Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 1 Week 6 – 15 March 2018

Dear Parents,

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.

I went searching for quotes about getting involved and these two leapt out at me. But getting involved in what?

Although it may not feel like it, the time that your children are young enough to want you in their lives is extremely short. Basically you’ve got from birth until about 14 years old. After that, they pretty much want you to butt out of their lives even though they actually really need you for another few years. 14 years. That’s it. Not long in the timeline of your children’s life expectancy or in fact your life expectancy!

One minute you’re laughing with them, disciplining them, making decisions for their well-being and next minute, they are making their own choices and decisions. Next minute, they have their own life and you’re on the peripheral. Next minute, other people come into their lives and they are the ones they share their laughs, their decisions and their well-being with.

You have to take every opportunity to be involved in their lives for those 14 years. Given that 6 of those years are spent at primary school, it stands to reason that if they are involved in school, then perhaps you should be too so that you can share their ups and downs, joys and disappointments. Being involved with the school gives you and your child a shared experience, something to talk about, laugh about, do together. Everything you share with your child during these formative years leaves lasting memories for the both of you.

At VAS, we love our parents being involved. We ask you to do parent help in the classroom, we ask you to help out on trips and camps. We ask you to help at sports events, to coach, to come along and share your expertise as part of our inquiries. We ask you to come along to parent interviews. But involvement is more than helping out.

More and more, our families come from diverse backgrounds. We have so many families new to the suburb or new to New Zealand. We have single parent and shared parenting families. We have families with lots of material things and families with less. We have families with one child and families with lots of children. What we want is for all of our families to be involved with the school.

Be involved. Help with fund raising and friend raising events. Be involved through offering to do just one small thing as part of an event. ‘Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something’. If you can’t help at these events, then be involved by coming along and supporting them. Yes, we know it takes time to be involved, but through being involved, you are actually able to share your children’s school life. If you are new to New Zealand, don’t worry that you might not know how to be involved. Just jump right in. There are many people out there who will help you to understand the mysterious ways of New Zealand schools.

We can’t be a fantastic school without all our parents being involved. We need you!

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Huge thanks to everyone who donated uniforms to be sold. Kate raised $1,900 which we have put towards buying new library books. Jane Clark, our librarian, is looking forward to having them ready for children to read once the library is back in action next term. Not long to go now!

Here is just a selection of the new books.

Parent Interviews

We are holding parent interviews on 11 and 12 April from 3.10 – 5.30pm. You will be informed when the booking website is open. This year, we are sending home a document which we are asking parents to complete and return prior to the interview. The five questions aspects for comment are:

  • Comments on how your child settled into school in term 1.
  • Key areas you would like discussed at this interview.
  • Your child’s areas of strength.
  • Curriculum areas you believe need to be a focus for your child this year (learning goal).
  • Any other issues we need to be aware of in order to support your child.

Information you send will set the focus for the interview.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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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
Click here for details on these activities.
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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 1 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.

 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.

VAS School App

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


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.

Click here for ICAS Registration Form

The Bell Road Walking School Bus

Our energetic kids and parents would love some more walkers to join our bus, as a couple of families are moving on. We walk daily to school leaving from Bell Road at the top of Shera Road at 8.10am. It’s a great way to give the kids some more independence, less time in the car and an energising start to their day! All it requires is a commitment by one parent or nanny/au pair to join the roster and walk with the children one morning per week. If you are a new family in the area or know of any VAS children moving to the area, please get in touch with Inga Frengley ([email protected] or 021 2776871) to find out more about joining.

Top Schools 2018

Wohoooooo! It was Sunday (11 of March) and it was top schools fun day!
We competed in 7 different events which were Sponge Fun, Gumboot Throw, Wobbly Wheels, Ski Run, Husky Run, Newspaper Run and Slippery Slide. We were competing against Parnell School and Meadowbank School. When we arrived we were excited, nervous, scared and HAPPY!! Once we were all organised, we had the march and Harold was the leader. We marched towards each cone and held up our school flag before we started the events.

Sponge Fun
Butterflies crept into our stomach as we lined up in our teams ready for sponge fun. Sponge fun is all about working as a team to try and get the most water in your bucket. But to do that you must stand in a line with your team and then soak the sponge, pass the sponge over your head and under your legs. Then you have to squeeze out all the water into a bucket which is further away. After that you have to run back to the front of the line and soak the sponge and repeat as many times as possible in 10 minutes. We got absolutely drenched but it was one of the best times in our life!
By Briea Arndt and Josie Treagus

Gumboot Throw
We had to throw a pink gumboot and it had to land as close to the cones as possible. There were three different coloured flat cones for us to aim for. The cones had differing point values. The closest cone was one point and the furthest cone was 3 points. The aim was to get the most points. It was tricky for us because the cones were small and the gumboot was heavy.
By Cooper Thomson, Sophia Liu and Bryan Chu

Wobbly Wheel Waggon
OUCH! THUD! OOF! CRACK! The wobbly wheel waggon is one of the more brutal top schools activities. The basics of the game are two people pull the waggon whilst one person rides in the cart holding a ball. Once they get to the first cone, the person in the cart gets out of the cart and runs to the second cone. They then throw the ball to the person at the third cone who then runs back to the starting point whilst the person who threw the ball takes the place of the person at the third cone and prepares to catch the ball.
By Theo Conley and Cheyenne Calder

Ski Run
“RED, BLUE, RED, BLUE, RED, BLUE,” we all shouted to keep in time. The ski’s are long planks of wood, one colored red and the other blue, with small empty tubes of hose tied to the ski’s as a foot holder. They can carry four people at a time. The aim of the game is to drop a small wooden block into each individual blue bucket along a line of four. Each time a block of wood is dropped into a bucket a point is added to the total score. “Come on! You can make it!” we call as the final hooter goes. “Yes!” we cheer as our team and friends walk across the finish line.
By Lili Oliver

Husky Run
We were on husky run 3rd to last! One person would stand on the back of a trailer and the other six people would pull. Then they would go around the cones and collect a black plastic bag that weighed about 3kgs. You had to put it on the trailer and ride back to the start. The next people would then go. After all eight bags have gone then the supervisor comes and takes all the bags back to the cones but you have to keep count of the bags you got. We got 12 bags!!!
By Arya Nair

Newspaper Run
We just finished the husky run and had a snack. It was time to do the newspaper run.
Everyone had to get a rolled up newspaper before starting. You have to dribble a ball in and out of the cones using only your rolled up newspaper. Then you had to crawl under a net. Finally you threw your newspaper into a bucket.
By Raphael Portugal

Slippery Slide
It was very muddy at the bottom of the Slippery Slide. The water was cold and the slide was slippery because on it was a mixture of liquid soap and water. At the bottom of the slide was a bubbly and muddy puddle. When we got to the bottom, we had to throw a ball into a crooked hoop and it was really hard to get it in. We were all muddy at the end of the course.
By Cooper Thomson, Sophia Liu and Bryan Chu


The free session will be held at KING’S School in Remuera.
March 21st at 4pm to 5pm (Wednesday) Year 7-8 start at 5pm to 6pm
March 28th at 4pm to 5pm(Wednesday) Year 7-8 start at 5pm to 6pm
The students only need to bring proper footwear and water bottle.
King’s School and BOYD Basketball Academy is always trying to give back to the community in different ways.  Coach Boyd is conducting a free session to get the students involved and also to have FUN. We encourage students aged from Year 4 to Year 8 to attend.

Get Ready for Netball Camp

Sunday 18th March | 9.00am to 12.30pm.

Junior Programme for Year 5-8 Players.

This is a great day of activities and games to boost players’ skills and confidence. Suitable for players of all levels.

For more information and to register click here

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.

 Peter Rabbit  Movie  Premiere Starship Fundraiser
To raise money for Starship hospital, Event cinemas in Newmarket has gifted us two theatres for a preview of Peter Rabbit on Sunday 25th March at 3pm.
Peter Rabbit is the feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden. Directed by Will Gluck and featuring an all-star cast including James Corden (voice of Peter Rabbit), Sam Neill and Margot Robbie (voice of Flopsy/The Narrator).
All funds raised will go directly back to Starship. Be in quick as tickets are limited!!