Last week I outlined our review of the VAS local curriculum and asked for parents’ views. Thank you to all of you who responded. Your thoughts were very constructive and considered and will be taken into consideration.
Whilst we need an overview in order to set direction for the curriculum, there needs to be a place for teachers to seize a moment and run with it. In the past two weeks we have perfect examples of a responsive curriculum with teachers finding something which they know will inspire deep learning for their children.
A year 4 class really hooked into the notion that kakapo are on the endangered species list. They used their inquiry skills to research not only kakapo and their habitat but also which predators are causing the numbers of kakapo to dwindle. They wrote information reports. They brainstormed ways they could help and critically examined each suggestion to decide whether it was feasible or not. They narrowed down their options, then each child wrote a letter to me asking if they could organise a schoolwide event to raise awareness and money to go towards saving the kakapo.
I read their letters and went back to them to give permission to involve the school in their fundraising. They had to organise the events, communicate with the rest of the school as well as parents, run the events, collect and count the money. The whole class had to choose which of the saving the kakapo options they would support, so in groups, the children made presentations to persuade the rest of the class to choose their option. The class then chose the best presentation and from that they chose their support option.
Oh my goodness, what deep learning happening – inquiry, research skills, different genres of writing, oral language, visual language, maths, as well as the ‘soft skills’ of collaboration, negotiation, critical thinking, managing self, listening, justifying, respecting others’ opinions and more.
Then this week, a year 2 teacher arranged for fertilised eggs to be delivered along with an incubator and a brooder box. The children watched as the process of eggs hatching unfolded in front of them. As above, deep learning has been happening over the past three days with children observing, questioning, inquiring, counting, predicting, writing, visual art. Of course, we have all been fascinated and lots of teachers as well as children from other classes have been in to see the chicks. Have a look at some of the children’s writing and check the newsletter again on Friday to watch a video which will be added then.
These are just two examples of deep learning, there is also much learning happening across the school. A boy came to my office yesterday to share his learning about bridges and as I walked through classrooms all of the children I spoke with were clearly able to articulate what they were learning, not just what they were doing.
As we develop our local curriculum, it is vital that we ensure that there is room for teachers to be responsive to children’s interests through giving them authentic contexts in which to learn.
Reporting to Parents Survey
Thanks to all of you who completed the survey. We also surveyed years 4 – 6 children as well as teachers. The reporting to parents team has started analysing all the responses and once we have identified any themes, we will re-evaluate the new reporting to parents system to ensure it is useful for parents. One comment from a child stood out for us, “sharing it (my learning) makes my parents feel proud’.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2019
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
Term Dates for 2020
Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – 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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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!
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- Room 1: Sagar Dhakal
- Room 2: David Chen
- Room 3: Carolyn Yang
- Room 4: Dylan Chand
- Room 5: Olivia Halliday
- Room 6: Sophie Thorman
- Room 7: Dylan Barrett-Webb
- Room 8: Bella Hill
- Room 9: Mira Milenkovic
- Room 10: Joshua Woodcock
- Room 11: Nicole Chen
- Room 12: Horan Xing
- Room 13: Nathaniel Fong
- Room 14: Arlo Honey
- Room 15: James Lethborg
- Room 16: Eden Clyma
- Room 17: Stella Rumbold
- Room 18: Kayla Kuhtze
- Room 19: Riley Enright
- Room 20: Laura Hyland
- Room 21: Kayde Greene
- Room 22: Yanhao Zhao
- Room 22: Olivia Liu
- Room 12: Horan Xing
Details for the Year 5 and 6 students who have qualified for the Zones Cross Country event, on September 17th, will be sent out as soon as possible.
Many thanks to all the parents who supported on the sidelines as well as those that walked with classes to and from the event, helped setup the course and marshall each event.
If your child has taken part in the Fun Run fundraising we ask that all money, that still needs to be collected, be returned to school by Friday 13th September. Please ensure that any cash is clearly named so we can ensure it all gets allocated to your child’s online profile.
Forest Project Update
We are very excited that Stage one of the Forest Project including the build of the amphitheatre, boardwalk and playground/slide area is due to start in the next school holidays.
Check out the design drawings below that detail the plans for the Amphitheatre and the Slide Area that are included in stage one.
Exclusive Opportunity to Sponsor Forest Boardwalk
An exclusive opportunity has arisen for families to help complete stage of one of the project. Families can purchase a metre of the new boardwalk for $500. There are 35 metres of the boardwalk around the amphitheatre that are available for purchase and families will be able to have the the name of their choice lasered onto the board.
If you are interested in this offer please contact Charlotte Houghton at [email protected]
PS – We also have two fabulous racing slides that we would love to have sponsored for the project. Funds saved on the slides will mean we will be able to move onto stage two of the project more quickly.
Thank you as always for all of your amazing support for our school.
The photos below are indicative photos of what the Boardwalk and the lasered name might look like. The Forest Project actual build will be different from the picture below.
Friday 6 September
Collect Yummy Fruit Company stickers (you can find them on apples and fruit) so that Victoria Avenue School can win a share of $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear!
- Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
- Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets yummyfruit.co.nz/schools/
- Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by 20 September 2019. 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 and iceblocks to the class room with 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 $1,900 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.
Start collecting today :)
Thanks to rooms 6 and 21 for their yummy contributions to the bake sale on Friday. They made an awesome $416 which goes towards the school’s forest project. Thanks also to the whole school for supporting.
Volunteer needed for painting of the school gate
We would like to have the “Victoria Avenue School” on the school gate (which is currently a dull red) re- painted in blue, our school colour. We are wondering whether there is a volunteer out there who is meticulous with a paint brush, who would like to do this job?
Download now so you are all prepared for Go Race, more information and specific game instructions to follow!!!
- Entries are open for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 9 February at Point England.
- The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is a rewarding and fun day out for you and your child.
- Participants need to be aged 7-15 years old on event day, and can complete the TRYathlon as an individual or in a team of two.
- To enter the TRYathlon visit www.tryathlon.co.nz/
- Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. Search for Victoria Avenue Scool when prompted. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes.
- The direct link to register into our school group is https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=35573&G=99591