Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 3 Week 4 – 18 August 2016

Dear Parents

2 rules about children

Sometimes, images doing the rounds of Facebook can strike a chord with me and this one certainly did. In our daily lives we can get caught up in our problems and issues. Often, we discuss these with or in front of the children because we don’t stop and think about whether our child has the maturity to think about and understand the cause, background or future consequence of these problems.

Children are not mini adults, they are just children. The latest research on brain development suggests that brains are not fully matured until they are in their early twenties. The immature brain is unable to make sense of the nuances of an adult’s issues, they can only understand it at face value.

From time to time, I hear adults asking their young child to make a decision about something that is actually an adult’s responsibility to decide. Your child may seem very mature to you. You may think, because they are tall or articulate or bright, that they can understand issues way beyond their years. They physically can’t as the research into brain development clearly shows.

Think before sharing your financial situation with your child. I know, from experience that children worry about whether their parents have enough money. Think before you ask your child to make a decision that is actually your decision to make, not theirs. Think about discussing touchy subjects in front of your children. Think about the words you use. Children may not understand the issue at a deep level, but the understanding they get at a surface level may cause them to stress. They are powerless to control any adult’s situation or ‘fix’ any adult’s issues so burdening them with knowing about these may just make them anxious.

Let the children play, let them laugh, let them enjoy make believe. Let them be obsessed with dinosaurs or Frozen. Let them bicker and squabble with their siblings. Let them run up and give you a big hug. Childhood passes in a flash and those real world worries about money or relationships or terrorism will soon be part of their adult world, so don’t burden them too soon.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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

  • RATBAGS our senior school production – see below
  • Second hand uniform shop sale TOMORROW … 19 August
  • Crosscountry – 6 September
  • Brainwave Trust talk.  – New date 18 OCTOBER at 7pm
  • Also the Maths Information Session for 19 September at 7pm
  • Read-a-Thon

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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.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE! – TOMORROW 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.

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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.
Click here
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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
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

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.

HEAD LICE – NITS…… They are about!!!!!

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Check for Nits EVERY WEEK!!!
Head lice spread by crawling from one person’s hair to another’s.
They’re usually spread amongst people who are in close contact, such as family or school classmates.
Anyone can be infested, and there is no obvious relationship to hair cleanliness. However parents who wash their children’s hair frequently will find them quicker.
If your child has head lice, you should let their school know.

Signs of head lice

Two common signs of head lice are:

  • an extremely itchy scalp, especially around the nape of the neck, behind the ears, under the fringe and at the top of plaits or a pony tail
  • scratch marks or a rash on the scalp.

How to check for head lice
  • Check the person’s scalp for insects or eggs.
  • Use a fine-tooth comb on wet hair, as this makes it easier to find any lice.
  • Pay particular attention to the crown and the hairline – especially at the back of their neck and behind their ears


The two most common head lice treatment methods are ‘wet combing’ and ‘chemical treatment’.

  • Wet combing – wet the hair and scalp with conditioner (this makes it easier to see the head lice) then comb the lice and eggs out. It’s best to use the fine metal combs or special head lice combs you can get from a pharmacy.
  • Chemical shampoo or lotion (containing insecticide) – this will kill the lice and eggs.

Always re-treat 7–10 days after the first treatment, to kill any head lice that may have hatched from eggs that survived the first treatment.
Other treatments of unproven efficacy include electric combs, herbal/essential oils and enzyme treatments.

  • Brush your hair every day, as this can help to kill or injure lice and stop them from laying eggs. If you have long hair it is best to bend your head forward with your hair hanging down and use a firm bristled brush.
  • Don’t share brushes, combs, headbands, ribbons, hairclips, helmets or hats – basically anything that has direct contact with someone’s head.
  • Having short hair – or wearing your hair in a ponytail if it’s long – makes it less likely you’ll catch head lice.
  • In sports or swimming pool changing rooms, it’s best for children to keep their clothes separate from other children’s.
  • If you do get head lice in your family, treat everyone that has them at the same time, as this can help reduce the chance of re-infestation.
  • Regularly check your children for head lice – eg, every week.
  • It’s not possible to completely prevent head lice because they’re very common and breed prolifically.

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    SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August.


    CLICK HERE to buy your tickets online at our school shop for Wednesday and Thursday nights only. Tickets are also available from the school office.


    SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION “Ratbags” 23 to 25 August. – Infomation for Years 5 and 6

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    Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 11.43.23 AMBrainwave Trust talk – Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain.

    NEW DATE: Tuesday 18 October, 7pm, Watch this space for more details.

    For more information about this talk CLICK HERE


    Friday 16 September

    Buy tickets now

    Quiz Nite

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    Yummy Stickers Collection!!

    Collection of stickers wins us fabulous sports equipment so it is great if you can collect the stickers , place them on the sheet and bring to the office.

    Click Here to download a Yummy sticker sheet.


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    Fin Wilson, Emir Kalkan and Brooke Griffiths

    Room 1: Alex Ingram-Johnson
    Room 1: Lawrence Wu
    Room 2: Jamie Bremner
    Room 2: Felicity Thompson
    Room 3: Taylor West
    Room 4: Fred Gilbert
    Room 4: Poppy Loutit
    Room 5: Ishita Barot
    Room 6: Thanishka Satheeshkumar
    Room 6: Eesha Wadhera
    Room 7: Fina Deng
    Room 8: Mia Yen
    Room 9: Parker Mills
    Room 10: Luca Devereux
    Room 11: Fabian Pennington
    Room 12: Charlotte Shields
    Room 13: Vita Houtman
    Room 14: Felix Boyer
    Room 15: Jason Zheng
    Room 16: Sasha Whitlock
    Room 17: Jet Cheung
    Room 18: Nathan Palli
    Room 19: Anna Sharma
    Room 19: Ishan De Zoysa
    Room 20: Duncan Isherwood
    Room 21: Shaelyn Greene
    Room 22: Riley Enright

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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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