begin reading. We are in groups and have different activities each day. These include independent novel study, Olympics activities, guided reading with the teacher, and plays. We enjoyed watching two groups perform their plays this morning.

Monday 1 August 2016

Term 3 Learning in Team Pōhutukawa

This term, the two central themes for learning in Team Pōhutukawa are "Asia Awareness" and "Entrepreneurship". As part of their learning, our students will work in small groups to investigate an Asian culture of their choice. They will then learn to develop an authentic business based on this culture throughout the rest of the term.

In Week 8, the students will open their businesses at a special "Market Day" that families and the other classes will be invited to. During the Market Day, each business will operate a small shop where the children will sell their Asian themed product/service. The money raised from the businesses will go towards reducing the cost of camp in Term 4.

The children will be provided with some start-up resources for their business. They are also allowed to accept donations from family members but this is entirely at your discretion. Please do not feel pressured to contribute anything at all unless you want to. This is an authentic opportunity for the children to develop financial literacy skills and understand the value of money.

The children are very excited about developing their businesses and we are all looking forward to Market Day.