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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 10 – 5 July 2018

Dear Parents,

What a week, there is so much happening around the school!

The children have been very excited as they watch the progress on the new playground. The playground was designed by a group of children who worked with Alison Laxon last year. A huge amount of work went into deciding on the design and the colour and through this exercise those children learnt a lot about the design process, including surveying stakeholders, interviewing various playground manufacturers, feasibility study of the area, types of equipment and consideration of safety aspects. Mind you, the children didn’t know that the skills they were learning were called those names, all they knew was that they were designing a playground!

It will be ready for use on day 1 next term. There will be about 500 children who will want to play on it immediately so we will have to stagger the use for a few weeks. My experience is that after a couple of weeks, children move back to other games and then the number of children on it will be more manageable.

This term, all the inquiry topics were centred around the theme of ‘enterprise and creativity’. In all the planning meetings (I go to all of them), the first thought was that we would have a market day where children could make things to sell. I asked teachers to extend this to using children’s creativity to come up with ways to use their enterprise to help others. It was such a great theme as it was based around our value of caring and made children think about what they could do to support people outside of the school community.

Year 1 students’ inquiry ‘Discovery Time’ enabled children to develop their own creativity through a wide range of open-ended learning experiences and activities.

Year 2 students’ inquiry ‘Enterprise with a Difference’ was based around the notion of ‘being part of a community means helping each other and solving problems together’ and they reached out to KidsCan.

Year 3 students’ inquiry ‘Helping Hands’ was also based around ‘how can we as children help other people?’. They looked at the needs of Tongan people following Cyclone Gita. They investigated various agencies and each class chose a different agency to support – Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Amnesty International and the Water Project. They designed and made tea towels which they offered for sale with the proceeds going to their chosen charity.

Year 4 students’ inquiry ‘Super People Care for Animals – SPCA’ was based around the notion ‘children will understand the steps they need to go through to solve a problem’. Through research and having a person from SPCA talk to them they decided to support SPCA through making and selling cupcakes next term.

Year 5 students’ inquiry ‘Enterprise and Creativity’ was based around the notion ‘we can make a difference to our community through creativity and taking action by understanding and applying a business model to pursue a solution’. They have chosen a number of charities to support and their outcomes showed considerable creativity from donating a can of dog food in exchange for petting a dog to making dog biscuits and making toys and presents.

Year 6 students’ inquiry ‘Enterprise/Pay it Forward’ was based around the notion ‘year 6 students will endeavour to follow the inquiry process by identifying a need for the community. From this process we want to develop empathy for others and the community. They will take action to make an impact’. Again, a number of charities have been chosen and the children have made things to donate to the charities to be passed onto those in need.

I am so humbled by our children’s enthusiasm and skill in using their creativity and enterprise, not for their benefit but to help others.

Have a relaxing holiday, please don’t run around all over the place taking your children here and there. Let them play at home or with friends and let them have some down time (it will be good for you too!).

Great News

Annie Wills, teacher in room 21 has given birth to a gorgeous wee boy. All are doing very well.


We say goodbye to Tessa Fastnedge in room 4. She heads off on maternity leave and starts a whole new chapter in her life.

Victoria Taylor leaves us to head overseas for her OE. I don’t know who is more excited, Victoria or the rest of us living vicariously!

Aniel Smith leaves us to resume his employment at St Cuths. Aniel has been an outstanding PE teacher and through his great teaching, PE and sport have been identified by a majority of years 3 – 6 children as being their favourite thing to do at school.

All three of these teachers have given of their very best at VAS and our children are the richer for it. We wish them all the best.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 2 2018
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

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 term 2 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
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 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

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This Week:

Marisol Sunbourg & Harriet Williamson

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Oscar Cocker
  • Room 2: Nina Haydon
  • Room 3: Christie Blair
  • Room4 : Jonathan Hu
  • Room 4: Isobel Pennington
  • Room 5: Madeline Williams
  • Room 6: Max Hill
  • Room 7: Kayde Greene
  • Room 7: Hugo Allnutt
  • Room 8: Max Li
  • Room 9: Ben Pratt
  • Room 9: James Carey
  • Room 10: Max Maire
  • Room 10: Quintus Qin
  • Room 11: Gracie Penhearow
  • Room 12: Jack Williams
  • Room 12: Joshua Woodcock
  • Room 13: Simon Yao
  • Room 14: Ethan Mao
  • Room 15: Cailyn Shen
  • Room 16: Isaac Wood
  • Room 17: Amera Trusler-Cogan
  • Room 18: Ray Xu
  • Room 19: Amelia Mackenzie
  • Room 20: Elizabeth Sullivan
  • Room 21: Tyler Lushkott
  • Room 22: Jayu Jolly
  • Room 10: Quintus Qin

Give a Kid a Blanket

The post on the Give a Kid a Blanket website says it all!!!

Great job VAS!!

New Entrants’ Morning Tea

A huge thanks to – Brigette McGregor-Macdonald, Judith Bassett, Julia Donald, Julia Fong, Kate Henry, Stephanie Honey, Rozy Williams and Charlotte Houghton

Many thanks for all of the help and delicious food which these Mum’s provided today. Your wonderful contribution helps to enhance the start of school experience for next term’s new entrant families.

Check for Lost Property next Friday

Lost property will be displayed on the round table outside room 8 on the afternoon of 6 July.

Uniform Shop closed first week of Term 3

Due to our new Uniform Shop Manager, Lisa Toon not starting the role until week 2 of next term, and as well some admin staff being away in week 1, the Uniform Shop will not be open until week 2. Also, online orders made during the holidays will not be delivered until Tuesday, 31 July.

If you need to buy uniform, please do so before the holidays.

Friday after school

Tomorrow Room 11 will be providing candy floss as part of their contribution to the Bake Sale …..

A big thank you to rooms 13 and 14, we made $504 last week. Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.


ACT! DANCE! SING! – 5-10 year olds – Thu 12 & Fri 13 July 
Shine Director Nina Burchett, professional singer Shona Harris and dancer/actor Kaly Nagaraja will guide the children through drama, dance and singing lessons.
Every child will develop their movement, acting and voice skills and be involved in a host of winter themed activities to promote problem-solving, participation and imagination!
Join us at 2.45pm on Fri 13 to watch the show that we create during the day.

WHERE: Victoria Avenue School Hall (Community room)
WHEN: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July9.00am – 3.00pm – come for one day or two
COST: $90 per day

ASPIRING YOUNG PERFORMERS – 9-14 year olds – Tue 10 & Wed 11 July
Limited to 8 young performers.

Shine Director Nina Burchett, professional actor and teacher Ben Black and singer Shona Harris will develop the craft and confidence of a small group of aspiring performers.
In this two-day programme we will focus on public speaking, character development, USA and British accents, a film scene, a song, a monologue and voice overs. 

WHERE: M&R Learning Centre
WHEN: Tuesday 10 + Wednesday 11 July, 10.00am – 3.00pm
COST: $180 for both days