Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 7 – 13 June 2019

Dear Parents,

We have student led conferences planned for Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July (look out for email about this in the next week or so). These 15 minute sessions are designed so that your child can share their learning with you. Not just sharing what they have been learning, but what their next steps are.

Since the last student led conferences last year, we have listened to parent feedback and have spent a lot of time working on ways to showcase deeper learning in the three way conferences.

We will send out a survey to all parents in the second week of term 3. Leaving it until then means that most of you will have experienced a full year of our reporting to parents system:

  • Mid-year student led conferences – taking away a sheet outlining achievement progress against expectations in maths, writing and reading (July)
  • End of year student led conferences (late November)
  • End of year reports which include achievement against expectations in maths, writing and reading as well as achievement in inquiry skills, music and PE. Also included is information about key competencies and VAS learning behaviours (December)
  • Parent teacher interviews (April)
  • SeeSaw (ongoing throughout the year)

So why do we have student led conferences replacing the traditional parent – teacher interviews?

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.

(Michael Absolum, 2006 Clarity in the Classroom, pg 201)

For parents, student led conferences are an opportunity to actively and meaningfully support your child in their learning through listening carefully and asking clarifying questions. You will also understand more fully what your child is learning and what progress they are making which gives you an opportunity to make encouraging comments on their work, progress and achievement. These conferences will also give you an awareness of how much your child is taking responsibility for their own learning and an insight into their thinking about how they learn and the type of learning conversations they have in class.

The children are really focussed on preparing for their conference with you. Some of them get nervous, others can’t stop talking! But the one thing all the teachers know is that every child is proud of their learning and achievement and love your feedback.

School Closes Early for Student Led Conferences

Wednesday 3 July       2.15pm – 7pm            School closes at 2pm
Thursday 4 July           3.15pm – 5.45pm      School closes normal time

Grandparents Day

The weather was awful but that did not keep grandparents away. We had a great turnout and from speaking to many of them during morning tea, there was universal praise for the teachers and the organisers and of course their grandchildren. Everyone loved the concert. Huge thank you to all the lovely parents who helped show grandparents to rooms, provided food, set up the hall, served and cleaned up. Grandparents day is a wonderful way of bringing important members of the VAS community into the school.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 1 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
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

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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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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.

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Book Fair Profit – $4550

At the Book Fair we sold books totalling $13,000, which raised commission of $4,550! Thanks to all who supported this by generously buying books. On top of that, a huge thank you to those who donated books to our library.

Huge appreciation to these wonderful parents who helped last Friday at Grandparents’ Day – putting on morning tea, showing grandparents around and helping at the Book Fair:

Charlotte Houghton, Sarah Reid, Anna Nathan, Jules Donald, Annick Larkin, Hong Mei, Clare Crosby, Mel Gibbons, Abby Maire, Bridget McGregor Donald, Rachel Oliver, Caroline Halliday, Annick Larkin, Kath Fippard, Kylie Hotham, Jenny Ese, June Zhang, Lara Devereux, Meg Tan, Katie Houtman, Deona Grobler-Murray, Sarah Rumbold, Wendy Burgess, Jo Alnutt, Petra Bebbington, Chinmayi, Rachel, Tina Clyma,  Zhiju Nie, Alice Hutton, Debbie Amare, Anna Nathan, Angie Fox, Emma Sandlant, Hana Scofield, Charmaine Fleur Hyland, Lucy Clark, Gaylene Pratt, Kate Henry, Rebecca Greer , Rozzy Williamson, Yus Yufsof, Rachel Paris, Sharon Lee, Grant Thompson, Anna Lawrence, Marilyn Mrkusich, Pippa Mace, Laura Bainbridge, Cushla Gillbanks, Sarah Walter, Lulu Yu, Angie Fox, Mel Gibbons, Roz Henry, Kylie Hotham, Kate Henry, Susan Arndt, Kristin Williams, Bex Knight, Sarah Walter, Sarah Mackenzie, Annette Oldfield, Lisa Toon, Jo Herrod, Clare Crosby, Marisa Cameron, Anne Handley.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Disco – the children had a great  night and sported some awesome Country & Western outfits. So did some adults…..

Thank you so much to the following parents who organised the event and helped on the night –  Craig & Amanda Hill, Charlotte and James Houghton, Kate and Leon Henry, Sarah Rumbold, Claire Crosby, Susannah Barret-Boyes, Petra Bebbington , Laura Darby, Allyson Duff, Sarah Reid and Amanda Dick.

The uniform shop will be closed the last two Fridays of term (28 June and 5 July). Online orders will still be processed – if you want uniform delivered before the holidays please make your order by Monday 1 July.

THANK YOU to Yvonne Robinson who has returned to managing the lost property. There continues to be un-named or hard to decipher names on uniform. Please clearly name uniform with your child’s full name. Lost property is located opposite room 2, you can check for lost items any time.
Yvonne will display all lost property in front of room 9 after school on Tuesday 2 July.

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]

Who loves LEGO? Next Wednesday at lunchtime in The Community Room, Bricks 4 Kidz will be displaying some amazing motorised LEGO models and EV3 robots that the children will be able to build in after-school classes next term.

If your child has an interest in LEGO + the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), send them along for a hands-on experience. 
To enrol in one of the classes next term, please visit

With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma).

These After-school Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.

Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing that is flexible and allows for comfortable movement.

Cost: $220 for Term 3

To enrol, please email: [email protected]