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.
I am delighted to announce that Sarah Baleicakau has been appointed as Principal of Elm Park School in Pakuranga. This is a wonderful promotion for Sarah and one she fully deserves. She has been instrumental at Baverstock Oaks School in reviewing our delivery of the curriculum and has, through her knowledge and exemplary coaching and mentoring, lifted curriculum leadership, teacher practice and student achievement. We will be very sad to see Sarah go but know she was always destined for such a promotion and Elm Park School will certainly benefit from her hard work and dedication to what is best for students and their learning.
The Board and Senior Leaders are currently following through the appointment process and will let you know the outcome once a decision has been made on Sarah’s replacement.
I am also sorry to announce that Caryn McInroy will be leaving Baverstock Oaks School at the end of this term. Caryn’s husband has secured a job in Western Australia and they will be relocating. Caryn has only been at Baverstock Oaks this year but has quickly become a valued classroom teacher by her colleagues, students and families. We are currently going through the appointment process for Caryn’s replacement too and will communicate this with the community as soon as a decision has been made.
We wish both Sarah and Caryn all the best in the next adventure in their lives and thank them for their dedication and hard work while working at Baverstock Oaks School
I am pleased to report that while we are still having a few students and teachers test positive for Covid the numbers have reduced over the past few weeks. Many days we have no positive cases and our attendance rate is back up close to 90%. We continue to promote good hygiene practices following Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines.
Thank you to those parents who keep their children home when they are unwell as this prevents the spread of not only Covid but other flus and viruses that are common around this time of the year.
School Drop Off
Students should be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 am. We are having a number of children arriving well before this time and they are sitting outside in the cold and wet before the gates are opened. Before 8:15 am is the time our staff have meetings and get prepared and organised for the day and they are not available to supervise students. We have a wonderful Before School Care Programme so please if you need to drop your child off earlier than 8:15 am they must be booked into Before School Care.
Making sure your children arrive at school on time is very important and impacts on their learning if they are organised and settled for the day. They have the time to unpack their bag, organise themselves ready for learning, connect with the teacher and their peers. Those students arriving late, or right on the bell, miss the opportunity to prepare themselves for the day. Please ensure you work at getting them to school on time as this models good behaviour for when they go to their next school and sets them up with great work habits when they eventually join the workforce. Thank you for your anticipated support with this.
It has been refreshing to welcome our latest cohort of 5 year olds into our school and see the resilience many of them have shown. Many of these students arrived on their first day carrying their own bag, with big smiles and a positive attitude to learning. Well done to the parents who have encouraged this resilience and prepared their children so well for this important transition stage.
Resilience is one of the best characteristics any person can have. It enables them to deal with issues in a positive and ‘can do’ way. How are you going as a parent encouraging and nurturing this resilience? This article gives you some wonderful practical ideas on how to develop resilient children, who are better equipped to cope with adversity that every human has to face at some stage in their life. If we rescue our children every time and continually fight their battles they never learn the skills to do this themselves.
Thank you to those parents who continue to support our school in so many ways:
- Ensuring your child attends school whenever they are well enough
- Supporting fundraisers
- Ensuring your children are in bed early and having a good night’s sleep
- Encouraging your child to get out and get active
- Monitoring closely what they are viewing on their devices
- Ensuring they are at school on time
- Supporting children with any home learning
All these things help to optimise your child’s learning opportunities and ensure success in their achievement.
As always, our teachers are ready to meet you at any time if you have any concerns and they also love to hear about the great things they are doing too. We have a dedicated staff who work diligently to do the very best for your children.
Stay safe and well.
Noho ora mai
Netball Fun Day
Thank you to Mrs O’Brien who decorated our Office to celebrate Samoa week.
Matariki Art Exhibition
Please join Baverstock Oaks School to celebrate our Matariki Art Exhibition.
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