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 Term 4.  I hope you and your families had a restful holiday and are all ready for the last Term of the year.  Happy Diwali to all those celebrating this special occasion.  

Board of Trustees Elections

Last term our Board of Trustees elections occurred.  I am delighted that Baverstock Oaks School has retained the same Board members.  Congratulations to Lucy Schwaner (Elected Presiding Member), Sanjay Govind, Reena Singh, Brett Goebel,  Richard Ware and Staff Trustee Andrew Flanagan.  Jo Russell who was previously on our Board is relocating out of Auckland at the end of this year did not stand for re-election.  I would like to thank Jo for all she has contributed to our school over the last 6 years.  Her expertise in colour coordination for our flooring throughout the school was invaluable.  I wish Jo, John, Dan and Kate all the best as they relocate to Wanaka at the end of this year.  

Speed Limit Changes around our School

Earlier this year Auckland Transport consulted with the community in regards to proposed changes to speed limits around Baverstock Oaks School.  If you gave feedback on these changes Auckland Transport’s Responses can be found here.  Changes to our school zone will take place at the end of 2022 early 2023 and mean all streets within our zone now have a speed limit of 30 Km/h.  See the linked map for confirmation of this.  


Thank you to parents who continue to send their children to school on a consistent basis.  This is essential as we try to fill in the gaps in your child’s learning that occurred due to the lockdowns over the last two years.  Our Board of Trustees set a schoolwide attendance target of 94%.  

It is important your children remain at school until the last day of term Wednesday 14 December.  On this day the students are placed into their 2023 classes and get to meet their new teacher and see the room they will be in.  This ensures a smooth start to the beginning of the year as well as reducing any anxiety your child may have over the holidays regarding which class they might be in.  On Friday 9 December your child’s report on their learning progress will come home.  Reports are not sent out any earlier than this date.   If you will be away you need to provide your child’s classroom teacher an email address so the report can be emailed to you on the 9th of December.  


As some of you may be aware, we do have a few out-of-zone enrolments in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 for 2023.  This is due to our roll slightly decreasing as some families have relocated out of Auckland.  There have also been fewer students arriving from overseas.  If you have someone you know interested in applying for an out-of-zone enrolment please contact the school office for more information.  The out of zone Ballot closes on 4 November 2022.   If we have more out-of-zone enrolment applications than places available, a ballot will occur following Ministry of Education guidelines. 

Obviously in-zone enrolment applications are always accepted.  Please ensure if you have a child turning 5 within the next 2 years they are enrolled early so we can ensure we have enough quality staff employed.  

Staffing Update

At the end of this year we are losing some of our fabulous teachers.  Laramarie Dreyer has been appointed Deputy Principal at Elm Park School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Laramarie.  She has been at our school for nearly 15 years.  

Nikki Mackay has won a Team Leader position at Glendowie Primary.  This is also a wonderful new opportunity for Nikki after being with us for 12 years.

Sally Shabbot has also won a Team Leader position at Somerville Intermediate.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Sally to experience teaching different age students.  Sally has been with us for 10 years. 

Kimberley Buchanan who has been on maternity leave for 2022 has also resigned as she has now moved to Pukekohe and will look for work closer to home.  

Johanna O’Brien, who has been working part time during 2022, leaves at the end of this year as she and her husband are expecting their second child.  We wish them all the best for this exciting time in their life.  

Bailee Kane has successfully applied to our Board of Trustess for a year’s leave during 2023 so she and her partner can travel.  They are not leaving until half way through the year so Bailee will do some part time work and relieving at our school for the first two terms.  

I would like to thank all of the teachers above for all they have contributed to Baverstock Oaks School. They are dedicated teachers who have worked tirelessly to ensure their students have the best education possible.  The new schools they are going to are very fortunate to have such talented teachers joining them.  

We have had much interest in our openings for Associate Principal and Whānau Leader positions and are currently going through the recruitment process.  I will introduce our new staff in our next newsletter.  

Term 4 School Uniform

With the warmer weather here and especially high UV levels it is important all our tamariki are wearing the Baverstock Oaks School hat.  These are available in our office to purchase (caps $13, visors $13, bucket hats $16).  Any child not wearing their hat in the playground will be asked to sit in the shaded areas.   As well as hats being compulsory Term 4 our students are expected to wear sandals.  Please ensure you support our school uniform guidelines as wearing the uniform correctly instils a pride in our school. 

As we have many skin allergies it is parent’s responsibility to provide sunscreen.  Make sure this is applied before your child comes to school, pack some sunscreen in their schoolbag,  teach your child how to apply it and our teachers will support them applying their own sunscreen at school. 


Noho ora mai
Genée Crowley


Education Review Office Report

Book Fair 2022 – PAWS for Reading.

It’s been two years since we have been able to have a school book fair, so it was great to have an event to get excited about books and reading again.  We had a full on two weeks of visiting the fair, competitions, book character parade and a library bake sale as well.  We were open before and after school all week and at times you could hardly move, it was so busy.  It ended up being the biggest book fair we have ever had – so thank you for all your support this year, this will enable us to buy more resources for our school that everyone can enjoy.

Year 3 – The Bee Lady

Our Year 3’s began the year with a visit from The Bee Lady.  We learned about the anatomy of a bee, the different types of bees in Aotearoa, what their important job is and how we can protect our bees.  There were waggle dances, singing and lots of fun too.  Afterwards, we were able to ask questions to The Bee Lady and observe live bees in their hive.  We also made a beeswax candle and shared our learning.  What a fantastic start to our inquiry into minibeasts and ‘When I work in my science group … what can we discover?’.
Acorns Museum Trip

As part of our study of New Zealand history, the Year 1 and Year 2 classes recently visited the Auckland Museum. We learned about the Waka Hourua, an ancient craft that brought the first people to New Zealand.  We learned about a Marae, which is a gathering place for people in times of joy and celebration as well as sadness.  The wharenui, which represents the body of a tupuna, is located within the Marae (ancestor).  We also got to weave inside the Wharenui and learn about the customs and traditions associated with entering a Marae.

We also went on a volcano expedition and entered a small house to watch a video of how it looked and felt like to experience a volcano.

International Shakeout Day
October 20 was International Shakeout day.  Our School also took part in this day to educate our students about the importance of taking immediate action in case of an earthquake.  Below are photos of some students from Room 26 practising this drill.
Year 5 Trip to Te Tuhi ( Week 10 Term 3)
The Year 5’s had been learning about Maori and Pasifika Traditions as part of their inquiry in Term 3.  As part of this unit they also learned about migration to Aotearoa from other parts of the Pacific and Hawaii.  To consolidate their learning we were lucky enough to take a trip to the art gallery in Pakuranga called Te Tuhi.  Here, we took part in an art class whereby we used different mediums to create a postcard of our own personal journey and what is important to us in life.  The students found this a valuable and interesting experience.  We also got a private tour of the gallery and explored lots of different types of art including models, clothing, and visual paintings. The children had a great time.


The Year 5’s have had a fantastic 3 days both at school and on organised trips to other places.  These EOTC experiences replaced the camp that Year 5s used to have but the students all had just as much fun. 

WednesdayRock Climbing at Extreme Edge

On Wednesday the Year 5’s went to the indoor rock climbing centre called Extreme Edge in Panmure.  Students were given a safety briefing first before being fitted with their harnesses for climbing.  Once students and teachers/adults knew all the rules the students were free to roam and explore and have a lot of fun.  Some of the teachers even raced the students up the walls – and of course WON!  An added bonus in this centre is the indoor playground where all the children had an enormous amount of fun.  The students’ behaviour was exceptional and they were a credit to the school.

ThursdayOn site, Inflatable obstacle course, Noodle Hockey, Rugby skills and soccer skills

Thursday was also a lot of fun.  Students got to take part in many different activities throughout the day.  They were organised by both teachers and external providers.  The big hit of the day had to be the inflatable obstacle course where students got to run, climb, jump and have heaps of fun. 

The weather was great and students had the opportunity to learn lots of different skills in different sports.  We also allowed some down time for relaxation having had a busy two days so far. 

FridayNorth Head and Torpedo Museum

It was a long journey this day due to a hold up on the motorway, however once we got there the view was fantastic. We got to sit right by the beach and have lunch while looking over to the city. It was great. We took turns to walk around the museum which was really cool and had lots of information about the NZ navy. The students learnt a lot of new information. They were also allowed to dress up in old military clothing and see models of the current fleet of ships. They were rather impressed. The best part had to be climbing the hill to North Head and seeing the view from the top. It was amazing. Students were also excited to see the old Barracks where soldiers slept, some cannons, and some tunnels that went beneath the ground. It was all very exciting. 

Overall everyone had a fantastic three days and we are thankful to all the parent helpers who came along. Without them it would not have been possible. 

Save the Dates:

BOS Twilight Family Picnic
Thursday 24 November:  4.30pm – 8.00pm

Year 0 – Year 4 Prizegiving
Monday 12 December:  9.00am – 11.00am in the school hall

Year 5 & Year 6 Achievement Assembly
Friday 9 December:  9.00am – 11.00am in the school hall

Year 5 & Year 6 Prizegiving
Monday 12 December, 1.00pm – 3.00pm in the school hall

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
The second hand uniform shop will be open on Wednesday 16 November, 8.30am – 9.00am.  If you require any items in between shop hours please email any enquiries to [email protected]
We also welcome any school uniform donations, especially of  larger sizes, if you would like to donate any items please drop these off at the school office.





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