Holidays already, where did the term go? Term one is always frantic as staff try and form immediate relationships – with children, with parents, with new colleagues. Of course the children are getting used to their new teacher, the change of expectations at the new year level, new friends and changed dynamics. Parents are getting used to new classroom numbers, new teachers, changes to established ways of doing things. At the start of term all these things can disproportionally important but by the end of term it is all normalised and all of us have new and exciting things to focus on.
But before I focus on those exciting things coming up in term 2, I want to celebrate all the lovely things that have happened this term.
It was great to be able to share the direction of the teaching and learning across the school to so many of you at the Meet the Teachers evening. I also enjoyed chatting to many of you afterwards. Then the family fun night which was fun and once again showcased the wonderful parent support we have at VAS.
The Year 4 and Year 6 camps were outstanding. The children (and parents) who went got so much out of them. Camps are such a great way for children to learn to take risks in a really safe controlled environment. They learn things new skills as well as learning what they are actually capable of if they just have a go. For the Year 4 children, the zoo is such a great place for a camp.
Year 3 walked around Hobson Bay and have sent letters to Auckland Council outlining some suggestions. The Year 2 children had Safe Walking with Constable Gordon. Year 2 and Year 3 had extra tennis coaching and the Years 5, 6 children participated in the swimming sports.
So, what’s ahead? The Year 5 camp, PTS disco, photos, sports and more sports, grandparents day, sausage sizzles. Also ahead is continued professional development which the teachers are doing in order to raise student achievement from really high, to extra really high! There are great topics planned for the children; topics which will spark their imagination and their learning.
Those of you who are able to have a break these holidays, enjoy the time with your children. For the rest of you, enjoy the break from routine.
REMINDER TO COMPLETE OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY SURVEY
Dear Parent Community,
The Board of Trustees will be reviewing the school’s long-term strategic plan over the coming few months, and we would appreciate feedback from you all so that we can take this into account.
There is a link below to a brief web survey that we ask you to complete. The survey is in two sections. The first section seeks your input on the school’s Vision and Values. The second section asks more general questions about the experiences you and your child (or children) have had with our school.
Click on the link provided in the email to complete the survey.
The survey shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes to complete, and we’d be grateful if you could take the time to do this. All responses are anonymous. The closing date for survey submissions is Friday 22 April.
Thanks for your help.
Chair, Board of Trustees
100 Word Challenge
This term the Year 6 GATE group has been focusing on writing. We have signed up to the 100 Word Challenge where a new prompt is provided each week for writers to submit a piece using only 100 words (or close). Our group has really honed their skills over the term and we have also spent time critiquing and nominating other pieces of writing we thought were worthy for showcasing. We are thrilled that two of our group have been selected for ‘Showcase’, especially as there were 225 entries from around the world.
Congratulations to Hailey Griffiths and Asjad El-Jack.
The link below takes you to the showcase page on the 100 Word site.
Next term some Year 5 children will have the same opportunity. Will they be able to emulate their fellow syndicate members’ successes?!
100 Word Challenge Showcase
HOUSEKEEPING FOR TOMORROW – 15 April
School finishes for the term at 3pm tomorrow
LOST PROPERTY – WILL BE DISPLAYED OUTSIDE ROOMS 8 AND 9 TOMORROW (FRIDAY 15 APRIL) FROM 2:45PM
- LAST CHANCE TO LOOK FOR YOUR LOST ITEMS IN THE LOST PROPERTY AREA AT SCHOOL TOMORROW. ANY UN-NAMED ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED AT END OF DAY.
- LOTS OF NON-UNIFORM ITEMS.
- HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND REMEMBER TO CHECK ALL UNIFORMS HAVE THE SURNAME CLEARLY LABELLED FOR NEXT TERM.
All payments for Entertainment Books or unsold Entertainment Books to please be returned to school by tomorrow Friday 15 April
Thank you to those who have purchased already … Please pass this link onto your friends and family to order further copies.
– Thank you for your support