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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 6 – 31 August 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Carol Dweck is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and is known for her work on the mindset psychological trait. I have read her book ‘Mindset. How You Can Fulfil Your Potential’ and across VAS, children have been learning about growth and fixed mindsets. This is not new. Recently, I came across this from her:

So what should we say when children complete a task – say, maths problems, quickly and perfectly?

Should we deny them the praise they have earned?


When this happens, I say, “Whoops. I guess that was too easy. I apologise for wasting your time. Let’s do something you can really learn from!”

In her book she says that it is almost impossible for parents to resist praising children for their intelligence or achievement. We want our children to know that we appreciate their successes, however, according to Dweck, parents think they can hand children permanent confidence – like a gift – by praising their brains and talent. She says that this doesn’t work and has the opposite effect. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or if anything goes wrong. Dweck says that if parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.

This is such great advice. But, it’s a bit like knowing that we shouldn’t be eating too much sugar. We know it’s bad for us, we know we shouldn’t eat that chocolate biscuit for afternoon tea, but we go ahead and eat it anyway. Afterwards we feel bad because we succumbed to a momentary weakness and let ourselves down.

Well, Carol Dweck’s advice is a bit like that. We know we should praise for effort, not achievement. We know we should praise them for practising hard, for trying to overcome the issues, for persisting when they were struggling, for not giving up. Sometimes though, our immediate response is to praise them for their achievement. We should not beat ourselves up!

As an adult, I do like to be told occasionally that I have done a great job with a specific task. I like that sort of praise, it makes me feel good, but if that was the only sort of praise or feedback I ever got, I don’t think I would be inclined to stretch myself to do even better next time. I think that giving praise occasionally for achievement or talent is not the end of the world as long as most of the praise we give shows that we admire and appreciate their efforts and choices.

Just to help you, here are some examples of the praise she suggests:

  • I liked the way you tried all kinds of strategies on that maths problem until you finally got it. You thought of lots of different ways and you found the one that works!
  • You put so much thought into your inquiry. It really makes me understand Colin McCahon better now
  • You really tried hard in your writing this year. All that hard work and practise has paid off, look at how much your writing has improved!
  • I liked the effort you put in, but let’s work together some more and figure out what you don’t understand
  • It might take a little while to master this, but if you keep on trying as hard as you have so far, it won’t take long before you get it

Finally, don’t forget the power of that little word ‘yet’ as in, ‘you haven’t mastered that yet, but you are trying so hard to figure it out, it won’t be long until you get it’.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Positive Parking Promotion
Continuing on from our Travelwise programme in which we rewarded the drivers of cars that were parked safely and considerately, today we have the first in a series of postcards produced by students, with safe parking and driving messages:

As mentioned last week, the very talented Roland Williams (Dad to Tyrese Tupai, Room 5 and Caramel Williams, Room 14) was asked to sing the English national anthem at last night’s Quad Series netball game between the Silver Ferns and English Roses. To see him in action click here.

We are also excited to announce that Roland is putting a band together to play at ‘The Queen Vic Pub Quiz’ on Friday 15th September. Tickets are selling fast, so book yours soon!

If you would like to discuss how you can book Roland for your own event, please contact Tanya Williams on 021 253 4318.

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MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 2 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
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

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN THURSDAYS 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
Click here for term 2 menu.
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
Register to order online at

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.


Music Concert tonight 7pm – St Kentigern School Hall, Shore Road

Tonight will be a very special evening featuring the choir, ukulele group, Kapahaka group and some of the Musiqhub students.

If you haven’t already bought tickets, they will be available at the door tonight.

Champions Programme starts Thursday 31 August

The Champions programme will be running on Thursday lunchtimes from 31st August until the end of term. It is located in room 6 with a new presenter, Kimberley. 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.

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

Nick is interviewing some Remuera school children (including some from VAS) about what they think are the important issues for this election.


The school has been selected by The Warehouse to participate in a Community Choice Programme that provides financial support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. A fund is raised through their customers purchasing a 10cent shopping bag in return for a token, which is then placed in a voting booth (or forgo the bag). At the end of a 6-month period the fund is divided among 3 participating partners based on their percentage of tokens, with the VAS share being put towards much-needed refurbishment of outdoor playground equipment. The VAS voting booth is situated at The Warehouse store in Newmarket and the period runs from August 2017 until January 2018. Please spread the word among friends and family!

If you know of any other loyalty schemes and grants that can benefit the school, please contact Amanda Dick on [email protected]

ASB Supporting Success in Your School


Due to the success to date of the ‘Supporting Success in Your School’ scheme ASB will continue to support Victoria Avenue School with the School Sponsorship Voucher until 30 July 2018. The school is awarded a $500 voucher for each customer that mentions VAS and this offer when taking out lending of $250,000 or more (see voucher for further terms). This offer is available to friends and family of the school community as well as parents and teachers. A copy of the voucher is available to download at the ASB website: