Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 9 – 28 June 2018

Dear Parents,

Children and teachers are very excited for the new way of reporting achievement to parents. Children have been practising what they need to do to lead the conversation about their learning. They are all looking forward to showing their parents just how much they have learnt and how much progress they have made this year.

Your role is to ask questions. As this is new for all of us – children, parents and teachers, the teachers have opted to help you out by developing some prompt / starter questions for you as parents. We are not insulting your intelligence; we know that VAS parents already know how to ask great questions about their child’s learning. We also know that just occasionally, the conversation veers towards what their child can’t do rather than what they can do, the progress they have made to date and what is needed now to help them move forward.

Here are the questions:

Years 1 and 2

  • What do you find tricky with your reading / writing / maths?….
  • How can I help you with that at home?….
  • I really like the way you tried hard at / to / with / when….

 Years 3 and 4

  • What would you like to tell us about your learning?
  • Why is that your favourite piece of writing?
  • What is it about ….(your times tables) that you find tricky?
  • How can we help you at home?
  • How can we make …….. more fun for you to learn?
  • What do you need to do next?
  • What’s a positive thing that you could do if you make a mistake?
  • I really like the way that you …
  • Are you happy with the progress that you are making?

Years 5 and 6

  • What are you proud of?
  • What has helped you achieve your goal?
  • I have noticed this year that you have worked hard on ________, this has made me feel very proud of you.
  • I’ve noticed you have improved in _____, what do you think your next steps are?
  • Is there anything you want to address?
  • Why do you find that difficult?
  • What can we do at home to help you achieve your goal?
  • How can I support you?

Here is a reminder from the Ministry of Education’s TKI website  – Assessment Online which clearly outlines the benefits of our new approach to reporting.

Student-led conferences and three-way conferences

This form of reporting, in which the student is very actively involved in the learning and reporting process, reflects the intent of the NZ Curriculum.

Many schools in New Zealand are using some form of student-led or three-way conferencing to report to and share information with parents. This reporting procedure, in which the student is very actively involved in the learning and reporting process, is a fundamental shift away from the one-way transference of information from teacher to parents, and is consistent with the characteristics of effective assessment in the NZ Curriculum. Most schools involved in such conferences report a significant rise in parent satisfaction with and attendance at conference times.

Student-led conferences and three-way conferences take the form of a conversation between the student, their parents and their teacher. Both approaches give students an opportunity to share with their parents their growth as a learner. They accept accountability and responsibility for their progress and achievement, and demonstrate a growing understanding of their development as independent learners.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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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.

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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.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

Emma Eberhard & Olivia Robinson

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Putri Ardana
  • Room 1: Bilal Khan
  • Room 2: Luca Smit
  • Room2 : Libby Nicholls
  • Room 3: Huanran Qin
  • Room 3: Caroline Wang
  • Room 4: Josie Treagus
  • Room 4: David Chen
  • Room 5: Samuel Cotton
  • Room 5: Ethan Binsted
  • Room 6: Mikaya Tonga
  • Room 6: Joshua Merrilees
  • Room 7: Elaine Lee
  • Room 8: Juliana Becker Botelho Junqueira
  • Room 9: Vasare Lemmens
  • Room 10: Fitriani Sudrajat
  • Room 11: Cooper Frost
  • Room 12: Ollie Lethborg
  • Room 13: Alexa Revill
  • Room 14: Elise Tse
  • Room 15: Aiden Xia
  • Room 15: Olivia Hanson
  • Room 16: Max Derecourt
  • Room 17: Edward Bassett
  • Room 18: Bobby Xu
  • Room 19: Lachie Walsh
  • Room 20: London Ridge
  • Room 21: Fin Wilson
  • Room 22: Mikaya Toon
  • Room 9: Vasare Lemmens

Check for Lost Property next Friday

Lost property will be displayed on the round table outside room 8 on the afternoon of 6 July.

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.

Friday after school

On the 6th of July Room 11 will be providing candy floss as part of their contribution to the Bake Sale …..

A big thank you to rooms 9 and 10 who raised $445 last week. Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.

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

Table Tennis Team placed Second

Congratulation to Bryan Chu, Gary Yuan, Daksh Shah, Bryan Lee and Alex Baker who represented VAS at the Auckland Primary Schools Table Tennis weekly competition. They placed 2nd in the Term competition. Go Team VAS!

Gymnastics Primary Schools’ Festival

This was held at Tristar Gymnastics on 27 June. The children were all awarded ribbons and had a great time participating in Beam, Floor, Vault and Rythmic Competitions. Kai Wang was thrilled to win second place in the boys category.


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