Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Thank you

Firstly, if you are reading this newsletter thank you.  Through this newsletter we communicate what is happening at school and keep you up to date with events you need to know about.  I did hear many parents were unaware that we had our recent Staff Only Day coming up, which tells me not all are using this communication process.  Please encourage others to read this fortnightly newsletter.

I would like to thank you for all the support you have provided us over the past few weeks with our recent teacher strike and for our Staff Only Day.  I know how inconvenient this can be for families where parents both work. We are hopeful for negotiations between the NZEI and government come to a positive solution.

On our Staff Only day that was held at Mission Heights Junior College there were many opportunities for us to network with staff from all Flatbush 7 schools and to be involved in many learning experiences.  I was very proud of teachers from our school who presented:

Andrew Flanagan who presented on his work with his extension group on Te Whiti o Rongomai and Parihaka.

Charlotte Takimoana who presented on Teaching Māori as Māori in a multicultual school.

Clare Downer and Renée de Bruin who presented on how we can help children have a smooth transition from Early Childhood into Primary School.

Michelle Major who presented on how we promote Life Skills and inclusivity at Baverstock Oaks.

Nikki Mackay and Melanie Else who presented on how we are promoting authentic learner led inquiry.

Well done to all our presenters who showcased our school so well.


This term we have had a lot of illness with our staff and many children.  Some classes have had as many as 10 children away at a time. Many of our staff have caught the virus or bug that is going around or have their own children at home who are unwell.

Our executive officer Frances Fraser does a superb job in ensuring we have relievers for your child’s class if their teacher is away.  This is not always possible and I know there have been many times where Frances has phoned up to 20 relievers with no success. It is during these occasions that we have no choice but to split your child’s class.  We know this is not ideal so have sought the services of a relieving support company. This too may not solve the problem and there may be times when we cannot find a reliever to cover. Please be assured we do the best we can but due to current teacher shortage this is reality.

I do have 4 teachers who are soon going on maternity leave and 2 teachers who will be leaving Baverstock Oaks at the end of this term due to relocation out of Auckland and illness.  If your child is in one of these classes I will inform you through a class newsletter and introduce you to the new teacher taking over your child’s class.

A couple of years ago when we had a vacancy we would get hundreds of applicants, now the reality is we have only 1 or 2.  I am committed to getting the best teachers at Baverstock Oaks school but this is becoming very difficult. I thank you for your anticipated understanding if you child’s class is affected by this teacher shortage.  This is what we are negotiating with the government at present. Until they make teaching an attractive profession the current teacher shortage will continue.

A reminder if your child is away please contact the school prior to 9am.  This can be done:

  • 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.

Parenting Corner

I really enjoy reading articles from The Parenting Place.  The article below supports parents in how to reduce anxiety and depression in their children by building their self-esteem.  It is well worth a read.

Raising confident kids

We expect a whole lot from our kids these days. We want them to be attentive in the classroom, kind in the playground, competitive on the sports field, accomplished in their hobbies, motivated during the weekends, organised in their bedrooms, well-mannered with their grandparents, and civil with their siblings. On top of all that, we want them to be happy in themselves and resilient enough to handle the curveballs that life throws at them.

So yeah, how’s that going for you?

Raising confident kids

The very idea of raising confident, resilient and well-rounded kids is baffling to most of us. No amount of money, time, love, or focused attention can necessarily make it any less challenging. It takes a lot of parental horsepower to wrangle our kids through homework, exams, practices, friendships, feelings, chores, and life in general. And all with a ‘good’ attitude, am I right?

What’s the secret to raising confident and resilient young people?

In many ways young people today are better resourced than generations before them. Yet this same bunch of kids are experiencing devastating degrees of low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. What’s going on here? What’s the secret to raising confident and resilient young people in today’s technologically saturated and vastly overwhelming culture?

The truth is, there is no ‘right’ way to parent. We’re all individuals, and each and every parent and child are utterly and uniquely different. But there is a powerful way to unlock your child’s potential and help them to realise their dreams. I want to introduce you to three very simple ideas that in the last twenty years have gained a whole lot of traction in the field of positive psychology. It’s called strengths-led parenting.

We all have strengths

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

As Einstein says “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” I want you to pick up a pen, take a piece of paper and sign your name three times. Pretend you’re signing the deal on your dream home. Good, now switch the pen to your other hand and sign your name again, three times. What did you notice? You will probably notice that you’re naturally so much better with one hand than the other. We’re all naturally wired to be so much better at some things more than others, it’s the same with our strengths.

Identifying and nurturing our kids strongest qualities, what they are best at, helps build resistance and self-esteem.

In a nutshell, we are all different and so are our kids. One of my kids is brilliant at organising her room, and her friends, and another of my kids has a steely determination on the football field. Identifying and nurturing our kids strongest qualities, what they are best at, helps build resilience and self-esteem.

Name what is strong, not what is wrong

Let’s be honest, what gets most of your parenting attention – your child’s strengths or their weaknesses? As parents, we often spend the vast majority of our energy ‘helping’ our child with what they need to ‘work on’. I help my arty child with their maths and my maths child with their art. We’re wired that way. Our brain is a meaning-making machine and as parents, we naturally want to fix what is broken. We care deeply, so we set about helping, sorting, solving, encouraging, fixing all the things our child is ‘struggling’ with. We say things like, “Let me help you,” or, “If you would just,” or, “Slow down and try it this way.”

In focusing exclusively on where they need to improve, kids get the message that they’re not quite good enough. This chips away at their confidence. What if instead of training kids to be well rounded, we encouraged them to know their unique differences and helped them build on what they were already naturally good at?

Building on what’s right with your kids is proven to create resilience and confidence.

Naming what your child is naturally good at and giving that your time, love and full attention is cultivating their strength (instead of improving on their weakness). Building on what’s right with your kids is proven to create resilience and confidence. For your child who loves maths – do more maths, and for your child who loves art – do more art. Simple.

Use strengths to manage challenges

“Hang on a minute,” I hear you say, “How does a strength like organising your room or playing football actually help your child to get through NCEA?”

Harness your child’s love of organising or determination and help them apply it to whatever challenge they’re faced with. One child’s ability to organise their room can help them to arrange a study timetable or their assessments to get things handed in on time.

Equally, a child with the strength of steely determination on the sports field can be apply that same strength to get the job done in the classroom, to persevere and overcome when it gets difficult. When the strengths that are innate in our kids are clearly named and celebrated, they can be applied in all sorts of contexts to achieve all sorts of things. That is resilience.

You don’t need to become a different person to be successful, you just need to be yourself

As parents, when we find a way to help our kids to navigate challenges through the language of their own natural strengths we send a powerful message to our kids. It says, ‘You’ve got this. I know you have what it takes to handle the challenges that come your way’.

You don’t need to become a different person to be successful, you just need to be yourself.”

Thank you to everyone who supports our school so well.  I am always so proud of how friendly and kind our children are and I know this stems from a  great upbringing at home.

Genee Crowley

Junky Monkey Fun!!

On Tuesday, the Acorns got an opportunity to have fun with junk!  We were given lots of different items of junk to explore and play with.  We created some amazing things and were so excited discover how a piece of junk could actually be something to create play.  Thank you so much to all of our families that could come and be part of our day.  We have definitely been inspired to source some junk of our own for play so please come and talk to a teacher in the Acorns if you think you might have something to contribute.

Netball Fun Day!!

This year Mrs Mackay and Mrs Brown had the pleasure of taking two teams to the Howick Pakuranga Netball Fun Day.
The Year 5 netball team competed in six games. This is a relatively new team to netball and they began the day learning the rules and positions of the sport. As the day progressed, the girls showed their growing understanding and showed a huge improvement particularly with their defensive skills and center passes. All nine girls listened to feed forward and cheered each other on loudly!  An excellent day for our Year 5 team.
Our Year 6 netball team competed in five games. They showed maturity during their games by displaying an understanding when teams had not had the netball experience they had and helping to guide them to learn the game. They had the same referees for the whole day who congratulated them on them on their sportsmanship. This team had a positive day with four wins and one loss.

Parking in surrounding streets around the school

Please be mindful of our surrounding neighbors when parking your car before and after school pick up of your children.  Please do not park over residents driveways as some of our residents, particularly the elderly are finding it extremely difficult to get out of their driveways.





Walking School Bus

Sausage Sizzle and Mufti Day – Tuesday 25 June

“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.

Entertainment Book Fundraising

Transition Programme Dates for 2019 Mission Heights Junior College & Baverstock Oaks School