Wilson, Mary

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Many thanks to all our parents who attended our recent Parent/Teacher interviews.  This is a time for teachers to find out more about your children so they can plan to meet their needs knowing the full picture.  Our teachers will have asked many questions to get to really know your child’s context.  The feedback from many of our parents has been very positive, saying they were really impressed with the questions teachers were asking.  This important conversation is certainly significant evidence of the learning partnership between parent and teacher.  Keep the dialogue going throughout the year to best support your child’s learning.

Many of our parents were asking about homework at these interviews.  If you missed our “Meet The Families” presentation in 2016 and 2017 and many of our newsletters, you may not be aware of our beliefs around Home learning and School Learning.  We have uploaded some reading onto our website to help you understand the WHY we have the policy we do.  You will find it here:   https://www.baverstock.school.nz/home-learningschool-learning/

Term 2 planning is looking exciting and teachers and students will be involved over the next two weeks planning where the inquiry may go as well as tying up their current inquiries. Exciting times.  Please talk to your children about what they are learning, why they are learning it and where their next steps are.  This is a far more effective type of questions rather than what did you do today.  You may be amazed what you hear.




Easter Tuesday is also included in the Easter holiday break this weekend. School will be closed Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April, and Easter Tuesday 3 April 2018.

School resumes back on Wednesday 4 march 2018.


Parent Corner –  SCREEN DIET

familyIn her book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life, Anya Kamenetz asks questions about screen time. How toxic is it for kids to be spending time on gadgets? Is it totally toxic like smoking, which has no safe minimum dose? Or is it more like food, which is only harmful if you have too much or the wrong type?

Some experts reckon it’s totally harmful. Until not long ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended zero screen time for kids under the age of two. (By the way, that advice has since changed, and was ignored by nine out of 10 parents anyway)!

More recent, researched opinions think screen time is more like food. The right food in the right amounts can be beneficial. But excess consumption and the wrong type of screen diet can have a negative impact.

Many parents try to set limits on screen time for their young children and do pretty well. But by adolescence, New Zealand 15 year olds average 163 minutes online outside school each weekday (up from 98 minutes in 2012*). How can that be healthy?

Can I suggest going for a balanced diet? If your kids are:

·                getting enough sleep

·                doing chores

·                playing sport

·                mixing with friends

·                spending time with family

·                relaxing away from technology

·                being active

Then they probably aren’t going to be hurt by using the computer for a while. Stay in touch with your kids, stay on side, keep talking and negotiate boundaries for a healthy screen diet.
*Source: Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) tested 540,000 15-year-olds across 73 countries, including 4453 in New Zealand, 2015

What Makes You Happy?

IMG_20180202_114656That is the question we asked the Acorns this term.  We have been inquiring into what makes our learners happy. The children have responded to the question in different ways, first by talking about and painting things that make them happy at home and then we looked at colours that made them happy and created art based on these colours.  We have read stories about different feelings and how we show these feelings. The children then shared with us what types of things they like to do and what things they would like for school.  We have been creating our awhina spaces based on their ideas and based on the things they like to do.  We are still working on these areas and have started to collect the resources that the children have asked for in our inquiry.
We are still collecting any dress ups, toys, arts and crafts items and building items.  If you have any of these at home that you are no longer using, we would love to have them to add to our spaces in the Acorns.




















Wacky Tacky Tuesday

Wow we had some great cosumes from students and teachers alike ….take a look

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Congratulations to our Whanau Councillors and House Captains!

unnamed-1A huge congratulations to Annabelle Chen (R.13), Leroy Hsu (R.14), Zoe Priest  (R.15), Juanisha Naidu (R.16), Shiven Patel (R.1), Ekamdeep Sangha (R.2), Zaiden Martin  (R.9), Bella Zahoor (R.10), Callum Ting (R.11), Leah Steele (R.3), Amru Chalabi (R.7), Salote Lavemai (R.7), Jubilee Ting (R.5), Corbin Radford (R.4), Avril Law (R.29), Myrhinne Iglesia (R.30), Ayaan Lambart (R.31), Holli Burke (R.32), Aryan Murthy Room (R.24) , Timothy Suresh Room (R.22), Hazelle Lee Room (R.22), Alana Baker Room (R.23) and Dhruvi Mistry Room (R.22), who together make up our whanau councillor team for 2018.  We look forward to their initiatives and ideas for making Baverstock Oaks School an even more fabulous place to be!











From left to right Eden Mika & Xavier Jones (Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson), Hazelle Lee and Alana Baker (Co-secretaries) Holli Burke and Zaiden Martin who were missing from the original photo.


unnamedA further congratulations to our House Captains for 2018.  As House Captains they are very visible leaders of our 6 core values and we wish them well in their role throughout the year.

Representing Upton House are Alyssa Vaha’Akolo-Ngaika  (R22), Rupe Seiler-Mokoroa  (R 21).

Representing Fairweather House are Xavier Jones (R 24), Alex Lin (R 23).

Representing French House are Eden Mika (R 23), Joshua Amoah (R 8).

Representing Thorburn House are Priyal Vij (R 22), Megan Wong (R 22).



Do any of you remember these??????

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Come to the office and get yours……. they have some great recipes in them  –  once they are gone they are gone…….. and what a BARGAIN!!!!!



Year 2 & 3 Rippa Rugby Training with Pita

On Thursday the 8th of March Pita Alatini from the Pakuranga Rugby Club came into our school for morning tea to teach our keen Year 2 and 3 students some Rippa Rugby Skills.

Their next visit to our school will be on the 21st of March for morning tea and lunch time training.

Enjoy the photos!

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Inter School Swimming Sports

Our Baverstock Oaks swimmers headed to Lloyd Elsmore pools on Thursday 22nd March to compete in the Inter-school Swimming Sports. All of our team put their best foot forward and gave each of their races their all against some very tough competition. Our students were fantastic ambassadors for Baverstock Oaks and displayed our school core values in their behaviour and the way they managed themselves.

A special congratulations to Rupe Seiler Mokoroa, Veeran Reddy, Mania Seiler Mokoroa, Mihcha Hellesoe, Te Hau Seiler Mokoroa Edrey Datu, Emily Finlay and Corbin Radford for earning a spot in the finals of their races. We look forward to hearing the final results from the competition organisers.

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A special congratulations to the following students who placed in the finals.
10 yr boys (50m) Rupe Seiler-Mokoroa 4th
10 yr boys (50m) Veeran Reddy 6th
9 yr boys Mania Seiler-Mokoroa 2nd
9 yr girls Mihcha Hellesoe 6th
8 yr boys Edrey Datu 6th
8 yr girls Emily Finlay 6th
10 yr boys Veeran Reddy 6th
9 yr boys Mania Seiler-Mokoroa 4th
9 yr girls Corbin Radford 5th
10 yr boys Rupe Seiler-Mokoroa 4th
9 yr boys Te Hau Seiler-Mokoroa 4th




THE FLASH BANG SCIENCE CLUB – SLIMY SCIENCE HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS (7yrs-12yrs) Open for bookings now and filling fast! Get messy with this hands on interactive workshop investigating the properties of slime, ooblek and elephant toothpaste! ELLERSLIE 21st April and PAKURANGA 18th April. For more information and bookings please check out www.flashbangscienceclub.co.nz or email: [email protected].



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The much-loved Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang take centre stage in an all-new family musical, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES, presented by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Life Like Touring.  Featuring everyone’s favourite characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series, SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES is set to thrill audiences in New Zealand for the very first time across the country during the April school holidays!

Scooby-Doo has been delighting families for decades, and today, with 99 tour stops, sold out performances and thousands of fans attending each show throughout Australia, WBCP and Life Like Touring are thrilled to be bringing SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! MUSICAL MYSTERIES to all Scooby fans in New Zealand.