Dear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School
Welcome back to term 3. I hope you had a lovely holiday with your children. This term we have many exciting events planned. Thank you to those who gave feedback on our recent survey regarding the communication methods we have to ensure our home school partnership is a strong one.
Many of you requested an overview of important events that are occurring each term. This is available when you read the newsletter on our website. Once the newsletter is open you will notice on the right hand side a list of upcoming events. You can also view it on the mobile version of the newsletter at the very bottom of the newsletter. You can also access the calendar by going into Parent Info>Calendar (mobile version) on our website.
As many of us have our smartphones with us all the time the newsletter is also available on our school App. This is a free download. Once downloaded you can click on notices, click on the latest school newsletter, scroll to the bottom and you will see all the upcoming events.
I hope this helps you keep connected with school and all the events your children are involved in. Your children love you being part of their school life as it shows you care and are interested in what they are doing.
Many parents have asked why our reports indicate their child’s attendance is poor when it sits at 93%. Research shows there is a real correlation between school attendance and student achievement. Schools (boards, principals, and individual teachers) along with parents and guardians are responsible for making sure students attend school regularly.
Under Section 25 and section 31 of The Education Act 1989, every school must take all reasonable steps to make sure students attend school when it is open. For this reason our school Board of Trustees have set a school wide target of 94% attendance. If your child’s attendance slips too low our policy states we must contact attendance services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need some assistance in ensuring your child attends school regularly.
There are times as a parent you have some concerns about what is happening at school for your child/children. It is very important your child is safe and happy at school so if there are any issues please contact us immediately so we can work together for the benefit of your child’s well being and achievement. This flow chart will help you understand the process for addressing any concerns you may have.
Over the past few months we have seen a number of children wearing smart watches at school. Some of these have phone capabilities and if so a reminder these must adhere to our Bring Your Own Device agreement .
We know how exciting it is when our children celebrate their birthday. Our teachers ensure children who have their birthday during the school week are acknowledged at school. However we do request that treats are not brought into school for your child as this makes it very difficult for teachers, taking time away from learning and teaching. It is also very hard on other students and their families if they are not in a position to afford to share such treats with a whole class. Our Food and Nutrition policy asks parents not to provide sweets, cake or treats in school. It is best these treats are kept for family time. Thank you for your anticipated support with this.
Thank you for reading this newsletter I look forward to catching up with many of you over the term. Remember our staff are always available if you want to check in on the progress of your child. Just pop them an email and set up a time to meet.
FAB (Friends At Baverstock) Fundraiser Day
Baverstock FAB team held a fundraiser Pajama & Sausage Sizzle Day on 25 June where all the students got to wear their pajamas to school and order sausages for lunch. Here are a few photos from this fun day.
Mrs Burke took a group of adventurous students to the Annual Mud Run Event at Helensville Sports Ground on Tuesday 27 June. It was a fabulous day and all the students thoroughly enjoyed the Mud Run. Baverstock are super proud of all the students who participated and a big thank you to Mrs Burke for all your oganisation of this trip.
The last week of term 2 the whole school celebrated Book Week with a performance called ‘Treasure Hunt’. We were told a tale of two friends that lived in two different areas went in search for their lost treasure. It was an interactive performance that explored sustainability, how reading and books can create understanding and a story about how people of different backgrounds can come together. The children really enjoyed the show and joined in with the songs and actions, some lucky people even got to go up and be part of the performance.
Following on from our Book Week the whole school got the chance to dress up for the day as our favourite book character and parade our costumes on stage.
Join the F.A.B Team at Baverstock
Welcome to Angela Grieve from Harcourts
This term we are lucky enough to have a new sponsor to provide a free lunchbox to each new child starting at Baverstock Oaks. We welcome Angela Grieve from ‘Harcourts’. Angela is passionate about helping families in our area to sell their home and/or find a new home for your family. With every house she sells, Angela makes a $500 donation to the SPCA which is a wonderful cause. Well done Angela, and we look forward to working with you.
Reusable bags for Sale (Fundraiser)
This term we are having a fundraiser that is selling reusable fruit and vege bags to use instead of plastic bags. You can take these to the supermarket and use them over and over again. Your child will bring home a notice with all the details to purchase the string bags through Kindo. Please support our Enviro group to help make the planet greener and help to eliminate plastic from our world.
Walking School Bus
Ezlunch Orders Everyday
“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
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, defence…
- Last half hour will be a modified game
The cost of the programme 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.
FREE technology/social media presentation for parents at Howick College
Howick College, together with the Parenting Place, is hosting a FREE presentation for all parents in our wider community.
‘Behind the Screens’ Presentation for Parents will be held on Monday 29 July, 5.30pm – 6:45pm, at Howick College’s Bill Dimery Performing Arts Centre.
This presentation will cover topics such as social media, gaming, screen time, mental and social development. It will give parents the insights they need to set healthy boundaries at home and to raise happy, safe and resilient children.
We would like to extend the invitation to all parents and students of secondary schools AND all parents of primary/intermediate schools to attend this FREE technology and social media presentation.
If any of your parents would like tools, tips and strategies on how to support their child with managing social media, online bullying, gaming addiction, inappropriate content and parental control, then please encourage them to come along to this FREE presentation.
As numbers are limited, please register through the Howick College website – http://www.howickcollege.school.nz/news/upcoming-events/
APPA Music Festival 3 Day Instrument Course
Bizzy Bodz After-School Science Programme
Kelly Sports Afterschool Programme
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.