Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
E-mail: [email protected] | web:

NEWSLETTER: Term 1 Week 10 – 7 April 2016

Dear Parents

I am not going to write a column today. Instead, I am going to get you to do some professional reading.

The article which was published in the Herald this morning is ‘Stress Issues for Kids’ about how sometimes good parents contribute to their child’s anxiety.

It’s an article by Karen Banes reprinted from the Washington Post. I related to it because it is about good parents wanting the best but perhaps in wanting the best they are inadvertently doing things which are ultimately not helpful for their child. In my role, I often see this happening and it can be quite challenging for me as I want to acknowledge that the parent is a great parent but their actions, whilst well intended, are not necessarily the best for their child in the long run.

The sub headings are:

  • Caring too much
  • Advocating too hard
  • Trying to fix weaknesses
  • Overplaying strengths
  • Having great values

Have a read. You’re all great parents doing the best you possibly can but perhaps some reflection may make you even greater parents!

Great Work

Children often come to my office to share their great work with me. I love seeing how hard they have worked to prepare a quality piece of work, or how hard they have worked and have made a breakthrough with their learning. In the last week I have had some wonderful poetry shared with me and I would like to acknowledge these two students through publishing their poems.

Haiku              By Jack Madden                                

A snowy forest
A wolverine stores his food
A new hunt begins

The horrid mud run
Brown sludge devours my legs
It is now over

Personality Layers                  By Noah Hutchinson

To strangers on the street I am one of them,
just an everyday person
To the other kids at school I’m the guy with the green vest,
a peer mediator is just the best
To my really close friends I am the one who helps them when they are feeling down
To my family I am just another kid in the house that is always reading books
To myself I am a sleepyhead
In my dreams I am in a galaxy far, far away.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson


  • Rooms 15 and 9 are not having interviews on 14 April and will be staying at school.
  • All other students will need to be picked up from school at 2:00pm

Thank you to those who have already booked your interviews. The link to book your interviews will be sent to you via email again today. If you have any issues booking your interviews please email [email protected]

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2. Board of Trustee Elections – Electoral Roll

At the front office there is a register of all the eligible voters for the upcoming elections for parent representatives on our school board. Please ensure you check that you are on the roll. If you are not on the list please ensure you let us know as there will be a supplementary roll of any new enrolments and corrections /additions will be forwarded to our returning officer on Wednesday 18 May 2016.
Once the roll has been finalised the following can happen
a. nomination forms will be sent out to all voters
b. once nominations received voting papers will be sent out.


3.  LUNCH ORDERS – Changes that come into effect on May 2nd 2016.

As from next term there will be two new lunch providers Pita Pit and a new sushi company. Please see the table below to see who provides and what day as from the 2 May 2016. Information regarding menus and ordering will be added to the lunch order page on our website next week.

  • Monday
  • EzLunch
  • Sushi
  • Tuesday
  • EzLunch

  • Sushi
  • Wednesday
  • Subway
  • Sushi
  • Thursday
  • Ezlunch

  • Pita Pit
  • Friday
  • Subway

  • Sushi

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 1 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

What’s Ahead?


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

Term Dates for 2016
Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

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. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
Click Here for order forms/instructions

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.

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.


Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

VAS School App

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

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday 18 June – Our big fundraiser for 2016

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Ellerslie Amateur Athletics Club Success –
Two Vicky Ave students won medals at the Ellerslie Amateur Athletics club last evening.
The prize is based on the accumulated points for athletic events including running, high jump, long jump, shot put and discus, throughout terms 4 2015 and term 1 2016.
Ethan Ese won first prize for most points in his group.
Isla Hebblethwaite won second prize for 2nd most points in her group.

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Summer Field Day

On Tuesday 5th April the year 5/6 Summer sports teams attended the Remuera Zone Summer field day tournament across various locations.

The Hardball Cricket team had a great day and came away with one win against Kings Red and one loss to SKS Blue.
The Incrediball cricket teams, Year 5 boys team won both of their matches against St Michaels and Epsom Normal.
Year 5/6 mixed team had one win against Diocesan and one loss to Meadowbank.
The mixed touch team had a great day at College Rifles, making the semi finals for the mixed grade. They were extremely unlucky to lose to RPS in overtime.
The tennis teams played in a doubles competition at the Mt Eden Tennis Club.
Both year 5 boys doubles teams came 3rd overall and the year 6 boys team also came in 3rd place.
The girls year 5 team and year 6 team came in second place, only losing to St Cuthberts.
It was a fantastic day out for all teams involved.

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14 April – Parent Interviews –

  • Rooms 15 and 9 are not having interviews on 14 April and will be staying at school.
  • All other students will need to be picked up from school at 2:00pm

15 April: Last day of Term 1 – School finishes at 3:00pm

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Entertainment Books – All eldest/only students will receive one – you can opt out

Entertainment Books went home on Tuesday (5 April)  to all eldest students who have not opted out of this fundraiser

Please return payments, orders for more books or any unwanted books to the office as soon as possible.

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Collect yummy stickers all year round on these sheets. Completed sheets will be collected mid term three and collated to see what fantastic sports equipment the school can receive and also goes towards your school house point tally’

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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Come along to the Cluny Kindergarten Gala on Saturday 9th April from 10am to 2pm at 74 Victoria Ave, Remuera.  Fun for everyone – games, food, crafts, cake stall, White Elephant stalls, raffles and auctions.  Please join us for a great day to support this wonderful kindy.  Live auction at 12pm: auction items include Eden Park Corporate Box, My Food Bag voucher, art works, builder for a day, Black Caps signed cricket bat, Panasonic wireless speaker system and more.

Glendowie Boating Club’s next school holiday Learn-to-Sail programme will be held during the week of 18 to 22 April 2016.  This introductory course will run each morning that week from 0900 to 1230.  The course is a great introduction for boys and girls keen to begin an exciting lifetime of sailing.  The cost of the course is $330 per sailor and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.  For registration and more details visit or email the secretary at [email protected].