Schools are interesting places to work in. Everybody has been to school which means that everyone has their own mental model of what a school should look like. Schools are a dichotomy in that we are preparing our children for the modern world through designing teaching and learning to prepare them for the future, but this learning happens in a system that has not really changed since the industrial times. More specifically, our day is ruled by bells, the children are in single cell classrooms, there is a uniform for girls and a uniform for boys.
However, we are gradually breaking these old fashioned constraints down through changing the way we teach, changing the furniture, planning to open up learning spaces to be more aligned with the teaching and learning practices that we use. We are taking this change and applying it to uniforms.
From this week, all items in the school uniform will be mix and match for all children. In the staffroom this morning, the majority of female staff were wearing trousers so it does seem unfair that long trousers have, up until now, only been available for boys. So, following a discussion with the board we have decided to not distinguish between boys and girls. The uniform itself is not changing and all items will continue to be sold at the uniform shop. Both boys and girls may wear any part of the school uniform.
All students are required to wear the correct school uniform as listed on our school website. There is no winter or summer uniform – students may wear any combination of the following items at any time of the year:
VAS white polo – long or short sleeved
VAS navy polo – long or short sleeved
VAS navy drill shorts or trousers
VAS navy skort
VAS navy fleece
VAS bucket hat
Sensible trainers, shoes or sandals
Plain black, navy, or white socks, or black or navy tights (not footless)
Plain black, navy, white, or hair-coloured hair ties/clips/hairbands
We still insist on the children only wearing uniform items. Coloured t-shirts or skivvies, coloured and patterned socks or tights are not part of the uniform and should not be worn. If your children require additional warm items under their uniform, then please ensure they are white or navy. Socks and tights should only be white, black or navy.
The PE uniform should not be worn in place of the regular uniform. Years 3 – 6 get changed into their PE uniform at school and years 1 – 2 may only wear their PE uniform to school on the days they have PE.
Keeping Ourselves Safe
Over the next two weeks all classes will be taught the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme that has been developed by the New Zealand Police. At Victoria Avenue School we teach this programme every alternate year as we recognise its importance. Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others and helps them to recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. All teachers have had professional development in how to implement the programme successfully and our Police Education Officer Gordon Campbell supports in all classrooms with lessons. For more information on the Keeping Ourselves Programme including some useful resources click here
Bays & Remuera Children’s Book Quiz
Yesterday two teams of Year 5 and 6 students took part in the Remuera Cluster Literature Quiz at St Thomas’s School. Last term the teams were provided with a prescribed list of 13 books, and all students worked extremely hard to read, understand and recall quotes, authors, characters, events and details in these books.
We are very pleased to say that both teams did teams achieved extremely well in the competition. Team B won the overall competition and Team A came 6th (out of 28 teams). We are very proud of them all!
Fiona He (year 6), Reeve Innes (year 6), Caroline Wang (year 5)
Sub – Duncan Isherwood (year 5)
George Cullen-Hieatt(year 6), Maya McCarthy (year 5), Anna Schellekens (year 6)
Sub – Shaelyn Greene (year 5)
Dances for Schools Performance
The children have had two weeks of learning dance. Tomorrow we would like to share the dances learnt in two performances. Please check the times below for when your child will be dancing as you are most welcome to come along and see what they have been learning.
9.10 – 9.50am
Rooms 9, 12 , 13, 10, 14 & 15
Year 3 classes
Year 5 classes
2.00 – 2.40pm
Rooms 7, 8, 11
Year 4 classes
Year 6 classes