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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 3 – 10 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Oh my goodness, I don’t know about you, but I am sick of the rain this winter. Looking at a rainfall website for Auckland from mid June to mid July it rained on 23 out of 31 days and so far in August it has rained on 7 days out of 9.

Unfortunately, this has meant a disruption to the playing areas for children. Our field is well drained but the sheer volume of water almost daily has resulted in a very soft field. We have had to keep the field closed. The long term effect of a churned up field with areas where the grass would be worn away completely (ie goalmouths) and the areas where we have laid new turf destroyed, would seriously compromise the field during spring when athletics are held on the field and into summer where potholes left from the muddy patches would potentially be a danger to children using the field during PE. Not to mention children covered in mud traipsing into classrooms.

I have heard rumblings of discontent from a few parents because the field has been closed for an extended period. Believe me, if the ground were even a bit less soft we would have the field open. The closed field is as a safeguard for the quality of the field surface and safety of children moving into summer.

If we look at this issue another way, being on the courts and the banks has led to children playing different types of games, often with different groups than those they usually play with on the field. Each lunchtime I see children laughing and enjoying themselves, I haven’t yet seen mopey children because they can’t play on the field, the only time they mope is when they have to stay inside during lunchtime due to rain.

I updated everyone about the closed playgrounds in a previous newsletter this term and I am pleased to say that a group of students will start working on this project with Alison Laxon in the next week. They will be consulting with stakeholders (other children), developing an action plan, using the data from their consultation, to design playgrounds, looking at other playgrounds around Auckland, contacting and working with playground manufacturers and installers. We hope to have a concept available for Quiz Night so parents can get a sense of what the new playgrounds will look like. All being well, we expect the new playgrounds will be installed during the summer holidays.

In other property news, Ministry of Education engineers have been on site and reviewed the report that the engineer we employed provided and it looks as though we will finally get some go forward on the rooms 16 – 21 project. Fingers crossed the work may get underway early next year.

Parent Interviews

Great feedback from teachers about last night’s parent interviews. They are looking forward to sharing information with more parents tonight. These interviews are so important as teachers learn more about their students and parents learn about their child’s achievement, both academically and socially. It is such a great opportunity for information sharing.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Letter from a Neighbour regarding Ongoing Parking Issue

Principal Adamson, good afternoon.

As you’ll no doubt be aware, there’s occasionally a small degree of tension between VAS parents and nearby Victoria Avenue residents.
This primarily relates to morning and afternoon parking – with driveways being parked over, blocked and so on.
The majority of your parent catchment seems to possess sufficient good manners to move (occasionally grudgingly) when asked to.
However I’ve lately noticed one particular repeat offender who, to be blunt, is pushing their luck – and our patience.
Earlier in the week our driveway was effectively completely blocked for over an hour. This morning saw a similar, albeit less problematic, situation with the same car.
Any inconvenience to residents is however a minor issue compared to that of child safety. 
Cars partially blocking driveways make getting in or out of our houses more difficult with drivers therefore distracted from watching for young pedestrians.
A close neighbour and VAS parent mentioned that you’ve previously included photos of this sort of thing in your school newsletter.
Would you be so kind as to please include the attached photo in your next rogue’s gallery? Hopefully that will be sufficient to raise the levels on consideration on display.
Auckland Transport has also been asked to increase the presence of enforcement officers whenever possible. I’ve no particular desire to spoil someone’s day by having their car towed away, but unless the behaviours improve that option may come into sharper focus.. The intermediate step of painting (water-based) broken yellow lines over the offending vehicle also has some comic appeal.

My thanks in advance for your assistance.

School parents have repeatedly drawn our attention to this car as well. And to the driver of the VW – thank you for parking perfectly (you just happen to be in the photo).

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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 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
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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
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3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph5200603.

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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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!

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Project Manager

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Previous experience as a Project Manager or Contract Manager is essential.

For more information on the role visit our website: or contact Jennifer Young, HR Manager, email [email protected] or phone 09 630 9512.