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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 4 – 1 March 2018

Dear Parents,

Earlier this year, a New Zealand Herald columnist, Megan Nicol Reed, wrote a thoughtful column in the Canvas supplement about her son’s first days at college. I contacted her and asked if I could publish it in my newsletter and she graciously gave permission. She muses about what the eight years of him being at primary and intermediate schools have taught her.

Tick, started high school. This week my firstborn crossed off another rite of passage on childhood’s checklist. A little like a dinghy, usually my precious son just bobs about, sticking to the inner harbour, but increasingly, when the wind gets up, he is inclined to sail full steam ahead, filled with joyously reckless purpose. And while, for the most part, I am like a gull, circling helplessly above him, squawking fruitlessly of impending danger, on a good day I am a lighthouse, wise and unwavering, guiding him staunchly to safety. The next five years stretch before us, as unknown as the open sea, and I am as terrified as the day my husband dragged me away from the door to the new entrants’ class. This though, is what eight years of primary and intermediate schooling have taught me.

Do not worry if how they learn and what they learn is not how or what you were taught. Theirs is a new world, even more unrecognisable to you than perhaps the one you inherited from your parents was to them. Our children will work in different ways and face different perils; they will need these new strategies to prosper and survive.

Those lucky enough to attend schools enlightened to our changing world are being taught that gender is fluid, that diversity in all things is awesome. Do not poison their open minds and generous hearts with your old prejudices.

While school is key, it’s not everything. By and large, what they are and who they will become is down to you, to what you discuss at the dinner table, and how you behave towards, and talk about, others.

Sometimes your child will get saddled with a dud teacher. Don’t panic. Think of it as a good lesson in life, preparing them for how to manage that dud boss they will inevitably strike later on.

Encourage them to have friends outside of school. Cousins, neighbours, teammates; someone they can look to for companionship if things temporarily turn to custard with their classmates.

Don’t be too strict. If they are never allowed to play Xbox or eat Zombie Chews, they will grow obsessed with what is forbidden. Being conversant in pop culture is just as important at 6 as it is at 36. If they have never watched Nickelodeon or eaten an Oreo McFlurry it will set them apart from their peers. Other kids are quick to spot the social pariah.

Put in the hard yards with other parents. Make friends with your offspring’s friend’s parents. You never know when you might need to call on them.

Don’t treat the playground like a continuation of your own school days. You are too old for games of petty one-upmanship.

Don’t fill their every afternoon with activities. Leave a day or two to mooch about and hook up with other kids. Yes, they could be getting extra maths’ tutoring, but they could also be making and selling lemonade on a stall at the end of the driveway. Yes, they could be training for the cheerleading squad but they could also be practising flick-flacks under a sprinkler on the trampoline.

If you can afford it though, do enrol your child in extracurricular swimming lessons. Few schools these days have pools and a couple of days’ instruction during the year is insufficient.

Do help out around the school occasionally. Volunteer where you can. Actually being there provides real insight into how things work beyond the school gate. Besides, people will notice if you never put up your hand to sizzle the sausages, marshal the cross country or reshelf the readers. And, you never know, it could even enrich your life.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 2 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for term 4 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.

The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.

 Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.facebook_like_small

PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.


Mikaya Tonga – 2018 Samoa Tag Representative

Well done to Mikaya, Room 6, who has been selected to represent Samoa International Tag Football Inc at the NZTFI Junior Oceania Cup tournament next week. Good luck from us all!

If you are interested in supporting the school by placing an advert in the 2018 school directory please contact Shelley Cunningham for rate details –

Kapa Haka
Kapa haka will be starting next week on Thursday, 8th March. It is open to students from Year 3-6, and it takes place each Thursday in the hall at lunchtime. At the meeting we’ll be giving out notices to sign up, so if your child is interested please encourage them to come along. There is no cost but they must come along to practices each week. Our first performance will be Grandparents Day in Term 2!

The Second hand sale will be held in the Hall between 8 – 9am on 7 March. We welcome any good quality, washed uniform which you wish to donate.

Exciting Opportunity!

Don’t forget – if you and your children take a few minutes a day to vote for our school we could be in with a chance to win a large sum toward solar panels and other tech equipment that will hugely benefit us.

In the search our school comes up after entering the letters “vic” in the search. You then click “vote” and “vote” again in the popup that comes up. Remember – each day you vote increases our chances

Loose Parts Lunches (aka The Creative Shed)

Do you love seeing children – be creative, use their imaginations, be inventive, stimulate conversation, learn social skills, learn negotiation and compromise, practise problem solving, make new friends?
The following link and the youtube video at beside are examples in action –

Would you like to be a part of providing opportunity to allow that to happen?
Have you got an hour or so to spare in the middle of the day?
Then we need you to be a part of the team to re-start loose parts play at lunchtime at VAS.
Due to the building work around the school, we can’t leave the loose parts out all the time as happened in 2017. So rather than deprive the children of an activity they LOVE, we’re hoping to build a team of people to keep the supply and pack up of loose parts manageable and sustainable on an ongoing basis.
Essentially you’d be needed to open the door and supervise access to the parts at the start of lunchtime, keep an eye on the play, and assist with the return and packing away of the resources. Outside of school, we’d be looking to collect up interesting loose parts to add to the collection as needed.
This can only happen if we have a reliable TEAM of people.
Please email Anna with your details if you can help. We’ll organise a planning meeting in the near future to get things going.

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team.  VAS plays in the Epsom League played on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls).   VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.
This term we have 2 teams playing in the year 4/5 grade. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then head to St Cuths at 4:30pm on Sundays to see the Seals or Porpoises in action. In Term 2 we will also have a year 6 team playing in the mini-polo league (2m deep water but still a small playing area) but we’d love to have more VAS teams.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 please contact Anna Scott or phone 021 1532132.