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.

It is hard to believe we are once again in lockdown.  I would like to thank the community for your support in keeping your children at home.  Please ensure your child engages in distant learning.  If you do not have a device, please inform your child’s teacher.  For households who do not have an internet connection the Ministry of Education will distribute hard packs.  

We have many of our staff who cannot attend school during Alert Level 3 due to them having or living with someone who has underlying medical conditions.  I would like to thank those teachers who are able to come in and supervise the children of essential workers.  

Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will be back on Monday 17 August to support learning for children aged 2 to 11 years while Auckland remains in Alert Level 3.  Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV will take over TVNZ DUKE’s daytime schedule from 9am to 1 pm on weekdays. Programming for younger children includes the popular Karen’s House at 9 am, followed by programmes for children aged 5 to 7, including junior movement with the Dingle Foundation and junior science and maths with Suzy Cato.

DUKE is available on Freeview channel 13, Sky and Vodafone TV channel 23.  It can be live-streamed on the TVNZ website, www.tvnz.co.nz. Content will be available for catch up viewing on TVNZ OnDemand.  All earlier episodes of Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV remain available through TVNZ OnDemand.

Face Masks

Below is the official information we have received in regard to the wearing of Face Masks.   

 “Do children or young people need to wear face coverings at schools at level 3?

No. Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings if they remain within their school bubble of up to twenty children. This includes staying at least 2 metres away from children from other school bubbles outside. Other public health control measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

Do teachers need to wear face coverings at early learning services and schools at level 3?

Teachers do not need to wear face coverings with their early learning or school bubbles of up to twenty children. Outside of their own early learning or school bubble, teachers are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a face-covering in situations where they are unable to maintain a distance of 2m from people who are not in their bubble of 20, including talking to other adults at school. Other public health measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.”

Vision and Values

At Baverstock Oaks, we have a true shared vision where all stakeholders have a say in the school we are trying to create.  In January during our annual staff retreat, our staff began a review of our vision based on our 6 core values.  We took each value and through a collaborative process, where every voice is heard and ideas are voted on, we identified under each core value what we will see in action.   We also decided rather than making our vision a narrative to set it out in a different way with bullet points.   Here is what we have come up with but would really like your feedback too.  If you have any questions or feedback I would love to hear from you [email protected] 

Mid Year Reporting Process

Previously we have reported mid-year and produced a very formal report for parents.  This year due to COVID we still did mid-year reporting but introduced the goal cards which were supported by assessment evidence and an oral conference with the teacher, child, and parents.  

The mid-year goal card allowed parents to receive in time reporting, the information that was received on the evening of the 3-way conferences:

  • Is current, accurate and an up-to-date report on a child’s assessment
  • With the student being present and involved in the goal-setting the ongoing learning and success of learners is clear to all stakeholders
  • Attending a 3-way conference where the teacher is documenting the conversation about the curriculum progress on the mid-year goal card template, parents leave the conference with notes, including information on the progress in mathematics and literacy. 
  • The Key Competencies are shown genuine integrity by being assessed and allowing the teacher the opportunity to speak to these and the parents interact.  
  • Students and parents contribute important information which develops a richer profile about and for the student
  • A mid-year progress goal card and a formal report at the end of year fulfills NAG2 effectively.

We discussed this process at our last Board of Trustees meeting and had very positive feedback.  The Board would like to also ask the community what they thought of this new process.  If you have any feedback please email me [email protected] 

Key Competencies

At our recent parent interviews, you will have had an indication of how well your child is responding to the five key competencies.   The five key competencies are part of our New Zealand Curriculum and have to be taught in NZ schools.   One of these competencies is:

Managing Self: 

“This competency is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. It is integral to self-assessment.  Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable, and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards. They have strategies for meeting challenges. They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act independently.”

NZ Curriculum:

Parents and teachers both play an important part in encouraging children to manage themselves.  This can be something as simple as ensuring your child carries their own bag, walking into school by themselves, unpacking their own bag, and looking after their school uniform.  It also involves setting goals and working hard to achieve these. 

Thank you to all the parents who support our school in so many ways and work with the school to support your child in their learning.  A reminder, once out of lockdown, our teachers are always available to meet with you if you have any queries.  Just send them an email to set up a time convenient for you both.   

Keep safe and be kind to one another.

Ngā mihi nuhi
Genee Crowley



Grandparents day which was scheduled for 30 October has now been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Unfortunately with having to reschedule so many events from this term we are unable to reschedule everything to Term 4.

Central / West Gymnastics

On Tuesday 4th  August, fourteen Year 4, 5 and 6 students went to the Central/West Gymnastics competition in Mount Roskill.  All competitors did really well and were great role models for our school.  Our Year 5 & 6 Teams were extremely successful and head to the Auckland Champion of Champions next month.

Here are the results:

Christabelle Tan1st equal Year 6 girls
Year 6 Girls TeamThird Place Overall (Christabelle Tan, Vianca Nair, Sophie Ma, Hannah Hoani)
Year 6 Boys TeamThird Place Overall (Daniel Blanco, Cameron Bennett, Neil Mathew & Troy Lim Chong
Year 5 Boys TeamSecond Place Overall (Saif Ali, Corey Reed, Gavin Yang, Chris Chen)
Corey Reed1st equal Year 5 boys
Lukman Arfah5th Overall Year 4 boys

Room 19

Room 19 received an exciting parcel!  The little old lady sent us her famous gingerbread cookie dough to make gingerbread men.  We had to roll the dough and cut out our gingerbread men.  Then we baked them.  When we got to school the next day though, they had run away!

Room 17

Room 17 received a letter from Jack!  He sent us some beans and we had to test to see if they were magic.  We followed the instructions and put them on a plate with water.  We then had to write down what happened and sent our letters back to Jack.  He is going to tell us what to do next.

To Jack
I saw that it made a rainbow.
What should we do next?
From Lune
To Jack
The colours mixed in.
It was colourful.
From Addison
To Jack
The colours split out the beans.
I like you Jack. How are you?
From Rayaan

Travelwise Team

Two weeks ago, the Travelwise team and Constable Green. Constable held up signs to remind Parents and Caregivers not to park on the broken yellow lines and to be courteous to other drivers.  Please remember not to park on the yellow broken lines! KEEP US SAFE!  The Travelwise Team.














Cook Island Language Week

Last week, Baverstock Oaks celebrated Cook Island language week. The theme this year was ‘Taku rama, taau toi; ora te Reo!’ which translates to ‘My torch, your adze; the language lives!’. We celebrated with art (inspired by cook island patterns and tivaevae). The Pasifika group also performed a Cook Island dance at our whole school assembly.


Family Photo Fundraiser

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 1st September, 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]