Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School
The term seems to be flying by. I hope you all had the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had over the Labour weekend. At school it is a very busy time for teachers as they write your child’s end of year report. We are also sorting 2019 staffing and compiling class lists for 2019. It is important we employ the best teachers for your children however in this current market of teacher shortages this is becoming increasingly difficult. We only have 2 teaching positions available for 2019 which we hope to fill this week.
Next year Kimberley Buchanan has decided to combine her love of travel and teaching and apply for a teaching position in Japan, teaching English. We know she will embrace this new adventure and we look forward to welcoming her back to Baverstock Oaks in the not too distant future. Thank you, Kimberley for all you have done in the children’s lives you have influenced. Your passion for BNN has taken this special part of our school to new heights. All the best and please keep in touch.
Tanya Bonniface is also sadly leaving at the end of this year. Tanya has been at our school for 6 years and has decided to spread her wings and experience what teaching in another school is like. She starts her new position at Papatoetoe Central next year. All the best Tanya and thank you so much for all you have contributed to Baverstock Oaks.
It is also with great sadness that at the end of this year we farewell one of our Associate Principals, Allison Hamilton. Allison joined our Baverstock Oaks family to start the 2006 school year as a whanau leader in the Acorn Team. She has always been loyal, dedicated and has a wicked sense of humour. When Allison sets her mind to something she will follow it through to completion. She has a real commitment for wanting the best for children. Allison joined the Senior Leadership Team to start 2009 as an Associate Principal.
Allison leaves us to take up the Principal role at Ruapotaka School in Point England a Year 1-8 school. This is a well-earned promotion and one that Allison has looked forward to. It is a particularly special position Allison has won, as she is returning to the school she attended as a 5-year-old. I know Alli has always wanted to give back to the community she once lived in and now has a wonderful opportunity to lead the school.
Thanks, Alli for all you have added to Baverstock Oaks. We are so proud of you taking this next step. You will be sadly missed and we know we will keep in touch.
New Zealand’s principals and primary teachers have just voted about what to do to get government action on the current crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers.
We’re agreed – we can’t in good conscience accept the Government’s latest collective agreement offer because it does not begin to address the crisis. We have therefore voted for an unprecedented second strike, to be held next month. There will be nationwide rolling strikes over a week, and our region will be striking on Monday 12 November. We are awaiting a decision from our Board of Trustees regarding this and will let you know as soon as it is made. While we regret the inconvenience we know this will cause, we need to send a clear message to the Government that we are standing strong for our students.
Already children’s education is suffering because of the difficulty in recruiting teachers and relievers, and we must take bold steps to turn this around. The Government recently announced a $5.5 billion surplus, so there is no reason to make our children wait while the situation deteriorates further.
Through our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, we are asking for:
- Smaller classes, so our children can get more one-on-one attention
- More resources and staffing to adequately support children with additional learning needs – this will benefit all children because teachers will be freed to spend more one-on-one time with every student
- A significant increase in teachers’ salaries so that they are properly valued for their qualifications and responsibilities, and as a country we can recruit and retain teachers.
We appreciate your continued support on this important issue. For more information, please go to http://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/ or talk with your child’s teacher.
On the calendar of this newsletter I have given you all the 2019 dates for each term so you can plan family holidays in the break times so as not to disrupt your child’s learning. For those very occasional breaks in school time remember to send me a letter or email requesting leave.
There is a wonderful annual event coming up this term that is a perfect place to get to know our community. Make sure you put a BIG CIRCLE around Saturday 17 November for our annual INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL. This is such a wonderful event where you can be fed and entertained along with supporting our school. It starts late afternoon and concludes before dark. It certainly is an event not to be missed. There are some wonderful additions to the attractions this year that will add to the fun for families.
Finally remember about prize giving and graduation coming up later in the term. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform right up to the last day. If missing anything check our overflowing lost property in lower block B. Remember hats and socks can be purchased from the office.
This time of the year with longer days we find more children come to school tired and therefore not in the best condition for learning. If you are struggling getting your children off devices in the evenings have a read of this article from The Parenting Place.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL UPDATE
Help Wanted Please for the International Food Festival. We still need more support for the activities and food stalls if you can help please email [email protected]
This year we are having a special used book stall. Take this opportunity to go through all your book shelves at home and have a clear out of all those children’s books you have finished with, read or outgrown and send them into school.
Drop your books at the school office as soon as possible – there is a large container marked for this collection. The library is also ‘weeding’ the school collection as well so there will be ex-library books for sale too.
Most books will be 2 for $2 using your international food tickets (no cash). (Children’s books only please) So start clearing your shelves to make way for new books !
We would also like to thank the following businesses below who have kindly donated goods for the IFF which is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to all the grandparents and family members who came along on Friday 19 October to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. There were lots of great activities happening around the school and the Acorns all enjoyed their cross country. Thank you to the staff who organised all the activities and provided the morning tea.
Trees in the heart of the school
Over the weekend I am sorry to say the large Elm trees in the heart of the school are going to be removed. We have received advice from an arborist and they have informed us the trees are desiccated and usually at this time of the year should be fully in leaf. This also means they have become a health and safety issue. We would hate branches from these tress to fall on our buildings or even worse our children. We are looking at replanting an Oak in this area.
HPPA Touch Tournament
On Tuesday 23rd October, eleven of our Year 5 and 6 students represented Baverstock Oaks School at the HPPA Touch Tournament at Mission Heights Primary. They won their pool and went through to play the semi final against Willowbank. At the end of regulation time scores were tied 1:1. The team then played into triple over time where a player is dropped off from each team every two minutes. Both sides went down to only three players and unfortunately Willowbank managed to score right in the corner, going on to win the tournament. Overall the Baverstock Oaks Touch team placed third equal overall out of fourteen teams. This was an amazing achievement for a team who had only two practises together before attending the tournament. We are extremely proud of those students who represented us on the day!
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