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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 8 – 21 June 2018

Dear Parents,

The teachers are all undertaking coaching professional development at the moment. Each teacher has a personal inquiry / action research project which they formulate in order to help them become more effective in some aspect of their teaching. We use a model of teachers acting as coaches for other teachers throughout the year as they work on their inquiries so it was timely to have external facilitators come in and lead development around coaching.

Just as we differentiate learning for our children, the coaching professional development was aligned with the needs of our teachers. There was a group of teachers who had never undertaken coaching professional development, then a group who did a coaching course in 2017 but wanted a refresher and then there was a group who are more experienced at coaching, but wanted our skills honed. It was a great day. We are having our second session early in term 3.

One little gem that stood out from a coach’s perspective was the word ‘try’. As part of the coaching conversation, we were urged to look out for our coachee using the word ‘try’ as in, ‘I’ll try to have that done by the end of the week’.

When the word ‘try’ is used in conjunction with an action, it immediately gives the person an out. “Well, I tried, but I was just too busy to fit it in’. It is the perfect excuse. I tried but…… you can add any action you like to that statement. I tried but I got sick. I tried but I ran out of time. I tried but I couldn’t get my laptop working. I tried but Mum asked me to set the table so I didn’t have time to finish it.

As a coach, we are questioning, and through this, once the person being coached has identified an action they could take in order to get improvement, we need them to commit to the action fully by adding in a time frame. It is not enough to commit to ‘trying’ to get it completed in that time frame, but they ‘will’ get it completed.

If we want our children to take complete ownership of an action, we need for them to understand that ‘try’ isn’t an option. It needs to be replaced with ‘I will….’ When children are setting goals, teachers look very carefully at the language used. Actually, it is the same in all aspects of our life – ‘will’ is a commitment, ‘try’ allows for wriggle room!

Union Meeting Wednesday 27 June

Parents are urged to collect their children at 12.30 as the teachers will be attending a union meeting that afternoon. There are not enough teachers remaining at school to be able to supervise any children not collected. I understand that Bizzybods will be opening at 12.30.

Student – Parent – Teacher Interviews

These are scheduled for Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July. Please log on to book a time. Remember:

  • Children must attend as they are leading the interview
  • You will not get reports as you’ve known them in the past, you’ll get a statement of progress against NZ Curriculum level expectations
  • The child is at the centre of their learning, so you will hear about progress, next steps, goals etc from your child at the interview

PTS Fundraising

The PTS funds raised from the bake sale this year are being put towards a beautiful mural to go along the fence in the driveway coming from Victoria Avenue into dragon drive. This is already underway and will be finished and erected early next term. It is so great to have these funds go towards something to make our school look more beautiful. Thank you everyone for supporting the bake sale.

New Playground

You will have seen that the lavender and rosemary hedge beside the courts has been pulled out. This is in preparation for the new playground being installed late July. We can’t wait!

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Uniform Shop closed first week of Term 3

Due to our new Uniform Shop Manager, Lisa Toon not starting the role until week 2 of next term, and as well some admin staff being away in week 1, the Uniform Shop will not be open until week 2. Also, online orders made during the holidays will not be delivered until Tuesday, 31 July.

If you need to buy uniform, please do so before the holidays.

Chinese Interpreter for Parent Interviews

In the past at VAS we have provided a Chinese interpreter for all parent interviews. However recently we have found the majority of our Chinese parents do not request this service. Consequently, for the parent interviews in week 10 (Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th July) we will not be providing a Chinese interpreter. However, If you have any problems with arranging your own interpreter please contact Jane Cameron: [email protected]

本校过去为家长会的中国家长提供中文翻译服务。但是最近我们调查得知大多数中国家长不需要这个服务。因此,在第十周的家长会上 (七月四日星期三和七月五日星期四)我们不再提供中文翻译。如果你需要安排一个翻译,有关这个 任何问题,请您联系 副校长Jane Cameron.电邮地址:

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FOR TERM 2 2018
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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

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

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 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:

Chloe Song & Eden Clyma

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Jonas Hui
  • Room 1: Breeze McGee
  • Room 1: Tom Jackson
  • Room2 : Lucas Hood
  • Room 3: Harry Bassett
  • Room 4: Matthew Addison
  • Room 5: Alexandra Yeoman
  • Room 6: Sagar Dhakal
  • Room 7: William Smith
  • Room 8: Lena Xie
  • Room 9: Charlie Boyden
  • Room 10: Adam Hood
  • Room 11: Charlotte Wakelin
  • Room 12: Blake Thornton
  • Room 13: William Schofield
  • Room 14: Georgia Anderson
  • Room 15: Nathaniel Liang
  • Room 16: Scout Challinor
  • Room 16: Ishan Nair
  • Room 17: Parker Mills
  • Room 17: Dylan Chand
  • Room 18: Lottie Larkin
  • Room 18: Cooper O’Shannessey
  • Room 19: Lucia Bartle
  • Room 19: Brian Zhao
  • Room 20: Siena-Lily Mihajlovic
  • Room 20: James Lethborg
  • Room 21: Sarah Kennard
  • Room 22: Amelia Bartle
  • Room 13: William Schofield

Room 5 children have been learning to use similes and personification in their writing. They are also learning to write in paragraphs. Here is a wonderful example written by Samuel Cotton.

Friday after school

A big thank you to rooms 7 and 8 who raised $513 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.

Also at the Bake Sale we have the VAS Eco Bags available. These are $12 each or two for $20.

Volunteers needed please – Food for New Entrant Morning Tea

On Thursday 5 July we will be holding the New Entrant Parent Information Session and Morning Tea. This is an important occasion for new families – if you are able to bring a plate please email [email protected] . We need a mix of sweet, savoury, child and adult friendly food. Thanks!

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]

Homestay Opportunity with Baradene College

We are very keen to hear from anyone in the Victoria Avenue School community who may be able to offer homestay accommodation for girls arriving to Baradene in Term 3 this year.

We have a large group of girls coming from Hong Kong for 2 weeks and we are hoping to find homestays for 2 girls together [they can share a room in this instance] as well as one or two individual young students coming to join us.

The girls range from years 13 – 16 years old and they are very keen to experience living in a NZ family home. They are travelling around Auckland and away to Rotorua for one weekend so are getting out and about and seeing sights of NZ.

Excellent remuneration and the chance to showcase our NZ lifestyle while learning about another culture is just an email away. To find out more please contact our Co-Ordinator, Dianne Storer at [email protected] or phone 524 6019 ext. 864.

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


ACT! DANCE! SING! – 5-10 year olds – Thu 12 & Fri 13 July 
Shine Director Nina Burchett, professional singer Shona Harris and dancer/actor Kaly Nagaraja will guide the children through drama, dance and singing lessons.
Every child will develop their movement, acting and voice skills and be involved in a host of winter themed activities to promote problem-solving, participation and imagination!
Join us at 2.45pm on Fri 13 to watch the show that we create during the day.

WHERE: Victoria Avenue School Hall (Community room)
WHEN: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July9.00am – 3.00pm – come for one day or two
COST: $90 per day

ASPIRING YOUNG PERFORMERS – 9-14 year olds – Tue 10 & Wed 11 July
Limited to 8 young performers.

Shine Director Nina Burchett, professional actor and teacher Ben Black and singer Shona Harris will develop the craft and confidence of a small group of aspiring performers.
In this two-day programme we will focus on public speaking, character development, USA and British accents, a film scene, a song, a monologue and voice overs. 

WHERE: M&R Learning Centre
WHEN: Tuesday 10 + Wednesday 11 July, 10.00am – 3.00pm
COST: $180 for both days