Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 3 – 6 August 2020

Dear Parents,

I read an interesting article in Teachers Matter (Issue 47) written by a New Zealand educator Carolyn Stuart, about empathy. EmpathyEmpathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.

She was quite challenging about people’s capacity for empathy, stating that she doesn’t believe that people are naturally empathetic. All of us respond to events or issues using our own world view to interpret situations.

In classrooms for example, some teachers may interpret a child’s behaviour based on how they think children should behave in the classroom. They make a judgement that the behaviour is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. A truly empathetic teacher puts aside their beliefs and looks to what is happening for that child. He or she finds out what is going on for that child and can then understand why the child is acting up.

Children may do something thoughtless to another child and when they are asked how that person might be feeling, they are often genuinely shocked by the other person’s feelings. They haven’t yet developed the ability to be empathetic.

On a personal level, I want to share an epiphany I recently had about my own empathy for others. Like many New Zealanders, I have been annoyed at people who have absconded from quarantine, judging them as being selfish. But recently, a family absconded from their quarantine hotel to attend their father’s funeral which they were going to miss. Having just been through the same thing, with my father passing away in Australia and me not being able to even get to Australia to attend his funeral, I have enormous empathy for that family. I have looked at their behaviour from a changed world view. Had I been able to even get to Australia, I can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t have absconded to go to the funeral.

Parents can be disappointed when their child lacks empathy for others, usually when they have wronged others. They are not yet capable of looking at the world through another person’s eyes to understand what is going on for them. I am sure that mothers (and fathers) have felt let down because their child hasn’t seemed to understand why their parent is feeling the way they do.

Don’t be hard on your child if they lack empathy. Guide them to listen to what other people are saying and discuss with them how that person may be feeling. If they tell you about an incident at school, ask them what they think might be going on for that person to make them act that way. These are first conversations we have with our children to get them to learn empathy.

A final quote: Brene Brown (Dare to Lead) describes empathy as feeling with someone. This is different to sympathy, which is when we feel sorry for someone. Feeling sorry for someone magnifies the feeling of being alone. When feeling with someone, it magnifies the feeling of connection. Empathy is at the heart of connection.


We need to remind you that dogs are not permitted on the school grounds, no exceptions, sorry. This applies to after school as well as during school hours. The bylaw around dogs in playgrounds applies to schools. I am fine with your dog being tied up but the only place you can tie them up is along the fence, as long as your dog is not barking or gets distressed when you leave. Thanks for your support.

Quiz Night   Friday 11 September

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s been a strange old year but aren’t we lucky to have the Quiz on Friday 11th September to look forward to. Please get behind the biggest fundraiser of the year and get your tables booked. I can speak from experience, this is a very fun event, I look forward to it all year! A chance to dress up and let your hair down….oh and answer the questions!  A big thank you to Manuka Dr for their continued sponsorship.

Kind regards


Announced last assembly:

Connor Binsted & Lin Zhang

Celebrated last assembly:

Caitlin Cooper & Emily Tham

  • Room 1 : Amera Trusler-Cogan
  • Room 2 : Edward Bassett
  • Room 3 : Dulcie Snelgrove
  • Room 3 : Benjamin Houghton
  • Room 4 : Tommy Fippard-Peacock
  • Room 4 : Sarah Kennard
  • Room 5 : Luca Colgan
  • Room 6 : Ashley Tung
  • Room 7 : Eliza Paris
  • Room 8 : Jayden Liu
  • Room 9 : Nicole Chen
  • Room 10 : Harlow Weston-Dallow
  • Room 11 : Conor Cody
  • Room 12 : Hayley Wong
  • Room 13 : Fremont Hu
  • Room 14 : Lin Hui Zhang
  • Room 15 : Gabrielle Geron
  • Room 16 : George Tavalea
  • Room 17 : Sophia Liu
  • Room 18 : Sam Sinjab
  • Room 19 : Florence Nathan
  • Room 20 : Georgia Darrow
  • Room 21 : Eliza Conley
  • Room 22 : Nisha Padey
  • Room 22 : Zakariya Brown
  • Room 24 : Kennedy Thomson

  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers

Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores.  The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive.  Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)

Thank you so much to all the families and teachers who contributed recipes to the school cookbook – we received over 120 recipes which is wonderful!
The book is now in production and we will be sending order forms home in the next couple of weeks.

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Sports Exchange versus King’s and Dilworth

It was the first sports exchange and everyone was nervous. The first game we played was against King’s B team. Unfortunately they thrashed us. However, we turned things around in the second game against Dilworth and came away with a win. After our initial nerves we really enjoyed the day.
By Cooper O’Shannessey

It was the first hockey exchange for the season and we were playing King’s and Dilworth. The first game was against King’s A and we lost by a lot! The second game was much better and we won against Dilworth. Our third and final game was a close battle between us and King’s B team but we took the victory! It was a very fun day, even though it was a little hot for hockey.
By Emily Penrose

It was the first winter sports exchange and everybody was buzzing with excitement. We were bouncing up and down on our toes and the second we could we were warming up and kicking the ball around. The A team played King’s A team and we were winning 1-0 at half time, but unfortunately they scored 3 goals in the second half. The B team lost their match against King’s B team. The C team played three games against King’s and Dilworth. Everybody had an awesome time.
By Zac Hood

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]


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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 3 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make an order.

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.

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