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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 2 – 15 February 2018

Dear All,

It was great to see so many parents at the Meet the Teachers’ evening on Tuesday night. It was very hot in the hall; we are very pleased that the windows are now able to be opened.

I would just like to pick up a few points from my presentation for those parents who weren’t able to attend.

2017 Achievement – National Standards


  Well Below Below At Above At and Above


3% 5.1% 24.9% 67% 91.8%


1.9% 8% 41.6% 48.5% 90.1%


1% 8.3% 40.7% 50% 90.7%

These are very pleasing results. All the children identified as being below or well below receive additional support throughout the year and are already on our radar this year.

National Standards These have been discontinued, schools no longer report to parents against a narrow standard. The New Zealand curriculum is very rich and prior to national standards being introduced, we reported to parents against curriculum levels. These levels are clearly defined, so parents can easily see whether their child is meeting expectation. National standards did not give schools the opportunity to identify students as being well above standard, so a whole group of children’s learning was not reported against, other than being ‘above standard’.

Reporting to Parents It is timely that we review our reporting system. It is time to do away with traditional looking reports and ensure that parents know where their child is achieving in real time. Teachers have always had to start report writing six weeks out from sending them home, so often children had already moved forward in achievement. The new reporting system will include children sharing their learning and their next steps with parents, as well as having online portals for parents to view what their child is learning. Don’t worry, we will still have opportunities for parents to have one to one discussions with teachers and you will still get something written. We will keep you informed.

Oral Language Review We have anecdotally found more and more children starting school unable to talk in full sentences and unable to ask questions properly. Many don’t have the level of vocabulary that we would expect from a 5 year old. This year, as part of their one month survey, all new entrants will have their oral language skills assessed.

Professional Development for Teachers Oral language and reading professional development is happening in term 1 using an outside facilitator. We continue to use an external facilitator, Lucie Cheesman to work with teachers in mathematics. Anne Bridgman will be leading professional development in formative assessment and rich assessment tasks. I will continue my work with teachers on inquiry skills. We are part of a community of learning (CoL) with local schools and three of our teachers will be working with others from the CoL on teacher agency (teachers taking responsibility for identifying and designing their own learning).

Digital Technologies Curriculum This new addition to the NZ Curriculum is introduced this year for full integration by 2020. It is not about using digital devices, but has two strands:

Computational thinking – understanding the computer science principles that underlie all digital technologies, and learning how to develop instructions, such as programming, to control these technologies.

Designing digital outcomes – understanding that digital systems and applications are created for humans by humans, and developing knowledge and skills in using different digital technologies to create digital content across a range of digital media.

Property Update – Rooms 15 – 18 are currently having extensive remedial work done to them to get them level. Classes will be in there for term 2. Rooms 19 – 21 will have their level issues remediated following the current work. The school is being painted. They started during the holidays and will finish in the April holidays. Rooms 7 – 12 have been re-roofed. The new playground installation is scheduled for early term 2.

Leaky building update – since the presentation on Tuesday, I have been informed that the MOE property person, an architect and surveyor are coming on Monday to look at the admin issue.

PTS Development Thank you to many of you who took the time to write or email your thoughts about a new structure. Please come along to the meeting tonight at 6pm. This is not to plan events, but to plan a new PTS structure.

2018 is going to be a wonderful year!

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop opening hours and Second Hand Sale
The uniform shop will now be open on Fridays 8.15-8.45am.
We are planning to hold a second hand sale in week 4 and would welcome any good quality, washed uniform which you wish to donate.

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

FOR TERM 2 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

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
Click here for term 4 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
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 Ph 5200603.

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.

VAS School App

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


If you are interested in supporting the school by placing an advert in the 2018 school directory please contact Shelley Cunningham for rate details – [email protected]nz


As you know how much our children love ice block sales on Fridays, to enable us to do this we need a chest freezer to hold all the stock to see us through the term as we purchase in bulk to keep costs down. Unfortunately, our freezer in the hall is no longer working and before we go and buy another large chest freezer we thought we would just check to see if anyone has one in their garage that they are no longer using and would like to donate to the school. We will still run ice blocks tomorrow with limited stock as we cannot keep them frozen!

If anyone can help please let me know –[email protected]

Loose Parts Lunches (aka The Creative Shed)

Do you love seeing children – be creative, use their imaginations, be inventive, stimulate conversation, learn social skills, learn negotiation and compromise, practise problem solving, make new friends?
Here are some examples in action –

Would you like to be a part of providing opportunity to allow that to happen?
Have you got an hour or so to spare in the middle of the day?
Then we need you to be a part of the team to re-start loose parts play at lunchtime at VAS.
Due to the building work around the school, we can’t leave the loose parts out all the time as happened in 2017. So rather than deprive the children of an activity they LOVE, we’re hoping to build a team of people to keep the supply and pack up of loose parts manageable and sustainable on an ongoing basis.
Essentially you’d be needed to open the door and supervise access to the parts at the start of lunchtime, keep an eye on the play, and assist with the return and packing away of the resources. Outside of school, we’d be looking to collect up interesting loose parts to add to the collection as needed.
This can only happen if we have a reliable TEAM of people.
Please email Anna [email protected] with your details if you can help. We’ll organise a planning meeting in the near future to get things going.

Music Groups 2018

2018 promises to be another great year for music at VAS.

Ukulele – (Years 2-6) If your child would like to be part of the Ukulele group please email me with your child’s name and room number. By the end of February I would like to have the group finalised so we can start.

Band – (Years 4-6) If your child plays an instrument and would like to join our school band, please either email me or get them to add their name to the list – via the shared document in their Google account (“Band Sign-Up Sheet 2018”) or on the paper version outside the library.

Once I know the make-up of the group I can then organise the music and we can start. I would appreciate knowing this before the end of February.

Choir – (Years 5-6) Currently, auditions are taking place for Choir. Auditions happen at lunchtime and are organised by class but any interested senior child can come on any day; we don’t want anyone to miss out! The last audition day is Tuesday 20th February.

Alison Laxon
[email protected]

Spencer Street Walking School Bus needs YOU!

Come and join us on a pleasant walk from one end of Spencer Street to
the other. We walk daily from the corner of Spencer/Glenbrook Street
to the school steps. It doesn’t take more then 10 minutes and you don’t
need to fight for drop of space.

This is a great way for kids to learn road safety and have some
morning fresh air or make new friends :)
All it requires is a commitment by one parent or nanny/au pair to join
the roster and walk with the children one morning per week.
If you commute or are a new family in the area or know of any VAS children
moving to the area, please get in touch with Fabian ([email protected] or 021-1147626) to
find out more about joining in.


Tyson is being fostered by the family of Jove Kyriak (room 3) for training as an epilepsy assistance dog by the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust.

Tyson will have specialist training but it is just as important that he gets used to going to lots of different places – even school – so many thanks to Victoria Avenue School for their support in helping to train Tyson in the wider community. The Kyriak family have fostered two other dogs for the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dog Trust. Both TedBear and Val (now in Wellington) are now fully qualified ‘dogs with jobs’ and make a big difference to the humans they help.

If anyone would like more information, or to support the Epilepsy Foundation, please contact Christina on 021 534 992 or [email protected] – or talk to her; she will be the one with the dog in a purple coat!

Magnificently Creative Person Required

An opportunity exists for a Magnificently Creative person to become part of the Magnificent Scrapbookers and YUM CLUB team delivering outstanding creative Clubs and Workshops for children of Victoria Avenue School. For more information please contact Monique on 027 497-1554.

Victoria Avenue Skate Club
The Victoria Avenue Skate Club is back on this term running every Monday lunch time on the school courts. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks! Confidence, self esteem, balance and coordination are all developed while having lots of fun! All abilities welcome, from beginners and up.
Term fee – $60
First class – Monday 19th February
For more information please contact Simon Thorp on 027 6592707 or email [email protected]nz

Football at Western Springs AFC in 2018

Registrations for Juniors (ages 4-8 years) and Youth (ages 9-20 years) players are now open for Western Springs AFC.

We will close enrolments on Friday 2  March 2018 – so don’t miss out! To enrol, simply go to and click on the registration link.

We look forward to seeing you at Western Springs AFC for the 2018 season.

Champions Programme

This will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 15th 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.

Click here for registration form

Let’s come and celebrate Children’s Day at Pakuranga Family Fun Day!

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018 – Wet or Fine
Address: 219 Ti Rakau Drive (Enter the carpark at 2 Fremantle Place. Corner of Ti Rakau & Gossamer Drive).
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free Entry, kid’s food, and All are welcome! (Toddlers, pre-school children, primary & intermediate aged children.) Sausage sizzle and coffees available for purchase to raise funds for our local youths to attend their Annual Easter Camp.
Activities: Clown, traditional races, side-show games, craft, face-painting, inflatables, food stalls, toddler area, balloon shaping and etc.

We are in partnership with: Riverhills Primary School, Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten, Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church, and Pakuranga Baptist.

We are proudly supported by Auckland Council, Howick Local Board. It is a smoke-free event!

Please check out the Free Ticket link: .

Xtreme Rhythmix now has more exciting classes for beginners in rhythmic gymnastics at Sacred Heart College! Come along and learn fun skills with ropes, hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons. RhythmFlex classes (5 – 7 years old approx) available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pre-competitive classes (7 – 10 years old approx) available on Saturdays. Email [email protected] for more information or to book in for a trial class.