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.
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.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.
The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.
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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
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.
3. SCHOOL INTERVIEWS
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.
Jane Cameron & Anne Bridgman
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
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 Membership 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 https://www.
YUMMY STICKER PROMOTION
PUPIL OF THE WEEK
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
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.