Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School
Term 1 is certainly moving along with great haste and many well planned learning experiences have been offered to your children. These include Year 5 camp in week 2, Sonshine Ranch experience for our Year 4 students in week 2 & 3 and Year 6 camp next week. All take a large amount of planning and preparation by our teachers and are worth every minute when you experience the learning with the children. More about Sonshine Ranch later in this newsletter.
I was pleased to get out and see our Year 5 children on many of their challenges at Chosen Valley camp and am looking forward to spending some time on Kawau Island with our Year 6 children.
It was great to see parents last evening at our first FAB meeting of 2018. Good to see a few new faces, but we would love/need to see more. All families buy into a learning partnership when enrolling their child and this is one way you can exercise that partnership. WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you forgot or just couldn’t make it but want to help out and give a little time to our school please contact our FAB to let them know how you can help – [email protected]
Congratulations to Kylie Lipscombe who has been elected to Chairperson and Melanie Russ as Deputy. It is great to see new faces in these positions. It helps to build sustainability. Why not come along and join us at our next meeting. Dates for the year are:
On Wednesdays – 14 March, 4 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 Aug, 29 August, 19 September, 17 October, 14 Nov.
If everyone just did a little, it all helps. There will be a more comprehensive newsletter shortly of what help we need. Thank you in anticipation of giving a little time back to support your child’s school.
Parent Corner – 10 ways to survive school drop-offs and pick-up
1. Leave Early
“Hey! Tell that to my kids!” Sitting in the car, beeping your horn, shouting threats – the perfect start to every day. When they finally do get in to the car, do not threaten or bluster – just state what will happen. “You obviously need a bit more time to get ready. Tomorrow, if you are late in the car, you will be going to bed 15 minutes earlier and getting up 15 minutes earlier”. No lectures – just use your calm this-is-the-problem-and-this-is the-solution voice. If you actually follow through, you probably will not have to do it more than once.
2. Don’t be that parent
Imagine you are waiting in the long queue to drop off your child and you have to wait while the car-load in front of you repacks their bags, finds their coats, and fusses over some money. Two minutes. Three minutes. Five minutes. What are they doing? – Don’t be that parent. Also, bring snacks for after school.
3. Tell serial stories
This is better if you walk but even in a short drive to school, tell a short story that ends in cliff-hanging-to-be-continued-next-time-dramatic-chapter ending to add some fun to school drop-offs and pick-ups.
4. Catch up later
You are dropping off your child and ooh! There’s the teacher you wanted to chat to. And there’s your child’s friend’s parent that you need to see about a sleepover. And there’s the PTA committee member waving to you to stop and talk about the gala. Nope. Nope. Nope. Stop, drop and roll on out of there.
5. There are worse things than being late
“I don’t feel well.” “The big kids pick on me.” Yes, it would have been much more convenient if they mentioned these things an hour ago. Do you (Option A) push them out the door with a cheery, “I’m sure you will be fine,” or (Option B) pull out of the queue and drive off somewhere for a chat? You need to use your wisdom and your knowledge of your child, but do not let your choice be made for you by your schedule of important things you have to rush off to. If Option B really is needed, it really is needed.
Year 4 Visit to Sonshine Ranch
This year the Year 4’s were lucky enough to visit Sonshine Ranch. We got to do horse riding, zip lining and a rope swing. All of the activities were really exciting and everyone had a blast. We were all a bit nervous to get on a horse but once we were on it was a lot of fun. The Zip line was really high across a valley and we got to zoom through the trees, high up in the air. Some of us were even lucky enough to have 2 turns. The rope swing was the scariest and some of us needed a little push to get over the edge. We are now all excited and ready for Year 5 camp next year.
Robber Cat has broken into Room 26!
Room 26 have been reading the poem ‘Robber Cat’ by Joy Cowley and then had a visitor from the sneaky cat! When the children got to school they found brightly coloured footprints and a sprinkling of chocolate on the floor. Here are some of the pieces of writing that we wrote.
Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports
On Friday 23rd February, Year 5 & 6 students competed in the Swimming Sports at Lloyd Elsmore Pools. Students competed in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and fun events. Everybody swum exceptionally well and the teachers were proud of the sportsmanship shown on the sidelines. Congratulations to those students who placed in their heats and to Upton who won the house relay. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who took the time to come and help us time the races. Confirmation of those students who will be attending our interschool swimming sports will be announced over the coming weeks.
Special Request from our Library
Any parent out there who has 30 mins or so to spare after dropping the kids off in the morning ?
We are looking for a Property Assistant…….. If you know someone who might be interested – show them this…….
Baverstock Oaks School is a large modern school. We require a caretaker/property assistant as part of a property team. We are looking for an energetic and fit person with a sense of humour, who can turn their hand to a range of tasks maintaining grounds, buildings and fulfilling daily operational needs (Wednesday – Friday 8.00 – 4.00pm). The position requires a ‘can do’ attitude, with a strong work ethic and ability to work positively in a child centred environment. This person would need to be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised. They would also be able to work occasionally outside the above hours.
To register your interest in the position, outline recent work experience, relevant skills and three referees contact details in writing or email to:
Baverstock Oaks School
21 Baverstock Rd
Email: [email protected]
Applications close 7 March 2018
Position starts by negotiation
Happy 5th Birthday Edukids Baverstock!
You will see on our calendar I have put all the 2018 term start and finish dates. In fact, our 2019 dates are on our website already if you want to be super organised. Please ensure they are in your diaries and avoid taking children out of school within term time.
The leave requests I get at times take the children out of school for considerable time and make it very difficult for children to work with their teachers and achieve the levels that are expected. As a parent, please know, that primary school is where attendance patterns are formed for life. This also goes for time keeping – arriving around 8.30am each day rather than rushing in at 8.55 or worse. This is simply not setting your child up for success. Please support your child with their learning.
2018 Term Dates
|Term 1||Tuesday 30 January – Friday 13 April 2018|
|Term 2||Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July 2018|
|Term 3||Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September 2018|
|Term 4||Monday 15 October – Friday 14 December 2018|