Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 3 – 18 May 2017


I want to start my message to you all with a plea to consider joining our PTS.

Being a member of the PTS has many advantages:

  1. You will meet  amazing, dynamic, friendly and slightly crazy people who want to support our gorgeous school.
  2. You can network and make new friends – which could lead to surprising benefits!
  3. You can hold your head up high with pride and say “Yes I am a member of our PTS ”
  4. Your children will be proud of you because you want to make a difference to their beloved school.  
  5. You are not afraid to stand up and be counted.

Now you can’t really refuse can you?

The next PTS meeting is on Wednesday 7th June at 7.30pm in the staffroom – I hope I see you there!

Now for something more serious. I have asked team leaders and specialist teachers to share the learning that is happening within their classes over the rest of the term. Today Nickie Marshall is sharing  Writing from the year 0 and 1 classes.

Kind Regards
Jane Cameron

Writing in Year 0 and 1

Children at Victoria Avenue School begin writing from their very first day at school. Much of the day in Year 0 and Year 1 revolves around literacy.

In Year 0 and 1 there is lots to learn!

Teachers model the writing process and children write their own stories independently.

Children draw on their growing knowledge of letters, sounds and words and build a range of strategies for writing words quickly. These include

  • articulating words and recording dominant sounds in sequence
  • using visual memory for high-frequency words
  • drawing on analogies to generate new words
  • applying knowledge of word structure (for example, word endings such as “ing” and “ed”)
  • knowing where to find words quickly by using classroom resources such as a word card

We are also learning to write for a variety of different purposes. We recount personal experiences, retell, write instructions, write character descriptions, arguments and information reports.

No wonder we come home so tired!

Teachers often use shared experiences to encourage children to explore, think and talk. The talk helps children to strengthen their control over new vocabulary and language patterns. Children are encouraged to use this talk with pictures and text to plan and orally rehearse what they are going to write.

Room 13 and 14 went on an Autumn walk recently as a language experience to support their descriptive writing.

They talked about the things they had seen, heard, smelt and felt. They then drew pictures and wrote key words to plan their writing. This plan enabled them to write their Autumn descriptions.

Here they are in action.


By Adam Room 13

In Autumn I see leaves changing colour and purple lavender. I can hear noisy cars and birds tweeting. I can smell strong smelling lavender and the cold damp air. In Autumn I can feel cold soft wind and soft crunchy leaves in my hands.


By Amelia Room 14

I see the leaves floating down to the ground. The grass is damp. I hear the wind whistling. I smell the smoke and the damp grass. I feel cold and I can see my breath. I feel the wind on my face.

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FOR TERM 2 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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  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 Ph5200603.

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.


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.


Inconsiderate and Illegal Parking in Streets around School

We would like to make all caregivers aware of the importance of parking in a legal and considerate manner when parking around the school. We often have VERY understandably upset neighbours who cannot access their properties due to cars being parked across and even in driveways. PLEASE can those who are behaving in this way STOP!!!

Found – Mens Navy Sports Jacket

A Gucci jacket was left in the hall after an event last term. Please email [email protected] if this is yours.

Vandalism :(

You will all be familiar with the Fundraising Barometer. The PTS volunteers updated this last week, ready to be photographed with Barfoot and Thompson, only to find that the stickers had all been pulled off and removed!!!

Please be reminded that school property is something that should be respected – particularly when volunteers are behind the PTS and spending time doing these things to benefit our community.

Fundraiser – $5 to the School for each Subscription to NZ Rugby World Kids Magazine

Langhills Publishing is offering our school the opportunity to sell subscriptions to NZ Rugby World Kids magazine and keep $5 for every one sold. Please click here for the flyer to subscribe. The offer runs until 31 May.


This Week

Henry Darrow and Bella Innes

Last Week

  • Room 1: Kyran Greene
  • Room 2: Richie Wood
  • Room 3: Mark Galloway
  • Room 4: Nina Haydon
  • Room 5: Tyrese Tupai
  • Room 6: Olivia Campbell
  • Room 7: Ashley Tung
  • Room 7: Kyle Hebblethwaite
  • Room 8: Felix Boyer
  • Room 9: Charlotte Shields
  • Room 10: Issy Reid
  • Room 21: Takumi Ozeki
  • Room 12: Tiana Hu
  • Room 13: Sebastien Fong
  • Room 14: Scarlett Main
  • Room16: Lucy Holloway
  • Room 17: Chloe Levada
  • Room 18: Meg Brew
  • Room 18: Theo Conley
  • Room 19: Ishan Nair
  • Room 19: Claudia Evison
  • Room 20: Hiroki Hui
  • Room 21: Lottie Larkin
  • Room 21: Takumi Ozeki



The Magnificent Scrapbookers Club offers a unique creative art programme for children aged 5 to 13.

Each week children create a specific art page that reflects and embraces aspects of their personality as well as events in their life throughout the year. This work is produced using occasional photographs but mainly the technique of art journaling using a wide variety of materials and techniques. These magnificent pages are added each week to your child’s own scrapbook album and are brought home to share with family and friends.

Occasionally children take a break from their scrapbooks to create other keepsake craft treasures. Each week a specific theme will be introduced as well as exciting new creative strategies. These creative art scrapbook albums and craft treasures are precious keepsakes of your child and their creativity that will be cherished for years to come!


Every Wednesday 3.15pm – 5.15pm
Victoria Avenue School Library
Cost: $25 per Session

For all enquiries please Contact Monique on 027 497-1554 or [email protected] or visit