Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 1 – 25 July 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another action packed term! Children and teachers have picked up where they left off and great learning is happening right across the school.

We are delighted to once again have Ezra from Dances in Schools at VAS. All children are having a half hour dance lesson every day for the next two weeks. This is how we are delivering the dance curriculum at VAS – through using an expert. The great thing about the programme is that every single child is able to shine. Teachers’ hearts sing when they see children with needs, or shy children, or anxious children participating, being successful and just thoroughly enjoying themselves. I checked in on one of the sessions today and after 2 lessons, every child was dancing a modern cha cha. They learn a few dances – hip hop, modern dance and ballroom.

This programme culminates in a concert for parents on Friday. Each year group will have their concert at a different time of the day. We will send out details of times for each level in the next day or so.

After the dancing has finished, we are launching straight into the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme. Keeping Ourselves Safe is a New Zealand programme formulated by NZ Police. Here is the statement from the website – Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help.

This is not a sex education programme, it is a programme designed to give children strategies to use if they are ever confronted with any form of abuse – emotional, physical, sexual, cyber. The programme is divided into age groups – years 0 – 3 and years 4 – 6. Constable Gordon has led a staff meeting and is holding a parent meeting on Wednesday 31 July at 2pm. All parents are invited to hear what the programme is about and see the overview.

During the latter part of the term there will be lots of learning across the school focussed on bridges. This is a technology topic and children will learn about forces, the design features of bridges, types of bridges and how to build a bridge. This is a lovely hands on topic which teaches the children the design process as well as an understanding of forces and structures. Note: year 5 looked at bridges in term 2 and are doing a science topic.

Year 1: From One Side to the Other: What is a bridge?

Year 2: Bridging the Gap: To help children recognise the effects of forces in the world around them eg forces are in action whenever things move or change direction. Recognise that forces always involve pushes and pulls. Distinguish between different forces such as gravity and friction.

Year 3: Bridging the Gap: All structures are designed to meet a need.

Year 4: Staying strong: Why do things stay up? What makes things not fall down? Why are their differences between what stays up and what falls down?

Year 5: Plastic…Not so Fantastic: Plastic, a product with over a thousand uses, is harming our planet. The plastic toxins are leaching into our soils, oceans and rivers causing harm to our environment, wildlife and humankind. A sustainable lifestyle is essential for future generations.

Year 6: How to Make an Effective Bridge: Students are surrounded by structures and technologies that have been refined and designed through time. With this understanding students will identify the importance of the design process and how it is applied to create technologies. Through the medium of bridges, students will refine and adapt a process of effective steps to create a design.

As you can see, a busy term!

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2019
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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

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place 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.

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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!
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In week 9 last term, rooms 13 & 14 raised $437 towards the school’s forest project. Thanks to those parents and the whole school for supporting.

 Last term we raised a total of $3,782 from bake sales!

Seminar for Chinese Parents

A seminar for Chinese parents will be held in the school hall on Sunday 4th August from 9.30am to 11.30am. The invited speaker is Emily Ping who will present the seminar in Mandarin. She is a mother of two children and has worked at Saint Kentigern College for 14 years. Her older son Andrew Chen, who was recently on the news in the Chinese community, has graduated as an IB perfect scorer, a NZ Premier Scholar, an International Mathematical Olympiad Medallist and a school prefect, and is now serving as a Youth MP.

Emily will cover a variety of topics including the philosophy and features of primary school education in New Zealand, how this differs from that in China; how and why assessment (eg: PAT and easTTle) is conducted, how to interpret the results; how to help children develop a love for reading at home; what mathematical thinking is, why mathematical thinking is important, and how to help children develop mathematical thinking in everyday life; why co-curricular activities are important, especially in developing interpersonal skills; and how to maintain a positive relationship with children as they inevitably grow older.

All Chinese parents are welcomed.

For the first time in history, the World’s Best Kids Obstacle Course Race is coming to New Zealand!

Thanks to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Spartan is proud to announce we’re bringing the truly epic Spartan Kids race to Auckland, New Zealand. It’s time to get your kids active, muddy, and Spartan strong. Join us and thousands of other families in Auckland, and let your kids run wild on a Spartan Kids Obstacle Course!

Specially built Kids courses are designed to build resilience and self-confidence. Our goal is to get kids away from the screen and into play time with a Kids course featuring specifically designed Spartan kids’ obstacles, plenty of mud, and a whole load of fun.

Spartan Kids Auckland will provide fun for the entire family. Kids can race as many laps as they want within their allotted time slot, and parents can choose to race on course with their child for free, or cheer them on from the sideline. Kids will also receive all sorts of goodies; like a badass 2019 Spartan Kids’ Medal, a Spartan Kids’ T-shirt, and a Spartan Kids’ headband!

Get the whole family involved, and have a go at the Auckland Urban Sprint on the Friday or Saturday before cheering on the kids on Sunday. You can also register your kids as a team, and save more with our multiple child discounts.

We have entered a team so when you register search for Victoria Avenue Vikings and the password is 282Victoria if prompted. Any issues or questions contact Shelley Cunningham – [email protected]nz

We’ll see you and the kids on the start line in Auckland! Register now here

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma).

These After-school Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.

Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing that is flexible and allows for comfortable movement.

Cost: $220 for Term 3

**Children enroling after the first class (25/7) will have an adjusted class fee

To enrol, please email: [email protected]

Blended Family Success: Expert Advice

ONE DAY ONLY. Essential information for every couple on how create a united, supportive home life and help children adjust in a step family.

Overcome common challenges and learn practical strategies that really work! Live happily ever after in your stepfamily! Last workshop this year. Numbers limited.

Saturday 7th September: 8.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: The Parenting Place, Greenlane, Auckland

For tickets go to:
email: [email protected]

Weekly Thursday chess classes re-start on 25th July in room 16 at 3.15 – 4.15pm.
All levels catered for EXCEPT ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (who are taught in term 1 only).
Most sessions are half instruction by former NZ co-Champion Leonard McLaren and half playing.
In term 3 students will play in the school championship.
If your child would like to enrol please send details and the $100 term fee to Mr McLaren in chess class or to Westpac account  03 1308 0065112-00
If paying by cheque please make it payable to Leonard McLaren.
All students are required to behave well in class. STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP PROMPTLY AT 4.15PM!
Any questions please contact [email protected]

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