unnamedDear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Happy Matariki to you all.  Every year in June, seven stars (the Pleiades) rise to the north-east and when they are visible just above the horizon at dawn it is considered Matariki, or Maori New Year.  We have many exciting things planned at school to celebrate Matariki.

Despite the last two weeks throwing some interesting weather our way this hasn’t prevented our children from the numerous opportunities offered at Baverstock Oaks School.   Many thanks to our wonderful Friends at Baverstock (FAB) and the teachers involved in organising our very successful Fun Run.  A big thank you to those of you who have supported this fund raiser.  The funds raised are going to enable us to provide an all-weather shelter in our drop off zone, new enviro gardens and provide team tracksuits for all those children who represent our school in sports, cultural and academic activities.

Our NZ curriculum has an important component, the Key Competencies.  One of these is “Participating and Contributing.”

The NZ Curriculum states:

“This competency is about being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whānau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. This competency includes a capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group.

Students who participate and contribute in communities have a sense of belonging and the confidence to participate within new contexts. They understand the importance of balancing rights, roles, and responsibilities and of contributing to the quality and sustainability of social, cultural, physical, and economic environments.”

Have a talk with your child/children to see how they are participating and contributing at school.  What do you do as a family to participate and contribute in the community you live in?  These are important skills, for not only our children to have but for all of us.

I would like to apologise for not being so visible over the past couple of weeks.  My 93-year-old mum has terminal cancer.  She had been hospitalised and now my children and I are doing all we can to support her at home for her remaining days.  Life is a precious thing and it is an extremely hard thing to watch someone you love battle this terrible disease.  My mum is an inspiration to many.  Despite her condition and how frail and weak she is, she remains very philosophical and thankful to all who help her.  She never has a bad word to say about anyone.  I just hope I can be half the person she is.  The staff at Ward 5 in Middlemore Hospital were amazing and do such a wonderful job caring for our elderly.  Remember to constantly tell the special people in your life how much you love them.  We are lucky we are having this time with my mum to say our goodbyes.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful Associate Principals, Kate, Alli and Andrew and all the Baverstock Oaks staff for all the support they are providing me and my family over this difficult time.

I will hopefully see you at Student Led Conferences next week where your child will share their learning journey with you.

Have a wonderful holiday with you children and remember it is the time you can devote to them they will remember the most, not the material things you buy them.

I look forward to being back at school and reconnecting with you all.


Look at what we have had in the office for a while…..

20180620_084845We have a collection of mostly children’s prescription glasses that have never been claimed.  If you recognise any of these please come to the office and claim them.  There is probably a lot of money tied up in these.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES  Tuesday 3 July 2017  1.00pm – 8.00pm

SLCStudent Led Conferences are coming up shortly but please be aware:

If you have not already booked your child’s Student Led Conference please click on the button below to make a booking and also let us know what your child will be doing at 12.30pm that day


Something odd was happening in Room 27………

Something odd was happening in Room 27, things started to go missing.  We read stories about Burglar Bill and drew pictures of who we thought might be taking our things.  We couldn’t find out big book or poem and then our talking stick and pointing sticks went missing.  We also found out from Constable Matt about what the police do in the community.  There was lots of talking around our class mystery and then we got a call about some suspicious events in the office.  Room 27 were on the case!  We went down to investigate and found our things in Mr Flanagan’s office.  He returned our things and apologised to us, he now knows to ask to borrow our things if he would like to use them.


Second Hand Uniform Shop has moved and …..

uniform1The uniform shop is moving to upper C block (opposite side of the school to where it was
And it will be open on Tuesday 3rd of July 8:30 – 9am and the evening of the Student led conference from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Cash only 

Upper C at the Botanical Gardens

On Wednesday 20th June, Upper C went to the Botanical Gardens. We had half the day to explore the Botanical Gardens and the other half was in the classroom learning about birds, in specific what makes them unique. In the lesson we got to touch different feathers and look at them under a microscope, learn about their predators and how they trap them, make a clay bird print and how birds beaks work. Then at the end of the lesson we all got a pair of binoculars and we went bird watching. We had lots of fun watching the fantails fly in and out of the trees. We had fun exploring all the different gardens, in particular the Children’s Potters Garden, where we got to touch everything, including cacti.



What a great day we all had at the school fun run! Congratulations to all our students, parents and teachers who got out there and got involved!  It was awesome to see so many students and teachers in their house colours getting into the spirit of FUN and not worrying about a little bit of mud as they ran.

A massive thank you to Mr Heaven, our Property Manager for setting up the obstacles, our wonderful team of staff who helped and the teachers who have championed our biggest fundraiser for the year.  Thanks to everyone else who has set up profiles and donated towards helping our school make some of our projects a reality.

The FAB team thank you all!

It’s an exciting time as we now get to focus on the prizes you’ve worked so hard to achieve.  It is not too late to join in and raise some money to support our school. We are excited to announce that Rainbow’s End has kindly donated a family pass, along with two additional prizes each including two double passes to Rainbow’s End.  All students who have raised money will go in the draw to win one of these exciting prizes.


STEP ONE: ALL cash donations should now be handed into the office with the back page of the sponsorship book complete.  (The very last day for cash to be returned is FRIDAY 29th JUNE).


Between 27th June and 4th July simply visit schoolfundraising.co.nz and create / log into your Profile Page.  Then click on the ‘ORDER PRIZES’ button and follow the prompts. If you do not have a profile page created, this needs to be done to order prizes.


On the last day of term (Friday 6th July), the total amount raised will be announced along with recognising the class that received the highest amount of donations.  We will also draw the three Rainbow’s End prize winners.

On the first Friday of term 3 (Friday 27th July), the 10 students who raised the highest amount of donations will be recognised at assembly.

All other eligible students will receive their prizes following assembly.

If you have any questions, please contact the school fun run team on 0800 377 170 and they will gladly assist or email [email protected].

Scholastic Book Fair – Tuesday 3 July in conjunction with our Student Led Conferences


You are invited to attend a special reading event at our school… the Scholastic Book Fair.  

This has been timed to coincide with our Student Led Conferences.
Come along to see a huge amount of fantastic books – 
the Book Fair creates an opportunity for the whole family to get excited about
books, reading and learning.  
A successful Fair will not only benefit the school, 
but also help your child to discover the rich rewards of reading.
Please record this date in your diary and come and have a look before or after your child’s conference on Tuesday 3rd July



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