Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto
Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto is a Years 1-8 school in the south of Christchur

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto is a Year 1 - 8 Full primary school, situated in Beckenham, a southern suburb of Christchurch.

Operating as usual


Quiz Night!

Book your tickets to enjoy a laugh-a-minute quiz night hosted by the fabulous Jarred Skelton.

Tickets $10 per person
Teams of 4 -6 people
Delicious supper provided
Dress-up option, you choose the theme for your team - prizes for best dressed team. If this isn't your thing, just come as you are
We have sold over half of our tickets already; time to get your team together and fill in the form.


Reminder: road works on Sandwich Road today.


Beckenham kids, out there doing it, at the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Zealand. Thanks ASB Bank for the loan of the gazebo.


From Elizabeth Drummond (aka Gail Hulme)...
My heartfelt thanks for the beautiful words and photos contributed towards the creation of my book, which I shall treasure always.
Over the years, people have sometimes asked me the question, ‘Why stay at Beckenham for so long?’ The answer is simple: Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto is my home away from home. The Beckenham community has always felt like my ‘school family’ and when you love something so much, it’s terribly hard to say goodbye!
I have so many wonderful and meaningful memories of those first, impressionable years at school, for all the 'once-5-year-olds', and their whānau... and of course, it's such a joy to catch up as the years go by and marvel at the young adults those 5-year-olds have grown up to be.
Thank you so much, once again. Your thoughts and memories mean everything and are enormously appreciated.
Arohanui ki a koutou,
Elizabeth Drummond


Sooo exciting! It was dress rehearsal day today and WOW! Do get along on Monday or Tuesday evening next week - not to be missed!


A reminder that this Monday, 4th December at 12noon, we will be holding a special assembly to celebrate the contribution made to our school over the past 27 years by Elizabeth Drummond. Whilst Elizabeth is absolutely not retiring, she will be finishing her permanent full-time role at the end of this year.
You are invited to join us.


The amazing Elizabeth Drummond (aka Gail Hulme) is retiring from her full-time permanent role at Beckenham at the end of this year. Whilst she will be back next year in a fixed-term role for part of the year, we cannot let over 25 years of distinguished love and commitment to the tamariki of Beckenham go without some proper acknowledgement.
We want to put together a book of memories to give to Elizabeth at the end of this year.
If you have a cherished memory that you would like to contribute to the book, (limit of 130 words) please email that memory to [email protected]
If you have a photo that you would like to also offer, please attach that to your email.
The deadline for emails will be Thursday 16th November to allow us time to put the memory book together.
Please keep this a surprise! Elizabeth isn't on Facebook, so she won't see this!

Photos from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto's post 17/09/2023

Road closure information from SEIPP and CCC - Eastern Tce between Fisher and Tennyson - 18 Sept - 7 Oct.
Pedestrian access from Fisher Ave to Tennyson St will be via the Fisher Ave footbridge.


Reminder - School closed Tomorrow (Friday 18 Aug) for a Staff Only Day.


It's going to take extra time, and some patience to get into school via Sandwich Rd this morning. Please ask children to follow the instructions of the traffic management team. The crossing is out of action, and the best crossing spot will be near the staff carpark entrance.


This week's school newsletter has just been published... check your email or HERO app.
Please note that there will be major roadworks on Sandwich Road at the school entrance on Monday and Tuesday whilst the water leak is repaired. Please try to walk or cycle if possible, or plan to park away from Sandwich Road if you need to drive. Thank you!


Get your dancing shoes on because the PTA Disco is on for next Friday, 4th August!

Entry by Gold Coin donation.

NE and Y1/2 children will each get a free scoop of popcorn and there will be no sales of anything else..
Y3-8 discos will have the option to purchase chips or popcorn from 50c - $2 bag.


Kia ora e te whānau

We have heard today that teachers will not be striking this coming Wednesday, however, they will be attending a paid union meeting between 1pm and 3pm in the afternoon to discuss their new offer.

This means we will not be able to staff the school on Wednesday afternoon. The Board asks that parents collect their children at 12.40pm in order for staff to attend their union meeting.

This coming week or so will be:
Monday 29 May - normal hours
Tuesday 30 May - normal hours
Wednesday 31 May - half day, early closing at 12.40pm
Thursday 1 June - normal hours
Friday 2 June - normal hours
Monday 5 June - King's Birthday - Public holiday - school closed

Further Information
Instead of strike action there will be primary teacher Paid Union Meetings on Wednesday 31 May

Will BOSCO be operating between 12:40-3 pm?
At this stage, we don't know but more info about this will come later on Monday from BOSCO,

Why has the 14 days notice of Paid Union Meetings not occurred as required?
The Secretary for Education has exempted the Union from the notice period.

What next?
Union members will be voting on a new employment agreement offer between Wednesday 31st May and Tuesday 6th June.

What will happen next if members reject the coming offer?
Any further industrial action would not happen until Thursday 15th June at the earliest due to legal requirements to give three days' notice.

The Board appreciate that this is tricky for many families to organise, especially at short notice. The Board also acknowledge that this negotiation is not simply about pay, but that our teachers are asking for time to support children, better support and funding for children with diverse learning needs to be able to get better outcomes for our children.

SUMMARY: Please collect your children at 12:40pm this coming Wednesday 31 May, due to teacher Paid Union Meetings.

Suran Dickson - Presiding Member
Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees

Photos from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto's post 27/05/2023

Excitement building as Te Whānau Mahi Tahi rehearse for their guest performance at 3pm this afternoon with the Garden City Orchestra at Cashmere High School auditorium.
Tickets available at the door...


Information needed by the Council about how we get to school...
PLEASE do fill out this brief survey, if you can, as we are trying to work with the CCC around improving our bike storage capacity and this information will really help them to understand our needs... so if your children bike or scooter to school, click on the link below NOW!

The Christchurch City Council annual School Travel Survey is now live! This 5-10 minute survey will improve understanding of school travel patterns across Christchurch. This will help with improving safety, especially for those using active transport. The survey is open to all school communities (students, parents/caregivers and one staff member per school), until 5pm Wednesday 31 May 2023. There are 10 $50 supermarket vouchers up for grabs.

The survey can be found here:

School Avoidance - Mental Health Education and Resource Centre 10/05/2023

Another free and valuable webinar for caregivers...

School Avoidance - Mental Health Education and Resource Centre Improve your experience. We are very sorry but this website does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend using a different browser that is supported such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


Kia ora e te whānau

The PTA and I have just made the difficult call to postpone Friday's disco for two key reasons...

We have a rising daily number of Covid cases in the school at the moment. Today we had 15 students and 4 staff away with Covid - this is higher than any single day last year. For us to run the discos with a reasonable Health and Safety plan in place, the PTA need enough volunteers at each of the four discos to have the hall doors open, and adults on each door, as well as a number of adults supporting other roles.
With only 48 hours to go, the PTA have less than half the adult volunteers that they need to help at each disco to make the discos both successful and safe.
The PTA will look at holding the Discos later in the year, and will put out another call for volunteers at that time.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sandy Hastings and Jason Orchard (PTA Chair)

Chores | How to Assign Chores for All Ages 04/05/2023

Some food for thought for families here...

Chores | How to Assign Chores for All Ages Chores and keeping the house running is important to build child seld-esteem. Tips and ideas on age-appropriate chores. Preschool, Primary, High Schoolers.


Thursday 23rd March at 5:30pm

What: Literacy Parent Education Event on Structured Literacy from Year 1 to Year 8
Presented by: Emma Nahna (Sound Foundations for Literacy)
Where: Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Hall
When: Thursday 23rd March 2023, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Who: All whānau/ caregivers across the school are invited.

We are fortunate to have the wonderful Emma Nahna, Speech-Language Therapist and Literacy Consultant, coming to run a whānau workshop this term. Emma is extremely knowledgeable and an engaging speaker. Her mission is to support educators and parents “ grow every child into a successful reader and writer.”

Emma will be running a whānau workshop on Thursday 23rd March at 5:30pm for our Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto whānau. The first hour and a half will cover the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of structured literacy across the school and how you can support your learner at home. The last half an hour of the session will emphasise the importance of continuing to follow a structured literacy approach into the senior levels of the school, and will delve into morphology (the study of the forms of words) and syntax (the arrangement of words to create sentences).
To register (just so we have an idea of numbers), click on the link below...

Photos from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto's post 12/03/2023

Wainui camp 2023 is a wrap! What a fabulous time we had. Great experiences, fun times, new friends made, delicious food, lots of learning and heaps of challenge embraced. Huge thanks to our fabulous team of adults. Another big thanks to all of our tamariki in the Kauri Whānau - you guys rock!

Brené Brown on Empathy 09/03/2023

Such an important trait to develop in our children...

Brené Brown on Empathy What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...

Photos from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto's post 07/03/2023

A photo update from our intrepid Y7/8 team from their camp in Wainui...

First day went well!

Chilly night last night - they settled quickly and most slept well. Learning to layer up before bed! Beautiful day today - loving the activities. Lots of happy campers

School-age friendships: how to support them 25/02/2023

Lots of good tips here...

School-age friendships: how to support them School friends are important for kids. Support friendships by organising playdates. For friendship troubles, try social reminders or talking to the teacher.


A wee reminder that tomorrow, we are collecting donations of money to forward to communities in areas impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. A gold coin, or more, would be appreciated and in return, its a 'non-uniform' day!

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Our Story

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto (formerly Beckenham School) is a Year 1 - 8 full primary school, situated in Beckenham, a southern suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. The school opened in 1915 and has been serving the local community ever since. We celebrate the diversity of our students and look forward to welcoming new students from our local community to our school.

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Getting brave with new ways of communicating... we all need to channel our inner Jacinda!To request access to a Chromebo...
Building a Nest! How Treemendous!
Huge thanks to the PTA for tonight's 3 Discos! Looks like everyone had an amazing time.
And today, the Ephemeral City, cardboard cathedral art installation, was deconstructed...thanks to Jo Barnett for the vi...
Heathcote River at the Beckenham ponds entrance to Beckenham School and the intersection of Eastern Tce and Sandwich Rd
And they're off! Rooms 14/15 heading out onto Sandwich Road.
Stirring start to the year...




71 Sandwich Road, Beckenham

Opening Hours

Monday 8pm - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
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