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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 5 – 2 March 2017

Dear Parents

Camps have been a part of kiwi kids’ lives for decades. All of us can remember either a school camp or a holiday camp from our childhood. In this environment of constant change, it is interesting how the format of school camps has not changed much at all over the decades.

The age old recipe for school camps:

Take a group of children and place them in a rural / out of city environment;

Add a group of teachers and a group of parents to the environment and mix well;

As soon as everyone is mixed, take them off to activities they have probably never done before:

Kayaking, archery, horse riding, climbing wall, cooperative activities, mud run, flying fox, cooking their own dinner over an open fire, sleeping in a tent, sleeping in a dormitory, communal meals.

Nurture them, look after homesick ones, remind about sunblock, water and hats (over and over!), get them showered, putting their smelly damp clothes into their bags, stop them giggling in the middle of the night.

Four days and three nights of full on adventure and new experiences. Then bring them back tired, slightly grubby but all the richer for the experiences they have had, the challenges they have faced and overcome and the general sense of camaraderie that being on camp brings out.

Does all this remind you of your experiences? So, what is missing from the 21st century version of a camp compared to a 20th century version of a camp? Absolutely nothing!

Our children who have access to all manner of digital devices have had four days of no technology, no iPads, TVs and no computers. They have just had four days of being outside and having fun. Childhood doesn’t get any better than this!

Huge thanks to the teachers Victoria Taylor, Amy McGuire, Nashta Hawke, Rachael Wilcock as well as all the fantastic parents for providing such a wonderful camp.


I am delighted to announce that through the hard work of Amanda Dick, VAS has a new principal sponsor. Nick Lyus of Barfoot and Thompson Remuera is excited to be part of the VAS community. The PTS and school will be working closely with Nick throughout the year on a number of exciting ventures, with the first one being the Gala. Look out for Nick at the Gala, he is helping with the Gala in a number of ways including bringing the Barfoot and Thompson bouncy castle.

Code of Conduct for Children

Last week I talked about VAS’ children’s behaviour. It was interesting to read an article in the Saturday Herald about a woman who is setting up a ‘Manners School’ in the near future because she has identified a need for today’s children to learn appropriate behaviour. We are reinforcing appropriate behaviours across the school and this is the code we have shared with children.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop – Second-hand Sale – Friday, 3 March, 8.30-9.15am

Please donate your clean, good-quality uniform to our sale.
Items may be dropped in the shop on Friday 24 February before school, or left at the office during the week.
Second-hand and new uniform items will be available during this time.
Uniform Shop – Change of Opening Hours for Friday 3 March
Due to the secondhand sale, on Friday 3 March the school shop opening hours will be 8.30-9.15am, instead of the normal 8.15-8.45am.

Eat My Lunch

Eat My Lunch is coming to Victoria Avenue School on Friday 10th March 2017. This is not a school fundraising exercise but an opportunity for our Victoria Ave School families to help alleviate poverty in New Zealand and give a lunch to a child who would otherwise go hungry.

For every $10 lunch our children buy through this initiative, Eat My lunch will give a lunch to a child who cannot afford their own. Eat My Lunch currently supports 40 schools in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton with ~1400 lunches being delivered every day. Eat My Lunch will be discussed at assembly on Friday 3rd March. This initiative builds on Victoria Ave School’s Term One focus on culture and community.

Click here for information and the order form.

Witnesses to Incident Needed

On Monday 27 February, on the corner of Coombes and Orakei Roads, a bus collided with a vehicle and took out the side mirror. If you witnessed this please contact Catherine, 027 634 8421.

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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 outside the hall, after school tomorrow.

Sunscreen also for sale at the office.

St Cuthbert’s College Open Day and Scholarships

Following is information regarding St Cuthbert’s College forthcoming Open Afternoon on Saturday 18 March 2017.

St Cuthbert’s College also offer scholarships to talented students for entry to Year 7 2018 and Year 9 2018.  Click here for the  Scholarship Application Form 2018  and  click here for Information



The Magnificent Scrapbookers Club offers a unique creative art programme for children aged 5 to 13.

Each week children create a specific art page that reflects and embraces aspects of their personality as well as events in their life throughout the year. This work is produced using occasional photographs but mainly the technique of art journaling using a wide variety of materials and techniques. These magnificent pages are added each week to your child’s own scrapbook album and are brought home to share with family and friends.

Occasionally children take a break from their scrapbooks to create other keepsake craft treasures. Each week a specific theme will be introduced as well as exciting new creative strategies. These creative art scrapbook albums and craft treasures are precious keepsakes of your child and their creativity that will be cherished for years to come!


Every Wednesday 3.15pm – 5.15pm                                             Victoria Avenue School Library

Starting Wednesday 3 May 2017

For all enquiries please Contact Monique on 027 497-1554 or visit

Annual Pakuranga Family Fun Day for the community

Celebrate children’s day at the Pakuranga Family Fun Day Saturday 4 March, from 11am to 2pm.  Wet or Fine.

There’ll be Bouncy castles, face painting, candy floss, popcorn, toddler rock, tug of war, sack races, and heaps more!

Free Entry and All are welcome!   An event not to be Missed.

Address:  219 Ti Rakau Drive (Enter the carpark at 2 Fremantle Place.  Corner of Ti Rakau & Gossamer Drive).


Netball Registrations
Netball registrations are now open for any year 3-6 students who would like to play for the winter season.  Full details available on the school web site//  To register your child please click on the following link:   For any queries, contact Nicky Pennington [email protected] or Liz Schellekens [email protected]

Rhythmic Gymnastics Classes

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. 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.