Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 10 – 26 September 2019

Dear Parents,

As the winter term draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on the many exciting things that have happened this term.

Teachers have undertaken significant professional development this term. They have participated in maths professional development around flexible grouping by way of workshops led by their peers as well as in class modelling led by Lucie Cheesman. We have also been upskilling in the new digital technology curriculum and have had great hands on session with an external facilitator Donna Golightly. Another external facilitator, Louise Dempsey has been working with teachers around writing. The senior teachers along with Anne Bridgman, attended the Senior Leadership Conference.

We have been reviewing our reporting to parents system and a team is looking to finalise the new system after getting feedback from parents through the survey. Teachers have also looked closely at the inquiry process and their role in teaching inquiry skills. We have started reviewing our local curriculum and appreciated input from parents who emailed their thoughts to me.

The whole school had two weeks of dance lessons culminating in a concert for parents. As part of their exciting inquiry topic around bridges, years 1 – 4 and year 6 children visited MOTAT. Year 5 children did a big clean up at Wilson’s Beach as part of their topic about plastics. Teams of years 5 and 6 children have also participated in many extra events; years 5, 6 Mathex, ePro8 challenge, Kids Lit quiz, their speech competition, bike safety. We also had teams who participated in skiing, gymnastics and table tennis competitions as well as sports exchanges. We trialled rebranding the cross country as a fun run and we had fewer children calling in ‘sick’ on the day. We had two mufti days; one to support KidsCan and the other to raise money to sponsor Kakapo. ‘Nano Girl’ put on a great display of science experiments for the whole school. We celebrated Maori Language week.

Parents came along to the Keeping Ourselves Safe parent information session led by Constable Gordon Campbell. Of course, we can’t forget the most exciting parent event, the Quiz Night.

So, all in all, not bad for a winter term!

Have a restful holiday, the children certainly need a break. Let them have lots of fun playing, exploring and making things. Get them all ready for an action packed term 4!

Quiz Night

Thanks to so many benefactors including Manuka Doctor, our major sponsor, and to the extraordinary skills of the Quiz Night team and the generosity of the people who came along, we made over $30,000 for the school. This will be put to stage 2 of the forest project. Principal for a Day was auctioned off and I spent a lovely day with Principal Jemima Snelling! She loved giving out the certificates at assembly. Her choice for lunch was KFC and the highlight was the Fanta I said she could order! I know that the parent who bid to win a parking space for drop off and pick up in the teachers’ carpark is very thrilled! Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a success.

Forest Project Stage 1

I am very excited because this project starts on Monday and the contractors expect stage 1 to be finished ready for planting by the end of the holidays.

Field Maintenance

The field is in need of some major maintenance so we have experts coming in during the holidays to undertake this work. By necessity, this work needs to be done during spring. Unfortunately, this does mean that the field will be closed for the holidays and for the first 4 weeks of term.

Kind regards

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FOR TERM 3 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2019

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 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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

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Announced last assembly:

Victoria Portugal & Hugo Thorman

This week:

Annie Williams & Anders Houghton

  • Room 1: George Zhau
  • Room 2: Olive Tingey
  • Room 3: Daniel Soldinger
  • Room 4: Edward Winstone
  • Room 5: Alexandra Kozakevych
  • Room 6: Jacob Clayton-Ford
  • Room 7: Alyssa Lee
  • Room 8: Trixie Edgar
  • Room 9: Sevi Woodcock
  • Room 10: Andy Hu
  • Room 11: Shaurya Sen
  • Room 12: Deon Chand
  • Room 13: Jemima Snelling
  • Room 14: Chayla Jooste
  • Room 15: Keira Simms
  • Room 16: Luca Colgan
  • Room 17: Flynn Magness-Wignall
  • Room 18: Cooper Munro
  • Room 19: Joe Sim
  • Room 20: Sophia Liu
  • Room 20: Olivia Robinson
  • Room 21: Sebastien Fong
  • Room 21: Annie Li
  • Room 23: Luca Pasupati

Gymnastics Champion of Champions

On Thursday 12 September, members of the gymnastics team competed in the Auckland champion of champions event. All the students represented VAS superbly and the day produced some outstanding individual and team performances. In the year 4 girls category we had two fantastic individual performances with Sarah Kennard placing 2nd overall and Alena Thorman placing 4th overall. The year 5 girls category produced both an outstanding individual and team performance with Willow Reid placing 1st overall, and the year 5 girls team of Sophie Thorman, Minako Purdy, Willow Reid and Claudia Evison placing 1st also. Well done to all who participated.

Willow Reid

Sarah Kennard

Minako Purdy, Sophie Thorman, Claudia Evison & Willow Reid

Alena Thorman

Auckland Primary & Intermediate School Table Tennis Tournament

Every  Wednesday evening, Daksh Shah, Jonathan Hu and Matt Cunningham have represented VAS  in an Auckland Primary and Intermediate School Table Tennis Tournament.

This term they came 2nd in the B Grade Competition. Ten teams were in this grade. Well done VAS Boys!

Jonathan Hu, Matt Cunningham & Daksh Shah

New Entrant Parents & Children Morning Tea

We would like to recognise and thank (again) Rozy Williamson, Kristin Williams, Margot Kynoch and Charlotte Houghton for running the new entrant morning tea today. Also thanks to Lucy Clark, Rachel Webber and Kylie Hotham for kindly providing food.

Plastic wrappers  are hurting our ecosystem and harming our sea life. All of our beautiful sea life think that plastic in the ocean is …FOOD!!!!! And then they eat the plastic which makes them feel full, but really they are not, so the animals die of starvation. 

It’s not just plastic bags and bottles, it’s plastic packaging too. All that Glad Wrap that you wrap your ham and cheese  sandwiches in ends up in the sea! But some plastics photodegrade which means the plastic breaks down into little pieces called micro plastics. Little fish will come along and eat the micro plastics, then a squid will eat the little fish then the squid has micro plastics in its stomach. Then a tuna will eat the squid then the tuna will have micro plastics  in its stomach. Then we eat the fish which puts micro plastics in our body… yuck!!! If all humans try to stop using plastic packaging we may not end up with plastic all through our body.

Plastic packaging is not necessary and we do not need to wrap our food in glad wrap or plastic wrap because all of the wrap just ends up in the ocean and hurts our animals and kills our marine life. Plastic pollution is a very big environmental concern. Plastic is very long lasting; nobody knows how long plastic lasts for but what we do know is that…JUST STOP USING SINGLE USE PLASTIC! 

Plastic is biodegradable, meaning it breaks down into little pieces of plastic also called micro plastics. Plastic is good because it is durable, plastic is bad because it is durable. Plastic wrapper and other single use plastic is not just polluting our oceans it is also polluting our air and that is what we humans breath. Also, since  plastic looks like food, fish eat it then we eat the fish which means even more plastic goes into our bodies. Plastics in the air are so small you can’t see them.

By Lottie R6

 In lunch boxes parents put things like Glad Wrap and tinfoil in to cover the food but the  kids just throw it away. Sometimes the kids leave it in their lunch box – which is fine. But some kids just leave it on the ground and it blows away into a gutter. Well as you learnt at school (adults/parents) a gutter always leads to either a lake or most likely . . . the . . . OCEAN!!! 

Plastic pollution is currently one of the biggest environmental concerns. Plastic has toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution. It can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down, so the damage to the environment is long-lasting. Most plastics are durable. Once thrown away or lost, they enter the environment and a proportion eventually enter the sea. 

The build-up of plastic waste in marine environments is a global issue. What we do on land directly impacts the amount of plastic in the ocean. A ‘plastic-free aisle’ would potentially increase the overall environmental impact of food packaging by increasing food waste, increasing the resources necessary to package goods and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Disadvantages include longevity, plastic’s ability to absorb flavours, and its environmental impact.                     

By Sophie R6

So lovely parents we are asking for your help.  We want to make sure we are doing our bit to help save our precious planet.  Instead of using plastic wrappers you can buy beeswax wraps, you can even make them.  If you don’t want to do that you can buy eco-friendly wrapping or better still use a bento lunchbox that has its own compartments.  Please realise how much damage plastic is doing to our environment. This does not only save money, It saves our oceans and sea creatures. So please help us save our oceans and awesome sea creatures by  not using plastic in our lunchboxes…

By Emily R6                                                                                   


Thanks to rooms 13 and 14 for their yummy contributions to the bake sale on Friday. They made a fabulous $474 which goes towards the school’s Forest Project. Thanks also to the whole school for supporting.

The Uniform Shop will be open on the first day of term 4, between 8.15 – 9.00am.

Volunteer Needed

If you are available on a regular basis to sort the lost property, 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). Since her relocation to New Zealand, she has taught after-school ballet at both private and public primary schools.

These 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 and shoes that are flexible and allow for comfortable movement.

Cost: $65
**Please note, the ballet classes will only be held for 3 weeks during Term 4

To enrol, please email: [email protected]

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team (see below for additional info).  VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthbert’s 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.

In Term 4 we currently have 3 teams playing (2 playing flippaball and 1 playing min polo):

Year 4 Flippaball – New Flippaball team in term 4 managed by Sarah Woodward
Year 4/5 Flippaball – Managed by Andrew Williams
Year 6 Minipolo (played in 2 metre deep pool) – Managed by Liz Lim

If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, look at the Flippaball Rules or get yourself along to a pool on a Sunday afternoon to take a look (term 3 games have finished but there is usually a tournament on during the last weekend of the term 3 holidays at Dio or come along during term 4).

If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing Flippaball in Term 4 2019 please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or on 0211 532 159.

NOTE: Entries for Term 4 need to be in by midday 15th October (first Tuesday of term 4).

Flippaball is a modified version of water polo. Two teams, each of which must have a minimum of seven players, play Flippaball. Each team must have 6 field players and 1 goalie in the pool at one time. The pool is shallow (approximately 1.1 – 1.3 metres) allowing players to stand on the bottom of the pool. Players are permitted to walk along the bottom if they do not have the ball. If in possession of the ball the player must swim or pass. Players must pass with only one hand. The game consists of two halves of 8 minutes duration with a 2 minute half time.

 Mini polo is a smaller, more basic game than water polo itself and has been introduced to teach young players the basics of the full game of Waterpolo. Mini polo is recommended for students who have played flippaball for at least 1 term, are confident swimmers and can tread water confidently as the pool depth is 1.8 – 2m deep.

The Skateboard Club is back on every Monday lunch time in Term 4.
Taken by professional skateboarder Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
All abilities welcome, including first time skaters. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks along the way! Spare skateboards and helmets can be provided if needed. Cost: $75 per term.For bookings and more information please email [email protected]nz