Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 8 – 4 June 2020

Dear Parents,

It has been an unusual week globally with #blacklivesmatter movement in the United States which has spread around the world very quickly.

I have thought about this in the context of our children at VAS. Do any / many of our children have racist beliefs? Certainly, we have dealt with very few incidents where there were racist things said. We have used the restorative approach and to date, the children we used this approach on have not made further racist comments.

I know that in New Zealand there has been publicity around casual racism, the stereotyping of different ethnicities. We are asked to not laugh at the racist jokes or agree with the racial stereotyping. Given our children model their behaviour on the adults around them, it is important to think about what we say.

So how can we teach our children to understand that skin colour is no indicator of a person’s character? I don’t believe that trying to get our children to understand that we are all the same and to ignore the differences is particularly helpful, because after all, it is patently obvious that we are all different in appearance. It is ok to notice and acknowledge that we look different to each other. What is not ok, is to deride, belittle, bully people because they look different.

I found these great pieces of advice for adults:

Olsen Edwards says parents need to send a very clear message, beginning in infancy: Skin color doesn’t make a bit of difference to the kind of person that you are. Tell kids, “There are good, kind people who are dark and who are white, and mean people who are white and who are black.”

Tell older kids, “We are all members of one race: the human race. But racial identity is absolutely real, and everybody has a racial identity.” Talk about how skin color doesn’t make a bit of difference to the kind of person you are. Tell them, “Sometimes people get treated badly because of the color of their skin or the shape of their eyes. In our family, we believe that is wrong.”

The last quote, which is significant as children move into the workforce:

Egalitarian people tend to have more successful careers. “In classroom settings and workplaces, if you’re going to be in any kind of diverse environment, if you can help people see their commonalities rather than their differences, they are going to perform a lot better,” he says. “If you are raising kids who are going to be part of a diverse workforce, it’s really important for their economic security to be able to work with people who are different. They’re 21st century kids, and they are, by default, global citizens. Your kids are going to be working in teams with people from Dubai. They have to be culturally competent. If not, they are actually going to be at a deficit.”

Are We Born Racist? The Talk You Must Have With Your Children


Just a reminder about children wearing the VAS uniform. I have noticed some colourful clothing being worn underneath polo shirts as well as colourful socks and tights being worn. Please ensure that anything worn under the polo is navy or white. Socks and tights must be white, black or navy.

Kind regards

DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
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FOR TERM 2 2020
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2020

Term 2: Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make 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.

 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.

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link:



Announced last assembly:

Dylan Andrews & Abby Scott

Celebrated last assembly:

Scarlett Main & Elaine Young

  • Room 1: Sophie Thorman
  • Room 2 : Jeremy Song
  • Room 3 : Maximillian Crosby
  • Room 4 : Leo Anderson
  • Room 5 : Savanna Wood
  • Room 6 : Leila Clayton-Ford
  • Room 7 : Connor Falconer
  • Room 7 : George Doole
  • Room 8 : Chrissy Chan
  • Room 8 : Charlotte Schofield
  • Room 9 : Olivia Mace
  • Room 9 : Christopher Luxford
  • Room 10 : Hugo Williams
  • Room 10 : Chayla Jooste
  • Room 11 : Roy Ma
  • Room 12 : Andrew Zhao
  • Room 12 : Niomi Chang
  • Room 13 : Grace Scott
  • Room 14 : Harriet Sandlant
  • Room 15 : Connie Chen
  • Room 16 : Atticus Mills
  • Room 17 : Sia Isukapalli
  • Room 17 : Ryan Zhao
  • Room 18 : Victoria Portugal
  • Room 19 : Liam Vowell
  • Room 20 : Matilda Bebbington
  • Room 21 : Len Ozeki
  • Room 22 : Kyle Hebblethwaite
  • Room 22 : Serena Saekhang
  • Room 11 : Roy Ma

  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers

Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores.  The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive.  Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)

The uniform shop is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please purchase your items online and delivery will be made within 2-3 days. We are still accepting returns and second hand items which you can drop off at the school office.
If you have a new student starting school or if you have a specific request please email Lisa directly at [email protected]nz
Thank you for your understanding.

Auckland Transport is seeking feedback due 15 June: 15 Shore Road, Remuera – Pedestrian Improvements [RSU1920-142]

Kia Ora,

We are seeking feedback on a proposal for on upgrading the zebra crossing to a raised zebra crossing outside 15 Shore Road in Remuera. The raised zebra crossing is expected to improve road safety for people walking in the area by slowing approaching traffic and prioritising pedestrians. This location has been identified through Road Safety investigations into crossing locations where pedestrian safety improvements are needed.

Please find attached a letter and drawing showing the proposed changes. These letters have also been sent to residents and businesses directly affected by the proposed changes.

Feedback closes on Monday, 15 June 2020. We encourage as much feedback as possible on what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. The projects we deliver to all Aucklanders will only be improved as a result of your contribution. Please reply to this email or go to our website to complete the online survey.

Ngā mihi,



Ruth Moloney |  Community Transport Coordinator

Community Transport | Customer Experience

20 Viaduct Harbour, Level 2

Auckland Central, 1010