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NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 6 – 9 June 2016

Dear Parents

I am starting my newsletter column today very bluntly. I have absolutely NO plans to turn Victoria Avenue School into a rule free school! I state this bluntly because this appears to be the latest gossip in the school yard!

Our role at VAS is a multi faceted one. Obviously learning is at the core of everything we do. Our main focus is learning in maths, reading, writing, science, social sciences, technology, language learning and the arts. We also promote learning in social situations and learning values.

Play is a very powerful learning tool. Through play, children learn and practise social skills. Educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, known to millions for his work on creativity in schools, shared his thoughts on outdoor play.

Sir Ken starts by stating that “play in all its forms isn’t some frivolous waste of time…  that should be put to one side if there are more important things to do.” He continues: Play is a highly beneficial and deeply natural way in which kids learn… Play has deeply important roles in the development of intellectual skills, in social skills, in developing empathy, in stretching our imaginations and exploring our creativity.

Yet despite this, Sir Ken says, children are playing much less than they used to. The Dirt is Good campaign surveyed around 12000 parents in 10 countries. The top-line finding – described by Sir Ken as ‘startling’ – was that the average child spends less time out of doors now than the average high security prisoner. In the UK, this means nearly three-quarters of children spending less than an hour a day outside.

Everyone knows about the Creative Shed which is hugely popular. Anna McDonald who organises and runs it has struggled to find help to pack it away at the end of lunchtime. As we are a school who likes to trial new ways of doing things, we thought we might follow the example of Swanson School and leave the big things out all the time. Obviously this was a trial and after a week it was very obvious that the smaller bits and pieces which were left lying around were not being used during play and as a result were dirty and made the place look untidy. I decided to remove all the small stuff and just leave the large objects. We will evaluate how those are being used over the next week and decide on the way forward.

Winter is here, so it is more likely that we will put everything on hold until spring. Judging from the interesting huts that have been made from the big stuff in the last couple of days, the children are enjoying having the opportunity to use these materials creatively.

If we don’t try new ways of doing things, then we stagnate rather than grow. Sometimes the new things work out well, sometimes they need modifying and sometimes they don’t work and get canned. But everything we do trial is because we want our children to have access to all types of learning.

Update on Rooms 19 – 21

Oh the frustrations of building! Those of you who have built or done renovations know just how long this all takes! We are on schedule with the rebuild. The detailed design is due to the board by next Thursday, then submitted immediately after to Auckland Council for consent. Hopefully it all gets consented without a hitch, then out to tender mid July. I will keep you informed.

Year 5 Camp

What a great week everyone had. The weather was spectacular, albeit very cold. Thank you to all the teachers and parents who worked tirelessly to ensure the children had a fantastic experience.

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

FOR TERM 2 2016
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

What’s Ahead?


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2016
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
Click Here for order forms/instructions

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.

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.


Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

VAS School App

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


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The elections have been completed and the new Board of Trustees for Victoria Avenue School consists of the following:
Elected by parents: Nicky Hall, Michael Holloway, Anna Scott, Bob Weston and Katie Williams
Alison Laxon  continues as the Staff Representative.
Congratulations to our new board and thank you to all those who took the time to vote.
Thanks to Michelle Green for putting herself forward as a candidate.

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Grandparents’ Day – a couple of things to think about for the day:
• There is NO parking in the school grounds. However if you have a grandparent who needs to be dropped closer to the hall the gate will be open at 250 Victoria Ave for quick drop offs.
• Please be aware there will be high numbers of grandparents attending the concert. Unfortunately there will be NO opportunity for parents to attend this concert. We hope to have a video of the concert available online soon after the event.

Grandparents Day 2016

VAS Vegas night - Newsletter term 2

Don’t miss the biggest night on the VAS Social Calendar!

On Saturday 18th June at 7pm, the school hall will be converted into a sumptuous Vegas hotel ballroom (MGM VAS Grand) – and like all great nights in Vegas, there’ll be great company, great food & wine and non-stop entertainment. You’ll be able to mingle freely between the casino tables and the bar as it will be a standing dinner reception, or you can settle down and rest those feet before the dancing kicks off. You’ll get a great night out whilst raising money for the school. So really, while you’re partying – you’ll also be investing in your child’s education! Win : Win!
Make sure you don’t miss out on this night of Vegas crazy.
Do I need to organise a table?
This isn’t a sit down event, so you won’t need to organise a table – just buy your own tickets.  Buy them soon to make sure you don’t miss out, limited number available.
Is VAS Vegas replacing Quiz night?
This event is not replacing quiz night, quiz night is scheduled for term three.
What’s the dress code?
The dress code is Vegas. Anything goes – your options range from Vegas Glam to Comic Con. Grab a group of friends or team together with your class to come up with a winning theme. Prizes for the best dressed.


The PTS and Victoria Avenue School wish to thank the following sponsors.

They have generously donated auction items for the VIVA VAS VAGAS NIGHT to be held on the 18 June.

Barfoot and Thompson