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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 5 – 8 March 2018

Dear Parents,

Is your child an owl? Or perhaps an eagle? Maybe they are a dove? Or a peacock? Now, what are you? An owl, a peacock, a dove or an eagle?

Most of us have encountered a personality type quiz at some stage. I’ve heard them described as analytical, driver, amiable and expressive types. Or beaver, otter, lion, retriever. However, they are described, it has been widely recognised that everyone fits into four main personality types, usually a combination of types, but certainly with one type showing out more strongly and another showing as the weakest type.

Generally speaking, owls are characterised as being realistic, precise, facts, concrete, practical. They like order, planning ahead, step by step instructions, lists, being on time. The challenging aspects of owls are that they can be distrusting, self-centred, indecisive, vindictive, short sighted. In order to thrive, they need a plan, structure, realism, to do a job well, predictable environment, security.

Peacocks are characterised as being talkative, charismatic, energetic, imaginative, social, competitive, adventurous, open minded and enthusiastic. They like spontaneity, flexibility, last minute activity, informality, exploring options. The challenging aspects of peacocks are that they can be scattered, dominating, emotional, controlling and selfish. To thrive, they need freedom, to be inspired, exploration and new experiences.

Doves are characterised as being the peace makers. They are friendly, empathetic, loyal, compassionate, values oriented, patient, giving, trustworthy, honest and reliable. They like praise, pleasing people, friendships and examining relationships. The challenging aspects of doves are dependent, gullible, predictable or a follower. Doves need praise and harmony, to be liked, having a goal to help people, to do work they deeply care about.

Eagles are characterised as being goal setters and goal getters, decisive, logical, analytical, objective and business like, takes initiative, independent, driven, aggressive, motivated and honest. They like leadership, autonomy, achievement, justice and to win. The challenging aspects of eagles are that they can be blunt, unsympathetic, pushy, impatient, controversial and stubborn. Eagles need respect, control, recognition for competence and rewards for success.

So what? We are all different, so what is the big deal about being a bird type? Understanding where our children are coming from is a huge deal. As an eagle mother or father, how do you parent a dove child? Or how does an owl mother or father parent a peacock child? Sometimes we shake our heads and wonder how on earth we ended up with this child that is standing in front of us.

As we all do in our work lives, it is important to at least try to understand what the needs are of the different people / birds we interact with. The best teams are those who have all four bird types who have a shared understanding of each other’s role in the team. This is how it needs to be in our family.

Despite your bird type, understanding that when dealing with your peacock child you need to inspire them, show approval, give lots of exciting information, laugh at their jokes, comment on their great ideas, show approval. When dealing with your dove child, be interested in them, make them feel special, notice personal details, give praise freely, wait until they have completely finished to respond. With your owl child, be polite, don’t interrupt them if they are busy, laugh and cry with them but don’t try to jolly them up when they are upset, give factual, orderly details, respect their space and silence. When dealing with your eagle child give them appreciation for all their achievements, support with detail only if asked, accept abruptness – they are not intentionally rude but can come across that way and speak in condensed form.

I haven’t talked about the latest personality type – the highly sensitive person (HSP). That’s a whole new column!

Paid Union Meeting

All teachers who belong to the teachers’ union NZEI are entitled to go to two union meetings a year as part of their collective agreement.

Teachers will not be available to take classes on the afternoon of Tuesday 20 March. We strongly advise parents to collect their children at 12.30 that day as we will not have very many staff left at school.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Second Hand Uniform Sale

The sale held yesterday raised a huge $1,900. Many thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers who helped and of course all of the families who donated uniform.

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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?
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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.


Whether you are new to the school or old hands, join us for a fun family get together! Look for your class number and meet parents from your child’s new classes, catch up with friends and enjoy the summer evening while the kids play.

Bring a rug and tuck into your picnic dinner or shout yourself treats from a sausage sizzle with sausages from The Victoria Avenue Butcher, a Sushi and Dumpling Food truck,  yummy Giapo ice-cream and a chip and drinks stall!

(Please bring cash only as we have NO Eftpos facilities).  BYO alcohol – there will be no alcohol sales on the night.

We’ll have our much loved water slide in action (kids bring your togs and towel) and there will be time slots for preschoolers, junior, middle and senior school children, with older siblings having a go at the end of the event.

This is a terrific chance to relax and chat with the families that make up our wonderful school community.  We look forward to seeing you there – come along rain or shine!

Victoria Avenue School field (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

5.00 – 7.00pm, Thursday 22 March.

If you can help on the night, whether it be selling food, cooking the BBQ, setting or cleaning up, please contact your class parent or [email protected]

Volunteers needed for New Entrant Parent Information Session morning tea – 12 April

We are holding a parent information session and morning tea for Term 2 New Entrants, on 12 April. In the past, the PTS has provided food and had members attend the morning tea.

We are looking for volunteers to:
1) provide plates of food for the morning tea, and / or
2) attend the morning tea – to help with serving and chat with the new parents, who appreciate having access to others who have previously been in their shoes.

We would greatly appreciate if you could help with this important session. Please contact me at [email protected] if you are available.

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team.  VAS plays in the Epsom League played on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls).   VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.
This term we have 2 teams playing in the year 4/5 grade. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then head to St Cuths at 4:30pm on Sundays to see the Seals or Porpoises in action. In Term 2 we will also have a year 6 team playing in the mini-polo league (2m deep water but still a small playing area) but we’d love to have more VAS teams.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 please contact Anna Scott  s[email protected] or phone 021 1532132.

Saint Kentigern Girls’ School – Scholarships for Year 7 Entry 2019

Saint Kentigern Girls’ School are currently advertising the availability of scholarships for Year 7 New Entrants in 2019.

Girls in Year 6 from all New Zealand schools are eligible to apply for the scholarships which provide fees assistance for education at Saint Kentigern Girls’ School in Years 7 and 8.

Information and Scholarship Application forms are available from the Principals PA ph 529 5750 from their website

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