Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 2 – 3 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Schools are interesting places to work in. Everybody has been to school which means that everyone has their own mental model of what a school should look like. Schools are a dichotomy in that we are preparing our children for the modern world through designing teaching and learning to prepare them for the future, but this learning happens in a system that has not really changed since the industrial times. More specifically, our day is ruled by bells, the children are in single cell classrooms, there is a uniform for girls and a uniform for boys.

However, we are gradually breaking these old fashioned constraints down through changing the way we teach, changing the furniture, planning to open up learning spaces to be more aligned with the teaching and learning practices that we use. We are taking this change and applying it to uniforms.

From this week, all items in the school uniform will be mix and match for all children. In the staffroom this morning, the majority of female staff were wearing trousers so it does seem unfair that long trousers have, up until now, only been available for boys. So, following a discussion with the board we have decided to not distinguish between boys and girls. The uniform itself is not changing and all items will continue to be sold at the uniform shop. Both boys and girls may wear any part of the school uniform.

All students are required to wear the correct school uniform as listed on our school website. There is no winter or summer uniform – students may wear any combination of the following items at any time of the year:

VAS white polo – long or short sleeved
VAS navy polo – long or short sleeved
VAS navy drill shorts or trousers
VAS navy skort
VAS navy fleece
VAS bucket hat
Sensible trainers, shoes or sandals
Plain black, navy, or white socks, or black or navy tights (not footless)
Plain black, navy, white, or hair-coloured hair ties/clips/hairbands

We still insist on the children only wearing uniform items. Coloured t-shirts or skivvies, coloured and patterned socks or tights are not part of the uniform and should not be worn. If your children require additional warm items under their uniform, then please ensure they are white or navy. Socks and tights should only be white, black or navy.

The PE uniform should not be worn in place of the regular uniform. Years 3 – 6 get changed into their PE uniform at school and years 1 – 2 may only wear their PE uniform to school on the days they have PE. 

Keeping Ourselves Safe
Over the next two weeks all classes will be taught the ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ programme that has been developed by the New Zealand Police. At Victoria Avenue School we teach this programme every alternate year as we recognise its importance.  Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others and helps them to recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. All teachers have had professional development in how to implement the programme successfully and our Police Education Officer Gordon Campbell supports in all classrooms with lessons. For more information on the Keeping Ourselves Programme including some useful resources click here

Bays & Remuera Children’s Book Quiz
Yesterday two teams of Year 5 and 6 students took part in the Remuera Cluster Literature Quiz at St Thomas’s School. Last term the teams were provided with a prescribed list of 13 books, and all students worked extremely hard to read, understand and recall quotes, authors, characters, events and details in these books.

We are very pleased to say that both teams did teams achieved extremely well in the competition. Team B won the overall competition and Team A came 6th (out of 28 teams). We are very proud of them all!

Team A
Fiona He (year 6), Reeve Innes (year 6), Caroline Wang (year 5)
Sub – Duncan Isherwood (year 5)

Team B
George Cullen-Hieatt(year 6), Maya McCarthy (year 5), Anna Schellekens (year 6)
Sub – Shaelyn Greene (year 5)

Dances for Schools Performance

The children have had two weeks of learning dance. Tomorrow 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 and see what they have been learning.
9.10 – 9.50am
Rooms  9, 12 , 13, 10, 14 & 15
Year 3 classes
Year 5 classes
2.00 – 2.40pm
Rooms 7, 8, 11
Year 4 classes
Year 6 classes


Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Paint Needed

Please, does anybody have spare black or white paint suitable for use on asphalt,  which they would like to donate….
We need this for painting the boards for outdoor games (chess and checkers). Thanks.

Clothes Hanging Rail Wanted

Also, does anybody have a spare clothes hanging rail going begging? We need one for the Uniform Shop and would appreciate if anyone has one they no longer need.

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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 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

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

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.


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.

Quiz Night is coming our way and we need auction items. If you have anything you would like to donate please contact Shelley Cunningham – [email protected]

Bake sales have done really well in term 2 and raised just over $4,000. A friendly reminder to please send your baking in labelled containers and collect them from the office on Friday after school. Keep up the good work!

Remuera Cluster Literature Quiz

“And in first place this year..” says the announcer. The drumroll starts…. “Victoria Avenue School B!!”

On the 2nd of August Victoria Avenue School B officially won the Bays and Remuera Children’s Book Quiz! Anna, Shaelyn, George and Maya were so excited but they couldn’t have done it without Reeve, Fiona, Caroline and Duncan in Team A. But the most help came from Mrs Clark and Miss Laxon, our wonderful teachers.

Principal Sponsor – Nick Lyus
Nick Lyus has a fantastic three bedroom home for sale. Check out these cute kids in the video.

Junior Summer Touch at College Rifles

Registrations are now open for our Summer Touch modules here at College Rifles!
Below are the days, dates & times…

4:00pm: Year 1&2 Touch
4:30pm: Year 3&4 Touch
5:00pm: Year 5&6 Touch
Fees: $475.00 (12 weeks)
Starting Thursday 26th October

5:30pm: Year 1&2 Touch
6:00pm: Year 3&4 Touch
6:30pm: Year 5&6 Touch
Fees: $475.00 (12 weeks)
Starting Friday 27th October

Primary School Touch Register HERE

New Head Lice Treatment – Proven and Fully Funded if Prescribed by a GP

One of our school parents, who is a GP, has recommended a new natural head lice treatment. Dimethicone lotion works by affecting the respiratory and water systems of the lice, therefore there is no resistance to it.