unnamedDear Parents and Caregivers of Baverstock Oaks School

Greetings, Kia ora, Fakaalofa Lahi atu, Bula vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Taloha,
Kia orana, Ni hao, Buenos dias, Chao, Malo ni, Habari dobar dan, Namaste, Salam.

It was wonderful to welcome so many Grandparents attend our recent Grandparents’ day.  The children love to share their learning and it was exciting to see Grandparents and Grandchildren learning and interacting together.  

Currently, I am in 2020 planning mode as I ensure we have the best classroom teachers for your children.  Our 2020 staffing structure is beginning to take shape and the quality of applicants we are receiving is certainly high as the positive reputation of our school continues to grow.  If you know of any families who have children who are turning 5 in 2020 please encourage them to enrol as soon as possible so we can ensure we have appointed quality teachers.  


At the end of this year, we sadly have a few farewells on our staff.


Pauline Boggs:

Pauline has been part of the Baverstock Oaks family for 8 years.  She has warmly welcomed all our 5-year-olds into our school and given them all the best possible start to their learning journey.  Pauline and her daughter Rosie have established a very successful catering business called sixteenregionz.  Pauline is leaving us to devote more time to this business.   We will certainly miss Pauline’s positive outlook and happy disposition. We wish her and Rosie all the best but luckily Pauline will be back for the odd day relieving. 

Traci Burke:

Traci has been one of our extremely valuable and dedicated Learning Assistants for the past 10 years. She has not only supported students with special needs, run our school entry assessment procedures but she has contributed so much to our school in so many ways.  She has trained many teams to give our students the opportunities in many activities: Cheerleading, Gymnastics, and Dance groups. She has also completed all the administration and organisation for the Weetbix Tryathlon and Mud Run.  Traci has been very fortunate to be offered a new challenge as a Receptionist at a local Intermediate School.  Congratulations Traci on winning this position we know you will do so well.  We are lucky Traci’s new position is only 4 days a week so we will still get to see her in her parent capacity or as a Learning Assistant reliever when required.  

Siobhan van Niekerk:

It is with much sadness that we lose a great teacher next year such as Siobhan.  Siobhan is taking on a new role in training to be a Youth Pastor. This has been a long term ambition of Siobhan’s and we know she certainly has the skills to make a difference to many young people’s lives.  Siobhan’s skills and talents will be a great loss to Baverstock Oaks and we will certainly miss her friendly and sunny disposition. We wish her all the best in her new adventure.

Munroop Clair:

It is with much sadness we also farewell Munroop.  Munroop was a foundation pupil at our school and the first pupil to return as a teacher.  Munroop completes her Beginning Teacher programme at the end of this year and has decided to have a break from teaching and some overseas travel.  I know the students will really miss Munroop as she has a real talent for making wonderful connections with all students.  We wish Munroop all the best in her new adventures. 

Alex Donaldson:

As indicated in an earlier newsletter Alex took a break for the last 2 terms due to health reasons.  Alex has decided to pursue a different career in 2020 that allows her to look after her health. Alex will be a great loss to teaching.  The relationships she builds with students and her skills in IT are a real skill of Alex’s and we will miss her at Baverstock Oaks.  We certainly hope she will still have the opportunity to relieve at our school and therefore keep in touch.   

Nick Gibbs:

Nick has decided to have a break from teaching and do relieving.  We know he will be in high demand as a reliever, especially at Baverstock Oaks School.  I would like to thank Nick for all he has contributed to our school.  He has trained our Mathletics teams for many years and made great relationships with the students he has taught.  We wish him all the best in his new role.  

Clare Downer:

Clare is not leaving next year but is taking 3 terms off to go to England.  Clare has been invited to 3 weddings in England all at different times so she has decided to take the 3 terms off and do some Supply Teaching in England.  She will return at the start of Term 4 and take up the roll growth class we expect of 5-year-olds.  We wish Clare safe travels and know she will enjoy catching up with the friends and family she has in the UK.  

During 2020 we have two of our maternity leave teachers returning Johanna O’Brien and Kellie Srivastava.  Mel Else who is also on maternity leave will return at the beginning of 2021.  

We offer a big congratulations to Johanna and her husband Wepiha who welcomed their gorgeous daughter Amiorangi into the world on 18th October.  Both mum and baby are doing well. 


In the last newsletter, I indicated many of the important dates for the remainder of the year.  I hope you have all of these in your diary especially the International Food Festival Date the 16 November. 

Next Monday the 4 November at 2pm in the school hall we have Kate Keenan’s official farewell. Parents are welcome to attend this special farewell assembly.   

I look forward to catching up with many of you at these special events. 

Ngā mihi nuhi
Genee Crowley




  • Friday 13 December will be the last ezlunch service day for the year.
  • There will be no service available  from 16-20 December.
  • Monday 3 February will be the first day of ezlunch for 2020

Baverstock Oaks School Yearbook 2019

The end of 2019 is fast approaching and what better way to remember a fabulous year than for your child to have a forever keepsake to remember the year that was.  The yearbook is available for purchase at the office for $20 per book.  If you have paid the $100 activity fee in full by the 1st of November your child will automatically receive a yearbook and you do not need to pay.  If you are unsure please ask your child’s teacher or speak to the office.  Don’t hesitate to check or pay now so your child doesn’t miss out for this awesome 104 colour page book full of events from 2019!


On October 18, all our students learned about Parihaka, a Maori settlement in the Taranaki in the 1860’s – 1880’s.

The leaders of the village of Parihaka, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, promoted peaceful negotiation and passive resistance against extraordinary oppression from the New Zealand Crown.  Their message of peace and equality for all people is once again been promoted as enduring New Zealand values and has gained recognition through recent media coverage media.

On 1 November at 12.30pm, in the school hall every student will be wearing a white feather as a Maori symbol of peace.  These headbands and feathers can go home with the students as a reminder of Parihaka.

We will have the book ‘Remember that November’ read to us and the illustrator of this very special story will be attending.  This is a beautiful story about Parihaka and its need to be remembered in our nation’s narrative.

Grandparents Day

International Food Festival

IFF tickets are now on SALE!
Please purchase your tickets through KINDO or pop into the office to pay cash/eftpos.  Make sure this great event is in your calendar (Saturday 16 November) and come along to support our children from 4-7pm.
We would like to thank our current sponsors below:


If you can help make it a success through donating items for raffles or prizes, volunteering your time on the day or helping fill the popular candyland with cakes, slices, fudge, desserts etc, please contact us now –  [email protected]  We appreciate your support, your friendly FAB volunteers.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Performance

On Thursday 24th October, 45 students from the choir were fortunate enough to travel to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau to attend an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performance. During the performance there were also performers from The Dust Palace who performed acrobatics! The performance was enjoyed by all the students who attended.  A big thank you to the parent helpers who came along to help and to Miss Pottinger for organising this fabulous opportunity! 

Touch Team

The Baverstock Touch Team had an awesome day at the Primary East Schools Touch Competition held at Mission Heights. They eased their way through the pool stages in tough windy conditions beating all three schools by 5 tries or more, then came up against a strong Cockle Bay team in the semi-final. Despite the slow start, the team dug deep to get the win in the dying stages 4 to 2 with Abe Mika stealing the show. Wakaranga was the team to beat with skilful touch players who represented Auckland and Counties Manukau at representative level. Baverstock started strong and held them to a 1-0 led at half-time but with the loss of captain Lucas Justino to calf strains, the team would have to work twice as hard. The brave BOS team would eventually go down 4-0 to a well-organised Wakaranga team.  We are very proud of our Touch stars!

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.