Dear 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.
International Food Festival
Thank you to all of you in our community who supported our annual International Food Festival. What a successful event this was and a big thank you to all the FAB members who worked so hard to make this event the success it was. Thank you also to all the parents and staff members who helped make the delicious food. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and their families for supporting our school during their weekend. It was a real team effort and a true sense of family and learning partnerships.
As many people are winding down and preparing for the Christmas break we are in full 2020 planning mode. To keep you in the loop so you are aware of what is happening here are some updates:
One area we feel we can improve on is offering our children more opportunities and developing skills in the Performing Arts area. I am pleased to announce that for 2020 we have appointed a Performing Arts (Dance, Drama, Music) Specialist, Morag Carter.
How this will work is, she will cover our Teachers’ Classroom release time and provide all Y2-6 classes Performing Arts sessions. Our Year 1 classes are very lucky to have Mrs Boggs who will return next year in a part-time (2 days per week) capacity to teach music to our Year 1 classes. This will also provide our Year 1 teachers with their Classroom Release Time entitlement.
Some of you may not be aware, but teachers’ collective contracts allow them to have 10 hours of release time per term. This time is used to catch up on assessments, planning and attend Professional Development opportunities. While this is not much time compared with our Secondary School colleagues, it is certainly time appreciated and well used by our staff. Our Beginning Teachers for their first two years and their Tutor Teachers are allocated additional time on top of this. At Baverstock Oaks School we are incredibly lucky to have very talented and experienced part-time teachers who cover our Beginning Teachers and their Tutor Teachers when they are released.
Next year to provide our students with some Performing Arts opportunities is an exciting new initiative and we look forward to increasing our students’ skills and opportunities in the Arts curriculum area.
Strategic Direction of our school
Each year, the Board of Trustees have to provide to the Ministry of Education a strategic plan for the next 3 – 5 years. Our Leadership Whānau and Board of Trustees have been working on this Strategic Plan to ensure we are equipping all of our students with the necessary skills they require to be successful citizens in our community.
We have come up with the following draft plan and we welcome any feedback you would like to provide.
Do you think this strategic plan will give our school the direction required to ensure our students are equipped for life long learning and productive contributors to society? These are the overarching principles and values of the New Zealand Curriculum.
We would value and appreciate your feedback and considered thoughts regarding our proposed strategic goals.
We really value our community voice so we will provide an opportunity for you to come and meet with representatives from our Board of Trustees and Senior Leaders. We will listen to your feedback and answer any questions you may have.
Please come and share your thoughts with us on Thursday 12 December at 4:30 pm in our school staffroom.
If you cannot attend this informal get together we still really value your ideas and thoughts so please email [email protected] with any feedback or feed-forward.
Of late there have been some very unwell children in the health room. Illnesses that would have presented before the start of the school day. Please, if your child is unwell do not send them to school. If you are contacted because your child is unwell, you need to come and get them fairly quickly, especially if they are very unwell. It is not the school’s responsibility to look after sick children. We appreciate your support with this.
I continue to have messages regarding our policy on Sunblock. If you require any information regarding our policies and procedures please go to our ‘Parent Info’ page on our school website.
To log in to our School docs school site type in our school name and the password is ‘oaktree’.
I know there has been in the news lately, recommendations for the sunblock that has met the required standards. As a school, we cannot promote one product over another. I know, as parents, you will research this and ensure you are sending your child to school with the correct sunblock for them. A reminder that our school will not be supplying sunblock due to the many allergies our children have but we will continue to remind them to wear their hat and reapply sunblock during the day.
I know many of our parents like to come into awhina spaces at the end of the day. We are finding some issues with this especially in our Acorn classes. As you know we have set up our awhina spaces for play-based learning activities. Many of our children spend hours building and creating interesting things such as transport grids, houses, cities shops, etc. Our Year 1 and 2 children are getting very upset when their creations are spoiled and broken by toddlers who come in at the end of the day waiting for their big brothers and sisters. Please, can you wait outside during the packing up time so our teachers and children can end the day without their children being distracted? Thank you so much for your anticipated support with this.
Year 6 Graduation Dinner and Ceremony
Last night I had the pleasure of attending our Year 6 Graduation dinner and ceremony in our decorated school hall. How grown up and well behaved our students were. They looked amazing. I am very proud of you as our graduating cohort and wish you all the best in your new schools. Thank you to our Associate Principals and Year 6 teachers who did all the behind the scenes organisation for this wonderful annual event.
Over the last few weeks many classes have been focusing on kindness to tie in with World Kindness Day on 13 November. I really enjoy children sharing their work with me and would like to share with you some wonderful writing from a Year 5 student who wrote about the kindness his dad shows him.
It is World Kindness Day and I am writing you this letter for all the great things you’ve done for me. This is how grateful I am, and how much you mean to me.
I’m grateful for everything you’ve done for me on my birthdays, and for giving me the best times of my life.I hope when I’m older I can do the same in return.
No.2 Favourite Food
I’m also grateful for the food you put on the table. Sometimes the food we request and sometimes not. This probably is NOT the way mum was planning for us.
No.3 Time we’ve spent together
2nd to last is things we have done together as son and dad. I wish we could do it again sometime later in the year or holidays.
No.4 My Education
Last but not least is how I’m writing this heart touching letter by being educated in this fabulous school. I thank you for giving me a choice to come to Baverstock and learn new things about life every day.
Thank you for everything, Dad.
You are truly the best!!!!!This came from the bottom of my heart.
From your beloved son, REID.
Thank you, Reid and Steve, for giving me permission to publish this writing, it brought tears to my eyes and shows true kindness and gratitude. Well done Reid.
Once again many thanks for all the support you provide our school. I look forward to catching up with many of you over the next few weeks.
Ngā mihi nuhi
- 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 which will be delivered last week of term. 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!
ESOL and Learning Support Celebration Assembly
On Monday the 11th of November, students who attend ESOL, Learning Support-[reading, Writing or Maths,] Quick 60 Programmes, The Bilingual Programme, Talk To Learn and Alphabet groups presented to their parents and families some of their learning from this year. The presenters were Kanav Kundan and Elly Chan. They did an amazing job by informing the audience as to what items were performed and why.
The ESOL students shared their learning about Saving Our Planet, sealife and the dangers of plastic. There were video presentations from Learning Support Maths, The Bilingual Group and Talk to Learn. Quick 60 and Learning Support Reading and Writing shared the strategies that they have learnt and why they love reading.
Mrs Dreyer presented certificates to those students who had worked consistently over the year and who had great attitudes to their learning.
There was a wonderful turnout of families who arrived with amazing food. This was shared after the presentations.
It was a great chance for families to meet other parents, for parents to celebrate their own students love of learning and to talk to teachers and Learning Assistants. Thank you all for attending the Celebration Assembly. Your children are so excited to share their learning with you.
Kids for Kids Concert
On Tuesday the 12th of November the choir took part in the Kids for Kids concert at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. This year 80 students represented Baverstock Oaks, the biggest number we have ever had! The students got to sing along with Jackie Clarke and Nathan King. Throughout the year the choir had been learning and practicing many different songs ready to perform at the concert. All of the students had a lot of fun and enjoyed being up on stage. It was like a big party! Zainab from Room 32 and Amru and Natalia from Room 29 were chosen to be dancers and singers up on the stage for the final song! It was great to see such a big number of students in the choir this year. If you enjoy singing and having fun I encourage you to join the choir in 2020! A big thank you to Miss Pottinger for all her hard work with training the choir this year.
On Wednesday the Year 2’s went to the Auckland Zoo to learn more about the Modern Zoo and linking it to our inquiry about kindness to animals. We travelled on buses to get to the Zoo which was followed by morning tea, an information session and seeing all the amazing animals. After lunch, we walked around a bit longer before returning to the bus to head back to school. We learnt a lot of new information about the habitat of the Otter and saw the Lemur for the first time at the Zoo. It sure was a fun day with our friends, teachers and some parents who helped on the day.
During Week 6 a group of students from Year 3 to 6 went on a trip to Lloyd Elsmore for athletics events such as sprints,shot put throw,high jump, long jump. They competed with many other students from different schools around Auckland. The day started off with beautiful weather, there was a bit of rain when it was coming to the end but all Baverstock students still tried very hard, they all gave 100% in their events.There were great results afterwards. Overall we had so much fun ! By Salote Lavemai
Library and Resource Room
Baverstock Oaks School Second Hand Uniform Shop
Howick Softball under 11 Girls Flexi-ball softball team urgent registrations needed
Howick softball would love to hear from any girls interested in registering to play in an all- girls team in the Under 11 Flexi-ball softball grade (based at Meadowlands). The season has started and they don’t have enough girls to make a full team and would love to hear from anyone interested. For those interested please send an email to [email protected]
Bizzy Bodz Baverstock Holiday Programme
Scratchpad Holiday Programmes