Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 9 – 11 June 2020

Dear Parents,

Oh my goodness, my social media feeds are being bombarded with pithy sayings, mindfulness prompts, quotes about being a better person, quotes about living through the pandemic. I started getting these early in lockdown and it has just snowballed. Now the sayings and prompts are about taking forward what we learnt in lockdown. I have become rather immune to them, I am very much at the ‘yeah right, ok’ stage!

However, I received one this morning which made me think about how we get children to stop thinking negatively about themselves or their abilities. It was from the meditation app Calm:

Step off the train of addictive thoughts. Remind yourself that just because you have a thought, it doesn’t mean you have to follow it.

I am sure that at some stage you, like me, has had a negative thought about ourselves or something we have done. You know your inner voice says; oh why did I say that, they must have thought I was an idiot, oh no, they will tell others and others will think I am stupid….. you get my meaning. I would hazard a guess that the majority of our children have these sorts of thoughts. Their inner voice telling them; I’m not good at maths, I am useless at sport, nobody likes me, I am never going to have friends, I can’t draw, I’m the worst at…

Certainly, we teachers hear this from children. We know that it is pointless telling the child, “no you’re not, you’re amazing/good at it”. They hear it but don’t relate to an answer like that. As another quote I read said; resist the temptation to linger in the quicksand of past mistakes. This is what the child is doing, taking past errors or incidents and following these thoughts.

So, what can we do? You may have heard your child talk about being in the pit. We use this concept to celebrate trying and failing as an important part of learning. When you’re in the pit, you have hit rock bottom, your head is filled with negative thoughts about your ability to succeed. We encourage children to keep trying, to practise, to accept that this is just a stage. They are not dumb, or stupid, or are never going to be any good. We tell them that they just haven’t mastered it, yet, with the emphasis on ‘yet’. We are the hand reaching down into the pit, offering help and encouragement. We don’t try to make it better for the child by telling them answers, or doing the task for them. We encourage, teach, guide them so they can start to climb out of the pit. They pretty much always climb out of the pit. Their joy at mastering the task, finding an answer, learning the skill is the catalyst for turning off the negative thoughts or self talk. They stop following the negative thinking path.

So anytime you hear your child wallow in negative thoughts or claim they are NEVER going to be any good at something, remind them that they are in the pit and ask what you can help them with to start to climb out of the pit. Tell them they just haven’t mastered it YET. Encourage, guide, teach skills, practise with them. Don’t do it for them or allow them to give up as this reinforces their negative thoughts, but be the hand that reaches into the pit to help them.

Thank You

Thank you to all our lovely parents for putting on delicious morning teas for our staff. We are overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity in doing this when you all have busy lives. We feel very lucky to be in this community.


We are so delighted to be able to resume having full school assemblies. We have reviewed the assembly schedule so that every class will have an assembly item by the end of the year. Room 3 are first up tomorrow.

School Uniform / Sports Uniform

While we are short of spaces for children to change into their PE gear, just for the remainder of this term, children are allowed to wear their PE uniform to school on the days they have PE and sports.

Building Update

The builders have been working flat out to make up for the time lost during lockdown. The work is still on track to be completed mid August.

Parent Interviews

We missed the term 1 parent interviews due to lockdown. Just a heads up that these are going to be held on 29, 30 July. This time, they will be parent – teacher interviews with your child present if you wish. It is not a three-way conference as we would normally have at this time of year because we think it is important that parents have a chance to share information about their child as would usually happen in term 1. Note that school will finish at 2pm on 29 July.

Kind regards

DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 2 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
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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:

Adam Hood & Zac Hotham

Celebrated last assembly:

Dylan Andrews & Abby Scott

  • Room 1: Emily Penrose
  • Room 1 : Chloe Pratt
  • Room 2 : Ava Carey
  • Room 2 : Francesca Grazioli
  • Room 3 : Claudia Hughes
  • Room 3 : Hiroki Hui
  • Room 4 : Renata Wishart
  • Room 4 : Eva Gardner
  • Room 5 : Layla Penhearow
  • Room 5 : Emily Tham
  • Room 6 : Cooper Munro
  • Room 6 : Tia Williams
  • Room 7 : Skye Donald
  • Room 7 : Olivia Chen
  • Room 8 : Isaac Burr
  • Room 9 : Ari Downes
  • Room 9 : Teo Serlachius-Williams
  • Room 10 : Isabel Lee
  • Room 11 : Quer Zhu
  • Room 12 : George Shen
  • Room 12 : Poppy Harris
  • Room 13 : Juha Wang
  • Room 14 : Lyla Deva
  • Room 15 : Mira Milenkovic
  • Room 16 : Muzamel Shahi
  • Room 17 : Anders Houghton
  • Room 18 : Laura Hyland
  • Room 19 : Amelia Bartle
  • Room 20 : Gracie Penhearow
  • Room 21 : Jinjin Zhu
  • Room 22 : Zhi Han Xing
  • Room 9 : Ari Downes

  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 :)

Now we are at level 1, the uniform shop will reopen tomorrow and each Friday, opening time is 8.15 – 8.45am.

Applications for enrolment into Remuera Intermediate are now open.

We strongly encourage all In Zone Applications to be submitted by Wednesday, 2 September 2020 to ensure appropriate class sizes and staffing can be established for 2021

The closing date for Out of Zone Applications is Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at 3:30 pm.

No late applications will be accepted.

The out of zone ballot will take place on

 Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday

8:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded from our website:

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