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NEWSLETTER: Term 3 Week 6 – 27 August 2015

Dear Parents

Earlier this year ERO published a report ‘Wellbeing for Children’s Success at Primary School’. Just as background to these reports, as part of their review cycle ERO personnel carry out reviews based on the School Evaluation Indicators. They also gather data for Education Evaluation Reports. These report on national educational issues based on information compiled by ERO through its reviews of individual schools and early childhood services. These reports are particularly relevant to the year in which they are published. ‘Wellbeing for Children’s Success at Primary School’ fits within the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project started in 2012.

On the basis of current research, ERO identified nine key ideas that demonstrated the desired outcomes for student wellbeing. These are:

              • Students have a sense of belonging and connection to school, to whanau, to friends and to the community
              • Students experience achievement and success
              • Students are resilient, have the capacity to bounce back
              • Students are socially and emotionally competent, are socially aware, have good relationship skills, are self confident, are able to lead, self manage and are responsible decision makers
              • Students are physically active and lead healthy lifestyles
              • Students are nurtured and cared for by teachers at school, have adults to turn to who grow their potential, celebrate their successes, discuss options and work through problems
              • Students feel safe and secure at school, relationships are valued and expectations are clear
              • Students are included, involved, engaged, invited to participate and make positive contributions
              • Students understand their place in the world, are confident in their identity and are optimistic about the future


So, why the focus on student wellbeing? According to research, a student’s sense of achievement and success is enhanced by a sense of feeling safe and secure at school and affects their resilience.

The ERO report noted that most primary schools relied on their positive culture and respectful relationships to promote wellbeing. Reminders about values and the valued way of working were evident in the classrooms, around the school, in communications sent home. These values were reflected in the relationships between and among teachers and students. Many schools celebrated good behaviour through classroom and school rewards. Students were clear about the school’s values and the behaviours they represented.

At VAS, we have the approach as noted above. It is timely though, to check in with our children to ensure that what we think is happening around wellbeing is the reality for them. I will let you know what our children think early next term and if we identify any gaps, then I will also let you know what we will put in place to ensure that our children experience a high level of wellbeing.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

Teacher Science Professional Development

As part of our schoolwide professional development in science, all teachers attended another session at MindLab in Newmarket after school last Thursday.

This was our second session there and it has challenged our thinking, especially the real concern that we need to have deep scientific knowledge to teach science. It was made very apparent that we don’t need to know all the answers, but what we do need to know is how to use an inquiry approach when teaching science. Rather than give the answers, let the children explore and for them to come up with answers or thinking. This brings in many skills and learning dispositions; problem solving, risk taking, analysing, comparing, evaluating, resilience. We were shown some basic information about the equipment we were given and then were given the task of designing and making a vehicle that moved along the floor. Working in pairs we all had to use the whole range of skills above to get our vehicle moving. It was a fantastic learning opportunity for all of us and we loved it. And of course, the competitive instinct came to the fore when we raced our vehicles.

This was followed by a whole group debrief as to why some worked better / went faster than others which was more powerful learning. The end result? Teachers who now see teaching science as fun and very accessible.

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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
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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.

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Last week the Juniors, Middles and Seniors competed in our cross country event. The results can be viewed HERE.

The senior and middle students competed on the Monday at Martyn Wilson Field and the juniors on Friday afternoon. The juniors were cheered on by the older students and our traditional “rabbits”

As ever they were great events thanks to great organisation by Rachael and school staff and  supported by our wonderful parents.


Charlotte Ellis and Ava Newton

  • Room 1: Hannah Macgill
    Room 1: Jojo Woo
    Room 2: Jonathan Colwill
    Room 2: Phoebe Cotter
    Room 3: Finn Walkley
    Room 3: Max Graham
    Room 4: Bria Cotton
    Room 4: Morgan Tapper
    Room 5: Miguel Mok
    Room 6: Jessie Barclay
    Room 6: Felicity Thompson
    Room 7: Raphael Portugal
    Room 8: Alexandra Yeoman
    Room 9: Grace Thomson

  • Room 10: John Gray
    Room 11: Luca Devereux
    Room 12: Sean Zhang
    Room 13: Michael Sun
    Room 14: Lawrence Song
    Room 15: Jayden Naran-Patel
    Room 16: Anastasia Voronina
    Room 17: Oscar Kidd
    Room 18: Nina Haydon
    Room 19: Holly Brazendale
    Room 19: Callum Rae
    Room 21: Coco Lorenzon
    Room 21: Jonny Barclay
    Room 22: Emily Tham



Walking Tree

Our walkers have so enjoyed being part of the walking tree campaign

~ please don’t stop walking when the tree has gone!!

Please remember you can 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.

A huge thank you to the councillors who helped out every morning this week as the walkers came in to pop their apples on the tree.

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Westhaven Marina is the heart of boating in Auckland. It’s the biggest marina in the southern hemisphere, and home to more than 2,000 boats and numerous boating and watersports businesses, clubs and groups. The marina team would like to invite your school community to visit on Saturday 3 October from 10am-2pm for its first fun gala open day, where there is lots of stuff to try, see and do, including:

                • Free boat rides and Have a Go sessions for sailing, SUP, and dragon boating; Keen to get sailing? Find out how; Visit Westhaven’s yacht clubs; Helicopter flight simulator
                • And so much more

There is a full event program, including info on getting there and car parking, at

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Storylines 22nd annual Festival brings together children and authors

New Zealand’s largest children’s book festival gets under way 22-30 August with more than 60 leading authors, illustrators and storytellers appearing at six venues around the country, from Dunedin to Kerikeri.

The annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators was the brainchild of author Joy Cowley, with the first held in Auckland in 1993.

Among the authors appearing at the free Family Days are Kate De Goldi and Jennifer Beck (in Dunedin), Gavin Bishop and Stacy Gregg (Christchurch), Kyle Mewburn and Mona Williams (Wellington), Tessa Duder and Ruth Paul (Kerikeri), Fifi Colston and Melinda Syzmanik (South Auckland), and Leonie Agnew, Philippa Werry, Norm Heke, Paula Green and Sandra Morris (Auckland).

During the week the Story Tours will also take four authors to primary and intermediate classrooms in Northland and a further four around the greater Auckland area.

Among the invited authors are many who have recently appeared on Storylines’ prestigious Notable Books (in 2014) List or are finalists for the Book Trust’s New Zealand Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards.

Auckland children will be able to meet the recent winner of the LIANZA Esther Glen award, rising star Leonie Agnew, while illustrator Paul Beavis, winner of the Russell Clark Award, will be visiting schools in the Auckland area.

A new feature of this year’s Festival week is the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, which will be presented to internationally acclaimed literacy educationalist and author Jill Eggleton at a public function on Thursday 27 August at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus.

Festival Dates:
Dunedin at the Dunedin City Library         Saturday 22 August
Christchurch at Upper Riccarton Library    Sunday 23 August
Wellington at Shed 6                               Sunday 23 August
South Auckland at Mangere Arts Centre    Saturday 29 August
Kerikeri at The Turner Centre                   Saturday 29 August
Auckland at the Aotea Centre                   Sunday 30 August

Auckland area                                         Monday 24 to Friday 28 August
Northland area                                        Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and
Address, University of Auckland (Epsom)   Thursday 27 August

For more information about the events and authors visiting your region, please contact the Festival Manager: Vicki Cunningham [email protected]