Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 1 – 7 February 2020

Dear Parents,

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.

Before School

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.

Sunsmart School

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

Building Work

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.

Library Use

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.

Scooter Park

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.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 1 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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.

 Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.facebook_like_small

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.

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


2019 Prizewinners

Please click here to see the prizewinners of the 2019 Academic and Sports Cups and click here to see children who were awarded the 2019 Class Awards.

Starting week 2…….

Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports
Monday 2 March 2020
Diocesan School Aquatic Centre

Our school swimming sports will take place at the Diocesan School Aquatic Centre on Monday 2 March. This involves all students in Years 5 & 6.

Students will be travelling by bus to the venue, leaving school at 8.30am. The event will run from 9.00am – 1.30pm.

As we do not know your child’s swimming ability we require parents of all students to enter them into the swimming event/s that best suits them. Please use this link link to access the entry form. It is hoped that all students compete in at least one event however, if your child is unable to swim 25m please complete the entry form anyway and identify them as a non swimmer. We do require all entries completed by Friday 14 February at the latest so we can finalise all races before the Year 6 students go to camp.

The entry form also requests parent help with running the event. Please indicate if you are available and we will contact you with information on your role for the day.

If you have any queries please contact Anne Bridgman [email protected]

The Weetbix Tryathalon will be held this Sunday 9 February. VAS has over 40 students participating and we will have a school tent for everyone to meet at.

If you have registered your child but not yet received an email regarding the VAS details, please email James Peacock – [email protected], and he will send you details.

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

We’re looking to start a new Flippaball team for Years 3 and 4 at VAS.

Flippaball is a fantastic sport for young kids and it seems to be growing in popularity in Auckland. It’s a fun introduction to the sport of Water Polo, but as the pools are shallow enough for the kids to comfortably stand and throw the ball around, it is inclusive for kids of a wide range of swimming and sporting abilities. At this age, having fun and being part of a team are the major goals.

For those who would like to know more, link to the registration page for our competition is below. From here, you can find links to Flippaball introductions and rules
There are a few other sites and Youtube videos around worth having a look at.

For this term, our first game is this Sunday (9th Feb). Unfortunately, the draw has not yet been released so we can’t confirm times and locations yet. However, based on past competitions, all games are held on Sunday, roughly between 11am and 3pm. And games are all held at one of St Cuthberts, Diocesan or Epsom Girls Grammar School (so all in vicinity of Epsom/Newmarket).

Cost to students is roughly $50-$60 for the term (TBC once numbers are known) with about 8 or 9 games per term. Games are fairly short – 2 halves of 8 minutes. With 7 kids in the pool at one time and relatively short games, we aim for around 10 players per team to allow for a couple of reserves but also make sure that those who play get some time in the pool.

We don’t have weekly training sessions organised. A lot of the schools that we play against have access to pools and this does seem to put us at a bit of a disadvantage from a competition perspective. In the past, different teams have found ways to deal with this, including organising pool time at a VAS family’s home, booking pool time locally or joining the Epsom League Neptune training programme ( run at Diocesan on a Sunday morning. Some of our current year 5 and 6 kids have been in this programme for a couple of terms already so can give more advice on this.

We would like to be able to get a team together for this weekend and beyond, so any interest, please let me know [email protected]

Skate Club

The Victoria Avenue School Skate Club is back on every Monday lunch time!
Taken by professional skateboarder Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
Cost: $75 per term.
All abilities welcome, including first time skaters. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks along the way!
Spare skateboards and helmets can be provided if needed.
For more bookings and more information
Please email [email protected]
First class in on Monday 17th February.

Music Lessons at Victoria Ave School

MusiqHub are excited to offer private guitar, drum kit and keyboard tuition to students at Victoria Ave School with experienced tutors JP Carroll, Nick Douch and Barry Lee. Students learn a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques where they play together as a group and take turns to play to the group as individuals. This format creates a fun environment for students and is hugely popular in schools around the country.

About MusiqHub

Musiqhub are a nation wide group of independent music teachers that use a proven teaching system to ensure excellence in instrument tuition. MusiqHub teachers host lessons for a wide range of instruments, and our programmes cover all age groups and musical abilities from beginners to those about to make the big time.

You can read more about MusiqHub at

About Our Lessons

Learning music requires the development of skills and knowledge along with the retention of prior learning. With this in mind MusiqHub has developed a structured curriculum that utilises a sequential lesson process. Skills in the physical ability to play are developed alongside an understanding of music. Songs and activities are provided for reinforcement.

To find out more, email [email protected], or visit the Musiqhub website.


This will be held on Thursday 5 March, 2020 at 6.30 p.m. We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College. Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.

Enrolments for Year 7, 2021 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00pm. A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00 pm.

Upland Kindergarten 50th Birthday Celebration

We will be celebrating Uplands Kindergarten’s 50th birthday with a service on Children’s Day, Sunday 1 March, at 10am in Somervell Church, followed by morning tea in the kindergarten from 11am-1pm.

We would love to have our families and alumni join us for this special event. Please RSVP by email, [email protected] for catering purposes.

If you find you are able to come at the last minute – please turn up – we would love to see you and your family.