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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 3 – 17 May 2018

Dear Parents,

Bullying-Free New Zealand Week ends tomorrow with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day. The theme this year is ‘Let’s talk about it’. There has been lots happening in classrooms as children and teachers focus on what bullying is and why it is unacceptable. Here is a taste of what children have been learning:

Recipe for Kindness Ideas

500 mls of kindness chocolate
200 cups of laughter jellybeans
300 tbsp of honesty cherrys
600 ltrs of respect glitter
99 gms of manners marshmallow
800 cups of fun candy
400 ltrs of friendship bread
100 tsp of smile flour

1. Get your laughter jellybeans and your kindness chocolate and honesty cherries

2. Pour your respect glitter in with your fun candy

3. Get your manners marshmallow and your friendship bread

4. Tip your smile flour and fun candy

5. Mix all together and you have a pair of friends

6. Don’t forget to pour it all into your heart.

Lottie Larkin, Year 4 Room 18

There is a lovely animated story called Oat the Goat which is interactive and spreads the message that bullying is not kind and is not OK. The children in year 2, room 8, have written about Oat the Goat.

I think the goat should stand up to the sheep. First of all that is what a good friend would do. Secondly, if he joins Amos they will be a bigger team together. This will help the sheep go away. Thirdly, it is important to show kindness. When I show kindness it makes me feel good about myself.

Freddy McGregor-MacDonald

I think Oat the Goat should stand up and ask if Amos is OK. First of all when you ever see a person bully another, always say stop it, that’s not very nice and teach them that kindness always wins in the end. Secondly, after that ask the person if they’re OK.

Neave Harris

I think Oat the Goat should stand up to the sheep. First of all, when you help other people it makes you feel good.

Jackson Rumbold

Pink Shirt day is an opportunity for people to visibly share the message that bullying is not acceptable. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t have anything pink to wear. It can be pink hair, pink bows, pink ribbons tied around their wrist. If they would prefer to wear their uniform, that’s fine. It’s about the message not the attire.


We have started the swimming initiative this week with junior children being bused to the Newmarket pool four days in a row for their lessons with Hilton Brown instructors. For many of the younger children, the bus trip is as exciting as the swimming!

Year 5 Camp

The year 5 children are at camp in Long Bay this week. There were many excited children and a few nervous parents yesterday morning. The MERC camp at Long Bay is a great place for children to be challenged and for them to try new activities. They also learn about beach conditions and safety at ocean beaches.


Those of you who have looked at our calendar will see that we have the GetWise programme coming up later in the term. GetWise is an ASB financial literacy initiative and the content is mapped against the NZ curriculum. ASB GetWise is a programme to assist NZ primary and intermediate schools to deliver financial concepts to their students in an impactful, engaging and memorable way. Check out the GetWise website for more information.

Bake Sale

Thank you to everyone who supplies baking for the bakesale. Just to let you know, last year the PTS raised $7,844 from the bake sale. We had put aside funds to purchase more Chromebooks at the beginning of the year, but with the added bonus of the bake sale funds we were able to purchase an additional 15 chromebooks and storage cabinet. Teachers in the senior syndicate were very excited as this meant they could start the year with 1:2 ratio, ie one Chromebook between 2 children.

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FOR TERM 2 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


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

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

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


Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Union Meeting 27 June

There is a union meeting being held on the afternoon of  Wednesday 27th June. Many of our teachers will be attending so please collect your children at 12.30 that day. 


This Week:

Sophia Panaho & Zach Williams

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Cindy Zhou
  • Room 2: Olivia Seguin-Sanchez
  • Room 3: Maia Bowie
  • Room 4: Nanohana Shimizu
  • Room 5: Samuel Enright
  • Room 6: Sophia Liu
  • Room 7: Cici Tang
  • Room 7: Blake Davies
  • Room 8: Riley Enright
  • Room 9: Violet McAuley
  • Room 10: George Tavalea
  • Room 11: Lucy Walter
  • Room 12: Georgia Darrow
  • Room 13: Alina Wang
  • Room 14: Olivia Binsted
  • Room 15: Preston Frost
  • Room 15: Eva Williams
  • Room 16: Sierra Sharma
  • Room 16: Craig Rong
  • Room 17: Benjamin Houghton
  • Room 17: Emily Penrose
  • Room 18: Poppy Mitchell
  • Room 18: Francis Sullivan
  • Room 19: Stella Rumbold
  • Room 19: Tom Underdown
  • Room 20: Tommy Fippard-Peacock
  • Room 21: Vita Houtman
  • Room 22: Alex Barton

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.


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.


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Dress Rehearsal Invitation
As part of our preparation for the Grandparent’s Day and as a way of offering parents a chance to see/hear their children perform, we are inviting parents of our concert performers to attend our dress rehearsal on Thursday 7th June at 9.15 in the school hall. We hope that as many of you as possible are able to come.
(Please note that is a rehearsal rather than a performance, but we hope it will be a great rehearsal!)

Scholastic Book Fair – 2018

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to

Victoria Avenue School

on Tuesday 5 June

until Friday 8 June (Grandparents’ Day)

Please mark these dates in your diary now!

Opening hours:

Tuesday  8.30-9.30am    3.00-3.30pm

Wednesday  8.30-9.30am   3.00- 3.30pm

Thursday  8.30-9.30am   3.00- 3.30pm

Friday  8.30am – 12.30pm

Friday after school

Uniform Shop Manager
Employment Opportunity

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].

Mt Hobson Middle School

Located at

131 Remuera Road, Remuera

O P E N     D A Y

WEDNESDAY 30 May 2018

(Visit anytime between)

10am – 12.30pm

 Years 7-10

Enrolling now for 2019