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.

Welcome back to Term 3.  It is my pleasure to welcome back to our Baverstock Oaks Staff family Kelsie Garratt and Cathie Twisleton  who are teaching in Room 16, taking over from Jeewan Cheema. Kelsie and Cathie are both past full time teachers at Baverstock Oaks and know our school very well.  We are delighted to have them back in a shared teaching capacity.   Thank you to everyone who has made these two new staff members feel so welcome.

Student Achievement Data

As well as providing a safe learning environment for all, one of our core responsibilities is to improve student achievement and prepare our students so they have a variety of options as they move into the workforce but also will be successful contributors to society.  

To improve student achievement we firstly ensure we appoint quality teachers and provide these teachers with professional development and clear guidelines on how to deliver quality classroom programmes that meet the needs of all students.  

Over the past three years we have been focusing on a big review on how we deliver the curriculum – our core business.  For the past two years we have had a focus on mathematics and introducing inquiry maths into the programme.  As with all reviews and professional development we gather data to monitor effectiveness.  Despite an interrupted year last year I am delighted with what the data is telling us. 

Mathematics

End 2020
66% of our students were working within or above expectation
34% of our students working towards expectation

Mid 2021 
70% of our students are working within or above expectation
30 % of our students working towards expectation

Reading 

End 2020
66% of our students were working within or above expectation
34% of our students working towards expectation

Mid 2021 
76% of our students are working within or above expectation
24 % of our students working towards expectation

Writing

End 2020
56% of our students were working within or above expectation
44% of our students working towards expectation

Mid 2021
65% of our students are working within or above expectation
35 % of our students working towards expectation

Despite having a high number of students who have English as a second language it is clear that the classroom programmes with the support of our Akonga Rereketanga (Diverse Learners) department are making a difference. 

Our data is also showing that there is a correlation between students who are working towards expectation in Reading, Writing and Mathematics have low attendance rates.  This  reinforces that regular attendance at school has a high impact on student achievement.  

We will continue to identify targeted students who need support in their learning and provide parents with practical ideas on how they can best help their children at home.  

Policies and Procedures

Baverstock Oaks School Policies and Procedures can be accessed through SchoolDocs. The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies that have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our strategic plan, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc. 

SchoolDocs updates and modifies or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees and staff has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. 

 Over this term the policies we are reviewing are:

  • Concerns and Complaints
  • Behaviour Management

To review the two policies above visit the website

  • https://baverstock.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm 
  • Enter the username (baverstock) and password (oaktree).
  • Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  • Read the policy.
  • Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  • Enter your name (optional).
  • Submit your ratings and comments.
  • If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

I look forward to seeing you around the school over the term.  Please remember if you have any queries or concerns your child’s teacher is always available.  Just email them and arrange a time to meet.  

Kia kaha – be strong
Kia aroha – be kind and compassionate

Ngā mihi nui
Genée Crowley
Tumuaki/Principal

Year Two Whānau celebrates the end of Term 2

During the last week of term two, the Year 2 whānau had a wonderful day celebrating their learning about the sky and beyond. We celebrated Matariki together by preparing our own Matariki soup, making kites, and then coming together to fly them. When we had finished we came inside to enjoy a nice cup of warm vegetable soup!

Healthy Eating Show

On Tuesday 22nd June our Year 0-2 children were lucky to attend the Be Bright, Eat Right – Healthy Eating Show. The show was hosted by magician Vas Kovalski. On arrival, we were greeted with an exciting set up in the hall.  The magician performed many exciting tricks including making birds and a bunny appear and disappear!  The Year 0-2 children were captivated by all of the magic which led to some fantastic learning about healthy eating.  Vas taught us about the different food categories, the food we should eat the most, and food that we should only eat sometimes.  We also learned that food has vitamins that help our bodies do many important things.  A big thank you to our health curriculum leaders for organising this exciting show for us!

Junior Pacifica

Attached is a photo of our Junior Pacifica.  Our group is made up of Year 2s & 3s.  They performed a dance called “Waikiki Tamure’ last Friday.  Our group practices every Monday morning tea playtime and have been together for 1 term.

Baverstock Oaks Chess Club

On the 12th and 24th of May, the Baverstock Oaks Chess Club set off to 2 competitions.  One held at Tyndale Park Christian School and the other at Point View Primary School.  The first tournament was held at Tyndale Park Christian School which was the Chess Power Tournament. We faced a lot of different players and earned badges for completing set tasks.

In our second tournament, we needed parent helpers to drive us there and back as we could only take a small number of students in the school van. In this tournament, we all played six games each as a team of four with one reserve.  It was very exciting seeing the Baverstock Oaks Chess team play against numerous schools from East Auckland.  The Chess team very much enjoyed this special opportunity.  We would like to thank Mrs Finnigan and the parent helpers because this trip would not have been possible without them.

Inter-School Rhythmic Competition

Annabelle Chen represented Baverstock Oaks School by competing in the Primary/Intermediate Inter-school Rhythmic Gymnastic Competition recently and came 1st in her ball routine and 2nd overall in her category.  What an amazing result Annabelle, well done.

Tough Guy and Gal Mud Run

On the 4th of August, 50 students from our school along with 1300 students across Auckland travelled to Helensville Tennis Club to participate in the Tough Guy and Gal mud run challenge for 2021.  Before we set off, all 50 of us had to be at the staff room by 6:00 am sharp. While we were waiting for the bus, our kind teacher duct-taped our shoes to ensure that our shoes did not come off our feet during the run.  When the bus had just arrived, we hopped on the bus and set off for the mud run which was approximately 90 minutes.  After the long journey, we arrived and had lots of time to get ready. We first started with the race briefing and then we ran. The run was action-packed with obstacles, mud pools and much more.  We had a nice hot shower after the run.  It was a blast, thanks to Mrs Finnigan and Mrs Brown for organising it.  By Xavier Ghezzi and Callum Ting.

Food for thought

The Year 6’s have been learning about nutrition and how to read food labels to make healthy food choices. We even went on a trip to the Ormiston Pak N Save where we got to put all of our learning to the test. At the end of our trip each class was gifted a $60 voucher to spend on a healthy meal to share as a class later in the term. A huge thanks to Mrs Drury for her organisation, it was lots of fun!

Cook Island Performance

Last week we celebrated Te ‘epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani (Cook Island Language Week). The Year 4’s, 5’s and 6’s had an awesome visit from a Cook Island performance group who showed us all about the different drums and string instruments from the beautiful Cook Islands. We even got to see our teachers on stage dancing! Meitaki to Mrs Te Wao for organising this showcase for us.

Busy, busy bees!

The Year 3 whānau are inquiring into how minibeasts change our environment and were lucky enough to have a visit from The Bee Lady.  The Bee Lady was able to share incredible information about bees – the important job they do, how they make honey and why bees are so incredibly important.  It was a busy day, filled with bee-learning – it was the bee’s knees!

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
The second hand uniform shop will be open on Tuesday 7th September, Tuesday 19th October, Tuesday 7th December, 8.30am – 9.00am (cash only).  If you have any enquiries please email [email protected]
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.