Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 8 – 20 June 2019

Dear Parents,

School Closes at 2pm on Wednesday 3 July for Student Led Conferences

 Please arrange to collect your children as all the teachers will be tied up with the student led conferences from 2.15pm.

We have a group of people working in the school who are our unsung heroes, our teacher aides. This morning I had cause to deal with an issue, not of the teacher aide’s making, but she was affected. In dealing with this, I realised just what our teacher aides sometimes have to put up with in order to help children.

Then later in the morning I sat with a teacher aide working closely one to one with a student who is part of the EIP (Early Intervention Programme) partly funded through the RTLB service. Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are funded to work together with teachers and schools to support the achievement of students in Years 1-10 with learning and/or behaviour difficulties. I was in awe of her skill and patience.

 Both teacher aides were so professional, so calm, so focussed on a great outcome for the student in their care, they were just on different pathways this morning!

We have eleven teacher aides working in the school. They are assigned to individual children and they work closely with their child under the guidance of the teacher. I know that teachers are so appreciative of the teacher aides who may be working in their room. Even though they are usually assigned to one child, such is the calibre of our teacher aides, that they will gather a small group of students who need some support and work with them, alongside their assigned child.

Some of our teacher aides have their morning tea and lunch breaks at different times because they are assigned to shadow their child during playtime and lunchtime. They are out there, on the playground, in the forest, on the field, on the courts, being there in case there is a problem.

There is one word that teacher aides are not allowed to say at VAS. That word is ‘just’ as in ‘I am just a teacher aide.’ They fill such a vital role in our school but they fly under the radar. It is high time we celebrated them in our school. They really are super heroes!

Board of Trustees

Thanks to those of you who voted for board members. There wasn’t a large turnout of voters, perhaps it will be easier for people to vote when people can do it on line. That aside, I am very excited with the new board; a great mix of experienced and new. The next board meeting is on 1 July at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Martin Cooper, John Thorman, Bridget Snelling, Tim Larkin, Craig Cunningham and Ilona Lumborg, staff representative.

Building Update

The admin upgrade is now due to start in October and continue through term 4 with completion date in January. I am pushing the Ministry, who are driving the project, to ensure we don’t continue to have creeping delays.

We currently have our 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) in with the Ministry waiting for approval. We are very excited to finally be getting funding because our last pot of funding was taken off us by the Ministry to fix the subsidence issues affecting rooms 15 – 21, which put all the projects listed below on hold.

The new plan starts in July and some of the projects planned for 2019 / 2020 are: upgrade of rooms 19, 20, 21 to become modern spaces (relax – not open plan!) with new sliding doors, new wall coverings, improved acoustics and lighting. Also planned is a long overdue refurbishment of the toilets, fire and security upgrade and drainage issues sorted.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

This car is causing mayhem at the school gate. FWP453. If it is you, please stop double parking and parking over driveways.

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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
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
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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Announced last assembly:

Alina Wang

This week:

Tai Rihari & Olive Tingey

  • Room 1: Sagar Dhakal
  • Room 2: Alexis Tung
  • Room 3: Jamie McConnel
  • Room 4: Clara Wemyss
  • Room 5: Cooper O’Shannessy
  • Room 6: Harrison Wong
  • Room 7: William Schofield
  • Room 8: Mikayla Toon
  • Room 9: Tom Robinson
  • Room 10: Natasha Wing
  • Room 11: Miranda Yi
  • Room 12: Caitlin Fonseca-Ensor
  • Room 13: Isaac Burr
  • Room 14: Ari Downes
  • Room 15: London Ridge
  • Room 16: Isabel Reid
  • Room 16: Haemish McAuley
  • Room 17: Henry Martin
  • Room 17: Cailyn Shen
  • Room 18: Tia Williams
  • Room 18: Felix Boyer
  • Room 19: Ben Pratt
  • Room 19: Elaine Lee
  • Room 20: Anders Houghton
  • Room 20: Ella Mace
  • Room 21: Jackson Rumbold
  • Room 21: Evie Donald
  • Room 22: Beatrice McGregor-Macdonald

Plastic Free July

It will soon be July, how quickly the year goes by! July could be a good time to start a new challenge – Plastic free July! This initiative is a great way to monitor your plastic use and perhaps take stock of how much plastic you are using, and look for alternatives. Even if you try it for a day or a week its an interesting experience. Waste free Wednesday could be a good start!

Kids also love to get involved and relish telling you when some plastic escapes your gaze.
There are some great zero waste products available now – keep cups, metal straws, honey wraps, solid shampoo bars, the list is growing all the time.
There are lots of ways to reduce your plastic load, and most are easy!
There are lots of ideas on this website
But here are some easy tips
1. Countdown supermarkets are allowing you to bring your own container. Easy! Just bring your own container to fill up at the deli/ fresh fish etc. Also if you forget  to bring produce bags in the supermarket – use the mushroom paper bags.
2. Try looking for products in glass/metal/cardboard – or cut down your use for plastic wrapped products.
3. Bin Inn has come a long way and has heaps of good zero waste products, and even grind your own nut butters.
4. Try and make your own! Bread/ nut mylks/even bathroom cleaner!
5. Some forward thinking companies are now are using home compostible plastics – Bostock chicken and Proper chips – perhaps seek out these products.
6. . Most importantly, this process can fun and creative. Its exciting learning about new ways of doing things. Starting to make a change can tricky, but any less plastic helps!

Click here for a Plastic Free July Action Picker.

The bake sale last week raised $436. Thank you to Rooms 7 and 8 for wonderful baking and support.

Student led conferences

Student led conferences are scheduled for the last week of this term and are an opportunity for your child to share their learning with you.

They are set for Wednesday 3 July between 2.15 pm and 7.00 pm and Thursday 4 July between 3.15 pm and 6.00 pm.

Your time(s) are organised online and can be booked by going to the website . Select ‘Make a Booking’ , then enter the school code h7ga4 in the box where indicated and follow the instructions on screen to book your interview times. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school office and we will organise your conference time for you.

Conference are 15 minutes long. You are asked to be punctual for your appointment so that all following appointments run to time.

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]

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]