Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 4 – 28 February 2019

Dear Parents,

This is always a great time of year; everyone is full of expectation for the year ahead. The children now know their teacher and are bonding well with new friends. The teachers are also getting to know the capabilities of all the children in their class and organising groups is well underway. Over the next few weeks we will be doing some schoolwide assessments so that we can see the starting point for comparing achievement from year beginning to year end. More importantly though, teachers use the information from the various assessments to identify gaps in individual children’s knowledge and understanding.

Assessment is a vital part of the teaching and learning programme. If we don’t assess where the children are at, how do we know what to teach them? How do we, and they, know what they need to learn next in order to improve? We use two types of assessments; summative assessments, which are tests which give scores, and formative assessments, which is where the teacher notes during the teaching and learning programmes, where children have gaps in their learning. But we need to be mindful of not over using summative assessment; taking the plant out of the pot every week to check on the growth of the roots, won’t make the plant grow any quicker! Tending and nurturing and providing the right nutrients will make it grow quicker. As with children’s growth and learning we provide the right nutrients and environment to make sure they grow well.

Teachers support children to notice how they are going with their learning, where they are at, where to next. They use formative assessment to ensure that they plan appropriate strategies and activities for individuals or groups of children. The Ministry of Education states ‘formative assessment is even more important now that our approaches to teaching and learning have become so varied. Inquiry learning, project based learning, cross curricular learning, play based learning – these all require excellent curriculum and assessment knowledge and constant attention to student actions so that teachers are able to ‘notice, recognise and respond’ to the needs of the students in their care’.

Formative assessment is usually considered to consist of the following:

  • Being clear about what is to be learnt and why – learning intentions and co constructed success criteria shared with students
  • Children are active participants in formative assessment through having access to learning progressions, self evaluating against learning intentions using the success criteria, setting learning goals / targets.
  • Focused feedback, both oral and written around the learning intentions and next steps, questioning and prompts support learning

To that end, we are reviewing assessment practices across the school. We are undertaking a review of the VAS curriculum this year so we can develop a responsive curriculum moving forward. This development, along and a deep understanding of the place of assessment in learning programmes go hand in hand.

Chaos at the School Gate

When you are dropping your children off, or picking them up, please remember to be mindful of road rules, particularly parking regulations. A reminder that you cannot park on yellow lines and neither can you park across, or encroach on driveways.

As part of the Travelwise initiative, we suggest that you arrange for your children to walk a couple of hundred metres to a designated spot. You will be able to park easily while you wait for them, the children will enjoy the independence and you won’t get caught up in all the traffic.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 1 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
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

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 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
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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.

VAS School App

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


PTS News
Thanks to everyone who attended our alfresco inaugural PTS meeting of the year last week. The PTS is cracking on with planning for the Easter Fair that is just around the corner on 7 April.
Dragon Drive Painting Day
Come and help us paint the dragon on Sunday 3 March from 10.30 to 3pm. Bring a cushion/knee pads, drink, hat, food and a 25/50 mm paint brush (don’t worry if you don’t have one). Plus you don’t have to stay for the whole day – just come for an hour or so!
School Directory
We are looking for someone to pull together the 2019 School Directory. We have heaps of keen advertisers looking to support us and we just need a willing helper to pull the directory together and make this happen. Last year’s directory creator is available to show you what to do so please let us know if you’d like to help. Email [email protected]
We’re also looking for people to co-coordinate our PTS this year. Your job would be to bring together our PTS helpers and support school event and activity organisers by coordinating our parent community. You don’t need experience – just enthusiasm – and it’s a great way to be involved in our fabulous school!Email [email protected]


Ice-blocks will be back on sale for Term 1 on Friday afternoons under the tree beside the field at 3pm – so don’t forget to bring your $2!

Year 5 and 6 Swimming Sports Day

Date – Next Thursday 7 March
Venue – Diocesan School Aquatic Centre
Transport – By bus
Departure from VAS – We ask that all Year 5 & 6 students are at school in their classrooms by 8.30am in order to be ready for an 8.45am departure from school.
Return to VAS – 2.00pm approx.
Wear – School PE uniform. togs underneath, trainers
Bring – School fleece, hat, change of underwear, socks, towel (x2 if needed), packed lunch (preferably wrapper free to keep pool area litter free), water bottle.

Many thanks to all the parents who have offered to help with running the event. You will notified of your role by email.

This is a great spectator event, so please come along to support the children.

Parking is on the street – Do not drive in the school gates.

There will be a section in the stands for spectators only. Any prams need to be left outside the swimming pool area.

Below is an outline of the order of events. Please note that most races will be timed to determine final placings. The time of each event is an approximation only so may vary.

8.45am Buses depart for Diocesan Aquatic Centre

9.15am Arrival


9.30am Races Begin

1F. Yr 5 Girls 25m Backstroke Timed Final

2F. Yr 5 Boys 25m Backstroke Timed Final

3F. Yr 6 Girls 25m Backstroke Timed Final

4F. Yr 6 Boys 25m Backstroke Timed Final


5F. Yr 5 Girls 50m Freestyle Timed Final

6F. Yr 5 Boys 50m Freestyle Timed Final

7F. Yr 6 Girls 50m Freestyle Timed Final

8F. Yr 6 Boys 50m Freestyle Timed Final


9. Yr 5 Girls 25m Freestyle – Heats

10. Yr 5 Boys 25m Freestyle – Heats

11. Yr 6 Girls 25m Freestyle – Heats

12. Yr 6 Boys 25m Freestyle – Heats

10.45am – 11.00am MORNING TEA BREAK

Children to go out to the field (Results collated for the finals)


13F. Yr 5 Girls 25m Butterfly Timed Final

14F. Yr 5 Boys 25m Butterfly Timed Final

15F. Yr 6 Girls 25m Butterfly Timed Final

16F. Yr 6 Boys 25m Butterfly Timed Final


17F. Yr 5 Girls 25m Breaststroke Timed Final

18F. Yr 5 Boys 25m Breaststroke Timed Final

19F. Yr 6 Girls 25m Breaststroke Timed Final

20. Yr 6 Boys 25m Breaststroke Timed Final


21F. Yr 5 Girls 25m Freestyle Final

22F. Yr 5 Boys 25m Freestyle Final

23F. Yr 6 Girls 25m Freestyle Final

24F. Yr 6 Boys 25m Freestyle Final

12.00pm –  Results collated for the relays – Organise relay teams


25 Yr 5 Boys/Yr 5 Girls – 25m Freestyle House Relay

26. Yr 6 Boys/Yr 6 Girls – 25m Freestyle House Relay


27F. Yr 5 Girls 100m Freestyle Timed Final

28F. Yr 5 Boys 100m Freestyle Timed Final

29F. Yr 6 Girls 100m Freestyle Timed Final

30F. Yr 6 Boys 100m Freestyle Timed Final


Pack up and get changed into PE clothes

1.20pm – 1.45pm

Lunch and Presentation Ceremony

1.45pm – 2pm Depart on buses back to school

King’s Swim School is a private Swim School nestled in the grounds of King’s School. The Swim School is open to the wider community.

We cater for children from 15months up to teenage fitness squads and adults.

Our instructors are all fully qualified with NZQA recognised courses.

We are passionate about ensuring all children are taught valuable life skills and can swim competently as per New Zealand Water Safety guidelines.

Swimming should not be a choice but a compulsory skill that every child knows how to swim.

Our drowning rate in New Zealand is alarming given the amount of preventable drownings that occur each year.

Contact us now for a free assessment and ensure your child is safe in and around water.

Phone 09 520 3545 or email us on [email protected] to book your assessment now!