Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Here we are facing the mid-way point for the year again.  This is the last newsletter for term 2.

Baby News

2019 is an exciting year for our staff as we have 4 pregnancies.  Two weeks ago, we welcomed our first staff baby for 2019. Congratulations to Kellie Srivastava, her wee boy Nathan Gary Srivastava arrived on Wednesday 13 June.  Both are doing very well, isn’t he gorgeous.

Other pregnancies include Natalia Tuineau who leaves to have her baby on the 9 August, Mel Else who leaves on the last day of Term 3. And Johanna O’Brien who leaves on the 18 October.  I know our staff and community congratulate all of these teachers and their partners on their exciting news and wish them well.

Student-Led conferences

I hope you have all booked in for a student led conference with your child.  These are in week 10, Wednesday 3 July and instruction at school will only be until 12:30pm.  Please make arrangements for collecting your child or allowing them to go home with a friend as supervision on these days is difficult as everyone is involved in the learning conferences.

Staffing News

It is with much sadness that the Board of Trustees have accepted Liz Callaghan’s resignation.  Liz and her husband Mike have bought a home in Papamoa and Liz has been trying to commute each weekend.  This has become increasingly difficult. We thank Liz for all her contributions to Baverstock Oaks School and wish her and Mike all the best in their new life in the sunny Bay of Plenty.

I have been extremely fortunate to appoint an experienced teacher from England, Jane Drury.  Jane and her husband, who is also a teacher, are relocating to New Zealand. We interviewed her through a skype session and were very impressed with her passion for teaching and doing the best for all children.   She is a true learner and dedicated to doing the best job she can. Her referees spoke very highly of her too. Jane will take over Room 16 on the 14 August, Monday of week 4 Term 3. We are delighted that in the current teacher staffing crisis across Auckland to have secured such an experienced teacher to take on this position.   Overseas teachers are offered some support time and the Whanau Leader, Holly Skipper will be supporting Jane in learning the New Zealand curriculum and her transition into Baverstock Oaks School.

Alex Donaldson has also been granted two terms leave by our Board of Trustees due to health reasons.  I have been extremely fortunate to appoint a teacher, Jeewan Cheema, who has been teaching over in West Auckland and is finding the commute from Manukau far too taxing.  She was a foundation pupil at Baverstock Oaks School so we are excited to welcome her back to the Baverstock Oaks family. We interviewed her and were very impressed with her passion for teaching and doing the best for all children.   She too is a wonderful teacher and her referees said how sorry they were to be losing her from their school. As Jeewan cannot begin until week 4 Term 3, Alex has kindly offered to stay on in a part-time capacity until week 4. We look forward to welcoming Alex back in 2020 health permitting.

I am committed to appointing quality teachers to join our Baverstock family and despite the current teacher shortage this is not always easy but am very fortunate to have appointed two wonderful teachers for these vacancies.

Anxious Children

Thank you to those of you who attended the recent evening held in our school hall regarding how to deal with anxious children.  I know many of you got some great tips on what to do at home.

As teachers we are seeing more and more children with high anxiety.  If you have a child with anxiety, the most important thing you can do is exhibit a state of calmness when interacting with them.  Children pick up on your anxiety and become concerned and anxious in their desire to please you. We have initiated mindfulness at Baverstock Oaks School and I was delighted to see so many children indicating in their reports how useful mindfulness strategies are in keeping them calm.  Mindfulness is all about focusing on the present and not worrying about what has happened in the past or what might happen in the future.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift and that’s why we call it the present.”

Often anxious children have difficulty sleeping and resting.  The Parenting Place have some great tips on how you can help your child rest.

Newsletters – We value questions, feedback and feedforward

If you are reading this newsletter, thank you, it shows you are interested in what is happening at your child’s school.  We have many phone calls to our office asking our friendly office staff about events that have been explained in our fortnightly newsletter. So this tells me there are many families not using this form of communication to keep in touch with upcoming events.

I would love feedback on the way we communicate to our families to keep them informed.  Currently we have our School App, Facebook page, website, fortnightly newsletter and noticeboard at the front of the school.  What form of communication works best for you?

Please fill in this form by clicking on the button below indicating the forms of communication you use.  Any feedback on what you would like to see in this newsletter will be gratefully accepted too.  We want to ensure we meet the needs of our community and value your feedback.Thanks again for taking the time to be part of our learning journey.  We hope you have a wonderful break time with your children and find some time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.  There are some wonderful events planned in Auckland over the holidays for our tamariki. Have a look at this site to give you some ideas.

Genee Crowley

Student Led Conferences – what children will be doing at 12.30pm on Wednesday 3 July 2019

A reminder that on Wednesday 3 July at 12.30pm your child is able to come home due to Student Led Conferences from 1.00pm – 7.45pm.  If you are picking up your child at 12.30pm please be on time.  If you are collect your child later they be in the hall and you need to speak to the teachers in there to sign them out.  All the children still at school at 3.00pm will be released to walk home, be collected or go to after school care.


Cultural Assembly

Last week Friday, the school celebrated the diversity of cultures. Both students and teachers were encouraged to come dressed up in a cultural outfit. The school was ‘wowed’ by our amazing cultural groups and the pride they took in sharing something about their culture. Well done Baverstock, you really embraced our cultural diversity

Walking School Bus

Ezlunch Orders Everyday

We have extended our lunch orders so that from Term 3  you are now able to order your lunches everyday of the week from Monday – Friday.

“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.

Mother Earth Future Ferns Netball Programme

Hello, my name is Paulette Devane I have recently joined the team at Howick and Pakuranga Netball Centre as Junior Coordinator.

We are very excited to announce that we will be running a new Mother Earth Future Ferns Netball Programme at Baverstock Primary School in Term 3.  This will be an 8 week  programme held every Friday from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm for Year 1 to Year 4 players only.  We will be starting on Friday 2 August to Friday 20  September.

The players will learn…

  • Netball Smart Dynamic Warm Up
  • Netball NZ Specific Skill, eg. catching, dodging, passing, defense…
  • Last half hour will be a modified game

The cost of the program is $80.  If you would like to register your child for this programme, please go to the HPNC website below to register.  There are limited number of places so be in quick to avoid disappointment.

Please note this programme is run by Howick and Pakuranga Netball Centre and follows the Netball NZ Guidelines for this age group.  All enquires please phone HPNC.  WWW.HPNC.ORG.NZ  click on 2019 Registrations, Baverstock Oaks Future Ferns Programme.

Entertainment Book Fundraising

Bizzy Bodz Baverstock Holiday Programme

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



The biggest interactive drum show for kids in Australasia!

Rhythm Interactive is proud to present their new theater production; Jungle Jambo “Together as one.”  An inspiring show filled with fun and laughter and lots of jungle jamming.  Rhythm Interactive has performed interactive drum shows for New Zealand schools since 2008. Jungle Jambo is our latest and biggest production to date. Everyone gets a drum to join in and is fully part of the storyline.  Jungle Jambo is an interactive musical experience where digital characters come to live on stage, join Jambo’s tribe and help him save the jungle.  What to do these school winter holidays? Jungle Jambo, The Herald Theatre Aotea Centre Auckland July 16 to July 20, 2:30 pm. Our special school offer promo code; JAMBO, use this code and receive a 15% discount.  Brilliant family entertainment for kids aged 5 to 12.  Tickets: https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/jungle-jambo

Uxbridge Arts & Culture School Holiday Programme

Please find attached the link for the July School Holiday Arts Programme.

Rudd School of Rock – Music Tuition

Bizzy Bodz After-School Science Programme


Arts on Show School Holiday Programme

Swimsation Swim School

Swimsation Swim School is a private swim school in the East Tamaki area. We offer a range of levels within our programme, that focus on different water skills, swimming technique and water safety.  Our 15m pool is fully heated, so perfect for those winter months! We have experienced instructors who are extremely passionate about teaching water skills to children.

If you are interested in booking in for a free assessment for your child please do not hesitate to call us on 09 271 5395 or alternatively send us an email at [email protected].

Butterfly Creek School Holiday Timetable

These school holidays are the perfect time to escape the cold at Butterfly Creek. Visitors will get to enjoy our tropical Butterfly House with approx. 800 butterflies & our warm Croc enclosure with NZ’s only salt water Crocs Scar & Goldie.

Visitors will also discover dragons, unicorns, Kiwi, magical mermaids & so much more. Butterfly Creek is also 3/4’s under cover, so there’s heaps to do regardless of the weather. There’ll also be fun dinosaur and butterfly mask making, a walking dinosaur & even a princess! See our special Holiday Entertainment timetable for more info. To top it all off, visitors can also save 10% on their individual All Attractions passes when booking online using promo code JULY10.

NZ Police new 105 number for non emergency

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things which have Already Happened’, which don’t require Police assistance immediately.
You can call us on 105 for all non emergencies, or you can go online at 105.police.govt.nz to report things like:

– Lost property
– Theft for a public place or car
– Intentional property damage
– Or to get an update or add info to a previous report

In the event of an emergency, always call 111 – Things that are Happening Now.