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.

Exciting News for Baverstock Oaks

Last year we worked with the lead principal of Waipaparoa Kāhui Ako to explore the opportunity to work with this group of schools.  Schools included in this Community of Learning are Willowbank, Pt View, Somerville Intermediate, Botany Downs Secondary College, Howick College, Shelly Park Cockle Bay, Cockle Bay Private Kindergarten, and Dannemora Kindergarten.  We are delighted that the Ministry of Education has approved our application along with BestStart Baverstock to be accepted into this Kāhui Ako.  What does this mean for Baverstock Oaks? A Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers (early learning, schools, kura, and post-secondary) working together to help students achieve their full potential.

Each Kāhui Ako sets shared goals or achievement challenges based on the particular needs of its children and young people. It also allows us the opportunity to support the transition of students more effectively. 

Principals from our schools met in August to finalise an application for the provision of professional learning for Waipaparoa Kāhui Ako staff over the next 2 years. We await the outcome of this application. In the meantime, a process of review of our progress is underway with a view to refreshing our Achievement Plan.  With the joining of this group of schools, we are also provided funding by the Ministry of Education to appoint “With-in” school leaders who will work with other schools “With-in” school leaders.  This provides a wonderful learning opportunity for our teachers.  I am delighted to announce that our “With-in” school leaders for 2021 are Holly Skipper, Nikki Mackay, and Sally Shabbot.  


Last week we had our Y4-6 athletics day.  Thanks to Jo Brown and Bailee Kane who organised the day and provided our students the opportunity to shine in this area.  It was pleasing to see the sportsmanship and determination displayed by all who competed.  

Babes at Baverstock and Blokes at the Oaks

Last week our boys and girls all had wonderful mornings on Thursday and Friday with the fun activities Andrew Flanagan had organsied.  The time that it takes to plan and organise an exciting event such as this was really appreciated by the children and their families who attended.  I would like to thank all our supporters for the mornings – Kelly Sports, Kelly Club, M Sports, Auckland Sport, Pakuranga Rugby, Philip Watson & Kylie Lipscombe.

Thank you also to all the staff who got involved in helping with construction, sausage sizzles, and running activities.  It was a real sense of family in action.  After such event we reflect on what we have done and I know Andrew Flanagan is already planning for next year’s Babes and Blokes mornings.

Positive changes to Parent Donations 2021

In 2021 there is going to be a significant change to the funds we are asking for from parents.  As Baverstock Oaks School is a Decile 6 school we are eligible for the funding initiative introduced by the Government in 2019.  This initiative allows Decile 1-7 Boards of Trustees to choose to receive a $150 per student, per year payment instead of seeking donations from parents.  There will be no activity fees charged in 2021.  Funds from our operational grant will be used for trips that are curriculum-related.  

Our Board of Trustees understands that there are many families in our community who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore we have decided to opt in to the new initiative from 2021.   Although donations to schools are voluntary, families can feel under pressure to pay them and this can place pressure on household budgets.  This initiative is designed to alleviate that pressure and expectation. 

Boards of Trustees that opt-in to the donations scheme will still be able to ask parents and guardians for payments related to optional activities outside the curriculum, some examples include school sports teams costs, yearbooks, visiting drama or music groups, camps, and seesaw.  The Ministry has developed some guidelines which make it clear what schools can charge for and what parents can be asked to pay for.

As a Decile 6 school, we receive a lower level of operational funding than Decile 1-5 schools receive from the Government to run our school.  The Senior Leadership Whānau and Board of Trustees work extremely hard throughout the year to manage the operational funds we receive from the government to ensure that our students get the best possible education.  In addition to this, our teachers, support staff, and FAB work tirelessly throughout the year fundraising to help provide the resources our children require. Baverstock Oaks School does rely on additional fundraising to ensure the school’s finances and resources work in the best possible way and we can continue to deliver quality education for every child. Fundraising funds form a vital part of the finance plan and are included in our budget and resource allocations for every school year.  We are at the middle-end of the decile scale and therefore fundraising funds are used to provide additional resources to help ensure all of our students have the opportunity to succeed and excel in school life.  Now with no donations or activity fees, we hope you can actively support our FAB fundraising efforts throughout the year.

We are continuing with Seesaw which is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share what they are learning at school with you.  Seesaw (e-Portfolio) $10 per year per student.

Any additional donations are gratefully accepted. We do appreciate your support of our school and look forward to you supporting our FABs fundraising efforts over the year. 

Parenting Corner

At Baverstock Oaks, we are focusing on developing our students’ independence and their intrinsic motivation to do well.   These are important skills to have, not only at school but when your children move into tertiary education and the workforce.  Recently I read an interesting article by John Cowan.  John is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster who shares his insight and opinions about the latest in parenting and family news in New Zealand. He is often heard speaking on radio stations every week throughout the country and regularly on national TV.  The article I read was on how much praise should children receive and what are the implications of this?  It is an interesting read that may challenge your thinking.  Can you over praise your kids?  

A reminder it is important your child stays at school right up until the last day of term.  On our final day, we will place children in their 2021 classes and they will get the opportunity to meet their new teacher in their 2021 classroom.   This ensures a smooth start to the first day of the school year in 2021.  It is very important your child starts back on the first day of school next year Tuesday 2 February.  This is a time where routines are set up and relationships are established with their new teacher and classmates.   

Many thanks to all the support families continue to provide our school.

Kia kaha – be strong
Kia aroha – be kind and compassionate
Ngā mihi nuhi

Genee Crowley

Pizza & Mufti Day – Wednesday 18th November

Yearbook 2020

It’s that time of the year again! We are well under way with the production of this years’ yearbook.  While many events and activities have been cancelled we have been lucky enough to still produce another outstanding colour, approx 102 page yearbook this year!   This year if the ACTIVITY FEE is paid in FULL for each child by Friday 1 November your child is entitled to a yearbook or you can purchase a copy from the office until November 30 for $20.

The Great New Zealand Shakeout

At 2.15pm on Monday 19th October, Baverstock Oaks School took part in the Great New Zealand Shakeout.  We DROPPED down onto our hands and knees.  This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.  We COVERED our heads and neck under a sturdy table or desk. Some of us had no shelter nearby so we covered our head and neck with our arms and hands.  We HELD on to our shelter until the Shakeout had finished.  While we were doing the drill, we took note of what might be happening around us if we were in a real earthquake. We also thought about what we might need to do to prepare for a real earthquake.

Pizza with the Principal

Each term one student from each class is chosen as “Student of the Term” and the reward is to have pizza with the Principal.  These students joined Mrs Crowley in the staffroom to celebrate their success.  Well done to all those students and keep up the great work!

Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition

Our gymnasts were all so excited but also nervous to finally be able to take part in the long awaited Champion of Champions gymnastics competition on October 29th.  Due to Covid we weren’t sure if the event would ever take place. 

We travelled to Tri-Star gym in Mt Roskill once again to compete against the best students in the whole Auckland region.  Our team did our school proud by following their routines well, having positive attitudes and supporting each other.  Their behaviour and role modeling to children from other schools was exemplary.  

A huge thank you to Mrs Ivy Lim and Mrs Christine Reed for their on-going support with gymnastics this year.   They gave up many hours of their time and to share their expertise coaching the children.  

The results were:

Lukman Arfah – 11th overall for Year 4 Boys
Corey Reed – 1st overall for Year 5 Boys
Chris Chen – 6th overall for Year 5 Boys
Corey Reed, Chris Chen, Gavin Yang and Saif Ali – 2nd for Year 5 Boys Team
Neil Mathew – 11th overall for Year 6 Boys

Christabelle Tan –  8th overall for Year 6 Girls


Athletics Day

On Tuesday 3rd November we held our Baverstock Oaks School Athletics Day.  This is when qualifying Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students got to complete in a range of track and field events, sprints, high jump, long jump and softball put.  It was a fun day and our top competitors will be representing our school at the HPPA Inter-School athletics day later this term.  Thank you to all staff who helped to make this day successful and also to Mrs Brown and Miss Kane for organising the day.  A huge thanks to our property team who also helped with setting up the equipment.

Blokes at the Oaks

Our annual Blokes at the Oaks was held on Thursday 5 November despite the wet weather, this did not stop the students having an amazing time, here are some photos to reflect this day.  Thank you to all the staff that helped on this day and also for the parents that came along and supported their child at this event.

Babes at Baverstock

Our annual Babes at Baverstock was held on Friday 6 November.  This year we did things a little different to last year as the feedback we received from the girls was that they wanted to do fun things like the boys did outside, so we did exactly that.  The girls had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed all the outside activity and games.  Thank you to all the staff that helped on this day and also for the parents that came along and supported their child at this event.

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 09 278-6741 to arrange a time to pickup an enrolment pack.


FAB Meeting

The next FAB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2 December 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.  If you have any questions or 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.

Summer Events

With summer on the way we have a lot of great fun events happening around Howick and the wider area.  So get out and explore what our beautiful city has to offer.  Click on this link to Find an event