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.
Isn’t it wonderful to be back in Alert Level 1 and have some form of normality. To those of you who attended our school picnic last week, thank you so much. It was good to gather again as a community and reconnect.
It is wonderful to see inter school sports events occurring. Last week our cricket and swimming teams represented our school. Their sportsmanship, perseverance and skill development were exemplary. Thank you to the staff who trained and supported these teams.
Over the last few weeks I have received positive feedback from many parents regarding our school. Thank you so much for letting us know when we are doing things well.
Teachers in New Zealand are trained to deliver our New Zealand Curriculum. Our core business is to ensure this curriculum is delivered to a high standard by quality practitioners. We set high standards and with the interruptions COVID has created, more than ever it is essential we focus on the learning and delivering of this curriculum.
Primary school teachers are often asked to do so much more than deliver the curriculum and these things often take us away from our core business of delivering the curriculum.
Some of the requests we get from families are:
Can you please put sunblock on my child so they don’t get burnt?
Can you ensure my child eats their lunch each day and they drink enough water?
Can you ensure they go to bed early every night they won’t listen to me?
Can you please tell my child not to play on their device so much at home and do their homework?
Can you make sure my child puts their spelling notebook/reader/ bubble words in their bag to bring home?
My child did not bring their book bag/PE gear home can you make sure they put it in their bag.
We know as parents we want to support our children to be successful but asking our teachers to do the things above is outside the realm of their real work and takes us away from our important job of delivering the curriculum.
What a teacher’s role is in the above requests is to follow our curriculum. An important component of our curriculum are the Five Key Competencies. The Key Competencies are what we all require to lead a successful life.
The Managing Self key competency, is where we develop those important skills. What our teachers are asked to do is create these skills with our students:
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.
This is why you will hear me saying, ‘your child is capable of carrying their own bag.’ Please don’t rob your child of the opportunity to be independent. What our teachers are asked to do is create these skills with our students, not rescue them and do things for them when they are more than capable of doing these things themselves. How are you as a parent developing independence with your child? This article gives you some effective ideas and is a way of reducing the stress and anxiety many parents have when their children won’t do things for themselves.
I know this is hard as a parent, however we do our children no favours when we continuously rescue them. By rescuing them we create dependence and make it more difficult for our children to adapt to new challenges with that ‘can-do’ attitude.
Wednesday 24 March 7 pm – Friends at Baverstock (FAB) meeting
I look forward to meeting up with many of you tonight at our FAB meeting. The FAB is a wonderful group of parents who support our school in a number of ways. If you have a spare couple of hours come along and meet some of our Senior Leadership Team and this group of parents who support our school in so many ways. If meetings aren’t your thing or you are not available this evening please contact the FAB [email protected] to see how you can help support our school. Your children will love to see you involved, it shows you are interested in their school and what they do.
Thursday 25 March Parent Teacher Interviews
I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow evening as you come and discuss your child’s learning journey with their teacher. A reminder these interviews also provide you an opportunity to share with their teacher all you can about the type of learner your child is.
I look forward to catching up with you over the next few weeks.
Kia kaha – be strong
Kia aroha – be kind and compassionate
Ngā mihi nuhi
Pizza with the Principal
Each term one student from every class is rewarded with a certificate for excellent work which is celebrated by having pizza with the Principal. Here are a few photos from students that were chosen in Term 4 and recently got to share pizza with the Principal. Well done to all those students and keep up the great work!
Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leadership Group
We recently held our annual student leadership election for both our class councillors and our house captains, we had many students apply for these roles and presented outstanding speeches, well done to all who took part.
The following are this year’s 2021 student leaders. All their photos are in the hall on our student leadership board.
|Annie Su and Zoe Pillay|
Avneet Kaur and Rylee Cash
Archie Lipscombe and Claire Zhang
Prisha Prabu and Harper Adams
Katelyn Zhu and Dawud Khan
Mya Fennessy and Benjamin Yin
Callum Ting and Zoe Priest
Ekam Sangha and Zara Ali
|Isaac Chen and Rebekah Brooks|
Annabelle Chen and Angela Wang
Chris Chen and Donnell Collins
Petruska Webster and Xavier Ghezzi
This group will meet weekly on a Thursday at 12.30 pm. We will be doing a range of leadership activities to build up their leadership skills. Alongside the leadership programme the students will be asked to do various activities around the school.
We have high expectations for our leaders from role modelling not only how they carry themselves around the school but how they wear their uniforms. (Mrs Baleicakau).
Lunar New Year
In many asian cultures, people celebrate Lunar New Year. In China, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and many other asian countries, Lunar New Year is a public holiday so families can gather together to celebrate this special day. Red is a festive colour in China and adult family members give some money in hongbao (red envelope) to children. In Korea, people wear new clothes and have ddukguk (rice cake soup) for breakfast.
Year 6 Poi Making
The Year 6 Kapa haka girls had lots of fun making their own pois. The girls worked in groups sharing and helping one another and this was a great bonding session which has also helped with their confidence. They did a fantastic job in making them and I could see how proud they were with the end result. They are now able to take their poi home so they can practise. (Miss Te Wao)
Quick 60 we have been learning about fruit, especially lemons, which we found out taste very sour!
Seussical: The Musical Jr
Monday and Wednesday afternoons have been alive with the sound of singing echoing across the school as 70+ students rehearse for the 2021 School Production Seussical the Musical Jr. Junior productions are shortened versions of Broadway shows, designed for young people to perform.
Seussical the Musical Jr will take place at Mission Heights Junior College Theatre between 10th and 17th September 2021. Watch this space for more exciting news coming your way!
FAB Easter Raffle
Important Dates Coming Up This Term
Please make sure you keep up to date with our community calendar that can be found on our website and on our School App. This will save you having to phone the office to find out times and dates.
Thursday 25 March Parent Teacher Interviews
School will close at 12.30 pm so all our staff can meet with parents. The connections we make between school and home are vital so we look forward to seeing you here. More details will follow on how bookings can be made online.
Friday 16 April
Last day of Term 1.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
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.
The next FAB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 March 2021, 7pm – 8pm in the 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]