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NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 7 – 16 June 2016

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CLICK HERE to view the long awaited Auction Booklet.

CLICK HERE for the full list of live and silent items that will be up for auction on Saturday night’s Viva VAS Vegas.  If you are unable to attend Viva VAS Vegas but wish to place an external bid on an item, then please contact Amanda Dick either via email at [email protected] or by phone at 021575553; and she will be happy to be your bidder on the night.

Dear Parents

A couple of weeks ago I went to the combined New Zealand and Australian principals’ conference at Sky City. The theme of the conference was Knowledge in Our Hands. It was how we can learn from each other through listening to each other’s stories.

Story telling is a powerful way of getting a message out there. We all (children and adults) like to listen to stories. By listening to stories, I mean in the wider sense, not only about having a story read to us. As adults, we love to listen to a skilled raconteur regale us with their stories. Children love hearing stories. Teenagers love listening to the stories of their babyhood/childhood. Young adults love listening to your stories about the things you got up to when you were their age. Older people love telling their stories to younger family members.

Through story telling Maori people pass on the history, myths and genealogy through the generations.  Experiencing Maori story telling enables us to learn the ancient stories of the Maori people, and understand the culture. Indigenous peoples have used storytelling to pass knowledge and on through the generations since time began.

Storytelling, reading stories and language development go hand in hand. Children ask to have the same story read over and over. There is a comfort, a familiarity with the story that causes pleasure. They engage and learn, becoming familiar with vocab and language. Storytelling and reading stories stir the imagination, evoke feelings and recollections. Don’t ever underestimate the amount of learning happening as you are telling a story or reading a story.

If the children are fractious in the car, rather than give them a device each to keep them quiet, just start telling a story, any story. Make it up as you go along. Embellish details, create a hero. I guarantee you will have them hooked within one minute. Mind you, I once had to keep a story going most of the way from Auckland to Taupo! I thought I was rambling, until another road trip when my daughter asked me to tell the story of the princess again!

Grandparents’ Day

There was a great turnout of grandparents and significant family friends last Friday. The morning started with the concert which was delightful and following that grandparents visited classrooms where children shared their learning. Then back to the hall for a sumptuous morning tea. It was lovely to have so many visitors in the school. We all love sharing the great things happening in school.

 Book Fair

Anyone who walked past the library on grandparents’ day would have seen the mass of people packed into it. As a result of our parents’ and grandparents’ generosity, $9197 was spent which resulted in a $3219 bonus for us to spend on books for the library. What a lovely community we have! Thanks to Jane Clark, our librarian, who organised it and coped with the throngs as well as our parent volunteers helping out.

 Clara Whittington

Clara has reached the end of her maternity leave and has resigned. Clara has made a huge contribution to our school and we have always appreciated everything she has done.We wish her, Jonny and Macy well as they make their home in Warkworth.

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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
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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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Click here to download a copy of the Pizza order form.

Email [email protected] if you can help to serve on the day. Thank you.


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A Chance to Change a Boy’s Life

Endeavour Scholarship for Year 7, 2017

Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship for Year 5, 2017

We are now seeking applications for 2017 for four places for the Endeavour Scholarship and one place for the Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship.

The Endeavour Scholarship was launched by the Governor-General of New Zealand in October 2001 which is now in its 15th year and the Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship which is now in its fourth year.

The Endeavour Scholarship is open to Maori and Pasifika boys who are currently in Year 6 at their present schools, for Year 7, 2017.

The Endeavour Scholarship provides opportunities for four boys each year to receive an education at King’s School for their Year 7 and Year 8 years. The boys spend their intermediate years at King’s School and are then re-assessed to see whether they qualify to move on to King’s College for their secondary education. Their education at King’s College is also paid by this scholarship should they be successful.

This scholarship is a financial scholarship which includes tuition fees, uniform allowance and other costs. The level of parental contribution is independently assessed and based on the current financial position of the parents.

The Buchanan Charitable Foundation Scholarship is for one boy of any ethnic descent but who could not normally afford an independent school education. This scholarship is for a boy currently in Year 4 and pays the fees for his Year 5 – 8 years at King’s School and then onto King’s College. This scholarship is conservatively valued at $180,000.

Further details and application forms for both scholarships can be found on our website ( Alternatively please call Kirsty Higgs on Phone: 520-7774.

The following are the details with respect to the Endeavour Scholarship application process this year.

  • Application papers are currently available for downloading from our school website
  • Applications close 9th August 2016;
  • Examinations will take place on Tuesday, 16th August 2016 at King’s School;
  • Assessments and interviews for short-listed boys will take place end of August.

We certainly hope you will be able to identify students that you can recommend for these programmes.

If you require any further information or copies of the application forms please contact:

Kirsty Higgs

King’s School 258 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland    Phone (09) 520-7774            Email:   [email protected]

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