Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 3 – 22 February 2018

Dear Parents,

New Playground

Last year Alison Laxon and a group of children from year 2 to year 6 collaborated with a playground designer in order to come up with a playground design. The children surveyed their peers, researched playground equipment options, looked for appropriate places to put the playground, thought about budget constraints, met with and discussed their thoughts and designs with two separate playground companies before finally choosing one designer to work with. A final design was developed and quoted on.

The design group decided that the new playground will be available for all children. We still have the senior playground behind the hall for older children and the junior playground by room 13 for younger students. The playground will be erected where the vegetable gardens are at the moment. The new vegetable gardens will be sited on the grass area beside the flagpole.

I am delighted to say that the board approved it at our meeting on Tuesday. It is all go! The playground will be installed during term 2. A huge thank you to the PTS for raising the funds and to all of you for participating in PTS events and functions. It meant that we have enough money to install a lovely new playground.

Planned items in VAS playground


Nothing distresses me more than a parent telling me at the end of a year that their child had trouble with being bullied, but neither the child nor the parent told the teacher, the senior teacher, the associate principals nor me. We can only make a difference if we know about bullying. Remember that bullies NEVER bully in front of adults, so we need to be told by the child or the parent. We take incidents of bullying very seriously and deal with it immediately we find out. Please tell your child’s teacher, me or a senior manager if your child tells you they have a problem. If you don’t tell us, the bully gets away with it and it reinforces the bully’s feeling of power.

PTS Review Meeting Feedback

Thank you to so many of you who put suggestions in the box at the Meet the Teacher evening, or emailed me with ideas. We ended up with 5 pages of thoughts, ideas and suggestions! A very small group came along last Thursday evening. We had very robust discussion with the main points coming from the meeting being:

  • Rebrand with a different name
  • Improved communication about what money was being raised for and making these more immediately achievable so the community could see where their funds are going
  • Expecting volunteers to step up is not working, so a couple of different structures for events mooted
  • Survey parents as to what events they valued, what they didn’t really think were necessary and any new ideas

The small group will then reconvene and hopefully come up with the way forward, or at least a trial way forward for this year.

Look out for the survey in the next few days.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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

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

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 here

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 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.

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

The Second hand sale will be held in the Hall between 8 – 9am on 7 March. We welcome any good quality, washed uniform which you wish to donate.

Lost Property Volunteer Needed
Please consider finding out more about this role if you like seeing the happy smile of kids when you return their lost item, and like recycling rather than throwing out items. It takes approximately 1 hour per week.
Contact Janeen 021 02435098 or [email protected]

School Crossing – Victoria Avenue School

The crossing is patrolled daily from 8.15 am by one of our teachers, and with children on patrol between 8.30 – 8.45am.

Exciting Opportunity!

An opportunity to make a large contribution to VAS and the environment has arisen.
If you and your children could take a few minutes a day to vote for our school we could be in with a chance to win a large sum toward solar panels and other tech equipment that will hugely benefit us.
In the search our school comes up after entering the letters “vic” in the search. You then click “vote” and “vote” again in the popup that comes up. Remember – each day you vote increases our chances

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 – Update

Ukulele – (Years 2-6): We would like to start in Week 5 (Monday 5 March in Room 13), so this is the last call for any names.

Band – (Years 4-6): If you haven’t already contacted me then please let me know by tomorrow as I would like to call a meeting next week – Thursday 1st – (minus the Year 6 children at camp) to distribute the music and go over a few things before we start the following week (Thursday 8th in Room 19) .

Choir: Auditions are now finished and the list will be available in classes (and outside the Library) by the end of the week. Choir will start in Week 5 – Wednesday 7th in the hall.

Alison Laxon
[email protected]

Congratulations to all the kids who took part in the Weetbix Tryathlon on Sunday, it was a great turnout from VAS and everyone seemed to be having a blast! Well done to all the parents as well – you all did your own Tryathlon it just wasn’t swim, bike, run!!
And, at prizegiving we won a school group spot prize of a $300 dollar sports gear voucher. We were eligible to be part of the spot prize draw because of the number of children we had registered so great effort everyone!

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.

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.