Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
E-mail: [email protected] | web: www.victoriaave.com

Newsletter: Term 3 Week 7 – 3 September 2020

Dear Parents,

It is so lovely having the children back at school. I was in the playground at morning tea this morning and seeing all the children racing around with their friends was just delightful. We have settled back this week and have had to re look at organisation for events we had planned. Being at level 2.5 and only being allowed to have gatherings of 10 has meant some major changes.

Cross Country – note new date 8 September

We are not able to run the cross country at Martin Wilson field. In school we are allowed to have all the children back, but as soon as we leave the school grounds we have to align ourselves with the level 2.5 rules. The same rules apply to having parents on site for an event, so unfortunately we can’t have parents here to watch. It is a bit like the Aotearoa Super Rugby being played to empty stadiums! We have had to re plan the cross country circuit so it is on site and we have also had to change the date to next Tuesday 8 September. These are unusual times and we have had to make adjustments at the last minute based on the situation we are in.

Assemblies

We cannot have assemblies at level 2 or level 2.5 so these have been cancelled for the remainder of the term. Unfortunately, this means that not every class will perform at assembly this year. The classes affected are room 11 Ms Andrew, room 8 Mrs Kang, room 15 Mrs Enslin, room 21 Miss Brabyn, room 12 Mrs Orange, room 4 Mrs Lee, room 1 Mrs Juers, room 24 Mrs Henriksen and Miss Quickenden. Such a shame, but we do not have a choice. Hopefully we will be able resume assemblies next term.

Masks

One of our parents who is a rheumatologist has asked me to share the following information about wearing masks. We know that wearing masks is not mandated and that some of you have chosen to not wear masks, however, around our children mask wearing is another line of defence. This is what the parent has shared:  I am concerned about the limited use of masks by parents waiting in line at pick up time. There is good evidence that face masks save lives and can prevent the spread of SARS-CoV2 to our most vulnerable populations. I have attached two papers of interest for your perusal. In the setting of school pick up, where physical distancing of over 2 metres may be not entirely possible, masks can give both parents and students an added line of protection when there is still community transmission. The government in fact has strongly encouraged general mask use in public. Here are 2 articles:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17922-x.pdf

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Leffler/publication/342198360_Association_of_country-wide_coronavirus_mortality_with_demographics_testing_lockdowns_and_public_wearing_of_masks_Update_June_15_2020/links/5f2a36a9458515b729035fb3/Association-of-country-wide-coronavirus-mortality-with-demographics-testing-lockdowns-and-public-wearing-of-masks-Update-June-15-2020.pdf?origin=publication_detail

Maternity Leave

Kathy Chan, teacher in year 2, room 10 is starting her maternity leave from tomorrow. We are excited for Kathy and wish her and her husband all the best for this exciting new chapter. We had a baby shower (being school teachers we all give a book) for her this week, so baby Chan now has a whole lot of books to enjoy. We welcome Sara Weatherall who will teach in room 10 for the remainder of the year.

Property

We are now back in our offices and reception is where it should be. The builders have finished and there is just a small amount of exterior work left to finish. We are so pleased to be back ‘home’.

We have refurbished the senior girls’ toilets and they are looking very smart with lovely new fixtures and fittings. We are moving ahead with refurbishing the senior boys’ toilets and they should be finished early in term 4.

We have restarted the rooms 19, 20, 21 refurbishment planning. We have already had plans drawn up for this project but the Ministry of Education made us put it on hold. We are very excited that this is underway again and hopefully (all depending on council consent) we will be starting this project during the January holidays. More about this next term.

We are also well underway with scoping the two new classrooms that the board are paying for.

All the building planning which I have been working on, nagging MOE and board along the way, is coming to fruition and will all be built……after I leave!

Kind regards
Janice


The uniform shop is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please purchase your items online and delivery will be made within 2-3 days. We are still accepting returns and second hand items which you can drop off at the school office.
If you have a new student starting school or if you have a specific request please email Lisa directly at [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding.

Hi all – we are seeking keen soccer players in year 2 for Summer Soccer. It’s run by Football 7’s  www.football7s.co.nz and the games are on Wednesday afternoons at Michaels Ave Ellerslie. Competition starts on 14th October. Games are played between 4-6pm. There are 7 on the field at any anytime and we have a few keen boys so are seeking a few more children to make a team! We also need a parent who could help be the team organiser- ideally someone who is able to make it to most games.

Please contact Helen Luxford [email protected] 021704102 or Anna Serlachius [email protected] 022 636 0637 if you and your child is keen!



Sarah Reid won in an auction for Sulu Fitzpatrick (professional netball player and Silver Ferns development squad member) to train one of our year 5 netball teams. Christiane Sullivan organised the practice for the Tui team yesterday morning. It was such a great opportunity and the girls loved the session with Sulu.


  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 18th September 2020. Make sure your name and room number are on the sheet as we will give a prize to the student(s) that collect the most stickers

Yummy apples and fruit are available from New World, Pak’n Save and other participating stores.  The more stickers VAS collects, the more sports gear we receive.  Last year, VAS qualified for $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)










IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES


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


Term Dates for 2020

Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October


DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons


AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
FOR TERM 3 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Also:
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202


What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am


Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here


Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make an order.


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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/head-lice


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