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

NEWSLETTER: Term 1 Week 11 – 14 April 2016

Dear Parents

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.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson


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.
Regards
Bob Weston
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.

https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/941c58

– Thank you for your support

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.


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


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


What’s Ahead?
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ONLINE CALENDAR


IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES


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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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.


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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!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/head-lice


1392688203778

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.

http://is.gd/3ffmjc

School Lunches have had some changes: Commencing from 2 May

Please go to our School Lunch page on our website for detailed information on how to order your children’s lunches.

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See the chart below to see which days each provider is delivering food to the school.

  • MONDAY
  • ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’
    ordered online
    with
    EzLunch
  • NEW!! Fusion Sushi

    Order at school office

  • TUESDAY
  • ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’
    ordered online
    with
    EzLunch
  • NEW!! Fusion Sushi

    Order at school office

  • WEDNESDAY
  • Subway

    Order online

  • NEW!! Fusion Sushi

    Order at school office

  • THURSDAY
  • ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’
    ordered online
    with
    EzLunch
  • NEW!!!! ‘Pita Pit’
    ordered online
    with
    EzLunch
  • FRIDAY
  • Subway
  • NEW!!! Fusion Sushi

    Order at school office


Lunchtime Tennis

Tennis coaching at Victoria Avenue School during the lunchtime period is a fantastic introduction for your child to tennis.
During these sessions the coach will develop all the fundamental skills in a fun friendly environment. The main areas that we will focus on include improving each child’s hand-eye coordination, ball and racquet skills, balance and basic swing techniques.  This will help the children develop not only their tennis, but also their athletic capabilities and therefore their love for playing the game.

Sign up using this link.

https://kiwitennis.co.nz/programme/victoria-avenue-school


After School Activities and Holiday Programmes

Please go to Community – Based activities to see what is on offer during the school holidays.

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Please go to our After school Activities on our website for more information on what is on offer for Term 2

Please note the venue for these activities is Victoria Avenue School. You will need to contact the providers directly for information and to clarify start dates.

MONDAYS:
• Bringing French to Life commencing  Mondays, date TBA in meeting room by school office
• Shine Speech and Drama – commencing  Mondays date TBA  – Old dental clinic – Lunchtime and Afterschool options.
TUESDAYS:

• Art StudioCommencing date to be TBA  from 3.00pm – 5.15pm – in  Room 12
Shine Speech and Drama – commencing  Tuesday 9 February – Old dental clinic – Lunchtime and Afterschool options

WEDNESDAYS:
• Bringing French to Life commencing Wednesdays date  TBA  in meeting room by school office

 THURSDAYS:
• Art StudioCommencing TBA
• Shine Speech and Drama – commencing  Thursdays Date to be advised 2016 – Old dental clinic – Lunchtimes
FRIDAYS:

• Chess Club Commencing Friday 6 May 2016 in Atrium between Rooms 15 and 16.
• Mandarin Club -TBA in Dental Clinic
• Art StudioCommencing date TBA from 3.00pm – 5.15pm – in Room 15
• Playball – date TBA from 3pm – 4pm – on top courts.
• Gym Club – Fridays at 3:15 to 4:15pm in the school hall.

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Congrats


PUPIL OF THE WEEK

Sophie Power and Henry Jackson

Room 1: Jaka Burt
Room 1: Rebecca Grimsey
Room 2: Thomas Delmas
Room 2: Olive Kirk
Room 3: India Kedzlie
Room 3: Matthew Mellett
Room 4: Anna Schellekens
Room 4: Richie Wood
Room 5: Ava Newton
Room 5: Erana Wright
Room 6: Hannah Holloway
Room 6: Oscar Preuss
Room 7: Kingston Jones
Room 8: Cooper O’Shannessey
Room 9: Max Crosby
Room 10: Charlotte Mao
Room 11: Sarah Kennard
Room 12: Clementine Edgar
Room 13: Emma Dick
Room 14: Kelan Arndt
Room 15: Oliver Mar
Room 16: Briea Arndt
Room 17: Enay Bengali
Room 18: Hannah Woodcock
Room 19: Putri Ardana
Room 20: Arthur MacGill
Room 21: Breanna Rendell

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