Monday 30 November 2020

Camp Medication to be collected

 Kia ora whānau,

If you sent your child to camp last week with some personal medication, we are holding all of this medication in the hub. Please come and collect it from us before or after school any day this week.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Camp Starts Tomorrow! Important Information PLEASE READ

 Kia ora whānau,

It's all go for camp tomorrow! Just a couple of important reminders:

  • We will be walking into camp - rain or shine! If there are very cold winds we will not take the Sign of the Bellbird route as it is very exposed. We will, instead, walk the coastal route from Governor's Bay. Please send your child to school with warm layers, a waterproof jacket, sensible walking shoes and it may be worth popping a spare pair of socks into their backpack in case they get wet feet.
  • Please have your child at school with their overnight bag and daypack by 8.30am at the latest so we can complete the roll. We need sufficient time to complete all of our preparations and load the buses. We appreciate your support with this.
We are all very excited and are looking forward to a fun and safe Living Springs adventure!

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Final Camp Preparations

Kia ora whānau, We will be leaving for camp next Wednesday November 25th. Please have your child at school with all of their named gear in their overnight bag, plus their day pack containing lunch, a drink bottle, morning tea, sun hat and a windproof / waterproof jacket by 8.30am at the latest so we can complete the roll. Please also remember that any medication that is needed by your child during the day (e.g. asthma inhalers) can be stored in your child's day pack. All other medication that will be administered to your child in the morning or evening whilst on camp must be handed to Anne Batchelor in a named plastic bag or container on Wednesday morning. All medication handed to Anne for administration on camp must have a Medical Authority form completed for it. Anne will print these off and store them with your child's medication. If you have not yet completed a medical authority form for your child's medication, please do so immediately and email Anne at to let her know that you have since completed a form. We are also in search of some ice cream containers with lids to take on the bus with us, in case of travel sickness. If you have any spare containers at home, we would greatly appreciate it if you could send them in to school ASAP.

Thursday 12 November 2020

BYOD Information Evening

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 including the rationale, digital citizenship practices and device responsibilities, please visit our BYOD website or come along to our information evening on Wednesday, 18 November from 7-8 pm, in the Kōwhai Hub. If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP here. The evening is optional and is aimed particularly at parents of current Year 4-7 students who are considering taking up BYOD next year but have not yet made the decision. The information evening will give you a chance to hear about our BYOD programme and ask questions about how it works. We generally recommend that families who want to participate in the BYOD programme purchase a Chromebook for their child to bring school. We are currently changing our BYOD provider and will send out a Chromebook offer, with prices, closer to the end of the year. With the introduction of the new Digital Technologies strand of the Technology Curriculum this year, ensuring that every child has access to a device becomes more important than ever before.