Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 1 Week 8 – 24 March 2016

Dear Parents

A few years ago I attended the International Confederation of Principals conference in Auckland. One of the keynote speakers was Sir Ken Robinson. He is known for his views on creativity and education. Sir Ken is one of my favourite people. His speech was inspiring. I follow him on Twitter and enjoy his TED talks. No I am not a stalker but his views on nurturing  creativity resonate with me.

His view on creativity is not just about being an accomplished artist, dancer, actor. His view encompasses creativity in its broadest sense. He talks of creativity in thinking, in exploring outside the box ideas, collaborating with others to produce unique solutions to issues. A quote of his – ‘I define creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value’ and ‘ if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original’.

In our Inquiry planning, teachers note the inquiry /research skills they intend teaching. As a staff we have had a number of sessions on the difference between inquiry skills and learning behaviours. Children have control over their learning behaviours, they can choose or not choose to use those as they learn. Teachers cannot teach these, they can only encourage and value these. However, in using their learning behaviours, they need to know the skills in order to access learning and it is these skills that we teach.

One of the debating points throughout these sessions is critical/creative thinking. Learning behaviour or skill? I maintain that we cannot teach anyone to think. Thinking comes as naturally as breathing. But what about critical/creative thinking? What do you think? There, in asking that very open question of you, I am searching for your critical and creative thinking. This is what we must do with our children. To nurture their creativity, search for it through our questions of them then go with it.

Get involved with your child’s creativity. Start a thread, then bounce ideas off each other. You’ll be surprised just how creative your child can be if you move past the ‘what did you do at school today’ question to a question which sparks their imagination. You’ll both have fun and you will be stretching the creative part of your child’s brain (and your own!).

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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Fijian Appeal

… we were a part of a big appeal by “Making the Difference For Pacific Kids”

Below is a letter from the foundation thanking our school community and our organisers for the school, Brooke and Anna, for our contribution.

Afternoon Anna & Brooke,

After picking up the last few loads today I can finally take a breath and reflect on a hugely successful Fiji appeal and with
that I’d like to personally thank you and your school for getting on board and supporting the foundation.

Through this appeal you were a part of we raised;

15 pallets of medical supplies
11 generators
12 pallets of hardware
130 tarpaulins
1/2 a container of school furniture (desks, chairs, filing cabinets plus 100’s and 100’s of exercise books and stationery
1 Tonne of rice
½ a container of clothes for the clothes appeal
250 packets of seeds
11 pallets of Sugar and 10 pallets of oil
23 plus schools on board for the food appeal
Fonterra, Slingshot, Pulse energy and Next Gen on board for our food drive.
$48k in case donations and much much more

So as you can see we have been super busy and it’s all about a lot of people coming together to make this possible. We have shipped 3 containers and in the process of dispatching the last shipment prior to the cut off date on Thursday.

Please pass on my sincerest regards to all your team, pupils and parents as they are have all played a part in something special for our Fijian neighbours.


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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.



Thank you to all who have returned these forms … please return by the end of next week.

Our Board of Trustees elections are fast approaching and we need to check we have your correct contact details.  You would have found a sheet containing your family’s contact details this time last week …. can you please check this record and return to the school office by 1 April. 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.

  • Rooms 15 and 9 are not having interviews on 14 April and will be staying at school.
  • All other students will need to be picked up from school at 2:00pm
The link to book your interviews was sent to you via email on Tuesday this week. If you have any issues booking your interviews please email [email protected]


Please pay by 31st March if you wish to claim as a donation in this tax return.

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Flippa Ball

Please note last week the email address was incorrect … Please use the email address below to contact Michelle

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.

Primary School Basketball – Miniball

– COACHES AND MANAGERS REQUIRED – please contact Rachael.
If your child (year 3-6) is interested in playing basketball for VAS and you are able to help coach / manage a team please email Rachael Wilcock
[email protected] for more information on registering a VAS team for the term 2 competition.
For more information on Primary School Basketball please visit this website


20 year 5 and 6 students attended the zones swimming meet.
We had a very successful day with many students making the finals for their event and getting a placing in the final.
The Year 5 and 6 Boys came 3rd overall across 15 schools.​
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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 –

  • Rooms 15 and 9 are not having interviews on 14 April and will be staying at school.
  • All other students will need to be picked up from school at 2:00pm

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

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Sausage sizzle April 2016 copy

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’



Chloe Smith and Caroline Wang

Room 1: Georgie Gray
Room 2: Zak Weston
Room 3: Flynn O’Shannessey
Room 4: Charlotte Rothwell
Room 5: Reeve Innes
Room 6: Tristan Russ
Room 9: Craig Rong
Room 10: Benjamin Houghton
Room 11: Eva Gardner
Room 12: Quintin Corr
Room 13: Jerry Guo
Room 14: Stella Rumbold
Room 16: Matthew Addison
Room 16: Mikaya Tonga
Room 17: Samreet Kaur
Room 17: Jonathan Hu
Room 18: Kai Wang
Room 18: Madeleine Williams
Room 19: Sasha Bedekar
Room 19: Fergus Meredith
Room 20: Ka Kei Mok
Room 21: Caroline Wang
Room 21: Conrad Holbrook

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Shine has school holiday programmes at Victoria Avenue School hall in the second week of the April school holidays:

Shine School Holiday Programmes:

Young Nature Adventurer School Holiday Programme – Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April
A magical adventure full of fun and games where children learn about the wonderful world of nature
through acting, dance and play. Become a Nature Hero…act out stories, dance and make a native bird puppet that you can take home.

Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April 9am – 3pm
Victoria Avenue School Hall
5-9 year olds.
Two Days $150, One Day $75
Enrol by emailing [email protected]

Aspiring Screen Actors Holiday Workshop – Tuesday 26 April
Professional actor, teacher and acting coach Nina Burchett will develop the craft and confidence of aspiring young actors.
Covering character development, USA and British accent, a film scene, a monologue and a voice over.

Victoria Avenue School Hall
Tuesday 26 April
One Day $150
9am – 4pm
8 – 12 years
Enrol here:

Here is what people are saying…
It has been an invaluable experience for Max. He absolutely loves it! I can’t thank the Shine staff enough for their patience, experience and enthusiasm. We can’t wait for 2016! Clare

Our two boys (aged 6 and 10) have thoroughly enjoyed their speech & drama lessons. They look forward to them each week and tell me all about them afterwards. The skills Nina teaches are so important. I can’t recommend Shine enough. Janette

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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