I am currently living in Mangere Bridge while our renovations are happening. Mangere Bridge is a lovely suburb. I had no idea that such a suburb existed in Auckland. I say this because it is unique in that it is not a suburb that you pass through to get to somewhere else; you go to Mangere Bridge for a reason.
In our street, there are always children riding up and down on their bikes and scooters. The neighbourhood children play on each other’s front lawns, they gather in the nearby cul de sac and make up all sorts of games. The day of the teachers’ strike, I was driving to the city and on the way through the suburb there were boys on bikes with back packs on furiously peddling towards Ambury Farm. There were groups of children playing everywhere.
In the village there are always people sitting outside the many cafes; lots of family groups. There is a little supermarket which doesn’t sell wine, but at the liquor store next door there is always a Salvation Army man sitting outside with his donation bucket. Mangere Bridge has its own charm, it reminds me of a slightly old fashioned seaside town, which I suppose it actually is given it sits on the Manukau Harbour (the walkway around the esplanade is just lovely). There are family groups everywhere.
So why am I telling you this? The way of living in Mangere Bridge, the families, the characters, the people are different to the way of living in Grey Lynn, the families, the characters, the people that surround me every day. Living there has caused me to reflect that we all live in a bubble. Inside the bubble is our world. It is the world of going to the same supermarket in our suburb, of having coffee at the same cafes in our suburb, shopping in our suburb. When we venture out it is inevitably to a destination that is very similar to the world inside our bubble. How often do we venture outside of our bubble to experience something different? We are so secure in our bubble and we think that the world in our bubble must be the same for everyone. But it isn’t. It takes moving to a different place to understand how life is incredibly different for people who don’t live very far away from our bubble. Not better, not worse, just different.
So it is for our children. They live in the same bubble as us. Our school is part of their world. They think that every child in New Zealand lives in the same bubble as they do, have the same experiences, the same family life, the same type of school. Their world view inside their bubble is very narrow. How do we show our children that things are very different for children around New Zealand? Children who live on a farm, children whose parents don’t have a lot of money, children who don’t have the latest clothes or shoes, children who ride bikes around their neighbourhood, children who can gather together outside and play.
We have taken the time to immerse ourselves in the suburb of Mangere Bridge, enjoying everything for what it is, not comparing it to how we live in Grey Lynn. We have experienced pleasure in seeing how happy the families are, how the children play together, how different the ways of doing things are. How much could our children learn if they had the opportunity to visit and participate in new ways of living? How we do that is not easy. Just driving through a suburb or place and looking out the window of a car won’t do it. Perhaps an afternoon spent exploring places like Mangere Bridge would expand our children’s world view. If we are preparing our children to be global citizens, then small ways of expanding their bubbles are the steps towards them accepting that other’s world views are not better, not worse, just different.
We look forward sharing tomorrow morning with grandparents and significant older friends. Sorry, but due to hall space restrictions can you please note that only grandparents / older friends should attend the concert.
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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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1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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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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- Room 1: Joel Monk
- Room 2: George Clausen
- Room 3: Theo Conley
- Room 4: Crystal Tan
- Room 5: Connelly Grobler
- Room 6: Ethan Wood
- Room 7: Aimee Thornton
- Room 7: Adriana Noori
- Room 8: Olivia Chen
- Room 8: Iris Tian
- Room 9: Cooper Frost
- Room 9: Alexa Revill
- Room 10: Dana Horton
- Room 10: Liam McIvor
- Room 11: Amos Fu
- Room 12: William Lu
- Room 13: Maggie Xie
- Room 14: Jayden Liu
- Room 15: Oliver Knowsley
- Room 16: Jason Zheng
- Room 17: Alexander Green
- Room 18: Nisha Padey
- Room 19: Blake Davies
- Room 20: James Carey
- Room 21: Lilly Smith
- Room 10: Dana Horton
Interested in being involved with the PTS?
The sense of community and belonging at Victoria Avenue School is something all our families treasure. A core part of keeping our community strong is a healthy and engaged parent/support network – our Parents and Teachers Subcommittee. Growing our sense of community as well as fundraising to help bridge the gap between Government funding and what we believe the school really needs is our primary goal. Throughout the year our VAS families have time and again volunteered their time and spent their money supporting School and PTS initiatives.
We would love you to continue with your support of the school and get involved in our PTS. We are always looking for parents to help run community building (eg Grandparents day) and fundraising activities (eg Quiz night).
If you would like to help the PTS and be involved with some of these activities, we would love to see you at our PTS meetings. These are held in the staffroom from
6 pm to 7.30pm. We will be trialing this time to see how it suits. (Might get you out of kids’ tea!)
Mark your diaries for the meetings for the rest of the year:
Bake Sale Results
There is no Bake Sale tomorrow due to Grandparents Day and the Disco being on.
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Scholastic Book Fair – 2019
Last day is Friday 7 June (Grandparents’ Day) – 8.30am – 12 noon
Polling closes tomorrow at noon. Voting papers returned in the mail and posted this week will be accepted until Thursday 13th June, which is the day they are counted. You can also drop them back to the school office until noon on Friday 7 June.
The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 6th June until the end of term, in room 1. Champions is a fun, engaging 30 minute lesson which allows students to learn about positive Christian values and beliefs. The Christian Religious Education programme weaves together Bible stories with values set out in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Bible stories are used to illustrate and teach different values such as loving your neighbour, personal worth, courage, inclusion and forgiveness. All children are welcome to attend on a casual basis.
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.