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NEWSLETTER: Term 3 Week 3 – 11 August 2016

Dear Parents

I was at a Gifted and Talented session this morning and I had to pay a not inconsiderable amount of money to park there. I paid so much, I was entitled to stay there until 8.30pm tonight! As I left mid morning I noticed a woman looking a little stressed. I asked her if she needed a parking ticket and she said yes but she was late for her appointment and couldn’t find the machine. I offered her my ticket as I was leaving as it seemed a shame for it to go to waste. I was very surprised at the level of the woman’s gratitude. For me it was just a small thing, but to her, it was huge and she was very thankful, indeed she said I was an angel. Well, I’ve been called many things, but not often an angel! Driving back to school I was reflecting on how such a small and seemingly insignificant choice on my part, made what seemed to be a significant difference to the way that woman was feeling at that moment.

We talk with children about making good or appropriate choices, usually in the context of their behaviour, but making choices is so much more than the everyday choices around behaviour or what to cook for dinner, what to watch on TV. These choices are focussed on making ourselves feel good. But what if, just once a day, we made a choice that made someone else feel better?

How often do we actively make a choice to make someone else feel good? I wrote earlier last term about the concept of ‘who did you help today?’ Making a choice to ‘pay it forward’ immediately makes another person feel good. It also has the spinoff of making ourselves feel good, hopefully not because we feel important, but because we have made another human being happy.

We prefer the restorative approach to sorting out children’s behaviour choices. We ask the children about the choice they have made and ask if they can think of a different choice which wouldn’t have a negative impact on another. When asked that question, they can always come up with a more positive choice. This is what the restorative approach is centred around; helping children to understand the consequences of ‘bad’ choices and refocuses them onto ‘good’ choices.

Ask your children to tell you about a great choice they made today. Ask them whether their choice made anyone else feel good. Encourage the ‘pay it forward’ gestures as a way to foster and boost their self esteem through feeling good that they made a choice that made someone else happy.

Welcome and Farewell

We are pleased to welcome Kate Cope and Mirren Fredrickson who are job sharing in room 19. We also welcome Mary Pithey who opens the new entrant room on Monday.

Michael Davy, our caretaker who has been at Victoria Avenue School for the past 9 years has retired and is going to really enjoy not driving down from Matakana each day. We wish him lots of fun in his retirement.

Winter Uniform

Just a reminder about the colour of tights and socks. The uniform colours are navy, black or white, not pink and white striped or with pink hearts, bright yellow (and that’s just what I have seen today!) or other non uniform colours! Please ensure that your child comes to school with the correct uniform.

Parent Mathematics Information Evening

Wondering how we teach maths in schools today? Like to see the way children are taught to work problems out? We are delighted to welcome back Lucie Cheesman who led a maths evening at VAS a couple of years ago. Following Lucie’s presentation, teachers will have maths stations around the hall so you can see and participate in maths activities.

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Health Concern

There has been an incident of Strep throat at school recently. This is a timely reminder that sore throats can be serious.


Please see below information about the day’s events!

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE! – Friday 19 August 8:30am – 9:15am

Due to the second-hand sale, the uniform shop hours on 19 August will change to 8.30-9.15.

Please donate your clean, good-quality uniform to our sale. Items may be left at the office.

Due to the second-hand sale, the uniform shop hours on 19 August will change to 8.30-9.15.

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DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 3 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 2016
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
Click Here for order forms/instructions

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.

Please note that we have FOUR events coming up:Save-the-date

  • RATBAGS our senior school production – see below
  • Brainwave Trust talk.  – this has been postponed to a new date yet to be confirmed – watch this space!
  • Also the Maths Information Session for 19 September at 7pm


Walking School Bus

A reminder we are always looking for families to join the WSB and currently the Spencer Street Stairwalkers are especially keen to have some more numbers! This is a great route for out of zone families who drive to the bus drop off and for working parents or those busy with siblings the WSB offers an early supervised drop off/collection so you can get to your next destination early. Many of the busses commence shortly after 8.00.

Children who walk on the WSB make great friends and start the day with a great attitude.  It is also a great way for you to meet other families in our school community.

All that is required is a commitment from one adult to walk once a week, the rest of the week you can usually wave them good-bye from near your front door!

There are more details about routes and contact information available on the VAS website, as well as rewards throughout the year like ice blocks, Milo mornings and stickers to motivate walkers.

Feel free to join for a trial or email Victoria for more information on[email protected].

Two great pieces of work from Year 6 students in Room 2!

Inside My Head

Inside my head there is a wonderful computer world, calculating all the information, typing the code and getting ready for a test.

Inside my head Rubik’s Cubes are turning and twisting, every block by block are changed. The results constantly better.

Inside my head table tennis balls hit on the table, left to right. Constantly spinning and smashing the ball.

There is an old piano top plank waiting to put on the TV, waiting for someone to carve.

There are lots of stuff waiting for me to do, piano, English, saxophone and maths.

Inside my head there’s a complete world, that no one can make boring.

By Taylor Yi

Inside My Head

Inside my head, all the noises keep popping out from my brain with laughter repeating again and again. Silence and quietness stop me at the same time.

Inside my head fabrics with coat hangers and measurements along with needles are flying in the air, making. While papers, pens and words join together, creating.

Inside my head in the drawer, art tools and mountains of bags that came from malls, thinking of all the journeys they had gone through. There is a photo of everyone doing the same but not me, I’m different.

There are long mouths like anteaters in my brain, with words crawling in my mind, ready to meet the paper by the pencils. In the loudspeaker, there are noises buzzing and chirping, wanting to be loud and be free.

There are snoring and Z enemies swarming and attacking in my brain, I tried to defend.

Inside my head there is a girl, living in a pile of memories, leading the life of me.

~ By Zoe Chen ~

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• SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August.

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets online at our school shop. Tickets are also available from the school office


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Quiz Nite



Poppy Donald and Madeleine Hanson

Room 1: Lihini De Zoysa
Room 2: Somin Mohit
Room 3: Veve Tiatia
Room 4: Emily Jia
Room 5: Holly Brazendale
Room 6: Sasha Melville
Room 7: Willow Reid
Room 8: Mila Walsh
Room 9: Chloe Pratt
Room 10: Charlie Barron
Room 11: Olivia Tan
Room 12: Sophie Power
Room 13: Yuri Choi
Room 14: Henry Martin
Room 15: Kayla Kuhtze
Room 15: Lachie Walsh

Room 16: Kitty Sun
Room 16: Hugo Harris
Room 17: Ayva Pahl
Room 17: Jamie McConnell
Room 18: Brian Deng
Room 18: Theo Conley
Room 19: Oscar Cocker
Room 19: Freya Reid
Room 20: Izabela Perich
Room 20: Nina Brown
Room 21: Christie Blair
Room 21: Haylee Khutze
Room 22: William Smith

VlogoAS SwimTeam has had an incredible start to the term, coming out on top with the most points in round 1 and 2 of competition. We have 18 enthusiastic swimmers, and a tremendously energetic group of supporters! Round 3 takes place this Saturday, August 13th at Cameron Pools – it is sure to be another exciting, fun afternoon of racing.

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Fantastic skill development
Fantastic strength building
Fantastic Parkor training
Fantastic flexibility and mental concentration
Fantastic coaches and equipment
Fantastic Fun!
Register on the  website today!
Class starts on Friday the 5th of August,
3.15pm to 4.15pm in the school hall.
“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t
more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.
0800 273368

Skateboard Club

is back on this term. Monday lunch times 12.30 –1.30 pm on court outside hall.
Taken by professional skateboard coach Simon Thorp from the Young Guns Skate School.
Cost $50 per term.
All abilities welcome, we have plenty of complete beginners. All skaters will learn how to skate safely and responsibly while learning cool new tricks!
Bring Helmet and Skateboard to school.
For more information please contact Simon Thorp on 0276592707 or [email protected]


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