Last Saturday was one of the wettest days so far this year. Despite the cold and the rain, many of our wonderful parents worked on to ensure that everything was set up for the Easter Fair on Sunday. There were many relieved people when sunlight streamed through their windows on Sunday.
The Easter Fair was so successful for many reasons. Firstly, the children were involved. Lots of children made Jolly Jars and the older children helped out at the various games on the day. Classes all made a piece of art to sell. Parents contributed so much. Wonderful bakers sent along their cakes, biscuits and slices, the domestic goddesses amongst us made jams and chutneys. The array of sweets was spectacular, those with green fingers grew herbs to sell. Artistic parents worked on the craft and face painting stalls. Chinese parents co-ordinated the very successful dumpling stall and there was a pig on a spit, under the watchful eyes of more of our parents. Teachers were involved too. Candy floss spinners, dunk the teachers, manning the stalls and games. Not to mention the friendly competitiveness around the class art!
Of course, without so many parents helping out on the day, none of the above would have been sold.
Secondly, it was all organised to be family friendly and that was so successful. Being able to sit on the hay bales and listen to the talented musicians (yes, one of our fathers and an ex father) eating pork sliders or dumplings or sausages or pizza or any of the other delicious options in the sun, was a treat.
Thirdly, there were so many choices of games and activities for the children. I wonder how many of our children had ever seen / fed an alpaca before? Bouncy castles, biscuit decorating, lego walk (the organiser told me that by the end of the day children were paying the money to just sit and play with the lego!), coconut shy, break the plates and more.
It just shows what a fantastic community we have at VAS. However, none of this would have happened if it weren’t for the superb organisation by the Fair committee. Huge thanks to Sarah Reid, Claire Ellis, Shelley Cunningham, Margot Kynoch, Julia Donald, Craig Hill, Charlotte Houghton, Rozy Williamson, Kristen Williams and Susan Barratt-Boyes, without you, none of this would have happened.
Elsewhere across the term, there has been so much happening. Thanks to all of you who have helped around the school in so many ways. One of the strengths of our great community is how they support initiatives and help teachers. Trust me, we really appreciate it.
Thanks to our lovely Mums in Prayer who put on a beautiful morning tea for the staff. We really appreciate your kindness in acknowledging the work we do.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Great to see so many of you coming along for your interview with your child’s teacher. Thanks to those of you who took advantage of the opportunity to send in some thoughts prior to the interviews. The teachers said they have been really helpful. We are looking forward to seeing the rest of our parents this afternoon.
Lost property will be available for you to check, located outside room 9 after school on 12 April. Many thanks to Poornima for looking after lost property this term, and welcome back to Yvonne Robinson who is picking up the job again.
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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
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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!
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- Room 1 : Brooke Griffiths
- Room 1 : Leo Bonnici
- Room 2 : Briea Arndt
- Room 2 : Heath Somervell
- Room 3 : Olive Magness-Wignall
- Room 3 : Bryan Chu
- Room 4 : Luca Devereux
- Room 4: Minako Purdy
- Room 5 : Alvin Wong
- Room 5 : Rohan de Zoysa
- Room 6 : Ishan Nair
- Room 6 : Diba Toufanian
- Room 7 : Farzan Ivoghlian
- Room 8 : Alex Barton
- Room 9 : Sabine Mihajhovic
- Room 10 : Matilda Bebbington
- Room 11 : Ava Wolff
- Room 12 : Ella Mills
- Room 13 : Louis Kynoch
- Room 14 : Skye Donald
- Room 15 : Caelen Jooste
- Room 16 : Tommy Fippard-Peacock
- Room 17 : Daniel Toon
- Room 18 : Marco Horton
- Room 19 : Cherry Kang
- Room 20 : Marisol Sunbourg
- Room 21 : Maggie Kirkpatrick
- Room 8 : Alex Barton
Flippaball & Mini-polo
Flippa Ball and Mini-polo are a fun precursor to water polo and help children learn basic skills while building confidence in the pool. Flippa Ball is played in a shallow pool (approx. 1.0m – 1.2m deep) by primary school aged children from year 3 up to year 6 with 7 players per team, whereas mini-polo is played in a 2m deep pool.
VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls). VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.
This term we had just one team playing in a year 4 / 5 flippaball league however there are a variety of year group and grades including the 2m deep min polo for years 5 and 6’s.
If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then check out the Flippaball NZ website or get along to a game on a Sunday afternoon next term (check out the draw at https://www.sporty.co.nz/epsomleague) or give Tony Scott a call on 021 1532 159.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 2019, please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or text / call 0211 532 132. Entries need to be made finalised Tuesday 30th April which is the first Tuesday of Term 2.
Eat My Lunch – we are trialing this:
Code Club Victoria Avenue needs you!!
We’re looking for an enthusiastic parent who has a reasonable level of coding experience to come and teach Coding for Victoria Ave students after school one night a week. We offer the class to Years 4 and above. The current set of parents now need to now pass the reins to a new group or person
- Times are usually 5.15-6.15pm on a Wednesday but ability to change this.
- We usually run Terms 2 and 3 only during the winter months.
- It’s been a very popular, fun and successful programme over the past 2 years.
Code Club Aotearoa is a part of Code Club World Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of giving children the chance to learn to code. Site materials sourced freely from Code Club World. https://codeclub.nz/
Full training and materials provided including a group of enthusiastic kids! Its hugely rewarding and our parent group is very supportive
If interested or require more information, please contact David on 021 2488388 or [email protected]