It’s that time of year when we all sick to death of cold and rain. We know spring is on the way but it hasn’t quite arrived. We can’t believe that daylight saving starts on 30 September. It is windy and miserable. The school grounds are still muddy. It inevitably starts to rain in the middle of lunchtime and by the time we ring the rain bell and the children get inside they are damp and the smell of damp children in each classroom is less than pleasant!
So we look for bright spots, positive things we can focus on to get us through to when we can really start to celebrate spring. I guess this is like a gratitude diary, but on a bigger scale!
So what can we focus on? Our lovely children and their achievements. Our lovely parents who have taken my plan for the beautification of VAS and have already started to run with it. Our lovely teachers who are still enthusiastic and energetic in those classrooms with damp children who have gone slightly ‘crazy’ on the very windy days (did you know that for some reason windy days cause many children to act silly in the classroom?). And more lovely parents who are organising Quiz Night on 14 September.
Congratulations to our years 5 and 6 children who performed extremely well at the ePro 8 challenge heat and have got through to the final. The EPro8 Challenge is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race. Every year over 9000 students from 800 schools from throughout New Zealand take part.
Teams compete to:
- build large sized structures
- solve practical problems
- engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
- invent machines that can complete simple tasks
- undertake unusual and fun experiments.
- construct basic electronic circuits.
- solve interesting problems using practical maths
Each team of four is based at a workstation containing an impressive assortment of easy to use parts and equipment.
The VAS ski team performed extremely well at NIPS (North Island Primary School Snowsports) last week. This year there were 110 teams entered into the competition with 421 individual competitors.
- Our A Team placed 9th
- Our B Team placed 10th.
This is a fantastic result to have both teams in the top 10.
Particular stand outs were:
- Chloe Pratt Placing 2nd in her GS race.
- Lily Loutit Placing 4th in her GS race.
Another bright spot is the QUIZ NIGHT being held on Friday 14 September. If you haven’t been to this event before, then please come along this year. It is just so much fun! It is an opportunity for adults to dress up, as each table has a theme and believe me, some of the costumes for each theme are hilarious / amazing. One year our board chair came as Kermit the Frog! You don’t actually have to be whizz at quizzes, it is about having fun, laughing, meeting new people, being crazy…we are not competitive (much!). OK, it is also a chance to raise funds for the school and I have seen the auction items and they are amazing. So get a group together and book a table, or if you are new to VAS, still come along as there is always a table for new parents. See you there!
Lots to be happy about as we wait for the warmer weather.