Welcome back to another great year at Victoria Avenue School. Everyone is looking very relaxed and ready for a great year. It was lovely to catch up with the children and find out all the exciting things they have done during the holidays. We have enrolled many new students across all year levels, so a special welcome to VAS for them.
Next Wednesday 8th February at 7pm, is the Meet the Teachers evening. Anna Scott from the board of trustees will give a brief overview of board plans for the year. I will then outline our successes in achievement from last year and all the exciting initiatives we have planned for this year. We won’t talk for long, I promise! Following that, you will go along to your child’s classroom where their teacher will have a chat about expectations (note, this won’t be an opportunity for you to chat to your child’s teacher about specifics, make a time for later in the week). You are then invited to socialise on the courts.
Come into reception and have a look at the beautiful triptych which highlights VAS values and learning behaviours. Huge thanks to Charles Cooper for his superb photography and co ordination with the design agencies, printers and framers. We have printed large posters for each classroom.
Children have already begun working hard. We have started the year with getting the children to think about themselves as learners and have used the VAS poster to highlight values and learning behaviours that are important to all of us. Our overarching key idea this year is community and participation.
This term’s topics are based on culture and community. Teachers have planned contexts which appeal to their age group around which they are investigating the ideas around community and cultures.
The Year 6 camp is 28 February – 3 March. Lakewood camp is not far from Huntly, it has great challenges for our senior students. The Years 5, 6 swimming sports is on 14th March at Dio.
The Years 5, 6 summer field day is on 4th April and the term ends on 13th April.
We have school-wide testing early in the term to set the benchmarks for achievement against which to compare student achievement at the end of the year.
Annette Oldfield is organising class parents this year and once they have been finalised, I know those parents will be busy organising events for parents so that our new families feel welcome.
Don’t forget that we are all here to work with you to ensure that every child in the school is happy, likes coming to school, but above all is challenged to learn at their level. We like chatting with parents, but please remember that before school is an important prep time for teachers, so it is far better to catch them after school. Jane Cameron, Anne Bridgman and I are very happy to chat with you as well so feel free to contact any of us.
I look forward to catching up with lots of you around the grounds, at the Meet the Teachers evening and at the fun night.