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 a number of new students across all year levels, so a special welcome to VAS for them.
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to pop into reception and see all the changes. If you recall, we were supposed to be getting a brand new admin building starting in January this year but that was postponed for 5 years. I decided that we couldn’t live with our outdated décor for another five years, hence a renovation. Huge thanks to Monica de Magalhaes and Dale Kiely for their outstanding plan, Murray Holt Builders for the building work and Michael Panko, tiler.
Next Wednesday 10th February at 7pm, is the Meet the Teachers evening. Bob Weston 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.
Children have already begun working hard. We have started the year with getting the children to think about themselves as learners and what learning behaviour looks like. Our overarching value this year is integrity. This is a hard one for children to get their heads around, but teachers are working with them this week so they can understand, in child language, what is meant by integrity.
This term’s topics are based on humanities. As a staff we have looked at what humanities encompass and this is what we have decided to focus on: cultures can communicate and understand each other; where we’ve been and where are we going; challenge assumptions; interactions and connections. So your child’s topic will be based around one of these.
The Year 6 camp is 1 – 4th March. Lakewood camp is not far from Huntly, it has great challenges for our senior students. The Years 5, 6 swimming sports is on 8th March at Dio.
The Years 5, 6 summer field day is on 5th April and the term ends on 15th April.
There will be lots of other exciting things happening throughout the term. We have schoolwide testing early in the term to set the benchmarks for achievement against which to compare student achievement at the end of the year.
Jennifer Cairns 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.
All children and parents must wait on the courts prior to the 8.30 bell. As mentioned above, the time before school is important prep time for teachers and none of us available to keep an eye on the children. Please don’t take your child to play on the junior playground before 8.30am. We appreciate your co operation with this.
Letting Your Child Take Responsibility
One of the most important things that children need to learn at school, aside from the obvious academic, sporting and cultural things, is how to take responsibility for themselves. They NEED to learn this from an early age, if they are to grow up as independent, resilient adults. It might seem like a long time away until your child becomes an adult, but personal responsibility cannot start early enough.
Ways to help your child become independent through taking responsibility for themselves:
- Carry their own bag to and from school (you are not their personal slave!)
- Take their bookbags out of their bags themselves
- Walk into school (not be carried by you)
- Meet you at the gate, or a designated place sometimes, rather than you always collect them from their room
- If they usually put their lunch in their bag before coming to school and they have forgotten, don’t rush up to school with it, but let us give them a couple of crackers and cheese. Guaranteed that they won’t forget their lunch again.
Letting them be independent right from a young age, doesn’t mean they will love you less, or need you less. It actually means they will have more respect for you as they grow up and turn into those awful teenagers you hear about!
Parking / Drop Off
Loved the Auckland traffic when schools were closed, but now back to chaos at the school gate. Please don’t park on yellow lines or across our neighbours’ driveways. You may think that it’s ok because it’s just for a few minutes, or on the yellow line because you won’t be long, but just imagine if someone was blocking your driveway, even for just a few minutes; I know you would irate as well! Please, please be considerate of our neighbours, and safe around all our children.
Welcome New Staff
We have great new teachers in the school this year. Welcome to Victoria Taylor in year 6, room 1; Jen Noone in year 5, room 5, Dynelle Jamison, year 3, room 18, Keri Missen, year 2, room 7 and Kirsten Ngan year 3, room 16. All of them have made a fantastic start already so we are delighted to have them at VAS.
Important Notice about Easter Holidays
Easter is from Good Friday 25 March to Easter Monday on 28 March. BUT all schools in New Zealand have Tuesday 29 March as a holiday as well. Usually Easter falls during the term holidays so is not an issue, but this year parents need to be aware that children do not come to school on 29 March.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2016
Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
~ Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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 for 2015
1. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at www.subwayrialto.co.nz
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
ICE BLOCK SALES COMMENCE NEXT WEEK
We have a Victoria Avenue School app! It is available to download for free from the Apple and android app stores. Have a sneak peek before we go live with the 2016 information on it from next week. It already has 2015 information on it so you can get an idea of what it can do. The best part is the alerts! You can choose exactly what alerts you want to receive! More about that at the Meet the Teachers evening and in next week’s Newsletter. Victoria Avenue School now have a Mobile App for notices, events and other important School messages. To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link. http://is.gd/3ffmjc
SCHOOL DIRECTORY – LAST CHANCE TO GIVE ANY CHANGED CONTACT DETAILS TO THE DIRECTORY COMMITTEE
School Directory – please check your 2015 entry is correct for this year.
We are about to complete the 2016 directory so could all families in the 2015 Directory please check their contact details and let Shelley Cunningham know by email: [email protected] Thank you.
Please note: The school does not pass information re contact details onto the Directory for privacy reasons.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR TERM 1 2016
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Please note that the after school programmes are starting on different weeks. If in doubt please check you are register to join and ask when these programmes commence.
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Walking School Bus at Victoria Avenue School
The new school year has just begun and it’s a perfect time to join your local walking school bus.
Children who walk on the WSB make great friends and start the day with a great attitude. It is also a great way for you to meet other families in our school community.
All that is required is a commitment from one adult to walk once a week, the rest of the week you can usually wave them good-bye from near your front door! We also have out of zone families who drive to the bus drop off and join in there.
For working parents or those busy with siblings the WSB offers an early supervised drop off/collection so you can get to your next destination early. Many of the buses commence shortly after 8.00.
There are more details about routes and contact information available on the VAS website, as well as rewards throughout the year like ice blocks, Milo mornings and stickers to motivate walkers.
Feel free to join for a trial or email Victoria for more information on [email protected].
8 February: Waitangi Holiday – No school
10 February: Meet the Teacher – 7pm
25 February: Family Fun Night – More information to follow
1st to 4 March: Year 6 Camp
8 March: Years 5 and 6 Swimming Sports.
25 to 29 March: Easter Break – No School for Friday through to Tuesday – return to school on Wednesday 30 March
5 April – Senior Summer Field Day – Years 5/6
15 April: Last day of Term 1 – School finishes at 3:00pm
Mothers Helpers – Antenatal and Post Natal Depression
Mothers Helpers is offering women with Antenatal or Postnatal Depression/Anxiety a 10 week recovery course starting in February. If you have pre-school children and have depression/anxiety we recommend you put your name down this week prior to our office closing. Our groups normally get booked out quickly – most have their depressive symptoms resolve as a result of the course. Learn how to holistically recover from depression/anxiety while gaining support and friendship with other mothers. Contact us ASAP: [email protected] to put your name down or if you’d like more information or phone 0800-002-717
Triple P Parent Group course – starts March 17
Comprehensive program over 4 x weekly sessions covering positive parenting strategies for handling challenging behaviour, building parenting skills, and raising children with more confidence.
Small group sessions facilitated by our psychologists and individual followup by telephone.
Makes raising children easier, less stressful and more fun!
Triple P : 579 1794
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