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.
It is hard to believe we are nearly halfway through the year.
At the end of this term, we farewell 2 valued staff members Jeewan Cheema and Annette Cairns.
Jeewan’s association with Baverstock Oaks began as a student in our foundation years and later as a teacher. Jeewan and her partner are moving to the beautiful Orewa Beach to be closer to family. We wish Jeewan all the best in her new role at Whanagaparoa Primary. We welcome back to Baverstock Oaks Kelsie Garratt and Cathie Twisleton who will be teaching Room 16 for the remainder of the year
Annette Cairns began at our school as a grandmother of children who were attending our school. She then came in as a volunteer and then as a Learning Assistant. Annette is relocating to the North Shore. Thank you Annette for your positivity and all you have added to our place.
We also farewell someone who has had a long association with our school. Kaye Richards works for the Howick and Pakuranga RTLB service (Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour). Over the past 12 years, she has been our School Liaison Officer and worked with many of our families. Kaye is retiring and looking forward to some free time. Thank you Kaye for all you have contributed to our place. We will miss your positivity and wish you all the best for the future.
This year our Board opted into the Government Donation Scheme freeing parents up from paying donations and activity fees. Schools still can ask for some funds to help with additional extras. Currently, we are fundraising for Turf under our outdoor Te Kapua area and it saddens me when we request $2 for this project so few of our families support us. At the end of this year, the Board will look at our budget to determine if we receive more funding asking for donations and if this is the case we have the option of opting-out of the Government funding. This is the last thing we want to do but we also require funding support to help us provide the quality education we hope to give your children.
Health and Safety
At Baverstock Oaks, we understand the importance of creating a safe environment for all. We have a Health and Safety Committee that ensures we are complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act of 2015.
Over this term, we have conducted both Lockdown and Evacuation drills. After each of these exercises, we evaluate how effective our process was. We have scheduled Lockdown and Evacuation drills set for Terms 3 and 4.
Please ensure that if you come onto our site during the day that you sign in at the office. This is a requirement for all schools so we know who is on our site should an evacuation or lockdown occur.
Staff Only 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 for the remainder of the year. 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 Writers Festival
On the 12 of May, Mr Thompson and Mrs de Leeuw took the Year 5 & 6 Extension Literacy group to the Auckland Writers Festival at the Aotea Centre. We were lucky enough to see 3 New Zealand authors – Selina Tusitala Marsh, Bernard Beckett and Weng Wai Chan. We also saw the Australian author Jessica Townsend via video link. Brian Liu and Xavier Ghezzi were lucky enough to interact with 2 of the author’s during their presentations. As well as some of us meeting them in person, our school library now has some signed books by the New Zealand authors. Written by Isaac and Leroy Room 30
Pink Shirt Day Celebration
To raise awareness of our need to stand against bullying and promote inclusivity within our school and community, Baverstock Oaks School celebrated by wearing pink to celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Friday 21st May.
International Languages Week
Baverstock Oaks School celebrated International Languages week with a special Cultural Assembly, here are just a few photos from this day.
Community Swim Classes
The Year 3-6 classes have been participating in Community Swim classes at Otara Pools this term. They have been having lots of fun and have been learning lots of new skills!
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.
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.