Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 2 Week 9 – 29 June 2017

Hi Parents and Caregivers,

Over the last few weeks our management team have been interviewing candidates for three teaching positions that have become available starting in term 3. I am pleased to announce that we have filled these appointments with experienced and highly competent teachers.

Physical Education teacher  (Fixed term position for maternity leave – Rachael Wilcock)

We have appointed Aniel Smith to the role. Aniel is currently teaching PE at St Cuthberts. Aniel is not only an experienced PE teacher he was also a New Zealand Athletic Champion. More recently he represented New Zealand in the World Masters Games in Auckland. Aniel will be starting week 2 of term 3.

New Entrant Position

Kate Chisholm,  a very experienced teacher was appointed to the role of New Entrant teacher commencing week 6 term 3. Kate will job share with Melissa Fields. Melissa has just finished a New Entrant fixed term position at King’s School and is also a highly experienced New Entrant teacher.

Mandarin Language Teacher

Our Mandarin teacher, Lijun Guan has resigned from her fixed term position (one and half days) and will be finishing at the end of this term due to personal reasons. As a result Yu Yao (Grace) Rissetto has been appointed to the position. Yu Yao is an experienced and registered Mandarin teacher.  She will be teaching Mandarin from Year 2 to Year 5.

Continuing on from the previous few weeks, I would now like to share with you the learning topic which Year 4 has been focusing on this term:

Helping Our Habitat

We have been hearing much in the news about the declining numbers of our New Zealand native birds.  Birds are a vital part of our ecosystem.  Year 4 children have been learning how birds have different features such as beaks and feet which are adapted to their environments.  They have observed birds in the school environment and noticed which birds eat seeds and which drink nectar.  We want to encourage more birds to our habitat.

In the last couple of weeks the children have been designing and making their own bird feeders.  This has led to some really creative designs, some of which have proved quite challenging to make.  We have been hanging some of these around the school and we will keep a check on which birds visit our feeders. 

We have begun designing our bird houses and bird baths this week and expect to have a few prototypes assembled by the end of term.  Thank you to parents who have generously offered their time to support the children with putting their ideas into a design and building prototypes.  We hope to evaluate and select the best designs to develop into some more permanent structures in the school.  

Lucky birds!

Check out our class blogs to keep up-to-date with our progress.

Kind Regards
Jane Cameron

Pedestrian crossing – Victoria Avenue

We have noticed pupils (both with and without an adult) crossing Victoria Avenue at 250 Victoria Avenue (at the end of the teachers’ driveway). This is not safe, please ONLY cross at the pedestrian crossing.

It is nearly the end of term so please check the lost property bins for any missing items including bake day containers and piles of fleeces. Items will also be displayed outside room 7 and 8 from 2.45- 3.15 on the last Friday of term (7 July). After this any un-named items will be recycled to clear the bins for term 3. Please also take this opportunity to check that all your uniform items are clearly labelled with the surname and ideally an initial so that they can be returned to their owner if misplaced.

Playground Closures

You may have noticed that we have closed off some of our playgrounds. We are in the process of ensuring the safety of the equipment, as a result some of it will be removed and some rectified. Until that work is complete, they will remain closed.

Subway Lunch Orders

From 17 July, Subway Brand are doing many changes to the menu and the pricing in store and online which also includes school lunches. Changes in School Lunch menu are:

Introduction of Chicken Strips, Oat Raisin cookie, Capsicum and Carrots, 250ml of Keri Orange Juice, Crushups.

Salami has been removed from the menu but is introduced as a Add on product on the school lunch website.

This wont be on the bags.  Price for it will be 6inch  $1:60 and 12inch $3.20

Our Neighbours continue to be fed up with inconsiderate parking, the photos keep being sent in……..

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

FOR TERM 2 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN THURSDAYS 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
Click here for term 2 menu.
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 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.


Entertainment Books

School Holidays are fast approaching and if you’re looking for some fun ideas to keep the kids happy, then why not purchase a copy of the new 2017/18 Entertainment Memberships? With 25-50% off or 2-for-1 offers from attractions like Rainbow’s End, Butterfly Creek, the Auckland Zoo, Event Cinema’s, Snowplanet, Kelly Tarlton’s, Extreme Edge Indoor Climbing, Gravity Trampoline Park, Lilliputt Mini Golf and many more, there’s something to keep every child entertained. It also features family friendly restaurants and cafes like Mamma Mia, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Lone Star, Circus Circus and Remuera Local Cafe to help keep the kids fed and re-fuelled. You can order your copy of the new Book or Digital Membership online at and the PTS receives 20% of every purchase to go towards our fundraising target of $2000 for the shared BBQ area. If you’re heading out of Auckland for the Holidays and down to the Mountains or to Coromandel/Bay of Plenty, there are editions available for all over NZ with local content. There’s even Memberships available for all major Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne and the ever popular Gold Coast.


This Week

Lachlan Rae and Layla Penhearow

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Isabelle Chung
  • Room 1: Benicio Wishart
  • Room 2: Toby O’Leary
  • Room 2: Fiona He
  • Room 3: Taishin Purdy
  • Room 3: Eesha Wadhera
  • Room 4: Anna Sharma
  • Room 4: Bessie Su
  • Room 5: Ishan de Zoysa
  • Room 5: Lucy Haydon
  • Room 6: Nick Ruepert
  • Room 6: Ka Kei Mok
  • Room 8: Nina Valenzuela
  • Room 9: Keira Treagus
  • Room 10: Sophie Power
  • Room 11: Blake Davies
  • Room 12: Ashwin Deva
  • Room13: Benjamin Rong
  • Room 14: Marisol Sunbourg
  • Room 15: Lucy Judd
  • Room 16: Joshua Merrilees
  • Room 16: Vanessa Kong
  • Room 17: Isabella Raby
  • Room 18: Sasha Whitlock
  • Room 18 : Matthew Cunningham
  • Room 19 : India Devereux-Evison
  • Room 20 : Dylan Chand
  • Room 21 : Alannah Brown

Victoria Avenue School Principal Sponsor

Nick Lyus has created a video showing fun things to do with the kids in the school holidays.  It is on Nick’s We Love Remuera FB page, which can be accessed below.

Code Club is coming to Victoria Ave School! Volunteers Wanted!
WHAT IS CODE CLUB? A nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding (computer programming) clubs for kiwi kids. Check it out at
GET INVOLVED! We need adult volunteers who can commit to join us for one hour a week for a term to help kids (Year 3 to 6) do the projects in the class. You don’t need any coding experience, just be enthusiastic!  Whether you are a parent, teacher or older student, getting involved is easy.
WHEN? Early in Term 3. We plan to run the club on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm at the school.
WHAT?  We will teach kids through fun progressive projects.  Each session we’ll start with a quick learning topic then get them into doing interesting games or projects that can be done in under an hour.
It’s free and kids bring their own Windows Laptop or Chromebook that can connect to the school internet.
For those who want to know more please contact David Brown at [email protected]om