Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Welcome to the midpoint of term 2.  Teachers are currently working on most students’ midyear reports and these will be coming to you late in term 2.  For some of our Year 1, 2 & 3 children this will be a midyear progress report, giving you an indication of your child’s progress .  For some Year 1, 2 and 3 children it will be the end of their first, second or third year at school and therefore will be an achievement report.  Reports will be coming my way by mid June. I look forward to reading each and every one of them and placing a comment from me, to your child under, my signature.  Reports come home Friday 28 June and Student Led Conferences are on Wednesday 3 July (the last week of term 2).

Parents in the school

As our vision states, “We are our community’s school and include them in school life at every opportunity.” This means we encourage your involvement in your child’s schooling.  If you are visiting your child’s classroom prior to 2:50pm please make sure you sign in at the office.  This is for health and safety reasons as if there was an evacuation or lockdown we know how many people we need to account for.

I know at the end of the day many of you come into school to collect your children which is a lovely thing to do and something we always encourage.  Just lately we have noticed, particularly in our Acorn classes, parents seem to be coming in earlier and earlier. This can be a bit distracting for your child and classroom teacher as they complete some learning activities and wrap up an exciting day of learning.  If you can ensure you are not in the awhina spaces before 2:50pm I know this would certainly help our teachers at the end of the day.

Staff Only Day

A reminder that next week on Tuesday 4 June we have our Flatbush 7 school Staff Only Day.  There will be no teachers on our site as the day of learning will be up at Mission Heights Junior College.   Baverstock Oaks School will be closed on this day. Whenever schools have a Staff Only day we always make up this day by doing an added day at the end of the year to ensure hour days of instruction fit in with Ministry of Education guidelines.


It is that time of the year when colds, coughs and other bugs are common.  Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell or have a contagious illness.  Children should be clear of vomiting and/or diarrhoea for 24 hours before they return to school.  If your child is going to be absent there are three ways you can notify the school:

  • On our website
  • Through our school App
  • Or phone the school office on 09 278 6741

If we haven’t heard from you we will be contacting you to see where your child is.

Please make sure your contact details are up to date.  Sometimes your child may be unwell or have had an accident and we need to contact you.  It is most upsetting for your child if we can’t do this due to having old contact details.

Please email our very friendly office staff if there are any details requiring updating [email protected]

Parenting Corner

Parenting is always a difficult job.  I know as a parent I made many mistakes by sometimes being too firm or too soft with my two children.  Children respond to firm but fair parenting. I found this great article on the Parenting Place website.  A good thing to read to help fine tune your parenting.

Parent Information Evening

If you have a child who suffers from anxiety don’t forget to register for this very informative evening to be held at our school on Wednesday 12 June.

The Howick and Pakuranga Schools Fair Play Charter

In 2015 a committee was formed from the Howick and Pakuranga Principals association to develop a Fairplay Charter for all schools in our area to follow to ensure events are as outlined in the introduction:

“A growing problem in child sports and cultural activities today is the all-too common attitude that winning is everything. Nothing could be further from the truth! In any contest, the participants should do their best to try and win. But winning or losing is only a result, not the reason we participate.

Everyone should have a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship. Satisfaction should come from playing your hardest and doing your best.”

The HPPA Fairplay Charter is displayed on our website and other schools in the area.  The overarching charter points are summarised on the flag below. For detail of the points go to our website.

At Baverstock Oaks we are very fortunate to have staff that provide our students with sporting and cultural opportunities.  Often when our children go on to Junior Colleges and Intermediates there are more children trying out for teams and only the very best are chosen for school representation.  Thank you to those parents who support their children in participating and trying their very best in a positive way. Thank you also to the parents who assist our teachers with the coaching we really appreciate your support.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend with your children and have lots of exciting things planned for your family to do.

Genee Crowley

Visit from the Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra

On Thursday 16th May, the Year 4-6 students were treated to a special performance by an ensemble group from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The students were introduced to some of the different instruments in an orchestra such as the violin, viola, cello, trumpet, clarinet and also some percussion instruments. The ensemble played a few different pieces of music and some tunes were even recognised by the students! Another great opportunity for the arts to be showcased at Baverstock Oaks!

 Year 6 Netball Game Against Star of the Sea

Our year 6 netball team had their first game of the season on Tuesday against Star of the sea. This was our first time playing as a team and for some it was their first time stepping out on to the netball court to represent Baverstock Oaks. They did an exceptional job drawing 6 all with Star of the sea. We are looking forward to a great season of growth and teamwork.

Year 5 Netball Game Against Cockle Bay

Our year 5 netball team also had their first game of the season on Thursday against Cockle Bay. This was a great learning experience for the team as it was their first opportunity to play against others. Their skills developed over the game and Miss Hornsby is excited to see them develop as the season continues.

Olympian Visit

Siona Fernandes came and addressed the Tall Oaks on Wednesday 22nd May. Siona is a boxer who represented New Zealand in the 2012 London Olympics. She openly shared her story and life journey in a motivational speech that gave many of our senior students something to think about. Here is one student’s recount of her talk……

Siona told us to do what we want to do and to be what we want to be! I learned from her to never give up regardless of how hard it is, just keep trying to do what you want to do.  Failure is okay! It’s going to happen so just be ready for it and do not give up. Follow your dreams and find out how to make your dreams come true. Never be defeated because it’s not always about winning it’s about the journey that takes you to the end.  Remember to respect others along the way and help each other to achieve. Learn from your mistakes and change your plan to keep working towards your dream. It doesn’t matter how hard your dream seems, just find your dream and always keep dreaming.  By Jackson Jia Room 31.


Thanks to Kings Plant Barn for donating soil, seedlings for our vege gardens and garden tools.  The enviro monitors are looking forward to planting these and adding to our flourishing garden.

Being an Enviro monitor means picking up rubbish when you see it on the floor school grounds and encouraging others to do the same. It also means watering the plants daily if the soil is dry, also each week you go around whanaus to check the litter free lunches and write the scores down on the clipboard. We sometimes use up our lunch play to go plant  seedlings and produce it into healthy vegetables. You could save the world by not buying plastic water bottles and stop bringing plastic to school. Our litter has been killing sea creatures.  By Phillip Ngo

Being an enviro monitor is a great job. We learn how to plant vegetables, learned how to save the environment and learn what the ocean is like with all of these plastic. Our world is where we live and you too could save the world by not buying non reusable water bottles, not to throw rubbish on the ground, and don’t ever litter. Sometimes we take our time to go to the school vege garden and plant seedlings and produce it into healthy vegetables. This is what will happened if we litter or throw away rubbish.

By Manny Limpus

Fun in the library

Fun in the library at lunchtime this week with some model building  – we put together this huge dinosaur – a great team effort.  See if you can see him next time you visit the library  !
Of course there is always our lego club as well with great imaginations, amazing creations are made all the time!

“A Journey Through Story Land”

Baverstock Oaks will be presenting their school production on Wednesday 25th September and Thursday 26th September at 6pm in the school hall.  Each whanau has chosen a Roald Dahl story and picked a scene to act from that story.  To accompany this whanau will also sing a song and create a dance related to their scene or chosen story. This will all be linked together with a script interweaving Roald Dahl’s life with the chosen stories by each whanau.

This year each student in the school will be involved with the production to some capacity whether it be during the scene, the song, the dance, or be part of the backstage or front of house crew. Keep an eye out for more information in the school newsletter and as more notices come home in the weeks to come!!! Why not have a chat to your child about what Roald Dahl story their whanau have chosen??

Circle the 25th and 26th of September in your diaries now as you will not want to miss “A Journey Through Story Land”!!

Baverstock Oaks School Second Hand Uniform Shop

The second hand uniform shop is open the first Tuesday of every month from 8.30-9.00am, Upper C.
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.

Grief and Loss Support Services – Children

Time to enrol for Seasons for Growth, a peer support programme for children and young people experiencing loss and grief, perhaps through a bereavement, separation or other major change.  It will run for 6 weeks every Wednesday  afternoon from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, starting 15th May 2019  at the community rooms, Howick.  For enquiries please contact Lesley 0220697384 or ph: 5330222 or email [email protected]allsaintshowick.org.nz

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