Well here we are again, back into lockdown. We were warned that it might happen, but now that it is a reality, there is some anxiety around the place.
Teachers spent yesterday morning working on their class sites just in case lockdown is extended through next week. We will find out tomorrow and I will be able to email an update to you. If we are still in lockdown, teachers will continue with the on line learning. One good thing (if this is a good thing) staff and families are old hands and know what to do.
There is a lot of information about well-being, depression and anxiety with a lot of resources available. I urge you to look into these, even if you don’t think your child is anxious or depressed. Children know what to expect during lockdown and the novelty factor has completely worn off.
The Ministry of Education website has some great ideas as well as lists of places to get support. Note it was written during the last lockdown so the learning sites are not available anymore, but it is worth having a look. Ministry of Education Helping Children and Young People
The Ministry of Health has a list of very useful resources to support well-being, not just for parents but for children as well. Ministry of Health Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
Please don’t dismiss this as not necessary, we know that when the children returned last time, there were many with underlying anxiety about Covid 19. I also know how much it had affected a number of our staff and we made a real effort to provide an environment where their well-being was supported.
On a happier note, should the lockdown continue, I am looking forward to getting back to walking the neighbourhood and park and having the time to ‘smell the flowers’. I am looking forward to having time to read, I am looking forward to having time to find recipes to cook. Mind you, we all might be back at school on Monday so my list of things I was looking forward to will be put on hold!
I will keep you all updated as I find out more.
Quiz Night 12 September
Yes, we are feeling positive that this will go ahead. Tickets have almost sold out so get in now to book a table now. Go on, be positive that we will be out of lockdown!
The builders, painters, tilers are all working hard during level 3 to get the admin block ready for us to take over next week. The plastic has come down and the interior is being painted as we speak. Remember though, when you walk in you won’t notice any difference, the Ministry have just replaced 3 exterior walls and changed the roof line. Nothing has been done to the interior, but at least the mould and rot has gone! We can’t wait to get back in there.
p.s. Please remember to be considerate on the roads around school. This week we were provided with this photo of an unattended car parked on yellow lines at the end of Spencer Street, causing huge chaos with the rain and people unable to turn cars around.
Hi. This is Bella.
Bella is our second cousin and she has Cystic Fibrosis. This means Bella’s lungs don’t work well and she can’t breathe very easily. When Bella was 15 she was told she only had two years to live. Bella has just turned 17.
An incredible man called Sir Bob Elliot has helped Bella get a drug called Trikafta to keep her alive. It is a miracle drug for Cystic Fibrosis. It is a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Bella, Sir Bob and Bella’s family want to help everyone with Cystic Fibrosis in NZ get Trikafta to help save their lives or prolong them too.
There are more than 500 kiwis with Cystic Fibrosis. Trikafta is not readily available in NZ. It is also very expensive, costing $469,000 dollars a year for anyone who needs it in NZ.
This is a link to Bella’s story. Bella’s story.
And this is a link to a petition to the NZ Government for Trikafta to be publicly funded by the NZ Government drug buyer, Pharmac. Petition
Bella also has a Givealittle page. Givealittle We think Bella is very brave.
Thank you for taking the time to read our note.
Zara (Year 6) and Alexa (Year 3)
PUPILS / CITIZENS OF THE WEEK
Announced last assembly:
Amelia Sandlant & Elsa Stephen
Celebrated last assembly:
Connor Binsted & Lin Zhang
- Room 1 : Sohia Lai
- Room 2 : Dylan Andrews
- Room 3 : Aidan Chung
- Room 4 : Olivia Tan
- Room 5 : Noah Abou-Ghoury
- Room 6 : Siena-Lily Mihajlovic
- Room 7 : Jack Field
- Room 8 : Nathaniel Fong
- Room 9 : Cooper Yan
- Room 10 : Sienna Wan
- Room 11 : James Turner
- Room 12 : Kate Thrupp
- Room 13 : Mateja Perich
- Room 14 : Andrew Thompson
- Room 15 : Amiee Thornton
- Room 16 : Adam Hood
- Room 17 : James Peach
- Room 18 : Pasquale Grazioli
- Room 19 : Ethan Mao
- Room 20: Dylan Barrett-Webb
- Room 21 : Annabelle Williams
- Room 22 : Keira Simms
- Room 24 : Loren Webber
- Room 24 : Serena Gao
Unfortunately we have to postpone our kids’ movie night this Saturday. A new date will be advised in due course.
- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- 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 :)
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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]
Launchpad Champions (formerly Bible in School) is an opt-in Christian Values Education programme. It runs for the last five weeks of each term in Room 2 during the Thursday lunch break, 12.45 – 1.15pm. All children who attend the Launchpad Champions programme for any number of sessions need to have written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Our Launchpad Champions programme is a fun 30-minute session that encourages tamariki to make positive life choices and grow their sense of mana, self-worth and character. The programme is presented through the art of kōrero (story-telling), multimedia, interactive games and activities.
Each lesson has a specific learning outcome and reinforces the values found in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Stories that are relevant and inspiring to tamariki are presented from the Bible, NZ Māori History and around the world. Some of the values presented are respect, compassion, resilience, making good choices, helping others and how to be a good friend.
Launchpad Champions is provided without charge by volunteers from your local community all of whom are police vetted, trained and abide by our Code of Expectations.
Permission forms are available at the school office.
Please go to www.launchpad.kiwi for further information.
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
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
Please click here to view our online calendar
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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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