Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
E-mail: [email protected] | web:

NEWSLETTER: Term 2 Week 9 – 30 June 2016

Dear Parents

We have the reviewers from the Education Review Office in the school this week. We don’t see this as a threat, but rather an opportunity to share the great things we are doing across the school. It is not often that we get to blatantly celebrate all that is good in the school.

The reviewers have had a thorough delve into everything. Their role is that of evaluators. They have a set of School Evaluation Indicators – Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success, which they use to evaluate our practice across five domains. These are:

Domain 1: Stewardship (the role of the board in the governance of the school)
Domain 2: Leadership of conditions for equity and excellence
Domain 3: Educationally powerful connections and relationships
Domain 4: Responsive curriculum, effective teaching and opportunity to learn
Domain 5: Professional capability and collective capacity
Domain 6: Evaluation, inquiry and knowledge building for improvement and innovation

The reviewers do not evaluate the school against their personal or professional knowledge. They use the indicators and look for evidence that the school’s practice is aligned to these indicators.
The indicators focus ERO reviewers and schools on what matters most in improving valued student outcomes. The indicators support evaluative thinking, reasoning, processes, and decision-making, about the quality and effectiveness of education provision.

So what has this meant for us? The week started with a lovely powhiri where the reviewers were warmly welcomed into the school. They have met with the board of trustees and had a discussion around governance. They have spent considerable time with Jane Cameron, Anne Bridgman and me talking about student achievement data and how this is used across the school. We have also had discussions about the curriculum. The reviewers have been into every classroom accompanied by a senior teacher, where they have been looking at programme delivery, student ownership of learning, formative assessment practices. They have met with a number of parents and have talked to many children about their learning. They met with the the whole staff  to do a little exercise and record thoughts under these three headings; What is working well? Future possibilities to add value. What will make this happen?

The councillors became junior reviewers and were given a questionnaire to go out into the playground and interview children.

Each afternoon they have put the outcomes of their observations and some thoughts / questions up on sheets of paper. The staff have been invited to come and look at these and make comments on post-its if there has been anything they think the reviewers might have missed or might consider.

They meet with the board again tomorrow afternoon to share preliminary findings and the report with take 2 – 3 months to become public.

I have felt very proud of the school this week.

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Remuera Intermediate Enrolments

Please send your application forms in to Christine Clanfield  as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Victoria Avenue School has the Remuera Intermediate enrolment forms at the school office.
Christine Cranfield Enrolment Officer
Remuera Intermediate School Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland Ph: 522 9890 |

logoVAS swim league  wraps up this Saturday, July 2 for term 2. Our two teams lead the competition going into the final round, it will be exciting racing!

Term 3 swim league will commence on Saturday, July 30 followed by racing on August 6, 13, 27 and September 10. If your child would like to join the swim team, please email [email protected]

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Flippaball provides an entrée for primary school kids into the popular and growing sport of waterpolo.  It is a great way to put swimming skills to use in a team sport.  VAS plays in the Epsom League played on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls).   VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.  If your child is interested in playing flipperball in Term 3 please contact Michelle Hieatt  [email protected] ph 021 895 756.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

• SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August.


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Filip Milivojevic and Claire Shen

Room 1: Molly Munro
Room 1: Zac Riley
Room 2: Bria Cotton
Room 2: Jack Madden
Room 3: Jackson Kennard
Room 3: William Meredith
Room 4: Hikurangi Blaylock
Room 4: Hamish Tye
Room 5: Katherine Handley
Room 5: Grace Thomlinson
Room 6: Eugene Levchenko
Room 6: Kaiu Wright
Room 7: Harriet Richards
Room 8: Ava Carey
Room 9: Clara Wemyss
Room 10: Hiroshi Hui
Room 11: Jessica Huang
Room 12: Ashley Tung
Room 13: Marco Horton
Room 14: Cailyn Shen
Room 15: Alena Thorman
Room 16: George Clausen
Room 17: Jack Reid
Room 18: Alexis Tung
Room 19: Elizabeth Nicholls
Room 20: Jove Kryiak
Room 21: Jessica Lee
Room 22: Marina Chen

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College Rifles Rugby Holiday Programme

Monday 11th July – Thursday 14th July 2016
9am – 3pm (drop off at 8.30am and pick up at 3.30pm available)
College Rifles Rugby Club: 33 Haast Street, Remuera
Open to grades Under 7 – Under 13
FULL WEEK – $140 / DAY CHARGE – $45
This programme focuses on tackling, ball handling, skills and drills.  Building confidence, and having a whole lot of fun.

For enquiries or registration, contact [email protected] or phone 600 6280

All Star Cheerleaders
Looking for something exciting and active for the kids to do these holidays?
All Star Cheerleaders have you covered!
We are running our popular school holiday programme again this July!
When:  Monday 11th – 15th July 2016, 9am – 3pm
Where:  All Star LEGACY Gym
Location:  62B Diana Drive, Glenfield
Cost:  $45/day or $160 for the week
Come and join us this school holidays – cheer, dance, stunt, tumble, cool crafts as well as many other fun activities. All ages and abilities from beginners to experienced.
There is a qualified teacher on site, assisted by our experienced Level 5 Elite Team.
At the end of each day, the kids will perform a mini routine to show their parents the new skills they’ve learnt.
** To register please click here.
For more information please email [email protected]nz

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]