Well, this is certainly the most unusual term 2 of my career! Who could have predicted how this term was going to unfold.
We were given two days warning that schools would shut and then three days later were told that school holidays would be brought forward and start immediately. We were told to prepare for on line learning with our students and that we had the school holidays to do this– a major task which teachers undertook willingly.
You were all given the same notice as us, but instead of preparing the learning, you were expected to take on the teaching role – a major task which you all undertook willingly.
We got through that time very successfully and then it was back to school, but a different kind of school. You were essentially locked out of the school for a couple of weeks and we had to develop new ways of dismissing children each afternoon. We all were willing to make the new system work and it did.
Back in the classrooms, teachers were given a mandate to concentrate on the basics, to make up for any slide in achievement over lockdown. We were all delighted when our schoolwide assessments showed little or no sliding back, you were all such great teachers!
It feels normal, but it also feels like there has been a shift. None of us are quite the same since lockdown. Some of us made life changing decisions and others are struggling to feel normal. What has remained constant though, is the collegiality of staff, the kindness of parents and the resilience shown by children as they overcame everything term 2 threw at them.
At the end of this very long term, we all want to thank our parents for their positive approach to the new way and for their kindness to the staff. Thank you for your kind words sent in emails and the superb morning teas. We have a wonderful community!
Enjoy these holidays! No restrictions on where you can go, who you can mix with, what you can do!
PUPILS / CITIZENS OF THE WEEK
Announced last assembly:
Teoi Brown & Sarah Kennard
Celebrated last assembly:
Robbie Baker, Chrissy Chan & Lucy Liu
- Room 1: Lawrence Song
- Room 2 : Poppy Mitchell
- Room 3 : Charlotte Dalziel
- Room 5 : Isabel Altoft
- Room 6 : Marco Horton
- Room 7 : Will Xu
- Room 8 : Mila Bridge
- Room 8 : Arav Nair
- Room 9 : Heidi Fehsenfeld
- Room 9 : Haoran Xing
- Room 10 : Casey Li
- Room 11 : Allen Wu
- Room 12 : Charlotte Clark
- Room 13 : Elsa Stephen
- Room 14 : Nicole Yu
- Room 15 : Robin Xiao
- Room 17 : Riley Enright
- Room 18 : Elaine Lee
- Room 19 : Clovis Wang
- Room 20 : Joshua Underdown
- Room 21 : Rosalie Winstone
- Room 22 : Sreehan Mallepally
- Room 24 : Emilie Boutet
- Room 24 : Bela Cabaret
- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- 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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APPA Music Competition
APPA runs a music competition for primary school piano and string players who have achieved Grade 5 or higher on their instrument.
There is prize money!
If you would like to know more, please contact me and I’ll forward the relevant information on to you.
Entries need to be in to APPA by Friday 14th August.
Alison Laxon [email protected]
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled for the second week of next term and are an opportunity for you and your child(ren) to meet with the teacher(s) to discuss their learning.
Interviews are set for Wednesday 29 July between 2.20pm and 6.00pm and Thursday 30 July between 3.20 pm and 5.00 pm. Some classes may start slightly earlier on Thursday 30 July to ensure enough interview slots are available.
Your interview time(s) are organised online and can be booked by going to the website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz . Select ‘Make a Booking’ , then enter the school code yfa88 in the box where indicated and follow the instructions on screen to book your interview times. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school office and we will organise your conference time for you.
We will not be providing an interpreter for those who require one. If you have any problems with arranging your own interpreter please contact Jane Cameron: [email protected]
Interviews are 10 minutes long, and you are asked to be punctual for your appointment so that all following appointments run to time.
Please note that these are not 3 way conferences. You are welcome to bring your child with you, but it is an opportunity for a conversation between parents and teachers. To maximise the use of this time please email your child’s teacher by Friday 24 July with responses to the following:
- Comments on how your child has settled into school this term.
- Key areas you would like to discuss at this interview
- Your child’s areas of strength
- Curriculum areas you believe need to be a focus for your child this year
- Any other issues we need to be aware of in order to support your child.
Please note – Students will need to be collected from school at 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 July
What is Water Wolves?
Simply, Water Wolves is a fun waterpolo experience for kids aged 7-11 years old.
In addition to weekly games, players will get time in the pool learning and practicing their Water Polo Skills.
If you want to play or interested in entering a team or have any questions please email Tony Scott
College Rifles Rugby Club is running a holiday programme for all children between the ages 5 and 13. It is not limited to College Rifles players, so feel free to invite your friends along.
WHEN: Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July
TIME: 9am – 3pm (early drop off from 8.45am available)
WHERE: College Rifles Park, drop your kids off to the Clubroom
WHAT TO BRING: Packed lunch, named waterbottle, boots and/or runners, mouthguard and hat
HOW: click the link below to register your child/ren
$45 per day, or $120 for all 3 days. Family discount available for 2 or more siblings attending all 3 days.
We understand that COVID-19 has affected a lot of families in different ways, if you would like your children to take part, but income has been limited, please let us know.
If you are in a position to be able to sponsor a child to attend the programme, get in touch with us and we can make something happen. Either way is ok, if you can help great, if you can’t, no stress at all 😊
We will be covering a lot of different sports throughout the day, with a dedicated session to rugby skills and drills at some point of each day.
Any questions, please ask – we look forward seeing your kids!
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
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
Please click here to view our online calendar
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
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