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.
What lockdown has taught us:
Over the past few weeks going through the Alert Levels while I know, there are many families out there struggling we have also had the opportunity to identify the things that are important in life. It is important we hang on to these things and prioritise time for family. Being present and connected with the people we love the most, is so important. One of the things we have found during Alert Level 2 is how independent and resilient our children are. We have 5-year-olds arriving in class saying, “I came in by myself”, they carried their own bag and unpacked their things for the day ahead. They then had important time to socialise with their friends. I know parents have missed coming in and doing these things for their children but we find learning starting quickly and children not upset because mum and dad have gone. I applaud those of you who are using our drop off zone and allowing their children this independence, thank you. I am certainly not saying don’t come into school, but does it need to be every day? Make a time to meet with the teacher if needed after school but give your child this independence before school.
For those families who may be struggling with job losses and lack of income please be assured we are here to assist you in any way we can. We will be reducing the number of fundraising activities over the remainder of the year. Just reach out to your teacher, Whānau leader, or Associate Principal as we have contact with many support agencies out there. We want to model a sense of family in helping out where we can.
Alert Level 1
I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1. For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices.
We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that.
What is changing is we can now look forward to inter-school and community sport, cultural events and performances and to welcoming all of our school community on-site for these activities.
The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
- If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
- Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
- Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
- Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
- People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
Bicycle Riding to School
This week we had a near miss where one of our students was clipped while riding their bicycle to school. Luckily they were not injured.
The roads around our school are very busy and you must, as a parent, be confident that your child has the necessary skills to ride safely, remember a child’s ability to judge distance is not that of an adult’s capability. This is a good time to remind you of our Baverstock Oaks School policy around the riding of bicycles and scooters to and from school;
- Besides walking, active transport to and from school includes bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades. Students must wear suitable footwear, a Standards-approved helmet, and any necessary safety gear.
- Students using scooters, skateboards, or skates must be considerate, give way to other pedestrians and be aware of sneaky driveways.
- Students may not use wheels in the school grounds during school hours, unless it is an organised school event.
- Only year 6 students are allowed to ride their bikes to school.
- Students must place their cycles in the cycle stands.
- Cyclists are expected to observe the road rules – hand signals, looking behind, mounting/dismounting, keeping well left, etc. Cyclists may not “double” other students to school.
- Each cyclist must wear a Standards-approved cycle safety helmet and have a roadworthy bicycle.
- The police recommend that no child under the age of ten should cycle to school unless accompanied by an adult.
The NZ Transport Agency has these guidelines for using scooters skateboards and skates.
Here is the official NZ code for cyclists that your child should be familiar with, and competent in before you allow them to ride their bicycles to school. We look forward to you ensuring your child has the necessary skills before allowing them to ride their bicycle to and from school.
Welcome, Jamaine Tuli
Congratulations to Robert and Caroline Tuli who welcomed Jamaine Tuli into the world over the last weekend. He arrived on Saturday night weighing 8lb 10ozs. Mother and baby are doing well.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Parent Interviews on the 2 July. Information regarding bookings for this Staff Only Day is coming out next week. I hope you are continuing to make quality time to spend as a family. These are the things we all enjoyed during our Lockdown experience and we need to make time to do this whenever we can.
Ngā mihi nuhi
Room 27 Writing
Covid 19 Lockdown was such an unusual and different experience for each individual and their bubble that they were attached to. Room 27 used their own Covid 19 experiences as writing motivation. Here is some of the fantastic writing that was produced.
Thank you to the Kirk Family
We would like to thank Briar and Amber Kirk’s family for the very kind donation of a fabulous drum set for our music department this is so awesome and truly appreciated, thank you.
Pizza & Wacky Wednesday Mufti Day
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.
Updating Student Details
Second hand uniform
The second hand uniform shop will be open on Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 30th June, 8.30-9.00am.
Cash or bank transfer only. Jumpers $10, other items $15.
We welcome any tidy uniform donations, particularly in the larger sizes if you have any spares at home please drop these at the school office, this would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions please email [email protected]
The next FAB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 June, 7pm in school staff room. Everyone is welcome to join us to see how FAB can support the school this year. If you have any fundraising questions/suggestions, please email [email protected]
Thank you for your kind donation
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