First week back at school has been fantastic. The children have come back to school calm and focussed, so you’ve obviously done a great job helping them with their learning during lockdown. We also love how much more independent many of our younger children have become. They carry their own bags, organise book bags, find shoes etc. The teachers are loving it and it is so good for them to be responsible for themselves. They are such lovely children, well done everyone.
After a rocky first day of after school pickups, we revised the system and it is now working like clockwork. Again that is all thanks to you. You have been so supportive of the new way of doing things and we all really appreciate it. In fact, the new system is working so well we can adjust the leaving times in the afternoon.
From Monday, juniors (years 1, 2) and family groups will leave at 2.45. No change for years 3, 4, still leaving at 2.50 and years 5, 6 at 3pm.
Board of Trustees Resignation
Bridget Snelling has resigned from the board of trustees. Bridget has been a trustee for three years and has made a wonderful contribution to the governance of Victoria Avenue School. I have particularly appreciated her ‘outside of the box’ thinking and her pragmatic approach. However, it is not farewell to Bridget as she intends continuing her support of the school through the Friends of VAS.
Important Message from Board of Trustees
The board of trustees has chosen to follow the selection process as laid out under Section 105 of the Education Act 1989. For this process to be done properly the community needs to be notified that the board intends to fill a casual vacancy by selection and that there are 28 days for 10 percent or more of eligible voters to request a by-election. Once the 28 days are up, without the 10 percent threshold being reached, the board can select someone to fill the vacancy. If the 10 percent threshold is reached the board will hold a by election.
If ten percent or more of eligible voters ask that a by-election be held, the board must set the election date either on the tenth Friday after the end of the 28-day notification period or earlier date (the board must set this at least six weeks out from the election).
We won’t be having any full school assemblies in the near future. Instead, we will have virtual assemblies where each class will prepare an assembly item which we will film and post along with the Principal’s Awards and Pupil of the Week. A new way of doing things continues!
Years 5 and 6 Production
We are investigating different ways to showcase our wonderful children as putting on a production as we have in the past is not feasible under the current conditions. Once again, an exciting opportunity to do something different.
Finally, a light moment:
With all the handwashing and hand sanitising we are doing all day every day, you might appreciate this!
Please click here to view our online calendar
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2020
Term 2: Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here
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.
To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link:
- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers
Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores. The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive. Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.
Start collecting today :)