Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 10 – 7 July 2016

Dear Parents

Another term has flown by! Some of the highlights during the term included the year 5 camp, year 2 had visitors from WaterCare and year 4 went to the Botanic Gardens. Year 3s explored crystals and rocks, year 6 children have looked into the brain and neuroplasticity complementing their work on mindsets. Year 1 children have explored the science behind floating and sinking and the year 5 children have been researching new options for the forest animals. Great research and inquiry skills teaching going on across all these topics.

We had a successful visit from the the three ERO reviewers last week. Unfortunately, one only lasted a day (no, we didn’t do anything to her!) due to illness and the other two looked very closely at everything happening in classrooms as well as reviewing all our documentation. They met with the board on Friday and the feedback to the board was very positive. The report will take a couple of months to be finalised. All ERO reports are written using bland language, but the verbal report was peppered with words such as ‘high performing school’. We were very pleased with the feedback and delighted with their comment about our children “really open and nice kids to be around”.

The Kapa Haka group welcomed the ERO visitors with a powhiri. The reviewers commented that is was a warm welcome and they felt the passion of our children throughout the welcome.

I’ll finish with a repeat of something I have included in previous newsletters. School holidays are designed to give children a chance to unwind and relax. They are, after all, children and need a breather. Don’t do too much that is structured with them. By that I mean that they don’t need to be entertained every minute of the holidays. Sure, take them to one exciting place, perhaps the movies but for the rest of the time let them make huts under the clothes airer and some sheets in the family room. Let them make mud pies in the corner of the back yard. Let them ride their bikes around the park. Let them make a batch of biscuits. Let them play chasey with the dog. Let them make a kite out of sticks, newspaper and pantyhose. Let them make a paper maché mask. Let them paint with water colours on the ranch sliders (it washes off with the hose and is great fun!). Let them make a scrapbook of their favourite thing. Let them have some time on the computer (but not too much). Listen to them laugh. Let them be.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson


This week we are farewelling Anne Maree Miller. Anne Maree has been a senior teacher for 3 ½ years. She lives in Papakura so leaves at 5am each morning to get to school in good time to prepare for the day. Her evening commute can be pretty horrendous as well! She has won a senior teacher position at a school in Pukekohe; a far more sensible option for her. We wish her all the best and will miss her quirky sense of humour.


Carolyn Crook, our SENCO (special needs co ordinator) is getting married this weekend and we wish her a wonderful day. We have had lots of fun and laughter at a ‘bridal shower morning tea’ this week.

Thank You

A huge thank you to our lovely group of Mums in Prayer, who say thank you to the staff every term. The staff really appreciate the lovely thoughts that go with the morning tea, and of course the beautiful display of yummy food lifts spirits as well!

Parent Interviews

Just a heads up that these are being held on 10, 11 August. School will close at 2pm on Wednesday 10th August. Further details about booking appointments will be sent out at the beginning of term.


As the weather has finally gotten colder, I have noticed an unusual array of tights / socks / leggings being worn. I have also noted bright coloured skivvies being worn underneath polo shirts. Please ensure that all tights or socks are either white, navy or black and any skivvy is also white, black or navy. Leggings are not part of the school uniform. I am proud of the VAS uniform and like to see it being worn properly. Children do have a choice of shoes which are appropriate for active children, but please ensure you follow the guidelines around uniform.

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Remuera Intermediate Enrolments

Please send your application forms in to Christine Clanfield  as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Victoria Avenue School has the Remuera Intermediate enrolment forms at the school office.
Christine Cranfield Enrolment Officer
Remuera Intermediate School Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland Ph: 522 9890 |

Lost Property

LOST PROPERTY CLEAR OUT – Please check the lost property before the end of the term.Lost-Property-prev

We have nearly made it to the end of term so please, please check the lost property area (through door in corridor, opposite Room 3) for lost and poorly named school uniforms and also for drink bottles, lunch boxes and a HUGE pile of containers left over from bake sale! All named items are returned to your children’s class.
Also make the holidays a time to check all your school uniform is correctly named, ideally with surname at least.

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FOR TERM 3 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
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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.

Please note that we have two PTS events coming up:Save-the-date

The Quiz Night and School Disco – see below

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Come along to school on 8 July in your favourite street clothes and bring a blanket!! The blanket can be some warm bedding to keep a kiddie warm … even old and tatty ones can be donated to keep a pet warm! Below is a bit of information about this project.

Give a Kid a Blanket is an Art Project, in response to the cold and damp housing issues. West Auckland artists Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten will be collecting blankets and giving them away to kids to keep warm.
The aim is to collect as many blankets as we can and to give them out to kids who are cold.

Also if you have a blanket that you think is a bit tatty or old, we are going to collect these too and give to a dog rescue and a cat rescue.

• SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August.


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Congratulations to Enay and Toby!

Enay Bengali,   won the competition for 7-9 year olds, he won a $50 Toyco voucher for his creation “Under water sushi farming”

Also Toby O’Leary received a Highly Commended certificate in the 10-13 age group. He entered a ‘ferocious fire breathing dragon with skeleton tattoo on his right wing with a ninja riding him into battle.’

The competition was held at Kohia Terrace School on Sunday 3 July and was judged by Dave Woodbridge of the Auckland Lego Users Group

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Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.22.33 PMThis term our Year 5 Flippa Ball Teams have performed outstandingly, coming first and second place overall in their division in the Epsom Flippa Ball League.  The VAS Stingrays received first place in a gripping battle for 1st and 2nd against their VAS peers (and buddies) the VAS Sprats.

Janice Adamson will present certificates, awarded to them by FlippaBall NZ, at this Friday’s assembly .

As we have found it difficult to get enough players, the Stingrays have regularly borrowed players from the VAS Sprats (when we were not playing against each other!).  These 3 players have willingly played two games, generally consecutively, and we would like them to also receive certificates for their enthusiasm and contribution, without which we wouldn’t have been able to play.  Those 3 players are Issy Fenton, George  Cullen-Hieatt, and Bianca Pennington.

The children really love the sport, are improving all the time and it would be wonderful if their efforts could be celebrated at school.

Our thanks to Mike Holloway who coaches the teams.

Sally Barclay, manager of The Stingrays and enthusiastic side-line supporter.

Please Note: FlippaBall provides an entrée for primary school kids into the popular and growing sport of waterpolo.  It is a great way to put swimming skills to use in a team sport.  VAS plays in the Epsom League played 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.  If your child is interested in playing flipperball in Term 3 please contact Michelle Hieatt  [email protected] ph 021 895 756.


Max Crosby and Grace Merrilees

Room 1: Alex Bremner
Room 2: Ethan Tonga
Room 3: Emily Cosham
Room 4: Finn Houghton
Room 5: Sam Pratt
Room 6: Luca Clyma
Room 7: India Devereux-Evison
Room 7: Bella Tian
Room 8: Sophie Gibb
Room 8: Ishan Nair
Room 9: Atalia Ese
Room 9: Oliver Williams
Room 10: Zac Hood
Room 11: Savanna Wood
Room 12: Nico Irvine
Room 13: Shavaya MacDonald
Room 14: Lucia Bartle
Room 15: Leila Clayton-Ford
Room 15: Tommy Snelling
Room 16: Rita Fung
Room 17: Liwei Liu
Room 18: Oliver Munro
Room 19: Samara Riley
Room 20: Isla Lockhart
Room 21: Mia Kelliher
Room 22: Scarlett Main
Room 22: Issy Taylor

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Calling all 3-8 year olds. Come along and join our coaches in the holidays, having fun while improving your skills.

Where & When        St Michaels School,  6 Beatrice Road, Remuera Monday 11th  – Thursday 14th July 9.30am – 12.00

How much is it?                $39.00 per day, 10% Discount for siblings

What will the kids need?    A drink bottle and a packed lunch

How do I sign-up? Visit: OR you can email through your enrolment to Playball Stars Manager


Fantastic skill development

Fantastic strength building

Fantastic Parkor training

Fantastic flexibility and mental concentration

Fantastic coaches and equipment

Fantastic Fun!

Register on the  website today!
Class starts on Friday the 5th of August,
3.15pm to 4.15pm 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


College Rifles Rugby Holiday Programme

Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July 2016
9am – 3pm (drop off at 8.30am and pick up at 3.30pm available)
College Rifles Rugby Club: 33 Haast Street, Remuera
Open to grades Under 7 – Under 13
FULL WEEK – $140 / DAY CHARGE – $45
This programme focuses on tackling, ball handling, skills and drills.  Building confidence, and having a whole lot of fun.

For enquiries or registration, contact [email protected] or phone 600 6280

All Star Cheerleaders
Looking for something exciting and active for the kids to do these holidays?
All Star Cheerleaders have you covered!
We are running our popular school holiday programme again this July!
When:  Monday 11th – 15th July 2016, 9am – 3pm
Where:  All Star LEGACY Gym
Location:  62B Diana Drive, Glenfield
Cost:  $45/day or $160 for the week
Come and join us this school holidays – cheer, dance, stunt, tumble, cool crafts as well as many other fun activities. All ages and abilities from beginners to experienced.
There is a qualified teacher on site, assisted by our experienced Level 5 Elite Team.
At the end of each day, the kids will perform a mini routine to show their parents the new skills they’ve learnt.
** To register please click here.
For more information please email [email protected]nz

July School Holiday Aspiring Young Actors Workshop – Wednesday 20 July
Professional actor, teacher and acting coach Nina Burchett and Shine tutors will develop the craft and confidence of aspiring young actors. Covering character development, USA and British accent, a film scene, a monologue and a voice over. For 8 – 12 year olds. ‪
9am – 4pm Wednesday 20 July.
Victoria Avenue School Hall.
For more information please go to
or contact Nina: [email protected] or 021 -1609197.

July School Holiday Winter Wonderland – Monday 18 & ‪Tuesday 19 July
Come along to this ‘Magical Winter Wonderland.’ Full of fun and games, storytelling, acting, dance and play. Act out stories and create your own Frozen character. Design and make your very own winter crown, sparkly necklace and ice cape. For 5-9 year olds.
‪9am – 3pm Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 July.
$180 or $90 per day.
For more information please go to
or contact Nina: [email protected] or 021 -1609197.

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A Chance to Change a Boy’s Life

Endeavour Scholarship for Year 7, 2017

Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Year 5, 2017

We are now seeking applications for 2017 for four places for the Endeavour Scholarship and one place for the Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

The Endeavour Scholarship was launched by the Governor-General of New Zealand in October 2001 which is now in its 15th year and the Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship which is now in its fourth year.

The Endeavour Scholarship is open to Maori and Pasifika boys who are currently in Year 6 at their present schools, for Year 7, 2017.

The Endeavour Scholarship provides opportunities for four boys each year to receive an education at King’s School for their Year 7 and Year 8 years. The boys spend their intermediate years at King’s School and are then re-assessed to see whether they qualify to move on to King’s College for their secondary education. Their education at King’s College is also paid by this scholarship should they be successful.

This scholarship is a financial scholarship which includes tuition fees, uniform allowance and other costs. The level of parental contribution is independently assessed and based on the current financial position of the parents.

The Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship is for one boy of any ethnic descent but who could not normally afford an independent school education. This scholarship is for a boy currently in Year 4 and pays the fees for his Year 5 – 8 years at King’s School and then onto King’s College. This scholarship is conservatively valued at $180,000.

Further details and application forms for both scholarships can be found on our website ( Alternatively please call Kirsty Higgs on Phone: 520-7774.

The following are the details with respect to the Endeavour Scholarship application process this year.

  • Application papers are currently available for downloading from our school website
  • Applications close 9th August 2016;
  • Examinations will take place on Tuesday, 16th August 2016 at King’s School;
  • Assessments and interviews for short-listed boys will take place end of August.

We certainly hope you will be able to identify students that you can recommend for these programmes.

If you require any further information or copies of the application forms please contact:

Kirsty Higgs

King’s School 258 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland    Phone (09) 520-7774            Email:   [email protected]