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NEWSLETTER: Term 3 Week 5 – 20 August 2015

Dear Parents

Monday was a great day to have the cross country. It didn’t rain and wasn’t too cold. Given the miserable winter we’ve had, we were very lucky with the weather. The cross country was held at a new venue for the first time in years. It was also organised by someone new, Rachael Wilcock our PE and Sport specialist this year, so another first. This year, the course included a hill which was also a first.

So, from our perspective, how did it stack up? It all went according to plan and was run very smoothly with help from parents. The children enjoyed the different route and Rachael was very pleased it went so well. What would we change for next year? A couple of things; firstly, we liked Martyn Wilson park due to it being more sheltered for children waiting either before or after their race, so we will probably use that venue again. We will make the course longer for the senior students -they were all so well prepared, they ran it very quickly. We will also organise some Portaloos.

Cross country is one of those events where children either love it or hate it! I know that parents I spoke with have memories consistent with this; a love/hate memory. We spend the build up to cross country encouraging children to train hard and try their best. Rachael has been training them during their PE times. Running Club is an opportunity for those children who really love cross country to prepare themselves through weekly organised runs. It is then up to individuals to either practice more in their own time, or undertake the run with the preparation through class PE lessons.

It is interesting being a spectator at cross country. The hooter goes and every child takes off, sprinting furiously along the first 50 metres. The words ‘pace yourself’ have no meaning. By 200metres, the field has already spread out. The able runners have settled to a good pace, already at the front of the pack. The middle ability runners are intently focussed on their running and the children who haven’t prepared quite so well have slowed considerably, but are still running at this stage. This is such a great analogy for a normal classroom. The keen and eager students intent on doing the best they can, a group working away to the best of their ability and then some students struggling a bit, but trying very hard.

As the race gets to the three quarter mark, those who are struggling at the back are joined by ‘encouragers’. The ‘encourager’ might be a fellow student who has already finished who has come back to help them. The ‘encourager’ might be their parent running alongside them at the edge of the track. It might be their teacher, or teacher aide running with them. It doesn’t matter who it is, the point of the ‘encourager’ is to offer support to the struggling runner; to show them that someone understands their struggle and that someone wants them to enjoy success along with that great feeling of accomplishment at finishing. A bit like the classroom really.

Congratulations to the winners and placegetters who will go on to represent VAS at the zone cross country. Congratulations to those students who ran their best and finished the race feeling proud of themselves. Huge thank you to all our ‘encouragers’ who ran with and beside those who were struggling and congratulations to those who were struggling for persevering and getting there in the end.

Thanks to all who helped organise the event, Rachael, House Captains, parents and teachers. I must also thank our ‘encourager’ Constable Gordon who ran every single race with the children who were at the tail end. A special mention needs to go to the two year 6 girls, Emma Irwin and Cate Cleland who were special ‘encouragers’ in one of our races.

What great people we have in our community!

Janice Adamson

Silver Bracelet

A silver bracelet was picked up at the cross country. If you’ve lost one see Kinzsa at the office.


Another plea to all of you who drive to school to collect your children. I do road patrol on Friday afternoon on Victoria Avenue and I am dismayed at the poor parking and driving of some of parents.
• Please do not park across a driveway. Even if you are sitting in your car, it is illegal and creates tension between our neighbours and the school.
• Please do not park on the broken yellow lines. It is illegal and blocks the vision of the patrols who cannot then judge when to put their signs out.
• Please do not park in the bus stop. It is illegal and the bus then holds up traffic while you move your car.
• Please do not stop in the middle of the road and beckon your children to run out onto the road to get into the car. It is so dangerous and creates a real holdup making it even more difficult for our patrols.
Yes, all of these things happen every single Friday. All we want is for everyone to be safe.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2015
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 2015
Term 3: Mon 20 Jul to Fri 25 Sept ’15
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15

~ Labour Day Mon 26 October ’15

Term Dates for 2016

Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
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 here

Lunch Orders for 2015
1. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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.

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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.

1392688203778Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

Our Blogs

Click Here to view our new blog page on our website.

Class Blogs:

This year each class is developing a class blog which we invite you to view. We intend for these blogs to be valuable tools for students and teachers to reflect on their learning, share their learning and reach a wider audience for feedback.

We hope that they will allow you, your extended family and friends to get a greater insight into the learning in your child’s classroom. Our learners always appreciate helpful and specific comments so please feel free to leave one.

GATE Blog and Enviro Blog

These blogs showcase our gifted and talented programme and the work we do within the school environmentally.


This is our video channel – with work produced by our senior students.

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Slow down around our school

TRAVELWISE TREE ~ 24 to 28 August

Where: ATRIUM (Beside Room 16)

WHEN: AT 8:30am every day you walk to school next week.

There will be spot prizes and fun times!

We are a Travelwise school and in NEXT WEEK we are encouraging more children than ever to walk to school. Even if it is just Mum and Dad parking 2 or 3 hundred metres from school and letting their children walk to the school gate.

Every day your child walks they will be given a leaf to pop on our walking tree.

Another option is use the Walking School Bus on a regular basis to avoid having more cars than necessary on the roads around our school. Click here for more information regarding the Walking School Bus routes at our school.

Soooooo…… all children need to come to the Atrium to visit the tree every day they walk to school.



Isla Lockhart and William Munro

  • Room 1: William Cotter
    Room 2: Cate Cleland
    Room 3: Jack Lin
    Room 4: Lucy Nevill
    Room 5: Grace Qiu
    Room 6: Thomas Madgwick
    Room 7: Ayva Pahl
    Room 8: Nanohana Shimizu
    Room 9: Henry Wilson
    Room 10: Alexis Tung
    Room 11: Charlotte Mao
  • Room 12: Max Crosby
    Room 13: Aidan Chung
    Room 14: India Devereux-Barnes
    Room 15: Luca Colgan
    Room 16: Libby Nicholls
    Room 17: Harriet Swasbrook
    Room 18: Gary Yuan
    Room 19: Addy Randall
    Room 20: Luca Clyma
    Room 21: Charles Sang
    Room 22: Eden Clyma


Middle and Senior School Cross Country

The annual cross country was held on Monday this week. A perfect day, still, no rain and temperate. The students and parents involved enjoyed the event with great participation by all who competed. Well done seniors and middles and congratulations to our winners who will go on to compete in the zones soon.

Thanks to Gabs Ireland for the photography.

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Conversation invitation September 2015 (1)

Westlake Girls’ High School Young Enterprise Scheme Participants
Please take a moment to read this and have a look at the You Tube clip. This is an excellent example of young people using their inquiry skills to undertake a project which has as its ‘So What’ an end product which benefits all – they have learned great skills for their future potential employment, they have a chance of winning the competition, children have a new book to read, schools can make some money and a charity is patronised. I also applaud their resilience in the face of failure.
I know we don’t have Year 12 students, but on a lesser scale, our students could be just as capable.
One of the things which came through very strongly at the Thinking Conference I attended last term was that children’s inquiry needed to be authentic and that they needed to have an end product, design, service, outcome that was of benefit to: self, community or globally.
The book “Little Grey Cat and the Shiny Red Balloon” will be appearing on our library shelves soon.
Janice Adamson

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