Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 3 – 16 February 2017

Dear Parents

Our first full week of school and already the term feels as though it is gathering momentum very quickly. The Gala is on our radar at the moment and I urge you to read the Gala newsletters, check in on Facebook and look on our website for information about adopting stalls, dropping off goods and other ways you can help.

At the Meet the Teachers evening I touched on the spelling programmes we have introduced this year, after a year of trialling them and evaluating whether these programmes meet the needs of the VAS learners.

Years 0 – 2      Primary Phonics, Yolanda Soryl

Year 3           Switch Onto Spelling, Joy Allcock

Years 4 – 6     Spelling Under Scrutiny, Joy Allcock

VAS Spelling Expectations & Guidelines Example


(NB Guidelines are the same for all year groups, the home learning is different for each year group)

Programme Primary Phonics – Yolanda Soryl
Time 15 minutes per day – 1 hour per week
Planning – weekly & long term ·      Long term planning​ – will contain an overview of skills and processes that will be covered for the term for each ability group. Long term plans are evaluated based on the learning intentions and contain specific next steps

·      Weekly planning​ – will contain learning intentions that relate to the ability needs of the students & explicit lesson detail that follows the stages of the Yolanda Soryl programme.

Assessment ·      Teachers assess individual students based on the learning intentions contained in the planning and use this information to inform their future planning.

·      Teachers assess individual/ groups students based on the assessment as stated in the Yolanda Soryl’s phonics programme.

Home Learning ·      In Year 1​ there is no spelling home learning. Spelling lessons are completed within the class programme.

·      In Year 2 ​word lists are based on weekly sounds from the phonics programme and according to individual needs.

Spelling Homework


In Year 2, word lists are based on weekly sounds from the phonics programme and according to individual needs.

In Year 3, word lists are based on weekly sound patterns from Switch on to Spelling, plus errors from children’s writing.

In Years 1, 4, 5, 6, there is no spelling home learning. Spelling lessons are completed within the class programme.

I look forward to sharing the 2017 spelling achievement with you at the Meet the Teacher meeting in 2018. We are expecting to see a good improvement in student achievement in this learning area.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Security when at School Events

Please be mindful of vehicle security when parked near the school. During the Meet the Teachers’ evening, one of our families had their car broken into when parked on Stirling Street. Make sure cars are secure and you have not left valuables in them.

Back to School Campaign

Walking School Bus

The start if the year is a great time to establish your routine and the Walking School Bus can be a great option. There are 4 routes that cover the school zone and they are always looking for new families to join.  It is a great way to meet other children in the area and gets the kids off to a positive start to the day.  Details are on the school website.

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 1 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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
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 Ph5200603.

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.


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.

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Ice-blocks $2 and Sunscreen $5 for sale outside room 7 and in the hall after school tomorrow

Music Concert Band

Music Opportunities 2017

Musiqhub – we continue to enjoy having Musiqhub teaching in our school every Friday. They offer small group tuition in the following instruments: keyboard, drums, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
Please contact the Musiqhub teachers directly to find out more or sign up:
Keyboards/Drums/Guitars – JP Carroll, [email protected], 022 103 6686
Woodwind/Brass – Shaun O’Kane, [email protected], 021 2597042

Choir – for Year 5/6 children. Auditions have now finished.

Ukulele – please email Alison Laxon on [email protected] if your child would like to be part of this group. We take children from Year 2-6 and will be starting in a few weeks time. Practices are held on Monday lunchtimes.

Band – this is for children in Years 4-6 who are learning an instrument and who are able to read some music. Practice times are Thursday lunchtimes. If your child would like to be involved please email [email protected]


Well done to the VAS Tryathletes who participated in the  Weetbix Tryathon last weekend!