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NEWSLETTER: Term 3 Week 7 – 8 September 2016

Dear Parents

I was at a symposium earlier this week and the subject of money and budgeting came up, specifically as to how can we teach children to become financially savvy. One person asked why schools couldn’t teach children about finances. My answer – we do.

Each year we have the ASB GetWise programme across the school for a week. The school banks with the ASB and we have children’s school banking, also with the ASB, which is why we use them to come and work with the children. An expert from the ASB comes into each class and takes a session on financial literacy which is tailored for each age group. The workshops are not used to sell or promote ASB banking products.

There are three stages:

Stage 1 (Juniors) – the focus is on the core foundations of financial literacy. Concepts covered include identifying money and its value; how we earn money; learning to save, spend and share; identifying needs and wants; the importance of purchasing needs before wants.

Stage 2 (Years 3, 4) – the focus is on tackling the issues of spending. Concepts covered include: where money comes from; debit cards; earning money through chores or pocket money; how to save through spending; comparative shopping.

Stage 3 (Years 5, 6) – the focus is on starting being more creative and entrepreneurial with their earnings. Concepts covered include: different ways to earn; establishing a small business; earning interest; debit and credit cards; budgeting for the things you want.

This is an excellent programme and provides children with an opportunity to start thinking about money. I remember saying to one of my children that we couldn’t afford whatever it was she was asking for. Her response, yes you can, just go and get some more from that machine. It is important that children start to understand how money is earned and how to save for things rather than get instant gratification through their mum or dad buying everything they ask for (or demand!).

Families have different approaches to chores and pocket money and children learn the value of money from their parents, there is no one size fits all model. We think it is important for children to have a general understanding of financial literacy as they move into intermediate years and beyond.

Have a look at the Stuff website which has a short video of room 14 (year 1) VAS children’s thoughts on money, it is gorgeous!–money-according-to-kids

Accommodation Urgently Needed

Oh dear, the Auckland rental market is impacting on VAS! One of our lovely teachers, with an 11 year old son, has been given notice from her landlord and urgently needs accommodation from 10 October until the end of the year (preferably long term though). The rents in Auckland are very expensive and if she cannot find somewhere reasonably priced she will be forced to resign and move to a provincial town. Do you have an unused granny flat, or reasonably priced rental? Do you know of someone who wants a house sitter? We don’t want to lose her! Please contact Linley Garrett [email protected]  if you can help.

Teachers’ Union Meeting Tuesday 13 September

Teachers are entitled to a paid union meeting each year. They are meeting on Tuesday 13 September 1.30 – 3.30pm to discuss the Minister’s plan to change from the current staffing and operating grant systems to a combined Global Funding model. Whilst the school will be open, we have a skeleton staff left behind so strongly urge you to collect your children at 12.30. Please sign your child out on a sheet in the classroom.


 The children are all locked into reading for the Readathon and we are all excited for the book character parade next Thursday. This year, all the money raised by the PTS is being put towards such things as specialist teachers, capital expenses (eg new paving and seating area by the vegetable gardens) and the long term building fund which, when we have sufficient funds raised, will be used to turn our old fashioned main block into a vibrant, modern learning space.

Kind Regards

Janice Adamson

Please note that we have SEVEN events coming up:Save-the-date

  • Tuesday 13  September: Teachers’ Union Meeting – collect your children at 12:30pm please.
  • Thursday 15 September: Storybook parade at 9am
  • 15 September: Readathon –  sponsor forms available in the newsletter
  • Thursday 15 September: Pizza Lunch
  • Friday 16 September: Quiz Night
  • Monday 19 September: Maths Information Session at 7pm
  • Tuesday 18 October:  Brainwave Trust talk at 7pm

gala-logo-001-0012017 is another Victoria Avenue School Gala Year however with help and people to run this event, it won’t happen and the kids will miss out!!!!! If you are interested/able to take a lead role in organising the gala please contact Shelley Cunningham [email protected]. There is a template all set up and everything is there and straightforward based on the 2015 gala so it is someone that has the passion and the vision to pull it all together with a solid team underneath you!
Look forward to hearing from you ASAP!

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

FOR TERM 3 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 2016
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– 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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
Click Here for order forms/instructions

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.

logo-1A huge thank you ….. $723.90 was raised for KidsCan!

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sellerpageYummy Stickers Collection!!

Collection of stickers wins us fabulous sports equipment so it is great if you can collect the stickers , place them on the sheet and bring to the office.

Click Here to download a Yummy sticker sheet.

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Brainwave Trust talk – Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain.

NEW DATE: Tuesday 18 October, 7pm, Watch this space for more details.

For more information about this talk CLICK HERE



Charlie Barron and Matthew Cunningham

Room 2: Nina Koukine
Room 3: Blake Henricks
Room 4: Grace Lee
Room 5: Samantha Barclay
Room 6: Alijah Bursill
Room 7: Warrispreet Singh
Room 7: Ethan Wood
Room 8: Liam Zhao
Room 9: Gamauchirai Sithole
Room 10: Max McCarthy
Room 11: Pradhnoor Singh
Room 12: James Lethborg
Room 13: Bill Gao
Room 14: Felix Boyer
Room 15: Ella Mace
Room 16: Vanessa Kong
Room 17: Daniel Soldinger
Room 18: Lucy Holloway
Room 19: Olivia Sequin Sanchez
Room 19: Ly Vu
Room 20: Phoebe MacGill
Room 21: Evie Houtman
Room 21: Luca Smit
Room 22: Sebastien Fong
Room 23: Ryan Zhao

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Glendowie Boating Club’s next school holiday Learn-to-Sail programme

will be held during the week of 3 to 7 October 2016.  

This introductory course will run each morning that week from 0900 to 1230.  The course is a great introduction for boys and girls keen to begin an exciting lifetime of sailing.  The cost of the course is $330 per sailor and includes the use of a club optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees. For registration and more details visit or email the secretary at [email protected].

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