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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 4 – 24 May 2018

Dear Parents,

This week is NZ Techweek, which celebrates innovations in New Zealand technology, so it seems an opportune time to outline technology developments to our curriculum and share some of the digital technology programmes at Victoria Avenue School.

From the beginning of this year digital technology was officially added to the New Zealand Technology Curriculum with the expectation that all schools will be teaching digital technology by 2020. This aspect of the curriculum is designed to develop student knowledge of digital technology as well as foster creativity in the digital world. At Victoria Avenue School we are developing this aspect of the curriculum in a variety of ways. Our students are increasingly using iPads, desktop computers and chromebooks to support their learning across the curriculum. This involves researching, coding, filming, recording their learning in a variety of ways and most importantly developing their creativity.

We recognise coding as an important skill for our students and this year, in Term One, all Year 5 and 6 classes had several intensive coding sessions in which they successfully developed some skills needed to create their own coding projects. We were very fortunate to draw on the expertise of one of our school parents, David Brown, and our IT specialist, Jason Des Forges, who have worked in class with students and teachers to support these programmes. This term coding is being continued with Year 5 & 6 and, throughout the year, will be introduced to other year levels so that all students experience coding.

As part of Techweek, the Code Club Aotearoa has introduced a ‘She Can Code’ promotion to encourage and celebrate girls doing coding during this week. To support this, additional lunchtime coding activities, facilitated by Dynelle Isdale, Nashta Hawke and Jason Des Forges, have been made available to all our girls this week which has been very well received. So far over 100 girls have taken part and the week is not over yet!

Kind Regards
Anne Bridgman

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DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 2 2018
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
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.

 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.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

Freddie Halliday & Haylee Kuhtze

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Sharanya Sen
  • Room 1: Bessie Su
  • Room 2: Zach Scott
  • Room 2: Clara Jones
  • Room 3: Ly Vu
  • Room 3: Sasha Bedekar
  • Room 7: Issy Taylor
  • Room 8: Neave Harris
  • Room 9: Olivia Robinson
  • Room 10: Claire Zhang
  • Room 11: Kai-Siang Ooi
  • Room 12: Harry Wang
  • Room 13: Mia Jancys
  • Room 14: Eric Yang
  • Room 15: Nico Irvine
  • Room 16: Lily Loutit
  • Room 17: Paea Maliepo
  • Room 18: Sean Zhang
  • Room 19: Charlotte Shields
  • Room 20: Eva Gardner
  • Room 21: Henry Martin
  • Room 22: Matapo Brown

PTS News

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]

Bake Sale

A big thank you to rooms 16 and 17 who raised $508 last week – even with the year 5s away on camp! Thank you to everyone who baked and helped out at the stall – the kids love their end of week treat so it’s lovely to have such a great display of baking for them to choose from. Our weekly Bake Sale is one of our strongest fund raisers during the school year – did you know that money from last year’s bake sales purchased 15 Chromebooks and a storage cabinet for VAS?

Grandparents’ Day Dress Rehersal – 7 June 
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!)

Grandparents’ Day – 8 June 

This is a wonderful day for grandparents (or a special person/people in your children’s lives) to come to the school and see what our kids are up to in class.

The morning kicks off with a concert at 9.15am – this is only for the grandparents as seats are limited and we’d hate them to miss out. We intend to film the concert and make it available on the website for family viewing.

In addition, there’s a morning tea for grandparents in the hall.

As Grandparents’ Day coincides with the Scholastic Book Fair, there is also the opportunity for the grandparents to buy their grandchildren a book (or donate one to the library) if they wish.

Click here for the invitation to Grandparents that you can print off and give to your grandparent for the day. (You may have already have been given one of these in your child’s book bag). The invite lists all the details of the day and has a map on the back so that the Grandparents know where to go.

We would love parents’ help for Grandparents’ Day. We are looking for:

  •     * Four people from each class to supply a plate for the morning tea– the senior and middle school are asked to supply savoury treats, and the junior school is assigned sweet treats.
  •     *Two parents from each class to help on the morning (this might be helping with food – setting up, serving, cleaning up – or directing grandparents, or helping to sell books at the Book Fair).

Thank you to all of those that have offered your help already. If you can help (and have not yet been in touch) please email Bridget Snelling at [email protected] sooner rather than later. Let us know if you can bring a plate and/or are happy to help out on the day.


This week we have distributed our 2018 VAS School Directory to the eldest child in each family. It’s a great guide to connecting our community so keep a look out in your child’s book bag.

Thank you so much to Sue Underdown, Shelley Cunningham, Tracey Hemingway, Joanne Henderson, Kinzsa Vahry and Rozy Williamson for their help making this happen.

And of course, a big thanks to all of our advertisers who are so generously supporting our school – we are very grateful!

Coming up – VAS School Disco – 22 June

Keep a look out for information about the school disco on the evening of Friday 22 June. More details and a request for helpers to make this fantastic event happen will be coming soon!

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

Year 5 Camp!

Pink Shirt Day

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].

Courtesy to our Neighbours
Again and again in the office we receive calls from neighbours and other parents complaining about people parking over driveways and in no parking areas.
Our neighbours report getting really rude responses and refusals to move.
This type of behaviour is extremely dangerous and unacceptable!!

Check you have YOUR Uniform
Please make an effort to regularly check that your child has their uniform and not clothing belonging to someone else.

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