Monday 10 December 2018

The last two weeks in Pōhutukawa, 2018


The majority of our students eagerly await the afternoon Health lessons in sexuality, having overcome nervousness. It's great to see their understanding of their bodies and puberty issues growing. We hope that you are having some interesting discussions at home! We will finish this topic at the end of the week.

Football fun

On Tuesday Tyler Logan from Cashmere Technical AFC will be running small football games for our team. We have a solid relationship with the club, and are grateful for their support during the year.

Building completion celebration day

As you will have read in the latest newsletter, we are having a 'Building Completion Celebration Day' this coming Thursday, 13th December.

The celebrations will begin at the first bell, at 8:55am on Thursday. Children will hang up their bags, then come over to the hall where we will be welcomed in by Te Whānau Mahi Tahi, and will then have a short time of reviewing the building journey and the naming of our new buildings through stories and pictures. This will take about 20 minutes and we invite our families to stay and enjoy this celebration with us. 

At 1:20 pm, the PTA will be providing a sausage sizzle (or vegetarian, gluten free falafel) for each of the children, (and they will still need to bring other lunch items to eat as usual). Then we will all go out to the park for celebration games in houses. Following that, we will provide a lemonade iceblock for every child as a very special treat. If you do not wish your child to be given this food, please let your child's teacher know.

Final celebration assembly and thank you morning tea

On Friday 14 December at 9:30 - 10:30 am it will be our final celebration assembly. 

Following the assembly, there will be a thank you morning tea, where we say a huge THANK YOU to all those parents, caregivers, grandparents, volunteers and everyone else who has helped out in some way at our school, has become a welcome tradition at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto.

If you have volunteered, provided a helping hand, read books, donated books, been on a school trip, helped out with cooking in a hub or any other one of the myriad of ways that support our school community during 2019, then this invitation is for YOU.

Come and have a drink and bite to eat at the school hall from 10:30am onwards, this Friday 14th December. 

Monday 17 December (Week 10) - Hut day!

On the last Monday of term, we have chosen to allow the students to be have a day where they show our school values and the key competencies of the NZ Curriculum (key competencies are the capabilities people have, and need to develop, to live and learn today and in the future - thinking,
relating to others, using language, symbols, and texts, managing self, and participating and contributing). Hut day! In groups, the students will plan their hut (location, resources needed, decorations and letter box) on Friday, and then bring along all they need on Monday. Together they will construct their hut, completing added challenges along the way. They need to also create a letterbox, as they will be making 'happy holidays' cards for others. The huts will be deconstructed at the end of the day, with all materials being returned home, or recycled. We suggested that some of the best materials would be sheets, pegs and string. All materials being brought from home must have the permission of the owner/s, and must be returned! We envisage the day to be a lot of fun.

The hut making materials will be required only for Monday.

Waltham Pool

On Tuesday 18 December our team will be visiting Waltham Pool. Thank you to the adults who have volunteered to help us on that day. Katie will be in touch shortly with regards to expectations. The children will need with them a big packed lunch, a water bottle, a bag with their togs and towel, goggles if they wish and sunscreen. They will be wearing their school uniform and their school hat. We will be walking to Waltham Pool, leaving school at 11am, and returning before 3pm.

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