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.
The term is progressing very quickly and we continue to see the resilience our children have as they have returned to school. They are working with their teachers, addressing learning goals and I know our staff and students are looking forward to the parent-teacher interviews on the 2 July where your child’s goals for the remainder of the year will be collaboratively decided by all stakeholders.
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Last year we purchased equipment to support our students using this educational approach. This has included Professional Development for staff that also involved students. On Tuesday our staff, during their Professional Learning meeting after school, shared how they have been incorporating STEAM into their classroom programmes. It is very clear this approach ensures engagement by all children. Some of our children with specific learning needs are showing real skills in this area. It is an approach that ensures authentic learning and can be integrated into any area of the curriculum. Baverstock has successfully implemented the new Digital Technology Curriculum very effectively. Please ask your children to share with you some of the exciting learning they have been doing in class.
As I write this today is one of the first wet days we have had for a while. I would like to thank parents who ensure their children have adequate protection from the elements, a raincoat or umbrella. Unfortunately, there were many children despite it raining when they came to school who had no such protection. What this then creates is behaviour from parents who put all our children’s safety at risk. Today I was shouted at for asking a gentleman to move his car as it was parked on the yellow lines and our road patrollers vision was restricted. Putting your hazard lights on does not give you permission to park illegally. The yellow lines are painted there by the Land Transport Authority for a reason and you will be ticketed if caught doing this. I will in future be taking my phone out to photograph offenders and a report will be sent to the police. I do this solely from a caring aspect for the safety of our children. Thank you to the parents who today supported me in asking people to move on when they were parked illegally. Please buy your children adequate protection from the rain and allow them to walk to your car or better still walk home if they can. Remember as a friend from Norway tells me, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”
We welcome Uini Smythe to our staff who has taken over the Whānau Leader position in our Akonga Rereketanga (Diverse Learners) Whānau. Uini has 16 years of experience in education and for the past four years has worked in the RTLB (Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour) service. Uini brings a wealth of knowledge to this role and looks forward to meeting many of you during our parent – interviews. I would like to thank Caroline Mckeown for all she has contributed to this department over the past few years. Caroline and her husband are relocating to Whangamata and we wish them well for this new chapter of their lives.
Drop off zone
Thank you to those parents who continue to foster independence with their children by dropping them off to school and allowing them to walk to their class alone. The children are proud of the independence they are developing.
It is also pleasing to see so many of you utilising our drop off zone in the mornings and afternoons. Just a reminder please do not be offended if we ask you to move down to the end of the drop off zone. This ensures the cars flow freely and this busy area is cleared quickly. Please drive over the hump and drive as far down as you can to get a park. The extra few metres your child has to walk is good for their physical well being even in the rain. A suitable raincoat or umbrella will ensure they stay dry.
Can we also remind you to talk to your children about walking past driveways, we have seen some near misses on Erica Road. You may have to model to your children about always pausing before a driveway in case a car is reversing out.
As this will be the last newsletter for the term I wish you all a very happy holiday with your family. Remember reading to and with your child over the break is one of the best things you can do each day. Keep safe and well.
Ngā mihi nuhi
Pizza & Wacky Wednesday Mufti Day
On the first day back of Term 2, our 12 newest 5 year olds started in Room 26. They have settled so well into school and are already becoming wonderful friends! We have been learning our alphabet sounds, writing super stories, exploring numbers using rhymes and different materials as well as plenty of art. What a super bunch of children. Mrs de Bruin is a very lucky teacher. Here are some things we have been up to in our first few weeks of school.
On Wednesday 17th June in the afternoon our whole whanau wanted to follow some tasty New Zealand recipes, here were the options. Fairy bread, lolly cake, marmite and chip sandwich, or mini pavlova. Me and my friend Ranajay chose fairy bread. We made it, and we really enjoyed it, if you want to make fairy bread here are our instructions.
We have been learning about inspirational New Zealanders and found out about Sir Edmund Hillary. Rhema Chikezie decided to write his own Everest adventure story below.
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]
Bringing money to school
If money has to be brought to school can this please be put in an envelope with your child’s name, room number and what the money is for, clearly labelled on the outside. Many thanks.
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.
Second hand uniform
The second hand uniform shop will be open on 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]
Keeping it Real Online Campaign
The Department of Internal Affairs with Netsafe and the Office of Film and Literature Classification is about to launch a ‘Keep it real online’ campaign. This campaign will support you as parents and caregivers to reduce the risks of online harm such as cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, pornography and grooming. This link has a lot of information including tips and how to have conversations with your children: www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz There is information available in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Mandarin and Hindi. At Baverstock Oaks School, we value the well-being of the whole person and this aligns with that and allows all our learners to stay safe online.
Bizzy Bodz July Holiday Programme
There is NO July Baverstock Bizzy Bodz Holiday programme for the upcoming July holidays. They will be back up and running for the September/October holidays. Care can be offered at other programmes by contacting Bizzy Bodz.
Kung Fu Lessons
Kung Fu lessons are held at Baverstock Oaks School Hall on Saturdays from 11.30am to 12.30pm, all ages welcome. Contact Master Darrin 027 262-0054.