Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

lornaWelcome back to Term 2.  I hope you had some time over the holidays to reconnect as a family.  I was lucky enough to take my 93-year-old mother who is quite unwell at the moment to visit her 94-year-old sister in Masterton.  What a special family time we had and we also managed to see some of our beautiful country.  It reminded me how precious family time is and how important it is to make time in our busy lives to spend with the people we love.  As well as that I also managed to get out on the golf course, another beautiful place to be!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, students and families who have supported me over the past few weeks.  It was very hard farewelling Mary Wilson after 14 years and I am truly honoured to have been selected to be the Principal of this wonderful school.  I wish Mary all the best in her new venture and thank her for leaving Baverstock Oaks School in such a great place.  Please be assured our Shared Vision and Core Values will continue to guide us in the right direction and the children will continue to be at the heart of all we do.

familyI would also like to thank all the staff, students and parents for the wonderful welcome I received on Monday at our pōwhiri.  What a very pleasant surprise to have my family here, they loved being included in what was a very special day for me.  Kapa Haka you were incredible, thank you Mr Tuli for all the work you have done, they are an extremely polished Kapa Haka group who perform with an absolute passion and pride.  Thank you!

One of the important things, as a school, we focus on is ensuring our children are safe and happy, because when they are, learning will take place. If your child comes home from school sharing something that has made them unhappy or feel unsafe it is vitally important you ask them first and foremost if they have told a teacher.  If we don’t know what’s going on it is hard to deal with the situation.  There have been occasions where parents come to us at the end of a term and tell us it has been going on all term.  This is most concerning for us as when we are made aware of an incident we address these issues immediately.  Investigating things that have gone on weeks previously is not only time consuming but often ineffective, as children forget specific details.   We have a bully email line [email protected] that children can use to share any concerns with us.  This is a great way of encouraging children to let us know in a safe way.  Please be assured that any incidents we are made aware of are dealt with immediately and confidentially.  In the unlikely event of this not happening please contact your child’s whanau leader to ensure things are resolved.


Welcome to Mrs Crowley


This week to start the term, our staff, students, their families and Board of Trustees welcomed our new Principal, Genée Crowley, to our school with a welcome pōwhiri.

Genée Crowley was a foundation Associate Principal seeing the school grow and develop from the very first day. She has seen many students pass through these doors, many staff and families come and go and she has seen the school go through many changes.

Mrs Crowley’s family, her son David, her daughter Jess and her mum Lorna also attended the pōwhiri to be a part of this special occassion.

Mrs Crowley was also a member of Upton House and wore her Upton House top for the last time and with pride last term. As Principal, she will belong to no house as she remains neutral. Although I am sure her heart will always belong with Upton. It was only fitting that the House Captains of Upton led her in and  led her and her family out at the end of the pōwhiri.

Acorn’s Open Morning Term 1

The Acorns invited our families into our classes to share some of our learning. We talked about what we had been doing this term and then we did some art and crafts together. We all got together to show our families some new dance moves and did Go Noodle together. Our morning ended with sharing some food together for morning tea. Thanks to all of the families that were able to join us.

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Wednesday 9th May


in the school hall

And you’re invited!

‘Baverstock Babes’ are all invited to a special morning of arts, crafts, and fun activities where you can invite Mum or someone special in your life!

Breakfast will be provided from 8am, no need to bring a plate!*

Activities will begin from 9am with four stations.

Please arrive to school and put your bags into your own awhina spaces before heading to the hall. For the activities all of the girls will be arranged into their house groups.

Breakfast: 8.00-8.55am

Station 1: 9.00-9.20am

Station 2: 9.25-9.45am

Station 3: 9.50-10.10am

Station 4: 10.15-10.30am

*Breakfast will include cereals, fruit and pastries. If you have any special dietary requirements, you are more than welcome to bring your own breakfast.

Any questions please contact [email protected]


Room 21 have been learning about ANZAC Day

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In one minutes silence I can imagine my friends bodies lopping over one by one as they charge into battle.  I can imagine my fellow soldiers families sobbing in despair when they hear about their sons. I hear bullets zooming towards the enemy sometimes missing them.  In one minutes silence I remember the truce we all made before we went back fighting, wounding thousands of soldiers. In one minutes silence can YOU imagine how the nurses with the help of some soldiers desperately tried to save as many lies as possible.  How the soldiers died trying to recover bodies, or how some suffered from starvation. In one minutes silence you can imagine how the soldiers helped one another – burying the bloody corpses when the truce was made. Can you imagine the emotional soldiers wishing everyone was alive, at peace as they bury close friends and enemy.  In one minutes silence I can remember listening to nurses panicking while trying to heal soldiers and seeing the enemy firing their guns while I reload mine in the muddy trench.

In one minutes silence can you remember ANZAC day and the war?

By Carmen Khauv,  Room 21


2018 Kiwi Competitions

kiwiLast year our Year 5 and 6 students were given the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Great Kiwi English, Mathematics and Science competitions.

The feedback from our parents was that these were a great opportunity to further enhance their child’s learning journey through participation in external, digitally presented examinations.

Baverstock Oaks School will once again offer participation in these competitions for 2018.  Entry into these examinations will take place from the beginning of Term 2 on April 30 and remain open until May 25.  There will be no late entries accepted as the University of Canterbury closes entries on this date for their own administrative purposes.

Payment for the examinations is $8.50 per subject, this can be paid through the school office from April 30 – May 25 or you can use our Kindo online payment system over the same period.

Each Year 5 or 6 student has been given an entry form from Canterbury University to bring home on the 30th of April.

Please take the time over the entry period to discuss with your child whether they would like to participate.  Students will be awarded a certificate in order of accomplishment for: Participation, Achieved, Merit, Excellence and Distinction.

You may wish to visit the website  in order to discover more about this exciting opportunity.

Holiday work…….

IMG_1825Over the school holidays we had contractors in to prune hundreds of branches and lift the canopy of our tree lined borders in order to make our native plantings more accessible to our students for their investigation and play.
The effect has been hugely positive and already our students are discovering the wonders of nature.
Our intention is to create pathways through these plantings to further increase the value of these new spaces to our teaching and learning.
In the photo you can see Zoe Good, Nathan Grindley, Kane Adamson, Pharell Murupaenga and Amber Kirk enjoying natures’s beauty!



Pop Up Polar Fleece Sale (Uniform)  One Week Only

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Date 14th – 18th May
All Polar Fleece Jumpers $10
All other stock $15
8.30am – 8.55am.

1  Hour After School Care  –  (3 – 4pm)

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If  you have trouble picking up your child after school  –  please be aware that Creative Kids – our afterschool care providers offer this service.  Some of our  children are not being picked up until 3.30 – 4pm and this impacts on our office staff who have to remain at school until all children have been picked up.  Please click on the logo to the left to go to our webpage for more information.




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