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.
Many parents have requested a list of important dates coming up. A reminder these can also be found on our school App and on our website.
Office Hours during the holidays
Fia Fia evening and Umu Day
On Thursday evening, I had the pleasure of attending our very popular Fia Fia night. What a wonderful event. Thank you to all the parents who helped out on Umu day and in preparation of food for the Fia Fia night. Our children were very entertaining performers and really showed how much they value the diversity of our community. All money raised is going to The Red Cross to support Samoa with the measles epidemic they are experiencing. Thank you to all who contributed we raised $2,000 for this worthy cause. It was also wonderful to welcome back past pupils and their families, thank you for returning to your Baverstock Oaks family and keeping us up to date with your successes. A big thank you must go Mrs Jasmine Tito for her motivation, enthusiasm and superb dedication in organising these 2 events. Thanks also to all the staff who attended and supported Jasmine.
Each year our school is audited to ensure we are following good financial practice. You are welcome to view this report on our school website on the About Us tab.
Sponsors for IFF
Recently we held our very successful International Food Festival. I would once again like to thank all who contributed but especially the small group of FAB members who did an extraordinary amount of work. It always amazes me in a school of 760 students we have such a small group of parents who put time into the FAB to support all our children. Many of the mums in this group work full time but still devote time to supporting the school, knowing the funds raised supports not only their child but all the children at Baverstock Oaks. I really encourage you next year to put your hand up to support this group. If all of our parents offered an hour or two over the year this would be such a big help.
Events such as this are not possible without our sponsors and I would like to make particular reference to all the companies who supported us. Please ensure if given the opportunity you reciprocate by supporting the following companies:
NZ Cars, Mel’s Indian gourmet, Sugar and Spice celebration cakes, Flame gourmet pizzas and burgers, Melt burgers and ribs, Pak N Save Ormiston, Gilmours Manukau, St Pierre sushi, Leonards smallgoods, NZ Gourmet, Coca Cola NZ, Compass group NZ, Steven Liang – Ray White Real Estate, Kelly Sports East Auckland, Office Max, Eco Balloons NZ, Ahhh Cosmetics NZ, Peak Financial Services Ltd, Best Start Baverstock Oaks, The Fode family, The Yap family.
To our dedicated staff, I know you are looking forward to some non-contact time and reconnecting with their own family and friends.
Despite common belief around teachers having 12 weeks holiday a year, many of our teachers do work in the holidays. They will be planning and preparing exciting classroom environments for their new classes. Our staff kick off the year with a retreat at the end of January which provides us with an opportunity to welcome new staff members and create a unified 2020 team. We will also be having a day of Professional Development with Sue Pine a mathematics facilitator who will be working in our school throughout 2020. This year we will also be spending time looking at our core values and what they look like in action. If you have any feedback regarding “Our Six Core Values” please do not hesitate to email me. [email protected]
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday with the people you love. Holidays are a time for reconnecting. I know our family look forward to no TV and putting our devices away so we can really connect. To those travelling overseas to reconnect with family, travel safe. To those of you travelling across our beautiful country, enjoy the scenery and all this country has to offer. For those of you remaining in Auckland enjoy the reduced traffic and make sure you take time to explore this
Ngā mihi nuhi
Year 6 Graduation
The Year 6 students celebrated the end of their Baverstock learning journey at Graduation on Tuesday 26 November. It started with a delicious dinner catered by Mr and Mrs Padayachee, then was followed by a formal ceremony where leavers certificates were presented to each student. While it is sad for the Year 6 teachers to see our students move on to other schools, we hope that they will continue to live the Baverstock values. We look forward to seeing you when you come back to visit. Best wishes for the years ahead.
HPPA Interschool Athletics
On Wednesday 20th November a number of our students participated in the HPPA Interschool Athletics. Our students made us proud, not only in the way they displayed the Baverstock Oaks School values, but also by being one of the most successful groups of students who have represented the school during this event.
Year 0/1 had lots of fun during their athletics morning. All the children got involved in lots of different activities that they had been practising for in their classes. They walked around different stations including long jump, running races, parachute and throwing. It was great to see lots of families their to support our little athletes and helping cheer them on. Thank you to the Learning Support and ESOL teams who came out to support the Acorns and join in with the fun. We were also lucky to have some of the Year 6 children come out and help our children move around the stations and help them out with different skills as they went around. It was a busy morning and we were definitely all very tired by the afternoon!
A big thank you to Mrs Burke who organised our students to take part in the Weetbix Tryathlon on Tuesday 2nd December which was held at Mountford Park Manurewa. Congratulations to all the 26 students who participated, well done.
Netball Festival Day
On Monday the 2nd of December 42 students from the year 3 and 4 classes got selected to represent our school for a netball festival day. It was at the Howick and Pakuranga Netball Club. We played five 14 minute games. Well done to the Chris, Rhema, Zoe, Jafar and Leroy for their wonderful effort and receiving special certificates.
Thank you to all the parent helpers and supporters that came. We had a great day filled with lots of new skills being learnt.
Young Ocean Explorers
Tuesday 3 December, ESOL invited Riley Hathaway from the Young Ocean Explorers to Baverstock Oaks School. The children learned that Riley and her dad, Steve Hathaway, like to look after the ocean by picking up rubbish, especially plastic from our beaches and community. Riley challenges everyone to pick up at least one piece of rubbish a day – her saying is “1+a day”.
She showed us some videos and photographs of her exciting adventures in our own oceans around New Zealand. She has even swum with sharks and is not afraid of them! When she was younger however, she was frightened of seaweed because she thought crabs lived in it. Take a look at her website, The Young Ocean Explorers.
On Thursday 5th December, Baverstock Oaks had their first Umu on the school grounds. A Umu is a traditional way to cook island food. The food was cooked on the ground using heated rocks and other materials that included firewood, banana leaves and newspaper. The Umu started at 9am and the food was cooked by 3:30pm. The food was then sold at our annual fiafia night which began at 6:30pm.
There were performances by our wonderful groups – Senior Kapa haka (Mr Tuli), Senior Pasifika (Mrs Tito), Junior kapa haka (Miss Takimoana & Miss Hornsby) and Junior Pasifika (Mrs Silipa). We ended the celebration with a big feast.
A big thank you to our parents for making the umu possible – Steven Silipa, Dan Wilson, Reiken Bourne, Tito Tito, Malia Tau and Jennifer Lavemai. Also to Ruth Langi, Jennifer Lavemai and Ana Baker for providing otai to sell. We raised $2000 which will be donated to the NZ RED CROSS to support the measles outbreak in Samoa. A big thank you to our staff, students and their families for their generosity and support towards both these events.
Quick 60 Stardome Trip
Some of our Quick 60 students have been learning about space this term and to celebrate this we took a trip to Stardome Observatory Planetarium on Monday 9 December. The lucky children were Arush, Emma, Hasan, Gurleen, Angel, Manraj and Mariam. Josh, our space scientist was amazing and explained distance in space, the Solar System, space probes, space travel and lots more. The children had to complete a quiz and we then travelled through space in the planetarium and safely came back to earth for an ice cream before heading back to Baverstock. We all learnt so much. The students were given a free ticket to return, hopefully with their families.
We have so many items in our lost property area which is located outside Room 1 in B Block. All these items will be on display on Friday 13 December which will be placed outside the library from 2.00pm – 3.15pm. Any items not claimed will be donated to the second uniform shop or a charity shop after school on Tuesday 17 December.
- 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 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!
Library and Resource Room
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Bizzy Bodz Baverstock Holiday Programme
Scratchpad Holiday Programmes