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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 10 – 12 April 2018

Dear Parents,

I have been glued to the Commonwealth Games coverage each evening since the games started. All of a sudden I have become an armchair critic and judge. ‘Oooh, that wasn’t a good dive, he didn’t nail his entry into the pool’ sort of comment. Really, what do I know about diving? Nothing, but when I’m watching I feel like I do. I’m like that when watching high level sport. I criticise team selections, I criticise ref decisions. I know I shouldn’t but I do. We can all criticise from the sideline.

During the coverage we have seen the triumphs and the disappointment. Disappointments are part and parcel of sport. Remember when Julian Savea was in devastating form for the All Blacks? Then he went into a form slump and was dropped. He was incredibly disappointed. Remember when Anna Scarlett was a fantastic goal keep for the Silver Ferns? She too went into a form slump and was dropped from the team and like Julian Savea, was disappointed.

There is never a guarantee that you are going to be picked for a team. Even if you were in the All Blacks last year, you are not guaranteed to be in the AlI Blacks this year. There are always a whole lot of players who are trying just as hard as you, some experienced and some young guns who are bolting through the ranks. There will always be disappointed players. In rugby there are 15 players on the field, 6 reserves and then all those children who tried out for the team and didn’t get selected. Same in netball, cricket, soccer. There are always children who will be disappointed.

Our role as parents and adults is to model how to accept disappointment as being part of life but more importantly, what we should do when we are disappointed. We can’t take away the disappointment. What we can do is acknowledge disappointment not try to diminish it. We can sit down with our child and talk about what they could do to get better at their chosen sport so that they can trial again next year and be bigger and better than they were this year. Anna Scarlett reinvented herself as a high level beach volleyball player who represented New Zealand. She then trialled for the Silver Ferns a few years later and was selected. She is a perfect example of how to deal with disappointment and use it as motivation. We can help our children do just that.

So if your child tries but doesn’t get into a team, help them deal with the disappointment and model for them how to use it as motivation to be even better. This is going to help them far more as they move through the disappointments of life.

End of Term

It has been a fantastic term with 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.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop Opening – Week 1, Term 2

The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday, 30 April (8.15 – 8.45am) and Thursday 3 May (not Friday).

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

FOR TERM 2 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

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

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

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– 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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for term 1 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

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.

VAS School App

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


Update on the PTS – events and plans for Term 2

Over the last few months a group of parents, along with Janice Adamson and Victoria Taylor (VAS Teacher representative on the PTS), have been meeting to bring together a new plan and way forward for Victoria Avenue School’s PTS. We thought it would be good timing to give you a heads up as to how things are progressing.

First of all we wanted to thank Olivia Hemus and her team of helpers who pulled together such a fantastic Family Fun Night. What a massive effort and great way to kick off 2018. Thank you to you all!

Also, thank you to all the parents who took the time to give feedback to Janice about what direction the PTS could take in the future. Your feedback has been an excellent starting point for how we can make this work.

So – what are our plans?

We are clear that one of our key goals of the PTS will be to further strengthen our community of families. Creating events and opportunities for our children, parents and grandparents to connect is such an important part of what we do.

We also want to engage our school community to fundraise for specific projects that our whole school community sees as important. Next term we will be asking for your feedback on some of the suggestions the school has for projects as well as any projects you think we should be making a priority.

We will be tailoring our events and initiatives to fundraise directly for the projects we have identified, taking into account your feedback on the events you considered most important. Thank you to everyone who completed the Survey Monkey questionnaire to help us gain this feedback!

In Term 2 we would like to run the Bake Sale (starting the first Friday of term), a Grandparent’s day, a Disco and a New Entrants Morning tea. Specific dates and times will be sent out early next term.

As you know, we are always looking for people to be a part of the PTS and to help in anyway they can. If you would like to be part of things or run one of the above events or be involved in them, please email [email protected]. What we would like to do is ensure that we always have a good team of people available for each event/initiative so that they are not run by just the one person. That way we can all make it happen.

Thanks so much for all that you do already for our school.
Best wishes and Happy Holidays,

Charlotte Houghton
PTS Co-ordinator

The beach!
By Mia Gadnai – Room 6

The playful aqua coloured waves splashed against the golden sand. You can smell a fresh salty scent floating in the breeze. Unfound treasure buried beyond the deep blue waters. Beautiful shells are left on the hot sea shore. Amazing sea animals swim joyfully around, even unknown creatures are happy on a long summer day. Peculiar underwater lives are born almost every second. The beach is also a great place to get a shimmering even tan.
It is also the perfect place to go surfing.

In Term 2, we restart Code Club at VAS after a very successful 2017!

Code Club is an after-school technology coding group. Its part of a global network of free, volunteer-run clubs where kids learn new skills by working on a fun coding project each week. Last years group made the National Code Club newsletter, as can be seen here:[UNIQID]

We are part of Code Club Aotearoa and here’s an example of what a club night looks like:

Code Club is free and kids need to bring their own, fully charged internet-ready laptop each week. (Note: Not a Tablet or iPad!)
The club will run from 5:15pm – 6:15pm every Wednesday at school. First day will be May 2nd.

For those new to Code Club

We’ll start off using a coding language called Scratch – no previous coding experience is necessary! You just need to bring a laptop and we’ll show you the rest.

For those returning

Team Zeus will work on Scratch 2 and Team Babbage will continue (after a quick refresh) on HTML/CSS (Webpages).

For enrolment forms or queries please email David at [email protected]

Hapua Street Walking School Bus – looking for new families
Hapua St WSB meets at 8.15 every week day to walk up Shore Rd to VAS. We get to school about 8.35 am.
We are looking for more families to join our bus. Kids can walk on the bus as many days as it suits. Parents need to walk one day minimum a week with the children to make sure we have adequate supervision.
It’s lot’s of fun and good for the kids to get to know others in their direct neighbourhood.
If you’re interested in joining please contact Charlotte on 021 32 36 32 or email [email protected]

Rippa Rugby
Congratulations to the all the Year 5 and 6 players who went to Rippa Rugby just the day after our Remuera Summer Field Days Tournament. We sent 4 teams to the Eastern Cup Challenge, and this included 3 mixed teams and a girls team. The Mixed A team did very well, finishing 7th out of all 28 teams.
The Girls team faced some strong competition in their grade and finished 2nd to Pt England. From this fantastic result, they were invited to Auckland Rippa Rugby Challenge Final at Eden Park, were they placed 4th. Well done to everyone who took part in Rippa Rugby, we had a blast!

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team.  VAS plays in the Epsom League played 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 have 2 teams playing in the year 4/5 grade. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then head to St Cuths at 4:30pm on Sundays to see the Seals or Porpoises in action. In Term 2 we will also have a year 6 team playing in the mini-polo league (2m deep water but still a small playing area) but we’d love to have more VAS teams.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 please contact Anna Scott  s[email protected] or phone 021 1532132.

Shine School Holiday Programmes

Awesome Autumn for 5-9 Years

Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 April

9 – 3pm (choose one or two days)
Through drama, movement, improvisation and voice children will develop their confidence and be involved in awesome autumn-themed activities to foster problem-solving, participation and imagination.
Join us at 2.45pm each day to watch a show that we create during the day.
$90 per day
Victoria Ave School Staff Room

Aspiring Young Performers
Wednesday 18th, 10 – 3pm
Professional actors and teachers Nina Burchett and Shine tutors develop the craft and confidence of aspiring young performers. Covering public speaking, character development, USA and British accent, a film scene, a monologue and a voice over.
For 8 – 12 year olds. Limited to 8 young actors.
WHERE: Victoria Avenue Staff Room
$120 per day
Victoria Ave School Staff Room

Are you interested in music lessons for your child at school? Musiqhub offers lessons held onsite and during school hours, and is now taking enrolments for term 2. If you would like your child to learn guitar, we have spaces with experienced teachers who are trained musicians, please get in touch with JP at [email protected], or text 022 103 6686.
*Instrument placement subject to availability