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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 5 – 23 August 2018

Dear Parents,

When I check my Facebook page, there is always lots of ‘fluff’ that gets posted, but every so often a real gem appears. This week a friend had posted an article called ‘Four Unconscious Questions We Constantly Ask Each Other’. You may have seen it as it is probably doing the rounds on Facebook.

These four questions rarely get asked with words and when they are answered, it is usually without words as well. I read it in the context of our children and thought it was a really powerful reminder about the way we should be with our children, our significant others, our colleagues and friends.

These four questions are:

  • Do you see me?
  • Do you care that I’m here?
  • Am I enough for you, or do you need me to be better in some way?
  • Can I tell that I’m special to you by the way that you look at me?

Sometimes when we are busy or feel under pressure to get a task done, it is easy to not really engage with our child or partner or colleagues. We all do it. It’s so easy to get caught up in the minutiae of our busy day, that taking an extra moment to look up, smile, make eye contact and ask ‘how was your day’ and then wait for a response is just too hard. But that’s all it takes for the person to believe that you do see them and you do care. It doesn’t take huge declarations of love, nor does it take a lot of time. It is often a fleeting but sincere look that means so much. In that moment, that look, all four questions are subconsciously answered.

It seems so simple, such a small thing we can do to answer those questions, just being present and genuinely engaging with the person. What are the consequences if we don’t?

Put yourself in the position of being the person subconsciously asking those questions. If you come home and you don’t seem to be ‘noticed’, by your children or your significant other, it can make you feel quite out of sorts. If it happens to you, you can feel that you might have done something wrong but the reality is, you haven’t, it is the other person being so distracted they are not engaged with you and not making you feel that you are important enough. Not having your unconscious questions answered over a period of time leads to low self-esteem, withdrawal perhaps even depression or else seeking out someone else who does answer those unconscious questions.

For our children, those moments that we do engage with them, that we do answer their unconscious questions, that they know that we see them, care that they are here, they don’t need to be any better because they are already great and that they are special to us, are gold. Their impression of themselves is totally bound up by the way their questions are answered or not answered by the people most special to them, their parents. Those impressions, positive or negative, stay with them forever.

It only takes a moment to be present, to give them a special look but we only have a finite number of ‘moments’ with our children before they leave the nest. It is too late to wish you’d made more of an effort answering all their unconscious questions after they have gone.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2018
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What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

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

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here  for term 3 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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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.

VAS School App

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This Week:

Sophia Liu, Sasha Bedekar & Edward Bassett

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Tanatswa Sithole
  • Room 2: Bryan Lee
  • Room 3: Isla Lockhart
  • Room 4 : Brooke Griffiths
  • Room 5 : Olivia Wood
  • Room 6: Joel Monk
  • Room 7: Olive Barrett-Boyes
  • Room 8: Kai Shi
  • Room 9: Ella Mace
  • Room 10: Joseph Sim
  • Room 11: Tyler Treagus
  • Room 12: Alice Liang
  • Room 13: Jinjin Zhu
  • Room 14: Sevi Woodcock
  • Room 15: Guang Nian Li
  • Room 15: Elly Fan
  • Room 16: India Devereux-Evison
  • Room 16: Takumi Ozeki
  • Room 17: Saku Hattori
  • Room 17: Aaliyah Sudrajat
  • Room 18: Kingston Jones
  • Room 18: Diba Toufanian
  • Room 19: Esther Larkin
  • Room 19 : Jason Zheng
  • Room 20: Haemish Mcauley
  • Room 20: Grace Harnett
  • Room 21: Henry Darrow
  • Room 22: Sofia Mrkusich

Entertainment Book Fundraising Result
Much appreciation goes to Kath Fippard for her efforts running the fundraising from Entertainment Books. The total raised this year is $712 (21 Auckland Books / 28 Auckland Digital Memberships / 1 Waikato Digital / 1 Wellington Digital). Thanks also to our families who bought the books.

Friday after school

A big thank you to rooms 17 and 18 who last Friday made a huge $523 for the school!! Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.

Auckland Netball Development Sessions

Here are our Year 5 and 6 netball players having sessions with Auckland Netball development coaches. Coaching was in PE classes and at breaks over the past two weeks.


Junior Art

Any size, any shape, any colour

Thank you!

The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 30 August until the end of term, in room 1. Champions is a fun, engaging 30 minute lesson which allows students to learn about positive Christian values and beliefs. The Christian Religious Education programme weaves together Bible stories with values set out in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Bible stories are used to illustrate and teach different values such as loving your neighbour, personal worth, courage, inclusion and forgiveness. All children are welcome to attend on a casual basis.

MusiqHub ​are excited to offer private guitar tuition to students at Victoria Ave School with experienced tutor ​JP Carroll.​ Students learn a range of traditional and contemporary styled songs and techniques where they play together as a group and take turns to play to the group as individuals. This format creates a fun environment for students and is hugely popular in schools around the country.
About MusiqHub
MusiqHub are a nation-wide group of independent music teachers that use a proven teaching system to ensure excellence in instrument tuition. MusiqHub teachers host lessons for a wide range of instruments, and our programmes cover all age groups and musical abilities from year 3 students to those about to make the big time.
You can read more about MusiqHub at ​
About Our Lessons
Learning music requires the development of skills and knowledge along with the retention of prior learning. With this in mind MusiqHub has developed a structured curriculum that utilises a sequential lesson process. Skills in the physical ability to play are developed alongside an understanding of music. Songs and activities are provided for reinforcement.
About JP
JP has been teaching the guitar at a number of Auckland schools since 2014. His patience, easy going nature and ability as a teacher have seen hundreds of guitar students enjoy his lessons since then. JP has a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance, as well as extensive experience playing in bands, touring and recording music.

MusiqHub is currently offering two free guitar lessons when you sign up for guitar lessons in term 3. There are limited spaces available.
Email JP at [email protected] to begin the enrolment process.

Stellar Signs- Young Enterprise

We are a group of Year 13 Baradene girls involved in the Young Enterprise scheme for 2018, and have created the business STELLAR SIGNS.

We are selling unique star sign prints, designed by an upcoming NZ artist Matt Griffin, painted by ex starship patient’s, and  30% of our profits are donated to Starship Children’s Hospital!

These zodiac prints are the perfect gift for Birthday / Christmas presents, baby showers, housewarmings etc., .

You can purchase our prints online at or check us out on Facebook @stellar.signs and Instagram @stellar.signs for more information

Their prints are LIMITED EDITION (25 of each star sign), so get in quick as they’re selling fast!

Emily is an ex – Victoria Avenue School student.