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.
Welcome back to 2020. I hope you had a restful time over the break and managed to spend quality time with the people you love. I managed to spend lots of time with friends and family and also travelled over much of the North Island. I also managed to get on the golf course which I always enjoy.
A big welcome to all our 44 new students and their families who are joining our Baverstock Oaks family, we look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you more as the kids are 2020 looks to be an exciting year ahead. We also warmly welcome our new staff members:
Jackie Marriner, Teaching in Reception, Room 4
Zoe Webb, Teaching in Year 1, Room 20
Anna Campbell, Teaching in Year 2, Room 10
Katie McAra, Teaching in Year 2, Room 11
Joelline Speirs, Teaching in Year 3, Room 28
Emma Relph, Teaching in Year 3, Room 32
Debbie Pillay, Teaching in Year 4, Room, 13
Bailee Kane, Teaching in Year 5, Room 8
Morag Carter, Music Specialist Teaching in Year 2-6, Room 25
We are lucky to have such dedicated new staff members who all come to Baverstock Oaks with very positive references.
Last week our staff have spent two and a half days at our annual retreat (whānau hui). This is a time to build our school culture and create a united team. A happy and united staff will mean we will provide the best possible education for your children. I know the teachers have many exciting things planned to ensure your children are truly engaged in their learning.
Funding Allowance from Government your Feedback needed:
As some of you may be aware the government announced last year that all schools in NZ are receiving a one-off capital contribution to spend upgrading our school property. This needs to be spent over the next 2 years. Baverstock Oaks School has received the maximum amount of $400,000.
Types of projects that could be funded
This funding is for property upgrades, not maintenance. Maintenance projects like painting, fixing broken equipment or repairing a broken pipe is funded through the Property Maintenance Grant.
Projects will vary from school to school, but examples of upgrade works may include:
- Creating more collaborative space by modifying the configuration of existing teaching spaces
- Resurfacing outdoor courts and paved areas, covering outside areas
- Upgrading the school’s stormwater drainage systems;
- General landscaping and signage works;
- Bringing forward or expanding classroom upgrades, to improve lighting, acoustics and ventilation
The Board of Trustees at our last meeting discussed possible things we could use this grant on but they also want staff and community input. The BoT are very keen to hear your ideas. Please email these to me prior to our first Board of Trustees meeting for the year, which is on Thursday 13 February. [email protected]
IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP THIS TERM:
Please put these dates in your diary.
Please make sure you keep up to date with our community calendar that can be found on our website https://www.baverstock.school.nz/calendar/ and on our School App. This will save you having to phone the office to find out times and dates.
Wednesday 12 February Meet the Families evening 6:30 pm
This is a time to come in and meet your child’s classroom teacher and develop a collaborative learning partnership. Attending evenings such as these gives your children a clear message that you are interested in them, so I look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday 26 February – School Picnic 5 pm
This is a time for your whole family to come and mix and mingle with the Baverstock Oaks community. Bring a picnic and for our new parents, it is a wonderful way to meet other families. All our staff will be there with their families and we will have lots of PE equipment out for the children to play with.
Our FAB will have a BBQ with beef and chicken sausages and dessert options for sale.
Friday 28 February Tall Oaks Swimming
Unfortunately, new schools are not built with swimming pools. This does not stop us from ensuring our children have the opportunity to try out for the Inter-school swimming team. On this day our Year 5 and 6’s travel to Lloyd Elsmore to participate in our swimming sports. If your child is a non-swimmer we have fun activities, in the pool, for them to participate in.
Year 6 Camp 2nd – 6th March at Camp Bentzon
Year 5 Camp 19th -21st February at Chosen Valley
Each year our Year 6’s head off to Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island for a week of fun and our Year 5’s head off to Chosen Valley at Ararimu for 3 days of fun. They build strong relationships with their peers and teachers and learn many new skills to ensure they are independent and resilient individuals.
Wednesday 11 March 7 pm – Friends at Baverstock (FAB) meeting
All parents are welcome to this meeting. The FAB is a wonderful group of parents who support our school in a number of ways. If you have a spare couple of hours come along and meet our Senior Leadership Team and this group of parents who support our school in so many ways. If meetings aren’t your thing or you are not available this evening please contact the FAB [email protected] to see how you can help support our school. Your children will love to see you involved, it shows you are interested in their school and what they do.
Parenting Group Presentation Tuesday 17 March 6-8 pm Ormiston Junior College
Baverstock Oaks School are part of a network of 7 schools in the area known as the Flatbush 7. We are constantly looking for ways to collaborate for the benefit of the whole community. We have organised some Parenting Presentations. This first one is all around Building Awesome Whanau and is run by Pio Terei. These evenings are always a lot of fun and very informative so please ensure this date is in your diary.
Friday 20 March
Interschool swimming sports
Wednesday 25 March Parent Teacher Interviews
School will close at 1 pm so all our staff can meet with parents. The connections we make between school and home are vital so we look forward to seeing you here.
More details will follow on how bookings can be made online.
Tuesday 31 March
Thursday 9 April
Last day of term.
SUNNY TERM 1
As you know the weather has been superb and as we are now in one of the hottest months, it is important we care for our wellbeing when outside. We do not provide sunblock at Baverstock Oaks School as there are many children with allergies.
Please ensure your child has sunblock applied before coming to school and also place some sunblock in their bags. Our teachers will be reminding students to apply sunblock before going outside. This is an important skill our children must know how to do. The Baverstock Oaks School cap or hat must be worn when outside. If children do not have their hat they will miss out on playing outside. Many young children can forget their Baverstock Oaks hat so we recommend this is kept at school and a personal hat is worn to and from school.
A reminder that this term is a sandals only term as it is much more comfortable for our students in the hot weather.
Communication with school
If you have any worries, concerns or questions please make sure you contact your child’s classroom teacher first. The best way to do this is to arrange a time to meet through email. All our staff email addresses are on our website https://www.baverstock.school.nz/our-staff/ Just click on the email icon beside your child’s teacher.
I look forward to catching up with you over the next few weeks.
Ngā mihi nuhi
Year 6 Camp Bentzon 2020
Thank you to those who have already paid their camp fees. A reminder that the fee of $340 is due by Friday 14th February. Our account details are 12-3233-0110044-00. We have to adhere to this date as budgeting is done on the number of students we have going on this date. (Should you have any difficulty meeting this date please contact Mrs Brown or Mrs Macdonald as soon as possible, so alternative arrangements can be made.)
Rippa Rugby at Baverstock Oaks School
Starting the week of 12th February, Marist Eastern Rugby are offering free after school Ripper Rugby sessions from 3:15pm – 5:00pm on Wednesdays for three weeks. These sessions are “Have a Go Games” for children who are interested, to develop theirs skill and confidence in Ripper Rugby and Have Fun! There are flyers available at the school office for Marist Eastern Rugby. If you have any questions regarding these sessions, please contact Andrew Flanagan.
Fundraiser for HeartKids at Baverstock Oaks School
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Welcome back to Angela Grieve from Harcourts
This year we are lucky enough to continue to have a sponsor to provide free lunchboxes to each new child starting at Baverstock Oaks. We welcome back 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.
Road works on Erica Road