Thursday 17 October 2019

Kauri Whānau Weekly Update: Term 4 Week 1

What a great first week back we have had. Today's Carisbrook sports exchange was a huge highlight. Thanks to those Year 8 parents who have already emailed or sent along a photo of your child as a five year old. We need these for the yearbook, as well as graduation assembly. Hard copies will be scanned and returned to the child straight away. Please read on for other important messages.


Hats have been slow to arrive at school. From Monday if a child does not have a hat this will start to impact their outdoor learning and play. Please check your child has taken their named hat to school or that it is 'living' in their bag. They are available for purchase from the school office.

Parent meeting for children who will be attending Cashmere High School next year

If your child is off to Cashmere High next year, you are invited to meet the principal and Year 9 dean for 2020 in our staffroom on Monday Oct 21st at 7pm.

Carisbrook Exchange

Today was another one of those days when our tamariki truly shone as they competed and interacted with the children from Carisbrook School in Dunedin. Not only did they play superbly to win each game, but their supportive encouragement of both teams, their use of initiative and great sportsmanship also really impressed us. A huge thanks to the PTA for putting on a delicious lunch for our guests and also for raising the money to purchase the best ever outdoor sound system! The sound system had a great test run, with Henry, Ben and James providing informative and entertaining commentaries for the games. Thanks also to Simon for reffing the football game. One of the best parts of the day was seeing the children from both schools interacting during the break times.

Athletic Sports

This year, Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto are excited to announce that we will be holding our athletics celebration as a whole school event. This will take place on Monday the 4th of November. Years 5 to 8 will be out on Beckenham Park competing in field and track rotations all day. Years 0 - 4 will start the day with their usual school routine and join us on the park for their run, jump, throw rotations from 11:50 am.

Athletics learning is a key part of our PE curriculum across all teams. The children are being taught safe and effective technique as well as perseverance, resilience and sportsmanship. Our whole school athletics day is a celebration of this learning.

This year, all children will compete alongside each other rather than in boy/girl events. This is one way that we are seeking to make the event inclusive to all. Sport Canterbury do have gender-based divisions for zone level competition and we will still be able to identify qualifying athletes from Years 5 - 8 to represent our kura at this event. To achieve this we will run our sprint finals for Years 5 - 8 by gender. Like previous years, we will be identifying a top girl and boy athlete from each year level from 5 - 8 who will be recognised at a Celebration Assembly following the event.

Our athletics day concludes with sprint finals, starting at 2:00. Our whole school will come together to cheer on the runners. The final event is a House Relay, which doubles up as an adults versus children race. With years 0 - 8 participating in this relay, we are going to need your support to make up an adult team. Bring your running shoes!

Long jump for years 5 - 8 will be held at Hillview Christian School, on a separate date, yet to be confirmed.

More detailed information about the day’s programme will be communicated to you before the event.

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