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NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 8 – 23 June 2016

Dear Parents

Who did you help today? That’s a question that can catch us unawares. If asked on the spur of the moment, I would say, um, I don’t know.

We normally ask each other ‘how are you’ but asking ‘who did you help’ can be a little confronting because it is outside the norms of social interaction. But what a great question! It makes us think of others and their needs. Taking the time to help others takes effort. We tend not make time to think about what we do, our busy lives get in the way.

Stacey Shortall was a category winner of Community & Not For Profit Women of Influence in 2015. She has started a ‘Who Did You Help Today?” campaign  and says the simplicity of the ‘Who did you help today?’ message is important. “Because it’s simple,” she says. “Life is busy and finding time to reflect on how what we do is helping others requires effort. Let’s minimise the effort. Keep the question short and simple. Make it a question we can all ask ourselves at whatever age and in whatever walk of life. She adds that “If enough of us get on board, I believe we can make a big difference to the lives of all New Zealanders!” We just have to choose to do so.

The reason this resonated with me is because children naturally seem to want to help each other. At school I see children helping each other all the time. You just have to see the huge group of children who accompany an injured child to the sick bay! Children help each other with their work. As adults though, we have such busy lives we can get caught up. She says help another New Zealander. It doesn’t need to be a big gesture. It could be as simple as asking your neighbour if she is ok, or letting another car into the queue ahead of you in traffic.

I was moved to write about this campaign because a year 6 boy came to me this week and pitched his proposal to me. He asked if we could take part in the ‘Give a Kid a Blanket’ campaign to provide families who are homeless with blankets. This is not the first time he has thought about helping other; his altruism is such that he is definitely a young philanthropist.

Now, as I go around the school talking with children, I will include the question ‘who did you help today?’ and share and spread the message which reinforces our value of ‘we care’.

VAS Vegas

What a fun night! Fabulous hall decoration, great food, lots of laughter and fun, dancing and of course very generous people bidding fiercely for the auction items. Huge thanks to Shelley Cunningham, Julia Donald, Annick Larkin,  Clare Crosby, Amanda Dick , Abby Maire. One of our wonderful parents, Khaltar Bayardelger who runs the circus school Flip ‘n Fly performed an aerial act which added to the Vegas theme. Thanks to everyone for their amazing generosity.

Education Review Officers

We are delighted to welcome two reviewers Christine Smith and Carleen Blucher into the school next Tuesday – Friday. We are welcoming them with a powhiri on Tuesday at 9am and parents are invited for this welcome.



Come along to school on 8 July in your favourite street clothes and bring a blanket!! The blanket can be some warm bedding to keep a kiddie warm … even old and tatty ones can be donated to keep a pet warm! Below is a bit of information about this project.

Give a Kid a Blanket is an Art Project, in response to the cold and damp housing issues. West Auckland artists Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten will be collecting blankets and giving them away to kids to keep warm.
The aim is to collect as many blankets as we can and to give them out to kids who are cold.

Along the way we will be photographing the people that donate a blanket (this is optional).
Photographs will be used in a photography exhibition.

Also if you have a blanket that you think is a bit tatty or old, we are going to collect these too and give to a dog rescue and a cat rescue.

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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
Click here for details on these activities.
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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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• SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August.


VAS Vegas night - Newsletter term 2

What a way to start a VAS Vegas Night!

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Saturday 18th June the Victoria Avenue School Hall was transformed into the MGM Grand Hall for a night in ‘VAS Vegas’. With over 150 people fully dressed in costume you would have thought you were in the hype of Las Vegas itself. The hall was buzzing with aerial entertainment, a corporate box for the rugby lovers, variety of entertainment to keep everyone interested on different levels, silent and live auctions, outstanding food and then the event ended with a full dance floor with everyone dancing into the night.

Thanks to everyone who made the night a success, all guests who came along and of course our sponsors who we could not have done without. See below all the sponsors who contributed so generously to this event.

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Another fabulous event at our school. Below is the video of the concert held for our grandparents.

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Primo Gabrielsen-Taylor and Ollie Knowsley

Room 2: Morgan Tapper
Room 3: Thomas Beech
Room 4: Emison Styris
Room 5: Rex Hu
Room 6: Dino Wu
Room 7: Lawrence Song
Room 8: Edward Winstone
Room 9: Paea Maliepo
Room 10: Emily Penrose
Room 11: Keira Treagus
Room 12: Tommy Fippard-Peacock
Room 13: Nisha Padey
Room 14: Ella Browne
Room 15: Kyle Hebblethwaite
Room 15: Daniel Toon
Room 16: Isabella Raby
Room 16: Daksh Shah
Room 17: Dylan Eades
Room 17: Hugo Jancys
Room 18: Perry Cormack
Room 18: Emily Fippard-Peacock
Room 19: Chanel Jayansundera
Room 19: Quinn Skeggs O’Donnell
Room 20: Aimee Herrod
Room 20: Henry Holbrook
Room 21: Haylee Kuhtze
Room 21: Bessie Su
Room 22: Annabelle Mathieson

Warriors vs Roosters

At the Warriors game that me, my brother and my dad went to, my brother and I got to run out on the field and do the coin toss. They didn’t trust us to actually do it so my brother and I had to watch which was still really cool. We did it to represent Ray White which is where my dad works. When my brother and I ran out on the field we got to meet the ref, the Warriors captain, the Roosters captain and Manu Vatuvei. For doing that we got to get memberships for Mount Smart stadium so that means we can go in their member’s lounge and there’s an Xbox 1 in it! And it was a bonus because the Warriors won. Doing that was a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

Report from Morgan Greer Year 6



July School Holiday Aspiring Young Actors Workshop – Wednesday 20 July

Professional actor, teacher and acting coach Nina Burchett and Shine tutors will develop the craft and confidence of aspiring young actors. Covering character development, USA and British accent, a film scene, a monologue and a voice over. For 8 – 12 year olds. ‪

9am – 4pm Wednesday 20 July.

Victoria Avenue School Hall.


For more information please go to

or contact Nina: [email protected] or 021 -1609197.

July School Holiday Winter Wonderland – Monday 18 & ‪Tuesday 19 July

Come along to this ‘Magical Winter Wonderland.’ Full of fun and games, storytelling, acting, dance and play. Act out stories and create your own Frozen character. Design and make your very own winter crown, sparkly necklace and ice cape. For 5-9 year olds.

‪9am – 3pm Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 July.

$180 or $90 per day.

For more information please go to

or contact Nina: [email protected] or 021 -1609197.

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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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