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 2022. I hope you had a restful time over the break and managed to spend quality time with the people you love.
It is pleasing to see that 89% of our students have returned and are straight into their learning. The Ministry of Education is expecting all children to be at school unless they are unwell or are needing to isolate due to being identified as a close contact or have a medical condition where they have been told by a medical practitioner they should not be attending school during Red Level.
If you are choosing to keep your child at home you must provide them with any home learning as our teachers priority is to be teaching the students attending school. Home learning will only be provided to those students who have been directed by the ministry of Health that they are a close contact and must be isolated.
Our special thoughts go out to our Tongan community. I hope all your whānau are safe back home.
A big welcome to all our 50 new students and their families who are joining our Baverstock Oaks family, we look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you more.
Welcome to our new staff members:
Zoe Simpson Teaching in Reception, Room 3
Caryn McInroy Teaching in Year 2, Room 11
Nicci Hales Teaching in Year 1, Room 17
Josiah Macnamara Teaching in Year 5, Room 23
Bo Ahn Teaching in Year 6, Room 30
Karen Leach Learning Assistant
Recently we received Morag Carter’s resignation. Morag set up our Performing Arts Specialist programme. Morag has secured a Drama Specialist position at Te Awamutu College so she is closer to her own whānau. Thank you Morag for all you have contributed to Baverstock Oaks School. We wish you all the very best in your new position.
We are lucky to have such dedicated new staff members who all come to Baverstock Oaks with very positive references.
Red Level Guidelines
Parents will not be permitted on the school site unless they need to collect their child if they are unwell. In the mornings and afternoons please drop your child and collect them from the Year Group gates. Please make sure you are familiar with the guidelines sent out regarding school at Red Level.
In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children, Baverstock Oaks adheres to Health and Safety Guidelines. These guidelines ensure we have systems and structures in place. An important component of this is ensuring we have robust systems around emergency events that might occur. We have engaged the services of a company Harrison Tew who works with schools across New Zealand to ensure we are well prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency occurring while your children are at school.
Each term we will be conducting Evacuation and Lockdown drills so our staff and children are well prepared if a real emergency were to occur. After each drill, we analyse how it went and identify ways our systems could perhaps work more effectively. Our Board of Trustees get reports on each evacuation and lockdown so we can assure them we are meeting our Health and Safety requirements.
During the lockdown drills, parents will receive a text message or email stating we are holding a drill and we will also indicate when the drill has concluded.
Staff Professional Development
Last week our staff were involved in a day of Structured Literacy Professional Development as well as two days at our annual retreat (whānau hui). This is a time to build our school culture, ensure we are up-to-date with current and best practice and create a united team. A happy and united staff will mean we will provide the best possible education for your children. I know the teachers have many exciting things planned to ensure your children are truly engaged in their learning.
A reminder throughout 2022 there will be a number of Staff Only Days that the Government provides to ensure our staff keep up to date with current practices. Please make a note of these days as the school will be closed for instruction:
Friday 3 June
Thursday 7 July
Tuesday 25 October
Sunny Term 1
As you know the weather has been superb and as we are now in one of the hottest months, it is important we care for our wellbeing when outside. We do not provide sunblock at Baverstock Oaks School as there are many children with allergies.
Please ensure your child has sunblock applied before coming to school and also place some sunblock in their bags. Our teachers will be reminding students to apply sunblock before going outside. This is an important skill our children must know how to do. The Baverstock Oaks School cap, hat or visor must be worn when outside. If children do not have their hat they will miss out on playing outside. Many young children can forget their Baverstock Oaks hat so we recommend this is kept at school and a personal hat is worn to and from school.
A reminder that this term is a sandals only term as it is much more comfortable and healthier for our students in the hot heather. If, for medical reasons, your child must wear closed in shoes please provide a medical certificate to your child’s classroom teacher.
Baverstock Oaks School uniform is one our children wear with pride. The way our children dress gives them an important sense of identity and pride in their school. It informs our community of the standards we uphold. Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform.
If you are unsure what our uniform policy is please have a look at our website for a more detailed description.
A reminder we also have a second hand uniform shop. Please contact our friendly staff in the office for details.
Communication with school
If you have any worries, concerns or questions please make sure you contact your child’s classroom teacher first. The best way to do this is to arrange a time to meet through email. All our staff email addresses are on our website. Just click on the email icon beside your child’s teacher. Please do not email me directly as I will forward your email back to the classroom teacher and Whānau Leader. If your concern is not resolved then the Associate Principal responsible for your child’s year group should be contacted.
We have a number of parents contacting the school office or individual teachers with questions about stationery, uniforms, staff contact emails etc. Please before phoning our busy office staff please go to our website. This website is current and has all the information you require. The Parent Info tab is the best place to go.
Let’s look forward to 2022 being a year where we have less disruptions and can have a year filled with many learning opportunities. For your child to succeed they need to be at school everyday and on time. Our Board of Trustees continues to have a 94% attendance target schoolwide. We will make contact with you if your child’s attendance is of concern as our data from last year shows that children who have a high absenteeism are often achieving below their expected level.
I look forward to catching up with you over the next few weeks.
Noho ora mai
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.