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.
It is wonderful to be back in some form of normality and has been exciting to welcome the majority of our students back. Our staff has been discovering all the things your children learned over the lockdown. You have certainly done a wonderful job supporting our students with their online learning. A reminder we have scheduled our Parent-Teacher interviews for Thursday 2 July where we will have a Staff Only day to dedicate time to meet with parents and children to discuss their learning and collaboratively set goals for the remaining two terms. Please put this date in your calendar and look out for the booking email which will be sent out in June.
I know some of your children were quite anxious in regard to returning to school and there are some children who regularly suffer from anxiety. I read this article by The Parenting Place that gives you some strategies to support your child through these times. It is well worth a read.
Our new Strategic Plan for Baverstock Oaks has a goal around well being/Hauora which includes the importance of developing resilience in our children and will be something our teachers will be focusing on. We have certainly noticed, during Alert Level 2 restrictions, how independent and resilient children are when coming into school by themselves, carrying their own bags, unpacking them, and getting themselves organsied for the day. We have also found at the end of the day the children are capable of walking and meeting parents at the gate. This has allowed us, particularly our Acorn teachers, to teach right up to as close to 3 pm as possible. When parents come into the awhina space this is very distracting for children and afternoon learning is often compromised. The awhina space will be locked at the end of the day to allow the teachers to bring the day to a natural close without the distraction of an audience.
Lockdown has taught us many new things especially that our children are often more resilient than we think. Here is another interesting article on developing resilience you may be interested in. We have also found more parents using our drop off zone and allowing children to walk into school by themselves. Our teachers have found in the mornings they now have more time to make connections with their students and build those relationships. We are certainly not saying we want to discourage parents from coming into school but let’s ensure your attendance is not impacting the learning. Look out for open days where you can be involved in the learning in an everyday authentic context. Our staff are always available to meet with you if you have any queries or concerns so please make sure you email them to set up a meeting time, this can be in person, or as we have all learned throughout lockdown online meetings provide the flexibility of time options.
I look forward to welcoming all our students back as we move to Alert Level 1. Thank you for all your support over the past two months.
Ngā mihi nuhi
2020 School Leaders
Writing from Room 31
Room 31 have written about lockdown using their senses. They had to think of a colour that represented lockdown, and then think of what lockdown tasted like, sounded like, looked like, felt like and smelt like. Have a read of some of their fabulous writing!!
Lockdown is grey like rain clouds falling out of the sky
It tastes like fresh air
It feels like cookie crumbs on my hands
It sounds like music playing
It smells like cleaning spray on the wall
It looks like people exercising
Lockdown is blue like sadness
Lockdown looks like empty streets and closed shops
Lockdown feels like cold air on my face
Lockdown tastes like sweet Anzac cookies
Lockdown smells like fresh air
Lockdown sounds like phones ringing
Lockdown is black like the night sky
It tastes like home baking like chocolate chip cookies
It smells like dirty clothes
It sounds like the wind blowing
It looks like empty streets
It feels small but safe
Library Book Reminder
Just a wee reminder to check under the bed, down the back of the couch and of course bookshelves for any school library books. With lockdown, our overdue list is huge and it would be great to get as many books returned as possible before we have to start generating letters home. Please take a moment to search this week and return any resources back to school. Many thanks
Just a reminder to please ensure your child brings a drink bottle to school every day as we are still unable to use the water fountains during Alert Level 2.
Babes at Baverstock – change of date
Teacher Only Day – Cancelled
Due to Covid-19 the Teacher Only Day on Monday 2 June 2020 has been cancelled.
Second hand uniform
If you have any unwanted uniform (except for hats or socks) that you would like to donate to the second hand uniform shop please drop these at the school office, this would be greatly appreciated.