Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 14 May 2018, and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 18 May. The theme this year is ‘Let’s talk about it’.
Schools that encourage respect, value opinions, celebrate difference, and promote positive relationships make it difficult for bullying behaviour to thrive or be tolerated. To achieve this, it needs everyone talking about the issue and working together.
What is bullying? Bullying is a word that can have a lot of different meanings for different people. We need to make sure everyone at VAS shares the same definition of bullying.
- Bullying is deliberate – harming another person intentionally.
- Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationship.
- Bullying is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
Bullying can be verbal, physical and/or social; it can happen in person or online; and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).
Not every unkind thing is bullying. Students, especially young children, are still learning how to get along with others. They need parents, teachers and other adults to model kindness, inclusion, conflict resolution and responsibility. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. These behaviours may be just as upsetting and serious, but may need to be dealt with in a different way.
I have often said that bullies never do anything in front of an adult, their parent or their boss. It is ongoing, sometimes insidious, but always harmful to the recipient. There is physical bullying, not just punching or kicking but the subtle dropped shoulders, foot trips or elbows, where the bully swears it was just an ‘accident’. We sometimes see this with siblings. Sibling bullying is one area of bullying not usually talked about, but it is just as harmful as any other kind of bullying.
There is emotional bullying. Nasty comments, ongoing smarmy remarks followed by ‘just joking’. Exclusion bullying when a child is deliberately left out over and over. Now of course, we have to deal with cyber bullying. Circulating rumours, photos, memes, comments. Sending nasty emails.
Some incidents of bullying during sport were brought to our attention this week (thank you to those parents who told us about it) and we were able to address it very strongly. The senior teacher reminded the group that the bystanders who witnessed the bullying but did nothing and told no one were also part of the problem. We are encouraging all the children to talk about it, not just accept it and say nothing.
Each of the syndicates will be undertaking different activities to encourage children to talk about bullying. Talk about bullying, including sibling bullying, with your children.
On Friday 18 May, we are encouraging all children to come to school wearing something pink or having something pink with them, to show their support of the stop bullying initiative. If you prefer your child does not take part, it is okay for them to wear their uniform.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
School starts: 8.50am
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for term 1 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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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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Bake Sale has kicked off with a cracking start this winter. Thanks for the magnificent spread last week classes 1 and 2 – there was not a piece of cake left last Friday!
This term the PTS will be focusing on Grandparents’ Day on Friday 8 June and a VAS School Disco on Friday 22 June.
Make sure these are in your diary and keep an eye out for notices with more details.
A request for parent help with Grandparents’ Day will be coming soon from your Class Reps – we’d love to have you involved so make sure you get in touch.
We’ve also been working hard on preparing a 2018 VAS School Directory. This should be coming out at the end of this month. A massive thanks to Sue Underdown, Shelley Cunningham, Tracey Hemingway and Joanne Henderson for their hard work so far.
PTS Treasurer Needed
With the regeneration of our PTS we are in great need of a Treasurer. If you have accounting experience and would like to help the PTS we would love to have your expertise on our team. Please contact Charlotte Houghton [email protected]
if you are interested.
Scholastic Book Fair – 2018
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Victoria Avenue School from Tuesday 5 June until Friday 8 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 520 0602 or email [email protected]
Uniform Shop Manager
We are looking for a Part-Time Uniform Shop Manager to replace Kate Wood
The role, which will become available later this term, involves the following:
- physical shop sales / filling online shop orders
- new entrant appointments
- inventory purchasing and control
- online shop maintenance
- control of sports uniforms, including issuing and returns
Ideally the candidate will have some experience in using small business accounting software, including inventory. They will need to have reasonable computer skills and be able to work autonomously. Working hours (approx. 6 hours per week) have some flexibility.
To apply, please contact Joanne at [email protected].
Swimming Lessons Transport Charge – Please Pay by Monday
Please note that although the school is paying for the cost of the upcoming swimming lessons, we ask that you pay $15.00 per child to cover the bus transport to and from the pools. Click Here to download the form to return with the money.