Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
E-mail: [email protected] | web:

Newsletter: Term 1 Week 7 – 19 March 2020

Dear Parents,

In these uncertain times, we have lost that feeling of control that we have over our lives. All of us are anxious; anxious because our normal has gone and we have not yet formed a new normal. But we will, in time.

We need to hold onto our families as this is the one thing that it is a constant. Perhaps we can take this time to get back to our true family values; spend time with each other, laugh and play together. We are so lucky in Auckland, we have beaches and parks, bush walks, hills to climb, ducks to feed.

We must not lose our sense of humour, laughing is such a great way to release stress. Find the funny side of things with your children. One of my daughters is overseas so our family had a group video chat last night and all we did was laugh, it made each of us feel good to just be a normal family for a few minutes.

One of the best pieces of advice I have read in the New Zealand Herald to date: While scientists work to find a vaccine for coronavirus, there’s already an antidote for helping everyone get through the mental distress it was causing, and we have it, Robinson said.

“One of the big antidotes to this is kindness and connection to one another. Look for ways to help others. We can control that.”

 Contingency Plans

Should the prime minister order schools to close, we have a contingency plan whereby teachers will be posting work on their class site for children to do. Teachers will still be working at home during the normal school hours so they will be checking in with children, commenting on what work children are saving in their Google folders. We will be in touch with parents via email to explain the plan when / if the situation unfolds.

It is Covid 19 or the flu or a cold?

Here is a very helpful chart for parents which may help you understand the differences between these three illnesses. The chart was developed by New Zealand microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles.

Parent Interviews

We will still be holding parent interviews on 7, 8 April. These meetings are only 10 minutes and we will ensure that there is a 1.5 metre gap between the teacher and you. Look out for further details about booking times. We will also email the information sheet for you to complete and email to your child’s teacher. The teachers find these very useful as a starting point for conversations. Please note, these are not 3 way conferences, you are welcome to bring your child to the interview, but it is the opportunity for a conversation between parents and teachers.

Kind regards

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

FOR TERM 1 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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.

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


  • Room 1 : Sammy Webber
  • Room 2 : Max Derecourt
  • Room 3 : Olivia Halliday
  • Room 4 : Lucas Yao
  • Room 5 : Felix Boyer
  • Room 6 : Joshua Jolly
  • Room 7 : Mila Lodge
  • Room 8 : Charlotte Schofield
  • Room 9 : Catherine Li
  • Room 10 : Zelda Boyer
  • Room 10 : Lucas Wood
  • Room 11 : Christine Liang
  • Room 12 : Haoran Qin
  • Room 13 : Harry Subbiah
  • Room 14 : Abaan Hayat
  • Room 15 : Yun Chae Baek
  • Room 16 : Austin Chyi
  • Room 17 : Samuel Luxford
  • Room 18 : Joseph Sim
  • Room 19 : Tom Robinson
  • Room 20 : Henry Jacka
  • Room 21 : Sisley Blenkinsop
  • Room 22 : London Ridge
  • Room 11 : Christine Liang


We have partnered with Bakers Delight Remuera to
bring you delicious Hot Cross Buns and fundraise for our school.
At $9.50 per pack, simply order on the school shop
as many Hot Cross Bun 6 Packs as you need for Easter
and we will deliver to your child’s classroom on Monday 6 April.
Choose from 3 flavours including;
Chocolate Chip, Apple & Cinnamon or Traditional (vegan friendly).
$2 from every pack will be given to the school.
Last orders to be received by Monday 31 March.

Don’t delay! Order your pack(s) today ….

Uniform Shop – Reusable Bags

Since we are no longer using plastic bags in the uniform shop,  we are trialing white fabric bags which will go home with the children for every online order.  These are to keep the uniform from getting dirty or lost in their school bag.  When you have finished could you please return the empty bag to the office.

To support learning the potential need for learning at home, Essential Resources are providing these maths workbooks at a reduced price while stocks last.

These books At Home with Maths are written by New Zealand teachers, support the New Zealand Curriculum and cover all the primary levels.

If you are interested  you can purchase these books directly from Essential Resources for a special price of $6.95.

Below is a general guide of the levels. Your child’s teacher would be able to advise you if your child would benefit from a book that is a stage above or below this level.

Stage 1 – New Entrants

Stage 2/3 – Year 1

Stage 4 – Year 2

Early Stage 5 – Year 3

Stage 5 – Year 4

Early Stage 6 – Year 5

Stage 6 – Year 6