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.
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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
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
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- Room 1: Ethan Jia
- Room 2: Scarlett Kirk
- Room 3: Violet Richardson
- Room 4 : Briea Arndt
- Room 5 : Jamie McConnel
- Room 6: Annabelle Webber
- Room 7: Victoria Potugal
- Room 7: Zac Yen
- Room 8: Aidan Liu
- Room 9: Thorne Thomson
- Room 9: Scarlett Main
- Room 10: Laura Hyland
- Room 10: Maggie Kirkpatrick
- Room 11: Daniel Taghipouri-Vahid
- Room 12: Natasha Wing
- Room 13: Dylan Su
- Room 14: Madeleine Pringle
- Room 15: Lucas Yao
- Room 16: Angela Lufang
- Room 17: Holly Preuss
- Room 18: Max Crosby
- Room 19: Cathy Li
- Room 20: Caitlin Herrod
- Room 21 : Jayden Naran-Patel
- Room 22: Catherine Li
- Room 23: Louis Clark
- Room 23: Georgia Currey
- Room 11: Daniel Taghipouri-Vahid
Victoria Avenue School’s
MAJOR FUNDRAISER 2018
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In an exciting first for our school, the PTS is delighted to bring to you our online fundraising auction which is NOW open for bids.
There are many incredible items up for grabs – from weekend retreats and heavenly spa treatments, to electronics and signed sporting memorabilia – there is something for everyone!
The online auction will close at 8:30pm Friday 14th September to coincide with the LIVE auction at QUIZ NIGHT. Don’t worry, if you are not attending Quiz Night but are interested in one of our live auction items, simply email your highest bid to [email protected] and the PTS will bid on your behalf.
As this is our major fundraiser for 2018, many of our local (and not so local) businesses have graciously donated to VAS, so please give us – and them – your full support by bidding generously. Our auctions are open to EVERYONE not just families of the school, so please help us generate as much traffic through our auction site as possible by sharing the above link with your family and friends – anyone can bid! All funds raised through the auctions will go towards developing the schools forest area as well as our continuing overarching property projects.
Remember ALL money spent on this auction goes directly to our school.
A note of appreciation
The PTS just wanted to say thank you so much to all the parents and families who have already volunteered their time and given their money to help raise funds for our fantastic school over the course of this year. Our parents have tirelessly baked, volunteered at the bake sale, hosted Grandparents’ day, helped at the children’s disco, purchased Entertainment books and iceblocks, as well as offering time, money, products and services in the lead up to Quiz Night and the school’s Silent Auction. We are truly so appreciative of all that you do for our school.
All of these initiatives including the Silent Auction that goes live this week, and the Quiz Night next week, go towards bringing our community together and raising much needed funds to help pay for our specialist teachers – our PE teacher, SENCO and our music teacher – as well funding projects including the revamp of the dragon on dragon drive, the planned mural painting along the fence line into the school from Victoria Avenue, the Forest Area Project and the school’s overarching property plan.
The PTS is currently bringing together a plan for making the forest area behind rooms 11 and 12 (where the old silver slide used to be) more play friendly and we are looking at options of natural planting and play features that could enhance this area. This is a medium term project with a view to implementation of the first stage in March next year. If you have any great ideas (big or small) on how we can make the most of the forest space area please do get in touch. Email [email protected]
A big thank you to Rooms 15 and 21 who last Friday made a fabulous $455 for the school!! Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.