Dear Parents

I hope you all managed to spend some quality time with your children over the holidays.  School holidays are an important time for reconnections and a time for children to recharge their batteries, ready for another term of learning.

I know many of you think how lucky teachers are for having so many holidays but believe me if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have the energy to provide exciting and motivating programmes for your children.  I know the staff at Baverstock Oaks School use this non-contact time not only to recharge their batteries but also prepare their classrooms, planning and resources for the next term. It always amazes me how different staff look after a break.

We ended last term on a real high with lots of wonderful opportunities for our children with different sports providers in the school and two musical shows – Stomp and Rhythm Interactive.  A big thank you to all our staff who organise these opportunities particularly Mr Andrew Flanagan and Miss Emma Pottinger.

Chess Tournament

I received the feedback below from one of our parents:

Hi Genée
I wanted to let you know how proud I was to be a Mum on the side line supporting the fantastic Baverstock Oaks Chess Team today.
There were lots of nerves coupled with excitement as they ventured in not knowing what at all to expect.  They were so well behaved, conducted themselves maturely and very proudly represented the school.  The students mixed and mingled with ease quickly making new friends.  They also started packing the room up at the end without even being asked.  The boy who won had played at the past 3 years tournaments and James did a fantastic job coming 2nd.  Massive thanks to Ange Finnigan for organising such a fabulous day and what a memorable life experience for the students.  A big thank you to Angie Finnigan for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity, Chris Emery for being our parent helper on the day and a big thank you to the students for representing our school so well.

Bell (Music) times for the remainder of the year

Many thanks to the 284 parents, caregivers, staff and students who provided us with feedback on the trial of our new bell (music) times.

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to keep the times the same as we have trialled this year.  So many of you mentioned how much better it is for your children to eat after playing and you have noticed your child coming home with an empty lunchbox.  80% of you want the new structure to remain and 85% of you are in favour of making the morning tea time 20 minutes and the lunchtime 40 mins, so we will make this change in Term 2.

Those of you opposed to the change talked about your children having less time to eat.  This is in fact not the case as the children with this structure have actually 5 minutes more to eat – 10 minutes at feed and read, 10 minutes after morning interval and 10m minutes after lunch.  This compares with 10 minutes feed and read in our old system and 15 minutes lunch eating.  Every child is different so if your child is like mine were, and not so keen on eating breakfast give them more for feed and read.  This might be a time for your child to eat something a little more substantial. If you give them 3 substantial food options I am certain they won’t come home hungry.

We look forward to this new structure continuing to optimise prime learning times for your children.

Staffing/Board of Trustees

A big welcome to Miringa Silipa who has joined our Year 5 whanau.  Miringa is an experienced teacher who is passionate about making a difference in children’s learning.  Please make sure you pop in to Room 28 and welcome her to the Baverstock Oaks Family.

Congratulations to Lucy Schwaner who was voted in as Chairperson for our current Board of Trustees.  We also welcome Sanjay Govind who has been co-opted onto our Board of Trustees following the resignation of Paul Whelan.  Paul has been on our Board of Trustees since 2010 and provided much support and guidance to our school. We wish him all the best and thank him for all the expertise he provided Baverstock Oaks School.

It is with much sadness that the Board of Trustees have accepted Pauline Boggs resignation.  Pauline has been a dedicated and committed staff member who has successfully welcomed all our new 5 year olds over the past 6 years.   Pauline and her daughter have started up a successful business, that has gone from strength to strength and is therefore required to devote more time to the business than she is currently able to.  I know our staff, students and community will miss Pauline’s positive attitude and happy disposition. We wish her all the best in her next life’s adventure and thank her for all her contributions to the Baverstock Oaks School Family.

I know our staff have many exciting things planned for this term.  I look forward to seeing many of you over the next term. Parents are always welcome into our school and I know your children really appreciate you being involved in what is a big part of their life.

Congratulations to our former Baverstock Oaks Students

Congratulations to Saniya Lal from Year 8 Mission Heights Junior College (MHJC) ex Baverstock Oaks student.  Saniya was selected in the (12-18 age group) as the winner of the Annual Howick RSA Anzac Day speech competition from around 200 entries.

Saniya and Year 10 fellow student Andrew Ma from MHJC also ex Baverstock Oaks student were invited to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to read a poem where students were asked to examine the idea of peace by reflecting on the theme: ‘War is over… if you want it’.  Both the students’ pieces were chosen from more than 200 entries.

Board of Trustee Elections

  • Supplementary roll closes Wednesday 22 May
  • Nominations close Friday 24 May
  • Voting papers will be posted out by Wednesday 29 May
  • VOTING DAY is Friday 7 June
  • Votes get counted on Thursday 11 June
  • The new board members take office on Friday 12 June.

Genee Crowley

Anzac Day

Field of Remembrance – What is this all about ?
More than 103,000 New Zealanders served in World War I — 18,200 lost their lives and 41,000 were wounded.
To commemorate their service and sacrifice, the Field of Remembrance is set up prior to ANZAC Day.  These white crosses are a silent reminder of those New Zealanders who fought during 1914 – 1918.  Each cross has the name of men and women who died for NZ – soldiers and nurses. One cross is labelled ‘known unto God’ to commemorate the ‘unknown soldier’.  Students are encouraged to forge a personal connection with one of the New Zealand soldiers.  You can find out who they were, where they came from, which school they attended and what happened to them while they were on service. These were real people, not an army of anonymous faces.

Here is a link for more research : Researching New Zealand’s soldiers and nurses — New Zealand History website 

Chess Tournament

On Friday April 5th, Mrs Finnigan took a group of 9 amazing and passionate chess players to the “Chess Power” Chess Tournament held at Tyndale Park Christian School.  It was a great day for all and an extremely successful one for the team. This was the first time this group of children had competed in a Chess Tournament and as daunting as this was for some, made our school proud by coming second – winning the silver status for this cluster tournament.  There were some amazing personal achievements made on the day – Ekansh Manda won the Usain Bolt badge for winning his game is less than 30 seconds! Aaroosh Shukla won the Nick of Time badge for winning his game with less than 30 seconds left on the clock! Callum Ting won 2 badges – the Queen Collector badge for getting 3 or more queens and winning by a checkmate as well as the Chess Tower Hero badge for using chess pieces to create the highest tower – his tower measured 40cm’s!  Honorable mention must go to James Huynh who didn’t lose a single game – had the second highest individual score in the tournament and has received a special invitation to compete in the National Chess Power Tournament in Christchurch in October! Such a great result for all that participated!

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Ten children from Baverstock Oaks School attended the Rippa Rugby Tournament at Marist Auckland Rugby grounds today and were entered into a mixed team competition.

Their first game was against St Thomas’s School and they quickly learnt how to play as a team.  The final score was 3 all.  The second game was against Point England which we lost 4/2 and the third game was against Cockle Bay with another loss 4/2.  Game four was against St Patrick’s with a win 4/0 with tries to two of the girls . Our last pool play game was against Point View.  We won 5/0.  All three girls had to play every game and did themselves proud by all getting a try each.  A big thank you must go out to Mr Darrin Priest who organised the players and supported them so well with all his positive comments.

GRIP Leadership Day

On Thursday 11 April our school leaders were able to participate in the local GRIP Leadership Day.  This was a practical guide to train and extend the leadership skills for this group of students and an interactive way to get them to form closer connections with each other.  We all learned a lot, made a lot of noise and had a whole lot of fun!

Mother’s Day (Support Baverstock Oaks School)

For the first time at Baverstock Oaks, the FAB team are hosting an opportunity for children to buy a special gift for their mum/grandmother/caregiver for Mothers Day.  Please support our school by adding the 6/7th May to your calendar.  Examples of gifts will be included on FaceBook over the next few weeks.

 Baverstock Oaks School Second Hand Uniform Shop
The second hand uniform shop is open Tuesday 7th May, 8.30-9.00am, Upper C.
All winter jumpers are $10 (plenty of stock) and other items are $15.
DONATIONS – please feel free to donate uniforms that children have grown out of so that FAB can continue to raise funds for Baverstock Oaks School.
All donations to be dropped off at the school office please.

Ezlunch Menu

The ezlunch menu has been changed and updated, please view here for the link.




Grief and Loss Support Services at Baverstock Oaks School

Saturday mornings in the school hall at 11.30am-12.30pm. Get in quick!
Call 021 0291-0677 or email: [email protected] for information or just turn up!  First lesson free!


PND Awarness Walk – Cornwall Park

“Please join us at our PND Awareness Walk at 9am Cornwall Park on the 4th May, finishing at Jack Dickey Hall in Epsom where there will be our “May Fair” with lots for the kids to do:  colouring-in table, make your own badge, design a cupcake, photobooth with dressed-up characters plus a Kid’s “Glow Disco” at 2pm with spot prizes for the person that glows the most, best dancer and best hair!  With lots of food and stalls, there’s heaps to do and all funds raised goes towards the work of Mothers Helpers – supporting mums in their recovery from Perinatal Depression and Anxiety.  Purchase tickets online (limited tickets available):  www.mothershelpers.co.nz/shop