This week is Science Week at VAS. The idea of science week is to create excitement and engagement around science. The science team Kathy Chan, Britt Mills and Gabrielle Brabyn have created science kits that are simple, teacher friendly and easy to use. They have also been sorting out the school’s science resources, making up science kits and putting together the science lesson kits.
They will be starting science club on Thursday lunchtimes in Room 7 for all ages (week 5 onwards).
During SCIENCE WEEK there are 3 competitions that teachers and students can enter.
– Best scientific observational drawing
– Best scientific photo with a caption (taken by a student)
– Class competition: send in a video, photo or piece of scientific writing
Entries to be posted into the science box in Room 7 by 3:15 pm Thursday.
These three teachers are to be commended (I love resourceful, enthusiastic young teachers!). They have worked very hard to raise the profile of science across the school and from the engagement evident during their enthusiastic presentations at assembly advertising science week they have been very successful. Look out for our post on Facebook on Friday.
Coughs, Colds, Tummy Bugs
Winter is on the way and with the onset of winter comes ills and chills. We have many children and staff with coughs and colds already and the weather has been unseasonably warm. As I sit here writing, I can hear a young child explaining to Kinzsa that her friend has just vomited! Fortunately we don’t have anyone who has been hit with the flu yet, but I know that that will be the next thing to deal with.
With colds and flus, the children always bounce back relatively quickly. However, at any given time in the school there are children (and sometimes staff) who have a disease or illness but with no obvious signs, no one suspects. Children and adults with asthma, diabetes, blood disorders, allergies, hepatitis, heart problems, cancer.
People with some of these more significant diseases can be more susceptible to lower level infections so it important that they are not exposed to the risk of infection.
Please don’t send your child to school if they are sick, they don’t learn anything if they feel unwell. Think about yourself. If you drag yourself to work when you feel off colour, you really don’t feel like doing anything particular and you certainly aren’t on top of your game. You get through the day but you know it wasn’t your finest day. It is the same with children, they take up space in the classroom, but that is all.
I know how difficult it can be for working parents to find someone to look after a sick child, but please try to consider your child’s welfare as well as the well-being of others who may be susceptible to infection.
We are noticing more children coming to school wearing a smartwatch. Just this term, a year 2 children was on the mat with the rest of the class when her smartwatch rang. The little girl answered it. It was her mother ringing her to ask how her day was going! Not only was her attention disrupted, so was the learning of all the other children who turned to see where the noise was coming from and then watched and listened to her as she spoke to her mother.
Do you really need to be checking in with your child during school time? If there were a problem with your child, we would ring you. If your child were to have a problem, then he / she would tell the teacher. Sorry to mention the term, but I am sure you have heard of ‘helicopter parents’ and phoning your child at school to see how their day is going is an extreme version of this. Sending texts is just as bad.
Unfortunately, we can’t allow such devices to interrupt the learning for all the children in the class. If you need to find out how your child’s day is going, or how they are feeling, or to send a message related to afterschool organisation, please phone the office and we will sort it out for you. I know some children bring a cellphone to school. We discourage children from accessing these between the hours of 9am and 3pm but if you were to send a text to them during the day, at least it wouldn’t disrupt their learning and the all the other children’s learning.
If children do bring a smartwatch to school, they will be asked to turn it off during teaching and learning time. Of course, we can’t take any responsibility if it gets lost or damaged. Better still, leave the watches at home, the children really do not need them during the school day.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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School Dental Service
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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!
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- Room 1: Victor Su
- Room 1: Maxim Petrov
- Room 2: Mia Gadnai
- Room 3: Louie Hogan
- Room 3: Ethan Binsted
- Room 4: Ava Carey
- Room 4: Liam Zhao
- Room 5: Craig Rong
- Room 5: Gamuchirai Sithole
- Room 6: Caitlin Kieu
- Room 6: Takumi Ozeki
- Room 7: Lucy Walter
- Room 8: Jack Thrupp
- Room 9: Victoria Hong
- Room 10: Alice Liang
- Room 11: Mila Bridge
- Room 12: Ivy Jones
- Room 13: Suhas Aditya Sunkisala
- Room 14: Kaisei Chan
- Room 15: Layla Penhearow
- Room 15: Emily Tham
- Room 16: Tom Underdown
- Room 17: Eva Kelliher
- Room 17: Sebastian Lynch
- Room 18: Eeman Hayat
- Room 19: Ava Dryden
- Room 20: Melanie Stacey
- Room 21: Abby Scott
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Volunteers are needed to bake and assist during the day on grandparents’ day. Please contact Charlotte Houghton at [email protected] if you can help.
Wednesday 29 May Voting papers were sent by post to parents.
Friday 7 June at 12 noon Voting closes.
Thursday 13 June Votes are counted, and school is advised of the results.
Friday 14 June New Board takes office
Flippaball & Mini-polo
Flippa Ball and Mini-polo are a fun precursor to water polo and help children learn basic skills while building confidence in the pool. Flippa Ball is played in a shallow pool (approx. 1.0m – 1.2m deep) by primary school aged children from year 3 up to year 6 with 7 players per team, whereas mini-polo is played in a 2m deep pool.
VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls). VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.
This term we had just one team playing in a year 4 / 5 flippaball league however there are a variety of year group and grades including the 2m deep mini polo for years 5 and 6’s.
If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then check out the Flippaball NZ website or get along to a game on a Sunday afternoon next term (check out the draw at https://www.sporty.co.nz/epsomleague) or give Tony Scott a call on 021 1532 159.
Family Assistant/Nanny available over the school holiday period for a family who needs a friendly, reliable and experienced carer. Please contact Julie Wallace at Glendowie School on 575 7374 or 021964901.