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

Newsletter: Term 3 Week 2 – 2 August 2018

Dear Parents,

Following a decision by teachers to strike on 15 August, the board of trustees has made the decision to close the school that day.

NZEI, the teachers’ union, has been in negotiation with the government as the current Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement came to an end on 8 June this year.

The three main points of negotiation at issue are as follows:

Fixing the teacher shortage crisis

  • Schools are struggling to recruit and retain teachers and there is a drop in the number of people choosing to train as teachers.
  • NZEI is seeking a significant pay increase.

Time and workload

  • Workloads are increasing.
  • There aren’t enough resources available for supporting children with additional learning needs.
  • NZEI is seeking to reduce the teacher:student ratio for years 4 – 8 students from 1:29 down to 1:25.
  • Staffing and resourcing entitlements for schools to employ and train a SENCO (special needs co ordinator). Replace the current classroom release time (CRT) with professional practice time (PPT) equivalent to 20 hours per fulltime teacher per term.
  • More teacher resourcing for each class to give the regular teacher time to complete professional responsibilities, such as assessment, that are difficult to do whilst responsible for a class.

Issues with salary and relativities

  • Options for career development vary from school to school.
  • Issues with relativity and there is limited recognition for teachers and principals with specialist skills

On 15th August VAS teachers will join others at a march / rally. Teachers want to carry a banner which has signatures from VAS parents who support the teachers as they endeavour to improve their conditions and pay. If you would like to sign this banner, it will be available outside room 6, near where the bake sale is, on Friday 3rd and Friday 10th from 3pm.


I am pleased to announce that Tessa Fastnedge, teacher in room 4, has given birth to a healthy baby boy. We have been sent photos and he is gorgeous.


Great excitement! After a creeping delay due to the weather, we opened the new playground on Monday. The children love it and each break there is a stampede of children racing towards it. At the moment we are restricting each break time to just one year level each day in order to keep the numbers down. We intend doing this for 3 weeks, after which time it will be open for all children.

Please note that we have strict rules around numbers on the swing and the UFO. These numbers are the ones recommended to us from the installer and are designed to keep children safe. If you let your child play on it after school, please help us by reinforcing that only 4 children at a time on the swing and 6 children at a time sitting on the UFO whilst others push them around.

Please ensure that just 1 child at a time is climbing up the ladder and climbing walls, coming down the slide and fireman’s pole.

Dragon on Dragon Drive

Our beloved dragon is looking decidedly faded. One of our lovely parents, Craig Hill, is currently sourcing appropriate paint and has taken it upon himself to organise / co ordinate a parent working bee to repaint the dragon during spring. Normally we would involve children in the painting but it is a 2 pot process and given the nature of the chemicals, it is not suitable for children to apply the paint.

A few repairs need to be made to the drive before the painting and Craig is looking for anyone who has access to the following: concrete grinder, concrete cutter, jackhammer as well as a concrete supply.

If you are able to help with supplying these when we do the working bee, please email Joanne Henderson [email protected]

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2018
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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

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.

 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.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

Neave Harris & Tommy Fippard-Peacock

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Oscar Kidd
  • Room 2: Quinn Skeggs-O’Donnell
  • Room 3: Anita Burt-Sudrajat
  • Room 4 : Leo Bonnici
  • Room 5: Raphael Portugal
  • Room 6: Christina Handley
  • Room 7: Olivia Liu
  • Room 8: Blake Field
  • Room 9: Matty Lin
  • Room 10: George Zhou
  • Room 11: Rosalie Winstone
  • Room 12: Aimee Thornton
  • Room 13: Sabine Mihajlovic
  • Room 14: Bella Hill
  • Room 15: Nina Valenzuela
  • Room 15: Alexander Green
  • Room 16: George Boyden
  • Room 16: Sammy Webber
  • Room 17: Henry Main
  • Room 17: Mila Walsh
  • Room 18: Connelly Grobler
  • Room 18: Edward Winstone
  • Room 19: Keira Treagus
  • Room 19: Luca Colgan
  • Room 20: Lucy Williams
  • Room 20: Aston Lodge
  • Room 21: Hamish Ngan
  • Room 22: Zelda Boyer

A shout out to the Y6 Kestrels netball girls

In week 9 of last term the girls finished top in their grade (white), so have been moved up to the next grade (grey).
To top this off, in week 10 they had another win (in their new grade), beating their opponents Ellerslie – 20 to 7.
This team is made up of girls playing their first year of netball and are working hard and playing really well.
A big thanks from the team to Mr Smith for all of his effort in coaching the girls.  They are very sad to see him go!
Looking forward to next term.

Go the Kestrels.

Friday after school

A big thank you to rooms 1, 2 & 3 who in the last bake sale made $414 for the school. Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.

On Friday 10 August we are having the KidsCan Mufti Day. We are  supporting Kiwi kids in need, helping them get the bare essentials that we take for granted, just by dressing in mufti. Please bring a gold coin donation.

Want to be ready for Cross-Country?

Join the school running Club – VAS Speedsters.
Open to all year 5s and 6s and their parents. No charge.

The VAS Speedsters meet every Wednesday morning at 7.15am at the hall.
Return to school around 8.15am.
Bring a packed breakfast.
Wear Speedsters shirt or VAS PE kit accepted.

It is fun and healthy!

Contact David Hebblethwaite at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Magnificent Holiday Workshops will be running a fun filled one day workshop on August 15th, 8:30am – 5:30pm, in the Victoria Avenue school hall. The charge is $60 for the day.
The day will have something for everyone including creative activities, creating delicious treats, lego corner, movies, free playtime and more!
For more information and bookings please contact Monique Patient at or on 027 497-1554
Flyers and enrolment forms will be available from the Victoria Avenue school office on Monday 6 August.

Hockey – if you are interested in the following please contact [email protected]

Remuera Zone Non-Competitive 8-Aside Hockey Competition

When: Tuesday 21st August 2018 (no rain day)
Where: Auckland Grammar School Hockey Turf, Normanby Road, Mt Eden
Time: ALL schools need to be at the Auckland Grammar School Turf by 9.15am. Start time is 9.30am. Finish time will be between 2:15 – 2:30 at the latest.
(Game length and estimated time of finishing will depend on entries received. This information along with the draw will be sent out prior to the event).

• Each team must provide an umpire; the umpire you list on your entry form will umpire your games, with each game being dual umpired.
• No umpire = No game!!!
• Just a reminder that this is a non-competitive competition and the emphasis is on fun and learning about the sport as much as it is about winning. Teams entering this event should not be playing in a club competition.
• Shin guards and mouth guards are compulsory

Any questions or queries please contact:
Casey Gilligan
Epsom Normal Primary School
Ph: 630 5144 (School) Mobile 027 635 8511
[email protected]

MusiqHub ​are excited to offer private guitar tuition to students at Victoria Ave School with experienced tutor ​JP Carroll.​ Students learn a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques where they play together as a group and take turns to play to the group as individuals. This format creates a fun environment for students and is hugely popular in schools around the country.
About MusiqHub
MusiqHub are a nation-wide group of independent music teachers that use a proven teaching system to ensure excellence in instrument tuition. MusiqHub teachers host lessons for a wide range of instruments, and our programmes cover all age groups and musical abilities from year 3 students to those about to make the big time.
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About Our Lessons
Learning music requires the development of skills and knowledge along with the retention of prior learning. With this in mind MusiqHub has developed a structured curriculum that utilises a sequential lesson process. Skills in the physical ability to play are developed alongside an understanding of music. Songs and activities are provided for reinforcement.
About JP
JP has been teaching the guitar at a number of Auckland schools since 2014. His patience, easy going nature and ability as a teacher have seen hundreds of guitar students enjoy his lessons since then. JP has a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance, as well as extensive experience playing in bands, touring and recording music.

MusiqHub is currently offering two free guitar lessons when you sign up for guitar lessons in term 3. There are limited spaces available.
Email JP at [email protected] to begin the enrolment process.