Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 1 – 27 July 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome back. I am back at school after my term 2 sabbatical. It was a great opportunity to sit back, relax, reflect and catch up on personal as well as professional reading. I also worked on my research ‘Leading From the Middle’. A huge thank you to Jane Cameron for her hard work and expertise as acting principal. She was supported by Anne Bridgman and together they made a great team. Huge thanks across the school to all staff who stepped up to fill the gaps as Jane and Anne took on different roles during the term.

I have been roving in classrooms and I am very impressed at how well teachers have hit the ground running at the start of the term. My question to each child I talk with in the classrooms is “tell me what you are learning”. Every single child I spoke with didn’t just tell me the activity they were doing, they told me what they were learning as they did the activity. Top stuff!

Dances for Schools
This week and next week we are very fortunate to have dance teachers from Dances for Schools in school taking all classes for daily dance lessons. This means that over the two weeks, each child participates in ten dance sessions. I went along and observed the year 2 children and their teachers learning the hip hop dance moves. The dance teachers are just so skilled in explaining the moves, every child picked up the dance sequence very quickly. The teachers were very impressive as well! On Friday 4 August we would like to share the dances learnt in two performances. Please check the times below for when your child will be dancing as you are most welcome to come along to the hall and see what they have been learning.

9.10 – 9.50 am
Rooms  9, 10, 12 , 13, 14 & 15
Year 3 classes
Year 5 classes

2.00 – 2.40pm
Rooms 7, 8, 11
Year 4 classes
Year 6 classes

Youth Mental Health
There has been a lot of public discussion about youth mental health recently. The Ministry of Education has asked all schools to let parents know where to find information to support the mental health and wellbeing of their children. Parents are encouraged to regularly check in with their child about how they are doing and the things going on in their lives. You’ll find links to organisations you can contact for help and advice if you are concerned about your child:

Parent Interviews
Parent interviews are being held on 9, 10 August. Please be aware that school closes at 2pm on Wednesday 9 August. Details about booking an interview slot will be emailed to you today. We encourage your child to participate in the interviews.

You will have seen that some of the playgounds are out of bounds for children. Some of the playgrounds are old and I asked to have a safety inspection undertaken of all the playgounds by a certified playgound inspector. This had not been done for a number of years.

The inspection highlighted lots of small aspects that needed improving – nothing major but all the small things together were enough to make me want to close them until either effective repairs could be undertaken or aspects remediated. The senior playground falls into this category. It has just been too wet for this to happen quickly. Once we are through the worst of winter we will be able to get onto it.
The very old wooden playgrounds are really too far gone to remediate so we are currently planning on replacing them with something fab!
Rachael Wilcock, our wonderful PE and sport teacher, is starting her maternity leave tomorrow. We wish her well for her new stage in life and look forward to meeting the new baby.
Aniel Smith has been appointed as PE and sport teacher to cover the year that Rachael is on leave. Aniel comes highly recommended from St Cuths but he can’t start until week 5. In the meantime, we have dance sessions happening daily and teachers will take their own classes for PE. The sports exchanges have already been well organised by Rachael so there wont be any disruption.

As always, there is a lot happening this term so please read the newsletters and look out for notifications sent via email or the VAS app.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

We are having a ‘Crazy Hair’ mufti day for KidsCan on Friday 11th August. We would like students to bring a gold coin donation for the charity.

Thursday 3rd August (week 2, term 3), 8.15am – 9.30am

Please donate your second hand uniform to the office. Only items that are in good condition please, no holes or stains.

Au Pair / Nanny Needed Urgently for School Family – Remuera

Must have full, clean drivers licence and good English

Mother has just returned to work and needs a live in au pair for 2 children, a girl aged 7 and a boy aged 3. The au pair would be responsible for getting children ready for school in mornings, driving to school, light housework, preparing evening meal, collecting children from school and taking to after school activities, feeding dinner and bathing. Monday – Friday. For more information please call Sarah 021 02962919.  Also need occasional babysitters.

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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.


The Creative Shed

With the weather having been so unkind, The Creative Shed and Loose Parts Play will not resume until later in the term. We still need more loose parts – durable, reasonable sized items that can be used in imaginative play, eg. (but not limited to): wood off cuts, log slices, crates, tarps, pipes…… no tyres please. Contact Anna, 021 217 0261 or [email protected]


This Week

Olivia Hanson  and Chloe Pratt

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Bryn Somervell
  • Room 2: Leo Cormack
  • Room 3 : Poppy Tingey
  • Room 4: Evie Houtman
  • Room 5: Jessica Lee
  • Room 6: Grace Liang
  • Room 7: Miles Clark
  • Room 8 : Leo Anderson
  • Room 9: James Lethborg
  • Room 10: Brayden Gao
  • Room 11: George Smith
  • Room 12: Joseph Sim
  • Room 13: Riley Enright
  • Room 14: Max Maire
  • Room15: Jessica Schaaf
  • Room 16: Emily Fippard-Peacock
  • Room 17: Jack Reid

  • Room 18: Louie Hogan
  • Room 19: Olesya Kozakevych
  • Room 19: Olivia Halliday
  • Room 20: Craig Rong
  • Room 20 : Charlotte Dalziel

Victoria Avenue School Principal Sponsor – Nick Lyus

Marketing Administrator Position

Nick Lyus is growing his successful team and is looking to hire a Marketing Administrator. The successful candidate will have plenty of energy and initiative and a strong customer service focus. You’ll need to be a whiz with the computer, have a good eye for detail, be able to multi-task and be great with people.

Some experience with CRM and databases would be a benefit, as would previous experience with the creation of presentation and marketing materials. Real estate experience would also be an advantage but is not essential.

The role will be part-time role (up to 25 hours a week), school hours and flexibility during holidays. Start date September/October 2017.

You will need to have:

  • A great sense of humour and a positive outlook are essential
  • Exceptional communication and customer service skills, along with the ability to relate to a wide variety of people
  • Social media savvy. Intermediate/advanced computer skills
  • Strong organisational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with minimum supervision
  • A positive, team-focused attitude

Barfoot & Thompson Remuera is a fun team environment and we take immense pride in being market leaders and believe in acting professionally and with integrity at all times.

Please send your application to [email protected] or feel free to call Nick directly if you have any questions 021 998 001.