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.
Firstly I would like to thank the community on the way you have trusted our school to provide a safe environment for your children as we have moved into Alert Level 2.5. We now have 92% of our students who have returned. This is wonderful. This year has been filled with so many interruptions it is essential all children are back into school to ensure they do not slip back academically.
It was so refreshing to see the children return after Alert Level 3 with big smiles ready to reconnect with their friends and teachers.
One parent spoke to me the other morning saying how much she loves dropping her children off at the gate. We both agreed it gives the children independence and parents are free to get on with their busy day. Children arrive to class, calm, settled, and develop independence to carry their own bags and get prepared for the day. Some parents say they miss interacting with other parents so how about connecting and setting up a time to go out for a coffee. Your children are fine and happily getting on with their learning.
Important Date Changes Please Read
We have now been informed by the Ministry of Education there has been an adjustment to the number of half days schools are required to be open this year due to COVID 19. It has been impacted due to the days’ schools were open in the transition from Level 3 to 4 in our first lockdown. What this means is that our finishing date will now be Friday 11 December at 12:30 pm. This has also impacted on many of our end of year events’ dates. Please refer to our Community Calendar on our website or school App for the changes to these dates. It has impacted on prize-giving, reports going home, and our parent helpers morning tea.
Also a reminder we have a Staff Only Day scheduled for Tuesday 27 October the Tuesday after Labour weekend. All staff will be at school but the school will be closed for instruction.
Baverstock Oaks School is involved in a pilot scheme in the Howick District to help improve attendance across the 44 schools in our region. We are very fortunate to have two of the district Attendance Officers based in our school.
I can not stress enough the importance of your child regularly attending school. Regular attendance teaches your child life skills like commitment, building relationships, being reliable, having a good work ethic, and sticking with things when they get hard. Research shows that children with regular attendance and punctuality have a higher chance of achieving at school. Students with high absenteeism are less likely to succeed in their learning. If a student misses 5 school days each term, or one day a fortnight, they will miss the equivalent of one year over 10 years. As the level of absenteeism grows, the difficulty of re-engaging in learning can grow exponentially. If you are having issues getting your child to school it is vital you talk to their teacher so they can support you.
This website has some important information about attendance and some helpful hints for families. Our Baverstock Oaks Board of Trustees has set a target of 94% attendance each year. This year we are currently sitting at 91% which, considering the recent lockdown, is tracking well. If your child’s attendance rate is in the 70-80% range you will be receiving an email from the Associate Principal overseeing your child’s year group requesting a meeting at school. This will be a meeting to discuss how we can support you in ensuring your school is attending school regularly.
We also have a number of children who consistently arrive at school after 8:55 am. This also impacts on your child’s ability to achieve at school and is disrupting for the teacher and the children in the class who have arrived at school on time.
A reminder as a school we have many contacts with various support agencies. I understand times are tough for many families. If you are having financial difficulties, problems feeding your family, problems buying clothing and footwear, are depressed or anxious, we are here to support you in any way we can. I know the hardest part is admitting you need help and then reaching out to someone. Please contact us if you are suffering and we will confidentially support you and contact the support agencies to get in touch with you. You can email me or any of the Associate Principals or even your child’s teacher if you have a good relationship with them or our lovely ladies in the front office. We want to help, so please reach out if you need. All our staff emails are on our website.
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 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
School Disco – Thursday 15th October 2020
Blokes at the Oaks – Thursday 5th November 2020
Babes at Baverstock – Friday 6th November 2020
Visit from Gold Medalist Brooke Neal
Year 6 students were lucky to have Olympic hockey player and Commonwealth gold medalist Brooke Neal come to speak to them about how she achieved her goals of being an elite sportswoman. She shared with us about the importance of her family and setting and writing down goals. She also shared how mindfulness has helped her to achieve her dreams.
On top of being an Olympic athlete she was also an amazing handstander and managed to beat some of our Year 6 students in a handstand competition.
Room 31 – Maori Customs and Traditions
Recorders at Baverstock
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori & Te Wa Tuku Reo
Week 9 is Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori and Baverstock Oaks will be sharing in Te Wa Tuku Reo on Monday 14 September. The idea is to take a moment to share Maori language and we will be doing it through waiata (song). Unfortunately we can’t come together as a whole school, but we will be broadcasting the waiata over BNN after morning tea so that we can all sing together. Hopefully we will be able to share this experience digitally with our whanau later in the week. It was wonderful to see some of the Year 3 classes practising the songs this morning.
Room 5 – Writing
Online learning is better than being at school. Everyone knows that online learning is better than being at school. When you are doing online learning, you get to use devices, have more time, and stay at home.
Firstly, you are able to use devices which makes learning easier. Devices will check your spelling and fix errors. Devices will transfer your writing on the screen so that you can finish something quickly.
Secondly, you have more time to work so you can go at your own pace. You’re allowed to choose which time to start and finish your work. Doing online learning will also give you more time to spend with your family.
Finally, you get to stay at home. You don’t need to change into your uniform, pack anything and you can have a break whenever you want. This will relieve stress in being late to school. In conclusion, there is no doubt that online learning is better than school as you can use devices, have more time and you can stay at home. By Shri Hari Sutharjenan.
In Room 19, we have been reading ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. It is about Cat, Squirrel and Duck taking turns, sharing and being a good friend. When they all take their turns, they make the most delicious pumpkin soup. So we decided to make some too! It was delicious.
In Room 20, we have been reading ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Today we followed the recipe to make our own. We had to measure the ingredients, mix it together, roll the mixture out and cut them out. We then baked them in the oven. We hope they don’t run away!
Family Photo Fundraiser
Thank you to all the families who have supported FAB by booking into our fundraiser this coming Sunday. We are thrilled that so many families are taking up this opportunity to get some memorable photographs taken whilst supporting Baverstock Oaks School.
Sunscreen Fundraiser in Term 4
Do you have a child turning 5 in the next 6-12 months?
If you have a child turning 5 within the next six to twelve months and you live in the Baverstock Oaks School Zone please contact the school office by phone 09 278-6742 to arrange a time to pickup an enrolment pack.
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 month however due to Covid we are unable to open until we are at Alert Level 1. In the meantime if you have any requests for any uniform items please email [email protected]
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.
Edu Kingdom-Student Tutoring
Junior Golf School Holiday Program
Artz on Show School Holiday Performing Arts Workshop
Bizzy Bodz Baverstock School Holiday Programme
Kelly Sports School Holiday Programme
Paparoa Park Sports – Have-A-Go Evening
Paparoa Park – Kiwi Tag