Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 1 Week 7 – 17 March 2016

Dear Parents

At the core of all the work we do here, are the children. Obviously! They come in all shapes and sizes. They come from different cultures. They come from different types of families – mum, dad and the kids, blended families, single parent families. They have differing abilities, strengths and weaknesses. They all have something they are passionate about. They all have opinions.

It is important to us that we listen to what our children are saying. It is important that we ask their opinions and listen to any concerns they may have.

When I first started at VAS, I asked every child to write to me and tell me two things about the school they loved and one thing that could be improved, or implemented. It was a great way for me to ‘listen’ to what children were saying. I am currently doing this exercise again. A couple of reasons: I want to ‘listen’ to what children are saying about school and I want to see what changes have happened in the four years since I started. I also look at the letters as it helps me identify which children are showing signs of needing additional support with their writing.

I am having so much fun reading the letters. The uniqueness of every child is captured in their letters. I have sat their reading with a smile on my face, an occasional ‘awww’ and at times laughing, not at the child but at their ideas for change (a horse and stable please!).

Mostly, the children I have identified are already known to me through our analysis of school-wide achievement. When I have spoken with the class teacher, or our SENCO (special needs co ordinator) about those few children that I have identified as needing additional support, I am pleased that support is already in place for all those children and in most cases, they have been supported for some time. It pleases me that so many adults in this school are watching over the children to ensure they achieve.

So what have the children been saying about the school? From the class letters I have read to date, the thing that our children love the most is the forest and our peaceful environment. Next favourite is the teachers, followed by the library, climbing trees, the field and playgrounds, reading, sport and PE and assemblies. So far, there have been 53 things identified as being valued by children, so a very diverse list.

To date there has been no standouts in the things identified to improve or bring into the school (52 different things!). Some of the things that made me smile: a games arcade, putt putt golf course, more fire drills, after school café, roller coaster, flying fox, pet shop, more art around the school, rubix cubes for children. Once I have all the responses, I will look at any aspects for improvement and take steps to remedy them. What was lovely, was that some children said there was nothing to change or add, the school was great just as it is!

However, the point of the exercise is not to pat ourselves on the back, but to listen to children and take any necessary steps to improve where needed.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Mufti-Day – Thursday 24th March


Next Thursday the 24th March a gold coin gives all pupils the opportunity to come to school in mufti! This event is a fundraiser for Orphans Aid International, a NZ charity that rescues and cares for children in extreme need. Orphanage projects in Russia and Romania, Uganda, India and Nepal provide for up to 750 children each day in areas where no other national government or international donor support is available. While NZ does not have orphanages as such, Orphans Aid supports organisations working with children in desperate need, and families who require respite care. 100% of funds raised from the mufti-day will go to children in the orphanage programs.


We humbly request the help of an artistic and experienced computer-based Graphic Designer, to work on a Pro-Bono basis with the Principal and a small team of professionals to produce a single item of lasting importance to VAS.

We need to complete a single, one-off task to a high standard, that needs design/photography/production/print. The person we seek needs to be able to work within a Apple Mac environment using CS6+ with particular skills in InDesign and Illustrator and be intimately familiar with pros and cons of printing techniques, and capable of working to tight budgets. Deadline is flexible but we ideally wish to conclude the work within the coming month. Please contact Linley [email protected] or phone 5200602


Our directory needs printing …. is there anyone out there who can help us to get this underway as soon as possible. Please contact Shelley Cunningham or phone the office 5200602. Many thanks.

second_hand_uniformThanks to everyone who donated second-hand uniform, and to those who purchased it from our sale.  This raised $1908 for our school!
We still have a large quantity of second-hand fleeces available.  These will be on sale for the rest of this term, during shop opening hours (Fridays, 8.15-8.45am). Cost $20 (new $69).
Clean, good-quality second-hand uniform may be left at the office any time, or dropped to the shop when open.  Our next sale will be in Term 3. Our thanks to Jenny Hayward and Liz Schellekens.

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DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 1 2016
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 2016
Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

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. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
Click Here for order forms/instructions

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.


Our Board of Trustees elections are fast approaching and we need to check we have your correct contact details.  Today you will find a sheet containing your family’s contact details …. can you please check this record and return to the school office by Thursday 24 March 2016. If there are no changes please put NO CHANGE on the top of your sheet. Many thanks.

2. ICAS for Years 4, 5 and 6 

– Reminder to register your child if you wish them to participate. CLICK HERE for the registration form and payment details.


School will be closing at 2:00pm on the 14 April for School Interviews. The link to book your interviews will be available on Monday.

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Flippa Ball

Flippa Ball 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.

If your child and  friends/classmates are interested in playing Flippa Ball in Term 2 please contact Michelle Hieatt  [email protected] ph 021 895 756.

VAS Māori and Pasifika Achievement Meeting Friday 18th March at 2.15pm in the staffroom.

Jane Cameron and Anne Bridgman would like to invite all Māori and Pasifika parents to attend a special presentation on 2015 VAS Māori and Pasifika achievement data on Friday 18th March at 2.15pm in the staffroom.

Jane Cameron will share literacy achievement and Anne Bridgman will share mathematics achievement. This is a chance to ask questions and discuss any issues concerning our Māori and Pasifika students.

After the presentation afternoon tea will be served.

Kind regards
Jane Cameron & Anne Bridgman

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18 March: 7:15am at school, Year 5 netball practice session

18 March: VAS Māori and Pasifika achievement data at  2.15pm in the staffroom.

24 March: Mufti Day

25 to 29 March: Easter Break – No School for Friday through to Tuesday – return to school on Wednesday 30 March

31 March: School Donations – last day for payment this financial year

31 March: 7:15am Baradene courts, Year 6 netball trial

1 April : Sausage Sizzle

1 April: 7:15am Baradene courts, Year 6 netball trial

5 April – Senior Summer Field Day – Years 5/6

14 April – Parent Interviews – School Closes at 2pm

15 April: Last day of Term 1 – School finishes at 3:00pm

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There are order forms in your children’s bags today. Click Here to download a copy of this form.

The Victoria Avenue School PTS are happy to offer all our families the opportunity to purchase a new 2016/17 Entertainment Book or Digital MembBook + Phones Product shot 2016 NZership again this year. The new Memberships will be available in the first week of April, but if you pre-order before March 24th, you’ll qualify for a bonus set of vouchers from 6 businesses new to the Book including The Flying Moa, The Library Café, Uptown Bounce and Murder Burger. Each Entertainment Book or Digital Membership is still just $65, with 20% of each sale being retained by the school to help with our fundraising for the refurbishment of Rooms 19 and 20. There are plenty of offers from local businesses such Banque Oyster Bar and Eatery, Remuera Local Café, Upland Café, Laneway and family favourites such as Lone Star, The Flying Buritto Brothers and Mamma Mia. With new offers from The Maple Room, The Attic, TriBeca and many more, this is the best Entertainment Book yet. Pre-order yours today and support the school by visiting

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Collect yummy stickers all year round on these sheets. Completed sheets will be collected mid term three and collated to see what fantastic sports equipment the school can receive and also goes towards your school house point tally’



Nathan Palli and Summer Prince

Room 1: Emma Burton
Room 1: Matthew McKenzie
Room 2: Hailey Griffiths
Room 2: Asjad El-Jack
Room 3: Amelia Freeman
Room 3: Jack Wilson
Room 4: Chloe Mackay-Booth
Room 5: Ella Bowie
Room 5: Richie Hu
Room 6: Jenna Chapman
Room 6: Kyran Greene
Room 7: Rohan de Zoysa
Room 8: Sophie Sun
Room 9: Lily Loutit
Room 10: Terrence Lam
Room 11: Henry Darrow
Room 12: Eva Williams
Room 13: Eden Clyma
Room 14: Fin Wilson
Room 16: Carolyn Yang
Room 17: Alexandra Evison
Room 18: Cooper Thomson
Room 19: Zachary Scott
Room 20: Madeleine Hanson
Room 21: Tanatswa Sithole

Year 6 Camp 2016

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Need a babysitter? My names Bella and I’m a year 10 Student at Baradene College, just across the road! I’m 14 and a half years old and have experience babysitting children from 10 months to 10 years old. I’m available for a range of different days and hours. I live in the area and would love to come look after your kids! To get in contact with me please text or call 02040064863

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Upcoming school holiday events at the Aotea Centre and Bruce Mason Centre

Trash Test Dummies
27 – 30 April, 11am and 2pm
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Tickets: Child $18, Adult $22, Family of 4 $70 (+ booking fees)
★★★★★ A circus and acrobatic show perfect for families – Edinburgh Festival for Kids
Side-splitting laughs meet amazing circus stunts as three dexterous dummies take out the trash and take to the stage!
With astonishing feats of balance, acrobatics and juggling, these absurd garbologists take the household wheelie bin to new heights.
Winners of Best Children’s Presentation at the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo
26 – 30 April, 10am and 1pm
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Tickets: Child $18, Adult $22, Family of 4 $74 (+ booking fees)
★★★★ Puppet-tastic! A thoroughly entertaining delight – Time Out Critic’s Choice
Journey back to a thrilling time when dinosaurs ruled the world. Marvel and interact with extraordinary, life-like dinosaurs as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™ brings a pack of amazing creatures to Auckland. But watch out, not all of these dinosaurs are as tame as they seem! From cute babies to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the earth, these dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly in this imaginative performance that brings the science of paleontology to life.

Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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