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.
Welcome back to Term 2. It is my pleasure to welcome to our Baverstock Oaks Staff family Sophie Buchanan who is teaching in Room 19 taking over from Zoe Webb and Mel Rowan who is working in our front office taking over from Vanessa Walter. Both Sophie and Mel have settled in well. Thank you to all the parents who have made these two new staff members feel so welcome.
We are currently preparing for our production. Morag Carter, our Performing Arts specialist is working with our Year 5 and 6 teams, and some Y4 students to prepare for this exciting event. It will certainly be an event you won’t want to miss. The production will be held at Mission Heights Junior College in September. We are very grateful to MHJC for allowing us to use their facility for this event.
At Baverstock Oaks, we are very keen to help grow the teaching profession so have many student teachers completing their practicums in our school. This term we welcome:
Ms Kamy Govender – Rm 3 Ms Anna Campbell NE/Y1
Ms Abigail Marais – Rm 29 Ms Charlotte Takimoana Y6
Ms Ngapipi Herewini – Rm 7 Mrs Jo Brown Y5
Ms Jessica Lee – Rm 15 Ms Kimberley Buchanan Y4
Mr Won Chul Lee – Rm 26 Mrs Renee de Bruin Y2
Bullying free week
This week we support the fight against bullying by celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Friday 21 May. Pink Shirt Day started in Canada way back in 2007, when a boy showed up to school in a pink shirt and was bullied for his colour choice. Two of his friends decided that enough was enough, and their whole school decided to wear a pink shirt on a designated day. From there, it made its way around the world. Pink Shirt Day is about all people feeling safe, accepted, and valued in all areas of their lives. We look forward to seeing staff, your children, and even parents wearing pink on Friday to show your support.
A reminder if you feel your child is being bullied and you need some guidance independent from the school, the Parenting Place has some great articles you can read to support you.
Conversations about bullying are so very important – and timely with Pink Shirt Day happening next Friday. They’re not easy though. While talking about bullying is essential, listening well is the first step for concerned parents. We are our kids’ safe place to land, no matter what!
And while we’re talking, here’s another great conversation to help our kids be even more awesome – how to advocate on behalf of others.
If you feel your child is being bullied please ensure your contact your child’s teacher immediately. Our staff take these allegations seriously and will investigate and get back to you. The sooner we can nip this behaviour in the bud the easier it is for us to create a safe and happy learning environment.
Babes at Baverstock
Thank you to all the parents who came and supported this annual event. I know your girls were so excited about their parents being there. It shows your interest in them and that you are prepared to devote some time to spend with your daughter. I know it is not always easy to get time off from your work so a big thank you to workplaces who allowed you this time.
It was disappointing that there are families who have still not paid the $2 we requested to help us fund this event. This year our Board of Trustees has shown care for the hardships some families in our community are having by opting into the Government Donation Scheme. Due to this, we have not asked parents for donations or activity fees.
There are however activities we can request funds for. These are activities that are not curriculum-based and Babes at Baverstock comes under this category. If you have not paid the $2 we requested, for this event, we would really appreciate your prompt payment. If we need to use funds from our operating grant this impacts the resources we can buy to help your children with their learning.
A big thank you to the Jawad Family business and Barfoot and Thompson for providing us with some sponsorship so we could keep down the cost we requested from families.
Thank you also to Rhythm Interactive, Neverland Dance Studio, Howick Gymnastics, M Sports Soccer, and Marist Eastern Rugby for being part of this day. Thank you also to Mr Andrew Flanagan and the teachers who made this morning so special for our girls.
Inquiry Maths Open Morning
I hope to see many of you at school on Thursday 20 May 9.00am – 10.45am for our Inquiry Maths Open morning. I often hear parents say they struggle with supporting their child with maths as it is so different from when you went to school. This year teachers have been involved with mathematical professional development, and 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 hear from our Maths Professional Development facilitator, Sue Pine, how we teach maths and the reasons why. Maths has had quite a bit of coverage in the media lately so this open morning is quite timely. Come along and find out how we are implementing inquiry maths at Baverstock Oaks School. You will then have an opportunity to visit your child/rens classes to see maths in action. We hope you take up this opportunity and join us for our maths morning!
Each term we have evacuation and lockdown practices to ensure our staff and children are prepared. We engage the services of Harrison Tew a company that ensures we are following correct procedures to ensure the safety of all. This term representatives from Harrison Tew will be speaking to our Y0-3 and Y4-6 students to explain why we have these practices and what will happen. This will be followed by a school-wide Lockdown practice. Parents will receive text and email messages indicating that we are currently holding a lockdown practice. Please do not be alarmed when this happens, this is just a practice so we know our systems are in place. We will communicate when the practice finishes. You can assist us by talking to your child about why schools have these practices and reassuring them it is to ensure they are safe at school.
Staff Only Days
We have two Staff only days coming up this term. The first is on Tuesday 8 June for our Flatbush 7 Conference Day where all the teachers in the Flatbush 7 schools have a day of professional learning. The school will be closed on this day.
On Thursday 8 July we have a day for Learning Conversations with families. Bookings for this will come out soon. This is a day dedicated to your child’s teacher sitting with you and your child and formulating goals and informing you of their progress. We initiated this goal-setting day last year and feedback from parents and teachers was very positive. The school will be closed for instruction on this day but open for parent/teacher/child meetings.
I look forward to catching up with you over the next few weeks.
Ngā mihi nui
Auckland Sport Multisport Day
On the 9th of April, last term, Auckland Sport came to Baverstock Oaks School to teach our students netball and rugby skills. The coaches were awesome! Among them was one of Baverstock Oaks School’s past pupils who came out with the netball squad.
Photo 1 of Room 6 learning netball skills with Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre.
Photo 2 of Room 22 enjoying Rippa Rugby with Auckland Rugby.
Tip Top Rotary Pakuranga Fun Day
An amazing day was had at the annual Tip Top Rotary Pakuranga Fun Day. It was awesome to play some traditional team-building games. We needed to be able to work together as a team, sharing the load and communicating with each other in order to be successful. Some of the activities required us to pull each other on wooden carts with wobbly wheels, we also had to carry each of our team mates in a stretcher while they carried a jug full of water! It was a very fun experience and we had a great time.
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 1 and recently got to share pizza with the Principal. Well done to all those students and keep up the great work!
HPPA Cultural Festival
Baverstock Oaks School performed at the HPPA Cultural Festival at Sancta Maria College on 15 April 2021. Only 25 students Years 4, 5 & 6 were selected to sing and dance a Niuean song and the dance called Sipaio which is from a village called Hakupu in Niue.
Anzac Celebration Assembly
Baverstock celebrated Anzac Day with a special Anzac Celebration Assembly held last term, here are a few photos from this day.
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.
Inquiry Maths Open Morning
Date: Thursday 20 May
Time: 9am Baverstock Oaks School hall. Concludes at 10.45am.
Pink Shirt Day
Friday the 21st of May is Pink Shirt Day and Baverstock Oaks School is very happy to support this meaningful initiative to raise awareness of our need to stand against bullying and promote inclusivity within our school and community. We celebrate the ‘Diversity of our Community’! Anyone wishing to come to school in a pink shirt or any pink item is encouraged to do so.
Should you wish to, a voluntary donation can be made to the Mental Health Organisation through – https://events.mentalhealth.org.nz/event/pinkshirtday2021/donate
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.