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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 1 – 2 February 2017

Dear Parents

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.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Sunscreen and Sun Hats

Please ensure children are sun-screened prior to coming to school. Also, we ask that a tube of sunscreen be put in the school bag and children will be reminded to re-apply at lunchtime.

The PTS is investigating the introduction of making sunscreen available for sale at school, we will update you on this as news becomes available.

Finally, sun hats are compulsory – No Hat, No Play.

Lost Property

Lost-Property-prevThere is a lost property basket where mislaid property is available to the owners. This basket is situated outside through the doorway opposite Room 3. You can help by making sure your child’s belongings are clearly named.

This lost property is regularly checked and all named articles are returned to the owner.

The unnamed items are kept in the sick bay as spare clothing or placed in the charity clothing bins at the top of the Teacher’s Driveway.

Valuable items eg watches, spectacles, money etc are kept in the school office.

Dishes for Collection

There are a number of serving dishes which were left at school following end of year events in December. Please call at the office to collect these.

Meet The Teacher

At 7pm next Wednesday, 8 February we are holding a Meet the Teachers evening. A member of the Board of Trustees will give a brief overview of board plans for the year. Janice will then outline our successes in achievement from last year and all the exciting initiatives we have planned for this year.  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 talk to your child’s teacher about specifics, make a time for later in the week). You are then invited to socialise on the courts.

Chicken Pox

Please be aware that there are school families currently with chicken pox. Children with chickenpox need to stay home from school.

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FOR TERM 1 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

What’s Ahead?


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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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 Ph5200603.

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

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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.


Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

VAS School App

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

Academic Notices

Tech Toolbox

Are you a parent or grandparent struggling to keep up with the lil one when it comes to tech? Maybe you’re a professional looking to test out the technologies that’re set to transform your workplace?

Tech Toolbox is your answer – a course designed specifically for adults who want to experience The Mind Lab and not be left behind by technological advancements (or their tech-savvy kids)! The ten non-threatening, enjoyable sessions (Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm) will allow you to gain hands-on experience testing out the latest technologies, with a different friend each week (aged 13+) who can tag along for free.

Price: $850 for 10 weeks (2 hours a week on Wednesdays 6-8pmBring a friend for free every week!

BOOK NOW and go in the draw to win the money back! 

Sports Notices

Football at Western Springs AFC in 2017
Registrations for Juniors (ages 5-8 years) and Youth (ages 9-17 years) players are now open for Western Springs AFC.
We will close enrolments on Friday 17 Feb 2017 – so don’t miss out! To enrol, simply go to and click on the registration link. 
We look forward to seeing you at Western Springs AFC for the 2017 season


We are looking for new players to join our existing Year 5 and 6 teams in Term 1, and also new Year 3 and 4 players who would like to form a new team(s) for Term 2. For further info please contact Michelle Hieatt [email protected] ph 021 895 756.

Girls Rugby at College Rifles Term 1

We are very excited to be the first club in Auckland to offer GIRLS ONLY rugby competitions in 2017 for girls from Year 3 to Year 8.  Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide and College Rifles has a very proud history in women’s rugby.  Last year our women’s team, the T-Birds, won the Coleman Shield as the top team in the Auckland Women’s Premier Competition.  College Rifles has had many women over the years who have played for Auckland and for New Zealand.

College Rifles will provide the team rugby jerseys.  Girls will play in either running shoes, cross trainers or bare feet.  Shorts can be purchased from the club store or you can wear your own.  Mouthguards are compulsory for both Rippa and Tackle rugby.

We will offer coaching sessions in February to all players and teams before the module starts.All games are played at College Rifles, Mondays after school from 4 PM.  The module starts Monday 27 February and ends Monday 10 April. Fees:  $50 per girl all inclusive.

To register your daughter please click on the link below and fill in the details:



Fantastic skill development

Fantastic strength building

Fantastic Parkor training

Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration

Fantastic coaches & equipment

Fantastic Fun


Class starts Friday the 10th February at 3.15pm in the school hall.
“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $95. 0800 273368