Welcome back! The weather during the holidays was lovely, so all of us at VAS have come back refreshed and ready for a great year. The children have also returned very refreshed and already on day 3, it is all go with the teaching and learning programmes. We have lots of new families to the school so a very special welcome to you.
We have some lovely new teachers who have started this year. Welcome to Alice Wohlers in year 4, Petrea Barker in year 5, Renee Lee in year 6 and Cam Hemus our new PE and sport teacher. Cam has just started his teaching career and we are very pleased to have him join us. He is so excited to be teaching at VAS as he is known to some of our children through his teaching at Swim School.
Next Tuesday 12th 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. The parents leading the Forest initiative will give you an overview of the plans then I will then talk about what a learner at VAS looks like, give a brief overview of our achievement levels in 2018 as well as outline all the exciting initiatives we have planned for this year. My speech will be shorter than last year, 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).
We are implementing SeeSaw as our parent portal into their child’s learning this year. All the teachers have had the training and it is all ready to take off! More about SeeSaw when the teachers meet with you next Tuesday.
Our school fair is on Sunday 7 April and it looks very exciting already. The parents on the Easter Fair Team and their areas of responsibility are:
All of us will make it a success through volunteering our help. Look out for notices throughout the term – you will enjoy being part of the buzz.
Please have a look at the calendar on the website for information about upcoming events.
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.
Emails are such a great way to communicate. All of us at VAS check and answer our emails between 8am and 5pm week days. We all appreciate getting emails that have a positive tone, even when you might be raising an issue. We love hearing about these, sooner rather than later, so we can work through anything you might have raised. We are all here to work together with you for the good of our children.
I look forward to catching up with lots of you around the grounds and at the Meet the Teachers evening.
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
- 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
We are 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 be irate as well! Please, please be considerate of our neighbours, and safe around all our children.
We are a Sunsmart school. We need to ensure the following happens across the school:
Behaviour – use of wide brimmed hats, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen
Environment – providing shade
Curriculum – including Sunsmart in the curriculum every year
Small tubes of sunscreen are available from the office, $5 a tube. Teachers also have sunblock in their classrooms but it is important for parents to put sunblock on their children before they come to school.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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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.
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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.
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Meet the Teachers
Don’t forget – following the formal part of Meet the Teachers, parents and teachers will have an opportunity to meet at the tennis courts for a drink and catch up post holidays.
The VAS Easter Fair is on track for Sunday 7 April so look for updates about how you can be involved and support our school fair in coming weeks.
Thanks very much to Craig and Claire who ran the iceblocks on Friday afternoons last term. Iceblocks will be available this Friday however we need someone to step up and take on the iceblocks job for term 1 this year. If anyone is keen to help please email [email protected]
Painting the Dragon
The painting of the Dragon is in progress and we are looking for keen (adult painters) to help out at our next working bee. Please keep a look out for the next notice (we will send a couple of days before the event as the painting is weather dependent).
Thanks to all those who have already helped out – in particular those who turned up on an extremely hot Waitangi Day!
We’re looking for a coordinator or co coordinators to lead our PTS this year. The Easter Fair is well in hand and is being organised by a committed team so you won’t have to worry about that. However we do need someone to help us coordinate the various activities for the rest of the school year. You don’t need to be an event expert – just enthusiastic, a good communicator and willing to delegate! Please email [email protected] if you’re keen.
Join the PTS
Want to help out or contribute to the school? We’re always looking for people willing to get involved with the PTS activities. You don’t have to attend all the meetings – just get in touch and we can let you know what the PTS plans are, when the meetings are and when we’re looking for a hand. Please email [email protected] or just turn up to our next meeting.
Our first PTS meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 20 February in the staff room at 7.30 pm so please feel free to come along.
The Forest Project
Some of you may have noticed that work has already begun on the Forest Project with the old playground behind Room 11 and 12 now back in action. The next steps will be to get the playground and silver slide landscaped and ready for use as well as the native planting.
Check out pictures of some of our children below using the Forest Playground this term
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