The PTS Quiz night was held last Friday night. Once again, it was such a fun occasion! There is something about dressing up that really gets a party started. We had geishas and ninja warriors, tennis players, dominoes, bad moms, Indian maharajas and maharanis, where’s Wallys, Gloriavale, Vasquiz, great big gypsy wedding party, the last supper, the mafia, MASH, Christmas. We really enjoyed seeing parents in a different way, away from the professional formality of the teacher – parent dynamic to a much more relaxed event, where people are just being themselves, having fun. Hopefully the parents saw the teachers in the same way.
My goodness, we have so many generous parents at VAS. The auction items were all high quality and as a result, they went for amazing prices, helped in many cases by a bidding war. It all added to the buzz! Huge thanks to the people who bought auction items, bought raffle tickets and bought refreshments, all of you contributed in some way to making the event so successful.
The PTS always organise quality events. I know a significant amount of time went into pulling everything together and those of you who organised it, did it around your day jobs and your busy family life. The hardworking bar staff and chef, the quiz master, the hosts and hostesses worked tirelessly all night. Amanda Dick was a very realistic Cockney publican who kept everything ticking along. Abby Maire also helped keep things moving along (and I loved her sparkly shoes!). Again, what great people we have at VAS.
The prize for the most unusual auction item went to the ‘Last Supper’ team who clubbed together to buy the doll we use as baby Jesus in our carol service each year. He was a prop for the teachers’ team ‘Gloriavale’ and Shane Cortese, our auctioneer, took it upon himself to purloin him to be auctioned. So, how much did our doll fetch? $700! I told you we have generous parents at VAS!
Last Thursday night, two year 5 and two year 6 teams competed at Mathex. All the local Remuera schools, state and private, and schools across to Churchill Park in the east competed. The teams all acquitted themselves very well and the year 6 A team won. A great result! (Well trained by Anne Bridgman).
A couple of weeks ago, one of the VAS teams entered in the EPro8 challenge (a technology challenge), again with Remuera schools and across to Cornwall park, won their competition. (Well supported by Jason Des Forges).
Earlier this term, one of our teams entered in the Kids Lit Quiz, won. There were a large number of schools entered, as it was for the whole of east Auckland. (Well trained by Alison Laxon).
It is so pleasing to see that we have had successes in external competitions across maths, English and technology. Whilst specialist teachers work with the children for the events, without the great teaching happening from the day children start school, they would not have had the foundation from which to launch into these successes.