Thursday 29 October 2020

Important Reminder - Camp Health Form to complete

Kia ora whanau, This is a reminder that our Health Profile and Consent Form needs to be completed by this coming Monday, November 2nd 2020. Many thanks to the 60+ families who have already completed this form. One form needs to be completed for each child who is attending camp. This contains important information which allows us to support the children and their health needs while we are away at Living Springs. Please click here to complete the form If your child requires personalised medication while on camp, please also complete a Medicine Authority Form here. If you have any questions, please email

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Canterbury Triathlon

Kia ora koutou, The Canterbury Triathlon is an awesome event for children who have a good level of fitness and are after a challenge. We are restricted to the number of entries that we can make and these will be done on a first come first-served basis. Entries close on the 16th of November. This year, the event has a new venue at a private property close to Clarkville and will be held on Wednesday the 25th of November. Please note, the swim component is in a lake therefore it is very important that children are confident and capable swimmers. Due to the small numbers of children who compete in this event, we are unable to send a teacher to this event. Transportation and supervision of the children need to be arranged by each whānau. We are also required to provide an adult for set up or pack down in addition to marshaling duties. This person must be free of any responsibility to children at the event. Please indicate on the entry form if you are available to marshal. More information on this event can be found on the following link. Entry form click here

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Athletics Day Reminder - this Friday October 30th

Whole School Athletics - This Friday the 27th of October

Be Sun Smart
The events for Year 5 to 8 run all day. It is really important that your child has their sun hat and has sunscreen on from the beginning of the day. We will have sunscreen at school for them to reapply throughout the day.

Children may choose to wear their house shirt or their red polo. They may wear their choice of leggings/shorts. Black is preferred. Please make sure that children come to school in footwear appropriate fors sports, (running shoes are ideal).

Parent Help
We are still looking for parent help for Friday. Please email Jenny if you are available.

Zone Athletics
Zone athletics is held at Hansen’s Park on Monday the 9th of November. The children representing our kura are selected based on the results from Friday’s school event. There are restrictions that come from Primary Sport Canterbury on the number of events that children may compete in at zone and Canterbury level. We will be discussing options with children early in the following week.

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8


Roll in hubs then out to the courtyard


Briefing and warm-up

Mid Distance Runners to Jenny

Rest of children to their first station

9:20 - 10:00


Mid Distance (optional)

10:00 - 10:45


High Jump

Shot Put



10:45 - 11:00


Morning Tea

11:00 - 11:50



High Jump

Shot put


11:50 - 12:40



High Jump

Shot Put

12:40 - 1:15

Lunch - Seniors Eat First

Juniors eat at 1:15

Senior Students - Roll in hubs and then out to next station

1:15 - 2:00

Shot put



High Jump

2:00 - 3:45

Sprint Finals

Year 5/6 50m and 80m

Year 7 and 8 60m and 100m

2:45 - 3:00

House Relay 2 per house per year

Adults Versus Children Relay

Monday 19 October 2020

Whole School Athletics Day 2020

Whole Kura Athletics Day - Friday 30th October

(Postponement Date: Tuesday 3rd November)

Our whole kura athletics day provides an opportunity for our tamariki to participate in an athletics event. Our PE focus in the lessons leading up to this event is on the movement skills required to participate safely and to the best of our ability. The focus of the event is on fun and inclusion. Years 0 to 4 will be participating in a range of games that develop the fundamental movement skills of run, jump and throw, while the year 5 to 8 children will be participating in more traditional track and field events. 

This event will go ahead as planned if we are at Alert Level 1. If we are at Alert Level 2, Years 5 - 8 will compete without spectators and events for Years 0 - 4 will be postponed to a time when we are in Level 1.

On the day

Children may wear their house top or their red polo shirt. Children should also wear shoes and clothes that will be suitable for running and jumping, (running shoes and shorts/leggings are ideal). Please ensure that your child has their sun hat and water bottle at school.

The Year 5 - 8 athletics run all day long, starting with the optional mid distance event and followed by track and field rotations. Sprint finals conclude the day. To help with the running of these rotations, we are looking for adult volunteers to work alongside a teacher at our track and field stations. If you are keen to help and available, please email Jenny Diggle (

We welcome spectators in Level one, but please leave dogs at home. There will be an adult team in the house relay so wear your running shoes if you would like to join in on this!

Below is the outline of the programme for the day.

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Living Springs Camp Health Form and Gear List

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

 Planning is well underway for the Pōhutukawa camp at Living Springs. 

The programme is challenging, stimulating and safe. The activities include: archery tag, “Balanz” bikes, zipline, swimming (heated pool), group initiative challenges, low ropes course, bouldering wall, orienteering, animal survival and recreational activities. 

All children will be well supervised and all risks well managed in accordance with our Camp Safety Action Plan and the Living Springs Risk Management Strategies. It will be an exciting learning opportunity for your child. The children will be sleeping in carpeted bunk rooms, which can be heated if required. As well as regular meals, there are two snack times during the day. 

We will be leaving from the Pōhutukawa Hub on Wednesday 25th November shortly after the 9:00 am bell. After the camp, we will return to school between 2:30 and 3:00 pm on Friday 27th November. We will wait in the hub for you to pick your child up, along with their gear.

Essential Tasks to Prepare for Camp 

Medical Forms 

Please complete the Health Profile & Medical Consent Form by Monday 2 November by clicking on the link below and completing the online form.  One form needs to be competed for each child who is attending camp.  A separate health form will be emailed to our parent helpers soon. 


If your child requires personalised medication on camp, please complete the Medicine Authority Form. We will print a copy of the form to be stored with your child's medication whilst on camp. Please put your child’s medicine in a small, clearly named zip lock bag or plastic container and hand the bag/container to Anne Batchelor on Wednesday, 25th November when you drop your child off at school. 

If your child has medication that should be kept with them (e.g. an inhaler or travel sickness medication), please put this in your child’s backpack and let your child’s home group teacher know where it is on the morning we leave for camp.

What to bring to Camp
  • A light backpack for the first day containing: 
  • A snack 
  • Lunch 
  • Drink bottle 
  • A warm and waterproof coat 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunhat 
  • Medicine that must be kept with the student (e.g. an inhaler or travel sickness medication)

A larger bag or suitcase containing: 
  • Toiletries – soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.  
  • Insect repellent 
  • 2 towels (shower and pool) 
  • A pair of walking shoes 
  • A pair of slippers or inside shoes 
  • Socks 
  • Underclothes 
  • Long pants 
  • Shorts 
  • T-shirts 
  • Warm jerseys or bush shirts 
  • A warm hat 
  • Pyjamas 
  • Swimming togs 
  • Lightweight bags for dirty clothes 
  • A pillow 
  • A single fitted bottom sheet for your bed 
  • A warm sleeping bag 
  • A book to read (optional) 
  • Games (small board games or cards only) (optional) 
  • Soft cuddly toy (optional)
If applicable, a plastic container or ziplock bag containing: 
  • Personal medication for the camp medic to look after and administer 
  • Medicine authority form
The following items will not be required and should not be taken on camp: 
  • Money 
  • iPod or MP3/MP4 players 
  • Computers/iPads/tablets 
  • Handheld electronic games 
  • Torches 
  • Chewing gum 
  • Radios 
  • Cell phones 
  • Cameras 
  • Toys 
  • Knives 

Please make sure all items are clearly named and that your child will be able to carry their bag themselves. A good idea is to bring the gear list to camp so that they can be checked off when we leave. A paper copy of the gear list will be sent home closer to our departure.  If there is something you don’t have, we encourage you borrow it from someone rather than buy it.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's home group teacher.

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Cycle Safety Term 4

Kia ora whānau,

If your child is a year 6 student they will be taking part in the Cycle Safe Programme at school, during week's 1-3 of term 4.

The Cycle Safe programme is run by the Christchurch City Council and is a cycle skills education programme for schools. Students learn the benefits of cycling and how to ride with confidence and be road-wise. Students will be riding their bike on the road, supervised, around Beckenham School.

Your year 6 child/ren will be participating in this course on one of the following sessions:

Session 1 - Friday 16th & Monday 19th October
Session 2 - Tuesday 20th & Friday 23rd October
Session 3 - Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 28th October

More information as to the session that your child/ren will be participating will come home via a reminder notice, with your child, at the beginning of term 4.

On these days, students should bring the following to school:

  • Their bicycle (in good working order)
  • Their helmet (in good working order)
  • A lock to secure these items to the school bike racks

Please ensure that your child/ren come/s to school on these days wearing suitable
clothing for the weather. If it rains and it is unsuitable for the children to go out on their bicycles, the remaining sessions will be either rescheduled at a suitable later date or be classroom-based.

For those who do not have their own, ten bicycles and helmets are available through the programme.

The Cycle Safe team have recently created some 3-5 minute videos about their programme. We welcome you and your students to view them.
Here is a link to a Helmet Fitting video. You can also look on the Cycle Safe page under the videos heading.