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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 7 – 7 September 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

It was so great to see so many parents and grandparents at the music concert last Thursday. I loved seeing all the children proudly showing off what they have been learning in music, or with their ukulele or as part of the choir.

Participating in some form of music is good for the soul! Being immersed in music can make us forget the cares of the world, carry us away to other places, or just provide a respite from the noise of the world around us.

Music is part of the New Zealand Curriculum Arts learning area. It says of music: As students learn to communicate musically with increasing sophistication, they lay a foundation for lifelong enjoyment of and participation in music.

This term, the overarching theme of the term is around the Arts learning area. Earlier in the term all children had two weeks of dance culminating in a performance for parents. We have just had the music performance and coming up on 19, 20, 21 September we have the VAS art exhibition.

Visual art is part of the New Zealand Curriculum Arts learning area. It says of visual art: through engaging in the visual arts, students learn how to discern, participate in, and celebrate their own and others’ visual worlds.

All year levels are currently undertaking an inquiry around some aspect of visual art.

Year 1: Paint Me a Picture – There are many ways to tell a story.
They are looking at New Zealand illustrators as an inspiration for their art work.

Year 2: Kiwi Artfest – We all express ourselves and interpret things in different ways. It is important to share our stories and our interpretations and to listen to and accept other people’s interpretations. We are all good at different things.
They are looking at various genre of New Zealand art as well as looking at the work of a number of kiwi artists as inspiration for their art.

Year 3: The Shape of New Zealand – Certain shapes are instantly recognisable and associated with NZ.
They are looking at New Zealand icons and using them as inspiration for their art.

Year 4: We Are New Zealand – Where do I belong? Artists use art to express themselves in many different ways. How is our identity expressed through visual art? We are a bicultural and multicultural society – how is our NZ culture reflected in our art?
They are looking at how art in New Zealand reflects the cultural heritage of the diverse population of New Zealand.

Year 5: Art of Aotearoa – The arts play an important role in our society. How have the arts expressed and preserved cultural identity? The arts are an integral part of our cultural identity because we are influenced by them. The arts have evolved through the ages. Art from New Zealand and around the world has a message or tells a story. What do the stories/messages in art tell us about the person/culture being represented?
They are looking at how art in New Zealand reflects the cultural heritage of the diverse population of New Zealand.

Year 6: I Am – Using Colin McCahon (triptych pieces and his bold quote/statements) teach students about being confident in who they are as individuals.
They are learning that the study of art is to look past the surface and delve into the deeper meanings of what they are actually looking at and what it represents.

Please make sure you put the VAS art exhibition in your diary, more details to follow.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Letter from a Neighbour

Hi Ms Janice Adamson,
I am aware of the recent school letter addressing improper parking, thank you.
But there are still some who have not acknowledged it well and still continue to park illegally. Either cars left unattended and/or double park on broken yellow lines.
I’ve heard all the excuses from parents to the point where it gets nasty.
I leave my vehicle at home now fearing that when I get home that someone else has taken my driveway.
I know this situation has been happening for years and will continue to do so as my family has been living in Stirling since the 1920s…my late Father had the same problems over several years ago. Please find photos attach.
I apologise to burden you with these offenses.

Positive Parking Promotion

Another in the series of postcards produced by students, with safe parking and driving messages:

Uniform Shop News

Please note the Uniform shop will be open Wednesday NOT Thursday next week.
Also, the shop now stocks socks and tights for sale.

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 2 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
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.



This Week:

Blake Davies, Amelia Burr and Quinn Skeggs-O’Donnell

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Keanu King
  • Room 2: Jamie Watson
  • Room 3: Summer Prince
  • Room 4: Nour Moussa
  • Room 5: Maya McCarthy
  • Room 6: Breanna Rendell
  • Room 7: Sebastian McIvor
  • Room 8: Cailyn Shen
  • Room 9: Jason Zheng
  • Room 10: Sarah Kennard
  • Room 11: Victoria Portugal
  • Room 12: Jackson Rumbold
  • Room 13: Ella Mace
  • Room 14: Izzie Greer
  • Room 15: Yasmine Green
  • Room 16: Madeleine Williams
  • Room 17: Jada Choy
  • Room 18: Grace Thomson
  • Room 19: Willow Reid
  • Room 20: Amera Trusler-Cogan
  • Room 21: William King
  • Room 11: Victoria Portugal

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

*WATCH AND WIN* Today Nick Lyus is doing something a little different and featuring Canterbury’s Art in a Garden. It’s an opportunity to head south for a weekend away and be inspired by art in a stunning outdoor setting. We’ve got two double passes up for grabs so once you’ve finished watching, tag a friend in the comments on Facebook below who you’d love to take along to Art in a Garden.


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: