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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 6 – 7 June 2018

Dear Parents,

At the Meet the Teacher presentation earlier in the year, I told the school community that we are reviewing our reporting to parents’ system and making changes. A team has been working hard on this and has developed a way of reporting to parents that includes the children, because they are at the centre of learning. Who better to talk about their learning, progress and future steps than the learner – your child.

Don’t worry though, you will still know how your child is achieving against the curriculum level expectations. Having your child talking about their learning with you as well as knowing where they sit against expectations, will give you a greater insight into their strengths and areas for development.

Below is a table which is on the Ministry of Education’s website It compares the old system with current thinking around reporting:

Here is the new reporting to parents’ system as has been developed for 2018. As this is new for all of us, we will review it and see what needs tweaking at the end of the year, taking on board feedback from teachers and from parents.


Effective reporting of student progress and achievement across the curriculum requires more than one way transmission of information from a teacher or student to parent. It requires meaningful, ongoing information sharing processes where the roles and expectations of students, teachers, parents, whanau, and the wider community are clear.

If the focus is to be kept on learning, and the ownership of learning with the child, then the best person to talk about learning is the learner. From a learning focused perspective, the teacher needs to know what has been learnt, but the student also needs to know that they have learnt it. If the student has really learnt it, they should be able to describe, demonstrate or in some way show evidence of that learning. Not only is the student the best person to tell their parents what they have learnt, but if we believe that students build their knowledge by communicating what they know, then providing an opportunity for the students to tell their family what they know can significantly assist with that learning.
-Clarity in the Classroom, Michael Absolum 2006.




Week 10

·       Parent – teacher interview.

·       Send home the Comments Form to use as the basis of the interview.

·       Printout of reading level and maths level given to parents

Week 10

·       Parent, student, teacher triadic interview

·       Student led

·       Develop goal(s)

·       Curriculum progress and achievement against expectations

Week 8

·       Open parent portal for 2 weeks

·       Curriculum progress and achievement

·       Seesaw; eTap

Week 4

·       Student led conferences

Week 9

·       Summative eTap report sent home


·       10 minute interview slots spread over 2 evenings

·       In 2018 this happened in week 10, could this be earlier in the term?


·       15 minute slots spread over 2 evenings

·       In 2018 this will be a triadic, from 2019 this will be a student led conference

·       Students will lead the conference with a script

·       Parents to direct questions to their child

·       Teacher’s role is to clarify or add more detail


·       Class blogs are updated frequently throughout the year and parents are reminded to look and comment

·       eTap parent portal available for parents to see summative achievement


Week 4

·       3 x 30 minute time slots

·       1/3 class in each timeslot with teacher roaming

Week 9

·       Summative eTap report sent home

·       Student’s achievement against curriculum levels

·       Comparisons – below, average, above average

·       General comment


·       To gather information from parents

·       To give feedback to parents about any needs, strengths

·       To share early achievement data


·       The students are sharing their learning, their progress, next steps and their goals with their parents

·       Parents are seeing and hearing about the learning from their child

·       The teacher’s role is not to lead but to just be available for further clarification or comment


·       Gives parents their child’s achievement data

·       Parents can view progress and achievement

·       Parents can print off information for use in applications for other schools


·       Gives parent overall view of their child’s achievement, whether they are below, average or above average and their effort

·       General comment included

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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.
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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:

Grace McLachlan & Olivia Wood

Last Assembly:

  • Room 2: Guilhem Lay
  • Room 2: Anna Delmas
  • Room 3: Chanel Jayasundera
  • Room 3: Filip Milivojevic
  • Room 4: Nicholas Weston
  • Room 4: Lucy Holloway
  • Room 5: Lili Oliver
  • Room 5: Inez Irvine
  • Room 6: Bryan Chu
  • Room 6: Harper McIntyre
  • Room 7: Anders Houghton
  • Room 8: Jackson Rumbold
  • Room 9: Bianca Bartle
  • Room 10: Coco Sun
  • Room 11: Robin Xiao
  • Room 12: Tessa Shields
  • Room 13: Grace Penrose
  • Room 14: Kyan Yu
  • Room 15: Serena Saekhang
  • Room 16: Natalia Becker Botelho Junqueira
  • Room 17: Jacob Clayton-Ford
  • Room 18: Kenny Cao
  • Room 19: Harry Stewart
  • Room 20: Marion Delmas
  • Room 21: Miles Clark
  • Room 22: Connor Robinson

PTS News

We have a new PTS Treasurer!

We have a new PTS Treasurer on board. Claire Ellis has kindly volunteered to be the Treasurer – thank you so much Claire we are lucky to have you! Claire is Mum to Haemish McAuley (room 20) and Violet McAuley (room 9).

Bake Sale

A big thank you to rooms 21 and 20 who raised $512 last week. 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.

Grandparents’ Day – Tomorrow – Friday 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.

Thank you to all parents who have offered their help on the day. Any queries contact Bridget Snelling: [email protected]

Coming up – VAS School Disco – Friday 22 June

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

If you have any good quality, clean second hand uniform which you would like to donate, please drop it off at the office.
The sale will be located in the Hall on Thursday 14th June, 8.15-9.30am.

The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 7 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.

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Braziwi Ltd is clearing end of line, luxurious 100% Brazilian Cotton Bath Towels and other products from Karsten… so we’re opening a Pop Up Shop at 413 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers from 8th to 24th June. We will keep a register and donate 10% of sales from Victoria Avenue Primary (families and friends) to Victoria Avenue Primary.

For more about us and Karsten please see and follow us on Facebook at “Braziwi_Ltd”.   New followers each week, from now and through the Pop Up Shop Event, will go in the draw for a gorgeous Karsten Lumina Towel Set (Blue/White or Chocolate/Gold) normally retailing at ~$180.00.

The event is already posted on Facebook
and this is where we will post regular updates about the event, and what will be on sale at 30-50% off normal retail prices.