It was pleasing to see such a great turnout at the Meet the Teachers evening this week. The teachers all enjoyed sharing what happens in the classrooms and I had lots of really positive feedback about the SeeSaw presentation that all parents viewed.
This week, I will go through recap of the key initiatives planned for the year as well as share 2018 achievement data.
It was great to introduce all the teachers to you, especially welcoming our new teachers Cam Hemus, Alice Wohlers and Petrea Barker. Ms Lynnette Leggett is our very talented music teacher for 2019 and we are excited at what she brings to VAS. She comes highly recommended from AGC Strathallan who were very sorry to lose her.
I showed this video of our children telling me what they like about learning at VAS.
You will notice that most of the children didn’t talk about knowledge but talked about the ‘soft skills’ of co-operating, collaborating, helping others, persevering, solving problems. These are the skills that employers are now looking for in workers and it was especially pleasing that the children mentioned these as what they thought good learning is about. Of course, reading, writing and maths are our core business, but we are all about preparing children for their life beyond school and based on what these children said, it appears we are on track.
This year we are reviewing assessment practices and all teachers will be participating in professional development in assessment in order to further extend their knowledge and understanding of the use of assessment to inform teaching.
There is a national review of the NZ Curriculum happening at the moment. We are reviewing the VAS curriculum as well so the two sets of review recommendations will form the basis of our curriculum. I will be asking for your thoughts during term 2 so that the VAS curriculum is responsive to the wishes of the parents as well as meeting the requirements of the NZ Curriculum.
We reviewed reporting to parents last year and put in place a new draft reporting system. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the parent portal we had subscribed to in 2018 and we found that what we particularly wanted to share with parents was still being constructed! So we had a bit of a messy year as often happens when you start something new and different. I will be seeking feedback from parents later this term so we can use your thoughts as we refine the system. SeeSaw as the parent portal to view learning is already underway so look out for your individual logins being sent home next week.
We are reviewing our inquiry model and looking at inquiry skills at each year level so as to scaffold children across 6 years of primary school. We are also undertaking a minor review of health and PE.
This year, all year levels will have a social sciences (social studies) topic; in terms 2 and 4 we will have science topics; in term 3 we will be doing Keeping Ourselves Safe as well as technology based topics.
Student achievement at the end of the year showed that VAS students continue to do very well against national expectations. The results for 2018 against national curriculum level expectations are in keeping with the 2017 results measured against National Standards. We like that we are now able to identify the numbers of children who are ‘well above’ expectation, something we weren’t able to do with National Standards.
The most interesting and exciting presentations were from Charlotte Houghton who shared the planned Forest Project. Money raised by the PTS in 2018 is going towards stage one of this project with work scheduled to start during the year. Have a look at the plans in the office and leave some feedback for the project team.
The other presentation was from Sarah Reid who shared information about the upcoming Easter Fair. She introduced the team of parents who are organising aspects of the fair (they looked very fetching in their pink bunny ears). It promises to be a wonderful fun family day and it will be all the better if everyone in the school community contributes some time or goods. Watch out for weekly emails. The Easter Fair team is:
Another busy, fun filled year at VAS!
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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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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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.
To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link. http://is.gd/3ffmjc
The Forest Project
We’re really excited about the Forest Project this year and wanted to show you more about our plans.
The Forest Project is a 2-3 year phased project – an exciting collaboration between the school and PTS. The aim of the project is to encourage our children’s care and guardianship of the natural school environment by providing an active outdoor learning and play experience for our children. The project is to take place in the Forest area – behind rooms 11 and 12 and moving along the boardwalk under the tree area.
This year we plan to implement phase one that we fundraised for last year: Bringing the children back to the forest area. So far we have already made the existing playground behind rooms 11 and 12 safe for children to play in. Next we plan to connect the playground to the existing playscape below, through planting and landscaping, as well as putting back a slide, and adding a creative shed for loose parts, plus a pipe ball racing track.
This year the PTS is planning to fundraise for phase 2 of the Forest Project. This is to create the amphitheatre/outdoor learning classroom, as well as putting a science and environmental learning area in. The install for phase 2 would be next year.
Finally, phase 3 would be bringing adventure back to the forest by putting in a natural adventure playground –ropes, swings, balance beams – as well as a sandpit and water feature. Install would be 2021
Thank you already to those of you who have given your feedback on the project – it’s really encouraging to have so many in support.
We will be definitely looking for more support for this project in coming months, for example with our native planning initiative.
If you’d like to get involved – please email Charlotte at [email protected]
This year all classes will be using a student-driven digital portfolio called Seesaw.
Seesaw is a way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Children can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text and links. It is a place to get student work in one place and share with families.
Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. When there are new Seesaw posts, families can be notified via app notification, email or text.
Parents are only notified about their own child’s work, and all data is safe and secure. You can only see your own child’s work. Parents are able to “like” and post comments however, everything has to be approved by the classroom teacher so your comment may not appear immediately.
You can find more information about Seesaw for parents here –
Next week your child’s teacher will send home information explaining how to access your child’s work on Seesaw. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to let us know.
Year 5 and 6 Swimming Sports Day
Thursday March 7 2019, Diocesan Aquatic Centre
As we do not know your child’s swimming ability we require parents of all students to enter them into events. We will enter all students in the 25m Freestyle (unless advised otherwise by parents) and additional entries may be added through this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/nh6VCNj2d5vvrgul2 Please complete all event entries by Monday 18 February.
We desperately need more parent helpers on the day so please indicate if you are available via the link above and we will contact you with information on your role for the day.
If you have any queries contact [email protected]
Ukulele Group – Year 3 upwards
To sign up, children need to come to the Hall at 12.45pm on Friday 15 February. They do not need to bring their ukuleles. The group will start in week 4.
Children in the band, or who would like to play in the band (including violin, flute, cello, clarinet and trumpet players) please meet Mrs Leggett in the Community Room before school (either Tuesday, Thursday or Friday). Rehearsals for the band will be 8.15am – 8.50 am on Tuesday mornings.
There has been a fabulous turnout for the 2019 VAS choir auditions – over 70 children came and sang. Choir rehearsals are Thursday lunchtimes.
The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 14th March until the end of term, in room 1. Champions is a fun, engaging 30 minute lesson which allows students to learn about positive Christian values and beliefs. The Christian Religious Education programme weaves together Bible stories with values set out in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Bible stories are used to illustrate and teach different values such as loving your neighbour, personal worth, courage, inclusion and forgiveness. All children are welcome to attend on a casual basis.
Girls in Year 6 from all New Zealand schools are eligible to apply for the scholarships which provide fees assistance for education at Saint Kentigern Girls’ School in Year 7 and 8.
Information and a Scholarship Application form is available on our website http://www.saintkentigern.com/girls-school/apply/sc/
Skateboard club is back on this term. Monday lunch times 12.30 –1.30 pm on the court outside hall.
Taken by professional skateboard coach Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
Cost: $75 per term.
All abilities welcome, we have plenty of complete beginners. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks!
Please bring a Helmet and Skateboard to school. Spares can be provided.
For more information please contact Simon Thorp on 0276592707 or [email protected]
Fantastic skill development
Fantastic strength building
Fantastic TUMBLING training
Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Register on the www.GYMclub.co.nz website today!
Class starts on Friday the 15th February,
at 3.15pm in the school hall.
“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $100.