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 Arista Enslin in year 3, Tim Botica in year 5 and Gina Lee in year 6. Welcome back to Alison Laxon who has returned after her sabbatical.
Next Tuesday 11th February at 7pm, is the Meet the Teachers evening. John Thorman from the board of trustees will give a brief overview of board plans for the year. I will then talk briefly about all the exciting initiatives we have planned for this year and fill you in on the various property initiatives for 2020. 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).
Following the session in the classroom, please join us on the courts for some refreshments.
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 book bags 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
You may have noticed a large container beside the admin block. We are waiting for the recladding work to begin; it was planned to start early January but the council consent has not been issued yet so has held the work up. Hopefully, it will start in a couple of weeks.
Kinzsa, Joanne and Gabs are now located in the library. We are using the back office in the library as the sickbay. I am located in a small space opposite room 2.
Given the library is not available for children to visit in term 1, Jane Clark, our wonderful librarian will go to each classroom each week, taking a selection of books for children to choose from, showing all the new books and reading a story to the children.
Thank you to all 2019 year 6 parents for their generosity. We now have a proper scooter park on the bank beside dragon drive. This is such a great initiative as it now keeps scooters and helmets tidy and safe. It would be great to see lots more children riding their scooters to school.