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

NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 1 – 5 May 2016

Dear Parents
Welcome back, the holidays were great, the weather was great, the traffic was great! We are all back into work mode and looking ahead.

Coming up this term we have Grandparent’s Day, Scholastic Book Fair, Year 5 rugby coaching, football demonstration day, Year 5 camp, class photos and the Life Education caravan. We are also looking forward to welcoming ERO later in the term. We are having Pink Shirt day to highlight that bullying is not ok. The social highlight of the term is the Las Vegas night on 18 June. Reports will be sent home on the last day of term.

The overarching learning area for topics in years 0 – 4 is science. The years 5, 6 are starting to think about the production coming up next term, so they will be doing an arts unit in the second half of the term. They will have a science based topic next term after production. The Life Education Caravan will be here for three weeks from 30 May. Each syndicate will have a different focus which is based around the health curriculum. The overarching value for the term is integrity. Through the topics, teachers highlight this value so that the children understand what it means to have integrity.

As well as all the wonderful learning happening, we have teachers continuing professional development in spelling, GATE (gifted and talented education), Maths with our facilitator Lucie Cheesman and iPad professional development also led by an outside facilitator.

As we go into the term 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 and we always have some hard copies of the newsletter on the counter in reception.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson


Bible in Schools has become a lunchtime activity, we no longer have it during teaching and learning time. As there was no tutor the programme did not happen last term, but a tutor has now been found so the programme will start on Thursday 2 June at 12.45 and will be held each Thursday lunchtime until 30 June. As it is now optional, we are able to open it up to all year levels. Children will be reminded that it is on and any child can choose to attend if they wish.

Thank You

Thank you to our lovely Mums in Touch (Mums in Prayer) group who put on a wonderful morning tea for staff during the last week of term. Staff really appreciate the gesture and the kind words in the card, not to mention the delicious food!

Emails to Teachers

A plea for parents to email the office with messages for their child, not the class teacher as they do not access emails during teaching and learning time, so they may miss something important. Please also remember that emails don’t take the place of parent interviews. If you have a question about your child’s learning, progress or achievement, please make a time to talk face to face with your child’s teacher. Please keep emails brief and think about the frequency of your emails.


As we move into the cooler months, please remember to ensure that any socks or tights that you buy are plain black, white or navy. If your child likes to wear a skivvy under their t shirt, it also needs to be white or navy. Go to the School Shop on the website for the uniform options.


help-wanted-clip-art-525926Scholastic Book Fair – 2016Save-the-date

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Victoria Avenue School from Tuesday 7 June until Friday 10 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]

School Lunches have had some changes: Commencing this term

Please go to our School Lunch page on our website for detailed information on how to order your children’s lunches.
See the chart below to see which days each provider is delivering food to the school.

Lunch Orders

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 2 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
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 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
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 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
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
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.

Entertainment Books

All payments for Entertainment Books or unsold Entertainment Books to please be returned to school ASAP please!

Photo Life will be taking photos on Monday 16 May – Information regarding this will be coming home with your child this week.

Homework in 2016

Research by John Hattie identifies that “homework has been found to have no effect on the progress of primary school children. To get it right without getting rid of it, children at primary level should be given less projects and more activities that reinforce what they learnt in the lesson that day instead. Whilst homework does make more of a difference to secondary schoolchildren, too much emphasis is placed on it; 5-10 minutes of practising what was taught that day at school has the same effect as 1-2 hours does.”

We aim to ensure that home learning is meaningful and of value so will encourage…


  • Personal Reading – We want to foster a love of reading so students will be encouraged to select, reflect on and share books for personal reading. Each week they will record what they have been reading. This will be monitored by the classroom teacher.


  • Students will be encouraged to use Mathletics to reinforce recent learning and basic facts recall.


  • For older students, student GAFE accounts allow students to access their own learning tasks at home so provides opportunities for them to add to and extend their research, thinking and current learning.
  • For younger students, teachers may ask them to search, research or bring resources from home which relate to their current inquiry.

Current Events & Issues:

  • Throughout the year students may be assigned additional oral/visual language/thinking tasks involving relevant current events and issues for further discussion in class.

A thought“It is better to give no homework than the same homework to everyone.”

A Kohn (2007)

Grandparents Day 2016

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VAS Vegas night - Save the date 2

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For more information re cost, route and event CLICK HERE

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.
Bring Helmet and Skateboard to school

For more information please contact Simon Thorp on 0276592707 or [email protected]


Auckland Tennis Tournament

Its not too late to enter!

The Wilson Winter Satellite series
Entries are still open for the most popular tennis event on the Tennis Auckland calendar!

This tournament is run over 10 Sundays thru the winter and is all about fun and winter match practice for all players both junior and senior. No matter what your age, gender or ability if you are good enough to play inter-club we have a level for you to play at in this tournament where you can find well matched competition with prizes courtesy of Wilson.
Click here for more details and on line entry




Afterschool Netball Programme | Ages 5-13 years | Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday

Build your child’s netball skills with our Coaching Clinics, a specialised 8-week programme delivered by our expert coaches to take your child’s netball to the next level.
Where:  Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns and Windmill Road, Mt Eden


Fundamental Skills Programme | Boys & Girls | Ages 2-4 years | Monday, Friday and Sunday mornings
All Sorts of Sports is a pre-school multi-sport programme designed to introduce your child to the fundamental skills needed to participate in a wide range of sports.This programme incorporates the essential gross motor skills that will enhance your child’s growth.
FREE Taster Days on Sunday 8, Monday 9 and Friday 13 May.
Where:  Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns
REGISTER FOR TERM 2 ONLINE or find out programme details on our website
OR CONTACT:  Serena Somlyai  T 09 280 4129  E [email protected]



Register on the  website today!

Class starts Friday the 13th 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

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