Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 8 – 10 September 2020

Dear Parents,

I often write about the importance of sleep for children. Given our focus on well-being as a result of all that has happened this year, it seems a good idea to look at sleep habits as a part of improving children’s well-being. There has been so much research about the impact on learning of children not getting enough sleep. Here is the information from the Ministry of Health (

How much sleep your child needs in 24 hours

The table below shows the recommended total hours of sleep per day for children and young people. Some children naturally sleep slightly less or more than these recommended hours.

Age Recommended (hours)
School age (5–13 years) 9–11
Teenagers (14–17 years) 8–10
Young adults (18–25 years) 7–9

Yawning and drowsiness are not the only signs that a student is getting too little sleep. Other symptoms put forward by research include hyperactivity, crankiness, impulsiveness, and a short attention span. Sleep loss also has less obvious effects on health, emotions and academic success. These effects have long-term consequences in the educational setting but also for healthy living and skill development outside school. (Douglas Research Centre, Canada).

Sleep problems are becoming more prevalent amongst children, especially this year. Insomnia, which has traditionally been attributed to adults, is increasingly being found in children. The latest Education Gazette has explored the link between sleep and wellbeing. Dr Dee Muller says that not sleeping impacts on concentration and memory. Sleep issues are also associated with anxiety, low mood and attention difficulties. Research also indicates that insufficient sleep seems to play a role in the risk of obesity.

If your child is exhibiting any issues in the list above, a great starting point is looking at how much sleep they are getting.

We all know what the recommended bedtime routines for children are, but if you think your child may be exhibiting signs of insomnia, here are some tips from the various sites:

  • Be mindful about the use of devices/technology close to bedtime. Turn off the wifi at bedtime then you can be sure that your little insomniac is not able to use their device.
  • Anxious children find it difficult to fall asleep. Set aside a time earlier in the day to have a little ‘worry time’. Get them to talk about their anxieties or worries and write it down in a journal. Then if their worries come back to them in bed, remind them that they can look at their worries in the journal tomorrow, they don’t need to think about them now.
  • Try to make sure that your child only uses their bed for sleeping – lying on a bed and doing other activities (eg, watching a computer) makes it hard for their brains to associate their beds with sleep.

It may take some time, but focussing on sleep routines will be beneficial in the long term. We have seen miraculous turnarounds in children’s ability to focus and a reduction in impulsivity when parents have managed to get their child to sleep longer each night.

Kind regards

The uniform shop is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please purchase your items online and delivery will be made within 2-3 days. We are still accepting returns and second hand items which you can drop off at the school office.
If you have a new student starting school or if you have a specific request please email Lisa directly at [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding.

We have the school crossing on Victoria Avenue patrolled before school from 8.15am – 8.45am and after school from 2.55pm – 3.15pm. Please be aware that outside these times there is no supervision.

Cross Country

Cross country 2020

To celebrate the Mid Autumn (Moon) Festival, Friends of VAS are offering for sale Moon Cakes Order by Wednesday 16 September, collect Thursday 24 September. Options are:

Set A. Cantonese style baked mooncakes 100g –  2 pieces – $20
1  Red bean
2. Feijoa

Set B. Snow skin non baked gluten free 100g – 2 pieces – $20
1. Green tea
2. Taro/kumara

Or A+B – 4 pieces -$35

To make an oder, email   [email protected] and deposit funds into 06-0273-0720599-00

It’s Pizza Lunch Time again!
Notices went home yesterday to complete and return to school, with money, by Friday 18 September.
Pizza days will be:

Juniors – Tuesday 22nd September
Middles – Wednesday 23rd September
Seniors – Thursday 24th September

  1. Place the Yummy stickers on the sticker collection sheets and / or
  2. Place the cut-out Yummy labels (from fruit bags) on the cut-out label collection sheets
  3. Return the completed (or partially completed) sheets to the Victoria Ave School office by Wednesday 16th September 2020. 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

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 $1,800 worth of free sports gear which is an amazing effort.

Start collecting today :)


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2020

Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 3 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make an order.

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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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.

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