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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 1 – 2 May 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, the weather during the holidays was great, and of course, it was easier to get to and from work without all the school traffic on the roads. We are all back into work mode and looking ahead to another great term.

It is World Cultural Day for Diversity on 21 May so all year teams have planned their topic for the first three weeks around cultural diversity. The focus for each year is as follows:

Year 1: Celebrate! Celebrations bring us together. We are celebrating that we come from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Year 2: Diversity Matters! There are many ways that people can be different from each other. Understanding, respecting and accepting people who are different from us will help us work, play and live peacefully – making the world a better place.

Year 3: Our Story: Cultural Diversity. He waka eke noa: we’re all in this together.

Year 4: We are One!

Year 5: A Cultural Celebration. We can make a difference to our community by recognising and appreciating that New Zealand has a diverse cultural mix.

Year 6: Melting Pot. New Zealand is a diverse and changing society. Students will be learning how to be respectful and will demonstrate an understanding and awareness of a variety of cultures around the world.

World Cultural Day for Diversity – Tuesday 21st May

For the next three weeks our learning focus is on ‘Cultures of the World’. Each Year level over three weeks will research and study three cultures culminating in a school-wide celebration of ‘World Cultural Day’ on Tuesday 21st May.

This is what you need to know:

  • Students can dress up on World Cultural Day for Diversity
  • There will be a shared cultural lunch 12.15 – 1.15pm which all VAS families are invited to. Students need to bring a plate of food to share from their culture.
  • At 1.45pm for parents/ family  there will be a cultural show in the hall featuring our Kapa Haka, choir, orchestra and Chinese groups.

Along with the World Cultural Day for Diversity there is a lot planned for this term:

  • Year 5 children are very excited about their planned camp at Long Bay which is happening in week 3.
  • Bully Free NZ week 13 – 17 May with Pink Shirt Day on 17 May.
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the library 4 – 7 June.
  • Grandparents’ day is on Friday 7 June.
  • Science in a Van visit for the whole school.
  • Student Led Conferences in the last week of term.

Bully Free NZ week is coming up so a reminder that we do not tolerate bullying, but we can’t act on it if we don’t know about it! Remember that bullying is systematic targeting of one child by another / group of others and of course the bullies are never going to do it in front of adults. We need your help, so let us know if your child has issues and we will deal with it immediately.

It is going to be a busy but exciting term, so keep reading the emails sent out, keep up to date using the VAS app, read the newsletter through our website.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson


We have received an email from a neighbour in an adjacent street. She expresses being at her wits end with parents collecting children from the schools in this area – double parking, performing dangerous u turns, parking over driveways, sometimes triple park while chatting to each other in the street, completely oblivious to the fact people live in the area and need to get to and from their homes. She says that this has progressively got worse and worse over the last four years to the point it has become unreasonable, unbearable and unsafe.

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FOR TERM 1 2019
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What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

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 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
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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.

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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.



Announced last assembly:

India Aiono & Charlotte Dalziel

This week:

Isabel Reid & Katia Cooke

  • Room 1 : Maddy Williams
  • Room 2 : Olive Tingey
  • Room 3 : Morgan Frost
  • Room 4 : Charlotte Mao
  • Room 5 : Terrance Lam
  • Room 6 : Mila Walsh
  • Room 7 : Gracie Penhearow
  • Room 8: Mia Yu
  • Room 9 : Jakob Webber
  • Room 10 : Oliver Lethborg
  • Room 11 : Kristen Su
  • Room 12 : Isabelle Lee
  • Room 13 : George Doole
  • Room 14 : Weiya Yu
  • Room 15 : Zhi Han Xing
  • Room 15 : Savanna Wood
  • Room 16 : Hamish Ngan
  • Room 16 : Braydon Gao
  • Room 17 : Grace Harnett
  • Room 18 : Sophie Power
  • Room 19 : Olive Barratt-Boyes
  • Room 19 : Aidan Liu
  • Room 20 : Freddie McGregaor-Macdonald
  • Room 20 : Vasare Lemmens
  • Room 21 : Katya Scheurich
  • Room 21 : Sam Sinjab

Appreciation the following parents who provided and facilitated the lovely new entrant morning tea at the end of last term:

Rozy Williamson, Charlotte Houghton, Margot Kynoch, Sharon Lee, Sarah Mackenzie, Anna Nathan, Judith Bassett, Pippa Mace and Rachel Oliver.

This was on the back of the Easter Fair, which some of the same Mums were heavily involved in. Thank you!!!

PTS Fundraiser for the Forest Project

Weekly Bake Sales return for terms 2 & 3

Bring $2 for a Friday afternoon treat – outside Rooms 7 & 8

Free Plastic Chairs, Desks and Junior Tables
We have just replaced a lot of furniture and have 60 plastic desks, 50 plastic chairs and 24 junior tables to get rid of. Before we send them to the tip, they are available free to anyone who wants to take them away.
Note: we have already offered them to local marae and church groups but no interest there. Sending them up to the islands is too hard (I tried that a couple of years ago) and schools and kindies in South Auckland get a lot more funding than we do so they don’t need second hand furniture.
Help yourself – the chairs are outside rooms 19-21 and the desks and junior tables are by the senior playground.

School Photographs

Photolife will be taking classroom photos on 13 May. If you wish to have a sibling photo taken, please contact Kinzsa in the office for the order form.

School 2019 Board of Trustee Elections

Canterbury Education Services (CES) are providing BOT election services for our School in the forthcoming BOT elections.

In May nominations will be called to become members of the Board of Trustees. Key dates are as follows:

By Friday 10th May Nomination forms will be posted to all persons on the school’s caregiver roll.

Friday 24th May NOMINATIONS CLOSE – 24th May at noon. (See video below explaining becoming a BOT nominee). An election will then be held if the number of nominations exceed vacancies. For our school the number of parent vacancies is 5.

Wednesday 29th May Voting papers will be sent by post to all on the school caregiver roll.

Friday 7th June Voting closes at 12 noon.

Thursday 13th June Votes are counted, and your School advised of the results.

Friday 14th June New Board takes office

CES has provided this service to many schools throughout New Zealand.
Once again we look forward to working with your School.
Kind regards
Wayne Jamieson
Canterbury Education Services

Becoming a BoT Nominee

Thinking about becoming a nominee for your school's Board of Trustees? Take a look at this video to see how easy it is with ! Contact CES to see how easy it is for your school to join.

Posted by Canterbury Education Services on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Scholastic Book Fair – 2019

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to
Victoria Avenue School
from Tuesday 4 June
until Friday 7 June (Grandparents’ Day)

Please mark these dates in your diary now!

Jane Clark is looking for volunteers to help run the Book Fair
each day from 8.30-9.00am or 3.00-3.30pm.

If you are available to help on any of these days or times
please contact Jane on 5200602 or email
[email protected]

Flippaball & Mini-polo

Flippa Ball and Mini-polo are a fun precursor to water polo and help children learn basic skills while building confidence in the pool. Flippa Ball is played in a shallow pool (approx. 1.0m – 1.2m deep) by primary school aged children from year 3 up to year 6 with 7 players per team, whereas mini-polo is played in a 2m deep pool.

VAS plays in the Epsom League 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 had just one team playing in a year 4 / 5 flippaball league however there are a variety of year group and grades including the 2m deep min polo for years 5 and 6’s.

If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then check out the Flippaball NZ website or get along to a game on a Sunday afternoon next term (check out the draw at or give Tony Scott a call on 021 1532 159.

If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 2 2019, please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or text / call 0211 532 132. Entries need to be made finalised Tuesday 30th April which is the first Tuesday of Term 2.