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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 11 – 13 April 2017

Dear Parents,

The Gala was a huge success! It was superbly organised by Gaylene Fon, Shelley Cunningham and Amanda Dick who were brilliantly supported by a dedicated group of parents. They in turn were supported by many parents and teachers who pitched in to make it such a success. Our fantastic principal sponsor Nick Lyus, Barfoot’s agent, and many other sponsors (see below) made great contributions towards the day.

What I loved about this year’s Gala, was the relaxed atmosphere. Each Gala has its own ‘flavour’ and this year it seemed very calm and ‘chilled’. This feeling was shared by many people over and over during the day. The children I spoke to enjoyed every minute of the day, full as they were, of candy floss, sweets and cupcakes! There was so much to watch and listen to that people stayed, just enjoying a lovely day with their family.

Of course, as well as being a family event, we did want to raise money. I am so thrilled that the PTS raised $68,000 from the day. A remarkable amount considering it was a Gala organised in just 9 weeks, which included the long summer holiday.

Huge thanks to all who contributed with either their time or their money. We really do have a wonderful community.

Well the term is nearly over and there are many tired children needing to have a couple of week’s downtime. Parents need a break from the school routine and teachers need time to draw breath before they embark on next term’s programme.

It has been a busy term with highlights being the Gala, the year 6 camp, family fun night, the various sports events including the swimming sports, trips and excursions, Eat My Lunch initiative and parent interviews. The teachers have also undertaken professional development in technology ahead of next term’s technology topics. Look out for your children’s excitement and enthusiasm for the technology inquiry topics. I know that teachers are planning to share the learning with parents so look out for your invitation.

Just a reminder that I am on sabbatical next term and Jane Cameron will be acting principal. I will be coming to the property meetings with the Ministry and I will also come along to participate in the intense 5 hour first aid training that all the teachers are doing later in the term. Very advanced notice that school will finish at 2pm on 15th June so that teachers can do this course. You will receive a number of reminders during the term.

For those of you taking a break with your children, enjoy the holiday. For the rest of you, enjoy the break from school routine as well as fewer cars on the road!

Parent – teacher Interviews

Thanks so much to all of you who came along to parent interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday. The home school partnership is a very important one and teachers learn a lot about the children from their conversations with you. You also get an idea of how they are achieving / behaving at school.

Lost Property/Named Uniform

There are a lot of unclaimed fleeces in lost property which can’t be returned to children because they aren’t named. Please use the holidays to check that each piece of your child’s uniform is named. Please remember that socks and tights need to be black, white or navy.

Mums in Prayer

A warm thank you to our lovely Mums in Prayer for acknowledging the staff’s hard work through providing morning tea and offering kind words. We all really appreciate your generosity.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

I often remind parents about appropriate parking around the school. Well, this is why! Someone picking up a child from VAS parked his/her car on Victoria Ave on Monday after school. Look closely, no driver or passenger in the car. Parked across a driveway, almost in the middle of the road. Words fail me!

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop – Discount of Thermals

The Uniform Shop is discounting thermals to $15. There are a small number in sizes 10, 12 and 14 only. If you wish to make a purchase please email the shop at [email protected], or you can buy in the shop on Friday mornings.

Kids Hip Hop with Richie Cesan

We are very excited to have one of NZ’s leading Hip Hop dance instructors and choreographers come to Victoria Avenue School to teach Hip Hop to some of our year 6 students.

The super talented Richie Cesan has a Bachelor of Performing Arts and teaches all over Auckland including TAPAC (The Performing Arts Centre.)  He has competed at the World Hip Hop Championships, danced in a number of films and television commercials and was recently involved in choreographing for the Billy Elliot Musical.  Click here for the enrolment form.

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

FOR TERM 1 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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 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.


This Week

Samantha Barclay and Harrison Wong

Last Week

  • Room 1: Jonathan Barclay
  • Room 1 : Kaiu Wright
  • Room 2: Sam Pratt
  • Room 2: Isabelle Rothwell
  • Room 3: Thaniska Satheeshkumar
  • Room 4: Fergus Meredith
  • Room 4: Breeze McGee
  • Room 5 : Ava Flathaug
  • Room 5 : Anita Burt-Sudrajat
  • Room 6 : Anna Dalmas
  • Room 6 : Zach Scott
  • Room 7 : Hazel Richards
  • Room 8 : Yuri Choi
  • Room 9 : Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Room 10 : Clemmie Edgar
  • Room 11 : Kai Serlachius-Williams
  • Room 12 : Isabella Lu
  • Room 13 : Blake Field
  • Room 14 : Izzie Greer
  • Room 16 : Briea Arndt
  • Room 17 : Jonathon Hu
  • Room 18 : Brooke Griffiths
  • Room 19 : Sean Zhang
  • Room 20 : Sophie Thorman
  • Room 21 : Kingston Jones
  • Room 8 : Yuri Choi

Chess Classes at VAS
Weekly chess classes re-start on 5 May on Fridays from 3.15 – 4.15pm, in room 5.  All levels are catered for except absolute beginners.  Most sessions are half instruction by former NZ co-Champion Leonard McLaren and half playing. In term 2, students will sit the official NZCF tests, with those passing earning badges and certificates. If your child would like to enrol please email    [email protected]. The term fee is $65 payable in class to Mr McLaren or to bank account 03 1308 0065112-00