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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 10 – 27 September 2018

Dear Parents,

What a Great Term

Term 3 is always a difficult term as it is the winter term and many of the children and staff inevitably get colds or the flu. Teachers however, just carry on regardless, but all of them are ready for a break as are your children.

One of the highlights of the term has been the performances of Kia Kaha, the years 5 and 6 production. A production is held every two years and an awful lot of work goes into ensuring these are of a high standard. This year I asked that we not buy a script, but that we have the children collaborate with the teachers and be part of writing a script that related to their learning. We brainstormed all sorts of possibilities but we kept coming back to the fact that we wanted it to be about New Zealand. Then, just to add stress to the process, I asked that it be a 5 week process from start to finish, rather than the 10 weeks as in the past. Once again, the teachers in the syndicate and Alison Laxon, the director, brainstormed and planned and came up with the concept that is Kia Kaha.

I asked that the first part of the term be focussed on learning, and then second half focussed on preparing, practising, organising and performing. So, the inquiry topic for the first part of the term was about significant events in New Zealand’s history. The children researched our history and the following events were identified for their inquiry: Kate Sheppard and the suffragette movement (very timely given it is the 125th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote); the second world war; the Tangiwai disaster; the 1981 Springbok tour; the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior (again timely as the Rainbow Warrior 111 is currently docked in Auckland) and the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

From this learning, the scripts were developed, dances were choreographed using outside expertise, New Zealand songs were chosen, costumes designed and the practising began.

The learning during the term has been tremendous. History (social sciences), researching (inquiry skills), writing scripts (reading, writing), performing (oral language), managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing (NZ Curriculum key competencies), dance, drama, music (the arts). Not to mention collaborating, overcoming fear and developing confidence. Powerful stuff!

Huge thanks to the senior syndicate teachers, Carla White, Mike Hogg, Nashta Hawke, Sara Weatherall, Jenn Noone and Judy Chao. Very special thanks to Alison Laxon who directed, wrote part of the script, developed the sound effects and lighting plan, taught the songs, wrangled children and pulled the whole thing together. Of course, our children who put their everything into making this a memorable show. What a great team effort!

Term 4 is a very busy term. There is a lot of learning yet to come and we are looking forward to the children coming back fresh after a quiet, calm break.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

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

School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

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 term 3 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
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 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.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.


Congratulations Year 6 Penguins
Our year 6 flippaball team has been playing in the mini polo league (2m deep water) this year. In their 2nd term they have won their league! Congratulations on the huge progress this team has made: Zach Scott, Lucas Hood, Sam Gardner, Cooper Kennard, Libby Nicholls, Putri Ardana, Phoebe MacGill, Scarlett Kirk, Aimee Herrod.
If you are interested in playing flippaball or mini polo please see further information at the bottom of this newsletter.

Inter-School Table Tennis Competition Winners!

Bryan Chu, Bryan Lee, Daksh Shah and Alex Baker represented our school during Term 3 in an inter-school Table Tennis competition that took place every Wednesday after school. It was the finals last Wednesday and our team won the competition. Congratulations!!

Chess Success!

The Victoria Avenue School Chess Championship was held recently,  congratulations to Nicholas Wong who came 1st, Ashley Tung who was 2nd and Alexis Tung who was 3rd. Well done boys!

Friday after school

Tomorrow there will again be candy floss at the Bake Sale :)

A big thank you to Rooms 13 and 14 who last Friday made a fabulous $380 from the amazing cupcakes and baking on Friday. It was a very colourful array of treats. Also thanks so much from the PTS to the parents who helped run the stall.

In PE….

NZ AFL coaches Reg and Jordan ran some free sessions with the year 5s and 6s on Tuesday.

Auckland rugby league coaches David and Sam ran some free sessions with Room 1 and Room 16 on Wednesday. The local rugby league club is the Ellerslie Eagles. VAS is looking to enter a mixed girls and boys team in the primary schools rugby league tag tournament in Term Four.

Beautiful Morning Tea for Staff

The staff greatly appreciate the beautiful morning tea supplied by Mums in Prayer this week. We were feeling very spoilt!

Parnell District School
Applications for Out of Zone Enrolments for Year 7 & 8 Students

The Board of Trustees invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their children in the Intermediate area of Parnell District School for 2019.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Ballot date is Wednesday, 24 October 2018. Application forms can be obtained from the Parnell District School website or from the school office.

Kathy Brinsden,
Enrolment Officer,


Did you know that we stock socks in the uniform shop? We have Columbine triple packs of cropped socks in both navy and white, currently on special at $12 for the pack.


Junior Art

Any size, any shape, any colour

Thank you!

If you have lost any uniform, the lost property will be displayed on the round table outside room 8 in the afternoon of 28 September. A big thank you to Yvonne Robinson who looks after sorting this throughout the year.


Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team. VAS plays in the Epsom League 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.
This term we have 3 teams playing in a variety of year group grades including the 2m deep min polo. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, get along to a pool on a Sunday to take a look.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 1 2019 please contact Anna Scott [email protected] ph 0211 532 132 as entries will need to be made before school starts next year.