Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School
Welcome to week 7 of the term. It is hard to believe how quickly the term is flying by.
Below is an update on Teacher Negotiations:
After months of negotiations with the Ministry of Education, and more talks since the strike on August 15, we still have no new offer.
Our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, continues to negotiate in good faith, but the Government says it will take time to fix the issues.
However, time is the one thing we don’t have. Around the country we’re seeing:
– 40% reduction in teacher trainees
– Zero applicants for some teaching jobs
– More children entering school
– More children with additional learning and behavioural needs
– Teachers are burning out and leaving the profession, often within a few years of graduating
The staff at our school want your children to have the very best education we can provide. We’re standing firm in that commitment and believe the time is now to ensure that schools can offer every child the education and support they need, and that we have a sustainable teaching profession into the future.
Our children can’t wait. We won’t wait.
We appreciate your support. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions, and consider signing this petition to the Minister of Education in support of teachers.
It has been a busy term at Baverstock Oaks with your children being provided with many opportunities. Our sports teams continue to represent our school with pride and wonderful sportsmanship. We received this feedback from a parent from the opposition team when our rugby team played Cockle Bay.
“I just wanted to say how well Baverstock played today. They played with mana and never gave up. Great tackling and attack. It was very close and Cockle Bay only just held on for a win. I felt Baverstock were a bit unlucky with a few decisions maybe not going their way. It’s hard being a referee so Baverstock students and coaches really played with good sportsmanship.”
I constantly receive positive feedback about the behaviour of our students. We are very fortunate to have such a caring culture at Baverstock Oaks which I know comes from home and school working in such a close partnership.
You will often hear me talking about reducing anxiety in our lives. Mindfulness has certainly helped me with this. It has helped me be present and not worry about the ‘what ifs’, what’s happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. The sooner we can teach our children this the sooner they will develop strategies to help, when they begin to feel anxious.
The Parenting Palace have these ideas for parents when they transition from work to home. Try them, I’m sure they will help you unwind and enjoy your gorgeous children even more:
How can we make the transition from work mode to home life less hectic?
Despite our best intentions, arriving home after dealing with the traffic, emails, and stress of the day can often feel like diving headfirst into reactivity. So how do we manage the transition between work and home in a much calmer and more intentional way?
Start by shaking off the work day
As you set foot outside your workplace do your best to leave work at work, both literally and mindfully, rather than bringing it home with you. Use the commute home to change your mindset from work mode to home life by breathing out the stress of the work day and breathing in thoughts about how much you love your family.
Get yourself a ritual
When you arrive home, it can be useful to find something to do that sends a signal to your brain and your family that you are home and open for connection. Something as simple as washing your hands, or changing into some comfy clothes can help with the transition. Although it’s tempting to flop on the couch and scroll through Facebook, try to stash your phone away out of sight. It helps your family to see you’re present and that they matter to you.
10 minutes of immunity
It’s easy to jump straight into all the practical ‘urgent’ things that need to be done when you get home. Give yourself 10 minutes of immunity by putting the cooking, washing and homework aside, and dedicating it to connecting with your loved ones. Give them a smile, hug or high five and spend some time hearing about their day.
Showing your family that you’re present and that they’re important to you as soon as you get home is a great way to set things up for a peaceful night ahead – for you and your whānau.
Enjoy your week and many thanks to all the parents who support our Baverstock Oaks family so well.
Acorn Marae Trip
Tall Oaks Speech Final
The Tall Oaks Speech competition was held on Wednesday 29 September. The finalists were able to persuade, inform and entertain the audience with their prepared speeches. Thank you to Mr Kirk and Miss Robinson from Ormiston Senior College for judging the competition and making the difficult decision in selecting the following students:
Last Thursday 6 students went with Mrs Baleicakau to Point View School to participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) day. The students had the opportunity to use their science and technology skills by completing a range of activities and challenges. The students engaged with science by experimenting with dry ice, observing and interpreting information about the natural world and the chance to explore and learn about some very famous scientists. The students also got to use and interact with the underwater world by means of virtual reality which brought sea creatures to life with amazing 3D graphics. There were also some very fun robots to play with and the students were able to use a simple code to play golf with a robotic sphere. It was a fun day and showed the students that technology and science play a significant role in their lives.
Tough Guy/Tough Girl Mud Run
37 kids and a bucket load of mud = happy smiling very muddy kids. Thank goodness for the hot showers at the venue.
On Friday the 31st of August the school Kapa Haka group performed at the Koanga Festival at Farm Cove Intermediate. We had been working really hard on our performance and were very proud of what we have achieved with all of our hard work. We would like to thank Mr Tuli, Miss Vili, Miss Skipper and Whaea Huriana for all the work they have put into training us this year.
Blokes @ the Oaks
On the 30th of August our boys and their fathers, relatives or close friends gathered to celebrate our annual Blokes @ the Oaks. We had a wonderful turn out and it was fabulous to see so many of the groups that work with our school providing sports training turn up to create a wonderful morning of sports and laughter, followed by a BBQ!
The activities on offer were Dodge Ball Arena, HPCC Cricket, M sports inflatable Football, Kelly Sports Variety Sports, Papatoetoe Cricket and Digital Creations.
The weather had rained and threatened rain all week but the clouds rose and the sun shone for the time we were on the field and the courts.
We are all very grateful to the sports providers who came to make a day a fabulous event and to the teachers who assisted to make sure everyone had a great time!
We look forward to next year’s event!
Baverstock Oaks v’s Cockle Bay
On Friday the 24th of August, the Baverstock Oaks Rugby Team travelled to Cockle Bay to play in a deciding game to see which team would make it through to the semi finals from our pool.
The day was brilliant sun shine and the field was still very wet and muddy from recent rains.
Our boys put up an absolutely amazing attack and defense, however the second half got away on us and despite the very best play coming from our team, the final result was 26 – 19 to Cockle Bay.
After the game a lot of praise came to our team for their fantastic performance, but unfortunately that does mean that the season is over for us for 2018.
We look forward to another season next year, when almost every player on our team will return as our team has been largely made up of Year 4 and Year 5 boys.
We farewell from our side, Isireli Niubalavu, Roman Tapatuatoa and Zion Muavae-Tomai and wish them all the best for theiir rugby career at Intermediate School or Junior College.
Here is a photo of two thoroughly exhausted teams at the end of the game!
You’re invited to a kōrero about the future of Māori education
Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga (Ministry of Education) is inviting all whānau, hapu, iwi – tamariki, mātua and kaumātua – to help build the future of Māori education in Aotearoa.
We want to know what’s important to Māori in education; what we value about what we have; what we want to change and how we would change it to ensure even greater success for all Māori in education, life and employment. As part of this, we would like you to share your views about education with us and each other.
How to take part
We are holding wānanga on the future of Māori education in the Auckland region:
Wednesday 19 September, Glenn Innes Community Centre 5:30pm to 7.30pm;
We encourage you to bring along as many voices as you can. Kai will be available.
Please come along and give us your views – we’d love to hear from you
We are asking you to help us ensure that Māori-Whānau within your school / organisation have their say.
It’s easy to have your say! Either click the hyper link below OR we will see you at the wananga.
- Kōrero Mātauranga – the Education Conversation– online survey and #edconvo
For further information, please contact: [email protected]