Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 10 – 18 June 2020

Dear Parents,

One of the goals for this term was for teachers to not be interrupted with any additional events or programmes in order that they had the time to focus on the core curriculum. We were unsure as to how children would return from lockdown, especially in reading, writing and mathematics.

Teachers were prepared to put in a lot of ‘going back to basics’ if the need arose. What we are delighted about is that, on the whole, children returned without any significant drop off in achievement. We put this down to teachers working very hard to ensure that what they posted on their class sites and SeeSaw was challenging enough without creating anxieties because it was too hard. We equally put it down to parents working hard with their children during this time, to ensure that they didn’t lose ground.

We have been doing reading testing (running records) and writing assessment in the past couple of weeks and the data from these tests is very pleasing, students are sitting where we would expect for mid year. We have interviews coming up in the second week of term 3 and you will find out how your child is tracking towards meeting expectation by the end of the year. More details on these interviews to follow.

I have had a number of children bring their writing to me during the past week. I have been so impressed by the quality of the writing, but especially by the children knowing what the learning intention is and being able to articulate how they have achieved that in their writing. I just have to share a couple of examples.

Eric Robinson Year 2   Learning intention: We are learning to observe what we see outside and use our senses.

Anders Houghton Year 4    Learning Intention:  Technical language – today I will use key words to explain pollination.

The key words Anders identified for use in his explanation:

Pollination, anther, cross-pollination self-pollination, moves, stigma, pollen, insects, wind, bright petals, nectar attracts, brushes past, wind-pollination, dull no scent, anthers outside


Flowers are amazingly beautiful because they are alive. Flowers have a life cycle as well as everything else.

 The first part of a plant’s life cycle is pollination. There are two different types of pollination, the first one is called self-pollination. Self-pollination is when insects and bats and birds fly into a flower, the insect is attracted by the brightly coloured petals and the sweet scent. The insect comes to suck the sweet nectar. As the insect brushes past the pollen from the anther sticks to the insect’s body and get moved to the stigma.

The second type is cross-pollination. It is the total opposite of self-pollination. The difference is that cross-pollination is when the insect sucks the nectar and then moves onto another plant with the pollen on its thorax. Then the pollen falls off onto the other flower. That is the difference between self-pollination and cross-pollination.

 There are also different types of flowers. Some flowers are wind-pollinated, that means the wind pollinated the flowers not insects. This means they have dull coloured petals and do not smell, this is because they do not have to attract insects to pollinate them.

Admin Block Remediation

The builders are on track to have this finished by mid August; we will be pleased to move back in. Someone commented to one of the office staff that they will be excited to move into their lovely new offices. Ah no, the Ministry are just recladding, turning the deck off the staffroom into an internal space and changing the roof line to get rid of internal gutters. Nothing new and exciting about the offices! In fact, the Ministry were even going to relay the horrible old carpet! However, I have asked the board and they have agreed to pay for new carpet at least! The positive is that once we get back in, everything will go back to normal.

Kind regards


Announced last assembly:

Lucy Williams, Preston Frost & Lucy Liu

Celebrated last assembly:

Adam Hood & Zac Hotham

  • Room 1: Zac Hood
  • Room 1 : George Boyden
  • Room 2 : Gamuchirai Sithole
  • Room 3 : Claudia Evison
  • Room 4 : Brian Zhao
  • Room 5 : Aston Lodge
  • Room 6 : Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Room 7 : Hugo Henry
  • Room 8 : Ned Wiehl
  • Room 9 : Austin Farmer
  • Room 10 : Matthew Chyi
  • Room 11 : Harry Wang
  • Room 12 : Madeleine Hong
  • Room 12 : Alex Lufang
  • Room 13 : Leo Qin
  • Room 22 : Yuri Choi
  • Room 14 : James Scott
  • Room 15 : Miya Chen
  • Room 15 : Henry Clarke
  • Room 16 : Emili Perich
  • Room 16 : Sabine Pascoe
  • Room 17 : Evie Donald
  • Room 18 : Kai Serlachius-Williams
  • Room 18 : Maika Bonifant
  • Room 19 : Alexa Revill
  • Room 19 : Connor Young
  • Room 20 : Alyssa Lee
  • Room 20 : Sevi Woodcock
  • Room 21 : India Henry
  • Room 21 : Houxing Li
  • Room 22 : Knox Newton
  • Room 22 : Yuri Choi

Junior School – Tuesday 30 June
Middle School – Wednesday 1 July
Senior School – Thursday 2 July

Please return forms by Thursday 25 June

  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers

Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores.  The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive.  Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)

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Health Education Community Consultation – 2020

Click here for information about Health Education at Victoria Avenue School. Once you have read the information, please take a moment to complete the survey which will be available until the end of the term. To access and complete the survey, click on this link

Friday is World Albatross Day and Room 3 will be hosting a Bake Sale to fundraise directly for the Antipodean Albatross. They are raising funds to save the endangered Antipodean Albatross through the Charity Live Ocean. The Bake Sale will be held at morning tea outside Room 3. Items will be available for sale for $1 and $2 a piece. Thank you for your support!

Applications for enrolment into Remuera Intermediate are now open.

We strongly encourage all In Zone Applications to be submitted by Wednesday, 2 September 2020 to ensure appropriate class sizes and staffing can be established for 2021

The closing date for Out of Zone Applications is Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 3:30 pm.

No late applications will be accepted.

The out of zone ballot will take place on

 Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday

8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website:

Auckland Basketball Schools Miniball League is looking for registrations for their 5-aside miniball competition starting back up in Term 3.

The league is open to Year 3 and upwards and games are played at St Kent’s Gym after school during the week.

If your child enjoys basketball and would like to try something new get a team of 5 together (plus a sub or two) and register here:


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 2: Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 2 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

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
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make 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.

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