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.
Bullying free week
This week we support the fight against bullying by celebrating Pink Shirt Day this Friday 20 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 this 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 you 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.
Covid and Winter Illness
With Term 2 underway, we’re looking ahead to what might come next – not just from COVID-19 but the upcoming winter season and illnesses that may come with it. With New Zealanders mostly sheltered from exposure to flu in the last two years, health experts are concerned about our lower immunity to flu. This winter there is the very real possibility of getting the flu and COVID-19 within a short space of time. This can lead to very serious illness and high mortality rates.
If you are normally someone who doesn’t bother with the flu vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get your flu vaccination this year and get your whānau up to date with any other vaccinations (for example, measles, whooping cough).
There is further information about the symptoms and danger signs for flu on the Ministry of Health website Flu (influenza)/Symptons, vaccines – Ministry of Health
In 2022, flu vaccinations are free for:
- pregnant people
- people aged 65 years and over
- Māori and Pacific people aged 55 years and over
- people who have a long-term medical condition like diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition (ages 6 months+)
- children under the age of four who have been in hospital with respiratory illness such as asthma.
If you’re not eligible for a free flu jab, and not covered by an employer-funded programme, it costs between $25 and $45 depending on the vaccine and provider.
As always, we want to keep our ākonga and kaiako as safe as possible from the harms from illness and to have as many ākonga learning on site as we can. All those good actions we already have in place to reduce the risk of harm from COVID-19 will also help to prevent
seasonal illnesses including:
- staying away if unwell and seeking advice about getting tested
- regularly washing hands
- using well-ventilated spaces
- wearing masks when indoors
- cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces regularly
- covering coughs and sneezes
- having a highly vaccinated community (and not just for COVID-19).
You can do the same at home and hopefully together, we will keep our community healthy this winter. If you have any questions about our health and safety plans please get in touch.
Ministry of Education seeking feedback
Schools and kura will soon need to change how they plan and report at the school level. The Ministry of Education are seeking feedback from school communities and whānau. If you are interested in providing feedback please complete the attached survey.
Staff Only Days Term 2
A reminder we have 2 Staff Only days scheduled for this term. The first is on Friday 3 June and is a day set aside by our Kahui Ako. We will be having staff Professional Development on ensuring we continue to adopt effective culturally responsive practices.
The 2nd Staff Only day is during the last week of term on Thursday 7 July. On this day we will be open for our three way discussions with you, your child and teacher. These will be held onsite or via zoom. More details will be coming out soon so you can book your preferred way of meeting and a time appropriate for you.
As all teachers will be involved in these meetings school will not be open for instruction. Creative Kids, our After School Care provider, will be operating for the whole day on both staff only days so please ensure you contact them early to book your child in as spaces are limited. Their contact details are on our website.
Noho ora mai
Our first Welcome Powhiri for the year took place the first Friday of the term and it was lovely to welcome all our new families to Baverstock Oaks School. Below are some photos from our amazing Kapa haka group that performed at the ceremony.
Fo Guang Shan Temple Visit
On Friday 13 May the Year 3 and 4 whānau went to visit Fo Guang Shan temple for the 2022 “Festival of Cultural Sharing and Diversity”. The purpose of this festival is to promote positive values and connectedness in our community. It is about mutual sharing and understanding in alignment with our school value, ‘The Diversity of our Community’. Students took part in several activities including Tai Chi, mindfulness, calligraphy and learnt about various aspects of the temple, such as the wishing bell.
Thanks to our parent helpers for coming along to join us on our trip.
Pink Shirt Day (Friday 22 May)
Baverstock Oaks School will be celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Friday 22 May. Students are welcome to wear any pink article or a t-shirt to school with their uniform. Please note this is not a mufti day and no money will be collected.
FAB Pantry Products Fundraiser
Please support our FAB (Friends At Baverstock) Pantry Products Fundraiser.
Staff Only Day (School Closed for instruction)
Three Way Discussion Day (School closed for instruction)
Thursday 7 July school has been set for Three Way Discussions with you, your child and teacher. These will be held onsite or via zoom. More details will be coming out soon so you can book your preferred way of meeting and a time appropriate for you.
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.
Second hand school uniform