Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 2 – 13 February 2020

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many parents come along to the Meet the Teacher evening on Tuesday. The teachers all enjoyed sharing what happens in the classrooms as well as meeting many of you.

It was great to introduce the new teachers to you. Mrs Gina Lee has taught in Auckland schools and is in room 2, year 6. Tim Botica comes from Orakei School and is in room 22, year 5. Arista Enslin is an experienced teacher who has come to Auckland from South Africa. She is in room 15, year 3. We also welcome Alison Laxon who has returned after having a year’s sabbatical.

2019 Achievement

Once again, we were very pleased with the results against national curriculum expectations in reading, writing and mathematics.

  Well Below Below At Above Well Above Total At, Above, Well Above


4.5% 3.7% 22.7% 41.7% 27.4% 91.8%


2% 5.8% 39.7% 36.1% 16.4% 92.2%


1.3% 9.7% 39.5% 33.3% 16.2% 89%


A reminder that our values are; we care (about ourselves, our family, our school, our community, our country, the world around us); we are honest (about ourselves, our behaviour, how what we do affects others); we are responsible.

Alongside our values, we include the NZ Curriculum key competencies as well as learning behaviours:

Key Competencies Learning Behaviours (Soft Skills)
·      Thinking

·      Using language, symbols and texts

·      Managing self

·      Relating to others

·      Participating and contributing

·      Collaborate

·      Teamwork

·      Take risks

·      Communicate

·      Persevere

·      Question

·      Work ethic

·      Problem solving

·      Creativity

·      Openness to new / others’ ideas

Project Based Learning

Our main topics have a different focus this year. We have moved on from inquiry based learning (IBL) to project based learning (PBL). Project based learning or problem based learning is a teaching approach in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, challenge or problem. The main difference is in the outcome of the learning. All projects must be focussed on an outcome or an action – something which offers a solution for the problem or issue. This year, our overarching theme is ecological sustainability and term 1 topics have a science emphasis.

Teachers’ Carpark

Please note that children are not to walk into school, either by themselves or with a parent/caregiver, down the teachers’ driveway. There is part of the driveway without a footpath and courier vans zoom up and down. I had a near miss with a child last year. Even though he was with his mother, she was distracted on her phone and the boy ran out in front of me. Please remember that the teachers’ carpark is not a drop off or pick up zone, so even if you know the gate code, please don’t drive in for any reason before or after school (unless it is after 4pm and you are collecting your child from after school care).

Office Relocation

We have vacated the admin area and relocated the office staff and me to the library because work is due to start on remediating the building. It is suffering from leaky building syndrome, so all the framing is being replaced. We are changing the roof line to do away with internal gutters. We are also extending the staffroom to include the current deck which is not really used. As part of this project we will get a new kitchen and staffroom furniture. There is a hold up at council level, but I am confident the work will start in the next couple of weeks.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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

FOR TERM 1 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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.

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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.

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


Year 5 & 6 Swimming Sports
Monday 2 March 2020
Diocesan School Aquatic Centre

Thanks to all those who have completed the entry form for the Year 5 & 6 swimming sports events for their child. We do need all entries to be completed by parents of all students by the end of this week so that events can be finalised.

Please use this link to access the entry form. If your child is unable to swim 25m please complete the entry form anyway and identify them as a non swimmer.

As always the success of these events is dependent on parent help. Please indicate on the entry form if you are available and we will contact you with information on your role for the day.

If you have any queries please contact Anne Bridgman [email protected].

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Need a Babysitter??

Hi, my name is Sophie Ireland, I’m sixteen and an ex- pupil of VAS.  I’m currently looking for extra babysitting work and live locally (in the VAS school zone).  I really enjoy younger children and have two little brothers of my own.  You can contact me on (022) 424 8186. Thanks!

Skate Club

The Victoria Avenue School Skate Club is back on every Monday lunch time!
Taken by professional skateboarder Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
Cost: $75 per term.
All abilities welcome, including first time skaters. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks along the way!
Spare skateboards and helmets can be provided if needed.
For more bookings and more information
Please email [email protected]
First class in on Monday 17th February.

We’re looking to start a new Flippaball team for Years 3 and 4 at VAS.

Flippaball is a fantastic sport for young kids and it seems to be growing in popularity in Auckland. It’s a fun introduction to the sport of Water Polo, but as the pools are shallow enough for the kids to comfortably stand and throw the ball around, it is inclusive for kids of a wide range of swimming and sporting abilities. At this age, having fun and being part of a team are the major goals.

For those who would like to know more, link to the registration page for our competition is below. From here, you can find links to Flippaball introductions and rules
There are a few other sites and Youtube videos around worth having a look at.

For this term, our first game is this Sunday (9th Feb). Unfortunately, the draw has not yet been released so we can’t confirm times and locations yet. However, based on past competitions, all games are held on Sunday, roughly between 11am and 3pm. And games are all held at one of St Cuthberts, Diocesan or Epsom Girls Grammar School (so all in vicinity of Epsom/Newmarket).

Cost to students is roughly $50-$60 for the term (TBC once numbers are known) with about 8 or 9 games per term. Games are fairly short – 2 halves of 8 minutes. With 7 kids in the pool at one time and relatively short games, we aim for around 10 players per team to allow for a couple of reserves but also make sure that those who play get some time in the pool.

We don’t have weekly training sessions organised. A lot of the schools that we play against have access to pools and this does seem to put us at a bit of a disadvantage from a competition perspective. In the past, different teams have found ways to deal with this, including organising pool time at a VAS family’s home, booking pool time locally or joining the Epsom League Neptune training programme ( run at Diocesan on a Sunday morning. Some of our current year 5 and 6 kids have been in this programme for a couple of terms already so can give more advice on this.

We would like to be able to get a team together for this weekend and beyond, so any interest, please let me know [email protected]

Music Lessons at Victoria Ave School

MusiqHub are excited to offer private guitar, drum kit and keyboard tuition to students at Victoria Ave School with experienced tutors JP Carroll, Nick Douch and Barry Lee. Students learn a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques where they play together as a group and take turns to play to the group as individuals. This format creates a fun environment for students and is hugely popular in schools around the country.

About MusiqHub

Musiqhub are a nation wide group of independent music teachers that use a proven teaching system to ensure excellence in instrument tuition. MusiqHub teachers host lessons for a wide range of instruments, and our programmes cover all age groups and musical abilities from beginners to those about to make the big time.

You can read more about MusiqHub at

About Our Lessons

Learning music requires the development of skills and knowledge along with the retention of prior learning. With this in mind MusiqHub has developed a structured curriculum that utilises a sequential lesson process. Skills in the physical ability to play are developed alongside an understanding of music. Songs and activities are provided for reinforcement.

To find out more, email [email protected], or visit the Musiqhub website.