unnamedDear 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 Term 3 and a very warm welcome to all the new families who have joined our Baverstock Oaks family.  We welcomed all our new families who have joined us over the past two terms with a welcome pōwhiri last Friday. 

I hope you all managed to continue the learning from lockdown and have some quality time with your children over the recent holiday.  


There will be a slight change to the number of school-wide newsletters you receive from now on.  These will come out 3 times a term from now on rather than fortnightly.  Thank you to the parents who regularly read these newsletters as it is a way of seeing what Baverstock Oaks offers your children and it keeps you up to date with events and important information.  Please don’t forget to check our website for other information and to download our school App so you receive alerts for events coming up.  


There have been a few changes to our staff over the past few weeks:  

Mr Robert Tuli, who taught our Year 6 students in Room 21, resigned near the end of the last term.  Robert has decided to take a break from teaching full time to devote more time to his family.  He will be relieving in schools so we hope to see him back at Baverstock Oaks in a relieving capacity at some time.  Over the past three and half years Robert has taught at Baverstock Oaks School, he has contributed much and I know he has had a very positive impact on the children he has taught.  

We welcome to Room 21 Mrs Sharon Woodward one of our part-time teachers and Mrs Krystil Cooke who will be sharing the teaching in Room 21.  Both have Intermediate teaching experience and will be working hard to prepare the students in Room 21 for their transition to their next school.  

I also received Mrs Michelle Arendse’s resignation at the end of Term 2.  Michelle’s husband has secured a job in Brisbane and the family will be relocating to Australia.  We wish their family all the best and thank Michelle for all she has contributed to Baverstock Oaks over the last two and a half years.  Taking over in Room 17 from Michelle we welcome back Mrs Pauline Boggs.  Pauline will be familiar to many of you as she previously taught in our reception area.  

Clare Downer had 3 terms off this year to attend weddings and visit family in England.  Obviously, with COVID 19 Clare’s plans changed.  She was due to come back and take on our 5-year-old role growth position for Term 4 but has secured herself a new job at a new school being built ready to open in 2021 in Pukekohe.  We wish Clare all the best in this exciting new position and thank her for all she has contributed to Baverstock Oaks over the years. 

Katie McAra secured a STEAM position at Clevedon School.  The teaching of STEAM is a passion of Katie’s and we congratulate her on her new appointment.  Mrs Yvette Yu will be taking over the STEAM gifted and talented group who Katie worked with each week.

I am sure you join our Baverstock Oaks family in wishing all our staff all the best in the next stage of their teaching careers.

The staff have many exciting things planned for Term 3 and we are looking forward to returning to inter-school competitions this term.  I wish our gymnastics team all the best in the Auckland champs and our cross country team who will be representing our school in the HPPA competition later this term.  

Thank you to all the parents who support our school in so many ways.

Ngā mihi nuhi
Genee Crowley



Photo captured by our Caretaker Mr Van Schalkwyk

School Vege Garden

Thank you to the wonderful ‘CLEVEDON HERBS AND PRODUCE’ who kindly donated all our vegetables for our school garden.  The students took a lot of pride in weeding the gardens, planting the vegetables and we look forward to watching them grow.

Baverstock Oaks School Disco

More information including a permission slip will be sent home to families shortly.

Family Photo Fundraiser

Inquiry Maths Open Morning

Date: Friday 14th August
Time: 9am in the school hall.

This year teachers have been involved with mathematical professional development, we were fortunate enough to secure funding for this.    We are using an inquiry maths approach which is strengthening our delivery of the mathematics curriculum.  This approach is used by most local schools and is very well supported with New Zealand research and evidence of best teaching practices. 

Come along and find out how we are implementing inquiry maths at Baverstock Oaks School.  There will be a short presentation in the hall to explain what inquiry maths is, Sue Pine, our facilitator, will be leading this oral presentation.   Then you are invited to your child’s class to see inquiry maths in action.  We hope you take up this opportunity and join us for our maths morning!  

Miss Holly Skipper
Maths Curriculum Leader

FAB Meeting

The next FAB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 16th September 2020, 7pm – 8pm 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]

Second hand uniform

The second hand uniform shop is open the first Tuesday of the each month so the next date will be Tuesday 4th August, 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. 

 Have your say on our three-year Howick  Local Board plan and help shape the future of your community. If you love local go to https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/howickplan to find out more about our plan and watch a video on how local boards work.   Or use #lovelocal while commenting on our Howick Local Board Facebook page. We need you to tell us if we are on the right track, consultation closes 13th August.