Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 1 – 4 May 2017

Hi and welcome back to another exciting term at our school. In this newsletter I would like to discuss a passion of mine and that is – reading.

I was reading recently an article on the importance of students reading at home from the ‘New Zealand National Library’ website and came across the table below. For me it really highlights that the more children read the greater number of words they will be exposed to. This then potentially means the vocabulary of the child who reads between 21 – 65 minutes will be far greater than a child who reads 6 – 15 minutes. Consequently the flow on effect is that increased reading will also impact on the ability of the child to write using a rich and well developed vocabulary.

Independent Reading
Minutes per day Words read per year
65.0 4,358,000
21.1 1,823,000
14.2 1,146,000
6.5 432,000
1.3 106,000

I love this definition of independent reading: “Reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act of reading” ( National Library Trust, UK).

There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure/ independent reading and educational outcomes. We know that academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life.

The research finds that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression, and improved wellbeing. The relationship between reading for pleasure and wellbeing is particularly interesting, with evidence showing a correlation between reading for pleasure regularly and lower levels of stress and depression.

In addition to the health benefits, reading for pleasure has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the world- view of others.

So we have no excuse for not reading and encouraging reading for pleasure with our children. So  turn off those distractors in your home, such as television & digital devices and get reading!!!

Kind Regards
Jane Cameron

Uniform Shop Manager
Employment Opportunity

We are looking for a Part-Time Uniform Shop Manager to replace Jenny Hayward

The role involves the following:

  • physical shop sales / filling online shop orders
  • new entrant appointments
  • inventory purchasing and control
  • online shop maintenance
  • control of sports uniforms, including issuing and returns

Ideally the candidate will have some experience in using small business accounting software, including inventory. They will need to have reasonable computer skills and be able to work autonomously. Working hours have some flexibility.

To apply, please contact Joanne at [email protected].

Class and Individual Photos

Photolife will be at school on Monday 15 May to take class and individual photos. If you would like sibling photographs taken, please get a request form from the office.

Uniform Shop – Discounted Fleeces and Thermals

Tomorrow morning at the Uniform Shop, thermals will be on sale for $10 and second hand fleeces for $20.

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

FOR TERM 2 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

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.

For the form to sign up please click here


Fantastic skill development

Fantastic strength building

Fantastic Parkor training

Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration

Fantastic coaches & equipment

Fantastic Fun!


Register on the  website today!

Class starts Friday the 12th May, at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t

more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte

The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.

0800 273368

Skateboard Club
Skateboard club is back on this term. Monday lunch times 12.30 –1.30 pm on court outside hall.
Taken by professional skateboard coach Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
Cost: $50 per term.
All abilities welcome, we have plenty of complete beginners. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks!
Please bring a Helmet and Skateboard to school.
For more information please contact Simon Thorp on 0276592707 or [email protected]