Thursday, 3 December 2020

Kōwhai News Term 4 Week 8

 Kia ora whanau, 

We are all very excited about the upcoming events in the last week and a half of school. 

Important dates: 

Friday 4th - Noho Kura - overnight stay at school

Wednesday 9th - Junior Athletics - Kōwhai rotation 1:40-2:40, Whole School House Relay - 2:45-3:00

Friday 11th - Final Celebration Assembly of the year

Wednesday 16th - Last day of school - school ends at 12:30


It is getting hotter and sunnier every day. Hats are requirement for the students to be able to play outside. Please help remind your child to bring their named hat to school every day. This will be especially important next Monday and Tuesday when Canterbury Softball are coming in to do workshops with our students throughout the day. If they do not have a hat, they will not be able to take part in this great opportunity. 

Noho Kura - School Sleepover

We are all very excited for our Noho Kura tomorrow night. We have shared this social story with the students. You may want to also read this at home with them. 

Thanks again to all the parents who have volunteered to help. If you have not yet signed up for a job, please do so here. This link should be working now after a few false starts! We may also be assigning jobs as people arrive. 

If you do need to pick your child up early please let their homeroom teacher know, if you have not already done so. See you at 5:30pm! 

Athletics Afternoon

We have our Junior Athletics afternoon on Wednesday the 9th of December. We will be doing an Athletics Rotation of Shotput, Discus, High Jump and Relays from 1:40-2:40 and then the whole school house relays will be from 2:45-3:00. 

Rapaki Marae Visit

Nick and Tracey's homegroups had a great time at Rapaki Marae on Tuesday. Laura and Rowe's homegroups were very sad to miss out due to weather. Have a look at some pictures from the day below. 

Nga mihi, 

The Kōwhai Team - Laura, Nick, Rowe and Tracey 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Kōwhai News Week 6 Term 4

 Kia ora whānau, 

Today we had our second house games of the year, which the students were very excited about! We will also have house games next week on Friday as well. 

We have a very full last 3 1/2 week of school coming up. 

Noho Kura

We are getting very excited for our upcoming Noho Kura. 

If you have not already filled in the form, please do so now. EVERY parent needs to have filled in this form whether their child is going to attend the kura or not. 

As this is an overnight stay, we will be asking for a contribution of  $15.00 per child for the costs for the night. 

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help during the evening and stay the night. We will have a limited number of parents who stay the night, and will let you know asap who these are. We will also send out a letter next week with jobs for the other parent helpers. Thank you again for your time! 

Here are some details again of our Noho Kura:

Please collect your child after school, and bring them back to school at 5:30 p.m.

Children won’t need a change of clothes - when they get up on Saturday morning they can put their Friday clothes back on.

What to bring:

  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers or socks
  • Sleeping bag and/or duvet
  • Pillow
  • Teddy bear, cuddly or favourite soft toy
  • Facecloth, hairbrush/comb
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Something to sleep on (a small mattress/camping bed etc)
  • own drink bottle 

If any parents would like to offer some baking for the students for supper time, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. 

We understand that many children have sports on Saturday morning - so if your child needs to be picked up earlier than 9am please let your homeroom teacher know. If you have already written this in the comments section of the form that is fine.  

Rāpaki Marae Trip 

Rowe, Tracey and Nick’s homegroups still require parent volunteers for the trip to Rāpaki Marae on the 30th November/1st December. If you have never been on a marae, this is a unique opportunity to experience and gain some insight into our bi-cultural heritage. Please contact the teachers directly if you are able to assist. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend
The Kōwhai Team - Laura, Nick, Tracey and Rowe

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Kōwhai News Term 4 Week 5 including BYOD Parent Information Evening

 Kia ora whānau, 

There are a few things coming up so we are sending out an extra blog post with all the information about upcoming events. 

Year 4 BYOD Parent 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.

Rapaki Marae Visit and Noho Kura 

Please remember to look at this blog post about the marae visit and fill in the form about your child's attendance for the Noho Kura - whether they will be attending or not. 

If you are able to be a parent help with our marae visits on the 30th November and 1st of December please email your child's teacher.                               

Athletics Day

Our new date for the Junior Athletics Day is Wednesday the 9th of December. We will start our athletic rotations at 1:40 and then the whole school house relay will be at 2:45.

We will also have Canterbury softball in school on the 7th and 8th of December to hold some workshops with our students focused on softball skills. 

This term is flying by and we have so many fun events coming up. Please remember to keep an eye out on blog posts for the most up to date information. 

Have a lovely long weekend! 

Thank you for your continued support, 
The Kōwhai Team 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Important information about upcoming Year 3/4 events - Marae Visit and Noho Kura

 Kia ora whānau, 

Below is IMPORTANT INFORMATION about two upcoming events for the Year 3/4 students. Both of these events require parent help so please read through all the information and respond to the survey. 

Please make sure you fill in the form at the end about the Noho Kura - EVERY family needs to fill this out, whether you plan for your child to attend or not. 

Rapaki Marae Trip - Monday 30th November/Tuesday 1st December

We are excited to be able to provide our students with the opportunity to visit Rāpaki Marae in Week 8 of Term 4. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about te reo Māori language, customs (tikanga), games (kēmu) and songs (waiata), the history of Rāpaki Marae and the ecology of Horomaka, Banks Peninsula. We will explore both the Marae and the surrounding stone beach, banks and rocky areas. 

The key dates are as follows: 

Monday 30th November: Laura and Rowe’s homegroups 

Tuesday 1st December: Nick and Tracey’s homegroups and Kahikatea Yr 3 students

We are currently seeking parent helpers for these two dates. Parent helpers are welcome to join us on the bus or take their own car. You do need to be available for the day. No preschoolers, please. If you are available to assist, please email your home room teacher asap. 

We are also seeking someone who would be willing to be our Kaikaranga and Kaikorero during the pōwhiri at the marae. In the past, we have had a parent who is versed in the protocols around this and who is happy to take on this responsibility for us. We would love it if you felt you could do this for us. 

For the trip, your child will need to wear and/or have:

  • school uniform
  • sturdy, comfortable footwear
  • a windproof jacket which they can carry in their bag
  • healthy, substantial morning tea and lunch
  • named water bottle

Please note there will be no postponement day if the weather is unsuitable. An email message will be sent out at 8am on the day, if the trip is being cancelled.

Many thanks for the help and support, 

Year 3/4 Teachers            

Noho Kura - Friday 4th December 5:30pm - Saturday 5th December 9-9:30am

We are excited to be able to provide our students with the chance to have an optional Noho Kura (school sleepover) on Friday the 4th of December 2020. 

Please read the information below and then fill in this form. EVERY family will need to fill this in whether your child will attend or not. 

There will be school as usual on that Friday, but then at 5:30 p.m. children can all return to school with what they need for the night. We will have a BBQ dinner, play some games, have supper and then settle down to sleep in the Tahaki Hub. In the morning we will all have breakfast together, after which you need  to take your child home - between  9-9.30am. If your child has specific dietary requirements, please note that on the reply form. 

Here are some details of our noho kura:

Please collect your child after school, and bring them back to school at 5:30 p.m.

Children won’t need a change of clothes - when they get up on Saturday morning they can put their Friday clothes back on.

What to bring:

  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers or socks
  • Sleeping bag and/or duvet
  • Pillow
  • Teddy bear, cuddly or favourite soft toy
  • Facecloth, hairbrush/comb
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Something to sleep on (a small mattress/camping bed etc)

We would love you to help us – it’s going to be lots of fun!! We will need some parent volunteers to come early to organise the BBQ and help get the hub organised for sleeping. Please indicate on the response form if you are able to help. If you offer to help overnight, we will be making contact closer to the sleepover night to organise a meeting and discuss possible areas of responsibility (for example, organising supper).

We are also seeking someone who would be willing to give a karakia on the Friday evening, including welcoming everyone and blessing our event. In the past, we have had a parent who is versed in the protocols around holding a noho and who is happy to take on this responsibility for us. We would love it if you felt you could do this for us. Please fill in the form to let us know if you are able to help – please don’t be offended if you offer and we have already filled the role!

If you child would like to come along for dinner and games and then go home then they are more than welcome. Please indicate that on the form. Be assured that we shall be prepared for every contingency. If you would like to discuss any concerns you or your child may have, please do talk to your child’s teacher.

Please remember to fill in this form with information about your child attending the Noho Kura. 

Thank you for your continued support, 

The Year 3/4 Teachers

Friday, 6 November 2020

Kōwhai News Term 4 Week 4

 Kia ora whānau, 

We have had a wonderful two weeks of learning Swimsafe skills at Pioneer Pools. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills, and it has been great to watch their confidence in the water grow. Thanks again to those parents who have helped us over these last two weeks. 

Marae Visit and Sleepover - update and slight change of plans

We are still planning on visiting the Rapaki Marae on 30th of November and 1st of December during the day. Due to a variety of factors out of our control, the sleepover part of the marae will no longer go ahead. 

We know that many of the children were looking forward to the sleepover part of our marae visit so we have decided instead to have a Noho Kura (sleepover at school) on the night of Friday the 4th of December. This will involve the Year 3 and 4 students spending the night at school, having a BBQ dinner here and sleeping either in the hall or in our hubs. We will have breakfast the next day and your children will be ready to pick up by 9.30 in the morning. 

We will be needing  parent volunteers to help us cook a BBQ and organise dinner on the night and will send out more information about the organisation around the Noho Kura in the next week. 

Kete Awards
Our kete awards from last week went to Chavi, Korell, Vincent and Harshit.  Well done for showing our school values in many different ways. 

Athletics Day 
We are still deciding on a day for Junior Athletics to happen. We will let you know next week when this will be. 

Have a lovely weekend!
The Kōwhai Team

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Kōwhai Athletics and Swimming reminders

 Kia ora, 

Tomorrow (the 30th October) we have our Athletics Day. 

The Kōwhai timetable is as follows:

11:00-12:15ish - Athletics rotation of Discus, Relays, Shotput and High Jump.

2:00ish - Sprint finals (Yr 5 up - Kōwhai to watch)

2:40ish - House Relays 

Be Sun Smart

The weather tomorrow looks like a sunny day and we will be outside for much of the 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 for sports, (running shoes are ideal). 

Parent Help

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

Thank you to all those parents who have helped with our swimming changing etc this week. We are fast becoming experts at quick changes! 

During this week we have worked out our timings for parent helpers.
If you are helping with Year 3 children you will need to be at the pool at 1.15. I
If you are helping with Year 4 you will need to be at the pool at 1.30. 
If you are able to help with both then that is amazing - thank you! 

The Year 4 children were organised to catch this bus back at 2.40. 
This week due to end of day traffic we have arrived back between 3.05 and 3.15. 
We  have changed our timing of being picked up to 2:35 next week so that we can get back on time, but this is something to be aware of, and we apologise in advance if we are late. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at Athletics Day. 

Nga mihi, 
The Kōwhai Team 

Friday, 23 October 2020

Kōwhai News Term 4 Week 2

Kia ora, 
What a busy start we have had to what is going to be a very busy term. The whole team had a great time visiting the Museum over Thursday and Friday. We explored Nga Taonga, listening to the myth about Kupe and the Giant Wheke, completing a treasure hunt for traditional tools and had a go trying out those tools used to make fire and drill holes. The students also explored the Moon exhibit and learnt more about Planet Earth and Beyond. Thanks again to all those parent helpers who joined us. 

Key Dates: 
27-29th Oct and 2-6 Nov - Swimsafe Sessions at Pioneer Pool
30th October - Whole School Athletics. 
Kōwhai Athletic Rotations - 11am-12:15ish. 
Relays and Sprints 2pm
30 November - 3rd December - Noho Marae (students going for one night per each group)

Head Lice
We have had a few cases of headlice in the hub. Over the long weekend please check your child's hair. A good preventative for head lice is to have long hair tied up in a plait, French braid for a pony tail. 

We have discussed what we need to do for our swimsafe lessons next week, including getting on the bus and changing ourselves. Please encourage your child to practise:
  • drying themselves
  • getting dressed and undressed themselves
  • putting their clothes in their bag as they go (we suggest shoes go in first) 
  • putting jumpers etc in the right way
The children will need an extra named bag with their togs, towel, googles and (optional) swim cap in it. We suggest you pack a larger lunch and drink bottle for your children for swimming days, as they will need lots of energy. If your child has long hair, please make sure it is tied up.
If you would like to read our Swimsafe Water Social Story  at home, please do. 

Noho Marae
Our dates for our Noho Marae at Rapaki have been confirmed. The Year 3/4 children will be splitting into 3 groups who will each be attending an overnight trip on either the 30th Nov, 1st or 2nd of December. Look out for information in the next few weeks around this. 

 Photos of our Museum Trip 

Have a lovely long weekend! 
The Kōwhai Team - Laura, Nick, Rowe and Tracey